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St. Jude’s

Msgr. Daniel J. Lenihan Council 5544
   •   50 Edgewood Rd. NW   •    Cedar Rapids, IA 52405   •   
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Who are the Knights?
_TOP    The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

_TOP    As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

Knights exemplify our principals of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity through Church, Community, Council, Family and Youth Activities and Projects.  Each member chooses his areas of interest and level of participation, based on his time and family commitments.



Seminarian Support

Religious Vocations

Special prayer Service

Rosary for Deceased Members

Keep Christ in Christmas

Support Parish Council

Weekly Rosary for Life during October



Intellectually Disabled - Annual

Tootsie Roll Drive

Birthright Rose Drive

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Blood Donation Drives

Hawkeye Football

Concession Stand Workers – US Cellular

Center, Paramount, Rough Riders

Hockey and BBQ Roundup

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation –

Non-Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Building & Grounds



Social before and after meetings

Pancake Breakfasts

Lenten Fish Fry’s

Spaghetti Dinners

Steak Fry’s

Soup Luck

Bowling Team



Family of the Month

Knight of the Month

Halloween Trunk & Treat

Jam Sessions

Senior Christmas Party

Family Christmas Party

Adult Christmas Party



Free Throw Contest

Altar Server Appreciation

Essay Contest

Spelling Bee


Support Scouting

Support Holy Family Schools


How To Join
_TOP    Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

Send an email to: knights@kofc5544.org

4th Degree Emblem
_TOP    Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.

Ladies Auxiliary
_TOP    Currently we do not have a Ladies Auxiliary.

However, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our Wives and Families for all of their support they provide our Council throughout the year, whether helping to plan an event, or jumping in and working alongside us. We couldn’t be as productive without their help and support!!!  THANK YOU!!!

Squires Emblem
_TOP    Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires' activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.

Currently our council does not have a Squires circle. However, we are looking for a Knight or Knights that would like to head up getting a local Squires circle started. If you are interested in this opportunity please send an email to the grandknight@kofc5544.org.



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