Grand Knight Ken Morrison Aid Appeal

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 02/17/2015 (201 Hits)      

By now many of you know that our Grand Knight Ken Morrison underwent a disastrous ordeal having his pacemaker updated. What should have been outpatient surgery turned into almost two weeks of in and out hospital care and life threatening surgery due to a severe infection. He has been finally discharge from the hospital on February 17th.

Our Grand Knight; like many others are blue collar workers and or self-employed. Ken is both; and if he is not working he like many others can’t put food on the table or pay his bills.

Ken is not one to take a hand out and to be truthful will probably be upset that his council is pulling together to help him. Because he would be the first to say “Why do we raise monies if not to help the needy in their time of need?” Well, Grand Knight our answer to you is “Because we care for our own as much as we care for others!”

In the past we banded together as a Columbian Family to help families in need within our council so now we are asking our members to show our Grand Knight the same generosity that we under him do each and every day.

Before you give; ponder this… What if you had no income for almost two months? Could you feed your family? Pay your bills? Pay your medical costs? Well, that is what our Grand Knight has been and has to do.

Ken can’t go back to work for almost another five weeks. Ken is without a pacemaker till his infection is completely gone and that could take up to three to four more weeks. Then he has to go back in surgery to have another pacemaker installed and that could take another two to three weeks of recovery. 

Our Grand Knight is in need of our help and prayers. As I write this appeal for help on behalf of our Grand Knight I can’t stop think about Luke 10:25-37 - The Parable of the Good Samaritan, read it and ask yourself who are you?

If you would like to contribute a donation please send your gift to:

Keith Kerrigan
Financial Secretary
5300 N Grand River Ave
Lansing, MI 48906

Also, clearly write on the check’s memo line “Grand Knight Aid” or on a note if giving cash then place it in an envelope. (Make checks out to: Knights of Columbus Council 788).

Seminarian Benefit (March 7th)

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 02/24/2015 (9 Hits)      

Your St. Gerard Vocations Team will be your hosts for a great home cooked dinner on Saturday, March 7th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM in the Parish Hall.  The proceeds from this dinner will benefit the two Seminarians we currently have at St. John Vianney and Sacred Heart Seminary; namely, Nathan Johnson and Anthony Fisher.

The dinner will be offered at a cost of $7.50 (adults) and $5 (children).  The menu is Chicken Cacciatore, pasta, green beans almandine, salad, rolls, dessert and beverages.

This is a great opportunity for all St. Gerard parishioners to demonstrate their support for these two gentlemen who are studying to be Priests.  100% of the proceeds generated will be donated to them with the Knights of Columbus donating an additional $100 for every $500 raised!  Your support for the dinner and then any additional contributions are very much appreciated!!

There will be a sign up table/sheets in the greeting area after all Masses on Saturday 2/21 and Sunday 2/22.  Please sign up so we can make appropriate plans for this great meal.  You may also advise the Parish Office of your intentions to attend at 517 323 2379.

PLEASE make every effort to attend this event and show your support for our Seminarians!  The Vocations Team and on behalf of Nate and Anthony, we thank you in advance for your attendance and generosity.   


Parish Breakfast (March 8th)

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 02/22/2015 (26 Hits)      

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On Sunday, March 8th after the 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 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!

Spaghetti Dinner (March 11th)

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 02/22/2015 (62 Hits)      

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit


Wednesday – March 11th

5:00pm to 8:00pm

Lansing Columbian Hall
5300 N Grand River

Lansing Michigan 48906
Phone: 517-321- 2209 

Free Will Donation

Benefit Dinner For GK Ken Morrison

Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge Telethon

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 02/26/2015 (63 Hits)      


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The St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI, which has had the support of the Knights of Columbus for many years, is a caring, residential, family living and learning environment providing for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

University of Michigan Men's Head Basketball Coach John Beilein has chosen St. Louis Center as his "Charity of Choice" in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge.

Our State Deputy, Robert Fox, has asked for the help of all Knights in helping Coach Beilein win the $100,000 prize for the center.

How it works:

  1. Support your coach by voting daily.
  2. Coaches with the most votes advance to the next round and voting restarts.
  3. Infiniti will donate at least $1,000 to each charity, The winning charity receives $100,000.
  4. The winner will be announced March 16. VOTE EACH DAY TILL THEN!!

Support your coach by sharing the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge with friends and family! help support ST. LOUIS CENTER by voting for Coach Beilein at

Little information on Coach Beilein; in an interview back in 2013 coach was asked the following question.

Question: How do you handle the pressures of putting your employment in the hands of 18 to 22-year-old young adults?  That’s not always an easy thing to do.

Coach Beilein:  I rely on my Catholic faith quite a bit.  I’m proud to admit that.  Prayer is a consistent source of peace for me.  It helps me gain perspective.

I feel somewhat guilty saying this, but I’m probably more prayerful during the Lent season!  But it’s the truth.  I go to Sunday Mass, and I’ll go a few times a week during Lent.  But Lent usually happens to be during February or March!

It’s not about praying to win.  It’s about praying for wisdom in different situations that you have to handle.  Or just for understanding and putting things into God’s hands.

Also in that interview Coach Beilein went on to tell everyone how he paid for his Higher Education with the aid from the Knights of Columbus; "I’m the eighth of nine kids, so my parents were happy to get me out of the house.  I took two loans:  one from the Knights of Columbus and one from New York State Higher Education.  I made [the difference up] that summer working and that’s how I made my money for college."

Young adults that are planning on going to collage take it from Coach Beilein ask your dad to contact his Knights of Columbus Field Agent to obtain information on getting a scholarship from the Knights of Columbus. 

For now help St. Louis Center in Chelsea by voting for Coach Beilein!


Family Mass (March 29th 9:00am Mass)

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 02/11/2015 (13 Hits)      

Come Join Us For Family Mass At St. Gerard On Sunday, March 29, 2015.

All knights and their families are invited to sit together and worship at the 9:00am Mass.

Caring for Our Treasured Gifts Capital Campaign

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 01/31/2015 (16 Hits)      

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Our senior priests are among the most treasured gifts in our diocese. While they no longer have administrative responsibility for a specific parish, they continue to serve the people of our diocese. They celebrate Mass for pastors who are ill or on vacation and they assist in a wide variety of other ways. They hear confessions, they visit nursing homes, hospitals and prisons; they continue their priestly life to the extent that age and health permits.

These dedicated servants of the Church have been our teachers, builders, ministers, confessors, counselors and our friends. We’ve turned to them in time of great tragedy, and we have invited them to join in celebrating our times of great joy. We’ve asked for their prayers. We have entrusted them with the education and spiritual development of our children.

Thanks to their continued selfless service, our diocese is able to carry out its mission of pastoral care and charitable works for our people. As senior priests continue to lead lives of active ministry long after parish leadership, it is fitting that we continue to provide for their needs in their later years. In 1995, Bishop Povish conducted a capital campaign to meet the housing needs of senior priests. With funding from this campaign, two four-apartment complexes were built on the property connected to the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan.

In December of 2007, Bishop Mengeling launched a second capital campaign to fund the construction of an additional four-apartment complex in DeWitt. This campaign was completed following Bishop Boyea’s ordination as Bishop of Lansing. Since the completion of that campaign, twelve senior priests have resided in peaceful dignity at the Senior Priests Residence. Bishop Boyea has now launched the Caring for Our Treasured Gifts Capital Campaign, a $1.4 million campaign, to raise the necessary funding for the construction of a six-apartment complex in Burton, Michigan on the Blessed Sacrament campus.

Diocesan priests generally leave administrative responsibilities behind at age 70 or beyond, often after 40-45 years of service and ministry. Priests are paid a modest wage throughout their years of active ministry and therefore receive only a modest Social Security benefit upon their  retirement.

Senior priests become self supporting and can no longer reply upon parishes that once provided for their needs during their years of active ministry. We are blessed to have the opportunity to  share in the care of these dedicated servants of the Church with our support of the Caring for Our Treasured Gifts Capital Campaign.

The proposed senior priests residence will feature a six-apartment complex to accommodate the waiting list of senior priests in our diocese, currently needing housing. The housing complex - featuring a common chapel, laundry room, and an outdoor prayer environment - will provide independent living in a setting that encourages community prayer and activities.

Senior priest residents will pay a monthly fee covering the long-range cost of maintenance for the facility, in addition to utilities, phone and personal expenses. Every effort is being made to assure that costs to senior priest residents are kept at a reasonable level, providing them with an affordable living option.

Your council and other Knights of Columbus councils in the Lansing Diocese are pledging to help our Bishop; Most Rev. Earl Boyea in helping our senior priests in the Lansing Diocese. If you would like to help by making a donation through Council 788 send your check donation to the address below:

Attn: Financial Secretary Keith Kerrigan
5300 N Grand River
Lansing Michigan 48906

Please make checks payable to "Knights of Columbus Council 788".
Please add the words “Caring for Our Treasured Gifts” in the memo line.

All donors name will be added to the list in the next newsletter and on the website.  


Faces of Adoption

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 02/02/2015 (10 Hits)      

St. Vincent Catholic Charities Logo

At St. Vincent Catholic Charities, protecting our community’s most vulnerable children is their top priority.

Through their adoption program they work to place children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect into loving and supportive homes. Their staff actively recruit caring families who are able to meet the needs of the children they serve.

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Would you like to learn more about adoption? Please attend an upcoming Adoption/Foster Care Information Orientation.

Orientations are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00-4:00pm or on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00-9:00pm in the STVCC Service Center: 2800 W. Willow St., Lansing, MI. 48917.

More information can be found by visiting their website:

March Newsletter Available Online

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 02/24/2015 (83 Hits)      

The February 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 March 2015 (Flipbook) --

-- Lansing Columbian March 2015 (PDF) --