State Charities Raffle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/18/2015 Under: All Articles (167 Hits)      

Our State Charities Raffle is running behind the goal set to aid the charities which request funds from the State Council. Please mail stubs and money from the tickets you have sold or purchased into the State Office;

P.O. Box 1027 Sterling Hts., MI 48311-1027


Vote Coach Beilein

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/25/2015 Under: Community (295 Hits)      

As a proud corporate partner of NCAA Men’s Basketball, Infiniti will donate to each participating charity. The coach’s charity with the most votes wins.

 How it works:

 Support your coach by voting daily.

  • Coaches with the most votes advance to the next round and voting restarts.

  • Infiniti will donate at least $1,000 to each charity,

  • The winning charity receives $100,000.

  • The winner will be announced March 16.

    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

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Lenten Reconciliation

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/26/2015 Under: Church (147 Hits)      

Christ invites us to respond to evil, first of all, with a serious examination of conscience and the commitment to purify our lives. We, as Catholics, should encourage and participate in the frequent reception of the sacrament of penance — especially during the season of Lent.

As an example, following a practice promoted by the United States Confer-ence of Catholic Bishops beginning in 2013, the Archdiocese of Hartford is offering weekly confessions to help prepare the faithful for the celebration of Easter. Beginning Feb. 23, on each Monday in Lent, parishes throughout the diocese will have priests available for confession from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information on the diocese’s program, Information is also available at, a diocesan sponsored site that provides re-sources on reception of the sacrament. This is a practice that other parishes may wish to follow.

To further assist members, their families and other Catholics in receiving the sacrament of reconciliation, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council offers A Guide to Confession (#2075). This short pamphlet, written by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, provides a concise description of the sacrament and offers preparatory steps to receiving reconcil-iation.

The Knights of Columbus Catholic Information Service also offers the Luke E. Hart Series booklet Penance (#115). This booklet pro-vides details on the Church’s understanding of sin and the sacrament of penance, and is available to read online. Additional copies may be ordered through the Catholic Information Service at

Star Council

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 02/26/2015 Under: All Articles (147 Hits)      

For the past two years the Supreme Council has promoted the Star Council Award Program as one of the most successful ways to grow your councils, your jurisdictions and our Order.

We would like to announce for the remainder of this fraternal year, an important addition for your council.

When your council qualifies, at any level, for the Star Council Award for the 2014-2015 fraternal year, your council will receive a credit for the 2015/2016 fraternal year of $4.50 for each billable member on their roster as of July 1st, 2015.

Here is an example:  If a council has 100 members on its roster on July 1st, 2015, that council will receive a credit on the September 2015 statement for $450.00 ($3.50 Per Capita and $1.00 Catholic Advertising).  (Honorary life and disability waivers are examples of non billable members).

Please continue to work to make your council a Star Council.

George Hanna
Senior Vice President Fraternal Services

Reach For The Ring

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/12/2015 Under: All Articles (214 Hits)      

We know most Knights don’t do the work of the order for recognition.  They do it because of their desire to contribute to an organization that exemplifies the beliefs and values that are important to them.  That being said, it is important for an organization to acknowledge the efforts of its membership.  Our program is titled:
“Reach for the Ring”.  This is how it works:

  • For your first new member, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your efforts.
  • For your second new member, you will receive a Knights of Columbus portfolio.

  • For your third new member, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your efforts.

  • For your fourth new member, you will receive a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

  • For your fifth new member, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your efforts.

  • For your sixth new member, you will receive a Knights of Columbus ring

 Recruitment award

 Remember “One Member per Council per Month”

 Vivat Jesus,

 Douglas D. Kokot

 State  Membership Director

Spring Recruitment

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/06/2015 Under: All Articles (21 Hits)      

Is Your Council Ready?

Your council needs to plan now to have a successful church recruitment drive in March. To ensure a successful church drive, follow the steps below:

• Permission from your Pastor to conduct the recruitment drive

• Order materials for the drive

 Inform your Field Agent of the dates for your drive

 • Membership team prepared for your church drive

 • Notify your District Deputy of the date, time and location of your drive

• Within two weeks of your church drive, schedule a First Degree in honor of the Venerable Michael J. McGivney

For more information on how to conduct a Successful Church Recruitment drive, please refer to item #10098, Guide to Recruiting Success: Conducting a Membership Drive or visit the following link:


Service Program Award

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/16/2015 Under: All Articles (254 Hits)      

Each year every State Council recognizes the best program in each area of the Service Program areas: Church, Community, Council, Family, Culture of Life and Youth at their State Council Convention.

A team of judges chosen by the State Deputy awards the top prize in each category to the winning Council at their state convention. The form used to tally scores is here:MI03. The winning entries are then endorsed by the State Deputy and submitted to the Supreme Council office by June 10 for judging to determine the International Service Program Award Winners.

Winning entries from the State are sent to the Supreme Council where a panel of judges named by the Supreme Knight reviews each jurisdiction’s winners and chooses the single best Church, Community, Council, Family, Culture of Life, and Youth activity Order-wide for the fraternal year. Winning Councils and their programs are recognized at the Supreme Council meeting each year. The Grand Knights of the winning Councils, along with their wives, are invited to the convention as guests of the Supreme Council. Any Council that is not currently under suspension is eligible and encouraged to compete for this distinguished honor. To participate, the Council must complete the State Council Service Program Awards Entry Form #STSP. The form, along with any supporting materials, must be sent directly to the Diocesan Program Director for review and will be forwarded to the appropriate State Director for judging. Check with Diocesan Program Directors for deadline dates to submit.


Compile the application in a three ring binder, see here for explanation: SERVICE AWARD EXPLAINED, and submit to your Diocesan Program Director before April 15. Examples of past winning entries can be viewed here: Rock and here: Living Rosary

Family Of The Year

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/24/2015 Under: All Articles (147 Hits)      

Many councils have at least one family that is involved in most council activities, very active in the community and their Parish, a family that deserves recognition.  Maybe they have been awarded the Council Family of the Month & Year Awards, but the council should consider a greater commendation. Consider compiling and submitting a Family of the Year application.  They may be chosen State Family of the Year and then represent our jurisdiction in the international competition. 


Local Councils: To enter your “Family of the Year” into state competition, complete this form:  FamYr 1993 and forward along with the presentation to the State Deputy.

Additional paper may be used if space allocated on the form is not sufficient.

Photographs, news clippings, letters of commendation or other special exhibits should be compiled in a presentation binder to complete the entry.

Send completed presentation to the State Deputy by April 15.

Deadline date needs to be observed allowing time for selection and arrangements for State Convention presentation.

         FamYr binder                                FamYr plaque                  

Detailed help and answers to questions are available from State Family Life Director John Turek 989-233-7871

2nd Annual Theology of the Body Day

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 01/30/2015 Under: All Articles (29 Hits)      

Theology Of The Body Banner 2015

2nd Annual Theology of the Body Day

 Theology of the Body of Christ: TOB & The Eucharist

Keynote Dr. Janet E. Smith

March 28, 2015 8-3:30pm at Old St. Patrick Parish in Ann Arbor

  Questions? Contact Dawn Hausmann at or call 517-342-2506.

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John Paul II's Theology of the Body is a teaching that has changed lives, helped deepen our understand of our sexuality, born as male and female, created in the image and likeness of God. It has awakened men and women around the world to understand who they are and who they are meant to be, and how they are called to live in the image and likeness of God.

Janet E. Smith

Dr. Janet E. Smith holds the Father Michael j. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.  She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and of the Right to Privacyand the editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader.  Prof. Chris Kaczor and Prof. Smith co-authoredLife Issues, Medical Choices, Questions and Answers for Catholics.  She has been published in many academic journals, has been a regular columnist for the National Catholic Register and blogs on

She is serving a third term as a consulter to the Pontifical Council on the Family and serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, III and as a representative to the Faith and order Commission for the World.

She has received two honorary doctorates and several other awards for scholarship and service.  Dr. Smith has appeared on the Geraldo Show, Fox Morning News, CNN International, CNN Newsroom, AlJazeera and has done many shows for various series on EWTN.

More than two million copies of her talk, "Contraception: Why Not" have been distributed.  An updated version of "Contraception: Why Not" and a series of talks "Sexual Common Sense" are available through

Michigan Right To Life Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/26/2015 Under: Right to Life (37 Hits)