Fighting the Reproductive Freedom For All Petition

By: Ed Strach - Thu, Jun 16, 2022 9:55 AM


Updated RFFA Petition Schedule – Including the Upper Peninsula, Festivals, Rallies, and local Farmer Markets

This is to keep you informed of the latest abortion petition drive schedule. Please take time to review this updated schedule and take an active part in the “Decline to Sign” initiative.

In light of this latest push for support of RFFA, I am calling on all Brother Knights and their families to stand up and participate in the Decline to Sign Initiative. The current call to action is this: If you see someone requesting signatures for the RFFA petition to listen in on the discussion and ensure the message is clear – this is to legalize abortion and more. In addition, have a hand made sign ready that simply states “Decline to Sign, Stand for Life” or personalize your message.

 Reproductive Freedom for All Petition Schedule for the balance of June 2022

June 2022

 

16 – Sonic Lunch Series, Ann Arbor @ 11am
16 – Signing Event, Beulah @ 12pm
16 – Farmer’s market, Charlevoix @ 8:30am
16 – Music in the Park, Dowagiac @ 7:30pm

16 – Wharton Center, East Lansing @ 5:30pm
16 – Farmer’s Market, Flint @ 9am
16 – Family Fun Fest, Grand Blanc @ 5pm
16 – Signing Event, Honor @ 10am

16 – Night Market, Kalamazoo @ 5pm
16 – 517 Juneteenth Weekend, Lansing @ 8pm
16 – Rock N’Rides, Royal Oak @ 4pm
16 – Salty Summer Sounds, Saline @ 7pm
16 – Dodge Park Farmer’s Market, Sterling Heights @ 3pm
16 – Bandshell Concert, Williamston @ 6pm
17 – Juneteenth Family Day, Battle Creek @ 6pm
17 – Juneteenth Mobility Stroll and Roll, Dearborn @ 6pm
17 – Elberta Summer Solstice Festival, Elberta @ 4pm

17 – Food Truck Friday, Grand Rapids @ 5pm
17 – Jazz Fest, East Lansing @ 3:30pm & 6:30pm
17 – Lake Lansing Park, Meridian Charter Twp. @ 6pm
17 – Oak Park Summer Blast, Oak Park @ 6pm
17 – Farmer’s Market, Petosky @ 9am
17 – Music in the Park, Plymouth @ 3:30pm
17 – Shelby Twp Summer Kickoff, Shelby Twp @ 4pm

17 – Farmer’s market, Troy @ 11am
18 – Farmer’s Market, Ann Arbor @ 11am
18 – Juneteenth, Ann Arbor 10am
18 – Juneteenth, Canton @ 2pm
18 – Farmer’s Market, Cheboygan @ 9am

18 – Walk Together, Detroit @ 9am
18 – Signing Event, De Tour @ 10am
18 – Emergent Justice Juneteenth, Detroit @ 3pm
18 – Farmer’s Market, Dexter @ 9am

18 – Wharton Center, East Lansing @ 6:30pm
18 – Jazz Fest, East Lansing @ 3:30pm & 6:30pm
18 – Farmer’s Market, Farmington @ 10am

18 – Farmer’s Market, Fenton @ 5pm
18 – Juneteenth Family Fun Day, Flint @ 3pm

18 – Farmer’s Market, Gaylord @ 9am
18 – Farmer’s Market, Grand Rapids @ 10am

18 – March for Our Lives, Grand Rapids @ 12:30pm
18 – Grand Rapids Pride Festival, Grand Rapids @ 12pm
18 – Juneteenth Festival, Grand Rapids @ 2pm
18 – Grosse Pointe Pride, Grosse Pointe @ 11:30am
18 – Sound Mind Sound Body 7 on 7 Tournament, Harper Woods @ 9:30am
18 – Farmer’s market, Harbor Springs @ 9am
18 – Hazel Park Zoo Juneteenth, Hazel Park @ 1pm
18 – Juneteenth, Holland @ 3pm
18 – Juneteenth, Inkster @ 12pm
18 – Farmer’s Market, Kalamazoo @ 9am
18 – Texas Township Farmer’s market, Kalamazoo @ 9am
18 – Juneteenth, Madison Heights @ 12pm

18 – Farmer’s Market, Marquette @ 9am
18 – Farmer’s Market, Muskegon @ 9am

18 – Farmer’s Market, Okemos @ 10am
18 – Spring Fest, Pentwater @ 10am
18 – Farmer’s market, Plymouth @ 10am
18 – Farmer’s Market, Saline @ 8am
18 – Juneteenth, Southfield @ 12pm

18 – Farmer’s Market, St. Joseph @ 9am
18 – Common Decency Buffet, Traverse City @ 12pm
18 – Farmer’s Market, Ypsilanti @ 9am
18 – Juneteenth Celebration, Ypsilanti @ 11am
18 – Juneteenth, West Bloomfield Twp @ 10am
18 – White lake Arts & Crafts Fair, Whitehall @ 10am
19 – Sunday Artisan Market, Ann Arbor @ 11am
19 – Juneteenth at the Cut, Detroit @ 1pm
19 – Juneteenth, Dearborn Heights @ 1pm

19– Farmer’s market, East Lansing @ 10am
19 – Nine on Nine Concert Series, Ferndale @ 4pm
19 – Juneteenth Celebration, Flint @ 12pm

19 – Justice 4 All Juneteenth Jam, Grand Rapids @ 1pm
19 – Juneteenth, Marquette @ 12pm
19 – Farmer’s Market, Portage @ 9am
19 – Sundays @ the Square, Warren @ 9:30am

20 – Jazz in the Park, Grand Rapids @ 6:30pm
21 – Texas Township Farmer’s Market, Kalamazoo @ 4pm
21 – Livonia Spree 2022, Livonia @ 4pm
22 – Farmer’s Market, Boyne City @ 8:30am

22 – Music in the Park, Sault Sainte Marie @ 7pm
22 – Music on the Lake, St. Clair Shores @ 7pm
23 – Lake Orion Jubilee, Orion @ 5pm
23 – Bandshell Concert, Williamston @ 6pm
24 – Stroll to Streets, Boyne City @ 6pm
24 – Food Truck Festival, Grand Blanc @ 5pm
24 – Fulton Street Farmer’s market, Grand Rapids @ 8am
24 – Lake Lansing Park, Meridian Charter Twp. @ 6pm
24 – Engineer’s Day, Sault Sainte Marie @ 10am
25 – Flint Pride, Flint @ 2pm
25 – Benton Harbor Pride, Benton Harbor @ 3pm
25 – Holland Pride, Holland @ 12pm
25 – Holland Pride, Holland 12pm
25 – Frankenfest, Lansing @ 10:30am, 1:30pm, & 4:30pm
25 – Lakeshore Art Festival, Muskegon @ 9am
25 -- Common Decency Buffet, Traverse City @ 12pm
25 – Pride Drag Show Fundraiser, Salt Sainte Marie @ 9am
26 – Park Market, Clawson @ 9am
26 – Lansing Pride, Lansing @ 11am
26 – Farmer’s Market, St. Clair Shores @ 8am
26 – Macomb County Pride Parade, Sterling Heights @ 2pm
28 – Petosky Pride, Petosky @ 5:30pm

28 – YWCA Kalamazoo: Stand Against Racism Petition Drive, Virtual @ 8am
29 – Music on the Lake, St. Clair Shores @ 7pm
30 – Street Musique/Blessing of the Fleet, Harbor Springs @ 6pm
30 – Summer Concert, Troy @ 5:30pm

 

To help you do this, I highly encourage you to visit Citizens to Support MI Women and Children online: https://supportmiwomenandchildren.org. On this website, you will find printable resources that tell the truth about the amendment and can be used to guide you, your community, and your churches in learning the facts. This is a great resource to use that will help you answer this urgent call to action.

And finally, I am available to answer any questions you have about this call to action. You may call me or email me and we can discuss any questions or ideas that you have.

Now is the time to Stand Up for Life! Our action, or inaction, in this initiative will have a lasting impact for generations to come. 

Ed Strach State Life Director

Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus

734-476-6296

Image of God Baby Blankets

By: Ed Strach - Thu, Jun 16, 2022 9:49 AM


Order your “Created in the Image of God”baby blankets!

 Place your today for only $10 per blanket (additional shipping fee for orders of five or less blankets).

Created in the Image of God

· Blankets include Knights of Columbus logo with the Created  in the Image of God inscription

· Material is cotton and double layered

· Size is  45”x 45”

 · Donating these blankets will support your local pregnancy center

· Parish baptism gift

· Donate to your local hospital (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit—NICU)

· Great gift idea for family and friends

 Click below for the order form and mail your order in today! 

Click HERE for the order form and mail your order in today!

Thank you for your order and support of Life. If you have any questions please contact us at;

Ed & Lynn Strach Michigan State Pro-Life Couple

734-476-6296

Special Olympics Unified Cup International Soccer Championships

By: John Hundiak - Wed, Jun 15, 2022 1:06 PM


Breaking news!

The Special Olympics Unified Cup International Soccer Championships are coming to Detroit!

July 31 – August 6, Detroit will welcome over 300 athletes from 25 nations to compete in football (soccer)—the world’s most popular sport. The Special Olympics Unified Cup features competition broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers across the globe. The week-long event will showcase athletic performances on the pitch and highlight stereotype-defying stories off the pitch — changing minds and opening hearts through transformational inclusion.  Additional information can be found at www.somi.org.         

The planning for this event is an immense task.  At this point, I can tell you that all Knights are invited to the opening Ceremonies (including the Honor Guards) and the Knights will be asked to cook on Friday, August 5, 2022 at the Corner Park (aka Old Tiger Stadium location).  We will need some grilles to be brought from councils (food will be provided).  If you are able to assist with the grilles and cooking, please contact me directly at j.hundiak@mikofc.org.

There are a variety of volunteers needed for this event.  Below is a link to the signup website.  The site describes the various types of volunteers needed, age requirements and health requirements.

https://specialolympicsunifiedcup2022.my-trs.com/

You may access the Volunteer Guidebook HERE.

As I learn more details and information, I will send out emails, post it on the State Website and send out via your weekly Constant Contact.  I will say that there will be changes along the way so stayed tuned!

John Hundiak   State Special Olympics Director

Robbie Waclawski  Special Olympics Michigan                                           

State Donation to Sacred Heart Major Seminary

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Jun 13, 2022 9:24 AM


Archbishop's Gala

 On Friday night June 10th, our State Deputy Walter Winkle presented a check to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the amount of $100,000 for this year's installment of the Endowment Fund for Seminarians. These are your Councils donations for the last 12 months! We are well on our way to our $1,000,000 goal!

Keep sending in your funds if you have not done so already.

Honors for State Chaplain Fr. Paul

By: Paul J. Palka - Sun, Jun 12, 2022 11:33 AM


Our Worthy State Chaplain Father Paul Ballien was honored by Supreme and the Brother Knights of St John Neumann Council #16169 of Canton on Friday June 11, 2022.

 

Call for Life Interview Series at the State Convention

By: Ed Strach - Sat, Jun 11, 2022 10:39 AM


Rise Up and Answer the Call for Life Series Interview:

With Christen Pollo, Advocate for Citizens to Support MI Women and Children; Paul Long, President & CEO Michigan Catholic Conference and Walter Winkle, State Deputy Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus.

This interview will give you a firsthand perspective about the actions against the Reproductive Freedom For All petition and more important information on how you can help promote the dignity and support for Life.

 Thanks, State Life Director

Ed Strach

New Lumen Christi Principle

By: Walter Winkle - Wed, Jun 8, 2022 9:47 AM


The new appoined principal of Lumen Christi School in Jackson is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Anniversary for Bishop Bradley

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Jun 6, 2022 10:14 AM


Congratulations to Most Reverend Paul J Bradley on the 13th Anniversary of his installation as Bishop of Kalamazoo! May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and inspire your ministry!

Motto: “Waiting in Joyful Hope” St.   Paul’s Letter to Titus 2:13 On June 5,   2009 Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley   was installed as the fourth Bishop for   the Diocese of Kalamazoo. Prior to   his appointment he was appointed   titular bishop of Afufenia and auxiliary   bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh   on December 16, 2004 and was   ordained on February 2, 2005.   Ordained a priest in the Diocese of   Pittsburgh on May 1, 1971 by Bishop   Vincent M. Leonard, Bishop Bradley   held various pastoral ministry   assignments both in the parishes as   well as at the diocesan level. When   then Bishop Donald Wuerl was   installed as the archbishop of Bishop   Bradley was elected administrator of   the Diocese of Pittsburgh by the   diocesan College of Consultors. He oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Diocese until Bishop Zubik’s installation on September 28, 2007. During his first year as bishop for the more than 100,000 Catholics in the nine-county region of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Bishop Bradley visited all 59 parishes and 22 Catholic schools in the diocese. He released his first pastoral letter, What I Have Heard and Seen in the fall of 2010. He has since written an additional three pastoral letters to the faithful including: He released “We Dare to Say: An invitation to boldly open the door to a vibrant life of faith” in 2010; “The Church: A Center of Hope; Living our Faith with Joy,” in 2014 and the recently released: “Moving Forward in Hope: Charting the Course for the Future”, September 2016. During his seven years leading the Diocese Bishop Bradley has lead a number of initiatives including a revamp of the annual diocesan appeal and the 2016 Diocesan Pastoral Plan which created 28 Parish Collaboratives from the existing 59 parishes and missions. He has ordained 16 men to the priesthood and 23 as permanent deacons. Bishop Bradley attended high school, college and graduate theology studies at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Ind. He also earned the Master's in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

2022 State Camporee

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Jun 5, 2022 9:49 AM


Brother Knights and Families; Our State Camporee is set for Friday, August 12 through August 14. This year’s event will be held at the Mecosta Pines Campground located at 550 S Tallcott St. in Morley, MI. We have a total of 13 Campsites (4 Water & Electric and 9 Full Hookups), 1 Rental Trailer and 2 Cabins reserved. Please complete the registration form then, send the Registration Form and Payment to me by no later than Saturday, June 25h . If you are interested in Full Hookup please contact me at 616-329-0781 to confirm availability before completing the Registration Form, currently we have 8 available. Remember that sites are first come first serve.

For those who do not camp or do not have a camper there are several Hotels within 15 miles of the campground

Please find the Registration Form, tentative schedule and Hotel List linked HERE.

Just to give a few highlights of what we are planning, we will be doing a Bean Bag Toss Tournament, Potluck, and Mass as we normally do, but we are also looking into the possibility having something for the kiddos, and maybe a Wine Tasting for the adults. If you have ideas please forward them to me at j.baldridge@mikofc.org or if you are interested in helping with any of our events for the Camporee please reach out me, your help will be greatly appreciated.

Vivat Jesus, Alan Baldridge State Camping Chairman j.Baldridge@mikofc.org 616-329-0781.

Summer 2022 Special Olympic Games

By: John Hundiak - Sun, Jun 5, 2022 8:42 AM


WE’RE BACK!!

 

They are back. 

The Summer 2022 Special Olympic Games are open once again at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI.  Over 1,000 Special Olympians joyously and energetically paraded into the stadium awaiting the Opening Ceremonies and the ‘Lighting of the Olympic Torch’ to begin the games.    Our State Deputy, Walter Winkle, Jr. was on hand fist-bumping the hands and wishing the Olympians well. Members of the 4th Degree Honor Guard were once again on hand to greet and welcome back the athletes.

The athletes sang the National Anthem and all recited the Special Olympian’s pledge.  Then the Law Enforcement Torch Run officers accompanied the Special Olympians as they walked the track with the Torch, climbed the stairs and lit the Torch to a fantastic roar of all those attending.  I bring you all back a message of THANK YOU for all of your support and prayers over the past few years while they competed virtually!

More pictures from the Opening Ceremonies are on the MI State Facebook page.

Article from Channel 9/10 News site.

John Hundiak, State Special Olympics Director