Welcome to the web page of the Knights of Columbus Council #9518 of St. Gerald Catholic Church in Ralston, Nebraska. We invite all practicing Catholic men of our parish age 18 and older to join our ranks and take a more active role in their faith.
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Weekly Adoration Hour
Thursdays 6:00PM - 96th and Q Chapel
As part of our effort to grow our Parish Family Life and deepen all of our Faith, the Knights are proud to announce that we have booked a weekly Holy Hour of Adoration reserved for Brother Knights and their families and friends. The goal of this hour is to help strengthen our council, parish and families through conversation with Jesus. Sign up
is not required to participate, rather, it is being used as a confirmation that we will have at least one person present each week to spend time with our Lord.
There is no formal agenda or program for this hour. Depending on the number of attendees, please feel free to join in a group Rosary or simply remain in silent prayer. Additionally, this is a fantastic way to spend the 3rd Thursday of each month and then stay and join us for mass and our monthly meeting. We look forward to worshiping with you and your family!
Generally, our council meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. We start our meetings with either a mass or communion service in the 96th & Q Street adoration chapel. All members are invited to attend our general meeting.
About Our Council
Council #9518 was chartered in 1987 and is named after Fr. William A. Foster. We are affiliated with St. Gerald Parish in Ralston and many other organizations within the Ralston & Omaha metro area. We started our Council with 46 charter members with the first Chaplain being Fr. William A. Foster and the first Grand Knight, Jim McNamara. Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism are the cornerstones of our Order which focuses on active involvement by our members in the areas of church, community, council, family and youth.
There are over 2,600 families at St. Gerald Parish. We currently have a nice mix of younger and more seasoned members which has given our council a wonderful balance of energy and character. With all the Family, Youth, Service, Parish, and Community Activities that we sponsor every year we believe there are many reasons to join Council #9518.
Some of our Council's Activities and Accomplishments for 2016
- Collected and donated $2,247 to the Knights of Columbus One Rose/One Life Campaign (January)
- Collected $738 in our annual Buck-A-Month campaign with proceeds to Bethlehem House (January)
- Hosted a two day retreat at the Creighton Retreat Center (January)
- Hosted a parish-wide Clergy Appreciation Dinner (January)
- Sponsored a Youth Free Throw Contest (January)
- Hosted a Valentine Night for Knights and guests (February)
- Served 6 parish-wide Lenten Fish Dinners with proceeds to parish needs (Lent)
- Co-Sponsored the Fr. William A. Foster Golf Tournament with proceeds to the Fr. Foster Endowment Fund (May)
- Awarded $5,000 in high school scholarships to St. Gerald students (May)
- Participated in Parish Corpus Christi procession
- Participated in the Mother's Day Rose Sale sponsored by Essential Pregnancy Services (May)
- Sponsored two Red Cross Blood Drives (June/October)
- Donated $500 each to three seminarians (June)
- Co-sponsored and served the Totus Tuus luncheon (July)
- Hosted a Council picnic for Knights, family and friends (July)
- Participated in the Ralston Independence Day Parade (July)
- Supported the annual Altar Server Appreciation Bowling party (August)
- Served Back-to-School Family Breakfast (August)
- Cooked and served hamburgers at the St Gerald Parish Festival (September)
- Collected donations totaling $2,480 in our annual Tootsie Roll Drive with proceeds to Ralston Special Olympics (October)
- Participated in the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving Turkey Fest baking over 500 dozen cookies for needy families (November)
- Hosted the annual Poultry Bingo Night with proceed to scholarship and seminarian fund (November)
- Hosted a Memorial Mass commemorating all deceased Brother Knights and deceased spouses (November)
- Hosted a parish-wide weekly Holy Hour of Adoration (December)
- Maintained a vigil watch at Church on Christmas Eve and the night of the Guardian Angel Dinner (December/February)
- Welcomed 9 new members into our Council (throughout year)
- Hosted four Corporate Communions for Knights, family and guests (5 th Sundays of the month)
- Held three Texas Hold'em Tournaments (throughout year)
- Donated over $8,500 to various other church and community charities; i.e. St Gerald Capital Campaign fund, St Gerald facilities, FOCUS, Siena Francis House, KVSS Spirit Catholic Radio, Byzantine Orthodox Church, St Gerald Rosary Group, Mount Michael and Global Outreach.
About the Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization of over 1.6 million members. Our members are men of character and distinction who strive to act on behalf of their faith as well as their conscience. Together we comprise an organization fortified by its past and driven by its goals for the future. It is through these areas of service that we truly make a difference:
As Knights, our faith is our foundation. Dedicated to the Catholic Church's growth and her good works, we support religious outreach, promote vocations. and provide financial support for seminarians and postulates. This way we help support our Church and strengthen our personal faith.
As committed as we are to the Catholic Church, so are we to our communities. By actively and financially supporting Special Olympics, by leading the charge to pro-life, and by safeguarding our environment, Knights of Columbus members all over the world have helped countless communities prosper.
Serving our families is not only part of what we do, it is part of who we are. To that end, Knights of Columbus councils offer programs that help strengthen family and marital bonds by holding numerous family-focused events. Most importantly, as Knights, we are able to provide assistance and support to Knights and their families whenever we are needed.
The importance of helping today's youth become tomorrow's leaders is also a huge focus of the Order. Knights of Columbus assist youth in building a strong sense of civic and religious responsibility.
To be a Knight means to believe in each other as we believe in ourselves, realizing that by creating social and supportive local councils, we help create a stronger Order worldwide. We invite you to join this terrific men's fraternal organization.