PROGRAM OF THE MONTH INITIATIVE
The California State Council encourages all councils to give priority to the State’s program of the month. Work with your pastor to present the following featured programs to the parish at large. Incorporate a side Membership Delta Drive with the program for any that may be encouraged to join the Knights because of the program.
JULY SACRAMENTAL GIFTS
This program supports families during the most important events in the life of the domestic church: the sacraments. Knights of Columbus councils will play an integral role in these momentous faith events and the lives of families and the parish community through prayer and the presentation of symbolic gifts.
AUGUST HOLY HOUR
This program will encourage a deep personal encounter with God. Knights of Columbus councils work with their pastors to organize a regular Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. Prepared for the men of the parish, this Holy Hour could include a reflection, communal rosary, prayers for intercession by St. Joseph or Knights of Columbus founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, and various other aspects as decided by the council.
SEPTEMBER INTO THE BREACH
This program is designed to deepen our members’ spirituality and formation to combat crisis of religious faith in our world. Knights of Columbus councils will institute men’s study groups to read the apostolic exhortation Into the Breach.
We can build faithful families and communities through rosary prayer. The Knights of Columbus Rosary Program encourages councils to promote devotion to the rosary in families and parishes by scheduling regular rosary prayer services.
NOVEMBER HELPING HANDS
Put your faith into action and help those less fortunate in your community! In the model of Knights of Columbus founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, councils will lead efforts to assist those most in need. Guidelines for this program are broad and can include forming partnerships with local aid organizations.
DECEMBER CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY FAMILY
Help strengthen families and revitalize our parishes. Knights of Columbus councils will invite each family in their parish to consecrate themselves to the Holy Family and to devote themselves to the ideal model of familial love set by Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
JANUARY NOVENA FOR LIFE
Lead your community in the spiritual fight to establish a culture of life in our nations. Knights and their families will come together in both public and private acts of prayer to promote the protection of life.
FEBRUARY MASS FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Welcome individuals or families who might not normally feel comfortable participating in a regularly scheduled Mass. Councils will sponsor a distinct Mass, conducted annually, for people with special needs.
MARCH SPIRITUAL REFLECTION
With this program we create annual opportunities for prayer and reflection as a fraternity. Under the guidance of the council chaplain, Knights of Columbus councils can attend a retreat or day of reflection together or perhaps organize their own event for men of their parish.
APRIL GOOD FRIDAY FAMILY PROMOTION
Bring families into more robust practice and better understanding of the Catholic faith and the Easter services. In an effort to increase attendance and involvement, Knights of Columbus councils will conduct a promotional campaign to educate their parishes on the vital importance of Good Friday.
MAY MARIAN PRAYER – OUR LADY HELP OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
Spread devotion to Our Lady and pray for our brothers and sisters in faith who are at risk around the world.
JUNE BUILDING THE DOMESTIC CHURCH KIOSK
Help strengthen the domestic church (our families) by providing exceptional religious education materials to all Catholics.
PROGRAM OF THE MONTH INITIATIVE ACTION STEPS
- Get permission from your pastor.
- Set a date for the event.
- Plan the schedule, events, and activities.
- Order through Supplies Online any needed kits/prayer cards/publications needed.
- Consider using a sample press release as a model to create and distribute a tailored release to local media.
- Build public interest for the event! Promote your program in your parish and larger community.
- Wear Knights of Columbus apparel.
- Have the council membership director set up a table with brochures and membership documents (including Prospect Cards #921A). Do not forget that this is a recruiting opportunity!