In 1897, the govenor of New York proclaimed a Flag Day celebration for the first time as an annual event in that state. President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day as an annual national celebration in his proclamation issued on May 30, 1916. A Flag Day Celebration to honor our nation's flag has been held on June 14 of each year since that date. Since the date of the proclamation, the Temple KJT (Catholic Union of Texas) Society #114 holds a Flag Day Raising Ceremony on June 14 at Saint Mary Catholic Church, Temple, Texas, to honor our nation's flag.
On May 18, 2016, the KJT Society #114 presented a check for $1500 to Saint Mary's Catholic School. The funds were raised by KJT/Knights of Columbus Council #3444 Lenten Fish Fry, KJT Home Office Grant Funds and funds contributed by KJT Society #114.
"The Catholic Union of Texas, The KJT was founded in 1889 by a group of men of Czech descent. The initials, "KJT", stand for the name of the society in the Czech language, "Katolicka Jednota Texaska." Membership is open to all Christians.
The KJT's mission is to provide fraternal, financial and insurance programs for its members and to promote family relationships through fraternal activities of its societies and religious programs of the Catholic Church. Volunteerism among its societies for parish, community and civic related causes is also encouraged."*
KJT #114 meets the third (3rd) Tuesday of each month, 6:30 PM, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Temple, Texas, in the St. Joseph Room of the O'Reilly Religious Education Center (the building between the Sanctuary and the Parish Hall).
Activities throughout the year include the American flag raising ceremony June 14 at St. Mary Catholic School, donations for Christmas party at the school, assisting the Knights of Columbus Council #3444 with the Lenten Fish Fry, and offering of scholarships and/or grants.
For additional information about membership, etc., regarding the KJT Society, please contact Terry Simonton at 254-642-0103 or Eugene Pavlat at 254-778-8954.
Member benefits include the following:
KJT #114 Info Form /documents/2014/8/KJT_form.pdf