Catholic men who are interested in being part of an organization that gives to others and making a difference will find new friends at Santa Maria Council 4999. Our members range from brothers who have newly discovered the Catholic faith, to “Cradle Catholics”, to brothers who are deacons and priests.
Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. Come see what we are all about and start to enhance your personal life.
We promote the core principles of the Knights of Columbus, charity, unity, and fraternity. We regularly have speakers from organizations that have received our help and hear presentations on topics related to our faith. There is a separate monthly business meeting to discuss the business of running the council.
While most of our brothers are year-round residents, seasonal residents who are members of other councils are more than welcome. The more new, seasonal, or Knights who have recently relocated, become involved in the activities of the council, the sooner they will feel at home at Council 4999.
We hope you will realize the benefits in joining the Knights of Columbus and Santa Maria Council 4999. Cruise our website, read our publications, and generally get to know us. We would love the opportunity to have you join us. Click on Knights to learn more.
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Knights Chart a New Course
A rising tide lifts all boats and there has been a rising tide since the Second Vatican Council. It opened the floodgates of involvement in our Church by the laity. Knights of Columbus have been there in service at every level of the church. As an order, we have nearly doubled our size since the middle of the 20th century, and in recent years, we exponentially increased our charity.
But there is also a tide that is no longer rising. We can all see what is happening; it is impossible to ignore. Over the last 50 years, more than 26 million Americans have left the Catholic faith. Approximately four out of every ten “born and raised” Catholics no longer identify as Catholics. Although the recent scandals have contributed to this trend, the involvement of Catholics in our Church, usually measured by attendance at Mass, has been declining for many decades. This is a crisis for our Church. This is a crisis for our Catholic families. We are not talking about abstractions. We are talking about our parishes, our communities, our councils, our families, and our friends.
This crisis in our Church is really a crisis of evangelization, or rather a failure to evangelize within the Catholic family. Such a crisis cannot be adequately responded to without the action of Catholic husbands, fathers and grandfathers. The Knights of Columbus will meet this challenge. We must evangelize our children and families. We can and must do this by our witness and charity.
We are forging a new generation of Knights, men who see in our principles of charity, unity and fraternity a path to leading a Catholic way of life that can strengthen their families, their parishes and their communities. We are acting to make our Order more inviting and more accessible. We now offer a new combined exemplification of our principles of charity, unity and fraternity.