Knight's of Columbus
Queen of the Knights Council
St. Joseph Youth Camp
The Mary, Queen of the Knights, Council #8386 supports the St. Joseph Youth Cam where every Catholic child will love 6 days and 6 nights of sleeping in cabins, great food, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, archery, biking, and campfire nights with star-gazing. Campers ages 8-15 can register, Saint Joseph's Youth Camp is sponsored, in part, and operated by the Arizona Knights of Columbus.
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Each Year our council hosts a very special “Valentine Celebration” including a “Renewal of Marriage Vows” Ceremony followed by a “Potluck Dinner”. This ceremony emphasizes the importance of marriage as a “Sacrament” and provides all participants with an opportunity to reflect on and renew their marriage vows. Each couple receives a commemorative certificate from The Knights of Columbus presented and signed by Fr. Dan Vollmer and our Grand Knight. Couples participating in the event report an renewed devotion and spirituality in their relationship.
Fr. Dan Vollmer officiates this unique event, reinforcing the sacramental bond of marriage over the romantic notion of marriage. Last year eighty-one” couples congregated in the church after a special Friday evening mass and renewed their commitment before God and their fellow parishioners. The celebratation concluded with a potluck dinner and door prizes in the parish hall. Many arishioners have requested that this becomes an annual event.
Free Throw Contest
The Free Throw Contest is a free program for boys and girls ages 9 - 14 yrs of age. They compete by gender and age group. The winners in each group then go on to compete in the District level and if they win there, on to the State Competition. All of the kids get certificates and the winners are awarded a special prize.
Firefighters of the local “Hotshots
A fund-raising Dinner for the families of the fallen Firefighters of the local “Hotshots” who were killed in the recent Yarnell Hill fire.
Tootsie Roll Drive
The Tootsie Roll Drive is a Knight's fund raising event that provides support for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The event is hosted by Fry's, Safeway, and Walmart. This year the council has set a goal of raising $2100 for the program, which represents a $300 increased from the previous year. The proceeds are given to the St Joseph’s Camp and the Special Needs Program at Sacred Heart School.
Arizona State Special Olympics
The Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. The Queen of the Knights Council supports the Specila Olympics as a service project in which the Knights volunteer to assist in registration and conducting the games.
Rosary for the Unborn
Although the Knights support and participate in many Pro-Life activities, each year they host a prayer service for the unborn. The service consists of a presentation on Pro-Life issues and praying a Rosary for an end to abortion, the death penalty, suicide, and end-of-life issues. The prayer service is helf in the garden or in the church at St. Germaine and has been well attended.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
A joint participation between the Yavapai Big Brothers & big Sister and the Knight's council to support orphans and children of single parent families. The bowling event is not only a fund raiser but a community building endevor. Knights raise funds for the event by gathering pledges and participate in the events with the children served by Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Easter Egg Hunt
This year’s parish-wide Easter Egg Hunt was bigger and even more successful than last year’s! The Knight’s of Columbus here at St. Germaine Parish hosted this event which drew over 200 children ages 2 years to 10 years of age. The Knights provided 1000 candy-filled eggs for the children. Thet were, of course, eager to collect as many as possible. There were three hunts: one each after the 9:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm Masses.
Ladies Night Out
For all spouses, widows and female “friends of the council”. The ladies will be seated and served a light dinner while the men have a brief council meeting. We will then join our lovely ladies for a meal and some social time.
Attendance and participation in Mass and Communion as an Order of the Church. This special expression of our faith and our fraternity as a council reflects the core principles of the Kinights of Columbus.
Arizona State Charity Raffle
Each year the Knights conducts a raffle to raise funds for local and state projects: 50% is directed to the St Germaine Building Fund, 50% to our State `Council; then, 10% of State Council’s share is returned to Council 8386.
Twice a month the Queen of the Knights Council host a parish breakfast following the 8:00 AM and 10:00AM masses. The purpose of the breafast is to build community and to raise funds for parish projects. The Knights participate by cooking, serving, hospitality and clean-up. The breakfast is a very popular event in the parish.
The Queen of the Knights Council continued its support of the Ladies Guild Christmas Bazaar. This year the council donated a Men’s Basket consisting of items that can be sold at the Bazaar, proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets, and donations by individual knights.
Trunk or Treat Project
In support of the parish religious education programs the Queen of the Knights Councuil hosts a special Trunk or Treat Celebration in which all of the children dress like their favorite saint and attend the church’s All Saints celebration. Then the children march through the parking lot and collecting “treats” from parishioners distributed out of the trunk of their car.
Mother's Day Roses
Road Clean-Up Day
The Road Clean-Up Day is a project to build community and to keep our community beautiful. The knights take responsibility for a section of the highyly traveled Glassford Hill Rd.
Keep Christ in Christmas
As Knights we are in solidarity with our priests. This is the same for seminarians from their first day of college seminary until the day of their ordination. We must show our support to the public, by raising them up in prayer, and by helping others see how they are doing in the journey. They are called to be servants to the entire Catholic population, not just in our state, but the world. The support of the Knights helps shape their experience in many ways, further igniting their dedication to the Lord. Please accept my thanks as our Auxiliary Bishop for your council’s activities
This card introduces a Very Important Person, the widow of a member in good standing of this Council. Among the privileges of this card are, but not limited to, free meals for all council events.”
Parish Clean-up Project
Our annual St. Germaine Parish clean-up in which Fr. Dan requests specific clean-up / construction projects.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Columbus Day Dinner
Free Christmas Dinner