Council Meeting To Change Dates In November

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic on 10/27/2014      

The Council meeting held in the month of November is changing dates as a Veteran's Day Program is being held at the council hall on the regular meeting night. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 12th at its normal time of 7:30pm. We encourage all members to attend our Veterans Day Program on Tuesday, November 11th beginning at 6:00pm featuring a dinner and speaker Dick Thelen. We encourage all of members to attend any of our council meetings to learn exactly what is going on and have some input into the direction that the council is taking.

Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 12th at its normal time of 7:30pm

A Message From Your Grand Knight

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic on 10/28/2014      

My Brother Knights and Families:  Vivat Jesus!!

As we head into the month of November, we begin to start up the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving on November 27th. I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and may we all be thankful for all of the things we have as Knights and especially as families. 

We are running many programs this fall starting with the Casey the Bear Program which provides teddy bears to the law enforcement departments to place in their patrol cars for kids who may be traumatically injured in an accident or any other trauma that an officer may respond to. Chairman Jay Corey is doing an excellent job and currently we are handing out over 100 bears to law enforcement officials. This is a great program that the Knights of Columbus started in Michigan, and I thank Jay for all his hard work. I also want to thank Ray and Justin Drouin for an outstanding job on our Scrap Metal Drive that ran during the months of August and September. Through their efforts, we were able to raise over $4,100.00 dollars that will be used for our charitable works including the St. Vincent’s youth programs. We are going to continue this in the spring and Ray and Justin have volunteered again to run this program. My thanks to both of them and their committee for a great job!

We are again working this year with St. Vincent’s on the Coats for Kids program that will give over 48 coats to kids who are in dire need of them in the Lansing and surrounding area. We are also running our food drive to help the St. Vincent DePaul food bank with all the food running through the St. Gerard Food Bank. If you would like to help by donating food items, please bring all food items to the Council Hall as we get credit for all food raised. 

The last program I want to inform you of is the State of Michigan Knights Of Columbus raffle. It is that time of year again that you may receive raffle tickets in the mail to either sell or complete yourselves for a chance at some great prizes. I urge you to complete the selling or buying of these tickets and to make sure you put Council #788 on the return stub. For every ticket we sell, our council receives $1.00 and the stub must contain your name and our council number. 

I would also like to invite you to the 4th Degree Veteran’s Day program which will be held at our hall on Tuesday, November 11th starting with a dinner at 6 pm. The cost is only $10.00 per person and will feature our own Dick Thelen relating his experiences aboard the USS Indianapolis CA-35. Only 28 people survive yet today with the sinking of this ship. The experience brother Dick went through is something to hear as only 317 survived the ordeal out of over 1,200 personnel on that ship. I urge you to attend this engagement and purchase a book signed by Dick entitled, Only 317 Survived. 

Finally, I would like to welcome Justin Drouin as our new Deputy Grand Knight assuming the position immediately. This council will benefit by having Justin as our Deputy Grand Knight and I am sure he will bring new ideas to promote the Knights of Columbus. Thanks Justin for your stepping up to this position.

In service to one in service to all, 

Ken Morrison
Grand Knight Council # 788

Fish Fry (November 7th)

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic on 10/23/2014      

On Friday November 7th, 2014,  Council 788 will be offering a great, all you can eat fish dinner, from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Lansing Columbus Hall, 5300 N. Grand River Ave. The cost is $10.00 ($9.00 from 4pm-5pm) for adults; $5.00 for children 5-12; children under 5 eat free.

The dinner consists of: baked and fried cod, fried smelt, baked potato, french fries, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, & rolls. Beverages are available for purchase (coffee provided).  

The Ladies Auxiliary will offer a variety of desserts for purchase.

Takeout orders are available by calling the hall at 321 2209.

Richard Council #788 thanks you for your support! 


Eucharistic Ministers (November 9th)

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic on 10/30/2014      

Dave Luedtke – Captain
Dan Beachnau
John Book
Casey Griggs
Dave Barker
Walt Ozanich
Bernie Pollack
Mike Schueller
Mark Dewitt
R. Jay Kussmaul
Rick Smith
J.D. Diaz

Veterans Day Dinner sponsored by Assembly 0496

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic on 10/23/2014      

November 11th, 2014
Limited seating available ($10 per person)

Lansing Columbian Hall
5300 N Grand River
Lansing Michigan 48906
Phone: 517-321- 2209

6:00pm Dinner served
6:30pm Guest speaker Dick Thelen (survivor) will be telling his story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis CA-35.

In 1945, the USS Indianapolis CA-35 was sunk by a Japanese submarine, but the ship's sinking was just the beginning of the sailors' nightmare…

The USS Indianapolis had delivered the crucial components of first operational atomic bomb to a naval base on the Pacific island of Tinian. On August 6, 1945, the weapon would level Hiroshima. But now, on July 28, the Indianapolis sailed from Guam, without an escort, to meet the battleship USS Idaho in the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines and prepare for an invasion of Japan.

The next day was quiet, with the Indianapolis making about 17 knots through swells of five or six feet in the seemingly endless Pacific. As the sun set over the ship, the sailors played cards and read books; some spoke with the ship’s priest, Father Thomas Conway.

But shortly after midnight, a Japanese torpedo hit the Indianapolis in the starboard bow, blowing almost 65 feet of the ship’s bow out of the water and igniting a tank containing 3,500 gallons of aviation fuel into a pillar of fire shooting several hundred feet into the sky.

Then another torpedo from the same submarine hit closer to midship, hitting fuel tanks and powder magazines and setting off a chain reaction of explosions that effectively ripped the Indianapolis in two.

Still traveling at 17 knots, the Indianapolis began taking on massive amounts of water; the ship sank in just 12 minutes. Of the 1,196 men aboard, 900 made it into the water alive. Their ordeal - what is considered the worst shark attack in history-was just beginning. Come hear the full story from one of the 317 survivors from that tragic day almost 70 years ago!

Copies of the book “ONLY 317 SURVIVED” signed by Dick Thelen available for purchase $30

Parish Breakfast (November 9th)

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic on 10/23/2014      

On Sunday, November 9th after the 7:30 am, 9:00 am and the 11:00 am Masses, the Knights of Columbus, Richard Council 788, will be preparing breakfast in the St. Gerard Parish Hall.  Scrambled eggs with ham, potatoes, sausage and pancakes will be offered as well as a fruit dish and beverages (coffee, juice, milk and tea).

We encourage you to join in the fellowship and camaraderie that are shared at these events.   A free will donation is encouraged.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

Thank you for your participation and generous support!

Halloween Photos 2014

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic on 10/27/2014      

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A Message From Your Membership Director

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic on 10/15/2014      

My Brothers:

I have recently been named as the Membership Director for our council by Grand Knight Ken Morrison.  I am hoping that we can ALL be a working part of this committee and bring just one new member each into our order this year.  We have lost 70+ plus members due to delinquency, and we need to bring our numbers up to meet our commitments.

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

We can only do what Father McGivney started if we work together and encourage more people to join our ranks to give aid through our charitable works.  I need your help to do this.  I cannot do it alone and I know that everyone who is a member knows someone who should be a Knight.  All you have to do is ask them !!!!

Help me help Father McGivney continue our works throughout the community.  If you need any material, or help talking to a potential member, PLEASE let me know.   Thank you.

Jay Corey
Membership Director

November Newsletter Available Online

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic on 10/28/2014      

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.

-- Lansing Columbian November 2014 (Flipbook) --

-- Lansing Columbian November 2014 (PDF) --