St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
768 Asbury Rd, Candler, NC 28715
Parish Life
Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Council 15265


The Knights of Columbus is an organization dedicated to the service of our Holy Church and its clergy.
We serve God by serving others in need and in our parish ministries.

We have an open invitation for all practicing Catholic men ages 18 and over to join us.
Every Saturday prior to the 5 pm Mass we pray the Rosary, beginning at 4:30 pm.
Our business meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in Meeting Room #2.

The Knights of Columbus offers free online classes for anyone wishing to know their faith better.  The Catholic Information Service provides full courses in PDF form and some are available as audio mp3 files.  The Catechism-based Luke E. Hart Course, the topical Veritas Course, and a fully searchable Online Catechism are all available at

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Among our many ongoing activities are our Pancake Breakfasts to help raise money for our many projects.  Check out our weekly parish bulletin for announcements sponsored by the Knights.

2019-20 Officers

Grand Knight  
   Jesus Denes
  Deputy Grand Knight        John Gales
  Chancellor        Chester Zima
  Financial Secretary        Terry Rafinski
  Treasurer        Mike Pedroza
  Trustees        Bob Lanza
   Bernardino Mondragon
   David Brockman
  Inside Guard        Guillermo Miranda
  Outside Guard        Emanuel Martinez
  Recorder       Jim Venglarik
  Warden       Mike Andreucci
  Lecturer       Tim Kelley
  Chaplain       Father Dean Cesa

 Activities / Events:
  Saturday, August 24 – 10:00 AM
Corporate Communion Mass w/ Star Award presentation, followed by lunch

Thursday, August 29 – 6:00 PM
Sale of concessions in the kitchen of Crash at McCormick Field (Asheville Tourists)

Saturday, September 7 – 9:00 AM
Rosary for Life at Planned Parenthood in Asheville

Sunday, September 8 – 11:00-3:00
American Red Cross Blood Drive at St. Joan of Arc
Click here for more details.

Sunday, September 15

In the spirit of ecumenism, members of our Knights of Columbus Council have been working with the ministries at Haywood Street Congregation.  They have a year-round need for clothing, so we will be having a perpetual collection to assist them.  We will accept clothes any day of the year you wish to donate them.  No more having to wait for designated weekends.  Please see Mike Pedroza for more information.


There will be a Fourth Degree Exemplification next Saturday, August 17, at 11:30 AM, at the Parish of St. Eugene in Asheville.  Congratulations to all of our Knights who will be taking this next step in their Knights’ journey.

The local 4th Degree Assembly, Assembly #781, meets at Laurentine Hall at the Basilica of St. Lawrence on the third Thursday of odd numbered months at 7:00 PM.  We hope our new Fourth Degree Sir Knights will join us at our next meeting on September 19. 


There is an invisible wound of war that is only beginning to draw public attention. In addition to mental and emotional
suffering, moral injury represents the spiritual dimension of trauma. This important and timely topic is brought to life
with searing emotion in Warriors to Lourdes, a new documentary film produced by the Knights of Columbus. This 28-
minute film highlights the transformative experience of the annual Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage for wounded, ill and
injured veterans seeking physical and spiritual healing. Through very personal accounts of men and women in uniform,
along with those of military chaplains, the film showcases the life-changing impact of this spiritual pilgrimage.
These stories reveal that sometimes the greatest acts of courage occur not on the battlefield but inside the human heart. It
aired on EWTN recently and should be available on demand through your cable or satellite provider.


Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

 I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings

 of this day, for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart,

 in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass

 throughout the world, in reparation for my sins,

 for the intentions of all my relatives and friends,

 and in particular, for the intentions of the Holy Father.



VETERANS -- Serving Those Who Served

Our military personnel voluntarily act as the protectors of our nations, standing on the front lines while keeping us safe behind them.

                 The Knights of Columbus acknowledges this unselfish act of patriotism by promoting the “Serving Those Who Served” program. There are 26 million U.S. veterans and hundreds of thousands of men and women currently serving in the military. Meeting the needs of such a large population is the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs, which operates more than 1,000 facilities throughout the United States, ranging from full-service hospitals to nursing homes and home-care programs.

                 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Program is the vehicle that the Knights of Columbus uses in the Serving Those Who Served program. The Vice President for Fraternal Mission has oversight of the VAVS program. The program is directed and managed by the Assistant for Military and Veterans Affairs who also serves as the National VAVS Representative to the VAVS National Advisory Committee (NAC). The K of C VAVS program is executed through the Fourth Degree chain of command through the U.S. Vice Supreme Masters and District Masters. Under the program, a Knight of Columbus is certified as a VAVS representative or deputy representative at a VA medical center. Our certified representatives and deputy representatives attend hospital meetings and organize efforts for K of C volunteers.

The Knights of Columbus currently has VAVS representatives at almost every VA medical center (VAMC) and many clinics in the United States. There is one certified representative and up to three deputy representatives from the Knights of Columbus at these VAMCs. Representatives recruit and manage K of C VAVS volunteers in developing activities and programs that target the most essential needs of the patients.



Brother Knights, it is time to answer the call!  Our parish needs more volunteers to serve as Eucharistic Ministers to our homebound parishioners.  The Knights have been asked to assist the parish in this vital ministry.  Please contact the parish office if you are willing to help our fellow parishioners in need by bringing them the greatest gift of all, the Holy Eucharist.


Knights of Columbus History:            
Beginning in the 1840s, waves of European immigrants swelled the ranks of Catholics in the United States, and along with that came an increasingly anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant backlash from the Protestant majority. Catholics were subject to discrimination, slander, ridicule, anti-Catholic propaganda and sometimes mob violence.  It was within this hostile climate that Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882. He and the founding Knights chose as the Order’s patron Christopher Columbus — one of the few Catholics considered a hero of American history. Father McGivney believed the explorer represented both Catholicism and patriotism at the very root of America’s heritage, thereby symbolizing that faithful Catholics also can be solid American citizens.

While our dedication to the families of our Brother Knights and all our immigrant brothers remains at the core of our purpose, we have expanded and reached out in charity worldwide.

In 2017, Brother Knights worldwide donated $185.6 million in cash and 75.6 million hours of volunteer service.  After 137 years, we are larger and stronger than ever, a true testament to Father McGivney’s vision.  “Venerable” is the first step on the path to sainthood.  At this point, we await miracles attributed to his intercession to help complete Father McGivney’s journey.  We encourage all to join the McGivney Guild.  Although most members are Knights, membership is open to anyone.  You simply sign up online and you will receive several newsletters per year providing updates on this journey to sainthood.  

  Please go to for more information and to register.

A decade later, as the Order celebrated its patron on the 400th anniversary of his discovery, President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed a national Columbus holiday. He called for “expressions of gratitude to Divine Providence for the devout faith of the discoverer, and for the Divine care and guidance which has directed our history and so abundantly blessed our people.”  Colorado became the first state to establish Columbus Day in 1907, and others soon followed. In 1934, with strong urging and support by the Knights, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress made Columbus Day a federal holiday, mandating its first annual observance on Oct. 12, 1937.




Prayer for Our Country

God of all nations,
Father of the human family,
we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise
and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy
in these United States of America.

We ask for your protection and guidance
for all who devote themselves to the common good,
working for justice and peace at home and around the world.

We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants,
those who serve us as President, as legislators and judges,
those in the military and law enforcement.
Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord,
with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice
in the years ahead for all people,
and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.




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