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 13243 received its charter 120 years later, 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 website  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.

Citizens With Disabilities Campaign

Members of Council 13243 Tootsie Roll Drive

Members of the Knights of Columbus do a great deal to assist people with intellectual disabilities. One of the most popular and successful programs conducted by the Knights is the fundraiser whereby local councils collect donations outside stores and on street corners. In appreciation, the donor is offered a Tootsie Roll. The high visibility of this program has led to the campaign being referred to as the “Tootsie Roll Drive.” Many councils submit “Tootsie Roll Drive” money to their state councils for distribution throughout their state. Some keep a portion of the funds to benefit local organizations supporting intellectual and physical disabilities. Our Lady of Grace Council 13243 conducts the “Tootsie Roll Drive” several times a year at various locations in Palm Bay. Local organizations benefiting from this drive include Brevard County Special Olympics and Space Coast Early Intervention Center. We also set aside funds to assist our parishioners in need of assistance.

Council News

The Orlando VA Healthcare System is now offering COVID-19 vaccines, as supply allows, to the following.

• All Veterans (anyone who served in the military regardless of character of discharge)• Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans• Caregivers of Veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or …

Update: Archbishop Wenski’s Ride for St. Luke’s

On Sunday, February 7, 2021, our Faithful Navigator of Father John J. Martin Assembly 2865, Victor Cotto, along with many other Knights from around the state, participated in Archbishop Wenski’s Ride for St. Luke’s Center for addictions. Over 200 riders participated, and it was a great success. Archbishop Wenski annual ride benefiting St. Luke’s Center …