Message From Our State Chaplain

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, Mar 24, 2020 7:30 PM









 Fr. Paul Erickson

 VIVAT JESUS!


My brother Knights,


This motto of our order has been at the fore of my mind in light of our current situation. In times of uncertainty--which we are certainly in now--I typically find that returning to the fundamentals gives me hope and peace. Especially given the news from our governor today, it seems that the uncertainty and strangeness of our situation will continue for at least the next three weeks.



But this is precisely why we should return to that foundation of our faith and our order. It is because Jesus lives that we have any hope at all. It is because Jesus lives that we have confidence that all trials give way to blessing. It is because Jesus lives that our sufferings have value and meaning. It is because Jesus lives that God works all things for our good. It is because Jesus lives that our faith is not in vain, but elevates us into glory.


And right there, in the life of Jesus, we find out the measure and meaning of our own lives. As God our Father provides for the needs of His Son, so He does for us. As situations and circumstances change, God remains the same. This means that the abundance of grace and blessing that He has in store for you is still available. His graces will look different than what we are used to, but this makes sense because our current situation is different than we are used to. The grace is given to be used, to take root, and bear fruit in our lives, even now.


Knights, the time is now here to take up our motto, not as a nice platitude to begin our meetings, speeches, and conferences, but as an actual way of life. Vivat Jesus must be the mark of our whole lives--Jesus lives! This is the core of everything that it means to be a Knight of Columbus. This is the core of everything that it means to be Catholic. This is what it means to be joined to the Body of Christ, which is a living reality.


While we should act in prudence and obedience to just and right rules, we do not have to let fear dominate our lives. Jesus lives! Be creative in your efforts to serve your family or neighbors, even if you cannot be with them in the flesh. Speak with kindness and compassion in the virtual arena, a place where kindness and compassion are usually in want. Spend time in the quiet place of prayer with Jesus, come to know Him in those deeper places of your heart. To do this is to live from that place of faith, that place of vivat Jesus.


My brothers, times of trial are times where the Lord shines the brightest on His Church. Especially coming out of the isolation (whenever that may be), we will be the ones to put things back together. It is on us, when all is said and done, to bring the life of Christ to the world around us. This has not changed. This will not change. Let us live that now, that we may share it with all those around us.


I want to leave you with a few words from St. Theresa of Avila. I have returned to these words in many seasons of struggle, and I hope that you find comfort and solace in them.


 "Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things are passing away.


God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing;


God alone suffices."


May the peace and blessings of God, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, be yours in these trying times. May the life of Christ bring you an abundance of riches in mind and heart. May you vivat Jesus ring out through these days by the way you choose to live. And may you be safe and protected by His mighty hand.


Your Chaplain, Fr. Paul Erickson

Message from our SD Including Convention & MI Drive

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Mar 23, 2020 7:30 PM









SD Chasse 

Brother Knights:


I pray this finds you well.
Due to the Corona Virus this year's State Convnetion on Mackinac Island is CANCELLED!


 


All deposits will be refunded by the Grand Hotel.



We will be delivering the Convention by the way of a Virtual Convention. When all details and time of convention is solidified you will be informed.


The State Board and Convention Committee is working hard and will have this date by April 1st or sooner.


Our hopes are that all delegates will be able to attend the Virtual Convention. Please whatch your email and this website for more information and pass this information to all of your delegates.


After careful consideration on the well-being of all brother Knights and their families we have decided it's best for everyone that we also cancel this year’s MI Drive. It wasn't an easy decision to make but due to many questions and the perception that some could take, it was the best decision to cancel the Palm Sunday time frame.



My hopes are that you try to reschedule the drive for the month of May (if conditions are better) and or October. The State Office will have insurance for those time frames. Please remember those that count on us for our Drive monies. Many organizations would find it difficult without our support.


If there are any questions, please feel free to contact George Stump our State MI Director with any of your questions.


Normalcy will return and the Knights of Columbus will always support the less fortunate.



Please keep up your best spirits as we manage our way through this unusual situation.  Be patient, hope for the best, this will pass. But always plan prudently.


As we find ourselves in an unprecedented time, with our Church, schools, businesses and council events being closed or postponed to a later date due to the concerns from the most recent virus, we cannot sit and be idle on the sidelines. This is a time we as Knights look at our councils and their families to see where we can help; help the elderly, help with food delivery, help get formula and diapers to babies and their families. We step up when others will not or cannot.


Ask your pastors who or how your councils can help.


Be smart when helping in your community by practicing good hygiene and washing your hands often. Many people can’t help themselves and this is where we the Knights of Columbus come in. 


Please stay calm, don’t overreact and have faith with prayer. This will pass and we will get back to normalcy.


I know at times like this the last thing some may think about is asking men to join our great organization but now is the time more than ever. The more that join our ranks the stronger we will be, the more we can do. We will always protect the Catholic Church, Be here for our Bishops, Priests and all Clergy. 


Please share this with your council officers. God bless everyone,


Bill Chasse Michigan State Deputy 

State RTL Dinner

By: Gary Merritt - Sat, Mar 21, 2020 7:30 PM










Thursday, March 19, 2020 


POSTPONED!


New Date Wednesday Sept. 23, 2020


6:00 p.m. Social Hour


7:00 p.m. Dinner Served




New Venue


San Marino Club


1685 E. Big Beaver Troy, Michigan


Reservations


 $50 Individual


 $475 Table of Ten


Register online by March 8 at RTL.org


Questions?


For more information contact Brad at respectlife@rtl.org


State RTL 20 dinner flyer 2

 









 Mike Slater

 


Mike Slater


Mike is a 33-year-old graduate of Yale University where he majored in history. His passion is to speak for the prolife movement at pregnancy resource center events. Mike also speaks at churches about the importance of properly-defined masculinity, and the role they are called to play in the prolife movement.


Mike is the host of The Mike Slater Show each weekday on KFMB in San Diego where he speaks to the conservative heart by focusing on the five values that most inspire a virtuous life: curiosity, gratitude, hope, zest, and love. Where other talk hosts may use anger, frustration, and hopelessness to talk about current events, Slater tells stories that connect to eternal principles and conservative values. He is also the author of How To Change Someone’s Mind and the children’s book Imagine Jack and the History Kids.


You may have heard Mike when he filled in for Glenn Beck’s TV and radio show. Mike is a frequent guest on Fox News and Fox Business and guest hosted for the Dr. Drew Show on CNN Headline News. Slater was named a Top 5 “Young Guns” of Talk Radio by TALKERS Magazine and he recently conducted a 90-minute interview with Donald Trump in his Trump Tower boardroom.



 

Message from our State Deputy

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Mar 19, 2020 7:30 PM









SD Chasse 

Brother Knights: I pray this finds you well.

Please be advised that your State Officers are closely monitoring the situation regarding the upcoming State Convention.  As of today, the Supreme Office has only cancelled those conventions scheduled for April. Those conventions will be held by online and/or tele-conferencing. We continue to be in close contact with the Grand Hotel and the other island hotels that serve our convention annually.
 



It is possible that all conventions will be canceled and if this happens, they will be done by a virtual meeting. Supreme is looking into Dobie Connect.   Please continue to plan for our state convention and we will keep you up to date by EMAIL if there are any changes.  Keep in mind any deposits required by the hotels will be refunded if necessary but will be governed by each individual hotel’s policy regarding cancellation and refunds.  The Michigan Knights of Columbus have no say regarding these policies.  Therefore, any questions should be directed to the hotels once they are assigned.




After careful consideration on the well-being of all brother Knights and their families we have decided it's best for everyone that we cancel this year’s MI Drive. It wasn't an easy decision to make but due to many questions and the perception that some could take, it was the best decision to cancel the Palm Sunday time frame.


My hopes are that you try to reschedule the drive for the month of May (if conditions are better) and or October. The State Office will have insurance for those time frames. Please remember those that count on us for our Drive monies. Many organizations would find it difficult without our support.


If there are any questions, please feel free to contact George Stump our State MI Director with any of your questions.


Normalcy will return and the Knights of Columbus will always support the less fortunate.



Please keep up your best spirits as we manage our way through this unusual situation.  Be patient, hope for the best, this will pass. But always plan prudently.


As we find ourselves in an unprecedented time, with our Church, schools, businesses and council events being closed or postponed to a later date due to the concerns from the most recent virus, we cannot sit and be idle on the sidelines. This is a time we as Knights look at our councils and their families to see where we can help; help the elderly, help with food delivery, help get formula and diapers to babies and their families. We step up when others will not or cannot.


Ask your pastors who or how your councils can help.


Be smart when helping in your community by practicing good hygiene and washing your hands often. Many people can’t help themselves and this is where we the Knights of Columbus come in. 


Please stay calm, don’t overreact and have faith with prayer. This will pass and we will get back to normalcy.


I know at times like this the last thing some may think about is asking men to join our great organization but now is the time more than ever. The more that join our ranks the stronger we will be, the more we can do. We will always protect the Catholic Church, Be here for our Bishops, Priests and all Clergy. 


Please share this with your council officers. God bless everyone,


Bill Chasse Michigan State Deputy    

2020 State Spelling Bee Winners

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Mar 18, 2020 7:30 PM


The State Spelling Bee was held on Sunday March 8th in Essexville, hosted by Fr. Van Rooy Council #2740. The winners and runners-up from the previously held diocesan spelling bees competed for the state championship.  All the contestants performed extremely well, and it was only after many rounds of competition that our winners and runners-up were determined.










In the Grade 7-9 Division:


Winner:  Brendan Pawlicki from Shelby Township


Runner Up;  Savana Ruggenbuck from Harbor Beach


 


In the Grade 4-6 Division:


Winner:  Jeveesh Prabaharan from Cass City


Runner Up:  Peyton Ruggenbuck from Harbor Beach


20 spell bee winners

Many people helped with this year’s bee. Thanks to pronouncers Rose Marie Rowley and District Deputy Ken Warzybok. Also thanks to those who served as judges or at registration, including State Raffle Director Kevin Rowley, Detroit Program Director Paul Palka, Saginaw Program Director Ray Gehlman, Saginaw Membership Director Willaim Learman, Gaylor Program Director Philip Parker, Lansing Program Director Dean Hayward, Grand Rapids Program Director Ken Skonecki and Lady Deb. Special thanks to State Advocate Barry Borsenik for attending and addressing the assembled participants and families.


Thank you, Michael Haughey 


State Youth Activities Director


586-873-9234


 

State Youth Free Throw Tourney Cancelled

By: Gary Merritt - Sat, Mar 14, 2020 7:30 PM



 



Basketball & net



The State Youth Free Throw Contest scheduled for Sunday March 15 has been CANCELLED!


Will let you know when we have a plan in place to reschedule, no information at this point.


Sorry for the inconvenience.

 

Bill Leveque State Program Director

2020 Keep Christ in Christmas Youth Poster winners

By: Gary Merritt - Sat, Mar 14, 2020 7:30 PM

















2020 KCIC poster winner 8-10

Age 8-10 state winner is Valeria Delgado from Sturgis. 


Valeria's entry was submitted by Deacon Jerry Mix Council #2508 in Sturgis.


2020 KCIC poster winner 8-10

Age 5-7 state winner is Dylen Papke from Waterford. 


Dylen's entry was submitted by John XXIII Council #5436 in Waterford.


2020 KCIC poster winner 11-14

Age 11-14 state winner is Sophia Feldpausch from Byron Township.


Sophia's entry was submitted by San Sebastian Council #14642 in Byron Center.



These winners will receive a certificate and a gift card, and their entries have been submitted to the Supreme Council for consideration in the international competition.






Michael Haughey

State Youth Activities Director

(586)873-9234 m.haughy@mikofc.org




2020 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest.

By: Gary Merritt - Fri, Mar 13, 2020 7:30 PM


Congratulations









student desk

Listed below are the Michigan winners and runners up for the 2020 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest. 


This year's theme was "Discuss the meaning of Virtue and how you live and embody the Virtue of Charity." 


Many fine submissions were received from throughout the state. 



 


12th Grade Winner is Noah Bock from Temperance. His entry was submitted by council #8902.


12th Grade Runner Up is Hannah Klatzke from Sterling Heights. Her entry was submitted by council #13983.


11th Grade Winner is Madeline Jane Battie from Mount Clemens. Her entry was submitted by council #13983'


11th Grade Runner Up is Liam Regan from Grand Rapids. His entry was submitted by council #13641.


10th Grade Winner is Gianna Dugan from Grand Rapids. Her entry was submitted by council #13641.


10th Grade Runner Up is Alexis Jordan from Washington. Her entry was submitted by council #13983.


9th Grade Winner is Annaliese Heath from Chesterfield. Her entry was submitted by council #13983.


9th Grade Runner Up is Sam Blouw from Hudsonville. His entry was submitted by council #13641


8th Grade Winner is Gwendolyn Block from St. Clair Shores. Her entry was submitted by council #3725.


8th Grade Runner Up is Samantha Dick from Grand Rapids. Her entry was submitted by council #4362.


These essays have been submitted to Supreme Council for consideration in the International Level Competition.  Each of these winners and runners up will receive a certificate and gift card.  Great work from all of those that entered!


Michael Haughey m.haughey@mikofc.org


State Youth Activities Director


(586)873-9234