Supreme Cash Incentive

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/12/2015 Under: All Articles (321 Hits)      

You may read the promotional letter from Supreme here: 4.50 INCENTIVE

Reach For The Ring

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/12/2015 Under: All Articles (344 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

R.S.V.P. & Vocations

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/19/2015 Under: Church (115 Hits)      


Through the Knights of Columbus Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP), councils, assemblies and Squires circles “adopt” one or more seminarians or postulants and provide them with financial assistance and moral support.

RSVP money is used by seminarians and those in religious formation for tuition and books, car insurance and maintenance, travel during vacations, emergency expenditures and other living expenses.

Knights provide more than financial support, though. Members write letters to students, sponsor dinners for them, invite them to join the Order and, most importantly, pray for vocations.

Since 1981, the Order has provided more than $52.9 million in aid through RSVP, helping more than 85,900 men and women follow their vocations.

Qualifying councils and assemblies receive a $100 refund for every $500 donated, up to a limit of $2,000 donated per individual, while the refund for Squires is $20 for every $100 donated.

Again this year your council’s participation in the RSVP program will qualify as a Featured Program and will fulfill your councils Church obligation on the SP-7 Columbian Award.

For information to contribute to this program contact; 

Vocations Director Cliff Wasmund 734-634-7989 -

Please go to the link wasmund news to view the State Vocations Director Cliff Wasmund’s recent newsletter.

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Fr. Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 03/11/2015 Under: All Articles (190 Hits)      

The Fr. Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary is funded by the Knights of Columbus and named after its founder, Father Michael J. McGivney. The Below video focuses on the important work being done through the Chair of Life Ethics, and in particular by its chair holder, Dr. Janet Smith, to help ensure that future priests are being trained now and will have a good solid foundation in life ethics.

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In the book of Jeremiah 31:31-34 “ The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and  house of Judah. It will be like the covenant I made with their fathers the day I took them by the hand and led them from the land of Egypt . . ."a covenant is a contract".

Brother Knights, we made a covenant with Sacred Heart Seminary to raise $1,250,000 and donate these funds to the Father McGivney Chair of Life Ethics.  The endowed chair guarantees students encounter the broad range of issues concerning the dignity of human life.  Among these issues are abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, contraception, natural planning and many others.

My, yours, our contributions to the "Chair" will ensure that future priests, deacons, and lay ministers at Sacred Heart will be evangelists of life.

Thus, I need your help in spreading this "covenant" to our membership at council meetings, assembly meetings, and in council publications.  Council Financial Secretaries were encouraged to insert the McGivney Chair of Life Ethics flyer in their council dues notice to membership.  In return, members were encourage to submit $12 ($1/month per year) in conjunction with their dues.  Council Financial Secretaries. would forward these collected funds to State Secretary Ken Unterbrink for deposit and council record transaction.

If you have not submitted your contribution, please forward your donation to your Council Financial Secretary or mail directly to State Secretary Ken Unterbrink 770 S. Freer Chelsea, Michigan 48118.  Check memo line: McGivney Chair of Life Ethics.

Donations in excess of $12 are acceptable and encouraged.  Some councils have generously donated in excess of member donations.  I thank them for their contribution.

. . . we do not need a new "covenant" just fulfill our existing one.

Questions or flyers, please contact me.

John Rademacher State Director
Fr. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics


April Columbian Available Online

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 04/08/2015 Under: All Articles (290 Hits)      

The April 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 2015 (Flipbook) --

-- Michigan Columbian April 2015 (PDF) --

Building The Domestic Church

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/01/2015 Under: Family (251 Hits)      

Understanding the nature of self-giving love that we are called to in all our relationships can be difficult, especially for teenagers and young adults just coming to terms with this part of their lives. Romantic love — such as a teen’s first crush — shows love in an emotional stage. It can be fleeting and fickle, but it can also evolve into the more important element of love in friendship. In this latter stage, each person wants the best for the other and for themselves in the hope of becoming unified. With this should come the understanding of just how important abstinence is for relationships outside of marriage. The move from “I” to “we” in a relationship is often the final step to betrothed love or marriage. This self-surrender and personal commitment is the basis for married love and the start of the family. Helping others to navigate and come to understand these deep emotions can be one of the greatest challenges and rewards a family can face.

Because in the beginning of creation God gave the commandments of work, we want to harmonize work and family life.

 Family Project Develop teamwork among your family members by working together to complete a project in your parish or community. Create a garden for Mary or a special statue location, visit local cemeteries in spring to assist with a clean-up, or schedule a time to pray the rosary together as a family.

May work

view the full booklet here Family Booklet