Lenten Fish Fry

Each Friday during Lent, the Knights run a fish fry in the Quad. The purpose of this event is two fold:
  1. It provides Catholic students, faculty, and staff a means of fulfilling their Lenten obligation to abstain from meat.
  2. It is a way to raise charitable funds for an organization of the Knights choosing.
For the fish fry, we do everything except catch the fish! We coat the Pollock fillets in our own beer batter, cook it, and serve it along with chips and soda. We also provide grilled cheese for those who don’t like fish. It takes a lot of work and man-power, but always worth it in the end, both to the Knights and the charities that we support. This year, Lent starts on February 25, making the date of the first fish fry February 27.

Pro-Life Activities

March for Life

In January, many Knights, along with the SLU Students for Life, attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. This national event is an opportunity for American Catholics to encourage politicians to support life, from conception to natural death, in all of their votes and policies. This year, we plan on becoming more active in this process. We will be passing out paper mache roses- either in the Quad or after Mass- that can be signed by pro-life voters. These roses will then be collected and taken to Washington to serve as a petition for the pro-life effort.

Planned Parenthood Protests

On a few Saturday mornings each semester, the Knights pray with the peaceful protesters outside of the Planned Parenthood facility just a few blocks west of campus. This is a nation-wide effort to let the citizens around us that that we support life from the moment of conception, and that woman who choose life for their unborn child will be supported and aided by the Catholic community.

PAL Awards

Knights who attend five Pro-Life events during the year are eligible to receive the Protecting All Life (PAL) Award. Events that count towards this honor are the March for Life, Planned Parenthood Protests, various activities sponsored by the SLU Students for Life, any Masses or Rosaries said for the Pro-Life cause, and any other unnamed activity the Council decides is in support of the Pro-Life movement.

Tootsie Roll Drive

Every fall, the Knights participate in the Tootsie Roll Drive to raise money for organizations that aid intellectually and physically disabled citizens in our community. These organizations include:
  1. Special Olympics
  2. K of C Developmental Center at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
We typically choose a few days to stand out in the Quad, and collect money from students as they travel to and from classes. Also, we pick a Sunday to collect after the 10 PM Mass. Tentative dates for the Tootsie Roll Drive this year are October 9, 10, & 12.

Community Service

Make a Difference Day

Every fall, thousands of students participate in the campus-wide Make A Difference Day. For this activity, students are sent out into the St. Louis community to work on a service project for one day. The Knights always make it a point to participate to promote our quality of charity. Make A Difference Day this year is October 25.

Relay for Life

Another popular campus activity is Relay for Life. Through this event, students help raise money for cancer research and patients, and most of money stays here in the Midwest. The Council had a team last year, and it is a goal to establish another team this year.

The Council is always looking for more opportunities for community service. If you have any ideas, please talk to one of the officers!

First Friday

On the first Friday of every month, the Knights attend 5:15 PM Mass as a group at the Chapel of Our Lady bellow College Church. We then make our way down Grand to eat dinner a The Best Steak House.

Rosary

Once a week the Knights gather to pray the Holy Rosary. This prayer time is open to the public, so if you are planning to attend be sure to invite your friends!

Basketball

Another weekly activity that started last semester was playing basketball at the Simon Rec Center. This has become a great source of socializing and exercise.

“Passion Of The Christ”

Each year, the Knights sponsor a showing of Mel Gibson’s the “Passion of the Christ” to start the Lenten season. While there may be some controversy surrounding the film, the objective here is to provide Catholics on campus one way of stimulating their meditation on the meaning of the sacrifice of Lent and Good Friday.
©2009 Knights of Columbus Council 4561. Website design by Thomas Chlebeck.