2020 Michigan State Charity Raffle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/16/2019 Under: All Articles (170 Hits)      

Michigan State Youth Championships

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/15/2019 Under: Youth (328 Hits)      


State Soccer Challenge   


October 6th, 2019

Registration at 12:00 event begins at 1:00. 

St. John Vianney Church

4101 Clyde Park SW

Wyoming, MI 49509

Contact Michael Haughey 586-873-9234


State Spelling Bee                                                

March 7th, 2020

Fr. Van Rooy Council #2740

Registration at 12:00 event begins at 1:00

1021 Woodside Ave

Essexville, MI 48732

Contact Michael Haughey 586-873-9234

 Basketball & net

State Free Throw Championship                     

March 15th, 2020

Registration at 12:00, event begins at 1:00

Sacred Heart Parish Gym

319 E. Illinois St.

Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Contact Michael Haughey 586-873-9234

KCIC Poster

Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

Council winners are due to State Youth Activities Director by January 31, 2020.  Age groups 5-7, 8-10, and 11-14.    

 Drug Abuse poster

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness Posters

Due to State Youth Activities Director by March 30th, 2020.  Age groups are ages 8-11 and 12-14.

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 Youth Essay Contest 

Discuss the meaning of Virtue and how you live and embody the virtue of Charity. Council Winners are due to the State Youth Activities Director by January 15th, 2020.  Open to Catholic students in public, parochial or private schools from grades 8-12.  

For a list of State Youth Activites click here.

Further info call State Activities Director Mike Haughey - 586-873-9234.

State Council Sponsored Coats for Kids

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/06/2019 Under: All Articles (172 Hits)      

Coats for Kids is an Order-wide program began in 2009 by the Supreme Council. It’s designed to provide warmth to children in need during the winter months. Since the program’s inception, nearly half a million new coats have been distributed in the United States and Canada.

Knights of Columbus across North America collect donations from council members and purchase the new winter coats at a discount rate from the Supreme Council. Local councils then distribute the coats in their communities.

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This year, about 50 Michigan councils are signed up to participate, with over 400 volunteers statewide, according to Bill Leveque, State Program Director. “The reception of it has been overwhelming,” Leveque said. “The Center for Hope in Flint expressed a need for about 600 coats, and we gave over 900 coats to another local church last week in Plymouth. It’s been a great response from the communities, and the smiles on the kids’ face when they pick out a coat is amazing.”


The State Council provided several hundred coats for distribution by local councils joining together in District & Diocesan give-away dates. From Detroit to Grand Rapids to Muskegon, Directors, District Deputies and council members determined central points where the need was the greatest for these events.


The annual totals of the give-away program reach record levels yearly because the need continues to grow. The State Council realizes this so the program will continue at the local level with their assistance until the allotment of coats is depleted.




 2019 C4K State 2

Over 700 coats were donated in a couple of hours on a Saturday in Detroit. In Grand Rapids on another Saturday over 200 were given away directly to children, with another 180 donated to charitable agencies for distribution to those they determine in need. On an evening in Muskegon 269 coats were given to children in 3 hours.

2019 C4K State 1

The total number of coats given away this year cannot be determined at this time because many local councils organize this program independently and promote the schedule dates through local media and parish bulletins as well as social media. But we expect another record year. As State Program Director Bill says, “the smiles on the kids’ face when they pick out a coat is amazing.”

Sacred Heart Major Seminary Endowment Scholarship Fund

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/11/2019 Under: All Articles (647 Hits)      


The E. S. F. is an agreement between the Michigan Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart Major Seminary initiated April 5th, 2018.  The agreement specifies that the Michigan jurisdiction will commit to fund the Scholarship Fund in the amount of $1,000,000.00.

 Sacred Heart Sem KC logo

  • Knights of Columbus have always supported our Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians.
  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a institution utilized and funded by all seven of Michigan’s Diocese and its Catholic population.
  • Annual costs for“formation” range between $40,000 and $50,000.
  • R.S.V.P. is a great financial resource, but it is normally assigned to a specific seminarian’s incidental expenses.
  • Council excess vocations project funds can be directed to the E.S.F.

A Message from the Endowed Scholarship Fund Chairperson John L. Rademacher

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Thanks for being a supporter and member of the Sacred Heart Major Seminary family.  Whether a financial supporter, a prayerful supporter or both, your support is duly noted.  Hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit and then acting to support the mission of discernment, formation, to the end of holy and happy priests is indeed what the Knights of Columbus continuously support.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary celebrates 100 years of service (1919-2019) educating not only priests, but religious, deacons and lay people.  Imagine the number of individuals who have passed through the walls of this magnificent building. Many have touched each of us as Christ’s shepherds within our parish community. Cardinals, Bishops, who have ministered the sacraments and ordained countless seminarians over this 100-year legacy.

Personally, I have visited S.H.M.S. and sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit at work supporting and guiding the seminarians in formation. I urge each of you to set up a guided tour of the campus and structure.  View the seminarians attending classes and praying throughout the day in the chapel.  Note the beauty of the structure . . .100 years of history awaits you.

Side-step and let’s review our progress towards the ENDOWED SCHOLARSHOIP FUND (E.S.F.)

The Michigan K of C jurisdiction signed an agreement to raise $1.0 million dollars to support the cost of formation and educational expenses the seminarians incure during their tenure at S.H.M.S.  To date, we have raised $200,000 and presented $195,794.35 via the Archbishop’s Gala in both 2018 and 2019. 

Council Financial Secretaries will begin the process of dues notice for the Fraternal Year 2020, starting with December 1st and continuing through the first quarter of 2020.
Inclusive with the dues notice amount will be the request for donation of $6.00 per member for the Endowed Scholarship Fund (E.S.F.)
Monies collected from the members should be sent via council check to State Secretary Walter Winkle, Jr.  2600 Ellsworth Columbus, MI.  48063. The check should be written to Michigan State K of C Charities.  Memo:  Endowed Scholarship Fund.

District Deputies were given a packet of "yellow handouts" at the Summer  Leadership meeting for each council F.S. to include with the dues notice  per member.  Kindly remind the F.S.'s of your councils to incorporate the  "E.S.F." with the 2020 dues notice when attending council meetings.
The "yellow handout" describes the purpose of the E.S.F. and the commitment from the Michigan Jurisdiction to Sacred Heart Major Seminary (S.H.M.S.).

In behalf of the Michigan Seminarians attending SH.M.S, we thank you for your support.


 John Rademacher  517-749-6757.

79th Annual State Bowling Tourney

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/16/2019 Under: All Articles (215 Hits)      

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Worthy Brother Knights,

We are pleased to extend to you a most cordial invitation to participate in the 79th Annual Michigan State Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament, hosted by Father L.P. Gauthier Council #10170.


State bowling assoc logo 

Tournament dates: Officers’ Tournament February 8, 2020 & February 16, 2020

Team event only entry fee is $115.00 per team. (5 MAN TEAMS)

Squad times are 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Saturday 2/8 and 10:00 am Sunday 2/16

Open Division begins February 15, 2020 thru March 8, 2020

 Squad times we be 10:00 am for Singles, Doubles and 10:00 for Team events.

 Entry fee, $23.00 per man per event, $6.00 all events optional. ($75.00)  

 Entry fee must be enclosed with your entry Form.

Open Division Start time may change, currently both Sat & Sun are set at 10:00 am start.

  Bowling Center: Richfield Bowl, 5340 Richfield Rd, Flint MI 48506 (810) 736-4880

 Headquarters: Best Western Plus -6075 Hill 23 Dr. Flint MI 48507 (810) 233-9000

 Group Room Rate, $92.00.

 Tournament averages will be used by everyone who has bowled in past tournaments. Tournament averages are based on all games bowled over the last four tournaments, anyone who has not bowled in the tournament since 2016 will not have a tournament average. Tournament averages can be found on the bowling web page at: WWW.MICHIGANKOFCATHLETICS.COM.

 The location of the tournament is selected by the bowling association board of directors at its’ annual meeting. 2021 tournament will be in Warren, MI, hosted by Bishop Murphy #3257 with Knights on Bikes. Councils hosting the tournament have reported making $20,000 or more. Funds which can use to support the programs the Council sponsors. The tournament can be hosted by individual councils or by district as was done 2016 in Monroe. The location of the 2022 tournament has not be selected. If your district or a council in your district is interested in hosting the State Tournament please contact me and I will send what is required of them.



 Forms are also available on the Mich. State Website, click here.

 Fraternally yours, Karl J. Zawalski, Secretary 586-322-5275 

Mich Knights 58th Ultrasound

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/31/2019 Under: All Articles (292 Hits)      

Wednesday October 30, 2019 marked the dedication for the 58th Knights of Columbus sponsored Ultrasound Machine in Michigan which took place at St. Basil the Great Catholic Church in Eastpointe for ICU Birth Choice Mobile Unit & the Ultrasound Machine.

Fr. Eric Fedewa Pastor of St. Basil and Board member provided the opening prayer and blessed the mobile unit and the Ultrasound machine. 


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In attendance, District Deputy Howard Weathington who also drives the mobile unit along with driver Emanuel Lughermo, District Deputy Joe Brenner, Council #15967 GK Dan Torres & William King representing the sponsoring Council, Birth Choice Services founder Shannon Wygant, ICU Birth Choice Board President Ken Gabriel, Archdiocese of Detroit Pro Life Coordinator Kathleen Wilson and husband James Wilson Board Member, Brad & Jesi Smith from Save the 1, along with Lana Mangiapane MI Republican Party, James Mangiapane, friends, and Brother Knights & ladies from neighboring Councils. Others in attendance, State Council State Warden Charles McCuen lll, and MI K of C Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan.

Sponsoring Council: St. Daniel #15967 along with the help of neighboring Councils #14883, #6824, #5436 & Assembly #0477.

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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.

And last but far from least, let us not forget Supreme Council Knights of Columbus for their matching funds program which has surpassed its original goal of 1,000 Life Saving Ultrasound Machines Order wide. 

God bless,

 Tim & Cindy Donovan Pro Life Chair Couple                                               

Michigan State Council

Knights of Columbus                                                                                                               


To view a list of locations of the KC ultrasounds click here.

Delta Church Drive Review

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/16/2019 Under: All Articles (380 Hits)      

Cover Delta Drive

To view the power point presentation from our Regional Training Director Jon Olson click the above logo.

 To view and print the Delta Drive checklist and the pulpit announcements go to; Resources/Membership/Delta Drive or click here  


          Make a Diff logo       To view "Making a Difference" notes click the logo 



Help Wanted

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/25/2019 Under: All Articles (91 Hits)      

Pinewood Open

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/12/2019 Under: Community (142 Hits)      

 Great fun program to help your council raise funds.

Michigan State Council Service Program Award Winner 2016

Supreme Council Program Recognition 2016

The Knights of Columbus Pinewood Open is intended to be an event for the whole family! You may enter as many cars as you like. As it is an "Open", anyone may enter cars, boys, girls, young or old. We use the size, weight and height rules of the scouts, however, you may make your car out of any material, 3D print it, carve an organic car, use your imagination! The Michigan State Council suggests all proceeds go towards Coats for Kids. To increase fundraising, in addition to car entry fees, consider produc-ing a race day program with local business ads, and have awards like "Best Super Hero Theme", "Best Big 10 School Entry" and "Most Creative Design" that entrants and spectators vote on with cash donations, the most cash donated for a specific car wins!


Go to : sites.google.com/site/pinewood788 for a sample flyer, registration form and rules. Need a track? Go to : pinecar.woodlandscenics.com/images/ws_new/track.pdf.

Need a timer? Go to : derbymagic.com to order a 3 lane 32 foot kit, ET timer and Derby Magic Race Manager Software.

Start Planning Your Race Today!

For any additional information please contact:

Michael Wegener - State Development Dir. - wegener@mikofc.org, 517-331-3959

KC Advent Archdiocese Retreat

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/03/2019 Under: Church (293 Hits)      

47th Annual March for Life Wash. D.C.

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 08/05/2019 Under: Culture of Life (398 Hits)      

St. John the Evangelist Caretakers Program

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/12/2019 Under: Community (377 Hits)      

Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus introduced a new Program Award Category at the Summer Organizational meeting.

Care Takers award pic

 The Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus St. John the Evangelist Caretakers Program is designed to recognize and appreciate the tireless care given by families to their special dependants.

  • Councils would apply for the Award for a worthy family on the website.
  • Applications would be judged the same as the Program Awards.
  • Award is a special St. John the Evangelist rosary, blessed at the convention and used on the lawn during the Living Rosary.
  • Award would be presented on Friday during the Open Session Awards Presentations.

Begin consideration of a worthy family and watch this website for future information.

Faith in Action: Community Helping Hands

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 08/11/2019 Under: Community (413 Hits)      

Helping Hands

 Higher Purpose

 Put your faith into action and help those less fortunate in your

 community. In the model of Knights of Columbus founder,

 Venerable Michael McGivney, councils will lead efforts to assist

 those most in need. Guidelines for this program are broad and

 can include forming partnerships with local aid organizations or

 independently planning unique activities.


 The Helping Hands program is designed to recognize the

 important work many councils already do to care for the most

 disadvantaged members of our communities – the homeless, the

 addicted, the elderly who may feel isolated and abandoned, and

 many others. Through this program, councils will aid the needy

 through the activities they feel best suit their community, such as

 serving at or running a soup kitchen, repairing the facilities of a

 local service organization or something entirely unique. The

 requirements for this program are very broad in order to allow

 councils to serve their community in whatever way is most


 Required Program

  A council must conduct this required program in the Community

 category to be eligible to receive the Columbian Award.tion Stepses

 For tips from Supreme click Action Steps   

 for items you need click Resources

Living Rosary on Capitol Steps

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/06/2019 Under: All Articles (223 Hits)      

Living Rosary 2020 flyer


For more info go to the Michigan State Living Rosary website.


Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/17/2019 Under: All Articles (158 Hits)      

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The protection of life is a sustained prayer intention of the Church, and in particular of the Knights of Columbus. Knights remain firmly committed to defending the right to life of every human being – from the moment of conception to natural death. To commemorate and bolster this important cause, councils will promote a novena, nine days of sustained prayer, to build up a culture of life in our parishes, homes and wider community.

  For info. explaining the program click here.

  To open an editable flyer for the novena click here.

  To order flyers click here.




October 2019 Michigan Columbian

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/30/2019 Under: All Articles (442 Hits)      

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To view the latest Mich Columbian click on the above logo.


Local Councils in Action

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/19/2019 Under: All Articles (467 Hits)      

To promote the activities of our local councils around the State, various council programs will be posted here.

Send your stories of worthy council programs along with pics to g.merritt@mikofc.org


 Holy Family Council #10992 Sparta

10992 best prom

The Best Prom Ever - Fall Edition - Sparta HS Saturday, November 9, 2019

Since its inception in 2007, the Spring and Fall editions of the Best Prom Ever have grown in popularity.  This year was no exception as over 600 guests and 150 volunteer staff were in attendance.  Many thanks go to the Holy Family Knights of Columbus and the entire village of Sparta, who underwrite and staff all aspects of "The Dance."


District 63 Marquette Diocese

All 7 Councils of District 63 of the Knights of Columbus came together on October 21 to support the Life Outreach Center of Houghton and Baraga Counties. Thirty-five Knights cooked and served a sit-down dinner for 200 attendees who donated over $16,500 that evening in support of the Center. The St. Albert the Great College Council #17237 provided Fifteen Knights who served the meal to the diners in 17 minutes!  Mark Cavis, Executive Director of the Center and member of Council #2713 stated "that with the Knights involvement, this was our most successful fundraiser to date and the goal of an ultrasound machine is closer to reality".

Dist 63 Life Outreach dinner


Pope St. John XXIII Council #5436 Waterford

On Saturday, November 2nd, the council conducted a symposium dedicated to instructing clergy, Directors of Religious Education and catechists, parents and caregivers about the U.S. Catholic Church’s teachings, guidelines, insights, and best practices on expanding disability inclusion and ministry in our parishes.  Specifically, we discussed bringing the sacraments to those with special needs.

5436 symposium

The “All Belong Symposium” began with a mass dedicated to persons with special needs at 7:30am, followed by registration.  The program was held at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan.  A total of 131 persons representing 50 parishes and 6 dioceses participated in this inaugural event.

The Knights of Columbus state board financially sponsored this symposium, along with councils from Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, and from District 12 (Donald Garon, DD): Our Lady of Victory, St. Francis, Holy Family, St. Gerald, and St. Fabian.  Brother Knights from each of these councils also helped distribute K of C membership literature at our sponsor’s table.


 M S U Council #17197, East Lansing

Members from the college council M S U #17197, East Lansing spent several hours working with their Chaplain Fr. Gary Koenigsknecht and the parish facilities manager to clean and beautify the grounds at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.

17197 parish cleanup


 Bishop Allen J. Babcock Council 7341 Caledonia

7341 trunks 4 treats 

Annually the council hold their Trunks for Treat event the last Friday before Halloween. This year it fell on Friday Oct. 25th. Holy Family Parish lends the facility to provide a save venue for kids and families in the community a free and safe environment to observe the holiday,

So, what exactly is a Trunk or Treat? It's an organized event in a parking lot where people gather their vehicles for the purpose of handing out candy to youngsters from their trunks. It's sort of like a tailgating party, only you dress up and hand out candy. Hot dogs and cider & donuts were provided.


Prizes were awarded to the best costumes in various age groups and best decorated trunk, but everyone were winners at this fun family event.

Council 12186 Gaines

 Gaines Rodeo  

Thousands of people have gathered for a two-night rodeo courtesy of St. Joseph Knights of Columbus Council 12186 and other local sponsors for the past 17 years. When Lee Wendt, then the council’s grand knight, cleared a field full of debris he helped start what would become one of the largest rodeos in the region that also raises as much as $40,000 for charity each year.

“In 2003, we had our first rodeo, and it might not have been big, but it was something, and it was the beginning of where we are right now,” Lee’s son Brian said.

While the Knights provide staff to manage the crowd, concessions, logistics and the field itself, The Flying Star Rodeo Company handles the rest. The rodeo has all the necessities — cowgirls’ barrel racing, bronco riding, cattle roping and, of course, bull riding. Attendees, who form a crowd of nearly 5,000, even come from nearby cities like Flint. Riders have come from the 48 continental states to compete in the event, named Rodeo of the Year in 2003 and 2005 by the Mid-States Rodeo AssociatiowAHTCHn.

That “something” now brings thousands of people together. The Knights even made it more family-friendly by isolating alcohol to the entertainment tent. It’s not your typical rodeo.

Brian, also a Knight, organizes the rodeo, including the food pavilion and surrounding vendors, the entertainment tent with the band and mechanical bull, and the rodeo trailers that pour into town. He promotes the event heavily on social media, giving away free tickets through Facebook and YouTube videos leading up to the weekend.

According to Grand Knight Mike Gentry, Knights volunteered at least 2,000 hours in the week of the rodeo and countless more in the preparation prior. They’re not short on help either — the council sees about 25 members at every meeting, and draws even more volunteers from Knights’ families and neighbors.

“It’s just a great way to grow deeper in your Catholic faith,” Deacon Wayne Corrion, a Knight himself, said, explaining why men should become Knights. “Between the community events like this, where we all work together with prayer, it just continues to draw us deeper into Christ.”

The proceeds from the rodeo were dedicated to Habitat for Humanity this year. In the past the Knights’ funds have contributed to causes including veterans’ organizations, wildfire relief and even a hot water heater for an 84-year-old woman who went two years without one because of her fixed-budget income. Little happens in Gaines without the Knights of Columbus being involved.

“They help with all of our needs at the church, including things like clerical garments, candles, things we use at the altar,” Deacon Corrion said. “They’re quite a backbone as far as the Catholic faith in this community.”

Gentry said Deacon Corrion has been a solid leader at the parish of St. Joseph, constantly supporting the Knights at events like the rodeo, although the deacon refused to ride a bull without direct orders from a higher office.

 “Talk to the pope” the Deacon said. They might have to. It’s not your average rodeo."

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