Mary & The Rosary 

"When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, 'Woman, behold, your son!' Then he said to the disciple, 'Behold, your mother!' And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home."     John 19:26-27

A Defining Characteristic

One of the defining characteristics of the spirituality of the Knights of Columbus is the deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus. We can always count, unfailingly, that Mary will lead us to her son. 

Historically, Knights have expressed devotion to Mary under various titles, especially Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and of the Philippines, and the Immaculate Conception, likewise patroness of both the United States and the Philippines. The Order has been marked from the beginning by special reverence for Our Lady, demonstrated by prayer, pilgrimages, evangelization and education initiatives, and acts of charity. In particular, Knights have been ardent apostles of the holy rosary, spearheading numerous rosary distributions and prayer programs to promote this most powerful Marian devotion.

Every Knight receives a rosary when he joins the Order and is encouraged to carry that rosary and to turn to Mary as his own Mother, so that she may lead him closer to her Son. If prayer to Mary or the rosary has never part of your life, have no fear. With a simple request in prayer, and a humble openness to learn, Mary will gradually reveal her importance to you for staying grounded in the one, true, apostolic faith in her Son. 

Ever Wonder Why?

Friday is traditionally dedicated to the suffeing of Christ.  Sunday is dedicated to his Resurrection. But did you know that Saturday is dedicated to Mary?  Ever wonder why?  This excellent essay taken from an informal lecture Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira given on November 19, 1971, explains this ancient tradition of the Church , and brings us into the profound mystery of Mary's role on earth. 

Click on the image to find out the answer. 

The 5th Sunday Rosary
The Family Rosary Program

A Knights' Tradition

Beginning in 2015, the Knights began the program of a communal praying of the Rosary on those months that have a Fifth Sunday.  Though Knights are encouraged to make the praying of the Rosary a regular part of their private prayer life, we recognize that there is a special power to praying the rosary together as a community, and as a Council.  We encourage Knights to invite family and friends.  Free finger rosaries and prayer guides are provided for all. We also traditionally include prayer of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

5th Sunday Dates for 2018:

April 29, 2018
July 29,2018
Sept. 30, 2018
Dec. 30, 2018

Unless othewise noted, prayer will begin
at Sacred Heart's Church at 3:00 pm. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Patroness of the Americas
Patroness of the Unborn

​​"Some see Our Lady of Guadalupe as a Mexican or as a Latin American, Hispanic phenomenon," said Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus. "However, this understanding is incomplete. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of all of America and of the Philippines as well. She is loved and embraced across cultural lines throughout this continent and beyond."

"The message of Our Lady of Guadalupe helped to build bridges between cultures and worlds and began the transformation of our continent into a Christian continent of hope," said Anderson, "The apparition helped to unite the entire continent in a way that didn't exist before. Through her intercession, then and now, those throughout this hemisphere have found a deep and shared sense of faith, hope and identity."

The image itself has long been puzzling to the scientific community, since it has been shown to exist without having been painted, has survived despite extreme age, adverse conditions and a bombing. The image also exhibits features reminiscent of photographs, such as reflections in the image's eyes, even though it appeared hundreds of years before photography.

​​Declared "Patroness of the Americas by St. Pope John Paul II, Our Lady of Guadalupe is also  taken today as the "Patroness of the Unborn." Her black cinture was a sign of pregnancy for the indigenous people of Mexico. She appears as pregnant with Jesus, standing in front of, and more powerful than the sun, the symbol of the violent Aztec culture of death.

As Knights, we turn to our Lady of Guadalupe to guide us in our protection of life, born and unborn. 
Watch the Knights of Columbus-produced film, Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message
Visit the Knights website:
"Secrets of the Image"

The Immaculate Conception

Patroness of the United States

​​There are a lot of misconceptions about what the Immaculate Conception means.  It does not mean the Virgin Birth. "The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, whose conception was brought about the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain—that’s what "immaculate" means: without stain. The essence of original sin consists in the loss of sanctifying grace, and its stain is a corrupt nature. Mary was preserved from these defects by God’s grace; from the first instant of her existence she was in the state of sanctifying grace and was free from the corrupt nature original sin brings."* She was therefore redeemed by the grace of Christ, but in a special way—by anticipation. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was officially defined by Pope Pius IX in 1854. The doctrine emphasizes to us the goodness of God in his plan to save us from the powers of hell.

Four years later, in 1856, Our Lady appears to the young French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, at Lourdes, France, and announces that she is "The Immaculate Conception." The spiritual message is that of personal conversion. Our Lady tells Bernadette that the important thing is to be happy in the next life. To attain this we must accept the cross in this life. Mary stresses the importance of prayer, especially the rosary. Our Lady appeared with a rosary hanging from Her right arm. Penance and humility are also part of the message, as well as a message of mercy for sinners and compassion for the sick.

On 13 May 1846, the United States bishops unanimously chose the Virgin Mary, conceived without sin, as patroness of the country, a decision approved by Pope Pius IX on February 7 of the following year and published in a decree of 2 July 1847. ​​​ ​

As Knights, we turn to our Lady as The Immaculate Conception as we pray for our country to truly be "one nation, under God."

Read about Christopher Columbus and the First Marian Apparition in Church History
 "Our Lady of the Pillar"

Read about Pope Pius IX's declaration of the Immaculate Conception as an article of faith in
"Ineffabillis Deus"