Round Table Development

As is well known by every Knight, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney formed the first Council of the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, Connecticut. There is an unwritten story that shortly after starting the first Council of the Knights of Columbus he was transferred to another parish where he started another council. Every time that he was transferred he started a new Council.

Father McGivney wanted to make sure that the Knights had presence in every parish. Now is the time to bring Father McGivney’s dream to reality. As a state, we are blessed with an abundance of Parishes and Mission Churches, many of which have no representation from our hallowed Order. Father McGivney wanted his Knights to help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement. This can only be accomplished if we have a presence in every parish.

How can this be done? One way is to have a council in every Parish. Another way is to have a “Round Table” to service those Parishes that cannot support a Council of their own. If for some reason a council cannot be supported at a Parish then, a nearby council should contact the parish pastor and offer their services to his parish and his people.

There are three basic kinds of Round Tables:

1. A Round Table to a parish, mission, military chapel, campus ministry, Newman Center, or worship community that is too small to support a parish-based council.
2. Round Tables for each of the parishes that are part of an Area Council. Home-based or area Councils that are not a part of a parish MUST file a Report of Round Table Coordinator for EACH of the parishes that they cover. This shows the State and Supreme that the parish has K of C support.
3. Cultural Round Tables are formed to establish a Knights of Columbus presence in an cultural community that is part of a parish. A Round Table can and should be established for each culture that has a Mass in a language that is NOT the language of the Council. Therefore, an English-speaking Council should start Round Tables for each Mass in a language other than English that is present at the parish.

The purpose of the Round Table is to ask one Brother Knight to be the liaison who interfaces with the pastor, the parish or community that is being served, and the Council. This Round Table Coordinator should be a member of the parish or cultural community that will be served. He finds out the needs of the parish or community and requests help from the Council. As help is given, goodwill towards the Knights of Columbus increases. AFTER the Council has helped a parish or ethnic community, recruiting will be much easier because the parish or community has felt the brotherhood of the Knights of Columbus and has seen its benefit to them.

The Grand Knight should appoint one Knight to serve as a Round Table Coordinator the parish. The Round Table Coordinator, when meeting with the Pastor, should explain that he is there to help the pastor and his parish. Ask the pastor to review the “Partial Menu of Services…” list and discuss which activities he would like to see at his parish. Once a Round Table has been formed, ensure that the Report of Round Table Coordinator Form #2629 is filed with the Supreme office immediately. Form #2629 can be found at http://www.kofc.org/un/en/officers/forms/council.html in either an online version (sent to fraternalmission@kofc.org) or a print and mail version. If you use the online version it is filed immediately with Supreme and a copy is sent to the State Deputy and your District Deputy if you enter their email addresses. If you print a copy to mail, send a copy to both:

Supreme Council
Fraternal Mission Department
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510

Knights of Columbus
California State Deputy
P.O. Box 2649
West Covina, CA 91793-2649

Please note: All councils must file Form #2629 every year. Councils that have filed for Round Tables in the past have until December 31st to file the RT #2629 or potentially lose the right to hold membership drives in that Parish if another Council files the proper paper work. To help you to find any additional, local parishes or missions where your Council could form a Round Table, use one of the links below to check your Diocese’s map. The yellow pins represent unassisted parishes or missions. The red pins are parishes of suspended Councils; please consider assisting them with a Reactivation or a Round Table. (Using Google Chrome as your Internet browser works best for these maps):

Fresnohttps://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.kDkYZ8l8JfU8
Los Angeleshttps://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.kk9cftzlTx6k
Montereyhttps://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.kdAAoM0Jqd8E
Oaklandhttps://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.kUqtWtKBKdSM
Orangehttps://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.k3wc6Vcdjr5M
Sacramentohttps://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.kbEV_oeRDU3s
San Bernadino– https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.kpL9iWtRYTVY
San Diegohttps://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.ku66XhSImLPU
San Franciscohttps://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.k8A5o-73-dEA
San Josehttps://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.keqHyH9Tp9lw
Santa Rosahttps://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.k6fscx4faT88
Stocktonhttps://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPZWvWhcHwu0.k1c9XZsumc6Y

A council that holds its business meeting in one Parish and covers many others should have one parishioner who is a Knight appointed as a Round Table Coordinator for each additional parish. Churches that hold Mass in languages other than English (Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Polish, etc.) should have a Round Table Coordinator for every worship community or language in which Mass is held. DO NOT form a Round Table for your base parish unless you are creating the Round Table(s) for other language groups. You should be organizing recruitment drives in parishes and ethnic communities that have not been fully tapped. After Parish Round Tables are formed, membership recruitment may eventually lead to a new Council.

If Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney’s dream is to become a reality then, the emphasis should be on the Chapter and District leadership to carry out the plan in their respective Chapters and District. Between the councils and the District Deputies, the State can do its part in making Father McGivney’s dream come true.

Therefore, every Knight in the State of California should do his part and help make sure that every parish has a Knights of Columbus presence in one way or another. Let us make sure that every pastor and every Catholic man knows that we are there to help him strengthen his faith.

You may wish to order or download and print Form # 10506, which includes a section on Parish Round Table Development (download by clicking the link below) http://www.kofc.org/un/en/resources/membership/10506.pdf

In the upper section, list the base (home) parish and its main language.

If there are Masses in one or more other languages at your base parish, form a Round Table for each language used. On the Parish line, list your base parish and note the language group that the Round Table is supporting. You may have a Round Tables for each additional language Mass of your parish but again, DO NOT form a Round Table for the main language the base parish.

You may use the same form for up to 9 parishes or language groups. Only list one coordinator for each parish or language group.

Michael Bordwell
State Round Table Development Chair
619-254-3571
mbordwell@cox.net