Novena in Honor of St. Joseph

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Oct 21, 2021 1:48 PM

Bishop Gruss is having a Novena in Honor of Saint Joseph throughout the entire Diocese of Saginaw beginning this Sunday, October 24th at the Cathedral and will travel throughout the diocese and return to the Cathedral next Sunday and Monday (the Feast of All Saints). 

I’m asking all Knights of Columbus members throughout the Diocese of Saginaw to kindly attend whichever location is nearest to them - in support of Bishop Gruss - and to fully participate in the indulgences and graces from this spiritual activity.  See the schedule below.

Visit the Diocese of Saginaw website to download the booklet (and other related materials): 

All peace and good, Father James WM. Bessert Saginaw Diocesan Chaplain

Sunday, October 24th –                    Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption

615 Hoyt Avenue, Saginaw

                                                            10:30 am Mass & Novena (Live-streamed)

                                                            [30th Sunday in Ordinary Time]

 Monday, October 25th –                    Saint Joseph Church/Saint Gabriel Parish

                                                            84 W. Midland Road, Auburn

                                                            6:00 pm Mass & Novena

Tuesday, October 26th –                   Mount Saint Joseph Church/Nativity of the Lord Parish, Saint Louis

                                                            605 S. Franklin Street, Saint Louis

                                                            6:00 pm Mass & Novena

 Wednesday, October 27th                Saint Joseph Church/Resurrection of the Lord Parish

7842 Newbery Street, Alger


                                                            Saint Joseph Church/Saint Hubert Parish

3455 Rapson Road, Rapson

                                                            6:00 pm Mass & Novena

 Thursday, October 28th –                Saint Joseph Church/Saint Christopher Parish

                                                            375 W. Ohmer Road, Mayville

                                                            6:00 pm Mass & Novena

                                                            [Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles]

 Friday, October 29th –                       aint Joseph the Worker Church/Parish

                                                            2168 N. Winn Road, Mt. Pleasant (Beal City)

                                                            6:00 pm Mass & Novena

 Saturday, October 30th –                 Saint Joseph Church/Parish

                                                            910 N. 6th Street, Saginaw

                                                            12:00 noon Mass & Novena

 Sunday, October 31st –                     Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption

615 Hoyt Street, Saginaw

                                                            10:30 am Mass & Novena

                                                            [31st Sunday in Ordinary Time]

 Monday, November 1st –                  Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption

615 Hoyt Street, Saginaw

                                                            8:00 am Mass & Novena (Live-streamed)


                                                            [Solemnity of All Saints]

State Coats for Kids Distribution Sites

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Oct 18, 2021 9:27 AM


·         Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 1630 Godfrey, SW Wyoming, MI 49509 

Saturday October 23rd 10am – 1pm


·         Sacred Heart Parish, 150 E. Summit Ave. Muskegon Heights, MI 49444.

Thursday October 28th 6pm – 9pm


·         Most Holy Trinity Church 1050 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226 Corktown, Detroit, MI Saturday October 30th 11am – 2pm


·         Center of Hope, 812 Root Street, Flint, MI 48503

Saturday October 30th 9am – noon


·         St. Damian of Molokai Parish 120 Lewis St, Pontiac, MI 48342

Saturday November 13th from 10am – 1pm


Leadership Retreats & Thanksgiving Mass

By: Greg Brunson - Wed, Oct 13, 2021 8:08 PM

To Register for retreats:  contact Greg Brunson (810) 824-9533

For Information of the Mass contact either:  

Greg Brunson (810) 824-9533

District Deputy Howard Weathington (313) 610-1348


Beginning October 22nd all councils in Michigan are asked to conduct a Blessed Michael McGivney Novena with October 31st Mass as the tenth day thanking Blessed Michael McGivney for his intercession.    The Novena Prayers and Devotions prayer book (Blessed Michael McGivney Novena) can be found on the State Web Site:    

Monroe Council 1266 Recognized for International Faith Program Award

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Oct 13, 2021 8:06 AM

Knights of Columbus-sponsored gathering of men grows by leaps and bounds; breakfasts seeing ‘men’s faith grow right before our eyes’.


MONROE — The significance of the honor didn’t fully strike Elliot Alfredson until he began hearing the roll call of awardees at the 139th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in August.

A family from Poland. Councils from cities in the Philippines and Canada. And the winner of the International Faith Program Award? Knights of Columbus Council 1266 from Monroe, Mich., recognized for developing a breakfast program that has rejuvenated the faith of Catholic men in the community and injected new life into the council.

“It was incredible to experience that,” said Alfredson, a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Monroe who co-founded the Men’s Prayer Breakfast (MPB), which brings men together for prayer and fraternity at the Knights of Columbus Hall in downtown Monroe on the first and third Thursdays of each month.

The lay-led ministry affectionately calls itself the “Regular Joes,” a nod both to the coffee that fuels the early-morning gatherings and the group’s lack of pretense. “We’re just regular guys who are coming together to share our faith and to grow our faith together,” Alfredson said.

“Prior to MBP, I think most men kept their faith pretty private,” he added. “They didn’t even talk to other guys they saw in church about their faith.”

The program is modeled on a successful men’s prayer breakfast sponsored by Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, which Alfredson joined after going through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and attended weekly prior to moving to Monroe in 2016.

See the video of the Program and read the entire article on Detroit Catholic.

Knight In Right Place At Right Time

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, Oct 12, 2021 1:35 AM

Posen heroes in the right place, at the right time to alert people

One never knows when we will be placed in the right place at the right time to possibly save a life or two, or even more. For Jim Haske of Rogers City, it’s crystal clear. 

He was getting off of work Sept. 28 at about 10 p.m. when the building across the street became fully involved in flames. On each side of the building were homes in close proximity. Jim got them all up and out. 

Since the fire, customer after customer, has been hailing the longtime employee of the Blarney Castle, BP gas station and a member of the Knights of Columbus Rogers City Council 1705 as a hero, and deservedly so. 

John Rasmussen and his family were in the south house and know it was much too close.

“I’m glad everyone is safe,” said Rasmussen. The family of five was sound asleep as the building next door was going up in flames. 

“I’m usually in bed at nine or a little earlier,” said Rasmussen, who is the manager of the gas station where he and Jim Haske work. There were four people in the north house.

“Jim got us out at 9:55 p.m.,” said Rasmussen. Patron Wyatt Romel was the last customer of the day and saw the flames coming from the roof.


“They were still awake,” said Haske. “I pounded on their door and Dave Roznowski says, ‘what’s going on.’ I said ‘your garage is on fire, get everyone out now.’ He said, ‘it’s just my woodstove.’ ” After a firsthand glance, he saw it was something much more.

Read the entire article from The Presque Isle County Advance.



By: John Hundiak - Mon, Oct 4, 2021 11:47 AM

Over the decades, the partnership between the Michigan Knights of Columbus and the Michigan Special Olympics has been phenomenal. As part of our ongoing support of Special Olympics, our State Deputy receives a check from Supreme each year specifically for Michigan Special Olympics.  Over the years, these checks totaled up to about $100,000.  These checks were based on the level of reported level of Special Olympic participation by the councils in the State as reported on the Special Olympics Partnership Form (#4584).

This calendar year (yes, January thru December) the amount of council participation will be collected through the Fraternal Programs Report Form (#10784).  The old and retired form (#4584) will not be accepted.  If your information is submitted on the old form, it will not be recorded and it will not be returned to you!  This information was covered at the Summer Leadership meeting as well as the Diocesan meetings.  It will be reviewed again at the Winter Leadership meeting.

To use the form 10784, you will find Special Olympics listed under the Life category.  Simply record your hours worked, activity name and donations and submit the form online.  This form is intended to be submitted multiple times throughout the year.  You do not have to wait until the end of the year to record your activities.  As a bets practice, as you finish a program (any program), you should file a form 10784 to record your activity information.

Additionally, as a “Featured Program” councils that provide at least $2,000 in donations or 200 service hours earn 2 credits toward the Columbian Award.

Thank you for your continued support for Special Olympics and remember every Special Olympic event you attend is a potential recruiting opportunity and an opportunity to showcase our ‘Leave No Neighbor Behind’ programs.

Vivat Jesus!

John Hundiak                                               Willy Winkle

State Special Olympics Director                  Assistant State Special Olympics Director