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PARISH ROUND TABLE GUIDELINES
Living in service to all is one of the most
dynamic qualities of being a Knight. A unique way for Knights to
serve is by helping out in local parishes, especially in those
churches that do not have a Knights of Columbus presence. The Order
requests council members to extend services to such parishes. This
can be accomplished by establishing a Parish Round Table in which
current member Knights help local parishes. The parish priest will
identify the services he requires. The Parish Round Table Coordinator
will then work with members of the Parish Round Table and the council
to fulfill his wishes.
PLEASE NOTE: Councils with members in only one
parish do not need the Knights
of Columbus Parish Round Table program. The
church activity directors of these councils can handle assistance for
ESTABLISHING A PARISH ROUND TABLE
Aided by his officers, the Grand Knight decides
which area parishes will be served.
The Grand Knight and his officers make lists of
council members who belong to those area parishes. All will
automatically become part of that Parish Round Table. New members of
the parish may be recruited, as well.
The Grand Knight, with the help of his
officers, informs all council members who belong to the designated
parish, that the Order would like to set up a Parish Round Table and
then explains the benefits to them.
The Grand Knight and a Knight parishioner call
on the pastor to offer help.
Since the pastor assigns the projects, there
will be no conflict with existing groups.
The Grand Knight presents the priest with a
Knights of Columbus overview brochure (Form #4519), a Parish Round
Table program brochure (Form #2632) and a list of Knights who are parishioners.
If the pastor is not receptive to a Parish
Round Table, his decision is accepted and he's told that the offer
remains open if circumstances change.
If the pastor is receptive, the Grand Knight
appoints a Parish Round Table coordinator.
The Grand Knight completes the Report of the
Parish Round Table Coordinator (Form #2629), mails it to the Supreme
Secretary and sends copies to the state and district deputies.
Formation of the Parish Round Table and
appointment of the coordinator are communicated to those involved,
and announcements are published in the parish and council bulletins.
OPERATING A PARISH ROUND TABLE
There are no elective offices in
the Knights of Columbus Round Table. The appointed coordinator is the
only designated leader.
No regular meetings of the
Parish Round Table are held.
The Parish Round Table has no
dues. Members continue to meet their financial obligation to their council.
The coordinator should visit the
pastor frequently (monthly is suggested) to ask what the Knights of
this parish can do to help.
The pastor should only be as
involved as he wants to be. The Parish Round Table should lighten his
workload, not add to it.
The coordinator should call on
those Parish Round Table members best qualified to carry out a
specific project(s) and provide project leadership from start to finish.
When a project requires more
support than the Parish Round Table members can provide, the
coordinator solicits the council for support and assistance.
The sponsoring council must keep
all funds raised by the Parish Round Table. As with any other
expenditure, the sponsoring council must approve all necessary Parish
Round Table expenses.
Parish Round Table projects are
council projects. The Parish Round Table coordinator must communicate
with the Grand Knight and the council to ensure the project's success.
The Grand Knight and the pastor
annually review activities of the Parish Round Table and the
effectiveness of the coordinator.
If the pastor desires a change
of coordinator, or if the coordinator resigns during the fraternal
year, the pastor selects a new coordinator and the Grand Knight makes
If there is a change of pastor,
the Grand Knight and the coordinator call on the new pastor, explain
the program and seek his continued support.
COMMUNICATING AND REPORTING
WITHIN THE PARISH ROUND TABLE
The coordinator regularly reports activities of
the Parish Round Table at business meetings of the parent council.
The Parish Round Table projects should be
announced in parish and council bulletins.
Articles and pictures of Parish Round Table
projects should be forwarded to the state Knights of Columbus
newspaper, the diocesan newspaper and to Columbia magazine.
Coordinators whose names are provided to the
Supreme Council office will receive the Program Supplement.
To minimize paperwork, only two forms are used
- Report of the Parish Round Table Coordinator (Form #2629) and the
Annual Report of the Knights of Columbus Round Table (Form #2630).
By June 30 of each year, the Parish Round Table
Coordinator completes the Annual Report of the Knights of Columbus
Round Table (Form #2630) and secures the signature of the Grand
Knight and pastor. This report is mailed to the Supreme Secretary
with copies sent to the state and district deputies.
The state Parish Round Table chairman should
select the most outstanding Parish Round Table of the Year for that
jurisdiction and arrange for appropriate honours to be awarded at the
If the Parish Round Table coordinator changes,
the Grand Knight notifies the Supreme Secretary, state and district
deputies, and the outgoing coordinator.
HOW TO USE THE NAME OF THE PARISH ROUND TABLE
The parish name may be used in conjunction with
the Parish Round Table (for example: St. Mary's Knights of Columbus
Parish Round Table).
PARISH ROUND TABLE MATERIALS
The Knights of Columbus Parish Round Table
booklet (Form #2632) is included in the "Surge with Service"
programming packet. The Report of the Parish Round Table Coordinator
(Form #2630) can be found in the Council Report Forms booklet (#1436)
and on the Order's Website at www.kofc.org.
IN SERVICE TO ONE. IN SERVICE TO ALL
COUNCIL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
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Council Development and Round Tables State Chairman