Knights of Columbus

Bridges for Life
Thanks to all Knights and parishioners who supported the Bridges for Life effort on March 25. Together we CAN turn our state and nation back to God and save precious lives!

Benton Council 9890 Presents ID Checks
One of the charitable projects of Benton Knights of Columbus Council 9890 is the annual Intellectual Disabilities Fund Drive -- also known as the "Tootsie Roll Drive." Thanks to the generosity of our parish and the community, Jim Yancik, co-chair of the drive, presented checks for $1,783 to the superintendents of Benton District 47 and Ewing-Northern Grade School for their special education departments. The Knights appreciate your continued support of their efforts!

Council 9890 Featured in National Columbia Magazine

Bishop Albert R. Zuroweste Council 9890, Benton, IL, partners with the American Red Cross to host Blood Drives throughout the year. More than 100 units of blood are collected each year. Grand Knight, Willie Wolf (left), takes the lead with other council members assisting and donating blood.

Prayers for Marcus
As many of you know, Marcus Cunningham is still recovering from a car accident. His foot had to be amputated and he is now in the rehab process.
Please continue to pray for Marcus during his long road to recovery.
Cards can be sent to:
Marcus Cunningham
Memorial Care Center, Room 208
4315 Memorial Drive, #5342
Belleville, IL  62226

Get Involved -- Join Today!
Catholic men ages 18 and older are invited to join the Knights of Columbus. This fraternal organization supports the parish and local community.
There are two K of C councils in our parish family and their contact information is below. Learn more about who the Knights are >>> click here

Benton Council 9890
-- Meets the second Monday of the month in the St. Joseph Parish Center
-- Contact Grand Knight Willie Wolf or District Deputy Harold Campbell for information

Christopher Council 3943
-- Meets the third Wednesday of the month in the Columbian Club, Christopher
-- Contact Grand Knight Mike Salmo or District Deputy Harold Campbell for information

Online Membership Available

Faith-Based Investments
Whether retirement is several years away or you're already a retiree, Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors offer investment solutions that can help you reach your financial goals without sacrificing your Catholic morals. And, these K of C investment funds are available to all Catholics, not just KC members! To learn more, contact Bryce Levanti or click HERE.

Respect Life -- All Ages, All Stages
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Local Knights News

Knights Lead the Way in Pro-Life Action
In a world that needs men who serve, protect and defend LIFE, Benton Knights of Columbus members are leading the way in our parish. KC Council 9890 recently held two "Bridges for Life" events to promote the sanctity of life. During the two days, Oct. 1 and 28, an estimated 32,700 motorists viewed the pro-life message, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. 
Thanks to all who stood up for life:  Willie Wolf, Ken Hungate, David and Donna Spencer, Louie Ferando, Jim Yancik, Bryce Levanti, Don Owens, David Stock, Bill Tasky, Jerry and Marcia Whitehead, Kathy Wolsing, Pat Borgra, Mary Beth Simpkins, Tim and Melody Scroggins, Sr. Janice Alfoldy, Sr. Laura Reynolds, Betty Batts, and Harold Campbell.

Council 9890 Hosts Silver Rose Prayer Service
The Silver Rose Prayer Service, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, was held on September 21, 2022. This special prayer service focuses on the sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death. The silver rose is on a nine-month pilgrimage that began in March and ends on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During that time, Silver Roses travel from town to town along eight routes throughout North America. Several of those routes begin in Canada and end in Mexico. Parishioners present were invited to write their special intentions in the "Prayer Intentions Book" that travels with the rose.

Appreciation is extended to all who participated, and special thanks to those who helped conduct the service:  Willie Wolf, David Spencer, Harry Orlandini, Bryce Levanti, Jim Yancik, Sr. Janice and Flora Alfoldy, Sr. Laura Reynolds, Fr. Urban Osuji, and Harold Campbell.

Benton Knights Win State Award
Benton Knights of Columbus Council 9890 received the General Assistance Fund Award during the Illinois K of C Convention held May 28-30 in Chicago. This award recognizes councils for raising money to help alleviate human suffering and to provide financial assistance in times of sudden and catastrophic need or extraordinary loss. Ken Martinek, membership director for the Belleville Diocese, presented the award at the Council's June meeting. Congratulations, Knights, and thank you for your charitable works!