Council 788 - Club closed for the Week of March 16th

By: Bill Schaner - Mon, Mar 16, 2020 7:30 PM

Posted For: Council #788




Columbus Hall at 5300 N. Grand River Avenue will be closed and all events are cancelled the week of March 16, 2020. Business will resume when emergency restrictions on public gatherings are lifted. Updates will be provided on our business line at 517-321-2209.



Brian Peacock
Corporation President


Council 11957 - News from Council #11957

By: Paul Biebere - Sat, Mar 14, 2020 7:30 PM

Posted For: Council #11957



  1. Kroger has given approval for our Council to conduct a MI Drive from 9:00am to 5:00pm on March 27, 28 & 29, 2020 at their store on 23 Mile Rd. and Hayes in Shelby Township. Volunteers are needed to work this drive. If you can help, please contact Tom VanSlembrouck or Rick Fisher.

  2. Existing funding from the Council lottery, that was discontinued, has been added to the MI Drive funding. Checks have delivered to the several organizations that our Council supports. 

  3. On March 22nd, after the 11:45am Mass at St. Therese of Lisieux, there will be an Exemplification Ceremony for any men who wish to become 1st degree Knights and those current Knights who wish to advance to 3rd Degree. The new Exemplification Ceremony will be conducted by Brothers from our Council. A light lunch will be held after the ceremony. All Brothers are invited to attend. If you wish to advance to 3rd degree and have not yet contacted Rick Fisher, please do so.

  4. Consumers Power has instituted a project with St. Therese of Lisieux Parish where they will go into the homes of parishioners, do an energy study and install varoius energy saving devices free of charge. If (250) people contact Consumers and sign-up for this study, St. Therese will receive $5,000 from them. See the church bulletin or website for more details. You must sign-up by March 31, 2020.

  5. The Officers are investigating moving the monthy Council meeting to another night of the week. Msgr. Kasza, our Chaplain, has many other comittments on Monday evenings and would like to be able to attend the meetings and show his support. Stay tuned.

  6. Every Council is required to keep track of the number of hours it's Brothers spend working on church functions. This could entail volunteering as an Usher, Eucharistic MInister or Lector, and working on the Pancake Breakfast, Fish Fry or MI Drive. These are just some examples. The Council receives funding from the State Council based on the number of hours reported. There will be a sign-in sheet at the monthly meetings for Brothers to summarize the hours they worked during the  past month. Please be sure to fill this out.

  7. Bill Chasse, our State Deputy, has mentioned at a couple functions that State of Michigan, Knights of Columbus, recruiting ranks #2 in the Nation and is in the top 10 in the World. The #1 state for recruiting is Nevada. Bill's message is that the Councils have done a great job, but we can't rest on our laurels. There are still four months to go in our fiscal year and recruiting to be done.

  8. The Council #11957 Knight of the Year and Family of the Year awards will now be known as the Steven A. Wright Memorial Awards.

  9. A Fourth Degree Exemplification Ceremony was held on March 7, 2020 at DeCarlo's Banquet Center in Warren. Two Brothers from Council #11957, Hank Losinski and Paul Bieber, were knighted at this ceremony along with sixty-three other brothers from our state. Father Tom Sutherland was one of the featured speakers at the dinner following the ceremony. Clink the link below to view a Powerpoint presentation from this day.

  10. The next monthly meeting is currently scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:30pm.

    Fourth Degree Exemplification March 7, 2020

Council 11957 - Council #11957 March News

By: Paul Biebere - Sat, Mar 14, 2020 7:30 PM

Posted For: Council #11957


1.        1. Our Council has been approved by Kroger to conduct an MI Drive at the store on 23 Mile Rd. and Hayes on March 27, 28 & 29, 2020. Hours of the drive will be from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Volunteers are needed to help work this drive. If you are available on these days and would like to help, please contact Tom VanSlembrouck or Rick Fisher. Note: This event has been cancelled.


2.     2. There will be no more Pancake Breakfast until September of this year and, as everyone has probably heard, the Fish Frys have been cancelled until further notice.


3.     3. Each Council is required to keep track of the number of hours it’s Brothers spend volunteering at Church and Council functions. Examples of these are working the Pancake Breakfast, MI Drive or Fish Fry and working as an Usher, Eucharistic Minister, or Lector. The Council must report these hours and receives funding from the State Council based on these hours. Going forward, there will be a sign-up sheet at the monthly meetings for the Brothers to summarize the hours they worked during the past month. Please be sure to fill this out each month.


4.     4. There was funding left in the Lottery account which has been discontinued. This funding has been applied to the MI Drive account. Checks were delivered last month to several organizations/schools that our Council supports. All were very appreciative of our help.


5.     5. The Officers are looking at moving our monthly meeting from Monday evening to another day of the week. Msgr., Kasza, our Chaplin, has many other commitments on Monday evenings and finds it difficult to attend the meetings and show his support. Our next meeting will be Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm.


6.     6. On March 22, 2020, after the 11:45am Mass at St. Therese of Lisieux, there will be an Exemplification Ceremony for those men who wish to become a new knight and those current knights who wish to advance to the 3rd Degree. There are currently five candidates for this ceremony. If you have not signed up and would like to participate, please contact Rick Fisher. The new Exemplification Ceremony will be conducted by Brothers from our Council. All Brothers are invited to attend the ceremony and the light lunch that will follow. Note: This event has been cancelled.


7.     7. On March 7, 2020 a Fourth Degree Exemplification Ceremony was held at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center in Warren, MI. Two Brothers from our Council, Hank Losinski and Paul Bieber, were knighted at this event along with sixty-three other Brothers from Michigan. Father Tom Sutherland was one of the featured speakers at the dinner that followed the ceremony. A PowerPoint presentation with pictures can be viewed by clicking the link at the end of this article.


8.     8At the Exemplification Dinner, Bill Chasse, our State Deputy, mentioned that the Michigan is ranked as #2 in the Nation for the recruitment of Knights and is in the top ten in the world. He complimented the Councils on the great job they have done and warned against thinking the job is done. There is still four more months of recruiting to be done before the end of the fiscal year.


9.     9Consumer Power has instituted a program with St. Therese of Lisieux where parishioners can sign up with them for a free energy analysis. Consumers will come into your home, perform an energy analysis and install energy saving devices at no cost. If (250) households sign up for this program, they will award St. Therese $5,000. You must sign up by March 31, 2020. Please see the Parish Bulletin or website for more details.


1  10  A motion was made, and passed, at the March meeting to rename the Council’s Family of the Year and Knight of the Year Awards the “Steven A. Wright Memorial Family (or Knight) of the Year Award”.


Fourth Degree Exemplification March 7, 2020

Council 788 - Monday Night Build-a-Burger

By: Bill Schaner - Sun, Mar 8, 2020 3:30 AM

Posted For: Council #788




Come out to the club on Monday March 9th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm for a freshly made burger with fries for only $6. This event is open to the public so bring some friends down to the Columbus Hall, at 5300 N Grand River Avenue, and enjoy a burger at the club.