Florida State Council

Knights of Columbus

Building the Domestic Church - Feast of the Holy Family

During the 2016-17 school year, members of Council 15619 began discussions with our Chaplain and Pastor, Fr. Antony Pulikal regarding ways in which we as a council could help people of the parish to focus more on the importance of the family. Together, we agreed to fund a new statue of the Holy Family that could be placed on an existing pedestal next to the parish school. The statue would be adjacent to the main walkway from the church to the two social halls on the parish property, so it was likely to be seen by students and parents attending events at those halls.
Money was budgeted at the beginning of this fiscal year to fund the statue, a pergola around it, and the improvements required for the area. Skilled help on installing brick pavers around the pedestal was donated by two parishioners, who did a wonderful job in making this area a place of gathering and prayer.
The statue was ordered, and the dedication date was set for the Feast of the Holy Family. To maintain the focus on the importance of the family in the church community, a procession was organized after a morning mass on that day, and all parishioners were offered a Knights of Columbus prayer card with the prayer of consecration to the Holy Family. Our local Fourth Degree Assembly no. 3698 served as the Honor Guard during the procession and dedication.
Upon reaching the statue, a blessing was given by the pastor, and the consecration prayer was read aloud by all present. Many families attended this prayerful event, which highlighted the Holy Family on its feast day, and the statue will continue to be a place of reflection on the importance of the family for years to come.