State Programs - June 14 & 15, 2011
Transcript State Programs - June 14 & 15, 2011
State Ceremonial Program
2013 - 2014
Alberta / NWT
Knights of Columbus
State Ceremonial Team
State Ceremonial Director
John F. Majowski
State Ceremonial Director
Daniel Barth, PSD, FVSM
Second Degree Team Captains
Julito R. Reyes, PSD
PURPOSE OF CEREMONIALS
Very important part of our traditions as Knights of Columbus
The purpose of our ceremonials is to inspire, instruct and motivate
candidates to not only understand the principles of the Order, but to
live them in their daily lives.
Each degree has a primary lesson to convey to the candidate.
How that lesson is presented to the candidates is dependent on the
professionalism and experience of the degree teams.
All Degrees shall be conducted according to the format contained in
the Degree Book for each Degree.
All ceremonial items must be purchased from an approved vendor.
The First Degree
The lesson of the First Degree is Charity.
This degree is a new member’s introduction to the Knights of Columbus.
It is incumbent upon us to make it a memorable experience.
The impression that the new member is left with will be the foundation upon which his subsequent
participation in his council will be built.
Grand Knight is in charge of the First Degree.
A Captain may also head the team in lieu of the Grand Knight.
GK should schedule First Degrees so that candidates will not experience a long waiting period.
If the council does not have a certified First Degree Team, the Grand Knight should try to contact a
certified team in his area.
If a certified team is not available the Grand Knight has several options.
He, the candidates and their sponsors can travel to a First Degree performed by a certified team
in his area.
He can have members of his council read each degree in its entirety, or
He can use the CD provided by Supreme for key parts and read the remainder. However, if these
options are used, the Grand Knight should select members of his council who are good readers.
The Degree should be practiced so that the members reading the parts or reading parts in
conjunction with the CD are comfortable with the flow of the degree. Also the required ceremonial
items for the Degree must be utilized.
Use of robes is preferred, but dark colored business suits and Ceremonial Baldric may be worn in
lieu of robes.
Warden is in charge of setting up the chamber
The District Deputy can certify a First Degree team provided the parts are memorized (FORM #2408).
The certification shall be accomplished during a dress rehearsal prior to an actual degree.
Each council should insure that sufficient Candidates Kits are on hand. If a council sends a candidate to
another council for a First Degree, a Candidate Kit should be sent with the sponsor or other council
member attending with the candidate.
Remember a sponsor should accompany his candidate to each Degree if possible.
The Second Degree
The lesson of the Second Degree is Unity.
The District Deputy shall be in charge of the Second Degree.
The District Deputy should schedule Second Degrees as necessary in his
A Team Captain may be appointed to oversee the Team for the District
The Second Degree must be performed by a certified Second Degree Team.
If a certified team does not exist in his area he should make every effort to
As with the First Degree but ONLY with prior approval from the State Deputy,
he can have members of his Council/District read the degree in its entirety.
The team should wear robes for this degree, or ceremonial baldrics over a
dark business suit with jewel of office.
The required ceremonial items must be used during the Degree.
All Second Degree books are charged to the District.
A Second Degree Team is certified by the State Ceremonial Director during a
dress rehearsal prior to an actual degree.
The North West area – Grande Prairie, Peace River as well as Fort McMurray
should have or put in place a Second Degree team.
The Third Degree
The lesson of the Third Degree is Fraternalism.
The State Deputy is responsible for the Third Degrees held in his State.
The term “Third Degree Team” has been changed to Conferring Officer and
Only a certified (by Supreme) Conferring Officer and his staff can exemplify
the Third Degree.
The C.O. appointed and assigned by the State Deputy or Ceremonial Director
is in charge of this Degree from the time he receives the gavel from the Host
DD until he returns it to the Host DD.
The C.O. may travel with his chosen Warden, F.P. (Fraternal Presenter) and
perhaps a sound person.
The C.O. carries his own equipment.
Host DD opens the Third Degree. PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR THIS.
The State Ceremonial Director will contact a Conferring Officer and assign
him and his staff to the Degree.
The Conferring Officer will contact the District Deputy to work out the
necessary details for the Degree.
Cost of medallions should be included with the candidate’s fee.
Once the Conferring Officer arrives on site, he is in charge of the Degree.
Robes will be worn for this Degree.
Host District Deputies Ensure
A venue to hold the Degree is reserved.
Have an ample supply of chairs and a few tables.
If Mass is held, notify the priest and then have the petitions and readers in
Ensure there is a room for the candidates to gather.
Notify other District Deputies about the Degree and confirm number of
candidates to the Conferring Officer seven days before the Degree.
Have at least ONE Knight present (or more) for each candidate. Degrees
held with only one or two observers tells the candidates that the Knights are
not interested in their initiation.
Require and ensure that the Second Degree has at least five Guards
available to assist the Warden.
While ceremonials are being conducted, no alcohol will be served on the
ALL DISTRICT DEPUTIES SHOULD
Encourage Councils in rural areas to hold their OWN First Degrees in their Council Chambers.
Utilize council robes or Ceremonial Baldrics (complete with jacket, tie, slacks and shoes. NO
RUNNING SHOES OR BLUE JEANS).
According to the NEW PROTOCOLS, Second Degrees are encouraged to also stand alone on District
As with the First Degree but ONLY with prior approval from the State Deputy, the Second Degree can
be read in its entirety. This underscores the necessity of teams travelling to do the Second Degree,
which can amount to hundreds of dollars per Degree.
Supreme pays the cost of travel for the Third Degree Conferring Officer.
Encourage those councils that need First Degree paraphernalia to procure them. State may help you
with expenses if you so request.
Encourage formation of new teams and to procure items needed for the Second Degree.
If the Degree Books are required, the District Deputy, State Deputy or Ceremonial Director can order
them from Supreme.
Invite the State Deputy to ALL Third Degrees.
Do not cancel the Degree. IF NECESSARY, set a new date. Notifications are to go to Ceremonials
(C.O. & State Deputy).
Ensure anyone participating on a team has it memorized or is a good eye contacting, emphatic reader.
Fill out Ceremonial FORM #450 for each Degree in your area.
Reserve your Degree facility far in advance of the date for the Degree.
Utilize Honour Scrolls (FORM # 27) for the First, Second and Third Degree for each exemplification.
Ceremonial Baldrics can be worn in public areas but NOT Council robes.
Note that First Degree books were mailed to all Financial Secretaries on record in 2005. New Councils
formed after this date must requisition new books.
DD shall ensure all Teams in his District are certified in their presentation.
Insure at least two people man the registration desk. Make a copy of the candidate names for the
MAJOR DEGREE DATES
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
State Ceremonial Policy
From Section L-1 of the Grand Knight’s Manual
The hosting District(s) or Council(s) will provide and be responsible for the Second Degree Team at its
If the hosting District(s) or Council(s) wish the State Ceremonial Director to provide a travelling
Second Degree Team, he may do so, but at an additional cost of $300.00.
The hosting District(s) or Council(s) will pay the cost and expense of the Conferring Officer and his
staff as follows:
A charge of $25.00 per Candidate.
The State Board has eliminated the $750 minimum charge.
The hosting District(s) or Council (s) are authorized to charge the AB/NWT State Council $10.00
for the Conferring Officer and each staff member, and, if applicable, each Second Degree Team
Member, who remains to attend the Initiation Banquet.
The host District(s) or Council(s) will forward the Degree Team’s fee to the State Treasurer on the day
the Degree is held or within seven (7) days of the Degree.
The cheque is made out to “The Knights of Columbus Alberta/NWT State Council” and
submitted to the State Treasurer.
The Team Captain is to inform the State Treasurer within ten (10) days of the expenses for each
Degree, the number of Candidates and the District Deputy in charge.
The sponsoring body of the Initiation will absorb any loss or profit accruing from the initiation.