Passing of Clarence Thelen

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 11/30/2015 (15 Hits)      

Age 87, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2015. Clare was born June 24, 1928 in Fowler, MI, the son of Robert and Rose (Martin) Thelen. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving his country proudly with the U.S. Air Force. Clare worked for Oldsmobile (B.O.C.) for 35 years, retiring in 1989. He lived his faith daily and along with his wife, Rosene, were charter members of St. Gerard Catholic Church. Clare was also a member of Knights of Columbus, Richard Council #788 and the VFW Local #701. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rosene, in 2005; siblings, Raymond, Donald and Martin Thelen; brothers-in-law, Eldred Rademacher and Erwin Miller; sisters-in-law, Helene and Arlene Thelen. Surviving are his 4 children, Steve (Suzanne) Thelen, Terry Thelen, Barbara (Lloyd) Garlock and Tina (Tony) Maceroni; grandchildren, Victoria, Kristina, Alicia and Isabella; siblings, Jerome Thelen, James (Helen) Thelen, Marcella Rademacher and Joan Miller; sisters-in-law, Martha, Theresa and Mary Ann Thelen. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. at St. Gerard Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. John P. Klein as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel, where a rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to in memory of Clare.

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Columbian Family Advent Prayer (Week 1)

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 11/30/2015 (1 Hits)      

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Starting December 1st each night during your nightly prayers we ask our members, families, and friends to pray the blessing below as a united and loving Columbian Family in hopes that Christ will answer our prayers this Christmas season.

Columbian Family Advent Prayer

HAIL, and blessed be the hour and moment at which the Son of God was born of a most pure virgin at a stable at midnight in Bethlehem In the piercing cold at that hour vouchsafe, I beseech thee, To hear our prayers and grant our desires to heal our children, parents, family members, friends, those listed in our church's intentions, (mention your request[s] here) through Jesus Christ and his most Blessed Mother. Amen.

Mexican Dinner & Family Christmas Celebration

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 11/24/2015 (60 Hits)      

Mexican Dinner &

Family Christmas Celebration 

Friday, December 4th

4:00pm - 7:00pm

Columbus Hall

5300 N Grand River


$8 Adults, $6 Children
All you can eat buffet 

Taco Bar, Enchiladas, Fajitas, Nachos, Beans & Rice

Desserts/Beverages available 

Christmas Carols and Lighting of the Tree at 7pm

A Christmas Auction and Dinner

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 11/25/2015 (59 Hits)      


Sponsored by The Ladies Auxiliary
Knights of Columbus, Richard Council #788

Columbus Hall
5300 N Grand River

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Doors open5:30 pm; Dinner at 6 pm
7:00 pm Live Auction

Meat, rolls, coffee & table service provided.
Please bring a dish-to-pass, along with a craft or goodie to be auctioned 


Euchre Night (November 9th)

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 10/30/2015 (69 Hits)      

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Euchre Chairman Bill Schaner is inviting all who wish to play euchre to start marking on their calendars every Monday night starting on November 9th. Bill is heading up the revival to start up the tradition of Euchre right here every Monday night beginning at 6:30 pm.

This is open to all members and non-members, husbands and wives, singles, or whatever you may be to play a fun game and have some fun doing it. It is hoped that there will be several tables and if you have any further questions contact Bill at (517) 285-2669 or at his email address of

30th Annual Francis O'Donnell Christmas Project

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 10/31/2015 (67 Hits)      

Brother Knights and Families,

Christmas time will be here before we know it and we are starting to get organized to get this project underway. This will be our 30th year of providing food and gifts to 24 families of the working and unemployed poor. With our economy in critical condition, we will probably be assisting more who have been laid off or lost jobs with companies that are cutting back or going out of business.

The O’Donnell project is totally funded by donations of cash and food from our membership and gifts from local businesses. The Knights and Ladies Auxiliary work with us to pack food boxes and purchase and wrap Christmas gifts for the 24 families we adopt. The families are assigned to us by the Capital Area Community Services who provide data sheets giving info about sizes needed and the children’s age and sex. Special needs are sometimes required. We do all of the shopping for food and bulk food donations.

Our only expense for this project is for the postage and supplies needed to print and send this appeal out to you. We also provide the workers lunch and refreshments after the work is done. Can you help or donate ? Call me if you want to help. My cell number is 517-303-5555.

We need your financial support to make this project a success once again. Remember the first and foremost principal of our order is Charity. It is our Christian and Fraternal duty to help our brothers and sisters who are in need. Remember, Jesus said, “Whatever you do for the least of my brothers you do unto me”. God Bless us all, and please pray for the success of this project.

To donate, write a check, made out to the Council and note on the memo line O’Donnell Project. Mail or drop off your donation at the Council. Please, also, note on the envelope the O’Donnell Project. This will aid in separating donations from other mail such as dues or other council business.

PGK, PFN Dave Luedtke
Francis O’Donnell Project Chairman

43rd Annual March for Life Bus Trip

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 11/12/2015 (60 Hits)      

43rd Annual March for Life Bus Trip 

Washington, D.C. 

Michigan State Knights of Columbus Itinerary

St. Gerard Parishioners are cordially invited to attend/participate

Departs:  Council # 788, 5300 N Grand River, Lansing at 5:00 p.m. January 21, 2016

Dinner Stop: Cracker Barrel near Chelsea and Ohio Turnpike

Arrive:  Basilica, Washington D.C.: 7:00 a.m. Mass, January 22.2016

Meet:  March staging area: 11:30 a.m., January 22, 2016

After March: Depart for Hampton Inn, Old Towne Alexandria, Va

Hampton Costs: $109 per room, plus tax, for up to 4 people

Reservations: Call Hampton Inn direct at 1 703 329 1400.  Reserve on credit card

Room Rates:  Reference Knights of Columbus event 10142

Depart:  Hampton Inn, 8:00 a.m., January 23, 2016

Estimated Arrival: Lansing- 8:00 p.m. 

Cost of Bus:  $120 per person.  Make checks payable to:  Michigan State Knights of Columbus.  Mail to: Paul and Sue Thorn, 768 Lockmoore Ct., Rochester Hills, Mi 48307

Inquiries: 248 852 1758 or 248 709 9761.  Local contact Mike Schaefer at 517 242 4961



December Newsletter Available Online

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 11/26/2015 (47 Hits)      

 -- Lansing Columbian December 2015 (Flipbook) --

-- Lansing Columbian December 2015 (PDF) --

The November issue of the Lansing Columbian is made available for viewing in two formats below.
A Flipbook version that needs no plugin to read or a PDF version that needs a plugin.
We suggest using Foxit PDF reader over Adobe reader.