Council 185

St. Virgilius Council 185 in Newtown was founded in 1896 by a group of 33 men primarily of Irish decent. They chose to name the council after an Irish Monk by the name of St. Virgilius. St. Virgilius was born in Ireland the early 700’s. He was known as “the Geometer” because of his extraordinary knowledge of geography. He was a dedicated missionary priest who became a bishop in Germany where he spent 40 years converting people to Catholicism. He died on November 27, 784 and was canonized by Pope Gregory IX in 1233. His message was to “share his Faith with others” which made him an ideal choice as our council’s namesake.

The St. Rose of Lima Knights of Columbus Virgilius Council 185 proudly provides support through the following primary activities:

 

  • Volunteer Service

  • Community Involvement

  • Church Support

  • Culture of Life

 

St. Virgilius

Volunteer Service

We volunteer in a variety of charitable enterprises to serve the people and programs of our community. Volunteerism informed by Christian concern is the hallmark of the organization and results in outstanding contributions of time and talent to the Catholic Church, our communities, families, young people and brothers in the Knights of Columbus.

During the year ending December 31, 2010, the reported number of volunteer hours for charitable causes was over 5,000 hours - -nearly 2 ½ full time equivalent employees. The value of the donated time was $148,762.50, based upon suggested service rates provided by Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. We provided volunteer support for a wide range of programs, including:

  • Collection and delivery of donated clothing, food and furniture to the needy in the Greater Bridgeport area

  • The American Cancer Society Relay for Life

  • St. Rose Lenten Fish Fries

  • St. Rose Annual Carnival

  • Annual Christmas Toy Drive and Distribution

  • Kevin’s Community Center office move

  • Parishioner move assistance

 

This volunteer time does not reflect visits made to the sick and bereaved in our parish and the surrounding Newtown area. Due to this, we believe the total level of volunteerism to be understated. Without our volunteer support, many of these activities, all of which are open to members of all faiths, would not be able to be held.

Community Involvement

Our member’s community involvement takes many forms. These include sponsorship of community recreation programs, patriotic observances, and cultural activities. During the past year we have organized, funded and voluntarily staffed many family and youth activities, including:

 

  • Fan the Fire 2012

  • Home repair, maintenance and yard cleanups for the elderly

  • Fun with Santa Breakfast

  • KOC Wine Tasting

  • Catholic Youth Spiritual Retreats

  • Youth Free-Throw Contest

  • Bridgeport Bluefish Family Outing

  • St. Rose Family Picnic

  • Knight’s Toy Closet (open all year for those in need)

  • Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Projects (financial and labor support)

Additionally, we take pride in our support for the Special Olympics and people with intellectual and physical disabilities. We provide volunteer support for the annual Special Olympics event in New Haven, and conduct an annual “Tootsie Roll Drive”, the entire proceeds of which go to St. Catherine’s Academy. Additionally, we have made monetary donations to St. Catherine’s annually.

Church Support

Our members are consistently involved in activities in support of the Catholic Church. Our members donate their time volunteering for activities that support both the Church and vocations to religious life, such as:

  • Special Ministers of the Eucharist Service

  • Color Guard Support for First Holy Communion and Confirmations Masses

  • Transportation assistance for our clergy

  • Volunteer support for parishioner wakes and funerals

  • Donation and delivery of Lenten Fish Fry meals to elder Nuns and Clergy

Culture of Life

Our members believe that every life is sacred, from the moment of conception till natural death. As such, we are called to defend the dignity of each human being at every stage and work together in building a culture of life and a civilization of love. Our members actively volunteer for pro-life activities, including the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.