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Church Activities

These activities support our church and our liturgies, illustrate our respect for life, and provide for the spiritual development of our member Knights.

Roses for Baptism

We welcome the newly baptized of our parish into the church with a love that reflects our respect for life. At each Mass where there is a baptism a Knight volunteers to present a rose and a certificate of welcome on behalf of the Knights and the parish.

Men's Choir

The Men's Choir is open to all men. We sing 3 to 4 times a year, paying special attention to the Family Mass and other annual events. Our director is Neil Stiller. Many members of the choir are Knights, but you don't have to be a Knight to be in the choir. The Knight's support the Choir by purchasing music and encouraging men to join.

Light Up For Christ

As part of the Knights of Columbus "Keep Christ in Christmas" Campaign, Light Up For Christ is an event traditionally held the first Tuesday of December. Councils all over the nation are invited to gather and hold an official lighting of a nativity scene or Christmas tree. Holy Spirit's Light up for Christ event has traditionally been partnered with the parish's Wednesday evening program for the past several years. This past year was no exception as we gathered on a windy and chilly Wednesday evening. Knights, their families, and parishioners all attended this event.

Men's Retreat

Once a year, usually in January, a retreat is organized by our Lecturer for the spiritual development and reflection of our member Knights.

Community Activities

Our community activities show that we do not exist as just Catholics unto ourselves, but extend our parish into the community in which we live. We evangelize by example.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities sometimes provides families with moving assistance between apartments and homes. Knights provide the backbone and occasionally the trucks necessary to make this happen smoothly.

RochesterFest Parade Marshals

The Knights in Rochester have a long tradition of serving as marshals for the annual RochesterFest parade near the end of June. All the councils in Rochester participate.

Christmas Anonymous

Our Knights provide a large number contingent to help with Christmas Anonymous each year in the two weeks following Thanksgiving. The most visible activity of CA is their store, open for one day, where families who would not ordinarily be able to afford gifts can shop for gifts, clothing, and bicycles. Each family receives the makings of a holiday meal as well. Much planning and preparation goes on behind the scenes to make this happen. In addtion to the store, CA also makes deliveries of the holiday meal packages to our senior citizens prior to store day.

Those who have helped in the past keep returning again and again.

Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities

The annual Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities (Tootsie Roll drive) is done by Councils throughout the United States every spring. Our council covers the northwest area of Rochester. The proceeds from this drive are given to organizations in town that serve people with mental disabilities. Past beneficiaries have included Hiawatha Homes, PossAbilities, Olmsted County ARC, the Special Olympics, and Special Religious Education (SPRED).

Council Activities

Council activities help raise money fund our various projects and give a large number of us all a chance to help out.

Pancake Breakfasts

Pancake Breakfasts occur about five times during the school year. These are usually done in combination with various groups in the parish as fund raisers for that group. The Knights donate their planning abilities and culinary skills as well as their time.

Souper Bowl Sunday

The pancake breakfast isn't the only activity that keeps our Knights in the kitchen. Once a year for Super Bowl Sunday we cook up a huge batch of Booyah (a hearty chicken soup), chile, and corn muffins for parishoners who decide to forgo cooking so they can watch the big game.

Golf Tournament

Each year in late September the Knights take a weekday off for some serious (ok, not so serious) golf. Our golf tournament has become a Holy Spirit tradition. Beginning at noon with a shotgun start the tournament takes over Northern Hills Golf Course. Prizes are awarded for various records achieved during the day. The event ends with dinner and a good time for all.

Family Activities

The family activities we sponsor are open to all. The Knights organize these and help provide the manpower needed to make these go.

Spirit Run

Our first Spirit Run was held in 1995, the year after our council came into being. All runners and walkers from the Rochester area are invited. It occurs the last Saturday of October. There are three events: a 1K walk for the children and 5K and 10K runs for those who've been practicing. Halloween costumes are welcome. The Rochester Track Club provides their expertise with organizing and timing the longer runs, and these are the last major runs of the season for the serious runners in Rochester.

Family Mass

The Knight's Family Mass is held once a year in Spring, usually late May. This Mass is a celebration of our family life. Knights and their families provide the music, ushering, greeting for this Mass. After Mass we sponsor either pancake breakfast or donuts and coffee. Its our chance to show our love for our families and to encourage our families to participate more fully in our parish life.

Lite Night & Family Picnic

Since even the Knights can't be all work and no play we make two exceptions to our regular council meeting schedule. In February we have a "Light Night with the Knights" of food and fun with spouses and friends, and in August we have our Family Picnic at Holy Spirit where we have games for the kids and announce the Knight and Family of the Year.

Youth Activities

Youth activities are aimed at the younger members of our parish. These support their education, provide a bit of fun, and show our appreciation for the good work they do.

Free Throw Contest

The annual free throw contest is a KC nationally sponsored event. It takes place in January of each year. All boys and girls from ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate with a chance of moving up to a state competition held in March.

Soccer Contest

In the fall of 2005 we held our first annual Soccer Challenge event. Like the Free Throw Contest this is a KC nationally sponsored event. Boys and girls from ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate and have a chance of moving up to our regional competition held in October.

Scouting

Our council is the chartering organization for Boy Scout Troop 110. Knights are active in scout leadership. We make a $50 donation for new Eagle scouts to donate to a charity of their choice. We also support the Girl Scouts from the parish in a similar way when they receive their Gold Award.

Youth Ministry Appreciation

Holy Spirit's youth are active in various ministries: servers, greeters, choir, ushers, readers, and eucharistic ministers, just to name a few. They provide a valuable service every weekend liturgy. Each year in late summer show our thanks by inviting them to an event co-sponsored by the parish. Past events have included Honkers and Twin's games, Valleyfair, movie discounts, and Skyline Raceway.

Scholarship Banquet

The Catholic Schools Scholarship Banquet is held once a year to raise funds for scholarships to the area's Catholic Schools: Lourdes High School, and the parish schools of St. Francis, St. Pius X, St. John the Evangelist, and Holy Spirit. The Knights are strong supporters of Catholic education and all the councils in Rochester combine to host this banquet.

Youth Choir Appreciation

The Holy Spirit Youth Choir sings at several Masses during the school year. In late Spring we held an appreciation event for them after their last gig. See some pictures from that event.

Squires

Our council is considering the possibility of establishing a Squires Circle for interested older boys in the area possibly in concert with other local councils.

The first Columbian Squires circle was started in 1925. Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17 can join. Squires' activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.