Father Murphy Council was named after Father Cornelius Murphy, the first permanent priest at St. Paul’s Catholic Church.
Fred Stack, District Deputy, presented Council #5535 with its charter Friday, March 19, 1964 in Jacksonville to the founding Grand Knight Frank J. Tassone, Sr. and Reverend Father James J. Heslin Chaplin. Some thirty men received their first degree that week and were presented with their Knights of Columbus pins. There were also 28 transfer members from other councils.
Quoted from the Beaches News Wednesday April 1, 1964:
“The first meeting was conducted Wednesday night in the cafeteria of St. Paul’s Catholic School in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Following meetings were held in the small parish hall behind St. Paul’s Rectory.”
The Father Murphy Council works closely with the St. Paul’s Parish in Jacksonville Beach, Our Lady Star of the Sea in Ponte Vedra, and Naval Station Mayport’s Holy Family by the Sea Chapel providing funds for various projects in and around Jacksonville.
We are located at the intersection of Beach Blvd and Penman Rd. (1401 2nd Ave N Jacksonville, Florida 32250)
The Grand Knight for 2015-2016 is Dr. Mark Parkulo. You can contact the Knights by phone at (904)249-5535.
Youth Activities: We support youth groups in St. Paul’s parish for example, Boy and Girl Scouts. We sponsor a Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest, Catholic Citizen’s Essay Contest, Spelling Bee and athletic events such as the Soccer Challenge, and Free Throw Championship. We promote scholarships and sponsor education and tutoring programs.
Church Activities: We support vocations by providing monetary assistance to seminarians and encourage participation in the Parish Councils. We also encourage members to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and Lectors. We gather for First Friday of the Month Mass at the council hall followed by a dinner and fellowship. We promote religious devotions and Keep Christ in Christmas as well as recognizing our Altar Servers by selecting an Altar Server of the Year.
Family Activities: We promote family life with Family Week, the World Wide Marriage Encounter and family oriented outings. We promote education, tutoring and scholarship. We maintain contact with widows of deceased members and attend the wakes and funerals of colleagues. The Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight arrange social functions.
Community Services: Members of Council 5535 assist in food pick-up and meal service at Mission House, St. Vincent de Paul activities, food drives, Meals-on-Wheels, Special Olympics, visiting nursing homes, transportation of the elderly to doctor appointments, Mass and shopping and provide Food for Families. We perform a monthly Penman Road clean-up and a recycling campaign. We promote public safety and health services.