The Msgr. Sprenke Council (#12676) of the Knights of Columbus (KofC), was chartered on March 29, 2000 at St. Ann Parish in Normandy. We are part of the world’s largest fraternal, family orientated lay Catholic organization, which was started by an immigrant Irish Catholic priest, the Blessed Fr. Michael j. McGivney in 1882. Our purpose is to provide for the mutual benefit and aid (including insurance) to families that were being devastated by the passing of young fathers due to the poor working conditions of the times. Today, KofC councils throughout the world are active in a number of endeavors to help heir local parishes and communities.
At St. Ann, we focus our efforts on a number of programs associated with supporting our church, youth and community. Some of our activities include:
- Staffing weekly scrip sales
- Monthly donut Sunday
- Hosting quarterly blood drives
- Fund annual religious retreats for St. Ann children participating in First Communion, First Reconciliation, and Confirmation
- Support our local Boy Scout troops
- Sponsor Eagle Scout projects
- Fund scouts and their leaders attending the Scout Catholic Encounter weekend.
- Sponsor annual events for the Men’s club and supporting their youth athletic ministry
- Guarantor of multiple youth events including: soccer challenge, Free throw contest, Substance Abuse Poster design Contest. We provided prizes and the chance to compete at the State Level.
- Supply Voter Guides for local elections
- Support developmentally challenged people through the Tootsie Roll drive
- Promote Pro-Life organizations and Programs: Roses for Life and Savers of Life fund raisers.
- Receive Missouri State KofC grants to help St. Ann school support Catholic education ministries.
Our council is ten years old, and we look forward to future decades of service to our parish and community. If you are interested in joining, please contact Jim Paunicka (385-7553), Mark Haley (389-4924), or Bruce Gardiner (389-2141) for more information.