The Grand Knights Message

Greetings Knights and Prospective Knights,

Fr. Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in New Haven in 1882 in the State of Connecticut.  Fast forward 71 years to 1953 and the Catholic Men in the surrounding areas met to form a new Knights of Columbus Council.  The charter members who were responsible for giving our council name "Holy Innocents" were prophetic in their selection. In 1953 there was no reason to call attention to the slaughter of the Innocents. It was a crime to cause an abortion in those days. Now our country is in the midst of a holocaust which denies the very Right to Life upon which this country was founded. This prophecy is perhaps the reason why our Council has been so active in Pro-Life activities. Please allow me remind each brother…we are all Catholic Advocates.  We are Catholic not only in our homes and churches but also in our neighborhoods, in our jobs and in the marketplace.  We must serve as the example of what our Catholic faith teaches and the virtues that our Order exemplifies.

In 2012 The Knights of Columbus, as a Catholic fraternal men’s organization, celebrated its 130th Anniversary as a Charitable and Fraternal Order. In 2013, our Holy Innocents Council celebrated its 60th Anniversary.  In the years since our founding, we have distinguished ourselves in this Order. It is our goal to continue our great traditions and perhaps start some new ones!

Each event gives all of us, as brother knights, the opportunity to have a good time while supporting one of our charities.  In fact, at each Holy Innocents K of C event, we are extolling all three of our order’s virtues – Charity (a portion of our ticket price goes to charity); Unity (we are all together at the event); fraternity (we all share a good time with our brothers and their families).  By attending a council event you are a living example of charity, unity and fraternity! We hope to see YOU at our next council event.

Please know that there are only two kinds of Catholic men…those who are Knights and those who aren’t Knights…yet! All brothers are asked to assist in our order’s membership activities.  Don’t be shy about asking a friend, neighbor or family member to join our order. 

Lastly, it is our duty to serve God and country.  We do the former by being Catholic advocates and standing up for our Catholic beliefs.  We do the latter by flying the American flag and holding our elected representatives accountable while never forgetting the sacrifice of our veterans and those who died protecting our country.  Be proud of your affiliation with our Order and seek to maintain your membership in our Council.

May God richly bless you and your families,

Steve Scarallo, Grand Knight