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A great  treasure of the Catholic Church is The Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in the United States in 1882, it is named after Christopher Columbus.

I have the honour of being a member of Council 7689 at St. Patrick’s Parish, Markham, which was founded in 1980 when, under the leadership of then pastor, Fr. Norbert Gignac, 40 Knights residing within the parish boundaries transferred their membership to the new Council.

Joe McGlynn was appointed the first Grand Knight.  Over the years, the St. Patrick’s Council has increased its membership and today numbers a total of nearly 150 members.

The  Knights of Columbus at St. Patrick’s have been very generous in giving of their time and raising funds for a number of local causes. One of the activities they support is the Community Dinner Program at the Keele Correctional Centre which is part of the Friends of Dismas Ministry. Twice a year a team of Knights prepares a wonderful pasta dinner and serves it to the men at the Keele half-way house in downtown Toronto.

When I asked if they could help with this ministry, they immediately responded with a yes and their visits to Centre are much appreciated by the residents. The Knights show they care by giving of their time to those  in need.

Please visit Council 7689’s  new website at: www.kofcstpatrick.ca and if you are a man living in the parish, please drop them a line to find out how you can become part of this Christ-centred group of men who are making a difference in our community.

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