KoC_logo_More 400 representatives of the Arizona State Council of the Knights of Columbus will be joining together during this weekend for their annual state convention. The following are major events of the convention that are open to all. All activities, except as noted, will be held on the grounds of the Sheraton Crescent, located at 2620 West Dunlap Ave. Drop offs can be made until  5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Collection boxes can be found either in the hotel lobby or in the foyer of the Crescent Ballroom. The Knights of Columbus is the largest family fraternal charitable service organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide.

STATEWIDE FOOD DRIVE:  Everyone is asked to bring non-perishable food items for a statewide food drive. At the close of the convention all food donations will go to the local chapter of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, well known for helping people in distress.

STATEWIDE BABY SHOWER FOR CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS: The public is also asked to help the Knights assist local crisis pregnancy centers by donating baby clothing and materials for a statewide baby shower to be held during the Noon hour on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Knights of Columbus Family members will hold a statewide baby shower and will donate all baby shower gifts to local crisis pregnancy centers.

MEMORIAL MASS AND VIGIL FOR PENTECOST MOST. REV. THOMAS J. OLMSTED, PRESIDER: Catholics and families are invited to join the Knights of Columbus and their families for a special Memorial Mass to honor all Knights who were called to the Lord during the past year. Mass will be held in the Sheraton Hotel’s Crescent Ballroom Saturday, May 17 at 5 p.m. Seating is limited. This Mass on the Vigil for Pentecost will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted.

PRO-LIFE PRAYER SERVICE: On Sunday morning at 8 a.m. the public is welcome to join the Knights and their families for a prayer service for an end to abortion and to protect the sanctity of life. The service will be held in front of Planned Parenthood, 5771 W. Eugie in Glendale, AZ, 85304.

For more information, contact John Garcia, Public Relations Director at telephone (602) 525-4424, or visit the website at www.azknightsofcolumbus.com.