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Knights of Columbus, Council 13243

Father John J. Martin Assembly 2865

Our Lady of Grace Parish

Palm Bay, Florida USA

Welcome to Knights of Columbus Council 13243 and Assembly 2865, serving Our Lady of Grace parish in Palm Bay on Florida’s Space Coast. We support our parish and its causes. We believe in protecting and enhancing family life. We support life from conception to natural death. We participate in Church, council, and community activities. We are  guided by our faith in God, by our belief in our Lord Jesus Christ, and our allegiance to the Holy Catholic Church.

Photo of Blessed Michael J. McGivney
Knights of Columbus founder, Blessed Michael J. McGivney

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney. We have over 1.8 million members in more than 15,000 councils worldwide. Our Lady of Grace Council received its charter on December 18, 2002. Started by 52 Catholic gentlemen, we now have over 130 members dedicated to making a difference.

Why Become a Knight?

As a knight, you have the opportunity to support your parish, give back to your community, grow in faith, and gain exclusive access to our top-rated insurance programs to protect your family.

Our Foundational Principles:

  • Charity: Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission and our faith in God, compel us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

  • Unity: None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that together we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together. We support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that as a Knight of Columbus you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

  • Fraternity: Blessed Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died, often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do the good works of individual Knights who gave more than 75.6 million service hours in 2017, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy.

  • Patriotism:  Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

For   more   information   about   the  Knights  of  Columbus visit  our  Supreme Council  web  site  at  www.kofc.org.    If  you  are  interested  in joining  our  council contact  our  Membership Director, Osborne McCarter or CLICK HERE TO JOIN. You  can  see  more  of  our  activities  on  our  Facebook page-“Knights of Columbus Council 13243”.

Citizens With Disabilities Campaign

Members  of  the  Knights  of  Columbus  do  a  great deal to assist people with intellectual disabilities. One  of  the  most  popular  and  successful  programs con/ducted by Knights of Columbus state and local councils for the benefit of   people with intellectual  disabilities  is  the  fund-raiser  in  which councils  collect  donations outside  stores  and  on street corners. In  appreciation,  the donor is  offered a Tootsie Roll  (or  something    similar.  )    The  high  visibility of  this  program  has  led  to  the campaign  being referred to as the “Tootsie Roll Drive.”  Many  councils  submit  raised funds  to  their  state council  for  distribution    throughout    their  state and  some keep a  portion  of  the  funds  to  benefit local   organizations   supporting intellectual  and physical disabilities.  Council 13243 conducts this campaign several times   during  the  year   and   at   various   locations throughout the city.  Local organizations benefiting from  this  drive  are:  Brevard County Special Olympics, Space Coast Early Intervention Center;  as  well  as  others.  Each  year the council sets  aside monies  to assist parishioners  in need of assistance.

Council News

F.I.T. Spaghetti Dinner

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 is the date of our next spaghetti dinner at the F.I.T. All Faith Center, located 3216 Engineering Street,  just west of Harris Village, located on the west side of the pond. For more information, please click here.

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