Our Motto: Tempus Fugit-Momento Mori (Time flies Remember Death)
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.
The Order of the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in the United States by Father Michael J. McGivney in 1882, it is named in honor of Christopher Columbus and is dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. There are more than 1.7 million members in 14,000 councils, with nearly 200 councils on college campuses. Our membership is comprised of “practical Catholic” men aged 18 or older. Council 3162 is dedicated to those same principles and is proud to serve the Mission San Luis Rey parish and the surrounding community by donating our time, talent and treasure. We provide monetary support to our parish religious education and youth programs and the social concerns program which provides for those in need within and outside our parish. . We support the Pro-Life initiatives and gather donations for Pregnancy Resource Center here in Oceanside. We support the intellectually challenged in our community through the annual “Tootsie Roll Drive” with proceeds going to Ivey Ranch Park Association. There are plenty of opportunities for you to be involved, but it is all on your terms. We are all volunteers with families, jobs and other commitments, and we help when we can. If you have been looking for a way to give back, then look no further. WE NEED YOU!