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
“LIGHT THE FIRE WITHIN ”
Volume 67 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. Lam T. Le Kalamazoo Diocesan Chaplain Very Rev. Robert F. Creagan Lansing Diocesan Chaplain Very Rev. William J. Turner, PHD, KCHS Marquette Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Corey J. Litzner Saginaw Diocesan Chaplain Rev. James WM. Bessert
OFFICAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
N A I B M U L HIGAN CO
FIRE “LIGHT THE WITHIN”
January 2016 Volume 67 No. 3
From The State Deputy Robert W. Fox
My Brother Knights and families, The holiday season is over and I hope that everyone had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving with family and friends, a Blessed Christmas and a great start to the New Year. We are now entering into the final six months of the fraternal year. Michigan has been doing well maintaining about seventeen percent membership growth. However in these final months we need to give that little extra push that Michigan is known for. Together we can achieve our quota in membership. Councils need to hold monthly first degrees. Remember every council has a degree team, if you have council officers you have a team. Read the degree. The more it is done the easier it becomes. Don’t let those form one hundreds or prospect cards languish, hold frequent degrees. Contact your District Deputy to see what councils in the district are holding degrees. Bring your candidates to them, don’t wait. Be sure that once they are initiated to email the form one hundred in to Supreme. Remember that they are not eligible for any insurance benefits till they are registered at Supreme. As long as we are talking insurance be sure to work with your council Field Agent. He is a great resource for inactive members, a double whammy, a new member plus insurance member. Keep him in the loop as he may need a heads up for degrees to fit them into his schedule, but he is there to help. While at the mid-year State Deputies meeting in San Antonio this past November the Supreme Knight made it clear that our direction is to bring faith to the forefront of what we do as Knights. This may mean becoming more involved with programs within our Parishes proper. We, the Knights of Columbus, do have our own programs but we also need to become active participants in programs offered by our home parishes. RCIA. Religious Ed., Vacation Bible School and Food Pantry just to name a few. Let the parish community know that we are just as interested in serving their needs as our own. It also gives an opportunity to talk and work with prospective members and may help mend fences with pastors that are less than pro Knights The Order wide program, “Building the Domestic Church, the Family Fully Alive” (#10162) and the Holy Family Prayer Program (#5050) booklets are available from Supreme supply. Both give Scripture readings and mediations for each month of the year. These booklets are an excellent source for council Lectors or church directors to use at council meetings. Short scripture readings and prayer cannot help but bring faith back into councils. These books can also be used as handouts at council information nights. The Knights of Columbus is already positioned in many of our parishes and can, and should, play a key role in the relationship between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis. This relationship and strengthening of our families and parishes is the key to the continued growth of our Church, our faith and our Order. Many of our councils already recite a Rosary or a decade before meetings, but just as many do not. I often wonder why? Could it be that they are worried about adding time to a meetings? Meetings should not last much more than an hour. The officers meeting, usually held before a general council meeting, is where the “flow “of the meeting is laid out. This way all officers are ready for their reports and any programs are ready to be explained. Should arguing or long deliberations between council members occur the Grand Knight should intervene stopping the debate or tabling the item for later discussion. Or is it that old addict “we don’t do that here”. We are a Catholic organization and prayer should be an integral part of our daily lives. While at the mid-year meeting it was brought to our attention that the Order is aging. This is not news to anyone. A great percentage of our membership is sixty five or older. It is a known fact that men usually recruit in their age group, old men bring in old members and the younger men younger members. Not a problem but we need to make sure that the young members stay active. This may mean that some of the more seasoned members need to involve the younger men in activities. Give these men a chance to get their feet wet. Encourage new programs that involve not only them, but their family as well. We have found not getting new members involved, not mentoring them, leads to disillusionment with the council and eventually suspension. Remember we tell them they will be better Catholics and family leaders. Let’s not disappoint them. Get these men involved in council activities and by doing so will not only help build our councils but parishes as well.
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Jubilee of Mercy Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson, KHS State Chaplain
It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. … Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples. (Misericordiae Vultus, 15) On Dec. 8, 2015, the Church began a yearlong Jubilee of Mercy called for by Pope Francis. This liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. And so he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love (cf. Eph 1:4), choosing her to be the mother of man’s Redeemer. When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive.” (Misericordiae Vultus, 3) In calling us to reflect on the long-standing works of mercy, Pope Francis asks us to unite ourselves with the Christian tradition that has existed since Jesus walked the earth. The early Christians carried on this tradition of caring for the poor and downtrodden, causing pagans in the post -apostolic age to say of them: “See how they love one another,” according to Tertullian. Over the centuries, we Catholics have built hospitals and schools throughout the world, providing relief, medical care and education to the masses. Our agencies have become household names in countless cities providing medicine, food, advocacy for justice, and the comforting presence of a shoulder to lean on. We serve the homeless, the sick, the grieving and the imprisoned. Many religious orders were founded on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, some even adding the word “mercy” to their name. Yet we have also withheld mercy, as an institution and as individuals. Think about just the past few weeks. Where have you seen people in need: people hungry, suffering doubt, dealing with illness, or feeling lonely? How did you help them or fail to do so? How does your experience of seeing so many people in need shape your response to them? It seems to me that Pope Francis understands all too well the human impulse to look the other way when we see suffering, especially given the overwhelming of human needs that confront us daily. Our Holy Father understands that we need to be challenged and re -challenged to love actively in the form of these works of mercy and charity, rather than making excuses for our inactivity. So what are these works of mercy and charity that disciples of Jesus are to actively pursue? Spiritual Works of Mercy Admonish Sinners Instruct the Uninformed Counsel the Doubtful Comfort the Sorrowful Bear Wrongs Patiently Forgive Offenses Pray for the Living and the Dead Corporal Works of Mercy Feed the Hungry Give Drink to the Thirsty Clothe the Naked Shelter the Homeless Comfort the Imprisoned Visit the Sick Bury the Dead The Gospel comes to life when we put our hands, feet and hearts to work. As the Church, you and I are by our baptism to be “workers of mercy.” In doing so, we become part of the legacy of Christian disciples who, as Saint Teresa of Calcutta said repeatedly, “respond to each other’s needs continued on page 7
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 Knights leaders, where we are in our membership and our programs. 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 a great time to be a Knight of Columbus. Faced with the world challenges and other challenges you would think that just the opposite is true. However, the Holy Father has given us a great gift, a gift to the whole church, of course, but certainly a timely one for the American Church in particular. The gift I am speaking of is the Year of Mercy. Why a Jubilee of Mercy now? Pope Francis himself addressed this question. "Here, then, is the reason for the Jubilee: because this is the time for mercy. It is the favorable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone, everyone, the way of forgiveness and reconciliation. May the Mother of God open our eyes, so that we may comprehend the task to which we have been called; and may she obtain for us the grace to experience this Jubilee of Mercy as faithful and fruitful witnesses of Christ." Please go to your diocesan website or www.usccb.org to view all the ways in which this Year of Mercy can be celebrated. Michigan and the Order are 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. The Supreme Knight has introduced a new initiative after last year’s The Family Fully Alive program. This new Order -wide initiative, entitled, “Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish” , is meant to strengthen our parishes and foster greater unity and collaboration among Catholic families within the parish. This initiative builds upon the work already begun in our monthly Family Fully Alive monthly program. The Knights of Columbus is positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis. The Order has already been moving toward answering this call through The development of thousands of new parish-based councils; Various new programs to strengthen family life all leading to a deeper understanding of the family as domestic Church; and An increasing commitment to serve the Church’s mission of a new evangelization through the parish. We are fortunate that many of our councils, parish -based and parish-involved, are already living the new initiative. For some of our other councils there are changes to be made. The how and why of these changes will be more fully developed in the near future. . Change is never easy. But the proven record of the past half century is clear: The closer the Knights of Columbus becomes to parish life, the closer we work with our parish priests, and the more we support Catholic families, the more our Order grows in membership and charity. This is this same dynamic that guides our mission today. The “content” of the Knights of Columbus has not changed. We are a Catholic brotherhood based upon the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. We are dedicated to faithful and unparalleled service to the Church. But what will change is the “expression” of that service so that our work may become even more relevant and effective. Watch for further information and let us combine the Year of Mercy and Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish Initiative as a turning point in the lives of our councils.
Our Story Founded by a priest to protect Catholic families.
Our story begins in the winter of 1882 in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn. It was there that our Venerable founder, Father Michael J. McGivney, gathered the men of his parish together to create a solution to a recurring problem. Many Catholics — most of whom were immigrants — were working and living in unfavorable conditions. And many, tragically, were dying young, leaving behind widows and orphans with insufficient financial resources. It was a cold reality that had confronted Father McGivney all too often — not only in the lives of his parishioners — but in his own. As a seminarian, he was forced to leave school and return home to aid his family when his father died unexpectedly. Though this story of financial ruin for Catholic families was common, Father McGivney was convinced that there was a way to change the ending. He knew that if the Catholic men in his parish came together in mutual aid, widows and orphans could receive the support they needed.
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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. I would like to thank the official family for their timeliness in submitting your rooming forms for the winter leadership meeting. Believe it or not I did not receive any checks. Your timely response was very helpful. While serving as your State Treasurer and in addition to my financial responsibilities, it is my duty to assign State Convention delegates to hotels on Mackinac Island. As you have heard from our Worthy State Deputy, Robert Fox, the rooms at the Grand Hotel will be assigned, as a reward for your good performance. Another factor is: being on time with the forms. 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 (especially with this year being an election year), and are meant to reward District Deputy’s and Council Delegates who’s councils have performed well during the fraternal year. 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 give 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, stating the purpose of the check in the memo line, and both written and numerical amounts on the check must match. 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. God Bless & Have a Blessed Year MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN PUBLICATION SCHEDULE COPY DEADLINE MONTH MARCH 1st…………………………… APRIL 2016 JUNE 1st…………………………. ……. JULY 2016 SEPTEMBER 1st…………………..............OCTOBER 2016 DECEMBER 1st……………………......... JANUARY 2016 PLEASE SEND ALL COPY MATERIAL TO: GARY M. KOLBICZ 39373 DURAND DRIVE STERLING HEIGHTS, MI. 48310 RES./FAX: 586-939-3886
State Program Director Gary L. Merritt Fraternal greetings to all my brother Knights, ladies and families. I hope all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As we move into the third quarter of the Fraternal Year 20152016 I would like to emphasize a few things to keep our “Focus on the Flame”. Focus on Charity; We need to realize the importance of our State fundraiser, the State Raffle. As you know the revenue generated by this program helps support many charities that approach 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 donated that is not there. Much of this depends on you. We are depending 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. Twenty percent of gross tickets sold by your council is returned to the council to be used for its charities. What an easy program to raise money for your local charities. Besides the great prizes this year there are cash prizes for various top sellers in the Win, Place and Show categories. 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 additional, please contact the State office or State Fund Raising Co-Chairs Gary De Carlo or Mike Kozakiewicz. It’s not too late, the drawing is on April 16, 2016. Another program to help support our charities is the “ Take 5” program. Please promote this request and submit the donations from your members to the State Secretary. Questions can be addressed to Michigan Charities Director Wally Papciak. Focus on Church; Evangelization needs to be in the forefront of our minds. We have been called by our Church leaders to promote our faith, even within our Order. Our State Deputy has been stressing this importance by encouraging our councils and members to become active in evangelization. Our State Director of Evangelization Tom Arehart presented some great ideas during his workshop at the recent Winter Leadership conference. If your council is not active in an evangelization program contact Tom, he is ready to assist you. One of the easiest and most obvious ways to evangelize is through example. The Corporate Communions our councils conduct become a great illustration of our commitment to our Catholic Faith. This is a way to recruit, men see our commitment and they want to be a part of us. If you are unsure of what should be done for a Corporate Communion contact our State Church Activities Director Tom Schmidt. Focus on Family; 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. State Family Activities Director John Turek can give you some great ideas. Focus on Youth; continued on page 7
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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 blessed New Year. Christmas is a great time for family togetherness. That is why, at this time in particular, I want to express my gratitude to the wives and families of our Knights for their kind and generous support. Without you, many of our successes would not be possible. Thank you for your support. As Catholics, we are called to evangelize our faith, not through words but through action. Pope Francis said, “Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one's life.” As Knights, we witness through our programs and when we invite other Catholic men to join us, they too help proclaim the Gospel with us. On January 23 & 24, 2016 we will be conducting a state wide membership church drive. This is an excellent opportunity to invite a man to join us and give him the opportunity to add his voice to ours and proclaim the Gospel through his action. It is important to remember why we invite men to join us. We invite men to join us, because we want to give other Catholic men the same opportunity to grow in faith and gain the fraternal friendships that we all enjoy. The more Knights that join our ranks increases the overall impact that we have in our Church, community, and the world. Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, has challenged us to participate more fully in the service of our parishes. The way to do this is it to integrate into our parishes and take an active role in parish ministries and programs. This is an opportunity for all of us to use our talents to help strengthen our parish community. Pope Francis said: “We have observed that, in society and the world in which we live, selfishness has increased more than love for others, and that men of good will must work, each with his own strengths and expertise, to ensure that love for others increases until it is equal and possibly exceeds love for oneself.” Fraternally,
K of C LADIES “CORNER”
Hello Ladies, My how time flies bye. It seems that we were just preparing turkey dinner when Winter Meeting was here followed by Christmas then New Years. We, the State Ladies, hope that everyone had a season filled with Faith, Family and Fun. I hope you are all staying warm and enjoying our milder than last year’s winter. We were able to spent time with our whole family this and just relax. We hope that the same was true for all of you. Starting the New Year totally refreshed and refurbished in our faith. The Winter Meeting in Lansing was a complete success and again the councils came thru with the contributions for Holy Cross. There was 2,200 sweatshirts, 490 bath baskets, 20 sheet sets, lots of hats, gloves and scarfs, and we topped that off with $14,800.00 in cash, checks and gift cards. It couldn’t have happened without all of the help provided by you. God Bless you all! This year our Ladies Program produced 135 lap blankets that we divided between the four Master’s Wives’ to be taken to the Veteran Homes thru out the state. It may seem such a small thing, a blanket, but to a veteran it reminds him or her that someone cares. The Rosary, once again, gave us time to collect our thoughts on the many obstacles to faith that confront us in today’s world. Thank you ladies. We also raised the roof a little, well a lot, with all the laughing and visiting, we hope a fun time was had by all. If you haven’t received any State Charities Raffle tickets, check with your husband or the Council Grand Knight. This is a very important raffle. It is from these funds that your State Council supports the many requests for aid. Please consider purchasing some, those in need will thank you. The top prizes feature some marvelous trips in addition there are numerous cash prizes. We have been asked “can we just take the case value?” The answer to that is “no”, not this year. You can, however, sell the prize to whomever you want and keep for yourself any added cash. Don’t forget the State Deputies Tribute Dinner on February 27, 2016. Tickets are available thru the State Office. We are looking forward to seeing you all there. While at the mid-year State Deputies Meeting in San Antonio Texas. The Supreme Knight introduced several new initiatives. “Building the Domestic Church, The Family Fully Alive”, communicating with the parish. While many councils continue to work with their home parish the new initiative takes this to a new level. The Knights of Columbus have their programs, Soccer Challenge, Free Throw and Spelling Bee just to name a few. Participation from parishes often leaves something to be desired. The Supreme Knight’s challenge is to become more involved with programs of the parish. Programs such as RCIA, Religious ED, Home Bound and Community Outreach. The goal is to become involved in parish based programs not as Knights of Columbus but as members of the parish who happen to be members of the Knights of Columbus. By integrating with our parishes as members of that parish a better understanding of each other will form. We are there not to take over parish programs but rather to work with the parish to help the community as a whole grow closer to Christ. This inter twining will benefit not only the parish but it will afford the Councils the opportunity for growth in membership. Marybeth is busy working on the Ladies Charity Raffle for the continued on page 7
Douglas Kokot State Membership Director Michigan Knights of Columbus
Prince of Peace Council 6593 in Roscommon hosted a custom car and motorcycle show to benefit Special Olympics. The show featured 29 cars and seven motorcycles, and raised more than $1,400. The council slao held its annual “Back Door Boogie” music event, which raised an additional $500 for area food pantries.
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Jubilee of Mercy Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson, KHS State Chaplain
as if we were responding to the needs of God.” What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has not works, is dead. (Jas 2:14-17)
State Program Director Gary L. Merritt The developed youth programs fit right in with our Family commitment. Many programs should be considered before the end of the Fraternal Year. The very popular Free Throw Tourney begins in January followed by the Spelling Bee. The Poster contests are a great way for the youth to show off their artistic talent. These programs can be promoted to all the youth in your community. Again, another recruitment tool. Parents are involved with the children in these programs so remember, reach out beyond the council. Promote in the church and community. Another easy program to promote to our youth is the essay contest. The theme, “ The Importance of Religious Freedom” may make it difficult to promote in the public venue, but can always be promoted in your parishes. The State Youth Activities Director Kevin Rowley is available to give you tips and answer your questions. Focus on Community; We all see the necessity of an ongoing food collection program to help those in need within our communities. Collections can be made by having organized food drives or ongoing collections from our Knights and the members of our parishes. Mike Wegener our State Communities Activities Director can give you many tips which include the “Red Bag” program. Focus on Council; As our councils conduct these and other programs and events, there are always men and families that are essential to the success of the programs. Please recognize them with the Knight and Family of the Month awards. The recognition is great for the recipient but also serves as a great example to others. Jeff Gapczynski our Council Activities Director will help with Knight of the Month and John Turek State Family Director with the Family of the Month. Focus on Service; As the State Program Director I see many great programs conducted throughout the state. Many that deserve recognition. I encourage all councils to look at an exemplary program they conduct to submit to the State for a Service Program Award. The process is not difficult and is explained in an article on our State website, mikofc.org. The possibility of being honored at the State convention is well worth the effort and makes a great impact and example to other councils. The binder assembled for the submission makes a great memento for your council and serves as a recruitment tool helping to promote your programs. Your Diocesan Program Director and I are available to assist were needed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the council officers and members that work so hard to conduct the ongoing programs. Many jurisdictions around the Order and Supreme notice the program activity in Michigan. Keep up the great work. One last item. All the State and Diocesan Directors are listed in the State Directory. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you are unsure of whom to contact, call me. I am willing to direct you or assist myself. Vivat Jesus!
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Island so if you would like to volunteer your help or a contribution please contact her, she would be only too happy to hear from you. Remember, if you have Raffle Baskets ready, you can bring them to anyone on the Board and we will make sure they get there safe and sound. Have a wonderful spring and we will see you soon. Don’t forget, the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. God Bless, Sandy, Ellie, Sue, Marybeth, Karen and Maureen
Casey the Teddy Bear
On Sunday, December, 6, 2015, Casey the Teddy Bear appeared at St. Hubert Council #11658 annual Christmas Brunch with Santa. Casey's appearance helps promote the state teddy bear program. it was also a great treat for the children and parents alike to have their photo taken with Casey. On the same, day, Casey also appeared in the Rochester Christmas Parade at the request of Father Baumgartner Council 5452. Casey rode on the Council float in the parade to bring awareness of our wonderful state teddy bear program. You too can have Casey appear at your function if you purchase 3 cases of teddy bears. These teddy bears can be used in hospitals, nursing homes, police departments, fire departments, at Baptismal ceremonies, etc. They bring comfort and happiness wherever they are used. You, too, can be part of this wonderful ministry. Just contact the State Council
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World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Each year, on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Knights throughout the world participate on the annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This day is an opportunity for all Knights to raise awareness of the need for men and women to say yes to their vocations, especially if one is called to the priesthood or religious life. With the help of the Knights of Columbus, thousands will hear their calls as a result of our prayers and vocation materials. As Knights, we know the difference that one good priest can make. Raise awareness and get involved. Tell Us About Your Programs Help us improve the Service Program activities offered by the Supreme Council office by sending reports on your council’s successful activities and/or any suggestions you may have on improving our programs. Send this information to Fraternal Services, Service Program Suggestions, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510-3326 or contact us. Please include “Service Program Suggestions” in the subject line.
Keep the Faith Alive
A Prayer for Vocations
Heavenly Father, bless Your Church with an abundance of holy and zealous priests, deacons, brothers and sisters. Give those You have called to the married state and those You have chosen to live as single persons in the world the special graces that their lives require. Form us all in the likeness of Your Son so that in Him, with Him and through Him we may love You more deeply and serve You more faithfully, always and everywhere. With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord.
Founded by a parish priest, the Knights of Columbus has always worked hard to encourage young men and women to consider God’s call to service in the priesthood or religious life. Under the motto “Keep the Faith Alive,” the Order’s vocations initiative has a number of programs based on prayer and designed to reach the hearts and minds of young people, as well as to provide financial support during their years of seminary training or religious formation. In keeping with Knights of Columbus tradition, an attractive new vocations tool has just been released that should serve as the centerpiece of your council's vocations programs. The DVD – "Everyone Has a Vocation to Love. What’s Yours?" (#50046) – combines five Knights of Columbus vocations films onto one digital video disk. Featured are The Vocation to the Priesthood, The Vocation to the Religious Life for Men, The Vocation to the Religious Life for Women, The Vocation to Marriage and the recently completed, The Vocation of the Laity. Although the focus of the Order’s vocations programs is on encouraging men to consider the priesthood or religious life and women to consider religious life, the DVD also includes films on the lay vocations to underline the fact that everyone is called through their Baptism to serve God, the Church and their neighbors. The heart of the Order’s vocations effort continues to be the Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) by which assemblies, councils and Squires circles provide monetary and moral support for seminarians and postulants who are preparing for the priesthood or religious life.
PROSPECTS TO MEMBERS
Imagine you're trying to fill a bucket with water. Every drop you put in should increase it's contents, but if there's a leak then you may end up losing more water than you gain. Think of the membership in your council in the same way – every new Knight you add won't help your membership increase and grow stronger if you lose existing members.
Retention is as Important as Recruiting
Wally Papciak State Director – Michigan Charities Our state officers receive many request for donations in addition to the charities we already support. How can the state board respond to those in need? Where will the money come from? In the spirit of charity, the first principle of our order, will you help the Take Five Program of the Michigan Charities Fund continue to grow as a State Council resource for those in need? This program is so simple! If each member in the state would donate $5 our state officers would have over $300,000 at their disposal for the needy of Michigan. In the past year the Michigan Charities fund has been able to help many charities. Here is a list of just a few. Angela Hospice, CYO Catholic High School League, Pregnancy Centers all over the state, Jefferson House, Kids with Cancer, Capuchin Community Center, Catholic Times, Catholic Publications, Guest House, RTL – Life Span Of Michigan, St Vincent Home, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, St Francis Cabrini Clinic, Special Days Camp, Catholic Radio, Parochial Schools Cross Country Youth Rally, Prep Bowl, Madonna University, plus many others. To participate in the program is so simple, my brother knights! In just a short time. Your financial secretary will be sending out your 2016 dues notice along with a request to donate $5 to Take Five Program. Just include $5 to your 2016 dues payment or submit a separate check payable to your council (write “Take 5” on your check’s memo line.) Your financial secretary will send the total Take Five contributions to the state secretary. Working together as one membership of almost 70,000 brother knights we can be a tremendous source of support for those who need us. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your help to others. Vivat Jesus!
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Established in 1882 by a young Catholic priest, the organization — which offers its line of top-rated products exclusively to its members and their eligible family members — manages $21 billion in assets and ranks 939 on the 2015 Fortune 1000 list, placing it among the largest life insurers in North America. “The $100 billion milestone is not simply a number,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl A. Anderson. “It highlights the fact that each year we are protecting the future of more Catholic families, continuing the mission of our founder, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.” The Knights of Columbus offers insurance to its members and their families through a network of more than 1,500 dedicated, professional agents in the United States and Canada — all of whom are members of the Knights of Columbus. 11/4/2015 Milestone highlights K of C’s financial protection of Catholic fam- “With each dollar of top-rated insurance in force that our professional agency force adds, additional, meaningful security is provided ilies. The Knights of Columbus surpassed $100 billion of life insurance to the families whose livelihoods we protect,” said Anderson. The $100 billion milestone caps a year in which the Knights of in force this week, marking an important milestone in the Catholic Columbus set a new record for insurance sales with $8 billion sold, fraternal benefit society’s mission to protect the future of Catholic earned the top rating of A++ Superior from AM Best for the 40th families. This milestone was achieved despite continuing adverse conditions consecutive year, and was named a “World’s Most Ethical Company” for the second consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute®. affecting the insurance industry.
Opening Mas for Jubilee of Mercy Broadcast in Ultra HD
12/8/2015 The opening Mass for the Jubilee of Mercy and the opening of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica, held Dec. 8, was seen around the world in greater clarity than previously possible, thanks to an overhaul of the video equipment used by Vatican Television Centre (CTV) . CTV’s OB-8 OB truck has been fully fitted with 4K technology and features eight Sony HDC-4300 cameras, a 4K PWS-4400 server and a 4K MVS-7000X switcher. This creates an “immersive experience” which tries to capture, deliver and display images in a way that is as close to the performance of the human eye as possible. Knights of Columbus donated the original broadcasting truck, and in October it provided a major $250,000 sponsorship to assist in the upgrade that allows for the 4K/Ultra HD broadcasting. In correspondence to Msgr. Dario Viganò, prefect secretariat for Communications and director of CTV, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said, “We (the Knights of Columbus) welcome the opportunity to build upon that partnership with you and CTV in solidarity with Pope Francis, to ensure that the Holy Father’s joyful proclamation of the Gospel reaches around the globe, utilizing the latest improvements in broadcasting technology.” The Knights of Columbus also underwrote the restoration of the Holy Door in preparation for its last opening during the Jubilee Year 2000. In addition, a replica of the Holy Door is a part of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine’s permanent exhibit, at which a "Vigil of Mercy" was held on Dec. 7.
As we all know Christmas is a time when most families make the time to come together. Usually this will include some type of meal. Sadly, this now tends to only take place during holidays or other types of “celebrations” and does not even happen on a regular basis let alone daily or even weekly. But how about those people who do not have any food or family to share it with? Pope Francis has said that “To share a meal – and not just food, but also affection, stories, events – is a fundamental experience”. We have all heard the stories where one small act of kindness has lead to a “pay it forward” scenario often involving multiples of people and while it may not change the world it can surely change the hearts of all involved. Just like the innkeeper who opened up his stable to Mary and Joseph we must open our hearts and homes to those in need. Now is a great time to mend fences and right any wrongs clearing our conscience and opening our hearts to healing and greater things. As State Family Life Director one of the first things I was asked to do was host a Camp Outing. Plans were put in motion and this past August approximately 85 people, roughly 25 families, gathered for our State Camp Outing at Coldwater Lake Family Park near Mt. Pleasant. All of our State Officers were able to attend. Though mother nature tried her best to dampen our spirits through monsoon-like conditions for several hours on Friday night she was not able to accomplish her goals and the Friday night rain turned in to a beautifully sunny Saturday full of family games, Mass at the campground, a potluck dinner, a raffle around the campfire and most of all some much needed unstructured fraternity. We do hope that all that were able to attend had as good of a time as we did putting it together for you. Watch the State web page for details regarding the 2016 State Camp Outing. Share your blessings with others not only this Christmas season but every day to come!! John Turek Family Life Director
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Fall Dinner Auction Marks 28th Year for St. Louis Center at St. Joseph Mercy-Chelsea
In perhaps the highest profile event of the year for St. Louis Center, the Fall Dinner Auction at St. Joseph MercyChelsea has now reached its 28th year of existence. Begun as an outreach effort between the Chelsea Community and St. Louis Center in 1987, this event has become one of the SLC Administrator Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC., receives a $20,000 check from the Michigan Knights most successful fundraisers for the operaof Columbus State Council, represented by State tions of St. Louis Deputy Robert Fox. Center during its fifty -five year history. According to founding auction supporter Will Johnson, former CEO of Chelsea Hospital, “We started this event as a way to show the Servants of Charity that there were many people in the Chelsea Community who cared deeply about the children and adults who were living at the Center.” All of the food, facilities, and staff for the evening are donated by the hospital. The event was chaired by Kathi Neuman, who had the assistance of a committee of 20 people from throughout the community. “Once again, many people came together to make this a successful event. I can’t thank my committee members and the hospital staff enough, along with all of the people who came out to support our event again this year,” said Neuman. “The real winners are the residents of St. Louis Center who are developmentally disabled and need our help to provide them with a great quality of life.” Special guests this year included the trustees of the Harry A. & Margaret D. Towsley Foundation who recently awarded a foundation grant to St. Louis Center for the creation of three new children’s homes. Members of the State Council of the Michigan Knights of Columbus were also present to make a significant donation to St. Louis Center. Joseph Merkel, Jr. returned as this year’s auctioneer, and PR Director Joe Yekulis served as the emcee for the evening. St. Louis Center is a residential care facility for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities located five miles west of Chelsea in Sylvan Twp., and is run by the Servants of Charity. Please visit www.stlouiscenter.org for more information.
CULTURE OF LIFE
The fall 40 Days for Life campaign was, once again, a success. A We have notified that Center for total of 543 unborn babies were saved from abortion. Total saved Women in Jackson, which reto date by these campaigns now numbers 11,165. The next 40 Days ceived the 1st Ultrasound mafor Life campaign runs from February 10 to March 20, 2016. Please chine purchased in Michigan , by pray for the participants during this time. the Knights in the Jackson area in Do you have a Culture of Life Program that is worthy of an 2009, has now saved over 100 award. Now is the time to begin putting your book together about babies from abortion. This was your program. The booklet should contain pictures, articles from the 3rd machine purchased Order publications about your event, and a nice description about it. If -wide under Supreme’s Ultrathere is a lady in your council who is good at scrapbooking, or anysound Initiative. one else, have them put it together so it can be submitted to your Currently collecting funds for the Diocesan Program Director by April 1 for his judging and forward- purchase of a machine is St. Mary of the Hills Council 13950 in ing to the State. Examples of winning booklets are on the State Rochester Hills. Machines will be shortly in Big Rapids and Detroit. web site A total of 35 machines have been placed in service in the State. Planning for the April 14, 2016, Right to Life Dinner in Livonia is If you are collecting Baby Bottle Funds and would like starting to come together. As soon as the keynote speaker is finalto know where to direct them, or looking for program ized, an announcement will distributed and placed on the State web ideas, please contact me at 248-709-9761 or site. firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember those affected by the horrible incident that occurred in Colorado Springs the day after Thanksgiving. We pray for Paul and Sue Thorn the deceased, the injured who have survived and their families. True pro-life people would not do this. State Culture of Life Couple Thank you for supporting life from conception through natural death.
If you woke up this morning God has given you another chance to chase after your goals and dreams.
Next Copy Deadline March 1, 2016
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ARE OUR HEARTS IN WHAT WE DO? Gene Murawski State Ceremonials Director As we live our lives, do we really trust our hearts in what we do? In our job, in our family, in our sports, and in our religion, do we truly trust our Lord Jesus Christ? When we do various things in our lives, are we trusting our heart in what we do for the sake of our Lord. We as Knights of Columbus have either been elected or volunteered to do the things our Lord would want us to do. As we come into the season of the birth of Jesus Christ, maybe we should review what we have done this past year. I know that I volunteered to help as many people as I could in Ceremonials. I feel that I have done a pretty good job. I feel like my heart is in it. Then when I look at the progress we have done in Ceremonials this past year, it appears my heart was not truly into it. Our membership for new members is down, and we just cannot seem to get 1st Degree Members willing to take that next step by going through the Formation and Knighthood Degrees. I would ask the District Deputy's, Grand Knights' and other Council Officer's to help me have a better year next year by getting more of your members to take that step of becoming a 3rd Degree Knight. On behalf of myself and my wife Rita, have a Blest and Merry Christmas Holiday. Date of the Degree 1/16/2016 1/16/2016 1/16/2016 1/17/2016 1/23/2016 1/24/2016 1/28/2016 1/30/2016 2/3/2016 2/13/2016 2/14/2016 2/20/2016 2/20/2016 2/27/2016 2/27/2016 2/27/2016 2/28/2016 3/5/2016 3/13/2016 3/19/2016 3/19/2016 4/1/2016 4/2/2016 4/3/2016 4/16/2016 4/24/2016 4/24/2016 6/4/2016 6/12/2016
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