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offical publication of the michigan state council knights of columbus columbian michigan ne in se in service to o rvice to all volume 63 no 3 january 2013 merry christmas happy new year almighty god and father of light a child is born for us and a son is given to us your eternal word leaped down from heaven in the silent watches of the night and now your church is filled with wonder at the nearness of her god open our hearts to receive his life and increase our vision with the rising of dawn that our lives may be filled with his glory and his peace who lives and reigns forever and ever amen rev scott a thibodeau state chaplain micharl j maureen malinowski state deputy robert w sandra fox state secretary kenneth b ellie unterbrink state treasurer antonio g sue vittorini state advocate richard f beth mccloy jr state warden thomas a arlene marcetti sr immediate past state deputy thomas m joyce wegener psd supreme director


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offical publication of the michigan state council knights of columbus columbian michigan all ne in service to in service to o volume 63 no 3 january 2013 from the state deputy michael j malinowski a new year is here and a time when people make a resolution to do something different in their lives it might be to lose weight or stop smoking maybe to try and read more and watch less television people use the new year as a start point for something new the year of faith began on october 11 2012 the 50th anniversary of the second vatican council the close of the year of faith will take place on november 24 2013 the feast of christ the king the months in between are a privileged time for councils to engage in faith formation activities and charitable programs that provide immediate and practical aid to those in need the order s year of faith program is based on the four categories outlined by pope benedict in his document porta fidei door of faith that are designed to lead each believer into a deeper relationship with christ and his church ­ faith professed faith lived faith celebrated and faith prayed faith professed for knights now is the time to find out what is the new evangelization what is the role of the christian family in the modern world faith lived our first principle as knights is charity now is the time to focus our efforts on those who are in the most need of our help a time to feed the hungry time to clothe the needy to take care of the widows and orphans faith celebrated as knights in this year of faith we have opportunities to gather in the spirit of unity with each other it is a time for us to have corporate communions to sit together at mass with our families and brother knights wearing our k of c lapel pins or name badges to let those in our parish know who we are faith prayed we should pray in our personal lives and with our family parish and council as knights now is the time to pray the rosary either before or at the close of our council meetings start the new year as the year of faith maureen and i wish you and your families a very blessed christmas and a happy and prosperous new year from the state membership director william g leveque sr i would like to first thank god for the opportunity to be your state membership director i would like to thank our state deputy for asking me to take over for dan waligora as he takes on a job promotion i would like to thank all you my knights of columbus family for the work you have done and for the work you will be doing i have had the privilege of serving the order in michigan in different leadership positions over the course of several years introducing to you my alter egos `the money man and `casey the bear i intend on bringing my brand of excitement to the task of state membership director with your prayers help and support i am confident we will have a good year in membership we have just concluded the winter leadership meeting and are starting the tri-district meetings bringing the message that the need for charity is greater than ever and our councils are being asked to do more than ever many of our councils have told us their concerns that the same knights seem to be the ones doing the most work and these brother knights are getting tired many councils are suffering from an aging continued on page 8


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3 janu ar y 201 3 michigan columbian from the state chaplain rev scott a thibodeau michigan state council knights of columbus publisher my dear brother knights and ladies vivat jesus as i sit to write i have just come from our winter meeting with all our state officers it was a truly wonderful gathering filled with hope now the advent season is upon us and we need to take time this year to listen and be still before our lord as we continue to celebrate this year of faith we ought to be praying for a renewal of our faith in the person of jesus christ and the sacramental church he left us this means it is time for us to reflect listen and learn from our lord about what he desires for us personally and collectively through our fraternal order how is he asking us to get involved what is jesus asking of us with respect to our faith and service through the knights these questions will certainly be answered if we ask in prayer and listen with an open willing and charitable heart right now we have an opportunity to allow the lord to direct and encourage us through prayer and faith obviously the advent season is a time of preparation as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our lord in time we should also be preparing to meet him with joy when our earthly lives are done this preparation can be daunting especially if we are the type of person who lets others do the work the god in the world all of us need to get involved in our councils so as to impact others positively for the lord so ask yourself this question what can i do to assist in the salvation of souls through the knights of columbus i am certain your answer will be to get involved proclaim the name of jesus and help another to grow closer to christ this is our advent and life long mission by virtue of our baptism christmas will come soon enough and i pray that we will all have a blessed celebration christmas is not just a time for parties and family it is a time to recognize that our savior became flesh and desires to be active in our lives this recognition is what we truly need to become motivated to serve and evangelize so do the following for the lord during this christmas season think of that one man who you know to be catholic but struggling with faith or even fallen away from the church then invite him to join our order and to get involved in the church this invitation not only helps him proclaim our faith but also helps you to accomplish the mission the lord sets out for all of us to go to the lost sheep of our family in this way we will grow the body of christ and assist one another to accomplish the salvation of souls in jesus christ our god who became man that we might become like god wishing you a blessed christmas and new year share your year of faith activities the year of faith proclaimed by pope benedict xvi began on oct 11 2012 and will end on the feast of christ the king nov 24 2013 it marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the second vatican council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the catechism of the catholic church the work of vatican ii set the church on the path of the good samaritan ­ with faith expressed through acts of charity ­ a journey that it has continued into the 21st century it s a path that the knights of columbus has wholeheartedly embraced councils throughout the order are now planning events to mark and celebrate the year of faith we are interested in what your council may be planning and will possibly share your events with other knights through this newsletter and other publications please send any information and photographs of your year of faith events to knightline@kofc.org we look forward to hearing from you state officers michael j malinowski state deputy rev scott a thibodeau state chaplain robert w fox state secretary kenneth b unterbrink state treasurer antonio g vittorini state advocate state warden thomas a marcetti sr immediate past state deputy thomas m wegener psd supreme director michigan state council office 2184 beech daly dearborn hgts mi 48127 office phone 313-274-3223 fax 313-274-0704 email mikofc@sbcglobal.net lawrence t grabowski executive secretary editorial gary m kolbicz editor g.kolbicz@mikofc.org michigan columbian publication schedule copy deadline month march 1st april 2013 june 1st july 2013 september 1st october 2013 december 1st january 2013 please send all copy material to gary m kolbicz 39373 durand drive sterling heights mi 48310 phone 586-939-3886 home fax 586-939-3886 email ­ g.kolbicz@mikofc.org moving notify your local council send your new address and mailing labet to knights of columbus membership records po box 1670 new haven ct 06507-0901


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michigan columbian janu ar y 201 3 4 a new fraternal year 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 january and the election is over the hype and promise now gives way to actual work by our elected officials there are many issues that they will take up over the coming months and we must pray that the good of all the people including the least among us are all given the same considerations to protect and advance their futures and yes we will start the new year continuing to fight for religious freedom the 40th anniversary of roe v wade will be observed and the assault of pornography and the decline of civility continues in our media and airwaves these and more await us as concerned christian catholics and knights of columbus even with all of this it is a great time to be a knight of columbus faced with these 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 faith the year of faith an opportunity for every catholic to turn towards jesus christ to encounter him in the sacraments especially the eucharist and rediscover the faith and the church imagine all of the american church s faithful participating in year of faith programs strengthening their faith ready to lend this strengthened faith to the struggles we have certainly we knights our ladies and our families will be the leaders in our parishes as we strengthen ourselves during this year of faith as leaders of the order we should become familiar with the order s action plan for councils and knights including the year of faith prayer booklet with a list of traditional prayers for every knight and council to use on a regular basis at home and at meetings certainly we are taking advantage of the resources through the parish and the bishops to learn the beauty and majesty of our faith growing stronger as we deepen our knowledge of our faith and how it impacts our daily lives as you know knights are leaders in charity within the council the parish and the community it is after all what we do let us then be leaders in evangelizing the faith during this year of faith imagine the church surging with members with a deepened faith ready to face the challenges determined to win each one of us knights ladies and families doing our part with our priests and bishops helping to lead the new evangelization as informed energized faith-filled faithful are the workers in the field i ask then what victories await for our holy catholic church if we arm ourselves with our faith we only need to be ready to share in the victory from the state program director david bergeman the state leadership winter meeting is over and the tridistrict meetings are beginning a number of items come to mind looking at the upcoming second half of the fraternal year as i have stated before men do not join the knights of columbus just to pay dues and attend meetings you joined for a reason whatever the reason getting involved is good for the soul mind and body in part of my presentation i showed a video called the butterfly effect by motivational speaker andy andrews available on youtube go to http www.youtube.com embed/0x4e8xtvqh8 mr andrews explains how every move we make and every action that we take can affect a great number of people if you get a chance take a few minutes to watch the video there are many program activities that are in need of some attention in reviewing mi-1 s from the first quarter there a number of councils reporting activities on the mi-1 such as family of the month and food for families but they are not sending in the required reporting forms to the appropriate director some council s are not reporting knight of the month and family of the month please acknowledge outstanding efforts within your councils for brother knights and families who contribute within the parish council or community something new is the ability to purchase wheelchairs directly through the state office we are able to get a major brand wheelchair of excellent quality for $150 the 20 wheelchair is lightweight with removable desk arms and elevating leg rests list price is $690 this offer is available until march 1 2013 checks should be sent to the state secretary with wheelchair purchase on the memo continued page 5


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5 janu ar y 201 3 michigan columbian from the state treasurer kenneth b unterbrink my brother knights and families with the christmas season ending on january 6th my wife ellie and i extend our greeting and best wishes to all thanks to the official family for their timeliness in submitting rooming forms for the summer and winter leadership meeting your timeliness has helped with the rooming at boyne highland resort and the lexington hotel while serving as your state treasurer and in addition to the financial duties it is my duty to assign state convention delegates to hotels on mackinac island while all hotels are great with their own charm the assignment of the 1st choice of the delegates has many factors one factor is being on time with the forms election for delegates to the state convention is held at the council meeting in february with the proper paperwork submitted by the deadline attention to details by your grand knight is essential to delegate assignments remember assignment to the grand hotel is always at a premium while there are many hotels rooms on mackinac island the room assignment to the hotels are limited as we have an assorted blocks of rooms as related to each hotel we try to assign as a 1st choice however performance of councils is related to preference of choice we try to make the delegates to the state convention an experience enjoyable while doing the work of the order this is the state convention of the michigan knights of columbus as 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 order when received with legible information such as double signed checks from councils and the memo line stating the status of the check there are always such issues as postal holidays or lack of adequate information as reason for a delay my wife ellie and i thank you for your support and friendship throughout the years as we serve the order in this capacity it has been satisfying to serve you my brother knights and families remember everything is god s will god bless from the state program director david bergeman if you have any questions please contact michael wegener state community director recently i had the pleasure to deliver one hundred coats for the coats for kids project to each of three councils as a prize for winning the first quarter membership horse race the winner of heat 1 was good shepherd council #8669 in montrose the winner of heat 2 was bishop henry e donnelly council #3221 in hudson and the winner of heat 3 was our mother of perpetual help council #6742 in grand blanc members of bishop henry e donnelly council #3221 in hudson gk matthew monahan district deputy christopher pemberton state program director david bergeman diocesan membership director edward nickel and diocesan program director dale schaedig special olympics report the knights of columbus has always had a close relationship with special olympics to further track local councils involvement make sure that your council completes the partnership profile report with special olympics 4584 and submits it to the supreme council office by jan 31 2013 with copies to the state deputy district deputy and the council s files this form is available at www.kofc.org forms members of our mother of perpetual help council #6742 in grand blanc gk dean hayward jr district deputy paul dorland state program director david bergeman diocesan membership director edward nickel and diocesan program director dale schaedig


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michigan columbian janu ar y 201 3 6 k of c ladies corner happy new year ladies the christmas celebrations are a wonderful memory and we look to a successful new year the winter meeting in lansing was a success for holy cross children s services you wonderful ladies collected and donated over 3000 sweatshirts 450 bath baskets and over $7,100.00 in gift cards checks and cash there were also donations of numerous crocheted hats baby blankets sheets for beds and sample sized toiletry items for a women s shelter the young mothers from hccs were showered with gifts for themselves and their children from santa smiles on the children s faces and their mothers made for truly happy hearts there was more love and gratitude than you could imagine one of the young mothers was moved to tears entering the hotel she had never seen such a beautiful place the mothers were overwhelmed by your generosity and very grateful to be at hccs where they are learning to be parents and people bless them for choosing life thank you to all the ladies who worked tirelessly to box the thousands of packages and fill the truck you should be very proud being santa s helpers truly rock the spirit of christmas is alive and well in michigan a program called thank you mother was introduced in lansing and will culminate on may 11 ­ mother s day we have more than 20 ultrasound machines in place or in the works for pregnancy centers throughout the state it is wonderful that the knights are pursuing putting machines in more places but it is very important that we don t forget about the existing centers they still need our help to help the mothers who chose life the plan is to have an annual diaper and formula drive from the councils and parishes in our state these items would be donated to a center in which we have an ultrasound machine or at least a pregnancy center in the area why diapers and formula these are two items that are expensive these things can t and probably shouldn t be bought at the dollar store because of quality we would ask that you step forward to chair your council or parish s thank you mother drive there will be more information coming please do not forget the state chaplain s tribute dinner on february 10 at decarlo s in warren get your tickets early because fr scott s brothers have requested to speak this should be a very entertaining evening for us maybe not so much for fr scott ladies ­ thank you for being the pillar of support for your husband in good times and in bad thank you for serving others for it is in serving others that we serve ourselves love and gratitude maureen sandy ellie sue and beth important youth activity dates · · · george hanna elected supreme warden george hanna senior vice president of fraternal services and past state deputy of the district of columbia state council was elected supreme warden by the board of directors nov 2 2012 a knight for 31 years he is a member of st thomas moore council 11578 and james cardinal hickey prince of the church assembly 2534 in washington d.c hanna served as state deputy from 1993-95 he later served as district master after 25 years of employment with the u.s postal service hanna joined the knights of columbus supreme office staff as first a regional program consultant and in 2006 as vice president of fraternal services he was promoted to senior vice president two years later hanna and his wife yvonne are parents of three children and reside in temple hills maryland effective administration maintaining accurate council records and staying in touch with the entire council membership is vital to maintaining a satisfied base of members if your council offers programs that are of interest to a majority of the membership more members will participate on a regular basis likewise annually evaluate your service programs in terms of council membership interest effectiveness and the need for the project in the community perhaps it s time to implement a new program that has more widespread appeal to existing members as well as prospective knights your council may want to appoint some recent recruits to explore local church and community needs and propose new program ideas to address those needs for a list of suggested service programs that any council can implement refer to the surge with service booklet 962 fraternal survey tells our story of service best councils assemblies and circles must complete the 2012 annual survey of fraternal activity 1728 and submit it to the supreme council office by jan 31 2013 this form can be filed electronically by going to kofc.org/forms or the hard copy from the council reports forms booklet 1436 can be mailed in march 1 2013 state essays and posters due march 10 2013 state free throw march 23 2013 state spelling bee


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7 janu ar y 201 3 michigan columbian take 5 charity program by william j walsh p.s.d michigan state charities director i am pleased to report another successful year for our knights of columbus take 5 charity program while we didn t reach our goal of $100,000 we did collect a respectfully $91,778 we were able to reach this amount with only 76 of the councils participating this means about 100 councils did not report one donation to our take 5 charity program even more disturbing is that 41 of these 100 councils contributed last year but not this year had they contributed in the same amount as last year we would have an additional $8,779 letting us reach our $100,00 goal another concern is that 48 of these 100 councils have not participated in at least the last 2 years why were their members given the opportunity to donate while it s probably unrealistic to expect every member to participate but certainly every council should be included on the enclosed list of councils participating as a state council program financial secretaries must include the information sheet showing our recipients of those funds along with your new year dues billing thus allowing each individual member the opportunity to contribute to this most worthy cause i would be remiss however if i didn t congratulate those councils and dioceses that did an outstanding job in the detroit archdiocese father baumgartner council #5452 collected $5.28 per member closely followed by st fabian council 13362 at $5.05 per member in the grand rapids diocese pewamo council #8071 collected $6.75 per member their were many other councils that collected between $4.00 and $5.00 per member only the gaylord diocese had an increase over last year with a $400 increase so you can see large or small new or old with the proper promotion of the take5 charity program each and every council can be successful finally we certainly don t minimize this total of $91,778 because with it your state council has been able to assist many worthy causes on your behalf on the other hand however they have had to turn down numerous other worthy appeals this amount while sizeable is small compared to our total potential so again our sincere thanks and congratulations to those members and councils who donated this past fraternal year we would ask both members and councils who didn t participate or give to seriously consider doing so to this most worthy charity program during the present fraternal year thus helping all to fulfill the cardinal principle of our order charity listed below is each diocese total collected and the councils that contributed if you made a donation and don t find your council listed below please contact your grand knight and or financial secretary and ask him why not archdiocese of detroit $35,981.74 521-600-856-1266-1802-1774-1987-2251-2569-2632-2660 -2667-2690-2739-2835-2950-3021-3042-3078-3129-31603292-3312-3615-3725-3774-3797-3860-3869-3956-39594064-4188-4401-4513-4556-4764-4872-5436-5452-54605492-5981-6549-6824-6865-7011-7018-7134-7200-72277239-7340-7413-7444-7586-7780-7918-8186-8274-82848441-8500-8659-8695-8697-8698-8710-8902-9346-95269568-10501-10724-11430-11658-11689-11756-1177211811-11957-12102-12121-12403-12408-12479-1280813318-13319-13340-13362-13453-13475-13485-1360013645-13673-13793-13799-13810-13950-13980-1398313992-14213-14883-14728-15204 diocese of gaylord $6,948.50 791-853-923-1213-1224-1705-1982-2022-2709-2781-4235-5083 -6314-6548-6593-6657-6851-7329-7365-7419-7623-7688-80418390-8556-8948-9979-11664-12294-13432-13958-15021-15135 diocese of grand rapids $10,807.00 389-706-1300-1492-2168-2198-2199-2975-3104-31114362-4404-7115-7341-7487-7585-7719-7761-7869-80718117-8291-8425-8564-9909-10992-11581-12258-1266812985-13035-13391-13526-13579-13641-13653-1368513939-14206-14404-14856-14642-15213 diocese of kalamazoo $3,556.50 708-1120-1616-2113-2508-2515-2900-3447-3798-40364055-5255-5999-6980-7796-9962-11114-12998-1325113305-14409 diocese of lansing $22,436.54 587-609-695-788-1139-2659-2890-2959-3027-3092-32303281-4090-4285-4354-6534-6674-6687-6694-6742-72377304-7311-7418-7545-7587-7816-7832-7891-7945-79558113-8169-8391-8489-8605-8669-8858-8989-9182-97119937-10006-10170-10542-10907-10963-11099-1153211694-11761-11875-12044-12295-13360-13418-1345013516-13703-14031 diocese of marquette 3,372.50 646-649-689-1245-1396-1541-1585-2713-2804-2894-2934-3082 -6447-6667-7100-7472-10777-11316-13115-13224-13333 diocese of saginaw 8,675.50 414-1297-1546-2141-2291-2724-2740-2943-2986-30293505-3590-3651-3823-4102-4232-4693-7233-7337-75717582-7591-7717-8042-8043-8554-8808-8892-11432-12423 -12660-12684-14211


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michigan columbian janu ar y 201 3 8 from the state membership director william g leveque sr membership who just can t do as much as they used to these are just two reasons why it is more important than ever to have active recruiting at the council level without growing membership levels at our councils the same members that are already active are asked to do more perhaps more than they can give it is because our programs and our ability to serve god and our church may suffer that we need to continue to grow the order we need to look to young and old alike to increase our ranks and do what god wants us to do across the state of michigan we are having a membership drive on the weekend of january 26-27 with the needs of so many it is a perfect opportunity to participate with your councils on renewing and replenishing our membership if you have not recruited in a while it s easy ask yourself first why did i become a knight then ask yourself why am i still a knight i know for me personally being a knight has made my relationship with god better my prayer-life and family-life are better my catholicity has improved and my love of the church has grown i would like all eligible catholic men to have that same opportunity and i am sure you would too as you can tell from the visual image titled `is this your council or its future if we don t recruit today fewer brother knights will be available to be called upon to provide acts of charity in the future our council programs are at stake the ability to start new programs is at stake our acts of charity are at stake perhaps our councils are at stake we need to grow the order today because it s the right thing to do won t you join me on behalf of my wife cindy and i we would like to wish each and everyone a very merry christmas and a happy and prosperous new year michigan columbian publication schedul copy deadline month march 1st april 2013 june 1st july 2013 september 1st october 2013 december 1st january 2013 please send all copy material to gary m kolbicz 39373 durand drive sterling heights mi 48310 res fax 586-939-3886 e-mail ­ g.kolbicz@mikofc.org people in need your council 2011 is this your council or its future people in need your council 2007 people in need merry christmas happy new year your council 2015


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9 janu ar y 201 3 michigan columbian detroit arch diocesan keep christ in christmas billboard locations poster 1177 1891 1960 3270 3349 1017 1100 1834 1857 3295 location conant minnesota southeast corner e 10 mile dequindre north side of street little mack homeland northwest corner allen south of old superior west side of corner ecorse wayne course northeast corner woodward willis northeast corner e 8 mile eastwood northwest corner e 15 mile kelly southeast corner van dyke south of 29 mile east side of street telegraph north of eaton east side of street city detroit warren roseville taylor romulus detroit warren clinton township washington township dearborn heights knights of columbus supreme council donates $500,000 to hurricane sandy relief with regions of the east coast still reeling from hurricane sandy the knights of columbus announced thursday nov 15 that its donations to the affected area total more than $500,000 the amount includes the nearly $350,000 raised by the knights via online contributions supreme knight carl anderson announced the amount raised and donated to date at the annual meeting of the knights of columbus state leaders being held in dallas texas in addition to more than $450,000 being distributed by the knights of columbus supreme council in new york new jersey and connecticut with the help of local knights in the affected area the organization also sent two truckloads of supplies one to new york and one to new jersey the relief being provided by the supreme council is supplementing the relief work being done by local knights of columbus councils throughout the affected region local councils have engaged in a variety of relief activities including feeding hurricane victims and collecting and distributing needed supplies charity is the first principle of the knights of columbus said supreme knight carl anderson and in a disaster such as this we are grateful to the many people who have made donations in support of our relief efforts and are pleased to be able to directly aid those most in need supreme knight carl anderson and supreme warden george hanna traveled to some of the hardest hit areas of new york on staten island to encourage ­ and assist ­ local knights in their relief efforts they brought with them from new haven a truck loaded with relief supplies and a check for $75,000 to assist the relief efforts of knights in new york on staten island they joined new york state deputy sal restivo and dozens of new york knights in distributing relief supplies at fr john c drumgoole council 5917 and toured the devastation at and in the area surrounding manresa council 2147 visiting new jersey was supreme treasurer logan ludwig who oversaw the distribution of a truckload of supplies with the help of vincent lombardi council 6552 in middletown he also brought a check for $75,000 which will be distributed to those in need by the new jersey state council led by state deputy dan rossi shining armor award vip award star council award


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michigan columbian janu ar y 201 3 10 st louis center update fr enzo addari sdc as we enter this season of advent we await the celebration of the birth of our lord jesus christ and give thanks for the many gifts that we have received in 2012 for our residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities most importantly we thank god for the presence of the michigan knights of columbus and their generosity toward st louis center in chelsea mi on november 3 2012 members of the state council and their wives attended our annual fall dinner auction at chelsea community hospital where state deputy michael malinowski presented us with a check for $20,000 on your behalf while this gesture of support and generosity was tremendously rewarding you should know that every check is equally rewarding and adds to our ability to care for god s special children each council s contribution is unique and important in its own way and we are grateful for each one of you the michigan knights of columbus are an incredible group of catholic men and truly exemplify the first principle of the order charity the fact that you were able to raise $1.24 million statewide during our last fraternal year shows your tremendous commitment toward caring for the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in spite of the current political climate that we live in the servants of charity value the importance of life and provide our residents with a high quality of residential services we believe that these children and adults are special gifts that god gives us to care for that defines our support for the culture of life to continue to provide a high level of services to our residents we began a legacy fundraising campaign two years ago which has allowed us to raise $1.8m from our benefactors to upgrade update and uplift our facilities so far the new family welcome and orientation center was built in 2011 and this year we have constructed a new barrier free playground for our residents in 2013 we hope to remodel fr guanella hall and in 2014 knights of columbus hall should follow this restructuring of our facilities and programs will make us well positioned to serve our next generation of residents we are not finished by any means and could use the help of all of you as we attempt to raise another $8m to complete the rehabilitation of our entire complex your support and prayers will always be needed and we welcome any council or family in michigan that would like to get more involved in this way we will all continue to witness the mystery that we celebrate during this season of christmas honoring the birth of jesus as god sent us his only begotten son to live and die for the sins of the world and to lead everyone to his glory we will continue to live our mission in support of life in the midst of so many challenges please visit us at www.stlouiscenter.org may god bless all of you and your families in 2013 state deputy michael malinowski presents a check to fr enzo addari sdc displaying a nativity scene displaying a nativity scene in your home is a loved christmas tradition for many christian families there are many varieties of nativities from nativity scene sets with movable figures to single-piece nativities no matter what style you choose nativity scene sets often become treasured family keepsakes that are used every christmas season the nativity scene tradition originated with st francis of assisi in the year 1223 on christmas eve a nativity scene also called a crib crèche or manger scene refers to any depiction of the birthplace of jesus there are a variety of nativity manger scenes to choose from to celebrate this popular christian devotion smaller sets have only a stable with mary joseph the baby jesus and various farm animals larger sets include shepherd boys lambs and the three wise men traditionally the figures in the nativity set are added gradually to recount the historical christmas story on december 24th the baby jesus is placed in the manger and the following days the shepherds are added on january 6th three kings day the magi are also added near the manger scene it is customary to keep the nativity set on display until february 2nd which is the end of the epiphany next copy deadline march 1 2013


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michigan columbian janu ar y 201 3 11 celebration of new year in the fairly long history of humanity the celebration of new year is found to have a pre-historic root since the era of the most ancient civilization a number of dates have been marked as the beginning of a new year by different people from different parts of the world the diversity is due to the difference in their ethnic and cultural background today the new year is celebrated all over the world on january 1 but this was not the case a few hundred years back the wide spread acceptance of january 1 as the new year is confined only within the past four hundred years the changeover it was the romans who first used january 1 as the beginning of the year in 153 b.c prior to that march 25 the date of the vernal equinox was celebrated as their new year s day and this was considered to be the beginning of new year by most christian european countries during the early medieval era the delayed acceptance of the changed date might be due to some of its inherent difficulties the date was unusual for unlike the customs prevalent till then no agricultural or seasonal significance was attached to it instead it was just a civil date the day after the elections when the consuls would assume their new positions in the roman empire but the bigger problem the changed date posed was difficulties in the calculation of the year as the romans moved their new year s day backward almost three months to january 1 we have irregularities in our calendar the months of september october november and december originally mean the seventh eighth ninth and tenth month respectively later many of the roman emperors had given new names to these months september received names as germanucus antonius and tacitus under each of these emperors regime thus november also earned the varying names of domitianus faustinus and romanus the inconveniences led julius caesar to institute a new calendar it was devised by the greek astronomer sosigenes of alexandria from the unrivaled egyptian solar calendar caesar wanted to change the date of the new year from january 1 to a more logical date to one of the solstices or equinoxes however it happened that january 1 of 45 b.c was the date of a new moon it would have been bad luck or so regarded by the population to change it for his calendar reform the senate rewarded him by having the month of his birth quintilis renamed july in his honor caesar s grandnephew the emperor augustus had a similar honor bestowed on him when he corrected a mistake which had crept into the calculation of the leap year till then it had been observed every three years instead of every four he abolished all leap years between 8 b.c and a.d 8 thus he set the calendar straight and earned for himself the renaming of sextilis as august this calendar did not witness significant reforms till 1582 when pope gregory xii incorporated our present method of calculation and dividing the year it was the pope who reinstituted the practice of observing new year s day on january 1 regardless of the pre -christian associations with that date the gregorian reforms also canceled ten days from october thursday october 4 1582 was followed by friday october 15 1582 the old discrepancy was provided for by making only those century dates leap years that were that were divisible by 400 thus although the years 1700 1800 and 1900 were not leap years the 2000 is the global adoption catholic countries adopted it soon yet it took some time for the protestants to follow suit finally germany did adopt it in 1700 great britain in 1752 and sweden in 1753 it was then necessary to drop 11 days from the calendar because 1700 had been a leap year the oriental countries through the influence of religious groups such as the hindus taoists buddhists and moslems considered the new calendar as the christian calendar but also adopted it as their official one japan welcomed it in 1873 and china in 1912 the eastern orthodox adopted it even later in 19924 and 1927 russia took it twice first in 1918 and after trying out its own calendars again 1n 1924 prospects to members may they rest in peace flint council 695 richard bowles,jr thomas kaza detroit council 2739 chester solak caro council 3224 rich dievendorf mt plesant council 3651 francis marzolf gerald faber taylor council 4872 bill kozar gladwin council 5280 james sprinkle algonac council 7227 peter drumm prudenville council 6548 ervin peplinski


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12 janu ar y 201 3 michigan columbian special olympics region map celebrate all of the christmas season don t stop on december 25 as the secular season fizzles out plan some of your christmas-season socializing with family and friends after christmas day more important find appropriate celebrations for the liturgical feasts of the season for example get all of the immediate family together for dinner on the feast of the holy family in many families this will turn the day into a major event especially if there are teenagers and young adults on new year s day when we celebrate the solemnity of mary and world day of peace reflect on mary s role in the incarnation as you pray the joyful mysteries of the rosary for peace take time on the feast of the epiphany a gift-giving day in many catholic cultures to go through your wardrobes and toy chests and decide what you can now give away after all the new things you received at christmas you can also use the epiphany to make decisions about how to donate your time and money in the new year the feast of the baptism of the lord reminds us of our own baptism take this day to reflect on how you have lived out your baptismal promises coats for vets help a homeless vet there are over 18,000 homeless military veterans who will be on the streets this winter in southeast michigan these are men and women who have given a part of their lives in the service of our country in service to us now is an opportunity to give them something back these veterans are in dire need of winter coats please donate your no-longer wanted gently used adult-sized winter coats your generosity will be appreciated ron koscierzynski gk st kieran k of c council 13983 c/o st kieran church 53600 mound rd shelby twp mi 48316 kind hearts are the gardens kind thoughts are the roots kind words are the flowers kind deeds are the fruits take care of your garden and keep out the weeds fill it with sunshine kind words and kind deeds henry wadsworth longfellow raffle items needed please donate to the 2013 raffle to benefit holy cross children s services volunteers will be needed to help with tickets setup and pack up please contact the state advocate s wife by phone or email sue vittorini 46763 poma court macomb mi 48044 cell phone 586-718-1532 home phone 586-247-9174 fax 586-566-4665 email s.vittorini@mikofc.org snining armor award


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michigan columbian janu ar y 201 3 13 40 anniversary roe v wade decision michigan knights attending th 39 annual march on washington departs council 788 in lansing 5:00 p.m january 24 2013 departs st mary church in chelsea 6:30 p.m january 24 2013 arrive basilica washington d.c 7:00 a.m mass jan 25 13 meet march staging area 11:30 a.m jan 25 2013 after march depart for hampton inn old towne alexandria va cost for hampton inn $99 per room plus tax for up to 4 people reservations call hampton inn directly at 1-703-3291400 place on your credit card rooms under michigan knights of columbus cost of bus $100.00 per person make check for bus payable to michigan state knights of columbus mail to paul and sue thorn 768 lockmoore ct rochester hills mi 48307 phone inquiries 248-852-1758 there is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something henry ford th state right to life dinner the annual state right to life dinner will be held on thursday april 11 2013 at the burton manor in livonia a short bio on the keynote speaker is below more information will be available shortly david bereit pro-life speaker and national director of 40 days for life david became an outspoken pro-life advocate after planned parenthood announced plans to build an abortion clinic in his texas town in 1998 he helped to start and build a local grassroots coalition that rallied 60 churches and thousands of people together and dramatically reduced abortions in the region planned parenthood recognized the effectiveness of david s efforts when it labeled his town the most anti-choice place in the nation david led the first-ever 40 days for life campaign in college station texas david moved to the washington d.c area in 2005 where he served as executive director of american life league and national director of stop planned parenthood until being asked to lead the national 40 days for life campaign his pro-life work has been featured in the media hundreds of times including coverage on fox news hbo abc nbc and cbs television stations numerous radio programs and in over 100 newspapers across the country including usa today the washington post and the los angeles times david and his wife margaret have two children claire and patrick paul sue thorn state pro life chair couple p.thorn@mikofc.org the mackinac island raffle the raffle was started in 1998 by state deputy martin poleni s wife diane as a live auction with all proceeds going to holy cross children s services in 2000 state deputy kenneth grembowski s wife carol ann changed the auction to the raffle we have today the subsequent state deputies wives have worked hard to help the raffle continue to grow donations can be made by a person or several people by a business or organization council or several councils an assembly lota ladies auxiliary or a district they can have a theme or can be a single item donation forms must be filled out for every donation and can be found on the knights of columbus web site www.mikofc.org ladies corner the forms are necessary to make sure the item is listed correctly and we know who to thank for the next two years the raffle will be run by sue vittorini the wife of the state advocate she can be reached at s.vittorini@mikofc.org according to the raffle license donations must be assigned a value please assign an amount to your gift donations must be brought to the grand hotel s art gallery for the 2013 convention if you have your raffle item ready by november 30 please bring it to the winter meeting and the state officers will see to it that it is hand-delivered to the convention you can give the gift to any state officer before april 1st and they will deliver it for you you will be seeing sign-up sheets at different knights functions that you attend these sign-up sheets include helping with the raffle by setting up the gifts selling tickets and packing up the gifts while at the convention it takes many people to make the raffle a success please sign up you will meet new friends and enjoy being a part of this very worthwhile effort in the past we have had a business volunteer who has matched the funds that were raised first the detroit free press and for the last two years the funds were matched by weingartz lawn to snow all contributions are welcome.


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14 janu ar y 201 3 michigan columbian bringing hope to children families for 65 years show your support leave a legacy ten members of the msgr esper council in fowler has raised $20,000 by selling over 800 calendars over the past two 2 year period the msgr esper council has been helping to sell holy cross children s services calendars since 1987 and has been the #1 seller since 1995 with a grand total of 5935 calendars the team was originally started by henry theis over the years alphonse thelen has been leading the team in sales in 2011 and 2012 he sold a total over 237 a member of the knights of columbus for 65 years alphonse secret is to show passion keep your repeat customers happy and always search for new customers the team of jerry arens jim braman francis ron alick feldpausch leroy george clare pung ray rowell and alan thelen go door to door selling the calendars-times requires multiple visits to a house to catch them when they are home selling the calendars and raising money is near and dear to their hearts which it shows in their results thank you for your dedication to help the children in our care at holy cross children s services to read more wonderful stories see pictures visit www.hccsnet.org if you are like many people you began this year with a number of resolutions and like the rest of us you found some of these resolutions difficult to keep why not consider a gift to holy cross children s services this year the good news is you still have time to make a charitable gift that will lower your taxable income preserving more cash for you and your family to learn more about fulfilling your year-end goals through charitable giving please call if you would like to leave a legacy gift to holy cross children s services ·call br francis at 517.423.7556 or frank doria at 517.423.7553 ·or call your supreme council insurance agent 65th year 1948-2013 visit www.hccsnet.org for information holy cross children s services was founded in 1948 and provides support for youth in the michigan juvenile justice system youth that have been abused and neglected as well as those in foster care last year hccs served over 2,000 youth from 80 of the 83 counties in michigan.


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michigan columbian janu ar y 201 3 15 october 28th appreciation event at the samaritan center success over 182 people attended the mass and brunch special thanks to state deputy michael malinowski the state council officers and the color corp for their participation and support in making this event a success was a board members benjamin l anderson auday arabo peter bertsch william p bolton geraldine carroll robert w fox br chester freel csc michael j malinowski daniel malone rodney mersino tim patton robert j pliska gregory richmond albert schaller andrew shmina salvatore b simone j.gerard teagan debbie van elslander raymond j weingartz still time to get your 2013 holy cross children services raffle calendars september john barbara manchell ronald rau tami rademacher ted brummel charles adams joanne hughes esther nowak joseph pavlou jean thelen doug donna brya harry crile pamela harris ronald ratkos st joseph the provider council #13942 fr thomas cusick frederick heiler bob chojnowski john casey david currie patricia podgorski jennifer weber margaret flannery thomas petruzzello larry rychlick tony schaub natalino difalco gregory hunt kathleen gabe richard herman andrew sharon spilkin $500 winner thomas busch october jeffrey stevenson brad rhynard heather nutkins don barb gehlmann joseph panozzo ernest kathleen young charles johnna birbeck steve weber lori mattingly timothy steffes w randolph frykberg robert burcar dorothy martus joan winneroski william alwin sharon godfrey bay council #15135 clifford mccollum george connie dann paul dorland ed umin marie filipski david huhn terry bersano alicia thomas j michael lenninger sandra brandemihl kathy wittman william juodawlkis dennis jenean kleinedler jacob ferguson $500 winner gregory degraff michele mullens november david schmitt daniel vogel christopher hannan jane mount joel weiher joseph felicia jaskowski phillip hover roy feldpausch michael kreis dill hayes sharon innes michael way diane gerlach reverend ronald milligan michael o keefe randy kehl florence stasiak michael schafer james zimmer alvin losinski jim hanes erin birkam margaret andres david hopcroft james cronk council #8041 matthew vannoorloos bart charlene zeluff raymond cobb joseph roznowski leroy goerge 500 winner eugene kaczmar foundation board martin corcoran beverly devriendt br joseph fox csc michael leoni daniel musser iii thomas g o hare tim patton richard rassel ronald wiegand james l wolohan your gift to holy cross children s services this year will be quadrupled recently we were presented with a unique $1 million grant opportunity this challenge grant is a 1:4 matching grant our investment of $200,000 private dollars would enable us to receive $800,000 these monies will be used to purchase new fuel efficient vehicles to safely transport our youth each year holy cross children s services co-workers provide care to over 2,000 youth and families from 80 of the 83 counties in michigan requiring hccs staff members to drive hundreds of miles each day to ensure treatment is given to the children and families in our care make your donation today online at www.hccsnet.org or give us a call 517.423.7556 offices in clinton headquarter alpena detroit kalamazoo grand rapids mt clemens mt morris redford saginaw traverse city next copy deadline december 1 2012 visit www.hccsnet.org like us on facebook follow us on twitter:bro_francis



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