2018 Joint Fundraiser Raffle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/21/2017 Under: All Articles (387 Hits)      

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Welcome to this year’s Joint Council and State Charities Raffle. We have put together these top 4 prizes that we consider memorable trips.

 These tickets are easy to sell at $5.00 each for the most respected fraternal organization in the world “The Knights of Columbus”. The sale of these tickets have a big impact on our charities which help people that do not have it easy.

 We thank you in advance for selling or buying these tickets.

 This is one program that helps councils fund their charities.

1st  Charity Prize - 8 day Western Mediterranean Cruise for 2, Overnight in Rome W/Vatican Tour (Civitavecchia) Italy, Monte Carlo (Cannes), France, Ajaccio, Corsica, Palma De Mallorca, Spain, Sardinia (Cagliari), Italy.  Includes roundtrip flights, ocean view balcony room, transfers,    cruise, taxes & port charges . Plus $50 on board credit and $5,000 cash.

2nd  Unity Prize - 9 Night Canada/New England Cruise for 2, Cape Liberty, Bayonne, Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Saint John, New Brunswick (Bay of Fundy). Includes roundtrip flights transfers, cruise, taxes & port charges. Plus $50 on board credit and $3,000 cash.

3rd   Fraternity Prize—7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise for 2, Ocho Rios, Jamica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Miami. Includes ocean view room, roundtrip flights transfers, cruise, taxes & port charges & $1,000 cash.

4th   Patriotic Prize - Philadelphia for 2, tour pass with 27 stops hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Includes roundtrip flights, 3 nights at the Marriott  Hotel Downtown, and a 3 day tour pass and $500 cash.

5th & 6th Prize $1,000 each        7th - 10th Prize $500 each

11th - 20th Prize $250 each         21st - 30th Prize $150 each


“Trips are transferable to another trip or person.”

All prizes are subject to Federal Tax Laws


Click on link to view other prizes 2018 bonus prizes



St. Frances Cabrini Clinic of the Most Holy Trinity Church is the oldest free clinic in the nation serving Detroit since 1950.


Cabrini Clinic 





Angela Hospice, Bishop Baraga Association, Capuchin Community Center, Catholic Radio, Dioceses of Michigan, Guest House, Madonna University, Most Holy Trinity Church, Right to Life programs, Holy Cross Children Services, Special Days Cancer Camp, St. Francis Cabrini Clinic, St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Vocations Programs, Catholic High School Sports Program (Prep Bowl, Catholic Cross Country Meet, Catholic Track Meet), Catholic Publications (Michigan Catholic, U.P. Catholic)


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Grand prize Drawing held at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center 6015 East Ten Mile, Warren, MI  48091  

Grand Prize Drawing on April 14, 2018, 2:30 pm

Kenneth B. Unterbrink—State Deputy 

State Fundraising Director Gary A. DeCarlo 586-436-0121


check example     Sold Tickets may be returned until 2pm on day of drawing on April 14, 2018 at

De Carlo’s Banquet Center


The envelope enclosed in the mailing with the tickets is ONLY for State Raffle ticket stubs. We are not responsible for returning anything else, ( dues, personal bills etc.) that is sent in the envelope to the State Office.

"The sale persons are responsible for listing the council number on the check stubs," 

Ensure all checks are made out to;

Michigan State Council


Family of the Year Applications

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/17/2018 Under: Family (132 Hits)      

Building The Domestic Church Through Family of Year Nominations

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As the new year begins it gives us the opportunity to continue our mission in Building The Domestic Church. By recognizing a Family of Year at the State level it provides the perfect opportunity to honor families that set an example of Christian participation in our councils, parish and community.                                                                   

In addition to honoring a Family of Year in your parish, it provides an example of how the Knights of Columbus believe in the value of a strong "Domestic Church". Below is a recommended action plan for the submission of a successful nomination and portfolio for the Family of Year.

Access the Supreme Family of the Year Application form here.



Keys to a Successful Michigan State Family of Year Nomination Action and Timeline


 Family of Year timeline

Direct Family of the Year questions to State Family Director Ed Strach e.strach@mikofc.org 734-476-6296.


Building the Domestic Church

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/29/2017 Under: All Articles (299 Hits)      

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The very popular presentation on Building the Domestic Church created by Supreme MPC Dannie Harris is now available on our website.

Go to Resources/Manuals and Documentation/Training Powerpoints and look for Building the Domestic Church Harris presentation. Available in both powerpoint show and PDF.  


A Call To Battle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/02/2017 Under: Church (543 Hits)      

The video in Deacon Wayne Slomiany's workshop was a great hit and can be viewed by clicking on the logo below.a call to battle logo

State Coats for Kids Event

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/24/2017 Under: Youth (234 Hits)      

The Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus, combing efforts with the Detroit Lions Alumni Association and the Knights of the Archdiocese were able to provide new warm winter coats in two locations through the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Program this fall. “What a better gift for Christmas than the gift of warmth, a new winter coat for a child in need?”, pretty much summarizes the reason for this program from State Youth Activities Director Kevin Rowley.

State Deputy Ken Unterbrink had these comments; In both the Black Friday and Pontiac Coats for Kids, the K of C volunteers that attended, the State Officers, the District Deputies, the Directors, the Grand Knights and the council members and their families, there to help the children pick out new coats and help put the coats on the children.  The children and our family of brother knights working together for a better future.  This was a great example of community. 

Pontiac C4K 1  A big thank you to the former NFL Detroit Lions players, Tom Nowatzke, Lomas Brown, George Jamison and their friends for helping with the children.  And, of course State Youth Director Kevin Rowley for coordinating the distribution of the 1800 coats. 

Former players Tom Nowatzke, Lomas Brown, George Jamison attended the event in Pontiac on December 16th helping children find a coat to fit and take home.

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All the players felt that this program filled a need and loved helping out, to give back to the community. Mr. Nowatzke remarked that even though he played in an era when the salaries were much lower he felt the need to give back to the community. “This is what it’s all about” said Mr. Brown “look at the smiles on these kids faces.” Lomas who through his Lomas Brown Foundation has many opportunities to give back had a lot of fun helping out at the two events. Mr. Jamison was impressed at the number of coats the Knights could provide and felt honored to be invited to the event changing his Saturday plans so he could attend. “These are type of programs communities need” he stated. 

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One of the Moms that outfitted several of her kids commented that this was a God send, she saved at least $300.00 and now would have some money for Christmas presents.


KC Archdiocese Membership Director Dan Fuller had these observations; "This event was very inspiring, to see these families coming to St Damien of Molokai’s Parish hall to receive coats.  Seeing the volunteers from the Detroit Loins Alumni help kids pick out coats and all the volunteers from the Knights of Columbus and their families leading each family through to process of choosing the right coat for their child".  

"Our youngest volunteer was 6 year old Nathan Morgan working with his Dad Scott Morgan of Council 2940. The most senior was 93 year old Brother Knight Major Kelly of Council 13930.  These 56 volunteers greeted each family and served over 500 people, helping 400 children pick out a warm coat."  

The Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program, which allows Local & State councils across North America the opportunity to purchase new winter coats for children at a discount and to distribute them to children in need in their local communities at no cost to the recipient. Through our Coats for Kids program, 1,780 local councils distributed 87,906 coats to children in need throughout the United States and Canada in 2016.

After the distribution at St Damien of Molokai there were an estimated 180 coats remaining from the initial 1880.  These remaining coats were taken to Sandusky and Paw Paw Michigan for distribution by K of C Councils in those areas.  

This year our Knights in Michigan have distributed nearly 4,000 coats during local council and State council directed programs.

For more info. call; Kevin Rowley Knights of Columbus Youth Activities Director 586-596-8649.

Sacred Heart Seminary Admission Degree

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/12/2017 Under: All Articles (288 Hits)      









Councils are invited to send candidates and their proposers to this admission degree at Sacred Heart Major Seminary located at 2701 Chicago Blvd. in Detroit. Council candidates will go through the degree with the seminarians.

Councils that serve seminarians’ home parishes will be contacted, so council members can attend as sponsors, and the young men can join the council. Sponsoring councils are asked to waive seminarian admission fees and dues.

Msgr. Todd Lajiness, who is a knight and a former State Chaplain for the Michigan State Council, plans to attend prior to the degree.

At the conclusion of the degree, seminarians will be available to visit with knights and give tours of the seminary.

Contact Diocesan Membership Director Larry Pitruzzello (586) 871-8716 or email l.pitruzzello@mikofc.org with the number of attendees and candidates.

For further information or questions, call or email Ken Krause, State Membership Director (586) 598-8453 or k.krause@mikofc.org.

''10'' for Charities Program - Michigan Charities Fund

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/30/2017 Under: All Articles (443 Hits)      

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In the spirit of charity, the principle of our Order, with your voluntary contributions the   Take “10” for Charities Program of the Michigan Charities Fund has continued to grow as a State Council resource for those in need.

 Since its inception in 1977 the Take “5” Program, now the “10” for Charites Program of the Michigan Charities Fund has been able to help many charities, listed below are a few of them.


* All Diocesan Vocations

* Archdiocese Clergy Outing – Vocations

* Bishop Baraga Association

* Catholic Education

* Capuchin Community Center

* Catholic High School League

* Catholic Publications

* Center for Women

* Family Donations all Dioceses

* Catholic Radio

* Holy Cross Children Services

* Most Holy Trinity Parish

* Guest House

* Livingston County Ultra Sound Initiative

* Sacred Heart Major Seminary

* RTL Agencies

* Parochial Schools Cross Country Youth Rally

* Shared Pregnancy Crisis Center

* Special Days Cancer Camp

* Prep Bowl/RTL Mich. Education Fund

* Squires Scholarship

* St. Anne’s Mackinac Island

* St. Francis Cabrini Clinic

* St. Francis Retreat Center

* St. Vincent Home Lansing

* Solanus Casey Center

* Students for Life

* Summer Scripture, Lansing

* UP Catholic Newspaper


   A $10.00 contribution by each of the approximately 66,000 Michigan Knights would give the Michigan Charities Fund $ 660,000.00 to distribute. Just think of the good that we could do if each member gave his fair share.

   We need your support! Please include $10.00 or more with your dues payment or send a separate check payable to your local council. (Write “10” for Charities Program) on the memo line. Your Financial Secretary will send the total ”10” for Charities Program contributions to the State Secretary.

   Working together as a team of 66,000 we can be a tremendous force of support for those who truly need us. Please do what you can. We thank you in advance for your help to help others. Vivat Jesus!

Attention Worthy Financial Secretaries,

   As the council, annual dues billing season approaches please insure the list of charities which receive support from the State Council is distributed with your billings.

   For those councils that bill manually by hard mail it is easy. Just insert the slip listing the charities provided by the State through your District Deputy into the billing envelope.

   For councils that bill electronically we need you to make an extra step and either mail the slip separately or add as an e-mail attachment to your members.

   A copy of the slip which you may attach to your e-billing is found on our website under Resources/Forms/Council Forms and is linked here. 

   The promotion of the “10” for Charities Program by distribution of the slip is essential for the funding of our charities program.

 Thanks for your cooperation.  Any questions may be directed to:

 William J. Walsh PSD Director “10” for Charity Program - Michigan Charities Fund. 517-629-9273

Endowment Scholarship for Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/03/2017 Under: All Articles (402 Hits)      

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 Sacred Heart Seminary A request of Archbishop Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron and the Rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, former State Chaplain Msgr. Todd Lajiness is being honored by the State Board and the State Board has committed to this endeavor until June 30, 2026. 

We, the State Board of the Michigan Knights of Columbus, have established a Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program for the Sacred Heart Major Seminary, with the scholarship/s distribution awarded from the interest earned annually (probably a maximum of 4%). It is anticipated that we will at a minimum, raise one million dollars for the endowment.

We will be asking for a voluntary six ($6.00) a year per member to fund this endowment. The first request will be attached to the annual dues billing starting in December 2017.

The Financial Secretary can use the linked, MIKofC Endowment Scholarship Fund Flyer and mail with the their 2018 Council Dues notice.  This is our way to help "Support Vocations to the Priesthood"  with your donation.

Checks should be written to Michigan Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.

(the Michigan Knights of Columbus 501(c)(3) account.)

 Keep the Faith Alive

All funds for the Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program for Sacred Heart Major Seminary will be directed to our charitable account. This would allow for contributions to Sacred Heart Major Seminary for the Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program to be tax deductible.


The Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program will be used for seminarians in need of financial support.


The RSVP program will continue to be in full support of individual seminarians of your choice to the seminary of your choice. We would also encourage all jurisdictions to create their own tuition endowment seminarian fund.


Michigan's 45th Ultrasound Machine

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/22/2017 Under: Culture of Life (190 Hits)      

Tuesday December 19 2017 marked the dedication for the 45th Ultrasound Machine in Michigan.

Fr. James Wyse began the ceremony, which took place at Alpha Family Center of Greenville with an opening prayer. Host District Deputy Ralph Van Ocker led all in the Pledge of Allegiance and Fr. James then blessed the Ultrasound machine.

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In attendance from the K of C State Board was our Worthy State Deputy Ken Unterbrink and wife Ellie. Others in attendance were Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan, along with District Deputy Ralph Van Ocker, Grand Rapids Diocesan Program Director Ken Skonecki, and Grand Knight Tom Russell from St. Charles Council #2084 in Greenville.

Also pictured are Alpha Board President Jim Comden, Executive Director Karen Marsman, & many of her staff along with many Brother Knights. Not pictured, however very instrumental in the success of this opportunity is District Deputy Garret Kelenske.

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Executive Director Karen Marsman provided everyone with the history of Alpha Family Center while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity and commitment to Protecting the Unborn. Board President Jim Comden also thanked the Knights of Columbus for their overwhelming generosity that has and will continue to change the hearts and minds of those facing difficult decisions.

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Many thanks to all who participated and donated that may not be mentioned, please know that without all of you none of this would be possible.

Let us not forget Supreme Knights of Columbus for their matching funds program which has now crested over 850 machines Order wide.

View a list of Michigan Ultrasound locations here.

God bless,

Tim & Cindy Donovan  Pro Life Chair Couple                                               

Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus 

40th Annual Mich. KC RTL Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/23/2017 Under: Culture of Life (204 Hits)      



Social hour at 6:00 p.m.  

dinner at 7:00 p.m.





27777 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia, MI 48150                             






Abortion attempt survivor.

Voice for the voiceless.



 Melissa Ohden  

 Melissa Ohden is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived.


In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network (ASN). ASN seeks to educate the public about failed abortions and survivors while providing emotional, mental and spiritual support to abortion survivors. Her life and ministry is featured in the award winning pro-life documentary, A Voice for Life.

After years of searching for her biological family and offering them forgiveness for the decision that was made to end her life, Melissa’s story, and her life, is so much more than one of survival.  It’s a testament to the beauty of God’s grace in our lives, and the transformational power of forgiveness. Fulfilling the purpose that she believes God set out for her, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless.

 Register Online beginning in February @ Right to Life of Michigan

or call Barbara 248-371-0466

Deadline: March 22

Ava Maria University Scholarship

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/11/2017 Under: All Articles (464 Hits)      

Ava Maria Univ Scholarship AdHOW TO APPLY:

 ? Must complete the online scholarship application at:  https://www.avemaria.edu/apply-now/

  **Apply early! A limited number of scholarships will be awarded



In addition Ave Maria University Seeking Volunteer Football Scouts:  Do you enjoy high school football?  Would you like to help young Catholic men have an opportunity to attend an authentic Catholic university and play football?  If so… Ave Maria University (AMU) could use your help!  AMU is developing a scout network in Michigan to help identify Catholic football players from all schools (public / private / Catholic) in this area.  Generous scholarships are available.

 For more details, please contact Dr. Gary Jackson, Michigan Scout Coordinator, at gjackson@avemariafoundation.org or 734-516-9615. 

State Wild Game Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/13/2017 Under: All Articles (464 Hits)      

State Wild Game Dinner 2018 flyer


CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE YOU’RE GONNA LOVE IT: www.saintfranciscamp.org 


KC Year in Review 2017

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/10/2018 Under: All Articles (310 Hits)      

Click here for a very interesting article from Supreme about the 2017 Year in Review.

Michigan Columbian January 2018 available

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/03/2017 Under: All Articles (560 Hits)      

To view the latest Michigan Columbian click the logo below

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