The Knights of Columbus remains firmly committed to defending the right to life of every human being, from the moment of conception to natural death. Countless councils and individual Knights conduct projects aimed to build a culture of life in their communities. What we choose to do, or not do, about abortion, euthanasia, human cloning and embryonic research impacts lives for generations to come. Take action now and support a culture that values human life at all stages. Here are some of the programs and activities that our council does to promote a culture of life. The closest will usually appear first in the list.
The council supports and participates in the periodic prayer vigils held on the fourth Friday morning of the month as well as other dates and times near Planned Parenthood throughout the year. This peaceful vigil lasts about an hour (from 9:30 till 10:30) as a witness to life. Bring a rosary to the corner of South 16th Street and Hospital Center Drive just in front of the hospital's new parking garage. Periodically, the council will designate a specific day for a larger Knights of Columbus presence at the vigil by promoting the vigil to our council as well as other councils in the area. In general, the vigils will coincide with a Marian holy day.
To support the Wilmington LifeLine Pregnancy Center, the council will work with the Saint Mark Respect Life ministry in conducting a Baby Bottle Campaign during Advent. On the first Sunday of Advent, baby bottles are distributed to the parish community asking those taking them to fill them with loose change. The bottles are collected on the Feast of the Holy Family (the Sunday after Christmas).
Each October 14, in recognition of Christopher Columbus, we will recognize the first born child of New Hanover County by a $100 donation to a life-affirming charitable organization in the county. In the past we provided 32 receiving blankets to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).