A message from the Grand Knight

Good evening Brothers,

In light of the recent events that have gripped our nation, I wanted to reach out with a message of support for you and your families.

First and foremost, please stay healthy and safe. If you need anything from O'Boyle Council, do not hesitate to reach out me. We will do everything we can to help you out. Our council's most important asset is our members. Each of you makes a unique and meaningful contribution to our council, and you are the reason that O'Boyle is as strong and vibrant as it has ever been. As always, Brother Knights are called to stand together in charity, unity, and fraternity. No amount of adversity has or will change that.

Second, I want to reiterate our support for our black brothers and sisters and our prayers for an end to the violence that has taken hold in our city and around the country. As Knights, we are called to follow in the footsteps of Christ and be the best Catholic men we can be. Our nation and our city are in pain, and to help our community heal, we Knights must lead by example. We are called to reject all forms of racism, bigotry, hatred, and violence. We must unite prayers for justice and peace with action. When you took your First Degree, you were reminded that the world needs Knights to be an example. That time is now - we need to be such men!

If you need anything, do not hesitate to reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will get through this challenge as we have gotten through all challenges - together. Please continue to pray for justice and peace in our nation and our city. And please continue to pray for and be there for each other. Be assured of my prayers for all of you.

Vicar Jesus!

We will have a virtual meeting this Wednesday at 7pm. Below is the information to either participate via Zoom or by phone.

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Ask This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the meeting information.

During this crisis the Knights have been super active. Supreme has come out with the Leave No Neighbor Behind Program (https://www.kofc.org/en/news-room/leave-no-neighbor-behind/index.html). PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED ANY SUPPORT AT THIS TIME, EVEN IF IT IS JUST SOMEONE TO TALK TO. Additionally, PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE IDEAS ON SAFE THINGS TO DO. We are only as successful as we can be if everyone pitches in.

Some things to do are
*Into the Breach Video and Reflection Journaling: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wv4_eB-rMze_Gl8dFgQgPgnNbiEAIKPKZFC5aB1Vqvk/edit?usp=sharing

*Dropping off food at the St Mary's Food Bank and sharing photos with us.

*Stations of the Cross Coloring Book: https://www.kofc.org/en/resources/news-room/knightline/special-edition/coloring-the-way-cross.pdf

God bless and stay safe,

Your O'Boyle Council Leadership

A city locked down and a country without public masses cannot stop us Knights if we put our mind to it! O'Boyle Council's own Father Vincent made a side chapel in an entry way so people could pray. He also made it known food can be dropped off at the side chapel for a local food bank. Remember to pray for those suffering from the disease.

   Just because the coronavirus has shut down the world doesn't mean we cannot do things. Here are two things to build the Kingdom of God within you and others.

FOOD DRIVE AT ST. MARY'S. St. Mary's in Chinatown has a side chapel open on the parking lot side where people can donate food to help the St. Francis Xavier Parish Food Pantry. Please consider going to St. Mary's and leaving food off after you pray. Additionally, send us selfies of you dropping off the supplies. The more photos we get the more we can promote others to do the same.

INTO THE BREACH ONLINE GROUP STUDY: Let's use the time locked in to build our spirituality. Go to our shared online journal and write down your thoughts after you watch each Knights of Columbus-produced Into the Breach videoes. Links are provided in the online journal which is available here.

   Most councils and people are shutting down. Let's put this time to good use!

Vivat Jesus!

Your Council Leadership Team

Good afternoon Brother Knights.
We are living in difficult times as we are battling with the effects of COVID-19 virus. Archbishop Gregory made the understandable yet difficult decision to suspend all public Masses, parish events, and other related events in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson has requested that all Knights of Columbus activities to be suspended for the time being. We strongly advise that people take extra precautions during this time and be up to date with what is occurring.
Because of these measures, O'Boyle Council is following suit and is suspending all events until further notice. Many churches in the are will remain open for the time being for private prayer. We encourage all Brother Knights to continue to pray that God will guide us through this challenging time, especially during Lent as we prepare ourselves for Easter. Please continue to wash your hands and practice social distancing for the time being. While this situation may be difficult for people to be in their homes for most of the time, please follow the guidelines of
If any Brother Knight is in need of ANY assistance, please reach out to the Leadership Team. We will do our best to support each other. We encourage all to make an act of spiritual communion each day to know that Jesus is still with us. We encourage all Brother Knights to pray the Rosary everyday the Our Lady may protect us. Pray for those who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus, for those who are in the healthcare system, for those who still have to engage others in the community, and for a speedy recovery and end to this pandemic.
Even though we may struggle greatly to know of God's presence in all of this, we read St. Paul from Romans 8:38-39. "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Vivat Jesus!

Below are all the Into the Breach men's spiritual formation videoes.  Let us know what interests you and how you would like the council to develop and proceed.  


O'Boyle Knights joined forces with the DC State Council to have our members attend the new "unidegree" which is open to family and friends.  The Knights continue reforms to make us even more family friendly.


Over $500 raised for charity and Knights took three out of the ten spots.  Oh, and it was delicious!


Many thanks to those who made Adoration the night before March for Life and supported our parishes open houses for the marchers.  Here's the Facebook updates


Good afternoon Brothers,

Thank you to everyone who helped out this past Friday with hospitality at St. Joseph's and St. Peter's for the March for Life! We began meeting at 4 AM at St. Peter's and went nonstop until about 6 PM. We also thank those who spent time with our Lord in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for overnight Adoration at St. Peter's the night prior to the March for Life. We received a lot of positive feedback for planning and executing this service. Thank you to those who participated in the March for Life as we made a strong witness to the dignity and sanctity of human life.
Now that the March for Life is over, here are some upcoming events.
** DC Polar Plunge - please join your brother Knights on February 1 as we raise money for the Special Olympics. Cheer on your brother Knights as IPGK Jack Heretik belly flops into a pool of 33 degree water for charity. You can join in the jump or donate at: https://give.specialolympicsdc.org/team/270712
**Memorial Mass for Claudia Nolan - Brother Kevin Nolan will hold a memorial Mass for Claudia, his late wife, on February 2. The Mass will take place at 2:00 PM at Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center (7007 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817). All are encouraged to attend to support Brother Kevin.
**Men's Discernment Retreat - From January 31 to February 2, the Saint JPII Shrine will host a men's discernment retreat. You can learn more about the retreat here: https://dcpriest.org/mens-discernment-retreat-2
**First Friday Adoration- Join the St. Joseph's Young Adults for First Friday Adoration on Friday, February 7th, beginning at 6:30pm. Mass and Fellowship to follow.
**DC State Combined Degree Ceremony- DC State Council will be hosting its first Combined Degree (you can acquire your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Degrees in one ceremony) on Saturday, February 8th. Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 PM followed by the ceremony at 5:30 PM. You will be able to invite your family and friends to attend this ceremony as this will be a public ceremony so that our family and friends can learn more about the mission of the Knights of Columbus.
**St. Dominic's Annual Chili Cookoff- St. Dominic's Parish will be hosting its annual Chili Cookoff on Saturday, February 15th, after the 5 PM Vigil Mass. Consider entering as O'Boyle Council has won this contest several times in the past!
As always, thank you for all you do for our parishes and our council. Please reach out to anyone of the leadership team if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas for future events.
Vivat Jesus!

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"Today, the Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis … What is necessary now is our greater involvement in the renewal of parish and family life."

-Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

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