The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal Catholic lay organization founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney, in March 1881. The Knights of Columbus’ principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism serve as the basis of the Order’s core values, which are Integrity, Professionalism, Excellence and Respect. The Knights are a men’s organization with more than 15,100 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea. St. Alfred is proud to be affiliated with the All Saints Council, which is located on Brest Road approximately two (2) miles from the church.
The Knights also have a youth program, the Squires is an international fraternity of approximately 25,000 Catholic young men, ages 10 to 18, in over 1,500 circles worldwide. Circles exist, or have existed, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and on U.S. military bases abroad. The Columbian Squires program strives to provide “the spiritual, cultural, civic, social and physical improvement of its members, and the development of their leadership qualities”.
Our Knight’s council also has an affiliated Squires circle. The Knights not only help our parish in innumerable ways but also perform many charitable works of mercy throughout the local area. Fr. Altermatt is proud to be a member of both the (3rd) third and (4th) fourth degree councils and their chaplain as well.
While not a Catholic organization, St. Alfred believes in supporting scouting as an important youth development tool. Currently, St. Alfred only has a Boy Scouts program, but in the past they have had both Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts as well. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Cub Scouts is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join the Cub Scouts, but they may be eligible to join the Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts is for boys 11 to 17 years of age. Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Cub Scouts "Arrow of Light" award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old. If you have a young boy who is eligible for Boy Scouts, according to the above criteria, and are interested in finding out more about joining our troop, please contact the parish office.