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.

2018 Officers

Grand Knight  
   Ozzie Vargas
  Deputy Grand Knight        Mike Pendroza
  Chancellor        Chad Develle
  Financial Secretary        Peter Kruse
  Treasurer        Terry Rafinski
  Trustees        Mike Andreucci
   Jesus Denes
   David Brockman
  Inside Guard        Jose Uriostegui
  Outside Guard        Guillermo Miranda

Activities / Events:            
Our Knights of Columbus will once again be
partnering with the Asheville Tourists to help
raise money for charity. Come see us at
Crash’s Kitchen at four Thirsty Thursday
games this season.

Mark your calendar for our first game
on Thursday, May 2. We hope to see you there!

Winter is finally in our rear-view mirror and spring is upon us.
Summer is not too far away, and we are collecting summer
clothing for those in need. We thank you for all your generosity
with our winter clothing drive and we appreciate any donations
you can provide for clothing for the warmer months. We
will be collecting the last three weekends of April.



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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