Saint Thomas the Apostle Habitat/Garden Improvements

By: Patrick Smiggen - Mon, Jun 6, 2022 9:58 AM

Posted For: District #

Our recently formed Saint Thomas the Apostle Knights of Columbus Council #19790 completed their first service project Saturday, May 21. It was a great beginning to their service work. A habitat garden was installed along the eastern section of the wood fence adjacent to the parking lot.

Many thanks to all the Knights who worked extremely hard to complete the project and to their families who allowed their absence on a busy and beautiful Saturday: Jamie Boyle, Eric Bridge, Bob Herwaldt, Jim Herwaldt, Jim Milanowski, Sean Parini, Steve Strobel, John Salan, Steve Sumner, Marc Wadaga, Nick Wolfram, and David Yocca.

Thanks also to: Deanna Geelhoed and the Plaster Creek Stewards, who provided the native plants and other materials and loaned some of the tools, Kristen VerHage VanVuuren, from Katerberg VerHage Landscape, who helped us with our excavated materials, Grand Rapids Gravel, who provided the stone, Greenleaf Landscape Supply, who provided the soil amendments (compost), Dottie Yocca, who provided lunch and assisted with planting, God, who supplied near-perfect weather for our event.

Special thanks to Michael VanderHyde from VanderHyde Construction and his family, who supplied equipment to load and haul the excavated materials and a lot of time and labor. The habitat garden was made possible through a Sacred Grounds grant sponsored by the National Wildlife Foundation. If you are interested in learning more about the Knights of Columbus and/or participating in future service projects, please contact Nick Wolfram,

Baby Bottle Donations Council #6694

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, May 29, 2022 9:34 AM

Posted For: Council #6694

Swartz Creek Council 6694 held a "Baby Bottle Drive" during the month of March for the purpose of raising money in support of local Pregnancy Resource Centers.  Our council is steadfast in our belief that all life is to be valued and we are committed to doing our part in protecting those who are most vulnerable. 

We recognize, however, that we are only able to do these good works with the interest and participation of others.  We are blessed with a very giving parish family at St. Mary Queen of Angels (Swartz Creek), and because of their generous support in addition to that of family, friends & faculty of St. Thomas More Academy (Burton, MI) we were able to raise over $5600!

We were pleasantly surprised and extremely excited by this outcome. It proves that there are many who also share in our values and our commitment to protect life.  We are most grateful for the tremendous support received and trust that it will make a real difference in the lives of those who need it most.

On Monday, May 23rd, we distributed the proceeds of this initiative with a visit to both The Luke Project 52 Clinic of Flint and The Flint Pregnancy Help Clinic, presenting each a check in support of their incredible work for mothers in need.  Though unable to visit, we presented a 3rd check to Heartbeat of Greater Flint as well. It was a wonderful day, very inspiring and uplifting to see all that these facilities offer and to hear the stories of their success.  We hope to continue supporting their good work in years to come.

The Flint Pregnancy Help Clinic - Shari Boley, Executive Director; Dr, Yvette Frownfelter; Aaron Survance, Flint Center Director; Mike Trundle, GK; Lance Wildman, DGK The Luke Project 52 Clinic of Flint - Brad Garrison, Executive Director; Mike Trundle, GK. Present by not pictured: Bob Kranz, Chancellor; Jim Drummond, Advocate

Macomb County Volunteer of the Year

By: Gary Merritt - Fri, May 13, 2022 4:59 PM

Posted For: Council #3797

Congratulations to Brother Knight and Sir Knight Louis Caloia, recent recipient of the prestigious Macomb County “Volunteer of the Year” Award! Brother Louis is a member of Solanus Casey Council #3797/Assembly #0521 in St Clair Shores, MI.

Old Catholic Cemetery Cleanup

By: Robert Smith - Mon, May 2, 2022 9:28 AM

Posted For: District #

Special thanks to Bishop Alfred Markiewicz Council #1616 and St. Augustine Cathedral Council #15439 for working together to  perform the spring cleanup at the Old Catholic Cemetery in Kalamazoo.  With only 5 Knights the project was completed.  Joining the cleanup group was Council #1616's newest Knight, Roger Jones, an E-Member who joined just days ago.   Welcome to the District.  This project, headed by Council #1616 has been performing this work for over 40 years.  Thanks for a job well done!

Blessing of Bikes

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Apr 18, 2022 7:40 AM

Posted For: Council #10501

Knights on Bikes & All Saints - Memphis Council #10501


MI Drive St Augustine Cathedral Council 15439

By: Robert Smith - Wed, Apr 13, 2022 11:04 AM

Posted For: Council #15439

Thanks go out to our Diocesan and Council Chaplain Fr Bob Creagan, Fr Paul Redman, Fr Antony Rajesh, Council members, Harding’s Stadium Market and St Augustine parishioners for making our Palm Sunday weekend MI Tootsie Roll Drive a huge success topping all prior drives. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics and those with mental and physical disabilities.

Archdiocese Area 5 March Council of Month

By: Paul Thorn - Sat, Apr 9, 2022 5:03 PM

Posted For: Council #3774

On Wednesday, April 6, Paul Thorn, State Deputy Regional Representative, presented Fr. Alfred Saylor Council 3774 Grand Knight Donald Siegel with the February Council of the Month Award for Region 5 during their monthly meeting in Allen Park.   

Congratulations and keep up the good work.

Picture one, left to right, DD105 Ray Bilyk, GK Donald Siegel, SDRR 5 Paul Thorn, Region 5 South Membership Director Hans Hansen.

Picture two is a group shot of Council members after the meeting with the award.

Lenten Materials Display

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, Mar 22, 2022 3:00 PM

Posted For: Council #692

Weapons of Salvation Lenten Materials Display

The display, which offers free prayer aids and information on how to use them, was blessed by Resurrection Pastor Fr. Jubish Joseph, and will remain in the parish hall through the season of Lent.

Past Grand Knight Bill Schoos, had the idea for the display come to him in a dream. With his many years of involvement with the Church he saw the necessity of the program, so he began collecting materials and conceptualizing the layout before bringing the idea to the council at their regular meeting in February. The initiative received overwhelming support from his brother Knights as well as from Fr. Jubish and the parish administration.

In the short time that the display has been in the parish hall, it has proven very popular with the parishioners. Schoos hopes that the display will not only provide free objects but will also remind parishioners of the wealth of prayers that they are provided by Holy Mother Church, particularly during the Lenten season.

The many items offered are, free containers of Holy Water, Brown Scapulars, Rosaries, St. Benedict medals, Miraculous Medals, St. Anthony Medals, and other devotions as well as informational pamphlets on the origin and importance of each. Some of the Rosaries were donated by parishioners, and the Holy Water along with some of the printed materials for the display were provided by the Church of the Resurrection, with the remainder of the materials having been purchased by Schoos and the Knights of Columbus Council.

The display will remain available in the parish hall at the Church of the Resurrection on 900 Quincy Street in Hancock through Easter. For more information, or with follow-up questions contact Hancock Council #692 current Grand Knight Jon Jaehnig at 906-231-4399.