Adopt-a-Parish in Mideast

By: Gary Merritt - Sat, Jan 25, 2020 3:30 AM


My Brother Knights, As many of you may know, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced a new Adopt-a-Parish initiative for the Order during his remarks at the Supreme Convention.









Christian bros in mideast

The need for our Christian brothers in the Middle East is great. Years of persecution, war and international conflict have severely diminished the Christian population, ignored basic human dignity and promoted a culture of death. As Knights, we have the opportunity to assist our persecuted brothers and create a culture of life. 


Participating councils are asked to pledge $2,500.00 a fraternal year for two years, during which they receive contact information for their adopted parish priest. All participating councils that meet their yearly commitment can count the Adopt-a-Parish initiative as two credits for Life programs towards their Columbian Award. Councils unable to make the two-year commitment can receive one credit for Life programs by hosting a fundraiser and making a donation to one of their neighboring councils’ Adopt-a-Parish initiative.



 There are 15 Catholic parishes in Iraq who still are in need of a Knights of Columbus partner, and adopted parishes will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Every council that participates receives a free fundraising webpage which enables them to receive debit and credit card donations from brother Knights, family and the local community.


To express interest or sign up for the Adopt-a-Parish initiative, please contact Evan Holguin, Coordinator of Faith Programs. He can be reached by email at Evan.Holguin@kofc.org or by phone at (203) 752-4164.


We thank you for your help in promoting this important initiative, which brings much needed support and fraternity to our persecuted brothers in Iraq. 

Lansing Diocesan Spelling Bee Cancelled

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Jan 19, 2020 3:30 AM


 Special Alert


Worthies, due to the inclement weather forecast for tomorrow, we are postponing the Lansing Spelling Bee contest one week. It will not be on 1/18/2020, instead it will be on 1/25/2020. The event will remain scheduled at St. Thomas the Apostle church  530 Elizabeth St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. The event will begin around 10:00 AM after 9:00 AM mass on Sat Jan 25, 2020. If you have any questions you can call me at 810-599-9564 or GK587 John Owdziej at 734-604-5477. 


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Mich KC 60th Ultrasound

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Jan 19, 2020 3:30 AM


Wednesday January 15, 2020 marked the dedication for the 60th Ultrasound Machine in Michigan which took place at ArborWoman (Emmaus Health) in Ann Arbor.


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Deacon Wayne Slomiany joined by his wife Carol from St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea provided the opening prayer and blessed the Ultrasound machine. In attendance, District Deputy Bob Padley and wife Beth, IPSD Ken Unterbrink & wife Ellie, Council #3092 GK Ken Klovski & wife Stacey, DGK Vince Elie, Treasurer Rich Hollo, GK #6674 Brian Lindsley, GK #6223 Don Kortas, wife Marcia, Dr. William (Rusty) Chavey President, Shann Patton Board Chairman , husband Tim, Dr. Phil Fleming, Lynn Schwenk RN, Kelly Kendall Administrator, staff, and Brother Knights & ladies from neighboring Councils. Others in attendance MI K of C Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan.


Sponsoring Council: St. Louis Guanella Council #3092, along with help from neighboring Parishes & Councils  #6223 & #6674.


Board Chairman Shann Patton communicated the importance of this Ultrasound Machine while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity and commitment to Protecting the Unborn. Dr. William (Rusty) Chavey along with Dr. Phil Fleming shared with those in attendance just how crucial the ultrasound machine has become, stating an abortion minded woman will often seek help from their Doctor first.  This gives us the opportunity to not only allow them to see their unborn child but also provide them with their health care needs, and counseling.









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Deacon Wayne Slomiany concluded the ceremony by providing us with an inspirational and memorable closing prayer.


Many thanks to all who participated and donated that may not be mentioned, please know that without all of you none of this would be possible.


And last but far from least, let us not forget Supreme Council Knights of Columbus for their matching funds program which has surpassed its original goal of 1,000 Life Saving Ultrasound Machines Order wide.


To view a list of the locations of the Mich KC ultrasounds click here.


God bless, Tim & Cindy Donovan State Pro Life Chair Couple     Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus  


State RTL dinner 2020

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Jan 19, 2020 3:30 AM










Thursday, March 19, 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


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 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.


2020 Tribute Banquet

By: Gary Merritt - Sat, Jan 18, 2020 3:30 AM













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  State Deputy's Membership Tribute Banquet   Saturday,February 29, 2020 at


DeCarlo's Banquet & Convention Center


Warren, Michigan.


Social hour 6 PM Dinner 7 PM.


 

SD S Marybeth


 

This year we will be honoring our State Deputy William H. Chasse and the Councils, Grand Knights, District Deputies and General Agents who have worked so hard to reach their membership goals. This is always a great Mid-Winter event and always a fun night of socializing and fraternalizing with your Brother Knights and wives. 



Don't be left out, get your RSVP form and money in as soon as possible to the State Office.


Tickets are still available….Click here; Tribute Banquet, for registration form.

KC Hall Houses Residents After Fire

By: Gary Merritt - Fri, Jan 17, 2020 3:30 AM


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December 30, 2020


Residents of The Brook evacuated following minor fire


WEST BRANCH — The Brook of West Branch retirement community was evacuated around 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 due to a fire in the building’s D wing, according to West Branch City Police Chief Ken Walters. There were no injuries reported.


The fire was reportedly started by a resident suffering from dementia. 


“It was a cardboard box with a lid on fire in the hallway in D wing, and it tripped the sprinkler heads, which flooded out a bunch of rooms,” Walters said. 


There was no fire damage to the building, however, a reception center was set up at the West Branch Knights of Columbus hall to temporarily house residents whose rooms were affected by the sprinklers being tripped.


Matt Keeton The Ogemaw Councty Herarld  


January 6, 2020


 To;


Grand Knight Rick Leibler KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Ogemaw Council #2022 West Branch, MI


Dear Grand Knight Leibler,


Late at night on Saturday, December 28, The Brook Nursing facility experienced a fire incident requiring over 50 residents be evacuated and transported to a suitable shelter. That cold and weathered night, your K OF C Council, and Brother Knights came to the immediate rescue of the most vulnerable and frightened residents of The Brook, most likely while most has already been in bed for the night.


Your fellow Knights immediately sprang into action to open the Knights of Columbus hall, prepare it to accommodate patients that needed the most tender care, awoken from their sleep, and moved out quickly. One can only imagine how frightening this would be for each patient, it was a cold, bad weather night. While our local emergency managers, law enforcement, EMS, 911, and Fire Department assisted on site, your fellow Knights opened your arms in welcome to these vulnerable elderly patients. I imagine that your Knight members likely knew several of the patients and believe that brought them comfort in seeing familiar faces.


We are told this is at least the second time that the Knights have assisted the patients of The Brook due to an evacuation emergency. We understand that the Red Cross also assisted at the rescue site and, in addition, at the Council Building.


On behalf of the City and West Branch City Council, we are so appreciative of what the Knights of Columbus were able to do on both occasions. The Knights and your leadership at the State and National level need to be aware of what you did and of our heartfelt thankfulness. As God’s children, you took in and offered shelter to the most vulnerable of our elderly residents.


Often times in the rush to respond to a crisis and the aftermath, we forget to thank and highlight the exceptional efforts of volunteers and organizations that contribute so much.


Grand Knight Rick Leibler, the Council 2022 and its brother Knights are owed a debt of gratitude. You have much to be proud of.


Very Sincerely and most Gratefully,


Paul Frechette, Mayor of West Branch


Frank Goodroe, City Manager

Online Membership Discount

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Jan 16, 2020 3:30 AM


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Since 1882, membership in the Knights of Columbus has been open to men 18 years of age or older who are "practical" (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. Since that time, the Knights of Columbus has understood "practical catholic" to mean a Catholic who accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, i and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.


  Supreme Discount to end JAN. 15


It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new opportunity for you to renew your faith with the Knights of Columbus. 


Join Catholic men just like you striving to strengthen their faith, their families, and their communities as members of the Knights of Columbus.  Every Knight makes a difference. Each man brings a unique story, a particular set of skills, and a heart that is ready to serve.


We invite you to take this exciting step and join us today.  This is a decision that could define your year and an opportunity that could change your life. 


 This invitation comes with an offer to save 50% off your first year of Online Membership. Simply enter the promo code NEWYEAR2020 when you join online today by clicking: NEWYEAR2020 


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Mich KC 59th Ultrasound

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Jan 15, 2020 3:30 AM


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Wednesday January 8, 2020 marked the dedication for the 59th Ultrasound Machine in Michigan which took place at Beacon of Hope Pregnancy Care Center in Saginaw. Fr. Peter Gaspeny Pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Saginaw provided the opening prayer and blessed the Ultrasound machine. Fr. Pete was joined by Diocesan Chaplain Reverend James Wm. Bessert, and Fr. Mark Hops. In attendance, District Deputy Nick Cain, General Agent Brian Barlow, Regional Director James Callahan Jr., Council #8808 GK Mike Metiva& wife Victoria, Frank Cieslak & Assembly #2049 Color Guard, Madison Velez & Molly McCarthy from Nouvel Catholic Protect Life Club in Saginaw, Lori Becker & Stephanie Flynn from the Saginaw Diocese, Shannon Martin former Director, and current Executive Director Amanda McKim, staff, and Brother Knights & ladies from neighboring Councils. Others in attendance, State Council State Advocate Barry Borsenik, and MI K of C Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan.


Sponsoring Council: Fr. Robert W. Davey Council #8808, along with help from neighboring Parishes & Councils  #4232 & #0477.









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Executive Director Amanda McKim communicated the importance of this Ultrasound Machine while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity and commitment to Protecting the Unborn. State Advocate Barry Borsenik recognized & thanked everyone for their attendance and support of this ministry. Fr. Peter Gaspeny concluded the ceremony by providing us with an inspirational and memorable closing prayer.


 

Many thanks to all who participated and donated that may not be mentioned, please know that without all of you none of this would be possible.


And last but far from least, let us not forget Supreme Council Knights of Columbus for their matching funds program which has surpassed its original goal of 1,000 Life Saving Ultrasound Machines Order wide.


God bless, Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus


To view a list of the locations of the Mich KC ultrasounds click here

Holy Cross Services

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Jan 12, 2020 3:30 AM


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 Holy Cross Hero!

This week we have three HEROES Linda Mayhew, Emily Veele and Eren Phelps! We want to thank them for all their hard work and help with Operation Good Cheer for our Muskegon foster care program last month!  December 2019 marked the 49th year of making Christmas wishes come true for foster care children in Michigan.  Thousands of generous volunteers gather annually to participate in Operation Good Cheer collecting donated gifts and delivering them to the children and youth in foster care across Michigan. Thank you; Linda, Emily and Eren for your part in that great project!


 
 

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL


“Holy Cross knows how to treat us. People tend to think that kids in foster care are needy and don’t have normal lives like everyone else. They (Holy Cross staff) don’t think of us like that. They treat us like who we are – normal kids who are just having a hard time in life. That’s what else is great about the staff here. They don’t pretend like everything is okay when we first arrive. They understand that this is a very hard process. They sit us down and ask, ‘Are you okay?’ The staff actually care about us, and understand that it isn’t easy to adapt right away.”


Here are some pictures of new construction at our New Hope Community Center where the new behavioral health offices are going in ! 


HCS New Hope construct