Vivat Jesus!

Peace be upon you dear brothers and sisters in Christ!

Welcome and thank you for visiting the official site of the Knights of Columbus of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Council 5617, Grace Park, Caloocan City, Metro Manila in the Philippines!

We are the Mother Council of the Knights of Columbus in Caloocan City!

Click on any links above to start getting to know about the Order of the Knights of Columbus in general and about Our Lady of Grace Council in particular.

We invite Catholic men, at least 18 years of age and in communion with the Holy Catholic Church, and who would like to serve the Church through the various charitable works of the Knights, to consider joining our ranks.

The Knights of Columbus of Our Lady of Grace are always present in the grounds of the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace every Saturday afternoon and every Sunday, giving their time and energy to act as security officers of the Shrine.

You may approach any of the brother Knights for more information about joining the Order.


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Let our Church Bell Ring!

The facade and bell tower of the parish church / shrine of Our Lady of Grace

The Knights of Columbus Council 5617 has undertaken to install a bell on the famous bell tower of the parish church of Our Lady of Grace.  For almost half a century, faithful Catholics look up the tower to see the

Why we need a bell/s installed in the belfry of our parish church / shrine?

1.  Bells have Biblical foundations:

Exodus 39:22-24 “And beneath at the feet pomegranates of violet, purple, scarlet, and fine twisted linen: And little bells of the purest gold, which they put between the pomegranates at the bottom of the tunick round about: To wit, a bell of gold, and a pomegranate, wherewith the high priest went adorned, when he discharged his ministry, as the Lord had commanded Moses.”

Ecclesiasticus 45:9-11 “And he girded him about with a glorious girdle, and clothed him with a robe of glory, and crowned him with majestic attire. He put upon him a garment to the feet, and breeches, and as ephod, and he compassed him with many little bells of gold all round about, That as he went there might be a sound, and a noise made that might be heard in the temple, for a memorial to the children of his people.”

2.  Bells in the history of Christianity is the only sound that calls us to stop whatever we are doing and pray. For more than 1,500 years, bells are undoubtedly looked upon by both Catholics and non-Catholics alike voice of the Church, in weal and woe, warning of danger and announcing celebration.

3.  Bells are uniquely Catholic

During the Protestant rebellion, the protestants saw that the church bell is uniquely catholic and therefore must go. While most Protestant churches have towers and spires like the Mormons and the Iglesia ni Cristo these do not have any bells and do not serve any other purpose other than pure aesthetics. Catholic churches on the other hand have towers and spires that house bells where they continually rung for centuries in peacetime and in war, to call her flock to the sheepfold, just like how the sheep know their Good Shepherd and Him his flock.  (cf. John 10:14)

By the grace of God the Almighty and by the prayers of our patroness, Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Grace, the fund-raising project to place a bell in the famous belfry of Our Lady of Grace also knows as the Grace Park Cross Bell Tower will soon house both an electronic carillon and cast bronze bells.

Starting today, we will be accepting donations for this project.  We will publish the names of the donors and the amount they donated here in our website.  If the donor wishes to make his name anonymous or by using his initials or code names only, we will gladly oblige.

For more about the history of our parish and shrine, please click here.

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You may send your email inquiries and online pledges to the following contact details:

Sir Knight Rommel F. Lopez
Worthy Grand Knight
Columbian Year 2012 – 2013
email address: rommelflopez@gmail.com

Sir Knight Emil S. Kimwell, PGK
Worthy Trustee for 3 years
email address: emilskimwell@yahoo.com

You may also post your pledge here:

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Papal Message to the Knights of Columbus 2011 Supreme Convention

Dear Mr. Anderson,

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was pleased to learn that from 2-4 August 2011 the 129thSupreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus will be held in Denver, Colorado. He has asked me to convey his warm greetings and good wishes to all in attendance, together with the assurance of his prayers for the fruitfulness of these annual deliberations.

The theme of this year’s Supreme Convention –“So That The World May Know New Hope”– was fittingly inspired by the great Prayer for Families with which Blessed John Paul II concluded his Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America. It was precisely so that “the world may know new hope” that the late Pontiff tirelessly called upon the lay faithful to work for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the renewal of society in accordance with its liberating message. Today, before the increasingly evident signs of a growing forgetfulness of God, a rejection of most basic principles of morality and a breakdown in the very foundations of social life, no committed follower of Christ can fail to heed this urgent summons to work for the rebuilding of our communities in accordance with the enduring values grounded in the natural law, confirmed by the Gospel and enshrined in the Christian vision of life’s true meaning, beauty and purpose.

For this reason, the Holy Father expresses his deep gratitude to the Knights of Columbus for their continuing contribution to responsible public debate about the great ethical issues which will shape the future of our democratic societies. He sees in this valued service to the common good an outstanding example of the lay apostolate which consists, as the Second Vatican Council teaches, in “building up the Church, sanctifying the world and imbuing it with the Spirit of Christ” (Apostolicam Actuositatem, 16). Such a clear and courageous moral witness is all the more necessary in the light of a proliferation of legislative initiatives which not only undermine such basic institutions of society as marriage and the family, but also threaten the fundamental human rights of conscientious objection and religious freedom. As part of its response to these increasingly serious challenges, His Holiness encourages your Order to renew and reinforce its praiseworthy programs of catechesis and continuing formation in the faith and in the principles of Christian morality, so that each Knight can be prepared to offer a reasonable account of his deepest convictions.

In his Encyclical Spe Salvi, the Holy Father recalled that the most effective testimony to Christ is given by men and women whose closeness to the wellsprings of divine love in prayer and in the sacramental life of the Church transforms them and makes them living icons of hope. In this context he thinks especially of the impressive witness to hope given by the Knights of Columbus as they help so many young men to grow to Christian maturity, teaching them to let their lives be shaped by the things that really matter (cf.Phil 1:10) and offering countless quiet examples of the masculine virtues of fidelity, hard work, generosity and self-sacrifice. In the local Councils, in parishes and in local communities, the Knights represent a privileged “setting of Christian hope” (cf. Spe Salvi, 32ff.), where the Catholic faith and its deepest values are embodied and passed on through friendship, fraternal charity, volunteerism and good works. His Holiness encourages all of you to reflect with gratitude on this often hidden yet very real charism of your Order and to foster it as a significant resource for the renewal of the Church and society at every level.

Finally, the Holy Father expresses his profound satisfaction for the continuing fidelity of the Knights of Columbus to the vision of Father Michael McGivney, who desired that the Order should be the embodiment of Christian charity through its manifold works of fraternal solidarity and mutual aid. This commitment has always been shown first and foremost on the level of the local Councils, in the many quiet ways in which Knights have always sought to help one another, especially in difficult times such as the present economic downturn. It has also found privileged expression in your Order’s institutional programs of insurance and financial planning, which have brought stability and hope to so many individuals and families, and in your charitable outreach to the poor throughout the world, particularly in the wake of disasters such as those which recently struck Haiti and Japan. His Holiness is likewise grateful for the unswerving support which the Knights have given to the Successor of Peter in his ministry to the universal Church. He sees in this great symphony of charity a testimony to the catholicity of our faith and to the breadth and depth of our hope in Christ’s saving promises.

With these sentiments, the Holy Father invokes upon all assembled in Denver the Spirit’s gifts of wisdom, understanding and good counsel. Commending all the Knights and their families to the loving intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, he cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of joy and peace in Jesus her divine Son.

Adding my own prayerful good wishes for the work of the Supreme Convention, I remain

Yours sincerely,

Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone
Secretary of State

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STAND UP FOR LIFE!

 

This Pro-Life advocacy has been covered and featured in the online news service of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.  To read more about it, click here.

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