The Knights of Columbus, Council 3357, are deeply connected to our parish and community. We hold a variety of charitable and social events within the Capital District region. Most of our members not only participate in council activities but are also Eucharistic Ministers; Lectors; Catechists; and members of the music ministry at Christ the King.
The pictures you are viewing in the below slide show are from our parish, Christ the King in Guilderland, NY. If you would like to visit our council or parish, we are located at 20 Sumter Ave in Albany, NY. Our Masses are, Saturday, 4pm; Sunday - 8am, 10am, and 12pm. May God bless you and your family and we hope to see you at our parish soon.
This is the baptismal fountain just before you enter the church.
The courtyard and sitting area near the main entry.
This is the east side of the church.
After each of our meetings, the brother Knights gather and enjoy refreshments.
Our February meeting is coming to a close.
I would like to encourage anyone visiting our web site to consider joining our council..
This is one of my favorite pictures I took in the evening hours at our parish. Please remember that the parish doors are always open and we would love to have you visit.
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut. The reasons he gave for establishing the organization were threefold:
• To help Catholic men remain steadfast in their faith through mutual encouragement.
• To promote closer ties of fraternity among them.
• To set up an elementary system of insurance so that the widows and children of members in the group who might die would not find themselves in dire financial straits.
Allow me to say that the Knights of Columbus would not be able to accomplish anything without the graces of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is through Him and His graces that we are able to serve our parish and community.
There are approximately 60 active members who attend the meetings and/or participate in the Council sponsored activities. The new Officers have recently been selected for 2017 - 2019. The Council is always actively recruiting new members. For additional information or to obtain an application for membership, contact the Grand Knight at our parish office: (518) 456-1644.
If you or someone you know is in need of prayer you may submit a prayer request from our website. Kindly click here to submit your prayer request.
The Jubilee year of Mercy has come to a close however, a new era of mercy has just begun. We are all called to live mercy every day.
We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36).
May this year be a time of hope. We go to encounter the Lord who comes to encounter us. May God bless you and your family.
One of the things that we concentrate on here at Christ the King is not so much the building that is the church, but we concentrate and focus most of our energies on the community. We know from Vatican II that the church is defined as the people, you, God's beloved people. That is what makes up the church and that is what we emphaize in all our ministries. Everyone is welcome here at Christ the King in Guilderland, NY.
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
I invite you to continue reading and explore the charities and social events that we at Council 3357, provide for our community within the capital district region.
Heavenly Father, through your Son Jesus I pray and thank you for everything that you have given me, especially the gift of your Son Jesus who died for my sins. For I am a sinner who is saved by what Jesus did on the cross.
I long to be closer to you oh Lord. Let everything I do and say come from and be inspired by you. Lead me Lord in thy righteousness and for thy name sake, for you are my God, my strength and my Savior. It is in you whom I trust.
Hide thy face from my sins and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, oh God; and renew a right spirit within me.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
One of our favorite charitable events of the year are the New Skete cheesecakes we sell near Easter. Every year, the cheesecakes are distributed at all Masses before Easter weekend.
This year, we had approximately 150 orders and we would like to thank everyone who purchased a cheesecake and hope you enjoyed them. We would also like to thank the New Skete Nuns for providing the delicious cakes and cheese spreads.If you have any questions about this event, please contact us.
One of our favorite past times of the year is our trip to Joe Bruno Stadium. It's a great time for family and friends to catch a baseball game and we always have a great time.
On July 13, 2017, we made our way to Joe Bruno Stadium and saw the Valley Cats play the State College Spikes. The Spikes had 7 runs and the Valley Cats had 6. We had a great time and are looking forward to our next trip.
On September 16th, 2017 at the Town of Colonie Golf course, the Knights will be teeing off. An optional buffet dinner will be held and 3 team prizes will be awarded. All net proceeds will be donated to the Knight's local charitable causes.
Every year we host our Charitable and Benevolent raffle. Ticket sales normaly begin in spring, continue through summer and fall and the program ends in late November. The drawing is held the second week of December and winners are announced shortly after the drawing. All monies received from the raffle are donated to charity.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2016 C & B drawing.
Tickets for this years raffle are already on sale If you would like to order tickets, please email us with the number of tickets you would like. Thank you.
Every year we host a wine tasting event and and donate all of the funds we receive to charity.
We would like to thank everyone who attended the 2016 wine tasting event.
This year, we are planning on hosting the wine tasting venue at Christ the King, in the Knights Chapel. The event date has not yet been announced, but please check back later.
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").
On October 8, 2016 a 4th Degree was held and we would like to congratulate all of the Knights who were brought into the order. If you have questions and are considering the 4th degree, please email us. We are making plans for hosting a 4th degree in October of this year. Please visit our web site later for details.
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.
Founded by a parish priest, the Knights of Columbus has always worked hard to encourage young men and women to consider God’s call to service in the priesthood or religious life.
The benefits of membership are knowing that you are part of an organization that strives in charitable works; serves the Church and follows its teachings; and that you are supporting brother Knights in their temporal and spiritual needs; acting for the good of their country; and giving aid to widows, orphans, the sick and the poor.
On February 28, 2012, Council 3357 became certified to confer First Degree ceremonies. Since that time, the council has hosted many over the years. The 2017 schedule for our First Degree ceremonies are complete and we will resume our normal schedule in September, 2017.
The ceremonies are held on the Third (3rd) Sunday of the month and begin at 7pm. Candidates need to arrive by 6:30pm. Please notify the 1st Degree Team Captain, Salvatore F. Sgarlata, on how many will be attending.
Father Joseph H. Boldt, Council 3357 is composed of men from the parishes in Guilderland, Voorheesville and Rotterdam. Currently, most of the active members of Council 3357 are parishioners of Christ the King Parish. The Council meets on the First Thursday of the month. There are currently 128 members on the roster. However, many are retired and/or not living in the area.
There are about 60 active members who attend the meetings and/or participate in the Council sponsored activities. The new Officers have recently been selected for 2016 and 2017 initiatives. The Council is always actively recruiting new members. For additional information or to obtain an application for membership, contact the Grand Knight at our parish office: (518) 456-1644.
As the author of this web site, I believe Veterans day should be recognized every day, not just once every year.
So many men and women have fought and died for our great country, and we at Council 3357 would like to thank all veterans who have served and those who are currently serving in the armed forces.
You are always in our prayers. May God bless you and your family.
Every year, our council sponsors the Jason Brown memorial free throw championship.
Six boys and girls from Guilderland, Albany, Slingerlands and Schenectady ages 9 to 14 were named local champions of the 2017 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the district level. The Guilderland Council # 3357 sponsored the local competition at the Christ the King Parish Gym in Guilderland. All youngsters ages 9-14 were eligible to participate.
The nine year old champion was Tyler Witazek making 12 out of 15 free throws. Alex Darrigo was the winner of the 10 year old boys division sinking 10 of 15 baskets. In the 11 year old bracket Francesca Morina was the girl’s champion. Tyler Fung was the 12 year old champion. The 13 year old division was won by Thomas McDonough. Each contestant was allowed 15 free throw attempts in the contests. Ties were settled by successive rounds of 5 free throws per contestant until a winner emerged.
The Free Throw contest has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 19, 2017.
I invite you to read the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please take some time to read the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The Passion of our Lord will be found in the following Gospels:
• Matthew 26 - 28
• Mark 13 - 16
• Luke 22 - 24
• John 11 - 21
May God bless you and your family.
Every year, we host our Saint Patrick's Day dinner and would like to thank everyone who joined us.
If you were unable to attend, please know that we will be hosting the event again next year.
In scripture it is written that we are all called to be priests and share the Good News of the Gospel with everyone. I am dedicating this section of our web site for Albany Vocations. The Knights of Columbus, Council 3357, would like to encourage others to discover their Call and Vocation from God. Please take some time to visit The Diocese of Albany's web site and browse the vocations page.
Thank you for visiting our web site and I hope you would consider visiting our parish and council. The parish and council are located at: 20 Sumter Ave, Albany, NY 12203. May God bless you and your family.