Would you like to join the Knights of Columbus
of Saint Joseph Parish?
Definition of a
Practical Catholic as written
by our Past Supreme Chaplain
The sole condition for membership in the Order of
Knights of Columbus is that an applicant or member be a practical or
practicing Catholic. In other words, he must be a Catholic in
good standing in the Catholic Church. The main component
elements of this requirement may be briefly described as follows:
1. To reflect Christ in the modem world, in
all circumstances and places of living. That is, to order
one's life according to the teachings of Christ and to follow the
pattern of His example.
2. To show love and
loyalty for the Church, and to defend the Church, her teachings and
her representatives in all attacks against them. (Helping
one's bishop and parish priest is the primary way to do this).
To accept and respect the Church's authority (vested in the Supreme
Pontiff and the Hierarchy united with him), to teach and govern the
faithful. This implies the acceptance of all the Church's
teachings as proposed for our belief by the Teaching Authority of
4. To assist faithfully and
intelligently at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Sundays and Holy
Days of Obligation. (Assistance at Daily Mass is highly
5. To receive Holy
Communion during the Easter Time, according to precept, but
frequently, at least monthly, as a good and wholesome spiritual
6. To confess one's sins at
least once a year, and even frequently, as a good spiritual
practice, but not by command, unless confession is needed in order
to free one's conscience of grave sin.
To fast and abstain on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by obligation
imposed by the Church; to abstain on the other Fridays of Lent also
by obligation imposed by the Church.
(It is strongly recommended
to abstain from meat on all the other Fridays of the year, fast
during Lent and perform other penitential works because of our love
for Christ Who died for us on a Friday and Who fasted 40 days and
nights, and because of the necessity of doing penance for our sins).
8. To give financial and moral support to
the Church for her needs and programs: promoting her spiritual and
sociological missions, aiding the poor and underprivileged,
espousing and advancing the just cause of minority groups, etc.
9. To pray frequently. (It is very
helpful to know and to recite the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary,
the Acts of Faith, Hope, Charity, Contrition, etc.)
To be a faithful and devoted husband and father, if the member is a
married man; married or unmarried, to be an exemplary Catholic
gentleman and a dutiful patriotic citizen.
† C. P. Greco
Bishop of Alexandria
Supreme Chaplain of Knights of Columbus