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Who are the Columbiettes?                                                                                                                      

The Columbiettes of St. Matthew were established in 2000. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month except in July and August.

If you are a practical Catholic woman, age 18 or older, we welcome you to join the Columbiettes.

If you are interested in joining or would just like more information please email us at or contact Kathy Balding at 704-560-0678.

Mission: To give service to its affiliated Knights of Columbus as well as to the parish and community. Projects and activities are determined by the membership and its interests, and guided by the precepts of faith, hope and charity.

Volunteer opportunities: Spring and Fall Treasures in the Trunk, November Bake Sale, Mira Via Banquet, Knights events, fundraisers

Time commitment of volunteers: Varies



The Columbiettes, an organization of Catholic women dedicated to our Patronesses, Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Theresa the Little Flower and St. Joan of Arc, are comprised of affiliated Auxiliaries of the Knights of Columbus Councils. A Columbiette Auxiliary is in existence only with the consent and approval of the Council with which it is affiliated. One of our purposes is to aid our Council spiritually, socially and financially. The Columbiette Auxiliary upon request aids said Council in all its endeavors.

Our purpose is to:

  • promote the spiritual, social and charitable welfare of our members
  • to instill a steadfast conviction relating to the proper place and function of Catholic women in safeguarding the religious, civil and economic rights of all Catholics
  • to rely upon the intercession of Mary, our Mother and Model, for guidance in guarding the common good, and to work through her, on loving and aiding all members of the human family and to give assistance to the Knights of Columbus in all their activities upon request.


In 1939, Monsignor J. Francis McIntyre, at that time the Chaplain of the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus, and who later became Cardinal McIntyre of Los Angeles, California, seeing great numbers of women coming out of a Communist rally at Madison Square Garden, conceived the idea of a ladies’ organization to work with the Knights of Columbus. The New York Chapter Knights of Columbus formulated a plan for such an organization. Their plan called for the establishment of Auxiliaries in each Council and to coordinate the efforts of all under the direction of the parent group. On March 2, 1939, the first Columbiettes were instituted in New York City. Since that memorable day, many new Auxiliaries were formed and eventually State Councils and a Supreme Council were established. The Columbiettes are now an international organization of Catholic women presently established in the United States and Canada.

To join or ask a question, contact us at or contact Kathy Balding at 704-560-0678.

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