Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
      Daniel P. Sullivan Council 10208
    Fr. Victor A. Bieberle Assembly 2316
The emblem of the Order dates from the second Supreme
Council meeting May 12, 1883, when it was designed by James
T. Mullen, who was then Supreme Knight.
A quick glance at the emblem indicates a shield mounted upon
the Formée Cross. The shield is that associated with a medieval
Knight. The Formée Cross is the representation of a traditionally
artistic design of the Cross of Christ through which all graces
of redemption were procurred for mankind. This then represents
the Catholic spirit of the Order.
Mounted on the shield are three objects: a fasces standing vertically,
and, crossed behind it, an anchor and a dagger or short sword.
The fasces from Roman days is symbolic of authority which must
exist in any tightly-bonded and efficiently operating organization.
The anchor is the mariner’s symbol for Columbus, patron of the
Order, while the short sword or dagger was the weapon of the
Knight when engaged upon an errand of mercy. Thus, the shield
expresses Catholic Knighthood in organized merciful action, and
with the letters, K. of C., it proclaims this specific form of activity.
The red, white and blue in the background of the shield and the
foreground of the Cross of Malta are the colors of our country. As
such, red is the symbol of stout-hearted courage, of pulsing activity
and a full measure of devotion. Blue is the symbol of hope, of
calm tranquility under God and of confidence in the protection of
our country. White is the symbol of nobility of purpose, of purity
of aim and of crucible — tried ideals to be carried out.
But there is another symbolism of color in red, white and blue.
This is the ecclesiastical symbolism in which red becomes
the reflection of the drips of Christ’s redemptive blood shed
upon Calvary, and of the martyr’s blood shed in defense of
the faith.
Red then is the symbol of Faith, of belief in Christ, in the
Redemption and in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
White is the color of the Eucharistic Host, pledge of God’s
Eucharistic presence among men, of the infinite love God has
for man and the overwhelming affection which the
God-man has for each individual. White then is the symbol of
Christ-like Charity. Blue is the color of Our Lady’s mantle, in
which she wrapped her beloved Son, through Whom came
salvation to a sinful world. Blue is then the symbol of Hope.

GRAND KNIGHT — The Anchor, indicative of
Columbus, the Mariner. The anchor has also been a
variant form of the Cross for centuries.

CHAPLAIN — Isabella Cross in silver and blue. Self

Also used by Columbus, the Mariner. (The Knights
of Columbus Compass is known as the Compass of
Virtue, its 32 flame-like rays representing the 32
virtues which may be possessed by men.)

CHANCELLOR — The Isabella Cross, with Skull
and Crossbones. The cross is self-explanatory while
the skull and crossbones are symbolic of man’s mortality.

RECORDER — Crossed quills. Symbolic of his
responsibilities for letter and document (records)
writing and preservation.

FINANCIAL SECRETARY — Crossed key and quill.
The key has always been associated with an officer
concerned with money, safe-keeping and secrecy. The
quill is the symbol of a “scribe” — a record-keeper —
one who writes letters, documents, etc.

TREASURER — Crossed Keys. Symbolic of his
complete authority over funds (money), particularly
responsible for its safekeeping.

LECTURER — Lyre and Scroll. These are traditionally
symbolic of music and literature and the arts. Hence
the lecturer is in charge of entertainment.

ADVOCATE — The Scroll (legal literature and
law) with sword (the power to defend and enforce
the law).

WARDEN — An axe bound with rods, known as
a fasces, traditionally carried by the guards or protectors
of Roman magistrates as a symbol of authority.
The warden, ideally, has and exercises that authority.

INSIDE GUARD — Crossed Axes and Key. Key is
symbolic of a guardian, secrecy and responsibility for
safekeeping and admission. Axe is indicative of
authority even to the point of punishment to maintain
it. Originally, the axe was symbolic of power
over life and death.

OUTSIDE GUARD — Crossed Axes and Key. Key is
symbolic of a guardian, secrecy and responsibility for
safekeeping and admission. Axe is indicative of
authority even to the point of punishment to maintain
it. Originally, the axe was symbolic of power
over life and death.

TRUSTEE — An anchor mounted on an axe bound
with rods (fasces) over crossed swords. Symbolizes
Columbus, authority and the power to defend and
enforce the law.

April 2003 Program Supplement to Knightline

Consider holding a corporate Communion that will bring families together to celebrate our faith through receiving the Eucharist.  Attending mass and receiving communion as a group will also serve to make your council and its members visible to the parish community.

This type of program provides both the spiritual and social aspects for your members to enjoy and it is a great opportunity to promote fraternity among your council's families.  Here are some ideas to consider when planning a family corporate Communion:

*Select a mass time for the corporate Communion and ask your pastor for permission to conduct the event.
*Announce the event through appropriate parish and council channels.
*Place a council banner (with pastor's permission) in a visible area of the church.
*Arrange to have council officers and members serve as lectors, servers, ushers, and choir members.
*Ask the pastor to include some information on the Knights of Columbus and the event in his homily or as an announcement before or after the mass.
*With the pastor's permission, have a procession into the church of council members, perhaps with a 4th Degree honor guard.
*If possible, reserve pews in the church for council families.
*Distribute to participants the wallet-sized Eucharistic Devotion Prayer Card (# 4194).  This collection of prayers can be used before the Blessed Sacrament and during Communion.

Your council may want to consider holding a corporate Communion on a quarterly basis, once a month, or every five weeks, whatever best suits your needs.  Also, as a special touch, your council can periodically sponsor a breakfast after the event for participating families.

The Warden shall control the Council’s storage keys and maintain a supply for check-out.

Four permanent keys will remain with the following:
          Grand Knight
          Refreshment Center Coordinator
          Inside Guard
No other knights will have a permanent key.

Knights needing a key for a specific event or responsibility will check one out from the Warden for the duration of the event or responsibility.  At the end of that time, the key must be returned to the Warden.

Copies of keys shall not be made by anyone other than the Warden

Policy approved by the Board of Directors at its September 18, 2013 meeting.

(Numbering refers to the Council By-Laws dated January 1, 1990) 

GENERAL.   It is the policy of this Council to make maximum use of email and the Council’s web site to communicate with its membership. Members who do not have email will be communicated with by regular mail. 

The Officers Board shall be made up of the Officers, the three Trustees, the Program Director and the Membership Director. The Board of Trustees will be made up of the present and the three immediate past Grand Knights. If one of the past Grand Knights declines to serve, the position will be filled by vote of the Officers Board.  


Section 2. Initiation fee shall be $15.00 and is to be collected at time of exemplification. 

Section 3. The annual dues of members shall be $30.00 to be paid before the January meeting. Honorary Members annual payment will include the Supreme per capita charges, the Catholic Advertising assessment, and the amount of the annual state council per capita charges.       

ARTICLE II B Elections

Section l. The slate shall be presented to the council by email and on the Council web site not later than two weeks before the meeting at which annual elections are to take place.  

Section 2. For those officers where there is only one candidate, the election will be by voice vote. For those officers with more than one candidate the election shall be by secret ballot.  

Section 4. Each officer elected must qualify and fill the office to which he is chosen, with or without installation, at the first regular meeting in the month of July succeeding his election, unless excused by the Grand Knight.


Section 3. The appointive officers will not include an Organist. 

Section 4. At the last regular business meeting in June of each year, the  Officers Board shall determine the amount of the bond to be given by the Treasurer and Financial Secretary in addition to the bond furnished by the Supreme Council. 

Section 8. An officer or a member of the Membership Committee shall contact the member and endeavor to have him retain his membership. 

ARTICLE IV B Meetings 

Section 1.   Forty members shall constitute a quorum at business meetings. The second meeting shall be the Officers Board meeting. A majority of the Officers Board shall constitute a quorum.  The time of meetings will be determined by the Grand Knight.

Section 4. Special business meetings shall be convened as follows: By vote of the Council at a preceding regular business meeting; by direction of the Grand Knight; by the Grand Knight upon the written request of 10% of the members, which request shall state the object of the meeting. Due notice of special business meetings and their purpose shall be given to each member by email and on the web site and no other business shall be transacted at any such meeting. 

Section 5. The following shall be the order of business and procedure at special business meetings:
                       1.   Call to Order.
                        2.   Warden's Report on Membership Card.
                        3.   Prayer.
                        4.   Roll Call of Officers.
                        5.   Special Order of Business.
                        6.   Prayer.                       

Section. 8. If any meeting shall fall on a legal holiday or a church holy day, said meeting shall be held at such a date as the Officers Board decides within the month for which it is scheduled. 

ARTICLE V B Balloting for Candidates 

Section 1. The Grand Knight shall present the name(s) of candidate(s) to the membership after the Chancellor has determined that the candidate(s) is a practicing Catholic and the proper form(s) has been completed. The presentation to the membership can be accomplished at a regular meeting of the Council or by Email. Candidates shall be approved by a majority vote, either at the meeting or by email. Any member may register a concern about a candidate by privately directing such concern to the Membership Director who will investigate the concern and will make a recommendation to the Grand Knight whether or not to proceed with the approval of the candidate. 

ARTICLE VI B Committees 

Section 1. In addition to the Committees provided for in the By-Laws, the following two Service Program Directors shall be appointed: 

Director of Pro-Life Activities will promote a program within the Council to support the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. 

Director of Communications will oversee all facets of Council communications and publicity. 


Section 3.    An Annual Budget will be developed by the Officers Board for approval by a majority of the members present at a business meeting at the beginning of the Council year.  No money in excess of $500.00 shall be paid or transferred from the Treasury of this Council that is not in the approved annual budget, or for purposes approved by the Supreme Council or Board of Directors, unless approved by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at a regular business meeting at which intention to pay or transfer such money and the purposes and amount to be paid or transferred shall have been given. 

Section 4. All bills received will be given to the Financial Secretary and paid if they are part of the approved annual budget, otherwise they must be disposed of as indicated in Section 3 above if over $500 or by vote of the Officers Board if under $500. 

ARTICLE VIII B Funerals, Etc.

The Family Director will fulfill the responsibilities delineated under this Article.

End of Council 10208 By-Laws approved 3/06/2012