Supreme Knight Kelly Observes Dobbs Decision

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Jun 25, 2023 9:10 AM


Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly 'gratefully' commemorates Dobbs, says 'there is still much to be done'

(OSV News-- The head of the Knights of Columbus "gratefully" commemorated the first anniversary of the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, saying that "today, and for generations to come," the June 24, 2022, ruling "will be viewed as one of the most significant human rights achievements in our nation's history."

"By allowing abortion on demand, including late-term abortions up to birth, Roe had a devastating impact on women and took the lives of over 60 million unborn children," Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly said in a June 22 statement, which he issued "on behalf of more than 2 million Knights of Columbus and their families worldwide."

"By the grace of God, the nearly fifty-year reign of national abortion on demand has been put to an end. Roe v. Wade, a seemingly insurmountable blight on our nation -- is no more!" he said June 6.

But, he added, "over the past year, while some states have acted to protect preborn children, others have tragically moved to enshrine abortion in law -- enacting extreme abortion policies that leave children vulnerable to abortion, even until the moment of birth. … The work that lies ahead continues to be not just changing laws but also helping to change hearts, with steadfast faith in the power of God to do so."

In his statement Kelly, too, said that, "There is still much to be done."

"In the Dobbs era, the Knights of Columbus will continue to fight for the lives of the unborn -- both in Washington and on the state level -- and we will strengthen our support for mothers and their children," he said.

Blessed Michael McGivney, the founder of the fraternal organization, "had a particular concern for widows and orphans, and the Knights' mission to support mothers in need and their children is a sacred responsibility we've carried for over 140 years," Kelly added, noting some of the Knights' pro-life efforts.

Those include the Aid and Support After Pregnancy initiative, which was started last year "to greatly expand the Knights' already robust support for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes," he said, adding that Knights across the U.S. and Canada have exceeded their first-year goal for ASAP, as it's known, by raising more than $5 million to support mothers and their babies.

The Knights of Columbus and its local councils also cover the entire cost of ultrasound machines for pregnancy resource centers. Since 2009, the Knights has funded the purchase of 1,730 of "these life-saving machines," valued at more than $82 million, according to Kelly.

In his statement Kelly also urged Congress to act to maintain a long-standing practice "of keeping taxpayer dollars out of the abortion business and ensuring that federal agencies maintain their mission of serving the people -- and not serving as facilitators of abortion. In fact, 60% of Americans oppose the use of federal tax dollars to pay for abortions."

 

You may read the entire article from Detroit Catholic HERE.

 

St. Louis Center 2023 Raffle

By: Kenneth Unterbrink - Fri, Jun 23, 2023 5:45 AM


The St. Louis Center is conducting an Alaska Cruise Raffle.  The St. Louis Center supports some sixty full time residents.

The Drawing will be held at the Golf and Glory Golf outing on Monday June 26th.

By scanning the QR code, you will be directed to the SLC website to purchase tickets online.  Once purchased, the SLC will forward you the ticket stubs.

You may go directly to the site for raffle tickets by clicking here.

For more info call St. Louis Center’ 734-475-8430 or go to www.stlouiscenter.org

Ken Unterbrink PSD

Council 1266 Desert Meal

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Jun 22, 2023 10:21 AM


Monroe’s Council #1266 hosted its annual Desert Meal to help fund the trip to the Holy Land for the Seminarians from Detroit Sacred Heart Seminary. The Council provided $20,000 to help offset the expenses of the 19 Seminarians who were attending this year.

The trip allows the Seminarians to walk in the footsteps of Christ and grow in their faith as they continue their journey to the priesthood.

The Council was able to bring together over 225 members of the community from 11 different parishes along with local clergy. They enjoyed a delicious meal, raffles, and presentation from 3 of the seminarians who were participating in the trip. It was a fruitful night and they look forward to next year’s event.

Thank you to DGK Dr. Jeff Couturier, his wife Jenni and the rest of the Desert Meal team.  Fantastic job!!!

GK Julian Rios

Grand Knight: Monroe Council #1266

Vivat Jesus!

85th & 86th MI KC Ultrasound Dedications

By: Ed Strach - Tue, Jun 20, 2023 9:00 AM


 Care Net Detroit / Berkley

A special ceremony took place on Thursday, June 15, 2023, when the 85th & 86th Ultrasound dedications ceremonies took place. These dedications were for the placement of Ultrasound units at the Detroit and Berkley Care Net locations. These Ultrasound placements were led by Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Council #5492, Livonia.

Congratulations to members of Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Council #5492: Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Council #5492 kicked off this Ultrasound initiative in January, 2023. Through their planning and hard work they are responsible for raising $22.000, 50% of the cost of both Ultrasound units with the other 50% provided by Supreme Council Knights of Columbus totaling $44,000!

Ed Strach State Life Director

We Are One Golf Outing 2023 Reminder

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Jun 19, 2023 10:52 AM


Come join us for fraternity, fun and to help raise funds for the

        2026 Leadership Instillation.

Eagle Golf Outing update

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Jun 19, 2023 10:19 AM


Come soar with us at the Eagle Golf outing.

Click HERE for registration form

Happy Fathers Day

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Jun 18, 2023 1:46 PM


Happy Fathers Day to all our Brother Knights

Michigan KC Ultrasound Number 84

By: Ed Strach - Fri, Jun 16, 2023 9:59 AM


The 84th Michigan Knights of Columbus Ultrasound dedication ceremony took place Wednesday, June 15, 2023, at Bella Women’s Center (formerly Pregnancy Resource Center of Shiawassee County). This Ultrasound placement was led by Fr. P. J. Slane Council #1139, Owosso.           

Supporters of the Bella Women’s Center Ultrasound:

Below are council supporters responsible for raising $17,528, 50% of the cost of this Ultrasound with the other 50% provided by Supreme Council Knights of Columbus totaling $35,056!

Thanks to District Deputy David Buick and all councils in District 512 for your support of Life.

St. Mary’s Council #7955, Durand Morrice                  Blessed Mother & Fr. Cogley Council #8735,

St. Isidore Council #12044, Laingsburg                     St. Joseph Council #12186, Gaines

 

Ed Strach State Family Director

Kalamazoo Council of the Month for May

By: James Highfield - Fri, Jun 16, 2023 9:34 AM


Shower of Roses Council #4036 in Wayland was presented the Council of the Month Award for May at their meeting on Wednesday June 14. Grand Knight Jeff Russell, holding the award is shown standing between SDRR Jim Highfield and KDMD Nick Zafer. During the council meeting Jeff was elected to continue serving as GK..

Congratulations!

Jim Highfield

Kalamazoo SDRR