St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
768 Asbury Rd, Candler, NC 28715
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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

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.

2017-2018 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

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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.  


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.


Council elections will be held at the next council meeting – on Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 PM.  This is a chance for all council members to have a say in who will provide the council’s leadership for the upcoming year.  We encourage all council members to attend and vote.



Las elecciones del Consejo se llevarán a cabo en la próxima reunión del consejo, el jueves 7 de junio a las 6:30 PM. Esta es una oportunidad para que todos los miembros del consejo puedan opinar sobre quién proporcionará el liderazgo del consejo para el próximo año. Alentamos a todos los miembros del consejo a asistir y votar.



The Knights of Council 15265 are spending some time working the concession stand at McCormick Field again this summer to raise money for the official state charity, the LAMB Foundation of North Carolina, providing support for those with intellectual disabilities.  The next night we’ll be there is Saturday, June 9, for the 6:00 game.  Come by Crash’s Kitchen and help support a good cause.



Los Caballeros del Consejo 15265 están pasando un tiempo trabajando en el puesto de concesión en McCormick Field nuevamente este verano para recaudar dinero para la organización benéfica estatal oficial, la Fundación LAMB de Carolina del Norte, que brinda apoyo a las personas con discapacidades intelectuales. La próxima noche que estaremos allí es el sábado, 9 de junio, para el juego de las 6:00. Venga a Crash's Kitchen y ayude a apoyar una buena causa. 






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.




Dios de todas las naciones,
Padre de la familia humana,
Te damos gracias por la libertad que ejercemos
Y las muchas bendiciones de la democracia que disfrutamos
En estos Estados Unidos de América.
Pedimos su protección y orientación
Para todos los que se dedican al bien común,
Trabajando por la justicia y la paz en el hogar y en todo el mundo.
Alzamos a todos nuestros líderes y servidores públicos debidamente elegidos,
Aquellos que nos servan como Presidente, como legisladores y jueces,
Aquellos en el ejército y la aplicación de la ley.
Cúraos de nuestras diferencias y uníos, oh Señor,
Con un propósito común, dedicación y compromiso para lograr la libertad y la justicia
En los próximos años para todas las personas,
Y especialmente aquellos que son más vulnerables en nuestro medio.


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