History of Thomas D. Reilley Sr. Council Knights of Columbus # 10668

St. Francis By The Sea Catholic ChurchShortly after St. Francis By The Sea Catholic Church was dedicated, several men of the parish explored the possibility of forming a new Knights of Columbus council for the parish. With a few transfers from the Raymond G. Bennett council at Holy Family and a call for new members, the Thomas D. Reilley Sr. Council was formed in 1991 with a core of 35 charter members

Fred Losinski, as the District Deputy was instrumental in forming the new council. Robert Bidwell was the first Grand Knight. The council was named after a prominent member of the parish that had died in the recent past. Tom Reilley owned the Crazy Crab restaurant and donated its use for Sunday Mass and breakfast prior to the building of St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church.

The council got off to a good start and performed several tasks in support of the rapidly growing parish: Picnic tables were built to be placed around the outside of the church. Two Knights donated their labor in installing the Stations of the Cross inside the church. Knights moved the Pastor from his temporary residence into the Rectory when it was completed. In the first several years the Council co-sponsored "Keep Christ In Christmas" billboard on busy HWY. 170

The Council has grown from that small start to an organization that is more than 200 members and continues to provide various support functions for the Pastor and the parish.

The Knights donated the flag pole for the school and erected and maintain the Stations of The Cross behind the Columbarium around the lagoon. The Knights also generously donate their time and talent at the St. Francis Thrift Shop.

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