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2017 Palisade Peaches

Peach pick-up will occur as follows:
  • Sat morning 8/12 from ~9:30 AM till 12 PM.  The Knights will have the trailer in parking lot for pickup.
  • Sat 8/12 after 5 PM Mass in the Christi Center
  • Sunday 8/13 after all Masses  in the Christi Center
  • Monday 8/14 and Tuesday 8/15 you may pick-up your case in the Christi Center.  The box will have your name on it.
  • Starting Wednesday 8/16, the Knights will not be able to hold onto the peaches.  If the peaches are not picked up Tuesday at 4 PM, then the Knights will donate the peaches to local charities and/or food banks
The Knights thank you for involvement in the Peach sales.  Your contribution is truly appreciated.  If you have further questions, please contact Mike Burkett at his cell at 720-490-514 or bat his email at

Grand Knights Welcome Message

Grand Knights Welcome Message

Welcome to Knights of Columbus Council # 10937, Reverend Robert F. Houlihan S.J.   This proud group of Catholic men and their families work daily to enhance our faith, our community and our families.  With 200 fraternal members in our Council, these 200 men and their families volunteered over 12,000 hours in 2014 alone.  While many of these hours were participation in parish programs, many of the hours were given to community outreach programs while at the same time remembering faith first and our families being the thread that holds us together.

As this Council continues to grow in members and families, please keep an eye on the calendar of events and participate as often as you can.

There are many articles on this Web Site for your information and participation. You may view them by first logging in with your name and membership number, then selecting Posts. The most recent post can be viewed by scrolling down this page. Left click Read More or Older Entries. Visit often so you can stay updated on our activities.

 Vivat Jesus

Gary Mayfield, Grand Knight

A Knights of Columbus Moment (Frequently Asked Questions)

A Knights of Columbus Moment (Frequently Asked Questions)

Why was the Knights of Columbus formed?

In 1882 the catholic men in America were being led astray by other non-Catholic men’s groups, this along with the fact that men had a high risk of being killed on the job and the Persecution of Priests, Father Michael J. McGivney conceived of a Catholic fraternal order of men who followed the teachings of the Church and whose wives and Families would be provided for in the case of the untimely death of a Knight of Columbus.

Is the Knights of Columbus an official part of the Catholic Church?

No. It is an independent, non-canonical organization that nonetheless is completely supportive of the Church at the parish, diocesan, national and international levels. Many thousands of priests and bishops are members. We have always regarded ourselves as the “strong right arm of the Church,” and a major part of the Order’s work is devoted to supporting our parish priests, bishops, and the Pope in a wide variety of ways. Last year, we provided more than $17.6 million for church-related grants and programs, including $2.3 million for vocations support. Each year, the Order presents the Pope with earnings from our Vicarius Christi Fund for his personal charities. Last year, the earnings totaled $1.6 million.

What is the mission of the Knights of Columbus?

The Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 to provide a means by which Catholic men could support the Catholic Church, provide financial protection for their families, and engage in works of charity to benefit the less fortunate. Today, its nearly 1.8 million members make up the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, its insurance program has $74 billion of life insurance in force, and last year Knights donated more than $150 million and volunteered 68 million hours of their time to charity. From helping children in need to providing wheelchairs for the physically disabled and support for the intellectually handicapped, from helping to stock food banks to offering top-rated and affordable life insurance to its members, the Knights has been at the service of the communities in which we live and the needy around the world for more than 127 years.

Who is eligible for membership in the Knights of Columbus?

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member is one who:

* lives up to the Commandments of God:

You shall love the LORD your god with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and foremost commandment. The second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

I am the Lord thy God, thou shall not have strange gods before me.

Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

Remember to keep holy the LORD’s day.

Honor thy father and mother.

Thou shalt not kill.

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Thou shalt not steal.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.

Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s goods.

* lives up to the precepts of the Church:

To assist at Mass on all Sundays and holy days of obligation.

To fast an abstain on the days appointed.

To confess our sins at least once a year.

To receive Holy Communion during the Easter time.

To contribute to the support of the Church.

To observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage.

* accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals.

* is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

Is the Knights of Columbus a cult?

By definition a cult is comprised of “followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.” And while indeed the Knights do follow a charismatic leader – Jesus Christ – we think you would be hard pressed to apply the definition above to the Catholic Church, the Pope, or the Son of God. No the Knights of Columbus is not a cult. It is a fraternal organization of over 1.7 million Catholic men around the globe. Men who band together as brothers to help one another in times of distress, sickness, and death.

But the Knights do have secret ceremonies?

Yes, that is true our ceremonials are kept as a closely guarded secret. These ceremonies

have been handed down to us from the earliest days of the Knights and they have very important meanings that would be lost on a candidate that has prior knowledge of the doings of the ceremony. While the ceremonies are secret, our works are public.

Why so secretive? Can I not tell my wife what “goes on” at meetings and such?

While our ceremonies are in fact kept secret, our meetings and our public works are not. Meetings, however, can only be attended by our members. During the monthly business meetings we discuss upcoming projects and the things we are doing that are meant to benefit the Parish and the community, so keeping them secret wouldn’t be in our best interest. And, yes, you can tell your wife about our discussions on past and upcoming events.

I have seen the Knights in church all decked out in the hats and capes and swords. What is that all about?

What you have witnessed is known as the Honor Guard. It is made up of only Fourth Degree Knights (the Patriotic Degree) and is the most visible form of the K of C . The Honor Guard is used at special occasions such as Masses in honor of Conformation, Weddings, and Funerals or to honor a milestone of achievement or special visits of the Bishop.

Do the Knights of Columbus get involved in political activity?

Our bi-laws forbid any partisan politics in our meetings; however we do get involved with issues that many people may believe to be political but in fact are moral issues. We would include in this support for a “Culture of Life” and a humanitarian policy on immigration. Other notable accomplishments would be the adding of “under God” to the pledge of allegiance, and (of course) the recognition of Columbus Day as a national holiday.

Who are some of the more “famous” Knights I might have heard of?

President John F. Kennedy was a 4th degree, his brother Senator Ted Kennedy was a 3rd Degree Knight. Others include: * Babe Ruth * Vince Lombardi * Al Smith * Jeb Bush * Dozens of politicians and public figures * Archbishop Gregory * Cardinals, Bishops and Priests too numerous to list

* Saints , Blessed and Venerable Church figures * And more than forty of the Heroes of 911

Whom do I contact to join?

While approaching any Knight at Church would do , the best way is to contact our Council Membership director, Roger Giudici by email at or by phone at xxx-xxx-xxxx.

May 2014 Grand Knight Message

There is nothing like spring in Colorado.  Beautiful warm days, cool nights bring trails filled with runners, walkers and bikers outside to enjoy the scenery.   Spring also brings the Knights of Columbus Colorado State Convention. This year’s event was held in Keystone and this is the 3rd one that I have attended along with making one brief appearance at Supreme’s National Convention.

State Chaplain Fr. Brad Noonan started us off with a nice presentation that began with a quote from Pope John XXIII – “Don’t get pushed by your problems, Focus on your dreams”.

The weekend was filled with Resolutions of thanks to our clergy, state officers, Supreme, ladies auxiliaries, degree teams, the deceased and the like.  The Tootsie Roll Drive has a new name.  It is to be known as the “Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities”.

I was able to make two nominations at the convention.  The first one was to nominate our council to host the State Soccer Tournament.  The second nomination was much bigger.  I had the honor and privilege to Nominate Jon Herskovits to serve a second year as State Warden.  That was really cool.

During the report of our District Deputy to the convention,  he specifically mentioned the 3,000 pounds of food that our council organized and donated to the Denver Rescue Mission during 40 Cans for Lent.

Our council won 4 awards, Surge with Service, Shining Knight Award and this year we bounced up to the division with the largest councils in the state. And we still won 2ND PLACE.  Roger Giudici won an award for his work in the 4th Degree.  These awards are a statement on the wonderful work that all of you do for your church, family, community, youth, culture of life and council.

Thank you again for all that you do, Mother’s Day will be filled with Spaghetti, Roses for Mom’s and packages of lily seeds passed out to Moms on Mother’s Day. And A Rose for Motherhood is another new program we have.

Viviat Jesus

Joe Musso, Grand Knight

Grand Knghts Message

A Message From Your Current Grand Knight
We all know that the Knights of Columbus is a Catholic Fraternal Service Organization, and since we get up every morning to serve God and to secure the wellbeing of our families, let’s start there – with
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Service. YOU, meaning you and your families, have volunteered in excess of 12,000 hours in 2013. The significance of this number is not that we gave all of these hours to the Knights of Columbus or to the Parish directly, the significance is that most of you volunteered based upon your own interest. Something inspired you to drop what you are doing in order to give to those in need. Keep up the good work.
Secondly, Fraternal, defined as men. Is our Council only about the men? Not in my opinion and probably not yours either. Why? Because The Lady Knights are so important to us.!!! The Ladies charge our spirit and our commitment. Thank you Ladies for your special love, energy and support of your husbands. Your efforts, which may go unmentioned, NEVER go unnoticed. Your spirit flows within your husbands much further than you could possibly be aware of.
Our Fraternal year (July) started off with a great challenge – the loss of our dear Brother Josh. That was a setback but we continued on as he would wish us to do. Then came the challenge of frozen peach orchards in Palisades. But thanks to Gary, Joe and Tony, we reached our peach sales goal too. No challenge has stopped us from doing what we do as Knights at Pax Christi.
 The Tootsie Roll Drive raised thousands of dollars which we gave to those with intellectual disabilities
 Our college scholarship award will give thousands of dollars to a deserving high school student to help them pay for college.
 Our spaghetti dinners, family hikes, Sunday Donuts, Lenten Fish Fries, Beer ‘n Brats, Air Force football & Rockies baseball games and monthly pancake breakfasts offer our parishioners a safe place to gather with likeminded people. This work is important as supporting Catholic Values.

Our cash donations to the seminarians that we support, Nathan Hinds, Roy Recio and Justin Nelson remind us of the luxury that we have to freely attend Pax Christi whenever we so choose. Pray for these seminarians in their pursuit of the Priesthood.
 The Adopt-A-Family Thanksgiving Basket Drive was our most successful yet. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped made this a success/


Please click the link below to see Bob in action. Hats off to you Bob.
Finally, as always, thank you to the Officers that we elected in July and for the Program Directors creativeness and drive to bring our programs to fruition. And thank you to our Trustees and past and present Financial Secretaries for your leadership.
And within the direction of Supreme, if you need insurance or annuities, please consider speaking with our new field agent, Lou Lesser.
And as always, JUST ASK.
May God Bless You,
Joe Musso