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CONVENTION 2017

THE CONVENTION IS COMING, THE CONVENTION IS COMING!!! Anybody have any pertinent information to add?!? All anyone knows is that it is the last weekend of June up in Turlock.

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              SUPREME KNIGHT'S VISION FOR THE COLUMBIAN SQUIRES              

Squires

squires_logo_221The Columbian Squires, the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, is a leadership and character development program for Catholic young men, 10-18 years old.

Founded in 1925, the Columbian Squires is an international fraternity of approximately 30,000 Catholic young men in over 1,400 local parish units, called Circles, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and on U.S. military bases abroad.

A Squires Circle is designed to be run by and for young men. Squires have fun, meet new friends, travel, play sports and socialize. Squires are involved in promoting vocations, marching in defense of unborn life, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, supporting Special Olympics and promoting Catholic education, among countless other activities. Thus, the Squires Circle is an athletic team, a youth group, a social club, a cultural and civic improvement association, a management training course, a civil rights organization and a spiritual development program all rolled into one.

Leader Development 
Opportunity to build personal leadership skills.

Events & Activities

Participation in a variety of family, youth, social and athletic programs and activities conducted by local Circles.

College Scholarships

Eligibility for college Scholarships.

Squires Newsletter 

Free subscription to the Orders’ monthly newsletter examining issues of concern to Squires.

K of C Rosary

Blessed rosary by the Supreme Chaplain.

Membership Card

Entitlement to all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in over 1,400 Columbian Squire Circles throughout the world.
The program has the goal of recognizing and rewarding each Squire for acquiring the skills and attitudes of Catholic leadership as he moves towards becoming a Knight.

The program is structured with five levels of achievement:
• The Page
• The Shield Bearer
• The Swordsman
• The Lancer
• The Squire of the Body of Christ

Each level is designed to guide a Squire through a process of learning and growth, while he masters certain activities and develops leadership skills. Each level also requires a specific number of achievements in four categories: Home and Family; Squires and Knights; Community and Country; and Church.

The Squires program is designed to develop young men as leaders who understand their Catholic religion, who have a strong commitment to the Church and who are ready, willing and capable of patterning their lives after Christ. Squires are involved in programs that benefit the Church and community as well as in recreational and social activities sponsored by local Knights of Columbus parish Councils and Assemblies.

Squires Circles are designed to be run by and for young men under the guidance of several Knights who serve as counselors. Squires are given the opportunity to take charge and lead by running their own meetings, empowering their own members, setting their Circles’ agenda and implementing their own program of activities.

If you are a Catholic young man, 10-18 years old, and you want to meet new friends, travel, play sports, have fun and make a difference, you should join the Columbian Squires today! Contact Us to learn more.

The Columbian Squires, the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, was established under the direction of Brother Barnabas McDonald on August 4, 1925. According to Brother Barnabas, “The supreme purpose of the Columbian Squires is character building”.

With that purpose in mind, there can be few undertakings more important than developing your Catholic leaders with beliefs and values that will define their character for a lifetime. Thus, the Order wide goal of the Knights of Columbus is to have “A Circle in Every Council”. The importance of a Squires Circle should not be underestimated. A circle helps mold young Catholic men into the strong leaders of tomorrow, while preparing these Squires for their future as active, contributing members of the Knights of Columbus.

Please consider starting a new Circle or reinstituting an inactive Circle today. All you need is at least 10 Catholic young men, between the ages of 10 and 18, and a few of their fathers and/or other Knights to be their counselors.

LEARN MORE from Supreme for information and assistance with the development of a Columbian Squires Circle in your Council or Assembly today.

What is the Building the Domestic Church initiative?

  • This initiative refers to activities focused on promoting the new evangelization, strengthening our parishes and growing the Order. It is designed to help our members and their families reflect the holiness of the universal Church. In promoting each family as a domestic church, the Knights of Columbus primarily seeks to integrate our members and their families more fully into the sacramental and social life of the parish.

What do these changes mean for active Squires circles?

  • If a council has an active Squires circle, the grand knight and Squires counselor should meet with the pastor to discuss how the Squires circle may be more fully integrated into the parish’s existing youth ministry. Active Squires circles may continue serving and recruiting boys according to current practice. The Supreme Council will continue to provide support materials to the circles.

 How should councils begin engaging in parish youth ministry?

  • Grand knights should meet with their pastors to discuss the role that council members and their families can have in supporting parish-based youth ministry programs and activities. These can also incorporate Knights of Columbus youth programs, such as the Free Throw Championship and the Soccer Challenge. Youth Activity chairmen should act as a liaison with the parish youth ministry team in order to determine how the council can best support parish youth activities.

Will the Supreme Council provide any resources for youth activities or ministry?

  • The Supreme Council will continue to provide resources through its various existing youth activities. Additionally, more materials relating to faith formation will become available as the Supreme Council continues to expand the Domestic Church program in the months ahead.

Is there a date set at which circles are to cease operations?

  • At this point, no. The Supreme Council will continue to monitor and evaluate the program over the course of the next year. However, councils are not encouraged to form new circles, and inactive circles should be disbanded.

Should currently active circles continue to recruit new members?

  • Yes, with the understanding that the program may evolve to meet the needs of the parish’s youth ministry. Will the Squires Advancement program still be supported? The Supreme Council will continue to support the Squires Advancement program and provide other resources that are currently supplied to active circles.

Will the Supreme Council accept applications for new circles?

  • If a council has met all the requirements, the Supreme Council will authorize the formation of a new circle. However, as stated above, new circles are not encouraged and existing circles may eventually be integrated into parish youth ministry.

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2016 CONVENTION MESSAGE FROM YOUR STATE FATHER PRIOR 

Please click HERE to read your message from Father Gerry.

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February 6, 2017: Chief Counselor Phil Fontes' reports from the Auburn circle

1. Philip Fontes ha compartido el siguiente archivo PDF: Click HERE.

2. Philip Fontes ha compartido el siguiente archivo PDF: Click HERE.

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                                      2016 STATE CIRCLE CONVENTION PHOTOS     

Philip Fontes te ha invitado a ver la siguiente carpeta compartida:

Sender's profile photoHello Brother Counselors (and Squires),
I finally finished editing my photos, and have posted them to my GoogleDrive for sharing. I need to add names to the new officers, but that will only take more time. For now, please find the main folder with several sub-folders.

The first folder contains around 78 of the best highlights for the event. The other folders are organized by event categories. Please enjoy the memories of a wonderful event, and post the link to our CA Squires website.

Thank you,

Philip Fontes,
Auburn Squires Chief Counselor
530-906-5074

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IMPERIAL BEACH SQUIRE ELECTED TO LEAD STATE CIRCLE


Greetings Knights and Squires,

A quick follow-up to the CA Squires State Convention held at Marymount College the last weekend of June.  Over 100 Squires and Counselors from all over the State of California convened for the 65th Annual State Convention to join in prayer, play and posturing for position to State Officer Ranks for the 2016-2017 Columbian year.  A very big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Jonathan Smith from the Imperial Beach Squires for being voted in as the next California State Chief Squire!  "... WOW, what was he thinking?"  But, like any big step in life, we are never truly ready for that momentous event and responsibility that will be demanded; but that is how we grow.

Please join me in congratulating Jonathan Smith, and helping this young man (and us) grow!

Philip Fontes, Auburn Squires Chief Counselor

P.S. I have already shared photos from that weekend's event (I have over 450 pictures from which to edit and select.)

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CA Squires State Convention Photos

Greetings All, Please enjoy images and memories from the Ca Squires 64th State Convention held at Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock! Over 100 Squires and Counselors convened to conduct official business and elect next year's state officers, meet and fellowship with other circles, and to have a bit of summer fun!

It was a great experience for all, and the Squires would collectively like to thank all Counselors and supporting Knights councils, the dedicated conference staff and our host Circle from Turlock Ca. We again give a special thank you to Mr. Armando Mena for coordinating such a wonderful event.

Esto Dignus - Be Worthy!

Philip Fontes,
Auburn Circle #5143

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To view the 2015 convention booklet, click below.

2015 State Program-Final.pdf

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To view the 2015 convention photos, click below, then click on each of the seven files.

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Philip Fontes has invited you to view the following shared folder:

Click HERE. to be taken to CA Squires in Action page.

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ESTO DIGNUS - BE WORTHY"x

Welcome to the official website of the California State Circle of Columbian Squires...


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NOTICE:  The CY '16-'17 "To Do List" has been posted to the State Circle website (click HERE). Please print it out for your use during the year beginning July 1.

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The Father Michael J. McGivney Guild serves as a source for information about the life, works and spirituality of Father McGivney. The Guild distributes informational materials about him, receives reports of favors granted through his intercession and oversees the distribution of relics. Guild members receive regular updates on the progress of Father McGivney’s cause for canonization and are invited to participate in promoting devotion to this Servant of God. Members of the Knights of Columbus and Columbian Squires are not automatically Guild members and must elect to join the Guild. The Father Michael J. McGivney Guild Newsletter is published bimonthly except July- August, and is sent free to Guild members. To join the Guild, CLICK HEREThere is NO CHARGE to join.

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The Columbian Squires, the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, is a leadership and character development program for Catholic young men, 10-18 years old.

Founded in 1925, the Columbian Squires is an international fraternity of approximately 30,000 Catholic young men in over 1,400 local parish units, called Circles, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and on U.S. military bases abroad.

A Squires Circle is designed to be run by and for young men. Squires have fun, meet new friends, travel, play sports and socialize. Squires are involved in promoting vocations, marching in defense of unborn life, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, supporting Special Olympics and promoting Catholic education, among countless other activities. Thus, the Squires Circle is an athletic team, a youth group, a social club, a cultural and civic improvement association, a management training course, a civil rights organization and a spiritual development program all rolled into one.

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