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OFFICAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS OLUMBIAN IwHetterNiCe Me C sl IGA T tl N Volume 65 No3 January 2014 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. Scott A. Thibodeau State Deputy Michael & Maureen Malinowski State Secretary Robert & Sandra Fox State Treasurer Kenneth & Ellie Unterbrink State Advocate Antonio & Sue Vittorini State Warden William & Marybeth Chasse Immediate Past State Deputy Thomas & Arlene Marcetti, Sr. Supreme Director Thomas & Joyce Wegener, PSD Detroit Archdiocesan Chaplain Rev. John Mech Gaylord Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Donald Geyman Grand Rapids Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson Kalamazoo Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Robert F. Creagan Lansing Diocesan Chaplain Rev. William J. Turner, PHD, KCHS Marquette Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Benedetto J.J. Paris Saginaw Diocesan Chaplain Rev. James WM. Bessert

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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 65 No3 January 2014 From The State Deputy Michael J. Malinowski HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Yes it is a New Year, a time for some people to wipe the slate clean, to forget what happened last year and start over in the New Year. It is a time when people make changes to their lives. A while back someone asked me what are the Knights of Columbus? I thought a minute for the correct answer and then said “the Knights of Columbus is a group of Catholic men and their families that live the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism in their everyday lives”. We have all heard it all starts with ONE. This year, the New Year I am asking all my Brother Knights and their families for One. If you are not active in your council, try and help on ONE activity that your councils participates in. If you are active in your council try and do ONE extra thing. The Knights have so many activities to choose from this should not be a hard thing to do. Every month I receive council newsletters, and there always seems to be an article in there asking for volunteers. If you want to help just call __________ you can fill in the blank. I try and tell the people at the council that they are the ones who have to make the call. It seems people do not volunteer any more unless they are personally asked to do so. So this New Year you make the change and call someone at the council and volunteer to help on ONE project. Surprise them and you call them. I know they could use the help. In this edition of the MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN we have enclosed our annual State Raffle Tickets. This New Year I am asking all my Brother Knights to consider purchasing some or all of these tickets. All of the proceeds from this raffle go to the charities we support in Michigan. If you don’t win consider it a donation to those many charities. In closing I am asking for ONE last thing. Please in your daily prayers remember all of our Brother Knights, so that God will give us the strength to continue to do the good works of Our Order as Father Michael J. McGivney wanted when he first started our Order in 1882. Please know that I pray each and every day for my Brother Knights and their Families. HAPPY NEW YEAR! State Membership Article William LeVeque My Brother Knights: My Wife Cindy and I would like to wish you a very Blessed and Merry Christmas! (As the saying goes: Jesus is the reason for the season.) I would like to speak to you about two words that mean a lot to me. As Christians I hope that they also mean a lot to you. The first word is perseverance. (Determined continuation with something: steady and continued action or belief, usually over a long period and especially despite difficulties or setbacks.) Dictionary definition. As Catholics today we need to continue with our traditions and beliefs despite difficulties and setbacks. We are at times being persecuted for our faith and for our practices. Our beliefs are being tested all the time and it is only right that we surround ourselves with people of similar beliefs. That way we receive support from people that we trust. The Knights of Columbus are such people. Even the Pope has his words taken out of context by people who want to advance their own agenda. Some people are against our faith and teachings, so we as a group need to make sure the true doctrine is carried to all who will listen. Our Order must grow so we can continue those actions and beliefs, through our programs, our charities and our support of the clergy. The second word is evangelization. “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Mt 28: 19-20. We, as Knights, have an important role in our Church today. We are a visible example of what it means to be Catholic men. We need to share that example with our brother Knights who may have not been practicing their faith recently. Invite them to help with an activity, have them come to Mass and take them out to breakfast after Mass. Share the word of God with them. Show them that we can be strong men and still be men who believe in our Church and our God. If all the Brother Knights in our Councils would attend Mass and participate in the sacraments regularly we would be a magnet for other men who would want to be part of our Order. Our council membership is an excellent source for us to evangelize. continued on page 8

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3 J A N U AR Y 201 4 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN From The State Chaplain Rev. Scott A. Thibodeau My Dear Brother Knights and Ladies: Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus Publisher State Officers Michael J. Malinowski Vivat Jesus! The Advent season is upon us and we need to take State Deputy time to listen and prepare. We have just concluded The Year of Rev. Scott A. Thibodeau Faith and now our thoughts are being directed toward The New State Chaplain Evangelization. How is it that we can assist our Bishops and Priests in bringing about a renewed life and vitality in the Robert W. Fox State Secretary Church? All of us can take an active role and I would suggest we begin in our own councils. I challenge all members to invite one Kenneth B. Unterbrink new man to join our order in the next three months. Once you State Treasurer bring this man into our order, I encourage you both to become Antonio G. Vittorini very active in assisting the Church by doing charitable works State Advocate through your council. This will spark a renewed spirit of hope in you personally and your council. By dedicating this work to JeState Warden sus Christ and telling others about your relationship with Him in Thomas A. Marcetti, Sr. the Church you will be participating in the work of evangelization. It is a very easy way to grow Immediate Past State Deputy in faith while leading others to do the same. Only you can decide to get involved and thus respond generously to the Lord Jesus. Certainly our chaplains are ready and willing to help you Thomas M. Wegener, PSD grow in faith and will welcome any assistance you choose to offer. Supreme Director Obviously, the Advent season is a time of preparation. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Michigan State Council Office Our Lord in time we should also be preparing to meet Him with joy when our earthly lives are 2184 Beech Daly done. This preparation can be daunting especially if we are the type of people who let others do Dearborn Hgts., MI 48127 the work of God in the world. All of us need to get involved in our councils so as to impact Office Phone 313-274-3223 others positively for the Lord. So ask yourself, what can I do to assist in the salvation of souls Fax 313-274-0704 through the Knights of Columbus? I am certain your answer will be to get involved, proclaim Email: mikofc@sbcglobal.net the name of Jesus and help another to grow closer to Christ. This is our Advent and lifelong Lawrence T. Grabowski mission by virtue of our Baptism. Executive Secretary Christmas will come soon enough and I pray we all have a blessed celebration. Christmas is a time to recognize that our Savior took our nature so as to redeem us. He desires to be active in Editorial our lives and calls us to be joyful servants of His mission. This recognition should motivate us Gary M. Kolbicz, Editor to serve and evangelize. By acting on our call to service we do the most good for Jesus Christ. g.kolbicz@mikofc.org We also heed the call of the Venerable Michael J. McGivney to assist our brothers and sisters in need and grow the body of Christ in the world. My Christmas wish is that all of us will find a Michigan Columbian renewed hope to be active Knights of Columbus working for and spreading the Most Holy Publication Schedule Name of Jesus Christ! Copy Deadline Month Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and New Year. March 1st……………April 2013 June 1st………………July 2013 September 1st……….October 2013 A Timely Contribution to the New Evangelization December 1st………..January 2013 11/26/2013 Statement of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson: Having attended as an auditor the 2012 Synod on the New Evangelization, whose work touched on many of the themes raised in this Apostolic Exhortation, I wholeheartedly welcome our Holy Father's Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium as an important and timely contribution to the cause of the New Evangelization. Specifically, this exhortation shows us Pope Francis' missionary spirit. It highlights his belief that the Gospel message and loving outreach of the Church are for everyone, that the Church must go outside itself and welcome those on the margins with love and healing in the spirit of Christ himself. Finally, it shows clearly the importance of the Marian dimension to the New Evangelization - calling her, again, the “Star of the New Evangelization.” If this document is embraced by the Church throughout the world, it could mark a key moment for a reinvigorated New Evangelization of our culture, which too often has forgotten the Good News of the Gospel, which is central to our faith. 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 J A N U AR Y 201 4 4 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! Each New Year we reflect on where we started the year, where we are, and what we want to accomplish during the upcoming year. The Michigan Knights of Columbus is looking at its membership growth and wondering where all the recruiters are? Where are all the proposers of Catholic Gentlemen to the Knights of Columbus to enrich their councils? Our Local Councils are struggling to replenish their ranks with new members who enrich them with new life and new ideas. To all members: We need you to be the recruiter, the proposer; the Knight who remembers that someone proposed them to the Order and now we need you to give the gift of membership to another Catholic Gentleman. The Order itself will start the New Year continuing to fight for Religious Freedom, the 41st Anniversary of Roe v Wade will be observed, and the assault of pornography and the decline of civility continue in our media and airwaves. These and more await us as concerned Christian Catholics and Knights of Columbus. Of course it is not all doom and gloom. The end of the Year of Faith has transformed many by reinvigorating the faith within them and by participating in the New Evangelization. The Supreme Court has decided to take up two cases with direct effect on the HHS mandate, which may have an impact on the Order. Abortion providers are closing up as states continue to insist that they conform to health care standards. Pope Francis has issued an Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which the Supreme Knight has stated is ‘an important and timely contribution to the cause of the New Evangelization.’ There’s more: The Order’s membership is on the rise with very strong new member additions during the first half of the fraternal year, volunteer hours and charity dollars contributed are expected to pass last year’s record numbers. Our Insurance continues to add policies to protect brother Knights and their families. The practice of Charity continues with Food for Families, Coats for Kids, Habitat for Humanity, Prosthetics for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing by offering funding which will help amputees acquire prosthetic care not covered by insurance, and the Order donated $100,000 to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish in Newtown, Conn., to support ongoing parish programs related to last December’s elementary school shooting. And too numerous to mention are the local and state council charitable activities. A wonderful event for the Church and an important event for the Order will occur on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014. Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II, both having widespread reputations for holiness and that years of studying their lives and actions have proven their exceptional virtue, Pope Francis will canonize these two as new saints on that date who are influential in the life of the Church and the Order.The Order offered resolutions to both Popes at the 131st Annual Convention in San Antonio and there are excerpts of those resolutions below. However, this extraordinary event is one that our councils should celebrate. Both Popes recognized the lay faithful as contributors to the evangelization of the faith through works of charity and Christian lives. The acceptance of the laity in the works of the Church has grown tremendously since Vatican II. As the largest Catholic lay organization the Knights of Columbus has an historic legacy of lay leadership which has been enhanced by the openness of the two popes. This translates into our acceptance of lay leadership in our parishes and their missions and ministries. So how do we celebrate this wondrous event? I suggest that we commemorate this openness to the lay faithful by giving thanks during a special Mass or celebration at our parishes emphasizing the Order’s lay leadership, charitable works, and fraternal benefits, all as central beliefs which enhance our Catholicity and fraternal bonds. Other celebrations in honor of these two saintly men are appropriate. Certainly invitations to join the largest Catholic lay organization are fitting by highlighting the inherent connection between the popes who embraced the laity and our Order. The date is set, the honorees have been named, what’s left to do is for us to give thanks for these new saints and to tell our connection to these two papacies. The Order recognized the important contributions by Blessed Pope John XXIII with the following excerpts from the resolution: WHEREAS, on October 11, 1962, Blessed John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council to bring about a renewal in the Church and enter into a conversation on the questions and challenges that face it in the modern world; and WHEREAS, in 1963, he issued the groundbreaking encyclical Pacem in Terris in which he reminded the faithful that social order is based on the principle of human dignity and that true peace must be founded on truth, built up on justice, nurtured and animated by charity, and brought into effect under the auspices of freedom; …FURTHER RESOLVED, that as Knights of Columbus we recommit ourselves to live out the call of Pacem in Terris by continuing to serve the poor and the disabled among us and to stand up for life from natural conception to natural death; and FURTHER RESOLVED, that we will continue to serve the Church in the tradition of the Second Vatican Council as lay leaders who serve as the leaven of the Church’s message in the world. The Order’s resolution for Blessed Pope John Paul II reads in part: WHEREAS, Blessed John Paul II’s message of human dignity and human rights set in motion a series of events that changed the course of history, ultimately contributing to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and the end of the Cold War; and WHEREAS, through his pastoral continued on page 8

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5 J A N U AR Y 201 4 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN From The State Treasurer Kenneth B. Underbrink My Brother Knights and families, with the Christmas season upon us, my wife Ellie and I extend our greeting and best wishes to all. Thanks to our official family for their timeliness in submitting rooming forms for the state convention, along with the summer and winter leadership meeting. Your timeliness has helped with the rooming at the state convention, Boyne Highland Resort and the Grand Plaza Lansing West 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 hotel rooms on Mackinac Island, the room assignments to the Hotels are limited as we have an assorted block of rooms as related to each hotel. Council performance is the dominating factor in assigning rooms. We try to make the delegates to the state convention an enjoyable experience, while doing the work of the order. Remember this is the state convention we are doing the work of the Order for the Michigan State Council 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 issues such as a lack of adequate information and assorted postal issues that create a delay. My wife Ellie and I thank you for your support and friendship throughout the years as we serve the Order and our KofC family. 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 Part of the focus this second half of the fraternal year is accountability; Webster defines accountability as the “obligation or willingness to accept responsibility”. We all have an obligation and, to our faith, our families, our community, and to the order. 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. For those of us in leadership in local councils, districts, diocese, regions, and state level in the Michigan Knights of Columbus, we need to be accountable for accepting our position and to do the best of our ability. We made a commitment to serve and to further the good works of the order. I am often asked why do I have to do all these reports? We need the reports so that those of us in state leadership can have a clear understanding where our assistance can be best provided and how well a council is doing in their church and community. Maybe you do not need the accolades of winning awards but there may be some in the council that are, including our families. Awards also serve to promote the order within the church and community by displaying the awards and letting others know what the council is doing outside of the council chambers. "Accountability doesn't mean cutting all the other interested parties out of the process." — Patrick Callan. One of my goals this year is for every council to qualify in the non-quota requirements of obtaining Supreme Star Council. The first of these is the submission of the council form #365 Service Program Personal Report, all but 30 councils have submitted their form to Supreme, That is about 91% of the councils eligible for Star Council. The second is the form #1728 Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity due by January 31. The third is the form SP-7 Columbian Award application; this is the easiest award to win from Supreme. It requires four activities in each of the six service areas. Completion of the form wins the council a nice plaque for display. There is really no reason that every active council cannot win the Columbian Award. My second goal is for every council to earn the Michigan Achievement Award. Looking back to last years reporting and discussions with many Grand Knights and District Deputies we noted that most councils are doing most of the activities but either choose to not submit the report or forget to include the activity on their report. Looking over the MI-1’s for the first quarter, 72% of the councils have submitted their reports, that also a lot of active councils not submitting a report. Also 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. Remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season; let us all keep Christ in Christmas. Happy New Year to All!

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN J A N U AR Y 201 4 6 K of C LADIES “CORNER” A Very Happy New Year 2014! Hi Ladies – Happily I write this letter as an Instant Grandma. Our oldest son, Matthew married his beautiful Karina and she has gifted us with three beautiful grandchildren! Michael and I are now very proud grandparents. What a joy grandchildren are; we only heard but never knew how wonderful! In this New Year, we are definitely grateful for all of your faithful service to the Knights, HCCS and to your charities. Pope Francis has energized the Catholic Church with his words and actions. You, your families and your husband have been faithfully serving for years! Thank you. Hug your family members as you thank them. The forgotten children and families of HCCS are very grateful to you and yours. Over 400 new beautiful sweatshirts were collected at the 2013 Winter Meeting in Lansing. 150 bath baskets given out at the Summer Meeting multiplied into 350, like the loaves and fishes. Knitted and crocheted mittens, scarves and hats were collected and given to the chilled hands, necks and heads. Lap robes warmed the legs of forgotten seniors at the Samaritan assisted living center. The collected sample sized toiletries were delivered to the delighted ladies and the children at the Women’s shelter. Donated gift cards were gifted to Brother Francis for distribution. The Crown Plaza Hotel in Lansing is always amazed at the generosity of the Knight s and their families. I believe the world would be amazed at the generosity of you if only the reports would be written and submitted. Please urge your husbands and councils to report all their wonderful charitable giving that goes on in this great state. Now is the time to begin planning for the ‘Thank You Mom” drive in May. Since the Knights have done such a great job in raising funds for Ultrasound Machines throughout the state, the ladies donated diapers and wipes to the centers to support the mothers who chose life for their babies. We would like to continue this project. Please ask your friends, council, and parish to donate diapers and wipes. Collect and donate the product to your neighborhood Pregnancy Center. The Ladies of the Board salute you! With Love and Gratitude, Maureen, Sandy, Ellie, Sue, Mary Beth and Arlene MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN PUBLICATION SCHEDULE COPY DEADLINE MONTH MARCH 1st…………………………… APRIL 2014 JUNE 1st…………………………. ……. JULY 2014 SEPTEMBER 1st…………………...OCTOBER 2014 DECEMBER 1st…………………… JANUARY 2014 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 Score a Touchdown by Earning Star Council Status! Score a Touchdown by Earning Star Council Status! And that’s the end of the second quarter, with the score … If you’re a football fan, you will be hearing that quite a bit over the next several months. The second quarter of our fraternal year is done, so make sure your council is on the way to a touchdown by earning the Star Council Award. ♦ Council recruitment and programming goals are set. ♦ Recruiters are committed to a minimum of one new member per month. ♦ Agents are being worked with to promote Knights of Columbus Insurance ♦ Service programs are planned and ready to go, and potential members have been invited to help out. ♦ Forms are filed when needed. Don't wait until the last quarter, meet your goals early and ensure your success. Make your drive now to earn the Star Council Award for this Fraternal Year! Supreme Knight Addresses Mexican Bishops Conference Supreme Knight Carl Anderson addressed the Mexican Bishops Conference in Mexico City on Thursday, Nov. 14. He spoke to the bishops of the history the Knights of Columbus in Mexico, the Order's plans to further develop in Mexico in solidarity with the bishops, and importance of the new evangelization being pioneered through solidarity between the Churches in America, inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe, star of the New Evangelization, and now being highlighted in a particular way by Pope Francis - who hails from this continent. Citing Blessed John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation, Ecclesia in America, the Supreme Knight spoke of the need for solidarity within the American hemisphere, particularly between Mexico and the United States. VIP AWARD STAR COUNCIL AWARD One Member per Council per Month 0ne Star Council per District One New Council per Diocese, per Jurisdiction, per Year One First Degree per Council (or per District), per Month SHINING ARMOR AWARD

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN J A N U AR Y 201 4 7 Sunday, February 23, 2014 Decarlo’s Banquet & Convention Center 6015 East 10 Mile Road Warren, Michigan 48091 Mass: Social Hour: Dinner: Donation: 4:00 p.m. (At DeCarlo’s Banquet & Convention Center Starts after the completion of Mass Dinner and Program to follow $25.00 per person Reservations are available through the Michigan State Council Office on a first come, first served basis. A check or money order must accompany all reservation requests. Make all checks payable to the Michigan State Council, in the memo line write Tribute Dinner Tickets. Checks are to be mailed to : Michigan State Council Office 2184 N. Beech Daly Rd. Dearborn heights, MI 48127 Tables for ten (10) may be reserved by individual Councils, Assemblies or groups. No Tickets will be sold at the door. ADMITTANCE BY RESERVATION ONLY March 5, 2014 April 20, 2014

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8 J A N U AR Y 201 4 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN State Membership Article William LeVeque Dates to remember: ♦ Remember to check your Success Planner for upcoming membership and program opportunities. ♦ Blitz Weekend February 8 – 9 ♦ Start Planning Now ♦ First Degree within 2 weeks of Blitz ♦ Church Drive – Order Wide March 15 – 16 ♦ First Degree order wide March 24 – 30 A New Year Message Thomas M. Wegener, PSD Supreme Director visits, witness, and teaching, Blessed John Paul II urged us to respect the inestimable value of human life from conception to natural death, first using the expression the “Culture of Life” at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993; and WHEREAS, Blessed John Paul II was known as the “Pope for the Youth”, drawing millions of young people from around the world to a genuine encounter with the Church and with Jesus Christ at 19 World Youth Days, including international celebrations in Denver in 1993, Manila in 1995 and Toronto in 2002; and WHEREAS, Blessed John Paul II continually supported the special vocation of the laity, urging the lay faithful to see their daily activities as an occasion to join themselves to God, fulfill his will, and serve others; and WHEREAS, Blessed John Paul II championed marriage and family life as a gift from God and one of the most precious of human values, by continually reminding us that the future of humanity passes by way of the family, and initiating the World Meeting of Families in 1994; and WHEREAS, from the beginning to the end of his pontificate, Blessed John Paul II called upon the Church to take up and respond with loving generosity to the fundamental task of the New Evangelization; FURTHER RESOLVED, that we commit ourselves to ask for Blessed John Paul II’s intercession, praying with him for the Church as well as for the good of our society and for the family; and FURTHER RESOLVED, that we honor the memory of Blessed John Paul II by affirming our dedication to the call in Ecclesia in America for the lay faithful in our hemisphere to take up the New Evangelization through “serious and wellorganized efforts to evangelize our culture”; and FURTHER RESOLVED, that we, as Knights of Columbus, continue to commit ourselves to sustaining the work and mission of the Blessed John Paul II Shrine as a place of prayer and pilgrimage dedicated to this great saint who bore courageous witness to the love of God and the dignity of the human person… Schedule a Fraternal Benefits Night Today For many years, one of the requirements for a council to win the Founders’ Award was the conducting of an “Insurance Night” during the fraternal year. Some time ago, that requirement for the award was dropped in an effort to streamline the steps to becoming an award winning council. Just because it’s no longer an award requirement doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. In fact, an “Insurance Night” should be a part of each council’s program. The council’s field agent or general agent can assist your council by holding a “Fraternal Benefits Night” for members and their families. Make sure invitations are sent well in advance to all members and that is promoted in the parish bulletin and council newsletter, via email, on the council’s webpage and in other ways. The agent will do most of the work for the evening and help the council arrange for additional speakers, such as a tax expert, lawyer, funeral home director or college admissions official. The evening should include the speaking agenda, door prizes and refreshments. In addition to information about Knights of Columbus products, the agent will touch upon the fraternal benefits available to members and their families, including our scholarships and fellowships, member/spouse fraternal benefit, orphan benefit, family fraternal benefit, widow benefits and any local/ state programs. For materials to use during the event, the council’s agent can order a “Fraternal Benefits Night” Kit from the Supply Department. The members who attend gain valuable information about Knights of Columbus insurance, annuities and long-term care insurance. The agents gain valuable exposure to the members. And the council may gain those all-important insurance members necessary for obtaining Star Council. For additional information on how your council can promote Knights of Columbus insurance, visit the “Recruitment Strategies/Action Steps” page at kofc.org/recruit. Prayer for Vocations Heavenly Father, call many holy young people to consecrated lifefor the sake of your kingdom. Call an abundance of virtuous men to serve in ordained ministry, as laborers for your harvest. Call numerous others to faithful, chaste and fruitful love in the sacraments of marriage, as signs and witnesses of Christ’s love for his Church. Through baptism you have called your children, in whatever state of life, to love and serve you. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and grant us each the grace to follow you in perfect obedience and charity. With Mary and Joseph as our models and intercessors, we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen One Member per Council per Month 0ne Star Council per District One New Council per Diocese, per Jurisdiction, per Year One First Degree per Council (or per District), per Month Knights from Michigan Fourth Degree District #2 provided an honor guard for an inter-faith pro-life rally in Lansing.

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN J A N U AR Y 201 4 10 The Importance of Fraternal Insurance Companies in the Industry To understand the importance of fraternal insurance companies in the industry today, it’s important to first look back at the history of the fraternal benefit society. Why did organizations like the Knights of Columbus and the others represented here today come into existence? Living conditions around the turn of the 20th century were conducive to the rise of fraternal organizations. Many Fraternals were formed to serve groups and communities that were on the fringes of society, overlooked by the established institutions of the day. In 1882, when the Knights of Columbus was founded in New Haven, Connecticut, many of the government programs and agencies that exist today to render aid had not even been dreamt of yet. There was no welfare, no government assistance. No individual health care and certainly no employer-based health care. In fact, working conditions for these overlooked members of society were often deplorable. There was no OSHA and largely no rules or standard for safety. Keep in mind that the most dangerous jobs, as is often the case today, were held by immigrants or minority groups who were struggling to survive. In 1882, the vulnerable group was Catholics and their need was seen by Father Michael J. McGivney who, along with a few other brave men, gathered to form the Knights of Columbus. Their mission, through humble beginnings, was to provide for widows and orphans of members, killed while trying to earn a living, usually leaving the family destitute and hopeless on the church steps, with nowhere else to turn. Many Fraternals can cite similar origins, Rendering assistance after the death of the breadwinner. Taking care of their community, whether based on faith, creed and nationality. Charity work that actually began at home, but it did not end there. It expanded to the neighborhood, to the council, to the parish hall, to the community at large then, expanded into the world beyond. In 2012, members of fraternal benefit societies donated more than 70 million volunteer hours into the communities they serve. Over the past decade, the Knights of Columbus volunteered more than 639 million hours, which, according to Independent Sector, a foundation that encourages charitable giving, the estimated dollar value of that time is in excess of 11.6 billion dollars. In 2012, Michigan Knights alone gave more than 1.9 million hours in charity service. In itself, the charitable work of fraternals has a positive impact upon the industry as a whole. There’s no way that that volume of service and good deeds could not influence the industry. But consider also the amount of money that fraternals put back into their communities. Annually, fraternals contribute more than 400 million dollars to charitable organizations. This is not to say that the large insurance companies do not participate in or give to charities, but fraternals and their members are driven to give and many local, grass-roots organizations could not survive without the contributions of fraternals. All of this reflects well on the insurance industry. Our presence is a flower in the industry’s lapel. Among our fraternal members, our organizations stand out among other insurance providers because of our commitment to give and because of our strong presence in our communities. Fraternals have a unique role in the industry and in the lives of our members. Our organizations are sometimes seen as two separate, but interlocked businesses: a fraternal, charitable group and an insurance provider. This interesting distinction is one that other companies in the industry cannot claim, along with our non-profit status. These give fraternals an edge in the market as well as a responsibility to that market. At the Knights of Columbus, we refer to this edge as the fraternal advantage. Most other fraternals likely make the same claim. Unlike commercial companies, we do not solicit business from the general public. We don’t advertise our products and services to non-members. When a brand new agent walks in the door to my agency, he already knows who his target market is and already has a lot in common with them. Fraternal companies, unlike the industry as a whole, do not ask the agents to find people to call. There is no cold calling. Every lead is a warm lead and every call is to a brother and his family. This allows us a great privilege: access to people who may not speak to a commercial agent, but they will speak to a fellow Knight or a fellow Woodman. This goes back to the origins of our benefit societies. We are not strangers to our members. We share much in common with them, and we can understand their financial situations better than those in the commercial world. This insight helps us gain their trust, which is so very important in any sales or consulting situation. We take on the role of advisor in a way that is unique in our industry because of the close interactions we have with our client-members. After all, this is a family who attends your church, volunteers with you on the weekend, attends councils meetings. We are our marketing and that keeps our organizations strong and ethical. Today, our market needs us more than ever. Statistics show that more than half of American families have no individually owner insurance policies. Most who have any insurance know that they have too little coverage. Many families, especially young families, plan to buy life insurance products in the next year, but they are procrastinators. They will put it off because the need doesn’t seem as immediate as it really is. They don’t purchase because they are afraid the coverage they so desperately need will be too expensive. They don’t purchase because they don’t understand our products, how they work or how simple the buying process really is. Study after study provides hard data that reaffirms this. The trust and rapport that agents in fraternal benefit societies form with their clients-members gives us a great responsibility in the industry. It is our duty to educate our members, to reach these men and their families as only fraternal agents can. To go into households every day and discuss the needs that family has, for today and for the future, is the mission. We are tasked with overcoming their objections and getting to the root of their fears about our products. Pushing through the procrastination, fraternal agents must show the immediacy of the need that uninsured or underinsured families face daily. We must show that coverage has a cost in dollars and cents to can fit into any budget, but having no coverage has a price beyond measure. We must educate and explain our products in simple terms and breakdown the human element of insurance that is too often intangible. We all have personal stories of families who went without coverage. It is our responsibility to share these stories with all of our members in hope that future tragedies can be avoided. Don’t get me wrong, commercial agents are driven. But there is a different underlying drive in every fraternal agent. He may not continued on page 11

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11 J A N U AR Y 201 4 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN The Importance of Fraternal Insurance Companies in the Industry be aware of it. He may have taken the field agent contract out of simple need for a new career path, maybe the flexibility of schedule offered, or maybe the income potential. But somewhere in that agent is the same calling that the founding members of his fraternal society heard. The desire to help like-minded members and their families lives through him and the work he does. Above all, this spirit sets fraternals apart in the industry and keeps our organizations a valuable part of the insurance industry. In Christ Don M. Wesley FICF Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Insurance General Agent-Southeast Michigan 2 Crocker Blvd., Suite 301 Mount Clemens, MI 48043 Office: 888-393-7539 Fax: 586-591-6500 E-Mail: don.wesley@kofc.org Knights of Columbus Leaders Plan Charitable, Spiritual and Recruitment Activities supporter and member of the Knights. At the conclusion of the Mass, Archbishop Lacroix, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore paused at the tomb of Blessed François de Laval to pray for the Church in Québec and across Canada, and for the Knights of Columbus, that the 350th anniversary year will be an occasion of grace, renewal and growth. After Mass, dinner was held at Québec’s historic Frontenac Hotel. There, in his keynote remarks, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson pointed to the heroic vision, determination and holiness of Blessed François de Laval as an example for Knights. He also noted that the Knights’ founder, the Venerable Servant of God Father Michael J. McGivney studied for the priesthood for two years at the Seminary of Saint-Hyacinthe in Montreal, Québec. During the meeting, the Supreme Knight also announced that the Supreme Council authorized an immediate grant of $250,000 for relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of devastating Typhoon Haiyan which impacted the country during the Midyear The leadership of the Knights of Columbus convened in Québec Meeting. The Knights has more than 250,000 members in the City, November 6-10, for their semiannual “Midyear Meeting” to Philippines. plan charitable, spiritual and recruitment activities in the coming Besides this pilgrimage of the Order’s leaders to Notre-Dame de months. Québec on the threshold of the 350th anniversary year, the The meeting gathered the Order’s Supreme Officers, Board of Knights of Columbus has been involved in the 350th anniversary Directors and the 70 State Deputies who lead the organization in jubilee celebration in two other significant ways: Canada’s 10 provinces, the 50 United States of America, as well The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, the Québec State as in Mexico, the Philippines and Poland. Also participating in the Council and the Canadian Association of the 10 Canadian State meeting were the priests who serve State Chaplains from those Councils teamed up to donate $500,000 to underwrite the creation jurisdictions, as well as five bishops (Archbishop William E. Lori of the Holy Door that will be installed in a side chapel of the Caof Baltimore, the Order’s Supreme Chaplain; Bishop Frederick J. thedral-Basilica – the first Vatican-sanctioned Holy Door in North Colli of Thunder Bay; Bishop Ronald P. Herzog of Alexandria; America. The massive bronze door bears the emblem of the Bishop Bryan J. Bayda, C.SS.R. of Saskatoon (Ukrainian) and Knights of Columbus in recognition of the Order’s support for its Bishop Noël Simard of Valleyfield). creation. Québec City was chosen for the site of this meeting in response In addition, on August 6, 2013, at the Knights’ 131st Supreme to the invitation extended by Québec Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Convention in San Antonio, the Order’s new international Marian Lacroix at the Knights’ 130th Supreme Convention in Anaheim, in Prayer Program was inaugurated, which features the painting of 2012. the Immaculate Conception that hangs above the main altar in the The Knights were welcomed to the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre- Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame de Québec, painted in 1925 by Dame de Québec on Thursday, November 7th, for a solemn Mass Sister Mary of the Eucharist, a Sister of Charity of Québec, to celebrated Québec Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, a strong continued on page 14

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN J A N U AR Y 201 4 12 How to Recruit Former Members Former Knights are men who are familiar with the ideals of Columbianism. They left the Order at one time but represent a pool of prospects that councils should not overlook in striving for membership growth. Appoint a special “Welcome Back Brother” committee specifically to recruit former members. Past grand knights familiar with circumstances of earlier departures are especially suited. Obtain a list of “Former Members” (those who took withdrawals/suspensions) and “Inactive Insurance Members” (those who took withdrawals/suspensions but maintain K of C insurance policies) from the Department of Fraternal Services by calling 203752-4247 or 203-752-4473. Check with your financial secretary for additional names and most recent addresses. ♦ Review the list to determine former members known to be residing in the area and eligible for membership. ♦ Prepare information for a presentation for former members highlighting changes, new programs/activities/benefits and recent council achievements. ♦ Order recruitment materials from the Supply Department. Prepare kits of these materials for distribution. ♦ Contact each former member by phone to arrange a personal visit or invite them to a reception for former members. ♦ If conducting personal visits, tailoring presentation to highlight new changes/benefits, etc. ♦ If planning a “Welcome Back” or former-member reception, use the open house procedures. Be sure to invite your council chaplain and insurance agent to speak at the event. ♦ Refer to the Grand Knight’s Handbook (#915) Membership Procedures section for proper procedures for recruiting former members. ♦ Ask every former member visited or those at reception to sign Membership Document (#100) to renew membership. NOTE: Reactivating inactive insurance members qualifies the council for both membership and insurance additions toward Father McGivney and Founders’ Awards quotas. NOTE: Reinstatements, readmissions or reapplications qualify the council for membership additions for the Father McGivney Award. Call In Your Knights of Columbus Agent. Special Olympics in Michigan Special Olympics in Michigan has been continually growing with more participants at every level. The joy that the athletes express before, during and after each competition is remarkable. There have been many knights and their families across the state that have helped Special Olympics in many ways during 2013. Now is the time that I ask each member in the state to contact their Grand Knight and remind him what you and your family’s involvement has been during this year. Whether it was helping at an event, donating time or money or working during the State MI Drive, all of this needs to be reported on Form 4584 before the end of January. This is not only our time as Knights in Michigan to be proud of our involvement in Special Olympics but by filling out this form on time, we may be able to receive for the third year in a row an extra $10,000.00 to the athletes in our state. During the next three months Special Olympics hosts their Polar Plunge across the state. If you visit their web site at www.somi.org, you will find a location near your council. Last year was my first Polar Plunge in St. Clair. Yes, it was cold, but the warmth that you feel after you jump is real. Consider putting a team together and make sure that your council name and number is listed on your entry form. Special Olympics of Michigan would like to give a special award to the Council that raises the most money and the council that has the most jumpers. Please contact me if you have any questions or need some help getting to know Special Olympics better. From my Family to Yours, Have a Blessed Christmas and joyful New Year Walter K. Winkle, Jr., State Special Olympics Director Editors Note In order for the Michigan Columbian to achieve it’s goal of cutting costs we need your help. If you have moved or you are in the process of moving it is very important that you inform the financial secretary of your council that you have a new mailing address. The financial secretary will send the changes to the Supreme Office. Knights Deliver Initial Relief Supplies In a case of neighbor helping neighbor following the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Knights of Columbus in the Visayas jurisdiction delivered food, water and other necessities during a relief operation in northern Iloilo. With donations from councils in the surrounding area, Knights from Iloilo City traveled about 50 miles north on Sunday, Oct. 17, with 788 sacks filled with rice, canned goods, noodles and bottled water. “The Knights of Columbus network came through so we could identify the needs in the area,” said Visayas Deputy Rodrigo Sorongon of the relief operation. “It has been difficult to communicate with the councils in the devastated areas, but I was able to reach the regional deputy to find out what was needed.” Knights of the Visayas jurisdiction also distributed clothing in the areas of Binon-an, Batad, Iloilo and Concepcion. These are coastal areas hit by ocean surges that caused massive destruction along the shoreline. In addition, Knights from Cebu City traveled to northern Cebu to distribute sacks of rice and canned goods. “This will be a long-term relief operation, and the Knights will continue to be there,” Sorongon noted.

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13 J A N U AR Y 201 4 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN World Series Dad A third-inning, bases-loaded double off Fenway Park’s Green Monster was the spark the Boston Red Sox needed to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 and clinch the World Series championship. Mike Victorino is Hawaii The star who supplied that state deputy for the pivotal hit was right fielder Knights of Columbus. Shane Victorino, who celebrated as he stood on the base by pounding his chest and basking in the thunderous ovation of the Boston Saturday, October 12, 2013, was a very special day in Coldwater for fans. Two of the “BEGINNINGS CARE FOR LIFE CENTER” and for the members of proudest people in Council 2900 and all Michigan Knights. More important, Beginnings Care the stands were his now has the capabilities of an additional service. They now offer an ultrasound parents, Michael screening for mothers to be in the first trimester of her pregnancy. This service and Joycelyn, who provides a visual and audible confirmation of their baby. With this experience, had come from positive choices are very probable. their home in HaFather Korst Council #2900 in Coldwater coordinated the Ultrasound Mawaii to root for chine project. The goal was to raise $30,000 including the matching grant their son and his from the Supreme Council. This was achieved and exceeded. The fundraising team. was strongly supported by St. Charles Borromeo, St. Mary’s Assumption and Shane Victorino sparked the Red Sox Knights of CoOur Lady of Fatima parishes, the three Catholic Parishes in Branch County. victory in Game 6. lumbus throughout Generous donations were received from 13 councils and one assembly in the the world also had reason to be proud. Michael VicKalamazoo Diocese as well as over 40 other contributors including other torino is the Order’s Hawaii state deputy, and Shane, Christian like minded churches. 32 years old, has been a member for the past eight In a thank you letter to donors, Jane Ford, Executive Director of Beginnings years Care for Life Center said. “ Today is a special day at Beginnings. Even as I For Shane, known as the “Flyin’ Hawaiian,” the write this, I’m listening to the heartbeat of an unborn baby, coming from our double marked the high point in what had been for Ultrasound Room. It’s the third one I’ve heard, today. What an incredible him a difficult World Series. His previous post-season sound....so strong and so alive.” hit had been a grand slam homer a week earlier Because of generous gifts to this fundraising effort, Beginnings Care is able against the Detroit Tigers to propel the Red Sox into to offer this free service to all clients who’ve had positive pregnancy tests. They are given the opportunity to see and hear the young one that is within and the Series. Due to a tight back, he didn’t start Game 4 against the Cardinals and sat out Game 5. His father, to verify the viability of their pregnancy. All ultrasound clients receive post-ultrasound peer counseling. If applicable, however, knew that his son was ready to give his best. “He came through,” Mike Victorino said by phone it will include a referral list for area OB/GYN physicians, pre-natal vitamins in an exclusive Fathers for Good interview. “He was and an introduction to the Earning & Learning Program, with lessons on prehaving a few challenges with his back, but he has natal and infant care. Depending on the circumstances, it may include inforalways been one to fight back and never give up. I mation on adoption. It is hoped that this early education will help pregnant women make educated think we all saw that in the sixth game. Victorino realizes that most dads only dream of and informed decisions regarding their pregnancies and/or create a heightened awareness of the importance of pre-natal care and healthy lifestyle choices. A having a son in the Major Leagues, and he is “very proud of his accomplishments on the field.” Yet, he fatherhood education and mentoring program is also offered. This addition of an Ultrasound machine could not have happened without the added, he has always told Shane that “baseball is just generous support of the local and diocesan contributors and the Supreme coun- like life. You have to answer the question, what have you done for me lately?” That is why Victorino is cil matching grant which facilitated this a worthwhile cause. Many dignitaries were in attendance for the dedication including St. Charles also proud of Shane’s work off the field with a chariBorromeo Pastor Rev. Daniel Doctor, State Deputy Michael Malinowski, State table foundation that bears his name. The Shane Victorino Foundation has invested $1 million to rebuild a Secretary Robert Fox, State Culture of Life Director Paul thorn, District Dephistoric Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia and conuty Lou Scohy, Diocesan Membership Director Al Sosinski, Council 2900 ducted clinics and outreach programs for young peoGrand Knight Kevin Paradine and Council 2900 Past Grand Knight Jason Hemker. Pictured are the State Officers and council 2900 members presenting ple in Hawaii and other states. “We are thankful to God for his baseball talent a “big check” of $30,000 to Jane Ford . Beginnings Executive Director and which has given him great opportunities in life,” the Beginnings board members. The dedication consisted of a tour of the Beginelder Victorino said. “Thank God also that he is using nings facility, blessing of the Ultrasound Machine by Fr. Daniel Doctor, St. Charles Borromeo Pastor, followed by a reception and luncheon at St. Charles that talent for good purposes off the field. That’s what it’s all about Parish center in Coldwater. Michigan Knights Dedicate 26th Ultrasound Machine in Coldwater

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN J A N U AR Y 201 4 14 SAVE THE DATE FLORIDA TO HOST MICHIGAN KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND V E N E R A B L E F R E D E R I C B A R A G A D AY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2014 The day will start with Mass at 11:00 A.M. at St. Vincent De Paul Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Dr., Holiday, FL 34690, followed by a luncheon and program. The following may be called to make reservation for the luncheon. Map and directions are available upon request. Please RSVP by February 10, 2014 to: Mr. Herbert Wegener 4046 Passport Lane, Apt. 102 New Port Richey, FL, 34653 727-376-2743 hgwegener@gmail.com Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Barry 2951 Westmoreland Ct. New Port Richey, FL, 34655 727-375-5342 g.s.barry@comcast.net Prayer to Know My Vocations Lord Jesus, up until now You have been quietly preparing me to be Your disciple. Now the time of preparation is ending. I seem to hear You say to me as You said once to Peter: “Will you also go away?” Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” I stand with Peter. Through prayer and council, show me, Lord, where it is in Your vineyard that You want me to serve. Then give me strength to be faithful. Mary, Mother and model, help me to respond in generous love to the call of your divine son. Amen Father John F. Farrell Council 7918 in Emmett held its annual "antique, treasure and junque sale" at Our Lady of Carmel Church. Knights volunteered 1,500 hours to fill the church's 4,800-square-foot hall with goods for sale. The event generated $26,000 to help repave the church parking lot. Editors Note Knights of Columbus Leaders Plan Charitable, Spiritual and Recruitment Activities replace the 18th-century painting destroyed during a fire at the cathedral in 1922. Through this program, beautifully framed reproductions of this painting, each blessed by Pope Francis, were entrusted to State Deputies to take back to their home states, where the images will travel between the Order’s more than 14,000 local councils around the world for the purpose of organizing rosary-based prayer services for Knights, their families and other Catholics. The current prayer program honoring the Immaculate Conception is the 16th program organized by the Knights of Columbus to use a sacred image as its centerpiece. The first such program was held in 1979 with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. Over the years, the Blessed Mother has also been honored by her Knights under her various titles, including: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Pochaiv, Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of the New Advent, Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Charity and Our Lady of Guadalupe. These Orderwide prayer programs have brought together more than 16 million people at some 140,000 prayer services conducted at local councils and parishes. One Member per Council per Month 0ne Star Council per District One New Council per Diocese, per Jurisdiction, per Year One First Degree per Council (or per District), per Month Next Copy Deadline March 1, 2014 In order for the Michigan Columbian to achieve it’s goal of cutting costs we need your help. If you have moved or you are in the process of moving it is very important that you inform the financial secretary of your council that you have a new mailing address. The financial secretary will send the changes to the Supreme Office.

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN J A N U AR Y 201 4 15 From St. Louis Center Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC. December 1, 2013 The month of December provides us with many important choices as we enter the season of Advent. Do we spend our free time caught up in the secular commercialism of “X-mas,” or do we focus on our Christian traditions of “Christmas,” as we await the coming of our newborn King, Jesus Christ? Of course the answer for us as Christians should be the latter, as elements of our secular society continue to chip away at our faith and our Christian traditions. PUER NATUS EST NOBIS, is a Latin expression that means, “A Child is Born for Us.” What is the importance of this expression? It flows from the mystery of the incarnation, and proclaims that the birth of His Son is in our midst. God came to earth and asked us all to be partakers of his self-giving. So in a sense, God’s example of sending us His only begotten Son to save the world, teaches us an important lesson about charity for the least among us. And charity, of course, is the foundation of the Knights of Columbus. Charity was also the foundation of the Founder of the Servants of Charity, St. Louis Guanella, and his passion of caring for his “Good Children” with developmental disabilities. While attending a Eucharistic Congress in London, England in September 1908, St. Guanella spread thousands of leaflets throughout the city to spread the word about the works of the Houses of Divine Providence. His internal fire, born of the Eucharist, was an important event in the future development of his Works, and led to the building of more Houses beyond Italy and throughout the world to serve as a witness of the love of God for us all. In a similar way, we are embarking on our own “Guanellian” mission to expand our services to an aging population of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and we share this mission with the Michigan Knights of Columbus. Recently at our 26th Annual Fall Dinner Auction on November 2, 2013, the State Council of Michigan donated $20,000 to St. Louis Center from the MI Drive, on your behalf. And for that, we express our gratitude to you all. In a similar way, we are embarking on our own “Guanellian” mission to expand our services to an aging population of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and we share this mission with the Michigan Knights of Columbus. Recently at our 26th Annual Fall Dinner Auction on November 2, 2013, the State Council of Michigan donated $20,000 to St. Louis Center from the MI Drive, on your behalf. And for that, we express our gratitude to you all. In a similar way, we are embarking Fr. Enzo Addari (Center) receives a check from State Council Treasurer on our own “Guanellian” misKenneth Unterbrink (L) and IPSD sion to expand our services to an aging population of persons Thomas Marcetti (R ). with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and we share this mission with the Michigan Knights of Columbus. Recently at our 26th Annual Fall Dinner Auction on November 2, 2013, the State Council of Michigan donated $20,000 to St. Louis Center from the MI Drive, on your behalf. And for that, we express our gratitude to you all. On October 31st, we broke new ground at Fr. Guanella Hall for the renovations of our residential living quarters that will specialize in caring for older adults with I/DD. When the renovations are complete, there will be more single occupancy rooms to meet the needs of our aging population, as it is critical for us to continue providing our residents with dignity and respect today and into the future. This creates another niche of services for St. Louis Center in our mission of caring for people with special needs. I opened by referring to the coming of the Christ Child, and I will close by discussing the importance of life. The concept of being “Pro-Life” goes beyond protecting unborn babies, and must also include supporting those who have been born with disabilities; ensuring that they may live their lives with dignity and respect. We continue to pray daily for God’s blessings on the Michigan Knights of Columbus, and from our residents, staff, and religious community, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Charity Still Our Most Important Principle By: William J. Walsh, P.S.D. Take “5” Director It is that time of year when we ask each member to add $5.00 to their dues payments as a contribution to our “TAKE FIVE CHARITY PROGRAM”. While we weren’t able to reach our goal of $100,000. We did reach a sizeable amount of $96,972. This sum has allowed your State Council to help numerous charitable organizations on your behalf, while still having to turn down many other worthy requests. We realize that you are asked to donate money to many worthy causes throughout the year. However, due to the current economic conditions and high unemployment, the need is even greater this year. Your generosity has been tremendous in the past and we pray that it will continue this year and hopefully even increase. So please won’t you dig into your pockets one more time and give $5.00 or what ever you can afford and send it along with your dues payment, which your council will forward on to the State Council. If you have already paid your dues for the 2014 year, just send another check with the notation on the check “Take 5 Charity”. This will help you and your State Council fulfill the cardinal principle of our order “Charity”. May God continue to Bless You! Next Copy Deadline March 1, 2014

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