Parish Organizations

Knights of Columbus

Our Principles

All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.


The Knights of Columbus, Holy Rosary Council meets on the 2nd Wednesdays of the Month.

155 N. Main St., Jefferson WI

Knights of Columbus contact: Dean Schmidt 920-541-3337

Council of Catholic Women

The National Council of Catholic Women consists of more than 3,000 affiliated Catholic women's organizations in parishes and dioceses throughout the U.S., representing hundreds of thousands of Catholic women, and almost 3,000 individual Catholic women.

-We are Catholic women's groups (called affiliates) at the parish, deanery/vicariate and Arch/diocesan Council levels.
-We are Catholic women who hold Individual Membership with NCCW.NCCW is a member of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO).
-We are recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
-We are active participants in partnerships with other Catholic groups.

Our Mission: The National Council of Catholic Women acts through its members to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.

Every woman, 18 years of age and older, is a member of the St. Francis Council of Catholic Women.

The Diocesan level is MDCCW (Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women) and includes Columbia North, East Dane, Grant, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Rock-Green, Sauk and West Dane Vicariates.  The Jefferson Vicariate level is JVCCW (Jefferson Vicariate Council of Catholic Women) and includes St. Mary Palmyra, St. Mary Sullivan, St. Joseph Fort Atkinson, St. John and St. Lawrence Jefferson, St. Pius X Cambridge, St. Mary Johnson Creek, St. Francis Xavier Lake Mills, Holy Family Marshall/Waterloo, St. Bernard Watertown, St. Henry Watertown.


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