2016 Raffle Christian Refugee Relief Fund and Holy Cross

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 03/07/2016 Under: All Articles (307 Hits)      


Grand Hotel Patio

Ladies Charity Raffle

to Benefit 

The K of C Christian Refugee Relief Fund


Holy Cross Services

Dear Brother Knights and Ladies: 

Our support of the K of C Christian Refugee Relief Fund and Holy Cross Services brings hope and changes to the lives of children and our fellow Christians who are presently being terrorized and killed for their beliefs.  

The K of C Christian Refugee Relief Fund was founded to help our most vulnerable Christians in need of your help. Help us provide aid for our persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria.

Holy Cross Children’s Services is one of the largest private, not-for-profit providers of children’s services in Michigan.  They provide residential campuses and group homes, charter schools, foster care homes and supervised independent living programs as well as day treatment centers in cities with the greatest need around the state.

Our raffle on Mackinac Island is one way we can support these children and Christians. Please consider donating a basket from your council or district to support these worthwhile causes. If you are able to donate your time selling tickets, it would also be greatly appreciated.  Below you will find a donation form for your convenience. Together great things can happen for our children and fellow Christians. 

Marybeth Chasse
Chairperson of the Raffle on Mackinac Island
Wife of Bill Chasse, State Advocate

If you are able to donate your time the following times are still available:

Thursday May 26th: 11:00-1:00 pm, 1-3:00 pm, before and after the ladies program and 1 hour during the hospitality rooms. 

Friday May 27th: 8:30-10:30 am, 10:30-12:30 pm, 12:30-2:30 pm, 2:30-4:30 pm and again for one hour during the hospitality rooms. 

Saturday morning:  I am looking for runners: ladies to escort the winners to their baskets.  

Thank you in advance for your help!! 

CELL: (517) 881-8875

2016 Raffle Donation Form Mackinac.doc Sign up for Raffle 2016

May is the month of Mary & Moms

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/01/2016 Under: Church (191 Hits)      

May is traditionally dedicated in a special way to honoring Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church. May is also dedicated to recognizing moms, grandmothers, stepmoms, mothers-to-be and all women who in and through their lives encompass the qualities of motherhood. (Mother's Day Prayer)

As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us. Why does Mary have such a prominent place in the communion of saints?

As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI reflected, Mary is the person who more than anyone else contemplated God in Jesus' human face, and she can teach us how to gaze upon him. Pope Benedict said, "...in Mary’s heart was carried the mystery of the face of Christ, a mystery of death and of glory. From her we can always learn how to look upon Jesus with a gaze of love and of faith, to recognize in that human countenance, the Countenance of God."

When your heart is anxious, turn to Mary and say, "Mary, put my heart at peace." When your mind is too busy, look to Mary and pray, "Mary, settle down my mind." When you want to grow and deepen your life, look to Mary and beg, "Mary, just as you helped Jesus grow in wisdom and grace, help me also to advance on the spiritual path which God has laid out for me." (from the book Images of Mary).


State Council Charity Raffle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/25/2016 Under: All Articles (243 Hits)      

 Congratulations to Donald Amboyer of council 3257 winner of the 1st place price, the trip to Rome.

The 2nd place prize, the trip to Honolulu was won by Cynthia Hasenauer of council 7011.

The Carnival cruise which was the 3rd prize went to Mike Powers of council 13319.

And the Grand Traverse Resort vacation, the 4th place prize will be enjoyed by Mike Kennedy of council 13362.

May all winners enjoy their prizes.

The complete list of winners is here; 2016 Raffle winners list

Thanks to all for supporting this program!

           raffle logo 2-19-16                            Raffle tumbler


Traveling Icon Schedule

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/18/2016 Under: Church (255 Hits)      

The edited Traveling Icon Schedule is available at

Resources/District forms linked here.

An info letter from State Chruch Director Tom Schmidt is here; Icon info letter.

Also a copy of the Icon prayer booklet is available.


Any questions please call Tom 616-450-4440


2016 Special Olympics Summer Games

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/21/2016 Under: All Articles (251 Hits)      

Michigan State Council Tiger Day 2016

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/22/2016 Under: All Articles (250 Hits)      


SAT, JULY 16, 16 – 7:05 PM

The 2016 Knights of Columbus Tiger Day will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 7:05 PM against the World Champions Kansas City Royals. As it has been done over the past years all ticket requests must be sent to the State Director of Special Projects and Athletics, Mark Gaworecki. This year once again we have tickets in the baseline box seat area along the right field line and in the mezzanine area. The Lower Baseline Box Seats are $48.00 each and the Mezzanine Seats are $30.00 each. We currently have 200 box seats and 200 mezzanine seats for sale to our Brother Knights for this Saturday night game. This is considered a premium game so the cost of the tickets are above the normal day ticket prices. At this time there are fireworks scheduled for after the ballgame and it is J.D. Martinez Bobble-head Night as well, this is subject to change. The cost of the ticket is what the Knights pay for them from the Tigers.

All ticket requests must include payment in full. Orders,

which do not include payment, will not be processed.

Make all checks payable to the MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL  Tiger Day on the memo line.

What a great way to spend a warm July weekend evening with your Brother Knights and the 2016 Detroit Tigers. So don’t delay and get your ticket requests in early. You don’t want to be left out. ALL TICKET REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN FRI, JUNE 17, 16.

 Order ticket on this form: KC Tiger Day tics order form a 

 If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me

 Mark F. Gaworecki – State Director of Special Projects & Athletics 313-388-6912.



Building the Domestic Church

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/20/2016 Under: Church (325 Hits)      


Strengthening Parishes: The Knights’ Service of Ministry

Through the Building the Domestic Church initiative, the Order is recommitted to strengthening the Catholic identity of our families and revitalizing parish life. The initiative’s first program, Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive, was designed to draw families closer to each other through meditation and family projects. The newest aspect of the initiative, Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish, will further promote Catholic family life by encouraging councils to more fully integrate with the sacramental and social life of their parish. In this way, councils will continue the service of ministry to the Church that Father McGivney saw as central to the Order.

  With the hope of thus strengthening our members’ families, revitalizing our parishes and growing our Order, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson is now asking state deputies and state chaplains to offer a prayer to the Holy Family at every state convention held this fraternal year. The prayer will be made available to all families, with the hope that each and every family will join together on the first Sunday after Christmas to offer this prayer of consecration.

The supreme knight also asks that Knights attend Mass together with their fellow council members and families on June 19, which marks the celebration of Father’s Day in the United States. During this Mass, chaplains should invite Knights and their wives — along with all the married couples of the parish — to renew their marriage vows.

  Further information on the consecration to the Holy Family and the Father’s Day affirmation of wedding vows may be found in the February issue of Columbia. Should you have additional questions, please direct them to the Corporate Communications Department by emailing knightline@kofc.org or calling 203-752-4264. The Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive booklet (#10162) can be obtained by visiting knightsgear.com. You can also submit a Form 1 to the Supply Department. For additional ordering information, email supply@kofc.org or call 203-752-4214. The booklet is free, and only shipping charge apply. An online copy of this booklet and additional resources are available at www.kofc.org/familyfullyalive

2016 Council Officer Training

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 04/25/2016 Under: All Articles (312 Hits)      

Planning is well underway for Council Officer Training in dioceses across Michigan. The purpose of training is to better prepare current and future Knights of Columbus officers and directors for responsibilities in leadership positions. All council members are encouraged to attend. The Diocesan Program Directors have secured locations and dates for training along with qualified presenters. Classes are planned for Grand Knights, Financial Secretary, Program Directors, Membership Directors (includes instruction on implementing the retention process), Advocate, Treasurer / Trustee, and Warden/Guard positions. The Financial Secretary training format will be targeted to both new and advance use with time for questions and answers. In addition, the Grand Knight training will contain about a half hour of Member Management. The training materials, manuals and modules are included on the Michigan State Council website at www.mikofc.org available to all members.

The cost of the training is only $5 per attendee. The low cost should enable councils to send several members to training. Since scheduled training may conflict with council meeting and activity dates, members may attend training outside their diocese if it is more convenient. Councils should notify the appropriate Diocesan Program Director at least a week prior to training, although members may register the day of training. Advance notice of councils attending will help to plan for food, materials, etc. Councils may pre-register and send checks made out to the Michigan State Council to Diocesan Program Directors or pay when the members attend the training. The schedule for training in all dioceses is listed.

The complete list of schedule sessions per Diocese may be found under Resources/Mauals and Documentation/Officers Training Manuals or click; Council Officers Training Schedule 2016.

Fortnight for Freedom

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/30/2016 Under: Community (183 Hits)      

From June 21 to July 4, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will host its annual Fortnight for Freedom under the theme “Witnesses to Freedom.”  In support of this theme, the USCCB will highlight 14 men and women around the world who bear witness to authentic freedom in Christ.

As faithful Catholic American citizens, we encourage your council to work with your pastors to be fully engaged in this special celebration. For suggestions on simple activities, please visit the USCCB’s Fortnight for Freedom website. Additionally, we encourage you to share the USCCB-produced 10-minute video on the importance of religious liberty that is available on the website. This could be done at a council meeting or as part of a larger parish or community celebration of the fortnight.

You can also order Knights of Columbus religious freedom signs (13”x 20”) for use at any rallies or marches for religious freedom sponsored by your council or held in your area. The signs say “Respect Religious Freedom” (#10041) and “Defend the First Amendment” (#10042).  Order online at Knights Gear or send a Supply Requisition (Form #1) by mail or fax (1-800-266-6340) to the Supply Department. The cost is $10 per 100 signs, which includes shipping and handling.

Knights of Columbus        religious freedom sign
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 752-4000


April Columbian Available Online

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 04/04/2016 Under: All Articles (300 Hits)      

The January issue of the Michigan 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.

-- Michigan Columbian April 2016 (Flipbook) --

-- Michigan Columbian April 2016 (PDF) --