OFFICAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
N A I B M U L O C N A G I H C I M
FIRE “LIGHT THE WITHIN”
Volume 66 No 3
One Shining star to make the world bright, One infant child on that wonderful night, One little prayer for those we hold dear, To bless you at Christmas And all through the year
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
State Chaplain Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson State Deputy Robert & Sandra Fox State Secretary Kenneth & Eleanor Unterbrink State Treasurer Antonio & Sue Vittorini State Advocate William & Marybeth Chasse State Warden Walter & Karen Winkle, Jr. Immediate Past State Deputy Michael & Maureen Malinowski Supreme Director Thomas & Joyce Wegener, PSD
Detroit Archdiocesan Chaplain Rev. Paul Ballien Gaylord Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Donald Geyman Grand Rapids Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Le T. Lam Kalamazoo Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Robert F. Creagan Lansing Diocesan Chaplain Rev. William J. Turner, PHD, KCHS Marquette Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Benedetto J.J. Paris Saginaw Diocesan Chaplain Rev. James WM. Bessert
OFFICAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
AN I B M U L O C MICHIGAN
“LIGHT THE FIRE WITHIN ”
Volume 66 No 3
From The State Deputy Robert W. Fox
My brother knights and families. As my loving wife said the other day “where has 2014 gone?” Where has it gone? Michigan started out the new fraternal year in a hole. Membership was down suspensions up and waiting and we were almost a minus five hundred in net /net growth. July was slow. August improved a little. September, October and November Michigan saw growth above the two hundred member mark and our net/net fell to two hundred ninety four, we had turned the proverbial corner, I hoped. December saw a fall back but still growth. It was the end of the year and councils were suspending their dead weight, and I don’t blame them. As long as the correct procedure is followed I will not stand in the way of suspensions. We are now into the second half of the Fraternal year. This is where Michigan typically sees good growth. I am looking forward to each council climbing on board with the “one member per council per month”. As I have repeatedly said if only two thirds of the councils held to this Michigan would once more be where she should in the Orders standings. I don’t know about your feelings but being at the bottom of the barrel for a number of years is not where I want Michigan to be. This month there is a Church drive. Ideally every council should have planned or is planning for one. I totally understand that this is not possible in all cases. It could be the pastor has said no or a major conflict within the parish but by and large a majority can and should hold a drive. To be effective a council needs their best most informed brother knights out greeting the parishioners with a prospect card and information. A friendly warm attitude will win over possible new members. Prompt follow up on the prospect cards or form one hundreds is vital. Councils should contact prospects within forty eight hours and schedule a degree within two weeks. Do not let anyone wait. The longer time goes by with no action the greater is the possible loss of a new member. Why so much focus on membership is often the question. One reason is as a Catholic Family Fraternal Organization with Charity as it’s number one principal more members do equal more funds. Funds, not for trips or dinner parties or golf but for the many, and I do mean many, requests for aid here in Michigan. It seems that not a week goes by without two or more requests for help. We can’t ans wer them all but we do our best. Ironically a number of requests come from the councils themselves. All of this brings me to another subject. The Charities Raffle. As of now the raffle is down about fifty thousand dollars. Dollars that could have gone to organizations such as HCCS (aka Boysville) St. Vincent’s Home in Lansing or the special Day’s Camp near Muskegon . The list goes on. The tickets were sent out early this year so they could be sitting in someone’s brief case or a drawer. I am as king councils and District Deputies to remind their members to dig out those tickets and get them sold. It’s a win/win situation, a great fund raiser. Councils get a dollar back per ticket sold. All the work is done, just sell the tickets and send the stubs in to the State Office. We also have some great programs concerning our Faith. Tom Arehart, our new Director of Faith Outreach, will be presenting more on this as the year progresses. Just too wet your interest, a Mass of explanation and an Alpha Course for Catholics. Bishop Burns, Aux. Bishop in Detroit, is engaged in this already. The more we as Catholics know about our faith the better we can, as Pope Francis challenged us, to evangelize. There is that word, a word that strikes fear in many. In reality evangelization is easy. Yes you might need to step out of your comfort zone occasionally but the more you do it the easier it becomes. As our State Chaplain say’s “we need to target the two thirds of Catholics, kni ghts included, who do not attend church on a regular basis, put people in pews first, membership will follow”. We need to be proud of our Fa ith. We need to let the world know we are Catholics and proud of it and will support our Pope, our Bishops, Priests and Religious. As state Deputy I am very proud of my board, my District Deputies and the State and Diocesan Directors they do a great job and they are there to help you so don’t hesitate to ask for their help. May all of you have a very prosperous and Blessed new year, May God Bless. “One member per council per month”
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The Year Which Has Past
Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson, KHS State Chaplain Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne. We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne. Throughout the English-speaking world, Auld Lang Syne, meaning the times gone past or good old days, is traditionally sung on New Year’s Eve (known as Hogmanay in Scotland). My mention of that tradition does not hearken back to the writer of this catchy tune, but rather only to Canadian band leader Guy Lombardo who sang it on midnight January 1, 1929 in the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Guy Lombardo's orchestra played the song every New Year’s Eve, in live broadcast from New York, until 1976. Since then, their recording has been played each year as part of the Times Square ball drop. As we embark upon a new year, the lyrics of the song are interpreted as a call to remember long standing acquaintances of our lives as well as the year that is passing. Although we may fumble through the lyrics each New Year’s Eve, the sentiment they hold touches a spot deep within each of us when we hear or sing this age old holiday favorite. Therefore, don’t forget to say a prayer on New Year’s Eve for all the people who have been a significant part of your life during the past year. The beginning of a new year also affords us the opportunity to set goals and make plans. It becomes a time to take stock of the past year and decide how we are going to the coming year better than the year that is now past. It is true that we don’t know what we are going to face in the coming days, but “prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Therefore, the first priority for each of us is our relationship with God. It is important to take stock of this relationship….in what ways have we nurtured this relationship?….in what ways have we neglected this relationship?….how could we help our relationship with God to grow in the coming year?.....how can we develop a deeper love for God, His Church, our neighbor?....how can we more generously put our gifts, talents, and treasure at the service of God and His Church? The beginning of a new year affords us the opportunity to plan for new beginnings in our spiritual life. So many people use the new year to set goals to shed pounds and become physically healthier. Shouldn’t we be just as concerned about our spiritual health? Do we look at ourselves in the “mirror” of the Gospels as often as we gaze at ourselves in the mirrors in our bedrooms? Or do we find it too scarey? It shouldn’t be scarey! The Gospels challenge us, but they are also a reminder that God only desires that we be a work in progress and not a work of perfection. I want to wish everyone a blessed and happy 2015. May the coming year be an opportunity for the Michigan K of C family to grow in our love of God and of our neighbor as we seek to serve those in need of Christ’s love and mercy!
Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus
State Officers Robert W. Fox
Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson
Kenneth B. Unterbrink
Antonio G. Vittorini
State Treasurer State Advocate State Warden Immediate Past State Deputy
William H. Chasse Walter K. Winkle, Jr. Michael J. Malinowski
Thomas M. Wegener, PSD
Michigan State Council Office 6025 Wall Street Sterling Hgts., MI 48312 Office Phone Fax Email: email@example.com Lawrence T. Grabowski
Editorial Gary M. Kolbicz, Editor
Michigan Columbian Publication Schedule
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A New Year Message Thomas M. Wegener, PSD Supreme Director
At the beginning of this New Year, Joyce and I hope that your holidays were blessed with faith, family and friends. May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! The New Year also brings a hard look at our progress as members and leaders of the Michigan Knights of Columbus. Now is when we ask where we are in our membership and our programs? Have we made the adjustments necessary to charge our Membership and Programs to be a successful council for this fraternal year? Throughout this issue of the Michigan Columbian there are articles and information for leaders and Knights to review. Please read them as they deserve our attention and our action. It is truly a great time to be a Knight of Columbus. The Order is promoting many great programs, of course, but the Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive program is one that, if we take full advantage of it, will help our families become what they are called to be, to stand at the heart of the Church’s mission of evangelization. In developing and promoting this program the Order is helping all of us to strengthen our family, offering monthly activities for both families and for councils to promote the family. For a year the monthly activities allow us to explore and promote the family as the central building block of society. Please visit www.kofc.org and scroll to Building the Domestic Church link. There the entire program is available for you to download and use, both in your council and in your own families. The yearlong Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive program climaxes with the World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia from September 22-27, 2015. Now that Pope Francis has committed to attending this celebration of The Family, we have a new incentive to make the World Meeting of Families a celebration in our own homes - To have our family as fully alive in faith, love and hope as possible. Together as single, married and married with children families, we take the steps to be the evangelizers, just by being the best family that we can. Similarly when we ask someone to join our Knights of Columbus Family we add another family member, both figuratively and literally. The additional members only make us better equipped to continue our quest, as an Order, to be The Family Fully Alive. Ask someone to join us, won’t you?
State Program Director Gary L. Merritt
Fraternal greetings to all my brother Knights, ladies and families and a very Happy New Year! As we move into the third quarter of the Fraternal Year I would like to mention the importance of our State fundraiser, the State Raffle. As you know the revenue generated by this program helps support many charities that come to the Knights of Michigan for assistance. We are proud to help as many as we are able, but of course this depends on the State budget. Money can’t be don ated that is not there. A goal of $350,000.00 has been set which will enable our State board to continue to distribute donations to these charities. Much of this depends on you. We are counting on all to buy and sell the tickets that were mailed to you. In the process you are not only supporting our State charities but also raising money for your council. One dollar from every ticket sold is returned to the seller’s council. What an easy program to raise money for your council’s local charities. Also there are prizes for the sel ler of the winning and runner up tickets. The council that sells the winning ticket will receive a total of $2500.00 for one or two of their charities. To those that have sold or purchased their tickets, thank you for supporting this program. If your tickets have been misplaced or you would like more please contact the State office or State Fund Raising Chair Mike Kozakiewicz. It’s not too late, the dra wing is on April 11, 2015. At the recent Winter Leadership Conference the first weekend in December an outline was presented to assist councils in providing a retreat program for their Knights and members of their parish. I would like to thank Bill LeVeque for taking the lead on developing and introducing this program. We are called to evangelize, not only non-Catholics but within our own ranks. A great way to do so is by organizing a retreat. If your council has not scheduled one consider the Mass of Explanation. Our Order is a Catholic Family Fraternal Service organization. Emphasizing the Family is one of our duties. Please utilize the Building the Domestic Church, The Family Fully Alive booklet provided to each council by Supreme. There are many great ideas to bring the family together. Suggestions of family movie nights, family prayer sessions and projects that involve all members of the family are some of the ideas. As we continue to develop programs involving the family we will help build a stronger Order and a better society. continued on page5
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From The State Treasurer Antonio G. Vittorini
My Brother Knights and families, with the Christmas Season ending and the New Year starting, Sue & I would like to wish you and your family a Blessed, Joyous, & Prosperous New Year. As State Treasurer of the Michigan State Council of the Knights of Columbus, I am responsible for the financial affairs of the State Council. In addition, I will perform any and all duties required of me that are incidental to my office such as Bank Deposits, Mailing of Checks, Sessions, and Bank Reconciliations. Furthermore, in addition to my financial responsibilities, it is my duty to assign State Convention delegates to hotels on Mackinac Island. Please make sure that your delegate forms are sent in on time. Election for delegates to the state convention should be held at the council meeting in February, with the proper paperwork being submitted by the deadline. Attention to details, by your Grand Knight, is essential to delegate room assignments. Remember, assignments of the rooms at the Grand Hotel are always at a premium. Since there are many hotels on Mackinac Island, the room assignment to each hotel is limited, as we have an assorted block of rooms from each hotel. We try to assign rooms based on your 1 st choice, however, performance of councils is related to preference of choice. We try to make the delegates to the State Convention an enjoyable experience while doing the work of the Order. With regards to the checks sent to the State Council, most checks are in order and legible. Information sent to the State Council is processed in a timely manner if received with legible information, such as two signatures on the checks from each council, and also stating the purpose of the check in the memo line. If we send you a check please make sure that you cash it in a timely manner since that will help me with my bank reconciliations. My wife Sue and I would like to thank you for your support and friendship throughout the years, as part of the State Family. It is always an honor and a pleasure to serve you and your families.
State Membership Director Article Douglas D. Kokot
Greetings Brothers and Ladies: I hope that you had a wonderful and joyous CHRISTmas as well as a Happy New Year. As Knights of Columbus, we are called to evangelize by our Bishops and by our Order. We do this through our programs and by asking other Catholic men to join us, so they too can grow in faith through action and evangelization. Saint John Paul II said: “Christians must feel compelled to take the initiative and to reach out to their brothers and sisters in their homes, in the neighborhood, and in the places where they live and work: wherever it is possible to listen together to the one word of salvation—the Word of God—which is more indispensable than bread for everyone's life.” Use the January 17th and 18th state wide church drive as an evangelization opportunity. Properly conducted church drives are a tried and true method in reaching the Catholic men in our parishes. Our goal is to give every Catholic man the opportunity of brotherhood in our Order. In order to do this we need to invite him to join us. Make an effort to invite a man to join us soon. The first half of the fraternal year is behind us and as we reflect on the first six months of the year, we find that we are not where we ought to be. July and August were slow while September, October and November looked promising. As I write this, December is off to a very slow start. When compared to other jurisdictions of a similar size, we are at the bottom of the list. Unfortunately, suspensions and death are out pacing our growth. For us to have a successful year we need to double our effort in the last half of this fraternal year. I know that the Michigan Knights of Columbus are up to the challenge. One goal of every council should be to continually improve. At the summer meeting in July we put out the challenge for every council to assess last year’s membership status and improve by two members. We call it the “+2 challenge”. The half way mark of the ye ar is a good time to evaluate your council and how it is doing. Is it growing, maintaining or fading? On a positive note, we do have some things celebrate. We have a new council in the Gaylord Diocese. It is Holy Redeemer Council #16092 at Holy Redeemer Parish in Vanderbilt, MI. Congratulations to District Deputy, Edward Kelenske and State New Council Development Director, Dan Nowicki on a job well done. We also have two men that have reached for and grabbed the ring. Julius Horvath, council 14586 and James Manzo, council 13453, have recruited six men each. Tomas Starynchak has surpassed the goal of six by bringing in eight new members. It is no surprise that Star is in his last name. These men will receive the Knights of Columbus ring. Remember that “One member per council per month” is the track to success.
State Program Director Gary L. Merritt
I would like to leave you with this thought, a Knight is not only a soldier of the Church but Webster Dictionary defines a Knight as, “A man devoted to the service of a lady as her attendant or champion.” As Knights of Columbus we defend our Church, our Lady and our Families and become great examples to society by doing so. Continue to be proud as you uphold these values and invite a friend to join you in the Order. Remember, “One Member per Council per Month.”
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K of C LADIES “CORNER”
Farewell to 2014, it was a good year All of the wonderful gifts that you marvelous people have donated to Holy Cross Children’s Services have been delivered with much appreciation. There were 600 Bath Baskets plus 10 cases of product to replenish with, 2200 sweatshirts, sheets, blankets, hats, scarves, mittens, and almost $10,000 in gift cards were collected. When you add in the $70,000 from the raffle at the Convention and $5,000 from the raffle at the Summer Meeting you did very well for Holy Cross. The Lap Blankets that the Ladies put together at the Winter Meeting for the elderly at Samaritan Center are making many lives more pleasant. YES, I’D SAY, 2014 WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR. Looking to start the New Year out right, with a new and worthwhile event to participate in? Think seriously about the “Right To Life March” in Washington on January 21 thru 23. The bus has pick -ups at Lansing and Chelsea, drives straight thru. We do the march, eat dinner together and spend one night in a hotel, then the bus ride home. It doesn’t take any special talents, just some warm w eather clothes and an open mind to watch all of the young people around you. I don’t know the statistics but I do know that you wil l be out numbered and treated to watching behavior that we don’t normally associate with teenagers. They are so polite and it is good to know that everyone there is supporting the same cause. EVERYONE SHOULD DO IT AT LEAST ONCE. Contact Paul or Sue Thorn, they are in the directory. February brings us to our State Chaplain Tribute Dinner on the 28th at De Carlos Banquet & Convention Center, 6015 East 10 Mile Road, Warren Michigan. It is always an honor to celebrate one of our clergy and for us this is a special honor since he is from our home Parish. We have known and loved Father Ron Hutchinson for many years and we are delighted to share him with you so you won’t want to miss the Tribute Dinner. Tickets can be purchased thru the State office at 586 -883-9456. For more information look on page 5 in this edition of the Michigan Columbian. Now that we are all rested and filled with the spirit we are looking forward to what is ahead for us and what we can do for others this year. Most of us have so much more than the less fortunate. As I mentioned at the Ladies Program at the Winter Meeting our next project is to put together some arts and crafts supplies for the craft department of Special Days Cancer Camp, North of Muskegon. Anything you find that can be used in some sort of craft, set it aside and bring it to the Summer Meeting. We will send out more info later. Feeling lucky? The Michigan Charities Raffle is going on now. Tickets were sent out earlier this year in the newsletter. This raffle is the State Councils main source of funding for the many charities and requests for aid we receive. Consider buying a ticket or a book. For every ticket sold the councils receive a dollar. It’s an easy fundraiser for councils, all the work is done just sell the tickets. Speaking of raffles and crafts, Mary Beth Chasse is just waiting for her E-Mail box to start smoking with all the forms for Baskets for the Raffle at the Convention. Remember if you don’t want to have to deliver it to the Island yourself and you are going to see one of the members of the bo ard bring it to them and they will be more than glad to bring it to the Island for you. If you have any questions Mary Beth is just waiting to hear from you at email@example.com. Remember; Happiness is a healthy mental attitude, a grateful spirit, and a clear heart full of love. Love and happiness to all, Sandy, Ellie, Sue, Mary Beth, Karen and Maureen
Change. It has the power to uplift, to heal, to stimulate, surprise, open new doors, bring fresh experience and create excitement in life. Certainly it is worth the risk. --Leo Buscaglia
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State Chaplain’s Membership Tribute Banquet Saturday, February 28, 2015 DeCarlo’s Banquet & Convention Center 6015 East 10 Mile Road Warren, Michigan 48091 Mass 4:00 p.m. ( At DeCarlo’s Banquet & Convention Center Social Hour starts after the completion of Mass Dinner and Program to follow $25.00 per person Reservations are available through the Michigan State Council Office on a first come first served basis. A check or money order must accompany all reservation requests. Make all checks payable to the Michigan State Council, on the memo line write—Tribute Dinner Tickets. Mail Checks to the Michigan State Council Office, 6025 Wall Street, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312. Tables for ten (10) may be reserved by individual Councils, Assemblies or groups. No tickets will be sold at the door. ADMITTANCE BY RESERVATIONS ONLY For those who may be interested a block of rooms have been reserved at a special rate of $79.99 at the. Baymont Inn and Suites Warren 7447 Convention Blvd. Warren, Michigan 48092 To make your room reservation please call 586-9777270 and let the agent know that you are reserving the room under “KofC Tribute Dinner Reservations” Shuttle Bus Service is available for all patrons to and from DeCarlo’s Banquet and Convention Center. Quick Start Awards and State Chaplain Tribute Awards will be presented to those Councils that have qualified and are in attendance
Extend the Flame
By State Round Table Director Daniel Remeika Holy Father Pope Francis wrote, “Let us try a little harder to take the first step and to become involved.”(Evangelii Gaudium or “The Joy of the Gospel”) Yes, let us try a little harder to extend the flame into our parishes as Knights of Columbus. A critical measure of our success in extending the flame is the number of councils in Michigan that are either Parish Councils or Round Table Councils versus the number of councils that are just virtual clubs with council numbers. Unless your council is on record at Supreme as a parish home council or as a council with one or more round tables to the parishes you support, then there is uncertainty on whether your council has taken the first step to become involved. Michigan has a little over 700 parishes and fewer than 300 parish home councils. Therefore, one would think, we would have about 400 round tables at the remaining parishes that are not able or ready to support a parish council. We have about 40. Our quota is 165. It is the grand knight’s responsibility to appoint round table coordinators and report it to Supreme on Notice of Appointment of Round Table Coordinator Form #2629, which can be found on the Supreme website www.kofc.org. Extend the flame, and don’t put it under a bushel basket. Call or email me if you need help. Remember, Round Table representatives are members of both the sponsoring council and that parish. The grand knight appoints one of those members as the Round Table Coordinator and gives the pastor his phone number. Then, the council gets involved by word and deed.
From The Desk Of State Family Life Director John P. Turek
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family. As such, Supreme Council has started a new program called “Building the Domestic Church – The Family Fully Alive”. Booklets detailing this program are available through Supreme (part #10162) for only the cost of shipping. It is designed to help families “become what they are called to be”. It is rooted in prayer and contains a great deal of useful information provided on a month to month basis. You can find December’s outline included in the most recent issue of the Columbia magazine (December issue). All councils should be taking advantage of the Family of the Month Program to recognize the outstanding families that support their church community and council. Now is also the time to select your Family of the Year and putting together your appeal for their selection. Deadline for selections is April 15, 2015 and should be sent to the State Family Life Director. This year we will see the revival of the State K of C Camp Outing! It will be held August 14-16, 2015 in Weidman, MI (just outside of Mt. Pleasant). We are planning activities for all ages. See the reservation form in this issue of the Michigan Columbian on page 28.
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Church Christmas Card
The St. Isidore Knights of Columbus Council 7200 in Macomb, Michigan have presented the parishioners with and 8 foot Christmas Card for the past 2 years. The picture on the cover of the card is determined by a Christmas card design contest in the catechism classes held at the church. Once a winner has been determined their entry is made into the cover. This year’s winning entry shown below was by Samantha Nseir who is in the 8th grade depicting Mary and baby Jesus. The other side of the card has the following message to the parishioners. “From the Knights of Columbus Council 7200. We would like to thank the parishioners of St. Isidore for their generosity and support for our charitable events through the year. May Jesus fill your hearts with love, joy and laughter this Christmas season. We wish you and your family the merriest of Christmases and a very happy New Year.”
A Letter to The State Deputy
Worthy State Deputy: I thought you might be interested in the actions of a group of your brother knights this past weekend. A few months ago when you addressed the various councils at a district meeting and outlined your goals for your new term as Sate Deputy. During that meeting you mentioned that you wanted to address the individual spirituality of our membership. My first question was " how is he going to do that and keep everyone of the same page?" A few weeks later I was approached by the State Secretariat for Cursillo of our Diocese and asked to be the Rector for a Cursillo . I was hesitant because of some concerns over the years regarding groups violating guidelines and the interfaith DeColores movement. I was assured that this was now under the watchful eye of our National Council of Bishops including our new Bishop. During the course of planning that event I was also told that our Bishop addressed one of our Councils and encouraged the Cursillo program. It may have been Sparta?
I was asked to pick a theme for the weekend as well as a scripture reading for focus on the weekend. After prayer to the Holy Spirit, I decided to use the theme "The Joy of the Gospel" based on the Popes new Apostolic Dissertation. The scripture theme was the Spirituality of the Beatitude's from Matthews gospel.
Every thing exploded from there.
In July I began recruiting team members from a list provided by the Secretariat to work the weekend. I had no idea who the majority of these men were and had never personally met any of them. After 2 weeks of calls approximately 30 plus individuals agreed to work the weekend and showed up for the first meeting.
March 29, 2015
At that meeting I asked each person to introduce himself to the group and mention his role in his respective parish and as his involvement if the Church, approximately 90% stated they were members of the Knights of Columbus. This included one current and one former DD. I was pleasantly surprised. We just finished the weekend which was held at Prince of Peace. We had 21 men make the Cursillo, of which 15 are Knights. Our Pastor Fr. Tony was among them. He took the weekend off to attend. I know that at least 3 of the 7 who are not Knights are considering joining our order. I cannot begin to even tell you how powerful the weekend was but I can assure you that you can be proud of your men. This is not only a great recruiting tool but more importantly an ideal way to refresh the spiritualty of our membership and get us inline with the thinking of the Church by way of the Holy Spirit. Vivat Jesus H.R."Dick"Perri
The greatest pollution problem we face today is negativity. Eliminate the negative attitude and believe you can do anything. Replace 'if I can, I hope, maybe' with 'I can, I will, I must.'
Good Friday April 3, 2015
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The 24 Hour Knight
Today’s young man faces many commitments. From his duty to his family to his obligation to his work place, there are constant calls on his time. How many times have your council’s recruiters heard the reply: “I don’t have much time to give to the Knights, s o why should I join?” It’s a common concern among many prospects that they just don’t have the time to be a part of the Knights of Columbus. Imagine if you were able to tell a man that if he could just give 24 hours a year to the Knights of Columbus he could make a positive difference in his community and Church. Below is an illustration of just how little time it takes to be an active part of the Knights of Columbus. Even with this minimal commitment he can be an important part of a council and reap the benefits of what membership in the Knights of Columbus has to offer him and his family. When talking to a prospect about joining our Order, try breaking down the time commitment in this way: 12 hours a year reading the weekly parish bulletin, the state and local council newsletters, Columbia magazine, and surfing the state council and Supreme Council Web sites. 2 hours a year volunteering at the council’s annual drive for people with intellectual disabilities. 2 hours a year attending, with his family, two council corporate Communions or prayer services at the parish. 2 hours a year on a council-sponsored Church, community, council family or youth project of his choosing. 2 hours a year attending one council meeting. (If it’s a well -run interesting meeting he might even come back for a second.) 4 hours a year enjoying (again, with his entire family) a council social function such as a dinner, dance, picnic, etc. When you present the time commitment of joining the Knights of Columbus to a man is this way, it doesn’t seem very intimidati ng at all. Once a man becomes a member and sees how rewarding being a part of the Knights of Columbus is, he’ll want to dedicate mo re of his time to the Order. If your council doesn’t conduct some of the types of programs mentioned above, consider implementing them or similar ones. If your council doesn’t have a newsletter consider starting one — there is no better way to keep your members informed and active. There are 8,760 hours in a year. By giving the Knights of Columbus 24 of those hours (less than .3 percent), a man can be a better Catholic, a better father, a better husband and a better person. Think of the difference the Knights of Columbus can make in our communities if these men join us. We only have to let each qualified prospect know that he has the time to join and make a difference in his community and the Church in just 24 hours.
A Knights of Columbus Council
A Knights of Columbus council can work wonders; in fact, with its many programs, it can help change the community, town, city or neighborhood in which you live. However, a successful Knights of Columbus program depends on people taking the initial idea, modifying it to suit specific situations and local needs, then implementing the program in the way it works. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization. This theme permeates the entire Service Program: all Church, community,
Bishop Baraga Council 1585 in Iron Mountain hosted a meet-and-greet dinner for Bishop John F. Doerfler of Marquette, who was ordained to head the diocese at the beginning of the year. At the event, Knights presented the bishop with $10,000 I support of diocesan vocations. Funds for the donation were raised over a three-year period with assistance from Baraga of Iron Mountain Assembly in Kingsford.
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May They Rest In Peace
Flint Council 695 Leo Wojtkowicz, Leo Meagher Cheboygan Council 791 John Percy, Edward Stempky Joseph Goyer Marine City Council 856 Jim Frye, PGK, FDD Kalamazoo Council 1616 Donald Mattingly Redford Council 2632 Ralph Walters PGK, FDD Standish Council 2724 Leonard Kutz Detroit Council 2739 Joseph Kalinowski Taylor Council 4872 Henry Babinsky, Larry Creech Andrew Kapuscinski Milford Council 7444 Aronald Droste Sanford Council 8043 Dec. Edward Kebblish
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Brother Knights and Ladies: Merry CHRISTmas! I hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday. Now that we’re starting the New Year, we need to make a new resolution. All Charities throughout the state are facing an ever-shrinking pool of resources and funding. As a result, more and more worthwhile causes are turning to the Michigan State Council- Knights of Columbus for help with serving those who truly need our help. The sheer amount of requests that the State office receives on a weekly basis is overwhelming. Your State Board, that You elected to represent your best interests, truly wish that they could fulfill every request they receive. As it stands right now, they do not know if they can accomplish this goal. There is only one way to meet the demand. We need to increase our charitable giving. We fund this endeavor with your help, in supporting the State Raffle. If we increase the amount we sell, we’ll be able to answer everyone’s needs. A bigger pot feed s more hungry. More clothes for the needy. More resources for the less fortunate. I am proposing this: Each one of you, now more than 69,000 brother knights, buy or sell at least one ticket. If we can do that, we can hit our goal of $350,000.00. Remember we shipped the tickets in big, white envelopes back in September. I’m sure that in some of your homes, that big, wh ite envelope is still sitting on a desk, or in a basket, or in a filing cabinet. Ladies, please ask your husbands to clean up the clutter, and find those envelopes. After the men do the cleaning, make sure that they sell those tickets and send them in. We are getting closer to the big drawing… let’s finish strong and truly be “Men for Others.” Until next time, Mike Kozakiewicz State Fundraising Director.
Bringing Food to Those in Need
12/23/2014 The Knights of Columbus donated $100,000 to assist the Connecticut Food Bank in providing meals to those in need during the Christmas season. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson presented a check for $100,000 to Nancy Carrington, CEO of the Connecticut Food Bank in New Haven at the Knights of Columbus headquarters on December 23. "With the cost of food rising and so many people struggling with hunger in our community, the Knights of Columbus is pleased to support the wonderful work of the Connecticut Food Bank especially as we prepare to celebrate Christmas," said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. "Helping others in need here in Connecticut - and around the world - has been the mission of the Knights of Columbus for more than 130 years." For more than a decade, the New Haven-based Knight of Columbus has regularly supported the Food Bank with donations of food and funding. Earlier this year, a gift of $20,000 was made to the Food Bank prior to Thanksgiving Day. K of C employees and volunteers have assisted Connecticut Food Bank over the years in a variety of fundraising and volunteer endeavors. Connecticut Food Bank CEO Nancy Carrington shows Supreme Knight Anderson her organization's mobile pantry.
The greatest pollution problem we face today is negativity. Eliminate the negative attitude and believe you can do anything. Replace 'if I can, I hope, maybe' with 'I can, I will, I must.' Mary Kay Ash
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Special Olympics of Michigan
This year the Special Olympics of Michigan started a new tradition of bringing all 5 Fall Games together into one exciting weekend. To execute this event many volunteers were needed. Jim Adams, liaison to the Special Olympics and Zack Warner, the Volunteer Coordinator for Special Olympics knew they could count on the Knights of Columbus to provide those volunteers.
(Pictured left to right State Warden Walter Winkle and Karen Winkle, State Program Director Gary Merritt, State Special Olympics Director Paul Palka and members of Assembly 0489.)
The Opening Ceremonies for the First Special Olympics Fall Games were held on Friday, September19th at the Marriott Eagles Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti, Mi. Under the leadership of Navigator Joseph Yukulis, Assembly 0489 from Chelsea and 16 Color Corpsman brought a level of dignity to the presentation of the 5 flags of the games being held that weekend; soccer, golf, softball, football and cycling. The Knights were also requested to serve at the State Special Olympics Soccer Games held Saturday September 20th in Canton. A call to action was sent out via email to all Knights in the area as well as an invite from the Michigan State Knights of Columbus Website. The call was answered by over 50 Knights and their families. Council 3292, Fr Victor J. Renaud provided a gas grill used to grill over 1200 hot dogs to provide a hot lunch to
over 1100 athletes who participated in the State Special Olympics Soccer Games. Volunteers from a number of area Councils; 2690, 3191, 3292, 3797, 3860, 3959, 5492, 8284, 13360, & 15204 not only provided lunch but supported the athletes by being Fans in the Stands and providing volunteers to help with the skills clinics. Everyone had a great time helping others have a great day. Our support of Special Olympics does not end at the end of the first fall games, it is year round. There are many State Games that we can assist at including Poly Hockey and Unified Bowling Finals the weekend of November 22nd in Lansing. The State Winter Games will be held at Grand Traverse Resort in Acme Michigan February 3-6th. To volunteer to help at these events or to see a list of all the local events needing volunteers go to the SOMI.org website to see all of the volunteer opportunities available. Don't forget to keep track of the hours that your council and assembly is donating to Special Olympics including activities for the MI Drive and turn in your Partnership Profile with Special Olympics-4584 due January 31, 2015. If you have any questions please contact me, Paul Palka at P.email@example.com or 586-9807910. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Margaret and I to you.
If you are currently a member and your address has changed, or you are in the process of moving go to www.kofc.org, on the home page click on for members in the upper right hand corner of the page, when the for members page pop’s-up scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the Update Contact Information box, follow the instructions, it’s easy and simple .
Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
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Date of Degree 12/15/2014
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Start Time of Third Degree 8:00 PM
Location of Degree Saginaw
Host DD Frank Cieszlak
Host DD Phone No. 989-893-9622
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Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neigh bors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
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WHEN ARE YOU A TRUE KNIGHT Gene Murawski State Ceremonial Director
I have always asked " When are you a True Knight"? I really feel that you have not learned everything about how the Knights function until you have learned all 3 lessons of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. If you look at your membership roster, you will find that around 40% of your membership have not gone through the 2nd and 3rd degree. Why is that the case? We need to contact these 1st degree members and ask them why have they not gone through the 2nd and 3rd degrees. They have already paid for these degrees when they paid the Initiation Fee when they joined the Order. The Financial Secretaries need to check their rosters to make sure all members who have gone through the 2nd and 3rd are shown on the membership list. We need to, as Council Membership Director and other council members, keep asking those who have not gone through the 2nd and 3rd to heavily consider doing it. So far we have had 28 Major Degrees with only 375 members going through. We have 29 left, let's get the numbers up. We used to put through around 1500 a year. I have finally got access to update the Web-Site. I will be updating the site when ever I have something new. I will keep the dates that there are revisions in the far right column. The schedules published in the Michigan Columbian will be only a basic version. To get the full schedule, go to the Web-Site, www.mikofc.org, hit Resources on the home page, then hit Ceremonial to get the latest schedule which will be a download. If you have a problem e-mail me, and I will send you the schedule. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a Blessed New Year.
Silver Rose Presented to the Pope
12/16/2014 A Knights of Columbus Silver Rose was presented to Pope Francis during a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. At the conclusion of a special Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Msgr. Eduardo Chávez, a Canon of the Basilica of Our Lady of Pope Francis accepts the silver rose from Guadalupe and Msgr. Chávez. brother Knight, presented the Holy Father with a silver rose. This silver rose was hand-carried from Canada, through the United States to Mexico City by Knights of Columbus as a symbol of unity in the continent of America. For more than 50 years, the Order has sponsored the Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Program to reaffirm our commitment to the sanctity of life and honor the Blessed Virgin under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who Pope Francis met with earlier in the day in a private audience, was also at the Mass. The Silver Rose program began in 1960 as an initiative of the Columbian Squires, the youth program of the Knights of Columbus. The roses, symbols of unity among the peoples in the Americas, are also symbols of the pro-life movement. The program’s devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe stems from the fact that she is considered the patroness of the pro-life movement. The roses began their journey in Canada in May, and spent six months being carried by Knights of Columbus throughout the western, central and eastern corridors of North America. The journey concludes in Mexico City at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe where the roses are presented before an image of Our Lady. The five roses represent the five decades in which this tradition has been in place. The seven guides carrying the roses represent the sacraments of the Catholic faith and the ways to approach God. The thorns represent all the efforts and sacrifices of the Columbian Squires and Knights of Columbus along the way. Lastly, the strong stem represents faith. In 2001, Supreme Knight Anderson dedicated the Order to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Since that time, the Order has organized and supported numerous spiritual initiatives and academic conferences to promote devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or tha t there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
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