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Light of Christ Council 8726

Sinking Spring, PA

 

 

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The Light of Christ Council supports, coordinates, sponsors, and/or promotes the following charitable events and activities on a regular basis.

~ Baptisms ~

The Light of Christ Council provides a unique experience for family members of infants being Baptized at St. Ignatius Loyola Church.

In recognition of the parents’ decision to bring their infants into the Church family through Baptism, the Council provides the following gifts:

 

For the infant:   The baby receives his or her first Rosary, a symbol of prayer to be used throughout their life.

For the mother:   A single rose, to represent the love she’ll provide to the infant as he or she grows in their faith.

For the father:   A lapel pin of an infant’s feet at 10 weeks (actual size) since conception, a symbol of the pro-life effort.

Since the inception of this program, the Light of Christ Council has provided over 900 sets of rosaries, roses, and pins to the infants of St. Ignatius Loyola Church.

 

~ Seminary ~

The Light of Christ Council is an active member of the Knights of Columbus Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP).

Through RSVP, councils receive incentives for providing an individual seminarian or novice with meaningful financial and/or moral support.

This program encourages direct interaction and gives council members a better understanding of men and women who pursue religious vocations.

Seminarians from St. Ignatius Loyola Parish study at St. Charles Boromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.

For additional information about the seminary, please click on the link below:

http://www.scs.edu/

 

~ St. Ignatius Church ~

The Light of Christ Council supports the RCIA program at St. Ignatius through equipment donations and program sponsorship.

For more information about the RCIA program, you may visit the St. Ignatius Loyola Parish website by clicking on the following link:

http://www.stignatiusreading.org/index.html

 

~ The ARC of PA ~

 

The Light of Christ Council supports the Arc of Pennsylvania through an annual fund-raising campaign.

Member volunteers and their families dedicate their time to accept contributions from local individuals. Our efforts have raised thousands

 of dollars for this worthy charity, and have helped boost awareness of the need for these special services.

 

The Arc is the largest advocacy organization in the United States for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families.

The Arc was started over sixty-five years ago by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who fought against

 society’s expectation that their children be sent to state institutions.

Additional information about the Pennsylvania ARC can be found by clicking on the link below:

http://thearcpa.org/welcome.html

 

~ Blood Drive ~

The Light of Christ Council hosts community blood drives in conjunction with the Miller Keystone Blood Mobile throughout the year.

These drives are held at St. Ignatius Loyola School in Sinking Spring, PA. Consult the Calendar of Events for the next scheduled blood drive.

For additional information about the Miller Keystone Blood Center, click on the following link:

http://www.giveapint.org/

 

~ Salvation Army ~

 

In support of the needs of the local community, the Light of Christ Council provides volunteers for the annual Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign.

For more information about the Salvation Army, click the link below:

http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf

 

~ Special Olympics ~

People helping people is a constant theme of the Special Olympics program. The athletes of Special Olympics are constant reminders

of all that is right with the human spirit. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition

 in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities

to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families,

other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. On an annual basis, the Light of Christ Council hosts the

Berks County Special Olympics Basketball Tournament and provides the athletes and their families

 with free lunches and awards. This program has become one of the larger Special Olympics events because of the concern

and support of the Knights of Columbus. For additional information about the Berks County Special Olympics, please click on the link below:

http://www.sopaberks.org/

 

~ Pro-Life Activities ~

Lifeline of Berks County is an interdenominational, not-for-profit organization, which exists to provide life=affirming services to

pregnant women and their families. For more information about Lifeline of Berks County, click on the following link:

http://www.lifelineofberks.org

 

Updated: June 24, 2017

 

 

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