“Reverse Collection”

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Oct 3, 2022 5:50 PM

Posted For: Council #6694

Swartz Creek Council # 6694 recently conducted a “Reverse Collection” as a means to obtain baby items and cash contributions for a local Pregnancy Resource Center, Heartbeat of Greater Flint.  Following communion at each of the weekend masses on September 10th / 11th our brothers distributed collection baskets containing slips of paper indicating various items of need as presented to us by the Pregnancy Resource Center.  Those interested in participating were encouraged to take one or more of these slips and the following weekend, September 17th / 18th, bring the item or items with them when returning to church.  We had a playpen set up in which the items could be placed and a Knight standing by to help direct if needed.  All of this was explained in pulpit and bulletin announcements the week prior to implementation.

Historically, we had used the “Reverse Collections” with great success to obtain food for our local food pantry.  As such, we thought it might be effective in support of Pregnancy Resource Centers as well, and the result proved that to be true.  The response from the parishioners of St. Mary Queen of Angels Swartz Creek was overwhelming with contributions of baby products and money exceeding $2650 in value!  We are blessed with a generous, caring, and supportive parish family; a group of individuals who are genuinely interested in our shared concern for mothers and babies who are in need, not solely during the pregnancy but beyond as well.  We are extremely grateful, for we recognize that they are the reason for our incredible success with program initiatives such as this. 

 The items collected were inventoried and then delivered to Heartbeat of Greater Flint on Wednesday, September 26th.  Pictured are Past Grand Knights Ken Lixey, Bob Kranz, and Jim Drummond with current Grand Knight / ASAP Program Director, Mike Trundle as they present the items to Heartbeat of Greater Flint.  Additional picture is of most of the items that were generously donated for this cause.

Vivat Jesus!

Mike Trundle, Grand Knight

Detroit Archdiocesan Soccer Finals

By: Joseph Brenner - Sun, Oct 2, 2022 7:29 PM

Posted For: Council #5436

The Detroit Archdiocesan Soccer Challenge Final was held at Our Lady of the Lakes in Waterford on a clear and cool Saturday, October 1st, 2022.  It was hosted by District 113, Pope St. John XXIII Council 5436 of Waterford, and St. Daniel Council 15967, of Clarkston.

Winners were:

  • ·         Gabby Ortiz (G-11), runner up Abigal McKay
  • ·         Matthew Jarvis (B-9) runner up Samuel Kohn
  • ·         Austin Treharne (B-11)

Brother Knights assisting were:

Paul Thorn SDRR, Joe Brenner DPD, Hans Hanson DPD, Tom Kendziorski DD113, Bill King GK15967, Dan Campbell PGK3959, John Greaves

Joseph Brenner Detroit Archdiocesan Program Director East



Jackson District #513 Blue Mass

By: District Deputy 513 - Mon, Sep 12, 2022 10:33 AM

Posted For: District #

Jackson District #513 Blue Mass for First Responders September 11, 2022


Jackson area Knights of Columbus Michigan District #513, under the direction of District Deputy Ben Dandrow, organized a Blue Mass on Sunday September 11, 2022. The District is comprised of five councils representing the following churches: Queen of the Miraculous Medal #609, St John the Evangelist #8392, St. Stanislaus Kostka Chapel #8858, St Joseph Oratory #9131, and St Mary Star of the Sea #9301.  The concelebrated Mass was held at St Mary Star of the Sea Church located in Jackson, MI at 10:00 am. 

A Blue Mass is to honor, thank, and pray for the safety of all First Responders, Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Responders, the men and women who lay their lives on the line daily to protect the Jackson community. It was appropriate we did this on the 21st Anniversary of the 9/11 attack on this country when 412 emergency workers lost their lives that day. 2000 more have died from injury or illness contracted during the recovery efforts.  All Jackson area Public Safety departments were invited and more than 50 responders and their families attended the Mass, many who were not Catholic.  At the Mass, Fr Tim Nelson, Pastor of St Mary’s, read the names of those who fell in the line of duty serving the community. Many who attended were on duty as witnessed by the three fire trucks and police and sheriff vehicles parked outside the church.

The Jackson area Knights of Columbus, who continue to pray for the safety of our first responders, would like to thank Fr Tim Nelson Pastor and Fr Tyler Arens Parochial Vicar for hosting and concelebrating the Mass at St Mary Star of the Sea and St Mary’s Council #9301 for their support and help in making the Blue Mass a success. 

Baptismal Blakets

By: Gary Merritt - Fri, Sep 9, 2022 7:52 PM

Posted For: Council #16223

The Knights of Columbus Council 16223 of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Grand Rapids is celebrating life.  The council has started a new program of giving K of C Baptismal Blankets to the new babies of the Parish, welcoming the beautiful children to our faith.  The Knights also give a certificate of love to each of the children.

Ukrainian Dinner

By: Gary Merritt - Fri, Sep 9, 2022 7:40 PM

Posted For: Council #12258

In Conjunction with:

St. Isidore Knights of Columbus Council #12258

Parishioners of St. Isidore the Laborer Parishioners of St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church

Notre Dame Dignity Campaign

By: Gary Merritt - Fri, Sep 2, 2022 9:34 AM

Posted For: Council #3021

Thanks to the generosity of our members, community, and local business, we were able to collect over 500 new and gently used suitcases for Holy Cross Family Services, to be given to children in transition.

Often when a child is being moved out of a bad situation, they leave with nothing but a garbage bag full of their belongings, but now, because of your generosity, 500 children will receive dignity, in the form of a suitcase to place all their belongings.

Our 2022 Dignity campaign shattered our expectations, we hoped to receive between 30 - 50 items, instead, we got over 500!

The power of Fraternity and Community never stops amazing me! Together, we can change the world, one act of kindness at a time!

Brother Knights, you should be proud of what we have accomplished, I know I am!

Notre Dame Proud!

Paul Sposite Grand Knight

Notre Dame Council 3021 Wayne, MI

Members Making Facility Repairs

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Aug 28, 2022 6:24 AM

Posted For: Council #7341

Members of the council at Holy Family Church in Caledonia spent a hot Saturday in early August and a late afternoon  during the week making some much needed repairs on the church’s storage barn.

Teddy Bears Presentation

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Aug 25, 2022 4:29 PM

Posted For: Council #4362

Knights of Columbus Bishop Haas Council #4362 donated a case of Casey the Teddy Bears to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Shown making the presentation is past GK Ken Skonecki.

Knights and Right to Life

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Aug 22, 2022 6:23 AM

Posted For: Council #7341

Knights Council #7341 of Caledonia and their families joined with members of the Middleville/Caledonia Right to Life Chapter to create and man a float in the Middleville Heritage Days parade on Saturday August 20.

The Council is very supportive of the local RTL group and many of the Knights are members of the chapter.