The Domestic Church

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away."   1 Corinthians 13:4-8

The Importance of the Family

The whole inspiration for the founding of the Knights of Columbus by Father McGiverney was for the spiritual well-being and protection of the family.  He saw in his day and age just how vulnerable the family was to economic and spiritual hardships.  He saw very clearly that the first line of attack in spiritual warfare was the family. Fr. McGiverney also realized that fathers have a critical role to play in protecting and leading their family. Today, we see that importance all to clearly: when fathers are absent, the family is left open to all kinds of attacks and dangers. 

To focus our attention as Knights on the family, the Knights of Columbus have initiated their  "Building the Domestic Church" program.   The Building the Domestic Church program offers a whole range of activities and material to help us as men, husbands, and fathers, to take up our essential role as spiritual leaders in our families. 
Bible Quotes on
The Importance of The Family

The "BUILDING THE DOMESTIC CHURCH" Program

5TH Sunday Family Rosary Program

The Fifth Sunday Family Rosary Program is designed to bring more families into contact with the Rosary.  The Rosary used to be an integral part of many Catholic families life.  The power and importance of praying the Rosary to help defend and build us up spiritually has been testified by many saints throughout the ages. Now is the time for us to rediscover and recommit ourselves to this great prayer.

The Holy Family Prayer Program

The Holy Family Prayer Program is the 17th Marian Prayer Program sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.  The program features images of the Holy Family that are made available to each of the jurisdictions of the Knights of Columbus. The program is designed for parishes to host the image and promote prayer services in which we can devote our families to the protection of the Holy Family. 

The Family Fully Alive Program

To cultivate life as a domestic church, a family must deliberately welcome God into its home. This program has been created to help each family do this. The Family Fully Alive program provides monthly themes, reflections, meditations, family projects and Scripture verses designed to help each family place God and the Catholic faith at the center of its life. Through prayer and reflection each family has the opportunity to grow in holiness together. Check this great resource out!

Fathers For Good

Whether you are a seasoned dad, a new dad, a dad to be, or a single guy wanting to know more about fatherhood, this Web site is for you.
There is a role only a father can fill and gifts only a father can give. In a culture that often does not favor fatherhood or masculine virtue, we wish to highlight the unique contributions of men, husbands and fathers.  The site also encourages wives who want to support their husbands in becoming the best fathers they can be.

Into the Breach 

Written by Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, Into the Breach" is a short, but powerful "exhoration to catholic men" to take action. The bishop sees that Catholic men must take up their rightful place at the frontline of the cultural and spiritual war being waged against the good and the true.  Check out  his words. They will inspire you to see we will not find the real meaning of our life unless we join this battle.

Keep Christ in Christmas

Keep Christ is Christmas, sponsored by the Knights, is actually a host of activities for families to help them navigate the incredible commercialism of Christmas to be able to keep their focus on its real reason: to celebrate the birth of Christ.  The Poster Contest, Journey to the Inn, Spread the Light of Christ, as some of the activities that keep us from becoming lost in a society that has too often forgotten God. 

Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP)

It might seem odd to have the support of vocations as part of building up the family, but not if we realize that each family should be open to encouraging the notion of a "vocation" in each child, including a vocaiton to being a priest, brother, or nun. The Knights of Columbus launched the Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) in 1981. Under this program, local councils make an annual contribution of $500 or more to an individual seminarian to help with his daily living expenses.

Protecting Your Financial Security

Efforts to build up the family would not be complete without consideration of how to build up and protect the economic and financial health of the family. The Knights have done is an amazing way throught the years by offering unique access to top class insurance programs. Especially for young families, but for all families, these programs are one of the great gifts the Knights offer to the "domestic church."