OFFICAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
AN I B M U L O C MICHIGAN
“LIGHT THE FIRE WITHIN ”
April 2015 Volume 66 No. 4
From The State Deputy Robert W. Fox
My Brother Knights, Ladies and Families, After a long and cold winter spring has finally arrived and our convention is just around the corner. It doesn’t seem that almost a year has passed. It has been an enjoyable year, giving me the opportunity to meet many of you and thank you for the hard work you do. By now all of the councils have received the new incentive from Supreme. The word I have received from Supreme is that councils across the US and Canada are excited about it. What a great thing it is. Councils that make star receive an incentive of $4.50 per member. Just think of the extra funds your council can use, the extra programs you will be able to do. For those councils that are close to star status this should be the added incentive to go all the way. Make star, let’s make Michigan shine. We deserve it.. Be sure to include your Knights of Columbus, Field Agent, as he is there to help you achieve your goal. For added help be sure to call on your State Membership and Program Directors and the Diocesan Directors for help. Through the year I have heard some talk among the councils about Boysville/ Holy Cross Children Services (HCCS). Brother Francis has shared the time line of Boysville with me and I think it is something we all need to review as many years have gone by since it was formed and many brother Knights really don’t know the history. It may end the confusion that some have about who is Boysville and who is HCCS. 1947, Ed Barrett, State Deputy for the State of Michigan, asked the delegates at the annual convention to consider Cardinal Mooney’s, invitation to found a school 1967, It was determined that the Michigan Knights of Columbus could no longer be the sole source of funding if Boysville was to expand. It was also understood that the Brothers of Holy Cross, although they continued to minister, could no longer be the total staff. At this time it was determined to develop a lay board to give direction to Boysville and to develop a Strategic Plan and to open sites in each of the Diocese of Michigan. The Michigan Knights, Brothers of Holy Cross, and the Bishops of Michigan would always be Ex Officio members of the board. 1968, Frank Lawrence with the help of William Crotty, Earl Smith, John Matthews and Julian Joseph began the Friends of Boysville Golf Outing, to raise additional funds for Boysville. 1982, State Deputy Thomas Clark redefines the Boysville raffle to include other charities. At the same time he initiated our lottery calendar to raise additional funds. 1984, The Catholic girls school Stella Maria, in Grand Rapids, is closed. Bishop Untener requests that Boysville begin to serve teenage girls since there is a need for the church to care for them. Robert Kline was State Deputy at the time. 1986, Doris Psaris, wife of State Deputy George Psaris, invites the ladies of the Knights of Columbus to begin our Christmas gift program. Boysville changes its name to Holy Cross Children’s Services since it now serves young women. 1988, State Deputy James Fedewa designs and raises additional funds to build our central office building at Clinton Campus. 1990, With the help of State Deputy James Hayes, Holy Cross Center in Detroit opens. 1992, State Deputy Robert Stebler personally raises over $300,000.00 so Holy Cross Children’s Services can expand services ac ross Michigan. 1994, State Deputy Richard McCloy sets up the Christopher Fund with the Supreme Office. This money is presented to HCCS at the Convention 1998, State Deputy Martin Poleni’s wife, Diane, begins the ladies auction at the State Convention. continued on page 7
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Christus resurrexit! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson, KHS By the time you receive this edition of the Michigan Columbian either we will be getting prepared to celebrate the great Feast of Easter or we will be in the midst of the days between Easter and Pentecost. Whatever the case may be, it is my hope that you will be filled with Easter joy as the Church celebrates the Sunday of Sundays, the solemnity of solemnities, and the greatest day of the Church year. The Church’s heart and soul is found in Easter. In fact, the Jesus’ incarnation which we celebrate at Christmas would have no meaning without His death and resurrection. Thus, Easter is such an important feast that we don’t celebrate for a day, or even eight days, we celebrate for 50 days…a “week of weeks” plus one day which makes the season of Easter an octave of Sundays. Eastertime gives us 50 days to sing alleluia, 50 days to celebrate new life, and 50 days to live people who have been renewed in hope. During Eastertime the Church reads through the Acts of the Apostles, which is the sequel to Luke’s Gospel. The Acts of the Apostles is a kind of family history of the first Christians who were compelled by the Holy Spirit to go out into the streets and share the Good News. We have the opportunity as we hear these stories once again to be inspired and challenged by our ancestors in the faith who walked the earth in the days, weeks, and years following the resurrection of our crucified Savior. In addition, selections from John’s Gospel will also be read during Eastertime. In this Gospel Jesus calls himself, the Good Shepherd, the Gateway, the Vine, the Bread of Life, as well as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Each of these images is meant to remind us how intimately Jesus wishes to be connected to our hearts and our lives. Throughout these 50 days, the Paschal Candle burns brightly in each church. This candle is a symbol of the risen body of Christ and the fire of the Holy Spirit. During the rest of the year the Paschal Candle is kept near the baptismal font and is lit during baptisms. The newly baptized receive smaller candles which are lit from the Paschal Candle and encouraged to keep the flame of faith alive in their hearts until they meet Christ face to face. During funerals the Paschal Candle is placed near the coffin as a reminder that the light of Easter illumines the lives of those who mourn reminding us that Christ’s light shines brightly in the midst of our darkest moments and scatters the darkness of death. Once again this year we will gather during Eastertime at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for our annual convention. It will be an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make some new friends, and celebrate the work of the Knights of Columbus in the great state of Michigan. I look forward to greeting each of the delegates from your respective Councils as we gather to do the work of the order and acknowledge our accomplishments during the past year. In addition, I firmly believe that our annual convention is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the vision of our founder, Servant of God Fr. Michael J. McGivney and rekindle the fire of Columbianism within our hearts. It is my hope and prayer that all the blessings of our Risen Lord will be yours as we celebrate Easter and prepare to be renewed in the Spirit at Pentecost. But remember that others will only know the joy and hope you possess in the Risen Lord if you witness to it through your actions and your words. Christus resurrexit! Alleluia! Alleluia!
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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There Is Much That We Must Do
Thomas M. Wegener, PSD Supreme Director
My Brother Knights and Ladies, As we approach the end of the fraternal year there is much that we must do. With 25% of the year remaining the final push for membership is ongoing with First Degrees to schedule and conduct. There are state and supreme forms to submit by their due dates. And of course there are the upcoming council elections that will dictate the direction of our councils for the following year. The expectation at the beginning of this fraternal year was that each council will achieve Star Council status by June 30, thereby demonstrating that the council is fulfilling its commitment to be a strong and vibrant part of its parish and civic communities. Only by meeting our membership and insurance goals and submitting the necessary forms will we attain the lofty goal of Star Council. This year Supreme Council is offering a unique incentive. If your council achieves Star Council by June 30, 1015, your council will receive a credit for the 2015/2016 fraternal year of $4.50 for each billable member on their roster as of July 1st, 2015. Here is an example: If your council has 100 members on its roster on July 1st, 2015, the council will receive a credit on the September 2015 statement for $450.00 ($3.50 Per Capita and $1.00 Catholic Advertising). (Honorary life and disability waivers are examples of non-billable members). This is a truly unique opportunity and one that is attainable. Time is of the essence with the deadline set for June 30. Meeting our membership and insurance goals helps to secure the continued health of the council by adding new hands, new heads and new hearts. By submitting our forms we communicate to the State and Supreme Councils our actions over the past year, telling our story of charity and commitment to the principles of our Order. Each year by June 30th we have these tasks to review and complete. And each year on July 1 st we begin again, we begin anew. The question we ask is how can we make the New Year better than the old year? The answer most often is multifaceted. And each answer can open yet another avenue to be better. When faced with what might be too many items to fix at once, we may be tempted to invoke the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. But this is little consolation if we do not understand that it is the courageous in the prayer who create the change. As an officer, director or interested member of our council we know change is needed, but how to make the most of the change. As a leader of the council, of a committee, etc. we need to determine the path to take towards success and then convince our council or committee of the importance of the change. Human nature being what it is means that most people won’t change unless they are convinced of the importance of the change. As a temporary trustee of our council or committee, each change or each action is to be for the advancement of the council, the Order in our midst if you will. Stasis is unacceptable. Sitting on our laurels is unacceptable. If that is our strategy soon there won’t be any laurels for us to rest ourselves on. True advancement, long-lasting and tangible change is what is expected and deserved. Making the change is the first step. Should we plan better? Perhaps it’s to involve all the officers in the operation of th e council? Involve our younger members as officers? Or give strong membership growth the same commitment as strong programming? Once the change is made the convincing begins. Your leadership skills and perseverance may be put to the test here. The reason for the change is to make the council more successful. The change itself is the vehicle to get to that success. Convincing people is much easier when you, as the leader, give the change the importance it deserves. Involve your officers, your committee, on the status of the change and how it is making the positive impact that is expected. Celebrate the gains that the change is making and if an adjustment is needed then make it. Why mention all this in April? Because my Brother Knights, July is too late. The planning, the decision making, the gathering of personnel needs to be done by July to be truly effective. Perhaps the first change is to commit to be ready on July 1. Perhaps giving 12 full months of action is one of the first steps we need to help us be successful. Starting the real work of the council in July instead of September or October adds 1, 2 or 3 extra months ‘on the job’ each year and can make our goals that much easier to attain. This may be the easiest change to make, but it isn’t the last. Down deep we know that we can be better. My Brother Knights, let us begin now to make the changes that will move our councils toward success. We must thoughtfully select our officers. Then we must urge them to plan and be ready on July 1. We must be ready to accept the changes that our leadership asks us to make. If we need convincing then be open for convincing. As long as the success of the council is the end game, then you and your brother knights will know that the course is correct. Constructive change can be our recovery from annual middle of the road performance, or worse. We have elected the leaders, we have placed our trust in them, and we must let them be courageous.
People will hurt you, but DON'T let what they do to you STOP you from chasing after your dreams.
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From The State Secretary Kenneth B. Unterbrink
The first nine months of this fraternal year has been exciting with the new and exciting things happening. There is new bishop in Michigan for the Gaylord Diocese ‘Most Reverend Steven J. Raica’ an intelligent, cultured, pastoral, gentle, and faith-filled leader of the Church. We, the Knights of Columbus are in your service. As we move through the new times, it is important to understand we are Catholic men of Catholic families. The father of the family is responsible to maintain the Catholic faith within their families. As to the responsibility of State Secretary, the keeping of the calendar for the State Deputy and the State Officers during the first nine months has listed around one hundred twenty-five events. The issue of two signatures on council checks has been an educational event for some Grand Knights along what the responsibility of stating on the check the council’s number. We are all growing with our new assignments, rather it be a State Officer, District Deputy, Grand Knight, or a director. The 115th Michigan Knights of Columbus State Convention will be May 21 st to May 23rd, 2015 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The annual convention is to attend to the business of the Order. It will be a pleasure to be in the company of all the delegates and those who directors who will serve to the Order. The information for a successful convention will be sent when available. It is expected that all registration will be timely. It is with your understanding and cooperation that this convention will be successful. Councils are asked to inform their members of the activities within the council with newsletter or at least through the parish bulletins each week. Your members are part of your family. If you were not informed how your brothers or sisters were doing, or if one of your brothers of sister passed and your were not informed ??--- we are all family – keep our council family informed. For those councils that are informing there members – thank you. When a Family of the Month or Knight of the Month is recognized by the council, write about those members and families in the parish bulletin. Our parish family wants to be informed about those in their parish family. We, the Knights of Columbus family have a responsibly to our clergy and seminarians. Therefore, we have a responsibly to support the education of our seminarian through the McGivney Chair of Life Ethics, an endowed chair at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, first initiated with George Dann, PSD with the banner picked up by other Past State Deputies and until he passed away John R. “Bob” Moody. Our responsibility is still short about $200,000.00 of the 1.5 million pledged. One dollar – per month - per member - each year for ten years. We have not reached that goal as of today. The State Officers went to Washington D.C. to march in the Right – To – Life annual event. We went to show our support that the Knights of Columbus Michigan State Council was there along with the other 500,000 supporters of Life. Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is always special. Also, special was to meet with my daughter, granddaughter and grandson while at the March. While we attended in previous years, this is the first time we meet in the same place at the March. On your behalf, there were two Students of Life groups supported during the first nine month. It is with our youth that we will grow. Maybe, in our Catholic parishes, our councils could hold a Knights of Columbus evening/day with our Parish Youth Groups or CCD Programs. This should also be an opportunity to share our K of C Youth Programs with our parish youth. We are all called to serve our Catholic Faith. Thank you to my wife of fifty-one years for the opportunity to share our lives with you, our Knights of Columbus family, which includes our four daughters, four son-in-laws and fourteen grandchildren. Our Family in Christ.
State Membership Director Article Douglas D. Kokot
Greetings Brothers and Ladies: As we start the fourth quarter of the fraternal year, I what to thanks all of you for your efforts on membership growth in the jurisdiction of Michigan. Our Membership Team has be working hard to support our councils as they work toward Star Council. Supreme is also assisting our effort by starting an exciting new Star Council reward program. This is an unprecedented program. Supreme has never offered such a substantial reward for reaching Star Council. Here’s how it works: If your council achieves Star Council in the 2014-2015 fraternal year, your council will receive a credit for the 2015/2016 fraternal year of $4.50 for each billable member on their roster as of July 1st, 2015. Here is an example: If a council has 100 members on its roster on July 1st, 2015, that council will receive a credit on the September 2015 statement for $450.00 ($3.50 Per Capita and $1.00 Catholic Advertising). (Honorary life and disability waivers are examples of non-billable members). Think what your council could do with that extra money. This is a win-win scenario; grow your council’s membership and have more money in your hoppers to do more charitable works. I also what to recap our State Council recognition program for any member that recruits a new member: continued on page 7
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State Program Director Gary L. Merritt
Well spring is finally here and preparations for the State Convention are well under way. I know the leadership team and the entire State family looks forward to beautiful Mackinac Island as our host. We need to be proud of the wonderful resource that we have for our use. I have heard from many Supreme representatives that we have a most beautiful spot, and they all would enjoy the trip to our convention. During the convention many awards are presented and recognized from Family of the Year to Michigan Achievement. These awards are determined through a compilation of necessary forms and applications. Councils that discover forms have not been processed, even though it is now the fourth quarter, should make arrangements to have them submitted by working with your District Deputy and Diocesan Program Director. If you are attending the convention this year make sure you experience one of the highlights of the occasion, the Charity Raffle hosted by the State Family’s wives. Ensure you purchase your tickets which are available from the ladies in the Terrace Room. There are always many great prizes offered, you’ll need a lot of tickets. I should mention all the prizes are donated and I would like to thank the donors. If you haven’t made a donation, although time is short, items will be accepted by contacting Mary Beth Chasse email@example.com or downloading the donation form from the State website home page. I would like to take this opportunity to address some communication items that pertain to council officers and members. We all know the importance of communication and how difficult it is at times. This publication is an example. The function is to let our membership and their families know what is happening with our order around the state. As you peruse this edition you’ll notice the section titled Around the State. These are articles submitted by local councils to the editor Gary Kolbicz. We are excited and proud to recognize these events, but are unable to do so if they are not submitted. Please submit your articles to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be proud to show what your council is doing, Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Text messaging, email, web sites and social media are all popular ways of communication. Many of these methods are used by local councils to effectively communicate with their members. A necessary device is the council newsletter which can be incorporated into many of the “Techy” communication methods. If your council is not utilizing a newsletter I encourage you to do so. If you need any help contact our State Public Relations Director Bill Grover email@example.com. On January 21st, along with a bus load of Knights families including the State Officers I left for Washington, D.C. The overnight bus ride was well worth the lack of sleep. The energy that was in the air from those in attendance was overwhelming. The Mass, the gathering on the Mall and the March for Life were so invigorating it was not difficult to stay alert. Also the number of young people in attendance was very encouraging. Even though the mass media downplays the attendance of this event, it is obvious that the Pro-Life movement is gaining ground. With persistence we can overcome the Pro-Death movement and help bring our country back to a moral status. “And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful” Titus 3:14. As we draw toward the end of the Fraternal Year continue to perform your council programs that serve our responsibility to help others but also encourages men to join our order. ”One Member per Council per Month” will be drawn to your council when impressed by the programs. Vivat Jesus!
Accept that call from your KofC field agent
The theme of this year’s Supreme convention was “You Will All Be Brothers: Our Vocation to Fraternity” that was drawn from th e message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace, in which the Holy Father observed: “Without fraternity it is impossible t o build a just society.” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said “This sense of fraternity is at the foundation of our call. Our charitable activity is all the more effective because it is supported by our fraternal brotherhood.” Our fraternal brotherhood includes a top shelf fraternal benefits package that is available to our members in one form or another. We are first and foremost a Catholic fraternal organization. For the 14th consecutive year the Knights set a new record in charitable giving, with over $170 million charitable dollars donated and 70.5 million hours of voluntary service given during 2014. For the 13th consecutive year our insurance program has set a positive growth record for protecting our members and their families. More Catholic families are protected by the Knights’ insurance program than ever before with $8.54 billion in new insurance i ssued last year — setting another annual record. As of this past Monday we are ahead of last year’s new business and are tracking for another record year. Is there any other insurance company with $22 Billion of assets fighting for those very things that you believe in too. None that I am aware of, only the Knights of Columbus. As Catholics we have been called to take an active role in evangelization and share our faith through the lives we lead. You in this room are the leaders of our organization here in Michigan. You are involved in every aspect of the role a Knight of Columbus plays in your communities. I have just a few questions for you: What other insurance company filters their investments according to your Catholic beliefs? The Knights of Columbus. Who takes action to keep “In God we trust” on our currency? continued on page 16
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K of C LADIES “CORNER”
Hello Ladies, I see it, I see it, here it comes, Spring is finally here, and I am ready. Winter always starts out so busy with the Holidays and the celebration of the birth of our Savior. Then we get into the calming Lenten Season and the ascension of Christ and now we are getting into sun and fun. It will soon be time to get out in our yards and do some planting. If you have some brilliant gardening tips please pass them on. Everyone has made us feel so welcome in the warmth of your greetings and after talking to so many of you we are finding that we all have so much in common. We are all longing to get back to the spirituality that we should have, to love each other as he has loved us. It has been such a pleasure getting to know so many of you. Who knew that making blankets and visiting with everyone would have been so much fun? We wish to thank everyone who were able to attend the Tribute Dinner honoring Father Ronald Hutchinson. He has been such an inspiration for us on the West side, it is good to see the rest of you getting to know him. And no one had to drive home is a snow storm. We can hardly wait to try some of his homemade pasta. Our state convention will soon be here and we are all looking forward to it. If you are planning on donating a basket for the Holy Cross Raffle be sure to let Marybeth know and you have until April 23 rd to get it to one of the State Officers to have them take it to the Island for you. Then you won’t have to worry about getting it up there. As I mentioned at the Winter meeting, when you get into your spring cleaning, if you come across unused beads, buttons, ribbons, yarns or anything else that can be used in art projects for kids, throw it in a container and bring it to the Summer Meeting (or send it with your DD’s wife). Paper towel or toilet paper rolls work too. We are making up a large container of supplies for “Speci al Days Camp” for the children with cancer and their siblings We’re looking forward to seeing you all real soon. Remember; “The riches that are in the heart cannot be stolen.” Love to all, Sandy, Ellie, Sue Marybeth and Karen
WHY DO YOU PAY YOUR INITIATION FEE?
EUGENE MURAWSKI State Ceremonial Director You First Degree Members probably wonder why did I pay an Initiation Fee? Well the reason you paid the Initiation Fee was to pay for going through your Second and Third Degree. So why have you not gone through the Second and Third Degree? It will take around 3 hours to learn the full lessons on the Knights of Columbus. Yes, we learned about Charity in the First Degree, but do we really know the lessons of Unity and Fraternity. With us just ending the Lenten season, we as Catholics should now renew our faith and prepare for our next steps to please the Lord. So maybe we should think about spending a Sunday afternoon learning more about our religion. We should continue our journey by taking a Sunday off, the day of the Lord, to take our Second and Third Degree . I have been impressed with the number of Knights going through the Second and Third Degree since the first of the year. We need to be asking more First Degree Members to continue their journey. We owe it to them. If we Third Degree Members do not ask the First Degree Members to go through the Second and Third Degree, we are not doing our job as a True Knight. Shame on us. Hope you had a Great Easter, and now let us all continue to do the Lord’s work. MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN PUBLICATION SCHEDULE COPY DEADLINE MONTH MARCH 1st……………………………........APRIL 2015 JUNE 1st…………………………. ……. .....JULY 2015 SEPTEMBER 1st…………………...............OCTOBER 2015 DECEMBER 1st…………………….............JANUARY 2015 PLEASE SEND ALL COPY MATERIAL TO: GARY M. KOLBICZ 39373 DURAND DRIVE STERLING HEIGHTS, MI. 48310 RES./FAX: 586-939-3886 E-MAIL – firstname.lastname@example.org
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From The State Deputy Robert W. Fox
2000, State Deputy Kenneth Grembowski has a special fund rais ing drive to build Fr. McGivney High School. 2002, State Deputy George Dann encourages all Assemblies to contribute to support the Chaplains at Holy Cross Children’s Services. He also held a special drive to open The Haven in Grand Rapids. 2004, Under State Deputy Kevin McFarland the Fr. McGivney School opens 2006, Under State Deputy Thomas Wegener Samaritan Center opens. State Deputy Wegener’s wife, Joyce, implements the bath basket program. 2008, The gift card program is begun by Judy Moody, wife of Past State Deputy John R Moody. 2010, State Deputy Thomas Marcetti and successive State Depu ties participate in the Succession Plan for HCCS. The monies brought in from the Boysville Quota and other donations raised by the Michigan Knights of Columbus, go only to Holy Cross Children’s Services and they are included in the “private dollars” which are necessary to receive the Federal and State and County grants. While this is a brief explanation of the history of Boysville/ Holy Cross Children’s Services, I hope it gives a better understanding of the importance of our continued support. My brother Knights we have but a few short months left in this fraternal year. With your help we have a shot at attaining Michigan’s quota. Let’s strive together to make Michigan Shine. Ask that man you see every Sunday at Mass, a neighbor or a friend. Offer them the opportunity of a lifetime Remember “one member per council per month” May God Bless Robert W. Fox
State Membership Director Article Douglas D. Kokot
“Reach for the Ring”: First I want you to note that the ring has changed. The original ring is no longer available. So we have found a better quality (and more expensive) ring for our incentive. There are more sizes available and the rings are not plated so the plating can not wear off.
K of C Portfolio
Statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe
K of C Ring
For your first new member, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your efforts. For your second new member, you will receive a Knights of Columbus portfolio. For your third new member, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your efforts. For your fourth new member, you will receive a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. For your fifth new member, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your efforts. For your sixth new member, you will receive a Knights of Columbus ring. In addition to the above awards, Grand Knights that achieve Star Council will also receive a Knights of Columbus ring awarded at the end of the fraternal year. District Deputies that achieve Star District qualify for a Knights of Columbus ring after the end of the fraternal year. Membership is not the only requirement to achieve Star Council, our programs are what make us who we are. Carl Anderson said it best when he said; “Together we are an enormous force for good in a world that so obviously need the love of God and love of neighbor, which must be reflected in our works.”
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Fr. Benedetto J.J. Paris Marquette Diocesan Chaplain 2007-2015
Fr. Corey J. Litzner New Marquette Diocesan Chaplain
Bishop Foley #2660 Dearborn, Holds 7th Annual Catholic Schools’ Chess Tournament
On January 31st, Bishop Foley Council 2660, held its 7th annual Catholic Schools Chess Tournament. 158 participants from twelve different Catholic Schools from the Arch-diocese of Detroit attended. Each participant played 5 rounds of Chess and awards were given to the top 6 players in 3 divisions. The money raised provides scholarships for Chess members in Catholic Schools.
I would like to thank Rev. Benedetto J.J. Paris for serving as the Marquette Diocesan Chaplain for the past 7 1/2 yrs. Many thanks to him for his service to our Order and working with the all the Brother Knights in the Marquette Diocese. Thank you Father Ben! Robert W. Fox State Deputy
I am writing to inform you that the Bishop of the Marquette Diocese, Most Rev. John F. Doerfler has appointed Rev. Corey J. Litzner as the new Diocesan Chaplain for the Diocese of Marquette. We welcome Fr. Litzner and look forward working with him. Robert W. Fox State Deputy
The Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is not just a fraternity in name. It is a brotherhood of Catholic men who each play a part in improving the world around them, one community at a time. They stand together in faith, dedicated to uphold the principles they cherish while lending their support and strength to parish, home and fellow Knight. We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor. Members of Swartz Creek Council 6694 load an old piece of fencing into a dumpster during a scrap metal drive co-sponsored by the council and St. Mary, Queen of Angels Church. The two-day drive resulted in more than $2,300 to support the parish.
Monday May 25,2015
Bishop Zaleski Council 6687 in Michigan Center collected nearly 1,150 pounds of food for its parish food pantry to create care packages for needy families during the holiday season. The council also donated $150 in cash toward the effort, which aided about 45 families.
PROSPECTS TO MEMBERS
May They Rest In Peace
Cheboygan Council 791 Ray Snell, James Skaggs, Gerald Mulka Richard Findlay, George Mikos Todd Christian, PGK Grayling Council 1982 Philinus Gross Detroit Council 2739 Ben Topor, Frank Pospychala Taylor Council 4872 Henry Babinski, Elmer Popiel Prudenville Council 6548 Robert Partyko, Edward Hodges Durand Council 7955 Ernie Richards
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Cardinal George Receives Gaudium et Spes Award
1/30/2015 Cardinal Francis George, who served as archbishop of Chicago for more than 15 years until his retirement in 2014, received the Knights of Columbus’ highest honor at a lunch in Chicago Jan. 30. The Gaudium et Spes Award, named after the Second Vatican Council’s pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world, was established by the Knights of Columbus in 1992. Cardinal George is the award’s 11th honoree. Previous honorees have included Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, l’Arche founder Jean Vanier, Cardinal John O’Connor of New York, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, and Cardinals William Baum and James Hickey, former archbishops of Washington. Cardinal George has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1991. He has served as Knights of Columbus state chaplain for the state of Washington, in addition to host ordinary for the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in Chicago in 2005. The cardinal also presided over the Knights’ Eucharistic Congress following that convention, and was a keynote speaker at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Conventions in 2002 and 2009. Cardinal George’s successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich, a member of the Knights of Columbus for more than three decades, gave the invocation. Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, read the award’s citation. The citation reads in part: “He was the first Chicago native to shepherd the Church in the Windy City, the third largest archdiocese in the United States, which he led with grace, humility and intelligence. […] For his courage and strength, and for his long and selfless service to the Church and her people, the Knights of Columbus is honored to pay tribute to a faithful shepherd and profound teacher of the faith by bestowing the eleventh Gaudium et Spes Award upon His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago.” “The Cities of Yakima, Portland and Chicago were blessed to have Cardinal George as their bishop and spiritual leader. And his leadership has benefited not only those cities which he served, but the Knights of Columbus and Catholics across the United States,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who will present the award on Friday. “In his brilliant speeches, homilies, letters and books, and in the brave witness to the faith that he has shown to the world — in sickness and in health — Cardinal George has proven over and over again one of the leading voices in the Catholic Church in the United States, and the Knights of Columbus is pleased to be able to honor him in this way for the great work he has done for so long,” Anderson added.
Celebrating the Culture of Life
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson was among the presenters at the One Life LA celebration on January 17, that invited all people to join in declaring a commitment to valuing and protecting all human life, particularly the most vulnerable. The event began with a walk up Temple Street, across Grand Avenue and down 1st Street. The walk was lead by Archbishop José Gomez, Supreme Knight Anderson, his wife Dorian, Mother Agnes Mary Donovan from the Sisters of Life, and California State Deputy Avelino Doliente. The event culminated in a family-friendly picnic with music, entertainment, food trucks, and exhibits from community organizations. “My brother Knights and I are pleased to be here for OneLife — celebrating with you the dignity of every human being at every stage of life.We know that every human being should be loved, respected and aided. This is true of the cold child in need of a coat, the hungry family in need of food, the poor in need of education, and the child in utero waiting to be born,” Supreme Knight Ande rson said in his introduction of Rick Smith, better known as “Noah’s Dad.” Smith is director of Digital Ministries at Watermark Communi ty Church in Texas. He and his wife Abbie were blessed with a son, Noah, two years ago who was born with Down Syndrome. Smith immediately began a blog and social media presence to share with the world how great his life has become since Noah’s birth. They have since been blessed with the birth of second son Jaxten. Supreme Knight Anderson also joined Jeff Suppan in presenting the Smith family with signed baseballs and hats. Suppan began his MLB career with the Boston Red Sox. He helped lead the St Louis Cardinals to the 2004 World Series. Jeff Suppan announced his retirement as a player on January 2, 2014, his 39th birthday. The announcement was timed for 2 PM, to honor his mother, Kathleen Suppan, who died six years earlier on the same day and at the same time. California Knights were among the volunteers for the event.
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SHINING ARMOR AWARD
Queen of the Apostles Council 6548 in Prudenville, Prince of Peace Council 6593 in Roscommon and St. Helen Council 8390 joined forces to donate $1,000 in support of a Catholic school benefit gala. The funds were used to provide entertainment at the gala, which benefited Our Lady of the Lake Regional Catholic School.
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Knights Among Hundreds of Thousands at March for Life
Monahan Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. During his remarks, Supreme Knight Anderson told participants that the latest Knights of Columbus-Marist pooling shows that more Americans are embracing the culture of life. The January 2015 poll results indicated that: 84 percent of Americans want significant restrictions on abortion. 84 percent say laws can protect both a mother and her unborn child. Two-thirds of Americans say our abortion rate is too high. And 60 percent of Americans say abortion is morally wrong. “Why is public opinion turning toward life?” Supreme Knight Anderson asked. “Because you stand up for life! Because no amount of propaganda can cover up the pain of women who regret their abortion. And because when women know the truth they choose life!” He also spoke about the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound initiative through which, over the past five years, councils have put more than 500 ultrasound machines into pregnancy resource centers throughout all 50 States. “The number of machines is more than 500. The number of children these machines save per year is at least 50,000. The cost of each machine is $30,000. So the cost to save each life is $300,” the Supreme Knight said. “And the value of each of those lives?” he added. “You and I know that every life is priceless.” The March for Life Education and Defense Fund was born out of a grassroots movement that gathered on the first anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in all three trimesters of pregnancy throughout the United States. The flagship program of the organization is the annual March for Life (MFL), which has taken place in Washington, D.C., every January since 1974. The MFL rally on the National Mall is an opportunity for people to gather from all over the country to unite and show their support for a culture of life. Following the rally, the hundreds of thousands of participants, the majority of whom are young people, march up Constitution Avenue past the U.S. Capitol to the Supreme Court, in peaceful protest of Roe v. Wade and as a witness to the sanctity of every human life.
1/22/2015 Supreme Knight addresses participants at Rally On the Jan. 22, braving the winter chill of Washington, D.C., hundreds of thousands gathered to witness to the sanctity of every human life by participating in the 2015 March for Life. Joining them was Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who addressed the marchers — including thousands of Knights and their families — and thanked them for their support of the culture of life. “Thank you for your witness and your stand for life!” Supreme Knight Anderson said to the crowd. “We face new threats this year — new efforts to legalize doctor-assisted suicide. But we will stand up for all those at the end of life, as we do for those at the beginning of life. We must build a culture of life for all those who are vulnerable or who suffer — their life is a gift! Today, we celebrate the gift of every life.” Knights and their families, including many college Knights from throughout the country, gathered for the march, which this year focused on the theme: “Every Life is a Gift.” Many carried council banners and flags, but these were just one indication of the Order’s presence. Scattered among the crowd were also thousands of K of C “Defend Life” signs, which the D.C. State Council distributed to marchers. Along with the Supreme Knight, several other speakers addressed the crowd, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; and members of congress from both parties. The March was led by Jeanne
The Opening Ceremonies for Special Olympics Winter Games took place on February 4th in Traverse City. In attendance at the ceremony were our State Deputy Robert W. Fox, our State Officers and Color Corp consisting of 20 Sir Knights. At this Ceremony over 1,000 people watched as our State Deputy, Robert W. Fox on your behalf presented a check for $10,000 as continued support of Special Olympics Michigan by the Knights of Columbus. Participating in the Winter Olympics were 919 athletes and over 350 coaches and chaperones. The Games were held at various venues in the Traverse City area: Schuss Mountain hosts Alpine skiing and snowboarding, Shanty Creek in Bellaire: Slalom, giant slalom & down-hill and cross country skiing. Howe Ice Arena featured all skating events including compulsory, freestyle and speed skating. Finally, at Grand Traverse Resort snowshoeing was held. This large of an event requires over 500 volunteers to help these Great Athletes. A major fundraiser for Special Olympics is the Polar Plunge which takes place across our Great State and Nation. On February 22nd a continued on page 16
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Recruitment Strategies How to Describe the Benefits of Membership
Use this list to describe the many benefits and opportunities that Knights of Columbus members and their families enjoy. COLUMBIA MAGAZINE – Free subscription to the Order’s monthly magazine examining issues of concern to Knights, Catholics and families. KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS ROSARY – Blessed by the supreme chaplain, presented during the First Degree exemplification to each new member. DAILY MASS OF REMEMBRANCE AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH – Mass for deceased members and their wives, and deceased members of the Squires program, at birthplace of the Order. INSURANCE – Portfolio of top-quality life insurance, longterm care, and annuity products exclusively for members and their families. FAMILY FRATERNAL BENEFIT – For eligible families: a) Pays $1,500 for the child who dies before the age of 61 days; b) Pays $750 for the child who is stillborn at least 20 weeks after conception; c) Offers guaranteed-issue insurance up to $5,000 to any child under age 18. ORPHAN BENEFIT – $80 monthly allotment for orphans of eligible families; up to $7,000 in college scholarships available. MEMBER/SPOUSE FRATERNAL BENEFIT – Accidental death coverage for member and spouse at no cost. WIDOW BENEFITS – a) Continues to be covered under the Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit; b) May purchase life insurance, long-term care insurance, or annuities up to one year after insured member’s death; c) Receives a free lifetime subscription to Columbia; d) Eligible with her children for scholarships, student loans, etc. SCHOLARSHIPS – Scholarship programs for higher education available to members, their spouses and children. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – Opportunity to build personal leadership skills, public speaking ability, organization skills, etc. FOURTH DEGREE – Eligibility to join the “Patriotic Degree.” HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP at Age 70 with 25 years of membership. MEMBERSHIP CARD – Entitles participation in all Catholic, fraternal and social activities in nearly 13,000 councils throughout the world. ACTIVITIES – FAMILY/YOUTH/RELIGIOUS/SOCIAL/ ATHLETIC – Participation in a variety of programs and activities conducted by local councils.
State Campout Registration Form
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