Programs in this category are developed for families, by families. Father McGivney sought to strengthen the familial bond of father to mother and children to parents. Father McGivney’s vision for family life was not only financial and material aid but also spiritual strength, as holiness is the calling of all baptized Christians. These programs help us to create ways to live the Domestic Church.
|Food for Families (featured) –|
The goal of Food for Families is to ensure that as few as possible go to bed hungry each night. Knights of Columbus are committed to helping end hunger through the Food for Families program. This is a featured program and counts for two credits toward the Columbian award.
|Family of the Month/Year –|
Promote and support the development of strong and vibrant families. This parish family models Christian family values and visibly lives them every day. Winners are automatically entered in the International Family of the Month /Family of the Year by Supreme.
|Keep Christ in Christmas –|
Promote the true spirit of Christmas in our homes, schools, parishes and communities. Journey to the Inn, Light up for Christ, Crèche or Advent wreath Blessing, and the Christmas Poster Contest are a few examples.
|Family Fully Alive –|
The Family Fully Alive program asks families to invite God into their homes and cultivates each family as a miniature Domestic Church. Through prayer and reflection, each family has the opportunity to grow in holiness together.
|Family week –|
Councils will dedicate a special week of the year for their parish to recognize the vital importance of families as the foundation of our Domestic Church and to promote Catholic family values. Councils should consider factors that might affect parishioner schedules such as school vacations, holidays and other local events.
|Consecration to the Holy Family –|
To help families live out the joy of Christ, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori has composed a prayer through which families will come together to consecrate themselves under the protection of the Holy Family. In this prayer,we ask for the aid or intercession of the perfect son Jesus Christ, Mary the perfect mother, and Joseph who is a model for every father. Council participation in Consecration to the Holy Family is required to qualify for the Columbian Award.
|Family Prayer night (new) –|
Family Prayer night is an opportunity for children to be exposed to regular people living their faith in a casual setting. This is an opportunity for Council members, their families, and the whole parish community to come together once a month for an evening of prayer, dinner and fellowship.
|Good Friday Family Promotion (new) –|
Bring families into more robust practice and better understanding of our Catholic faith and the Triduum. Setting an example for their community, Knights will attend good Friday services with their families and work with their pastors to encourage increased parishioner involvement at these liturgies.