Fraternal Benefits Night

By: Paul J. Palka - Sat, Sep 3, 2022 12:43 PM

The next Fraternal Benefits seminar will be at 8:30pm on September 15th. It is  requirement that each council have seven members or member eligible attendees at this seminar. The flyer below contains a web address and a QR code that can be scanned for registration. 

This webinar will be presented by Ed Slott who is a nationally recognized IRA distribution expert, professional speaker, television personality, and best-selling author. He is known for his unparalleled ability to turn advanced tax strategies into understandable, actionable and entertaining advice. He has been named “The Best Source for IRA Advice” by The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today wrote, “It would be tough to find anyone who knows more about IRAs than CPA Slott.”

As president and founder of Ed Slott and Company, LLC, the nation’s leading source of accurate, timely IRA expertise and analysis to financial advisors, institutions, consumers and media, he provides: Advanced training to financial professionals to become knowledgeable recognized leaders in the retirement marketplace; and Answers to retirement savers’ most important questions, continually providing practical, easy-to- understand information on IRA, retirement, tax and financial planning topics.

Register HERE.

Canvassers Did The Right Thing

By: Ed Strach - Thu, Sep 1, 2022 8:10 AM




The Board of State Canvassers today refused to certify the mistake riddled Anything goes Abortion Amendment proposed for Michigan’s constitution, rejecting the 60 typos that would be inserted into the constitution permanently.

Christen Pollo of Citizens to Support Michigan Women and Children released the following statement: “The Board of State Canvassers today did the right thing by refusing to insert into our constitution the gibberish proposed by advocates for this extreme amendment. The Michigan Supreme Court should support this move to protect our constitution from their vandalism as well. We will also bring voters into this discussion with our first television ad of the campaign, with voters sharing their outrage over the idea that anyone would propose injecting 60 mistakes into our constitution forever.”

The ad can be viewed HERE.

Christian Pollo  1-517-618-1227 

Father Ballien, Grand Marshall

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Aug 28, 2022 8:26 AM

On Saturday August 27th the Polish-American Parade took place on Van Dyke Avenue in Warren. Father Paul Ballien, Pastor of St. John Neumann Parish and Former State Chaplain of the Michigan Knights of Columbus was honored as Grand Marshal of the parade.

Detroit Archdiocese Vocations League Golf Outing

By: Michael Fontana - Sun, Aug 28, 2022 6:05 AM

Another opportunity to enjoy a day on the course and raise money for vocations, We have plenty of room to accommodate all of you and hope that you will consider joining us or help sponsor tis great. 

                              AGENDA FOR THE DAY

              Registration/Driving range                 6:30 am

              Continental breakfast                         6:30 am

              Tee off                                             7:30 am

               Lunch                                               At the turn

               Dinner                                              1:30 pm 

 ·        Golfers will be added on a first come, first served basis with a capacity of 216 golfers

 ·        Cost is only $100 per golfer or $400 per foursome.  Special pricing of only $90 for any Bishop, Priest, Seminarian and Deacon

 ·        Got questions?  Contact Mike Fontana at 248-224-5583

or or

Golf will take place rain or shine except for thunderstorms; no refunds

Registration form HERE

Sponsor form HERE

St Joseph Icon – First Six Months Update

By: Greg Brunson - Fri, Aug 26, 2022 1:57 PM

Since beginning the St. Joseph Pilgrim Icon Program in February 2022, the Michigan Jurisdiction has seen wonderful participation. The program has been very well received, especially from our Clergy.

The stated goal is for ALL Parishes in Michigan to be given the opportunity to host the Icon for a week. For the first six months we are well on our way to making that a reality. Our District Deputies have been asked to request the Icon for their district, for as many weeks as they need it – based on the number of ‘Parishes’ in their district, not necessarily the number of Councils.   A District in Kalamazoo for example had it for 9 weeks – there are nine Parishes in the district.

We are at the halfway point for the year. Let all the Districts who have not hosted an Icon or are not yet scheduled, fill out a request form and get on the schedule ASAP.

Go to and you see a current copy of the schedule and for our District Deputies, the Pilgrim Icon Request Form  Fill it out and sent to and I will get you on the schedule.

The chart below shows where we are to-date as a State.

In the weeks ahead I will be reaching out to the districts who have not yet been scheduled assisting them in getting the Icon. Remember that this program is not for the Knights of Columbus rather for our Parishes.

Remember also for hosting councils to complete a form 10784, choose ‘Pilgrim Icon Program’ and the Icon # which is on the asset tag behind the Icon.

Greg Brunson State Faith Director

St. Joseph Pilgrim Traveling Icon Program

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Aug 25, 2022 1:58 PM

Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Pilgrim Traveling Icon Program

A  parishioner kneels to pray before the Icon placed at the St. Joseph altar after the Knights of Columbus Council #640 prayed the rosary in a prayer service held at St. Joseph & St. Patrick Parish in Escanaba.

To sign up to host the traveling Icon contact

Registration form HERE.

Fraternal Opportunities

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Aug 24, 2022 12:36 PM

Brothers... Here is the definition of the word “Fraternalism.”   

 a. Of or relating to brothers: a close fraternal tie.

 b. Showing comradeship; brotherly.

 Be honest with yourselves: Is that how you feel when you hear the name Knights of Columbus?  In my heart, I am proud to call each and every one of you my brother.  I have been a part of the Knights of Columbus since the mid-70s. After 9 years with the Columbian Squires, I joined our order in 1984. Through the last 38 years, I have met more brothers than I can count at various activities.  These events, be they State, Regional, District, or Council-Level, have formed the basis for some of my closest friendships.  These relationships are among my greatest blessings.  Without active councils participating in and planning effectively, I wouldn’t have these blessings in my life.

There are several upcoming events that we hope to see you attend.

September 24th we have our District Deputy/District Warden golf outing.  It's open to all DD's and DW current and former. It will be in Lansing. Hoping for a great turnout. 

On October 15th we have the State Bowling Mixed Tournament. This is our first attempt at this event, and we’re hoping it becomes an annual fixture on our calendar.  It’s also a good opportunity to invite prospective members to show them the fraternity that they can join.  Each team only has to have one active Knight. So, get a team together and come out and have a good time.

In February, we will have our annual State Bowling Tournament opening weekend.  This year, we’ll be in Bay City. 

My primary goal is to make each one of these events fun for you and your families. But I cannot do that without your help.

Information and applications to the DD Golf & Mixed Bowling can be found in their links to the State website above. The 2023 bowling info will be added later. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you. In addition, if you have any ideas for additional events we can hold, please let me know. I want a good time to be had by all!

Michael Kozakiewicz

Chief of Fraternal Activities
"You can get business done while still having fun"

Exposition of Sacred Relics

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Aug 24, 2022 8:42 AM

Anchor Bay Council Knights of Columbus Council # 5981 will be sponsoring an Exposition of Sacred Relics at St. Mary Queen of Creation Parish on Friday, September 16th at 6:30pm.   This exposition contains:  one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in world, a portion of the Veil from our Blessed Mother, and a relic from our founder Blessed Michael J. McGivney.

On Friday, September 16th, at 6:30pm, the Anchor Bay Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics at St. Mary Queen of Creation Parish in New Baltimore

Father Carlos Martins, a Vatican-appointed expert on relics will be present with an extraordinary Vatican collection of over 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years.  Among the treasures will be relics of St. Joseph, St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.  

There will also be a portion of the Veil of Our Lady and one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in the world.  

Those in attendance will be able to examine and venerate each relic. 

Throughout history, many healings have been worked in the presence of relics; and thousands have occurred through this ministry.  Do not miss this opportunity.  You are encouraged to bring your articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members, which you will be able to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Please spread the word.

There will be no cost to attend the exposition, other than free will donations.  

Here is the link to the website for the exposition: 

YouTube video with more info:                        

Please help us spread the word to reach as many people as possible.

Vivat Jesus!


SK Matthew B Hoxsie
Grand Knight Council #5981

Challenger Baseball

By: Paul J. Palka - Mon, Aug 22, 2022 7:54 AM

The  Challenger Baseball program. started in 2006 when we began a fundraising campaign to build the first adaptive Little League field in Michigan.  On August 8, 2008, the field was completed, a blessing ceremony by the Knights was held and then we began play.  Through the years, the Knights of Columbus donations have helped us maintain the beautiful field so that we may provide a safe and structured environment for our special needs players to play Little League Baseball.  The donations also helped us purchase uniforms and equipment. 

In 2014 Little League Baseball lifted the age limit for Challenger players.  We are now registering over 100 players over the age of 18.  Little League Baseball requires them to play on a larger field for their safety.  In 2018 I started another field building campaign to build the new adaptive Senior League field in the same park as our current field.  Unfortunately, the pandemic stopped most of our fundraising efforts, but, even during the pandemic, some Knights of Columbus councils continued to donate.

In 2021, I spoke to Ken Dumas, who spear headed the 2006 campaign about rallying the councils once again to help raise funds to build the new Senior League adaptive field.  We worked together contacting the councils that previously donated.  I was also provided with John Hundiak’s, the previous State Special Olympics Director, contact information.  I found out that the Knights were going to campaign to possibly raise up to $75,000.00. 

As I look back on the many years that the Knights of Columbus members have given their gallant efforts and precious time raising funds for Challenger Baseball, I knew I had to name the new field after your founder, Father Michael McGivney!

As of today, the 2022 fundraising efforts which include Palm Sunday and monies from general funds of some councils totals $15,000.00.

I am hoping that more councils will rally together and give to this worthy cause so that we may raise the remaining funds to build the new field and honor Father McGivney.

Thank you for your help and God Bless!

Marilyn Wittstock - 586-292-4509

CVLL Challenger Baseball District Six Asst. District Administrator