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Programs & Activities

Adopt-A-Highway: Knights and Family Members volunteer to help keep a street area clean four times throughout the year. A cookout or other social activity usually follows.
 
Adopt a Seminarian (RSVP): Knights support Seminarian with funds and prayers throughout year.
 
Blood Drives: Knights and Family members coordinate blood drives throughout the year at St. Raphael. This involves making calls for donors, signing donors up after masses, and working the day of the blood drive in many various activities and roles.
 
Breakfast with Santa: Held every year in December, Knights serve a hot breakfast to many parish families, and the children have an opportunity to visit with Santa and participate in other activities.
 
Family Mass/Corporate Communion: Held throughout the year for Knights and their families to help build spiritual growth.
 
Family of Month: A Knight and his family are selected each month in recognition of what they have done in regards to Knightly/Parish activities.
 
Golf Outing: Is a social/fundraising event with other councils to raise funds and have a good time on the links while building camaraderie.
 
Hospital Ministry: Knights volunteer to go to hospitals to give Communion to patients as needed.
 
Keep Christ in Christmas: Knights sell magnetic stickers for cars to help people remember the true meaning of Christmas.
 
Knight of Month: A Knight is selected each month in recognition of what he has done in regards to Knightly/Parish activities.
 
Labor Day Parade: Knights and Family members march in parade to bring awareness of our presence throughout community. Sir Knights march in regalia.
 
Lenten Fish Fry: Knights and Family members volunteer to host and serve fish dinners during Fridays of Lenten Season. This helps to promote Parish wide camaraderie.
 
Memorial Day Parade:  Knights and Family members march in parade to bring awareness of our presence throughout community. Sir Knights march in regalia.
 
 
Men’s Night Out: Social event for Knights to build camaraderie, and as a way to show other men about the Knights.
 
Monthly Newsletter: Communication tool used to share all the activities throughout the month that the council has accomplished, and will be doing in the future.
 
Pro Life Activities: Knights stand for the Right to Life, and through various activities we let others see our beliefs in action.
 
St Patrick’s Day Parade: Knights and Family members march in parade to bring awareness of our presence throughout community. Sir Knights march in regalia.
 
Valentine Dinner Dance: Knights and Wives along with other Parishioners celebrate this special day together. Knights and wives decorate room and provide special atmosphere for couples attending. Good food and good fellowship is had by all.
 
40 Hour Vigil: Knights participate with hourly prayer times and Sir Knights provide Honor Guard for Pro-life.

Youth Activities

 Essay Contest: Is open to all 8th grade students at St. Raphael School. This year’s theme is: “The Responsibility of the Catholic Citizen in a Free Society.” Judging will be based on Overall Impression, Content, Grammar and Style. Winning entries will advance through council, district, state and international levels with prizes being awarded at the end of the school year.
 
Free Throw Contest: Is open to all boys and girls ages 10 to 14. Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of January 1. Proof of age is required. Winners at the local level will advance to District level; followed by Regional then State if they keep winning. The Local level championship is usually held in January. Contact Tom Burns 630-527-0419 for more information.
  
Special Olympics: Is held periodically throughout the year, and Knights support it through fundraising and volunteering at the event in many various roles and positions.
 
Spelling Bee: Is Held every year at St. Raphael school.  Knights provide materials to the teachers to enable them to hold the competition. Winners advance towards State Championships.
 
Soccer Challenge: Is open to all boys and girls ages 10 to 14. Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of January 1. Proof of age is required. Winners at the local level will advance to District level; followed by Regional then State if they keep winning.
 
Substance Abuse Poster Contest: Is Held every year at St. Raphael School.  Knights provide “Theme” each year and serve in various roles during the competition. Winners advance towards State Championships.