Palm Sunday 2024 MI Drive gets underway

By: Ken Warzybok - Fri, Mar 22, 2024 9:31 AM


This Palm Sunday weekend, Knights of Columbus councils throughout Michigan are preparing for our annual MI Drive. This event brings us together to raise funds that will be distributed to various local and statewide organizations, including the Michigan Special Olympics. These funds will be used to support recreational and educational events for individuals with physical and cognitive challenges.
 
It is easy to overlook the simple pleasures in life, such as bowling, camping, or even developing new skills in the community. However, for individuals with special needs, these activities require extra effort and attention to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. This is why the funds we collect this weekend are so crucial. They enable us to provide quality of life activities for those in need, thanks to the incredible generosity and compassion of our communities across Michigan.
 
If you encounter our Brother Knights during this weekend, we kindly ask you to consider making a donation and enjoy a Tootsie Roll as a token of our appreciation. Your support allows us to continue helping others in need, and we are truly grateful for your contribution.
Thank you for joining us in making a difference in the lives of individuals with special needs!
 
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Free Throw Competition News from the Marquette Diocese

By: Michael Prokopowicz - Fri, Mar 22, 2024 7:26 AM


The Knights of Columbus in the Marquette Diocese successfully concluded their 2024 Diocesan Free Throw competition on March 10th at Negaunee Middle School. Contestants from various locations across the Upper Peninsula, who had previously emerged victorious at both the council and district levels, participated in the event. Each winner in their respective age categories attempted 25 free throws, with the results recorded and submitted for the State competition on March 17th in Mt. Pleasant, MI.

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We are delighted to announce that two of our diocesan athletes emerged as State Champions! Blake Sullivan from Ishpeming, representing Council 1541 Ishpeming, and Aubrie Moore from Council 1585 Kingsford/Iron Mountain, both secured victory in their respective categories.

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Congratulations to all of our athletes who participated.  See you next year!

Michael Prokopowicz

State Deputy Regional Representative/Marquette

 

A little girl's Casey Bear is her Lifelong Companion

By: GK 1266 - Thu, Mar 21, 2024 7:19 AM


(Submitted by Grand Knight Julian Rios of Monroe Council #1266)
 
Hello!
 
My name is Nicole Estrada, and this coming summer will mark the 21st anniversary of when I received perhaps one of the most important gifts of my life.
 
When I was 3 years old, I was rushed to the hospital after going into anaphylactic shock from eating a bag of trail mix at my grandparents' house in Newport. I don't remember the details of that day since I was so young, but I do remember reaching into a basket of stuffed animals and being told that I could choose any one that I wanted. Little did I know that the teddy bear I chose 21 years ago would be with me during some of the hardest points of my life, and even move with me to my college dorm room.
 
Recently, I have been searching around the internet for any backstory of Casey the Teddy Bear and have learned that K of C provides them to first responders to distribute to children during difficult and traumatic moments. Never did I imagine, nor did my parents, that my Casey would continue to bring me comfort when I needed him, and I cannot thank the organization enough for the gift of security that this teddy bear provides. He may not be in perfect condition anymore, but to me, he will always signify safety and the fact that every day I am lucky to be alive after that traumatizing day in 2003.
 
Again, thank you to the organization as a whole for such a simple gesture, he has truly been a rock for me over the years. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a picture of the two of us from my childhood, but I have attached a current picture instead. I wanted to share the story about my Casey because he means so much to me, and without the K of C, I may never have found my best friend.
 
God Bless,
- Nicole Estrada
 
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Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Food Packing Event April 20th

By: Garret Kelenske - Thu, Mar 21, 2024 6:40 AM


The Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Diocese Cross Catholic Food Packing event is April 20, 2024, from 8AM to NOON. It's all happening at Holy Redeemer Parish Gym, located at 2700 Baldwin, Jenison, MI 49428.
 
We welcome your financial support through donations, please feel free to use the donation QR code below.
 
Equally important, we really need your HELP and your smiling faces! We are looking for volunteers to assist with packing 60,000 meals. Sign up NOW using the volunteer QR Code below. Remember, by pre-registering, you will be able to skip the line on the day of the event!
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In addition to bringing Brother Knights from your councils, let's make this an extra fun event by inviting your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, Prospects, and fellow parishioners to help us with the packing! The more, the merrier!
 
To access downloadable flyers, simply click here and here
 
Imagine the impact we can make by ensuring that the most vulnerable among us, the women and children of an impoverished nation, can go to bed with a full belly. It's something we often take for granted, but it is a necessity that everyone deserves.
With your incredible support, we CAN make a difference!
 
Your Brother in Christ,
Garret A. Kelenske
State Cross Catholic Outreach Director

 

Litany of Humility

By: Martin Brown - Wed, Mar 20, 2024 7:20 PM


Worthies,

This is from the March 16th retreat with Grand Rapids Diocesan Chaplain Father Mark Bauer.

Father Mark has asked that we pray the attached Litany a couple of times every week.

 
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Faith & Family First
Martin Brown
State Deputy Regional Representative

2024 State Free Throw Championship

By: John Hundiak - Mon, Mar 18, 2024 2:56 PM


The State Free Throw Championship was held at Sacred Heart Parish Gym (Council 1297) in Mt Pleasant on Sunday March 17th. We had 90 participants in the competition this year. After 2 hours of competitions, and several tie-breakers, we had 12 State Champions!

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Please join me in congratulating the winners and continue to encourage future champions to compete in the Michigan State Free Throw Challenge!

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John Hundiak

State Community Director

 

 

Father Enzo Retirement Dinner

By: Ken Warzybok - Mon, Mar 18, 2024 11:38 AM


Join us in celebrating Father Enzo for his exceptional dedication to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. From 2005 to 2023, Father Enzo served as the CEO of St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI.

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In addition to his role at St. Louis Center, Father Enzo is a valued member of several organizations, including the Knights of Columbus and the International Order of Alhambra. He also serves as the Chaplain for the Italian Cultural Center and Italian American Club of Livonia, as well as the Spiritual Advisor for the Italian American Club of Lansing.

It is only appropriate that we gather together to honor his legacy and convey our deepest appreciation as he begins a new chapter in his life.

For more information and to RSVP, click
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(Reservations are still being accepted beyond 3/18 as needed)

 
 

Knights of Columbus Insurance is looking for a Few Good Men

By: Ken Warzybok - Sat, Mar 16, 2024 7:23 AM


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As one of the largest Catholic fraternal benefit societies in the world, the Knights of Columbus is committed to serving its members and the community. Through ethical investing, generous giving, and family insurance, we actively work towards safeguarding human life, upholding human dignity, and promoting the common good.

 

Now is an excellent opportunity to explore the possibility of joining our team of insurance agents for a truly unique career experience. To discover more about the exciting field agent career opportunities available with the Knights of Columbus, we invite you to register for one of our upcoming virtual events.

English Events

  • Tuesday, April 16th | 7:00 P.M. CT.  To register, click here
  • Wednesday, April 24th | 7:30 P.M. ET.  To register click here

 

Spanish Bilingual Events

  • Monday, April 8th | 7:30 P.M. ET.  To register, click  here   
  • Tuesday, April 9th | 7:00 P.M. CT,  To register, click here

 

Watch "A Career Unlike Any Other" by clicking here

 

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