10 for Charities Program - Michigan Charities Fund

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Dec 9, 2019 3:30 AM

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In the spirit of charity, the principle of our Order, with your voluntary contributions the   Take “10” for Charities Program of the Michigan Charities Fund has continued to grow as a State Council resource for those in need.

 Since its inception in 1977 the Take “5” Program, now the “10” for Charites Program of the Michigan Charities Fund has been able to help many charities, listed below are a few of them.


* All Diocesan Vocations

* Archdiocese Clergy Outing – Vocations

* Bishop Baraga Association

* Catholic Education

* Capuchin Community Center

* Catholic High School League

* Catholic Publications

* Center for Women

* Family Donations all Dioceses

* Catholic Radio

* Holy Cross Children Services

* Most Holy Trinity Parish

* Guest House

* Livingston County Ultra Sound Initiative

* Sacred Heart Major Seminary

* RTL Agencies

* Parochial Schools Cross Country Youth Rally

* Shared Pregnancy Crisis Center

* Special Days Cancer Camp

* Prep Bowl/RTL Mich. Education Fund

* Squires Scholarship

* St. Anne’s Mackinac Island

* St. Francis Cabrini Clinic

* St. Francis Retreat Center

* St. Vincent Home Lansing

* Solanus Casey Center

* Students for Life

* Summer Scripture, Lansing

* UP Catholic Newspaper


   A $10.00 contribution by each of the approximately 66,000 Michigan Knights would give the Michigan Charities Fund $ 660,000.00 to distribute. Just think of the good that we could do if each member gave his fair share.

   We need your support! Please include $10.00 or more with your dues payment or send a separate check payable to your local council. (Write “10” for Charities Program) on the memo line. Your Financial Secretary will send the total ”10” for Charities Program contributions to the State Secretary.

   Working together as a team of 66,000 we can be a tremendous force of support for those who truly need us. Please do what you can. We thank you in advance for your help to help others. Vivat Jesus!

Attention Worthy Financial Secretaries,

   As the council, annual dues billing season approaches please insure the list of charities which receive support from the State Council is distributed with your billings.

   For those councils that bill manually by hard mail it is easy. Just insert the slip listing the charities provided by the State through your District Deputy into the billing envelope.

   For councils that bill electronically we need you to make an extra step and either mail the slip separately or add as an e-mail attachment to your members.

   A copy of the slip which you may attach to your e-billing is found on our website under Resources/Forms/Council Forms and is linked here

    The promotion of the “10” for Charities Program by distribution of the slip is essential for the funding of our charities program.

 Thanks for your cooperation.  Any questions may be directed to:

 William J. Walsh PSD Director “10” for Charity Program - Michigan Charities Fund. 517-629-9273

Archbishop Vigneron USCCB

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Nov 14, 2019 3:30 AM

BREAKING: Archbishop Vigneron

elected vice president of U.S. bishops conference.

Arch Bishop Vigneron in Baltimore

 Detroit archbishop to serve alongside Los Angeles Archbishop Gomez, who is elected president during bishops' fall assembly on November 12.

To view the entire article from Detroit Catholic Daily Digest click here.

State Council Sponsored Coats for Kids

By: Gary Merritt - Fri, Nov 8, 2019 3:30 AM

Coats for Kids is an Order-wide program began in 2009 by the Supreme Council. It’s designed to provide warmth to children in need during the winter months. Since the program’s inception, nearly half a million new coats have been distributed in the United States and Canada.

Knights of Columbus across North America collect donations from council members and purchase the new winter coats at a discount rate from the Supreme Council. Local councils then distribute the coats in their communities.

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This year, about 50 Michigan councils are signed up to participate, with over 400 volunteers statewide, according to Bill Leveque, State Program Director. “The reception of it has been overwhelming,” Leveque said. “The Center for Hope in Flint expressed a need for about 600 coats, and we gave over 900 coats to another local church last week in Plymouth. It’s been a great response from the communities, and the smiles on the kids’ face when they pick out a coat is amazing.”


The State Council provided several hundred coats for distribution by local councils joining together in District & Diocesan give-away dates. From Detroit to Grand Rapids to Muskegon, Directors, District Deputies and council members determined central points where the need was the greatest for these events.


The annual totals of the give-away program reach record levels yearly because the need continues to grow. The State Council realizes this so the program will continue at the local level with their assistance until the allotment of coats is depleted.




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Over 700 coats were donated in a couple of hours on a Saturday in Detroit. In Grand Rapids on another Saturday over 200 were given away directly to children, with another 180 donated to charitable agencies for distribution to those they determine in need. On an evening in Muskegon 269 coats were given to children in 3 hours.

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The total number of coats given away this year cannot be determined at this time because many local councils organize this program independently and promote the schedule dates through local media and parish bulletins as well as social media. But we expect another record year. As State Program Director Bill says, “the smiles on the kids’ face when they pick out a coat is amazing.”

Mich Knights 58th Ultrasound

By: Gary Merritt - Fri, Nov 1, 2019 7:30 PM

Wednesday October 30, 2019 marked the dedication for the 58th Knights of Columbus sponsored Ultrasound Machine in Michigan which took place at St. Basil the Great Catholic Church in Eastpointe for ICU Birth Choice Mobile Unit & the Ultrasound Machine.

Fr. Eric Fedewa Pastor of St. Basil and Board member provided the opening prayer and blessed the mobile unit and the Ultrasound machine. 


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In attendance, District Deputy Howard Weathington who also drives the mobile unit along with driver Emanuel Lughermo, District Deputy Joe Brenner, Council #15967 GK Dan Torres & William King representing the sponsoring Council, Birth Choice Services founder Shannon Wygant, ICU Birth Choice Board President Ken Gabriel, Archdiocese of Detroit Pro Life Coordinator Kathleen Wilson and husband James Wilson Board Member, Brad & Jesi Smith from Save the 1, along with Lana Mangiapane MI Republican Party, James Mangiapane, friends, and Brother Knights & ladies from neighboring Councils. Others in attendance, State Council State Warden Charles McCuen lll, and MI K of C Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan.

Sponsoring Council: St. Daniel #15967 along with the help of neighboring Councils #14883, #6824, #5436 & Assembly #0477.

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 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,

 Tim & Cindy Donovan Pro Life Chair Couple                                               

Michigan State Council

Knights of Columbus                                                                                                               


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

Delta Church Drive Review

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Oct 17, 2019 7:30 PM

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To view the power point presentation from our Regional Training Director Jon Olson click the above logo.

 To view and print the Delta Drive checklist and the pulpit announcements go to; Resources/Membership/Delta Drive or click here  

          Make a Diff logo       To view "Making a Difference" notes click the logo 

News Just In!

We received the following information from our Supreme Regional Training Director Jon Olson about some upcoming opportunities to learn more about why and how to conduct a Delta Church Drive.  These Delta Drives have been working very well in Michigan for the past year and the councils have reported good results.

Please take time to join one of the webinars and learn more about this tool to help with your council’s sustainability.  Once you email Jon, you will receive information on how to access the webinar via the internet.

From Jon Olson -

I am offering 5 sessions on the Delta church drive the last week of January.  Attendees need to email Jon and include in the RSVP:

Name, Council, State & Which session they would like to attend

Send RSVP to jon.olson@kofc.org

  Schedule of meeting times:

Sunday 1/26 at 3:00 PM EST                 Monday 1/27 at 7:00 PM EST

                 Tuesday 1/28 at 7:00 PM EST        Wednesday 1/29 at 9:00 PM EST

 Thursday 1/30 at 7:00 PM EST

79th Annual State Bowling Tourney

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Oct 17, 2019 7:30 PM

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Worthy Brother Knights,


We are pleased to extend to you a most cordial invitation to participate in the 79th Annual Michigan State Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament, hosted by Father L.P. Gauthier Council #10170.




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Tournament dates: Officers’ Tournament February 8, 2020 & February 16, 2020

Team event only entry fee is $115.00 per team. (5 MAN TEAMS)

Squad times are 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Saturday 2/8 and 10:00 am Sunday 2/16

Open Division begins February 15, 2020 thru March 8, 2020

 Squad times we be 10:00 am for Singles, Doubles and 10:00 for Team events.

 Entry fee, $23.00 per man per event, $6.00 all events optional. ($75.00)  


 Entry fee must be enclosed with your entry Form.


Open Division Start time may change, currently both Sat & Sun are set at 10:00 am start.


  Bowling Center: Richfield Bowl, 5340 Richfield Rd, Flint MI 48506 (810) 736-4880


 Headquarters: Best Western Plus -6075 Hill 23 Dr. Flint MI 48507 (810) 233-9000


 Group Room Rate, $92.00.


 Tournament averages will be used by everyone who has bowled in past tournaments. Tournament averages are based on all games bowled over the last four tournaments, anyone who has not bowled in the tournament since 2016 will not have a tournament average. Tournament averages can be found on the bowling web page at: WWW.MICHIGANKOFCATHLETICS.COM.


 The location of the tournament is selected by the bowling association board of directors at its’ annual meeting. 2021 tournament will be in Warren, MI, hosted by Bishop Murphy #3257 with Knights on Bikes. Councils hosting the tournament have reported making $20,000 or more. Funds which can use to support the programs the Council sponsors. The tournament can be hosted by individual councils or by district as was done 2016 in Monroe. The location of the 2022 tournament has not be selected. If your district or a council in your district is interested in hosting the State Tournament please contact me and I will send what is required of them.






 Forms are also available on the Mich. State Website, click here.


 Fraternally yours, Karl J. Zawalski, Secretary 586-322-5275 

CHSL Prep Bowl

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Oct 17, 2019 7:30 PM

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Catholic High School League Prep Bowl XLVII takes over Ford Field this weekend for football and tributes

Annual fall classic will feature full slate of games this weekend, with championship played a week later at Eastern Michigan University.

DETROIT — Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions, will become the home of the Catholic High School League on Saturday, Oct. 19, for a full day of football and special tributes.

Prep Bowl XLVII will feature CYO football in the morning and high school football in the afternoon and early evening. Sprinkled in between and among the games all day long will be presentations by the Michigan Knights of Columbus — longtime sponsors of the Prep Bowl — and awards to scholar-athletes, All Catholic, All League and All Academic athletes, and junior varsity champions.

2019 Youth Soccer Challenge

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, Oct 15, 2019 7:30 PM

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The 2019 State Soccer Shootout for the Michigan Jurisdiction was conducted on October 6th at St. John Vianney Church in Wyoming. 

We had a great facility, fabulous weather and participants from across the state competed.   

Our winners for 2019 are:

 9 yr old   girls:    Elley Shoultes          Bentley                  Council #2986

 9 yr old   boys:   Hunter Alspaugh      Cadillac                  Council #1224

10 yr old girls:    Elizabeth Doerr         Bad Axe                 Council #1546

10 yr old boys:   Isaac Richter            Cadillac                   Council #1224

11 yr old girls:    Chloe Robinson        Indian River            Council #7365

11 yr old boys:   Levi Cameron           Sterling                   Council #2724

12 yr old girls:    Rebecca Doerr          Bad Axe                 Council #1546

12 yr old boys:   Landen Galarno        Bad Axe                  Council #1546

13 yr old girls:    Olivia Seif                 Grand Rapids          Council 13641

13 yr old boys:   Anderson Kolenda    Grand Rapids          Council 13641

14 yr old girls:     Natalie Wandrie       Alanson                   Council #7365

14 yr old boys:    Bryce Verdusco       Omer                       Council #7717


2019 Soccer winners

Thanks to all that made this event succesful! Mike Haughey State Youth Activities Director