Lansing Cross Catholic Food Packing Event

By: Richard Perry - Fri, Jan 12, 2024 12:12 PM

The Lansing Diocese Cross Catholic Food Packing event is being held
February 10, 2024 8AM to NOON
Lansing Catholic High School

501 Marshal 

St Lansing, MI 48912

Click here and here to access downloadable flyers for the event with QR codes for the registering of volunteers and for donations to purchase the food items needed

· Get the message out.

·  Send the flyer to families, students, and friends let them know everyone is invited to participate. They can sign up with the QR code on the flyer. Post flyers on church announcements boards.

· Many councils have supported this financially. If you haven’t please have your councils consider a donation- $2.00 / member is suggested. Send checks made out to the State Council with Lansing Food packing event in memo line and send to Garrett Kelenske 1439 Maple Ridge St Muskegon, MI  49445. Personal donations can be sent directly to Cross Catholic using the donation QR code on flyer. 

· Pray for the success of this important Faith in Action program.   

· Participate with family and friends on February 10.


Richard (Rick) Perry

Lansing Diocesan Program Director north 



Winter 2024 Diocesan Meetings

By: Paul J. Palka - Tue, Jan 9, 2024 3:34 PM

Winter 2024 Diocesan Meetings
• Grand Rapids Bishop Walkowiak Tuesday January 9th St. Jude Catholic Church, 1120 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
• Lansing Diocese Winter Meeting will be on January 10. 219 Seymour Ave, Lansing, MI 48933 St. Mary’s Cathedral
• Gaylord on January 14th 11am mass at the cathedral, 606 N Ohio Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735 meeting following.
• Detroit on January 16th 2701 Chicago Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206
• Kalamazoo, Tuesday January 23rd Meeting will be held at the Fr. Crowley Center at St. Augustine Cathedral 542 W. Michigan in Kalamazoo and hosted by Council #15439.
• Saginaw January 24th Place Our Lady of Czestochowa St. Stanislaus Church Social Hall, 1503 Kosciuszko Ave, Bay City 48708.
• Marquette on Saturday, January 27, 2024, St Michaels in Marquette. 9am registration, meeting 10-12 401 W Kaye Ave, Marquette, MI 49855
Weekday meetings: Registration at 5:30, Dinner at 6pm, and meeting start at 7pm.


2024 State Raffle January Update

By: Kevin Rowley - Sun, Jan 7, 2024 5:29 PM

On Friday, December 29, 2023, Executive Secretary, Larry Grabowski, Michigan Columbian Editor, Gary Kolbicz, State Raffle Directors, Kevin Rowley and Mike Haughey gathered at the State Office to conduct the first of four $250.00 “Early Bird”, seller incentive drawings. Joining us was Archdiocesan Membership Director John Reeser.
With the days mail picked up from the P. O. Box and all tickets processed, Kevin Rowley gave the barrel a final spin and reached into the barrel to pull the winning ticket!
The $250.00 Winner - Brother Knight, Jerome Kunkel of Brighton, Michigan.
Congratulations Brother Knight, Jerome Kunkel and thank you for supporting our Michigan Knights of Columbus, State Charity Raffle!
With the first Early Bird Drawing Completed, you still have Three remaining chances to win $250.00. Remaining drawings will be held on January 29, 2024, February 29, 2024, and March 29, 2024. So don’t delay, sell your book of 12 tickets and mail them in with your check and your Early Bird Raffle Ticket today!
Our Councils Benefit $$$
If asked, would you donate $12.00 to your council, while putting in to practice the First Degree of our Order?
Remember, $1.00 of every ticket you sell goes directly to your Local Knights of Columbus Council. (One sold book equals a $12.00 donation to your Council on your behalf)
To date, through your efforts, we have collectively raised over $40,000.00 for local councils, through the sale of State Charity Raffle tickets. That’s a great start, but with over 60,000 Knights of Columbus members in the state of Michigan, the potential share to councils is over $720,000.00. To date approximately 3,350 members of the over 60,000 members, have bought or sold their 12 tickets.
Tracking Every Ticket
Each and every ticket bears a unique bar code on the bottom. The bar code contains your Council number and membership number. This allows us the ability to track ticket sales to each individual Council and individual member. This assures your Council gets credit and the revenue from each ticket you sell.
A sincere thank you to everyone for your participation and strong support of our Michigan Knights of Columbus Charity Raffle.
Kevin and Mike
Happy New Year,
Mike Haughey and Kevin Rowley
State Raffle Directors, Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus


Happy 2024

By: Ken Warzybok - Mon, Jan 1, 2024 12:02 AM

Wishing you and your families a Blessed and Joyous 2024!1

2023-2024 Michigan Knights of Columbus State Raffle

By: Kevin Rowley - Wed, Dec 27, 2023 8:32 AM

Thank you to all Brother Knights who have sold or bought and returned their raffle tickets with check, to
the State Office P.O. Box. You’ve done a great job including your “Early Bird” drawing ticket with each
book sold. Thank you also to all the brothers who have taken extra books of tickets to sell. Thanks to
all of you, we’re off to a great start again this year, raising much needed funds for our Michigan Charities
and local councils.


1st Early Bird Raffle Drawing
Our first of four Early Bird Raffle drawings is this Friday, December 29, 2023. One lucky brother will end
2023 with and extra $250.00 in their pocket. Will it be you? As they say, “you can’t win if you don’t
have a ticket.” Check those dresser drawers, desk drawers, kitchen counter tops, car trunks and glove
boxes, find your tickets and get them in for a chance to win.

Council Share
Would you like to donate $12.00 to your Council? Simply sell or purchase your book of raffle tickets and
your council will receive $1.00 for every ticket. That’s $12.00 per book sold. Some councils have really
jumped on the State Charity Raffle as one of the simplest fundraisers they’ve ever had. Your council
doesn’t have to apply for a license, you don’t have to recruit volunteers, cook pancakes or spaghetti,
simply sell your State Charity Raffle Tickets and your council receives $1.00 for every ticket sold. If just
the Elected Council Officers sell their tickets, your council will earn $144.00.Raffle cleanup

Dicastery on the Doctrine of Faith released the Declaration Fiducia Supplicans

By: Robert Bagley - Sat, Dec 23, 2023 3:35 PM

My Brothers and Sisters, Merry Christmas!

A few days ago the Dicastery on the Doctrine of Faith released the Declaration Fiducia Supplicans.
What is imperative for us to remember is that we are to follow Christ and Scriptures. The Catholic teaching on the sacrament of marriage is unchanged. Marriage is between one man and one woman. Same sex marriage will not be blessed in the Church because sin can not be blessed. What is a sin in God's eyes is still a sin.  In the history of our church we have had good Popes and bad, the very first Pope, Peter, denied Christ three times. We must continue to follow Christ and Scripture, do this and we will not be led astray.
Below are some explanations and bullet points that were sent to me by a member of Clergy that may help you understand what is going on and I highly recommend talking to your own Clergy for guidance. 

As you know, yesterday the Dicastery on the Doctrine of Faith released the Declaration Fiducia Supplicants.  I have read the document and I encourage each of you to read it. 

First, I draw your attention to the statement from the USCCB. It is clear and concise:


The Declaration issued today by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) articulated a distinction between liturgical (sacramental) blessings, and pastoral blessings, which may be given to persons who desire God’s loving grace in their lives. The Church’s teaching on marriage has not changed, and this declaration affirms that, while also making an effort to accompany people through the imparting of pastoral blessings because each of us needs God’s healing love and mercy in our lives.” – USCCB

Second, I am sure that people will look to you for guidance regarding yesterday’s Declaration. I offer you the following talking points in the hope that you may find these helpful.

A disclaimer: I don’t intend this to be a complete treatment of the Declaration. It would be helpful if you read the entire document so that you can understand these talking points in their context:

·       Blessing has many meanings in the English language.  One of those meanings is “approval”; this is not the definition being used in this document.  This Declaration explains the meaning of imparting a blessing of God upon people.

·       The Declaration is an edifying theological treatment of the role and purpose of blessings within the Church and the Christian tradition. 

·       Some blessings are given to anyone who comes forth in good will to ask God for His grace.

·       With this kind of blessing, the Declaration presumes that people requesting them do so because they recognize their need for God’s grace to help them to overcome whatever difficulty they are encountering.

·       People ask for blessings for many things such as: physical health struggles, mental health struggles, and sometime moral struggles. We do not need to wait for physical or mental healing before we impart a blessing, nor do we need to wait for moral perfection before imparting a blessing. The blessing is intended to help them in their struggle.

·       These blessings are to be spontaneous blessings, in response to spontaneous requests (i.e. you are asked after Mass, or in the store, or on pilgrimage, etc.). We often receive these kinds of requests and they should be familiar to us.

·       These pastoral blessings are not to be given within rituals, nor are they to be given according to any standardized form, nor are they to be done with the intention of being witnessed by a group of people.

·       This is a spontaneous blessing of the individuals coming forward; it is not in any way to be construed as a blessing of their unions.

·       Pastors are to remember that “any blessing will be an opportunity for a renewed proclamation of the kerygma, and invitation to draw ever closer to the love of Christ.” (44)


I hope that this information is helpful to you as you attempt to shepherd your people according to the mind and heart of Christ and the Church. Catholic teaching on the sacrament of marriage is unchanged. We are asked to respond generously to those who request our prayers and the aid of divine grace. 

This was sent out by the Bishop of the Kalamazoo Diocese, and I found it very helpful. I pray that it helps you during this time of confusion. 


Love and Pray for each other!


Bob Bagley 

State Faith Director