The story of the Connecticut Priest who founded The Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus - Saint Benedict Council #10648

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics, it developed into a fraternal service organization dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education and actively defending Catholicism in various nations. Saint Benedict Church's Knights work to volunteer our time to help others and we are always looking for other men to join us. We meet at 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of every month in the parish center. For more information on the Knights, or inquires on joining, contact: Grand Knight, Henry Matzdorf, and Deputy Grand Knight, David Barber at: (410) 947-988. You may also visit their Facebook page.

 

Benedict's Food Pantry

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"Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could." Saint Gregory Nazianzen

The Saint Benedict Parish community lives out the Gospel instruction to feed the hungry and clothe the poor (Luke 3:11) through the works of Benedict's Pantry.  Housed in the Parish Hall on Wilkens Avenue, Benedict's Pantry collects food and warm clothing, sorts and bags the items, and on the fourth Saturday of each month, shares them with needy individuals and families who reside within the parish boundaries. On an average month, the Pantry serves 96 families, totaling 295 persons. Benedict's Pantry also organizes and directs the parish's annual Christmas outreach to needy families in the area. This past December 2013, the Pantry provided gifts, books, and food items to 295 families. The Pantry could not accomplish these works of charity in the Lord's name without the generosity of the Saint Benedict Parish community, local businesses, and sister parishes in the Baltimore area. Benedict's Pantry is managed and staffed by a faithful group of volunteers, under the leadership of Fr. Paschal. All parishioners are invited to join the Pantry's efforts through monetary donations, volunteering time, and offering up prayers.

The Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts

Saint Benedict Parish hosts a Brownie and Girl Scout Troop and a Cub Scout Troop. The scouts meet in the parish hall on designated nights. More information on these groups coming soon. 

Saint Joseph Workers Guild

The Saint Joseph Guild calls to mind Saint Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, who was a carpenter and working man. Use your time and talents to help keep our parish structure in good repair and upkeep. For in For information on how you can volunteer call the Parish Office at: (410) 947-4988

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God’s Gardeners

Maintaining the “Oasis on the Avenue” requires the help of many volunteers and caring parishioners.  Consider adopting a plot of land on the parish grounds to care for. By working together, everyone is able to enjoy a constant display of greenery and blossoms. To reserve your spot, call the Parish Office at: (410) 947-4988

Alcoholics Anonymous®

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Mill Area Council

A non-profit organization was initiated to serve the community by counseling tenants who have low-incomes about programs offered by the city or state making it possible to purchase a home with a low-interest loan. Help is also available to the elderly who need to make repairs in their homes by means of grants or loans. The Council also works to restore and preserve the community in the areas of vacant housing. A neighborhood cooperation program are also parts of the Mill Hill Area Council.

Saint Benedict School Alumni

This is an organization of alumni of Saint Benedict Parish School. The group sponsors reunions and other events to promote fellowship and to encourage former parishioner-alumni to return to their home parish. Please contact the parish office for more information.

Saint Benedict Travelers

This is a group of parishioners interested in expanding their horizons by traveling near and far. Explore the roots of our faith with Fr. Paschal and fellow parishioners. You'll have your most cherished beliefs come to life, and experience the sites of the faith like never before. 

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Youth Group

The Parish sponsors a Youth Group for teenagers that includes activities like social events, trips, meetings, and service projects. For more information, visit the Youth Group Facebook Page or contact the Youth Group Director, Dorothy Barber, at dorothy.a.barber.gohq@statefarm.com