Feast of Blessed Fr. McGivney
Saint Mary's Celebration 2021 is an initiative of the parishioners of St. Mary Parish to celebrate the unique, long-standing, and multifaceted spiritual heritage of Blessed Michael J. McGivney. This year, we are celebrating the first feast day of our newly beatified parish priest and founder of the Knights of Columbus, Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney.
August 13, 2021
1st feast day of Blessed Fr. McGivney
A new priest with big ideas
Every Mass, every public rosary, every adoration, every confession at St. Mary's happens over a place of special importance for laity of the Catholic Church, in the United States and beyond: the place where Father Michael McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus.
Serving as an assistant for about six years at St. Mary's before being entrusted with a parish of his own, he certainly fulfilled the ordinary duties of a parish priest well with great virtue. He changed our parish through events, personal visits, involvement in groups, and organization of social events.
Most importantly, he changed the way the laity saw their vocation, and fulfilled it. In founding the Knights of Columbus in 1882, he was considered "bold" for holding the laity - especially laymen - to a high standard of fidelity to the Catholic Faith. Contrary to clericalism, he believed in the ability of laity to make a difference, in their families, in the Church, and in society.
Our parish was not only the testing grounds for his ideas. It has grown over many decades to be shaped by his high-standards for the laity spiritually, and his spiritual trust that lay men, lay women, and families can be saints.
Schedule of Events at St. Mary Church
The effect of the Society of the Knights of Columbus has since that become extraordinary; the Catholic layman has been brought to realize the preciousness of his birthright as a son of the Church...
Fr. Joseph G. Daley, O.P. 1900,
The Personality of Father McGivney
Resources for Families
Parish Priest, by Julie Fenster and Douglas Brinkley
"The Personality of Father Michael McGivney", by Father Daley (1900)
Article on the miracle which led to Fr. McGivney's beatification - the healing of an unborn child from a fatal complication