Although patriotism is the charge of the 4th degree Assembly 0155 Santa Maria Council 4999 is a very patriotic organization. Most of the members are of Assembly 0155 are from our council, although it includes members from several eastern Palm Beach County councils including 2075 of West Palm Beach, 6988 at Saint Ignatius Loyola, 11669 , 8419, and 13283 at Mary Immaculate.
Religiously Devoted, Patriotically Proud
For most men who follow Jesus, there comes a time when duty extends beyond our own lives, beyond how we lead our families, and into how we serve our fellow man. That's what the Knights of Columbus is all about. The Patriotic Degree allows knights to take this one step further. "Sir Knight" is more than a title. It’s an honor. If you’ve been a Knight for more than six months, and you are a Third Degree Knight in good standing, it’s time to consider taking your journey one step further.
Contact the Faithful Navigator of the Fr. Andrew Dougherty Assembly #0155 for more information.
For the Knights of Columbus, civic involvement comes in many forms. Each election year, the Knights of Columbus sponsors campaigns that urge citizens to vote, and provides rides to the polls. Members take part in community recreation programs and cultural activities, as well as patriotic observances. Knights can always be found participating in, or leading, community observances of Independence Day, Flag Day, Veterans Day, and other civic ceremonies that honor the nation and the men and women who have fought and died to protect it.
Knights of Columbus councils and assemblies also regularly recognize those who serve and protect their fellow citizens in public safety careers, including police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, as well as other key figures in their communities.
Veterans Administration Volunteer Services
The Knights of Columbus acknowledges this unselfish act of patriotism by promoting the “Serving Those Who Served” program. Council 4999 members volunteer both time and money at the V. A. Hospital in Riviera Beach, not only out of a sense of duty and respect but also out of a sincere desire to show thanks to those who safeguard our country and preserve the very thing we, as Americans, value most: our freedom.
Support our Troops
Members of our Council assist in collecting items for the local Support Our Troops affiliate in North Palm Beach. The council to donates use of our hall for packing personal "Care Packages" to send our troops at Christmas and in providing lunches for the volunteers. In recent years "Care Packages" have gone to our troops in Irac, Afganistan, in Africa, and other locations. One Christmas we assisted in shipping over 1,200 individual packages. The assembly also contributes to cover most of the shipping costs for the Chistmas shipment.
Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program
The Knights of Columbus has established a new scholarship program to help fund the education of seminarians preparing to become Catholic chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The program will distribute $1 million in scholarship money to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, over a period of five years. Our council contributes over $5,000 a year to this program in addition to another $5,000 to support local seminarians. These funds, in turn, will help produce a new generation of much-needed Catholic chaplains to minister to U.S. military personnel and their families.
The U.S. military archdiocese, which supplies Catholic chaplains, estimates that it needs 800 priests to fully serve all of the Catholic men and women in uniform today, but they are only able to supply 280 — barely a third of the number needed. So Catholics in uniform sometimes go weeks, or even months without being able to attend Mass or receive spiritual guidance from a priest.
The military chaplain scholarship program aims to provide a solution to this problem. According to Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, the scholarship money will be dedicated to the archdiocese's existing "Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program," which was initiated to recruit priestly vocations for the military for the benefit of the armed forces as well as participating dioceses and religious orders throughout the country. Through this program, the military archdiocese contracts with each participating diocese to fund 50 percent of the cost of a seminarian's five-year education — typically $12,500 per year. In return, the seminarian agrees that, following ordination and three years of service at a parish, he will commit to serve as a military chaplain under the auspices of the military archdiocese for a minimum of three to five years. Typically, most seminarians in the program have prior military service.
Understanding the dramatic impact on countless families, the day after 9/11, the Knights of Columbus established the “Heroes Fund” to provide immediate assistance to the families of civil servants who lost their lives in the rescue and recovery efforts. Together with other councils throughout the world and our national headquarters, we raised over $1,000,000 to aide the families of first responders.