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Parish and Related Organizations

Knights of Columbus


The "Knights of Columbus" is the largest laymen organization in the world.

Faith, Family and Fraternity make up the foundation upon which the Knights of Columbus stand. Their programs and projects make a big difference in the Auburn community.

FAITH: One of the primary goals of the Knights of Columbus is helping the Catholic Church to remain vigorous and undiminished. This Council is a major contributor to the support of both St. Joseph and St. Teresa.

FAMILY: The family is paramount to the knights of Columbus. Our programs and activities allow families to work and play together to benefit the church, community and one another.

FRATERNITY: Along with the good-fellowship that comes with being part of a fraternal organization, our members enjoy working together to assist people who have special needs within our community.

Auburn Council 6149 was established on May 20, 1969 by Frank Weigl who moved here in 1964 and was the past Grand Knight of Pasadena Council No. 1174, a former District Deputy and a Past Faithful Navigator of Cabrillo General Assembly. Our Council replaced the old Auburn Council No. 2276, which was instituted on May 15, 1921 and dissolved April 7, 1934.

While our council is known for its great breakfasts and dinners, there are many other activities in which the council is involved. Some of these activities are….


Each year the council keeps Christ in Christmas by making available religious Christmas cards to the parishes. Proceeds from this sale are used to support seminarians and finance activities for other religious programs.


In October of each year our council conducts a fund drive to raise monies to aid people with mental retardation. We hold blood drives each four months and have gathered up to 200 pints in a year.


We promote within our council "Knight of the Month", "Family of the Month", and "Family of the Year" programs, honoring knights and families who exemplify the values taught by our Church and our order. Each December we honor our deceased brothers with a memorial Mass and Communion.


We gather each third Thursday to enjoy a potluck meal and share in fellowship. We also have council activities such as breakfasts and dinners for the Knights and their families. Each year we have an end-of-the-summer Bar-B-Q, Past Grand Knights Banquet, Charter dinner and Christmas dinner. We also sponsor a weekly bingo game and a large amount of the proceeds are used toward our church debt reduction.


We sponsor a free throw contest and an essay contest and offer scholarships for youth in our local schools and the Placer County area. We also prepare and serve 120 to 140 Bar-B-Q hamburger lunches for the local high school students as a part of the "Auburn Teen Ministry Task Force Out Reach Program".

Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut.

For more information go to or contact: Joe Nicosia: 530-885-5359

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The Italian Catholic Federation is a 16,000 member organization founded in San Francisco in 1924, with 200 chapters nationwide. The Auburn Branch #342 at the Parish of St. Joseph / St. Teresa of Avila has 180 members and meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 7:30 P.M. Both men and women may join. Dues are modest and family memberships with children are encouraged.

Members are generally Italian in origin but the Federation has many non-Italian members who enjoy the fellowship and faith.

They are a Catholic organization which:

      Receives Communion as a group;

      Gives money and time to our Parish;

      Supports the Parish school;

      Visits rest homes and works with the elderly, the needy, and the developmentally disabled;

      Supports Life Pregnancy Services with dollars and goods;

      Supports our clergy and seminarians; and

      Donate scholarships to high school graduates.

The Italian Catholic Federation also sponsors dinners, dances, trips, and festas because they believe social interaction is important for a healthy parish community.

For more information on the Italian Catholic federation, contact Robert Spadarotto at (530) 877-8024.

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St. Vincent de Paul

Please call 530-305-0130

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Senior Group newsletter (in .pdf)

Gets together often for fun and frolic, contact Chairperson: Jackie Shook 530-268-7274 to join the fun. 

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