46th Annual March for Life Washington, D. C.

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/29/2018 Under: Culture of Life (282 Hits)      

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Michigan State Council K of C Agenda

 Thursday January 17, 2019

                  Departs: Richard Council #788 - 5300 N. Grand River, Lansing MI 48906 - 5:00 pm

Thursday January 17, 2019

                  Departs:  Monaghan Council #2690 - 19801 Farmington Rd. Livonia MI 48152 - 6:30 pm

Friday January 18, 2019

                  Arrive:  Basilica, Washington D.C.:  7:30 am Mass

Friday January 18, 2019

                  Meet:  March staging area:  11:30 am

After March: 

                 Depart for Hilton Double Tree, 8727 Colesville Rd Silver Spring, MD 20910

Saturday January 19, 2019

                 Transportation (NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE) to the Tour of St. John Paul ll Shrine at 2:00 pm   along with Holy Mass at 4:00 pm

Cost for Hilton Double Tree:  $99.00 per room per night plus tax (KING ROOM ONLY)

                                                 Reservations:  Call Hilton Double Tree 1-800-560-7753

Request group code: MIK Rooms reserved under Michigan Knights of Columbus

Place room reservations on your credit card

                                               Cost of Bus:  $150.00 per person                                                                               

Helpful information for your convenience: https://marchforlife.org

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Sunday January 20, 2019

              Depart: Hilton Double Tree:  8:00 am.

Estimated Arrival:  Livonia – 6:30 pm.  Lansing – 8:00 pm.

Make check for bus payable to:

Michigan State Knights of Columbus

Mail to: Tim & Cindy Donovan 4074 Cemetery Rd. Fowlerville, MI 48836

Phone Inquiries:  517-214-5120 or 763-5621 Email:  mailto:t.donovan@mikofc.org

Deadline for Reservations:  DECEMBER 18, 2018

Michigan's KC 50th Ultrasound

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/08/2018 Under: All Articles (23 Hits)      

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 Wednesday October 17th, 2018 marked the milestone dedication of the 50th Ultrasound Machine in Michigan. Fr Roman Pasieczny began the ceremony with an opening prayer & blessing the Ultrasound machine which took place at Image of God Crisis Pregnancy Center in Madison Heights. In attendance, District Deputy Jason Meyers, Council #2950 GK Scott Morgan, PGK Steve Salter, Treasurer Don Heydens, Image of God Executive Director Joe Monte along with Board President Beth Hool, staff and Brother Knights from St. Lawrence Council #2950. Others in attendance and pictured is MI K of C Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan, & State Warden Charles McCuen lll.

Board President Beth Hool communicated the importance of this Ultrasound Machine which has already SAVED TWO BABIES, while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity and commitment of Protecting the Unborn.  Fr. Roman Pasieczny concluded the ceremony by leading us in a very inspirational closing prayer.

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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 reached in excess of 950 Life Saving Ultrasound Machines Order wide.

God bless,Tim & Cindy Donovan

Knights of Columbus Pro Life Chair Couple                                               
Michigan State Council                                                                                                                            


10 for Charities Program - Michigan Charities Fund

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/08/2018 Under: All Articles (165 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.  http://www.councilnet.us/Assets/75266.pdf


   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



Endowed Scholarship Fund- - Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/08/2018 Under: All Articles (163 Hits)      

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



My Brother Knights All: 

Mid November, signals the start of over 400 Financial Secretaries in our jurisdiction preparing to send out dues notifications to their council membership.

Inclusive with dues notice will be a request for our 65,000 members to include a $6/member or more donation to the S.H.M.S. Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Pray fully consider a donation when you receive your dues notice.  I encourage councils to host a fund-raising project or make up the difference between total council collected 

membership donations and actual member donations.


One of our members accepted the challenge and personally donated $11,000. If we all donate, we can have the Endowed Scholarship Fund fully funded in 3 years.  

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Council checks should be mailed to the State Secretary Walter Winkle and payable to Michigan State Knights of Columbus Charities.  Memo line:  S.H.M.S. Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Thank you for your generous donation assisting the many Seminarians who will be benefitting from the "Fund".

Fraternally, John L. Rademacher Chairperson, Endowed Scholarship Fund

j.rademacher@mikofc.org   517-749-6757

2018-2019 Youth Activity Dates

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/08/2018 Under: Youth (19 Hits)      


Michigan State Council

Keep Christ in Christmas Poster ContestCouncil winners are due to State Youth Activities Director by January 31, 2019.  Age groups 5-7, 8-10, and 11-14.  Order kits by 10/31/2018.


State Free Throw ChampionshipMarch 10th, 2019.  Held at Sacred Heart Parish Gym located at 319 E. Illinois St. in Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.

 ·       Council Championships are suggested to be held in January

 ·       District (if needed) and Diocesan Championships are recommended to be held in February.


Youth Essay ContestCouncil Winners are due to the State Youth Activities Director by March 15th, 2019.  Open to Catholic students in public, parochial or private schools from grades 8-12.


 State Spelling BeeMarch 16th, 2019 at Fr. Van Rooy council #2740 located at 1021 Woodside Ave. in Essexville, MI 48732. 

Age groups are grades 4-6 and 7-9.

 ·       Council spelling bees are suggested to be held in October or November.

 ·       Diocesan bees are suggested to be held in December or January.


 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness Poster Contest – Due to State Youth Activities Director by March 30th, 2019.  Age groups are ages 8-11 and 12-14.

Online Membership

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/12/2018 Under: All Articles (256 Hits)      

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 Men: Are You Ready to accept the Challenge?

Our communities need strong Catholic men to answer the call to lead with faith, protect our families, serve others and defend our values.

For over one hundred years, Knights of Columbus have done exactly that, standing up for the Church, serving the least among us, and strengthening our parishes and families.

Eligible Catholic men can now join the Knights of Columbus online in a simple, streamlined process.

As a member, you join a worldwide community of nearly two million men, including more than 65,000 in Michigan, who stand together.

Men have a duty to lead, protect, serve and defend. The world needs more committed, unified   Catholic men to answer the call. Will you answer?

You may view an information and question answering booklet about the program here.

To view the Supreme vidoe An introduction to Online Membership here.

An informational booklet concerning the Michigan activities is available here.

Visit www.kofc.org/joinus to learn more about the many benefits of membership in the Knights of Columbus. For information about Michigan State Council activities, visit www.mikofc.org, and for K of C Supreme Council national and international activities, visit www.kofc.org.


For a complete discription og the Online program read this Supreme article here.

To view a great article on e-membership from Knightline 5-18 click here.


These directors and coordinators can provide additional information about E-membership:

  Doug Kokot, State E-Membership Director d.kokot@mikofc.org  616-891-6922

  Dennis Schneider, Young Adult Coordinator d.schneider@mikofc.org

  James Kraus, State Membership Director, j.kraus@mikofc.org

  William LeVeque, State Program Director, w.leveque@mikofc.org

  For further information about E-membership go to: www.kofc.org/joinus 

 A complete description of the Online Membership progam can be found on this link.

 To view a great article about E Membership in the Mich Catholic Click on the logo. Mich Catholic logo b 

Michigan State Soccer Challenge

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/19/2018 Under: Youth (124 Hits)      

The 2018 Michigan State Soccer Challenge was conducted on Saturday, October 13.  Many thanks to Everest Academy in Clarkston where we held the event.  Luckily it was great fall weather!  The event winners are:

9 year girls: Ava Krug - Ada

10 year girls: Layla St. Peter - Rhodes

11 year girls: Ariel Johnson - Twining

12 year girls: Gabriella Johnson - Livonia

13 year girls: Natalie Wandrie - Alanson


9 year boys: Gaige Keast - Cheboygan

10 year boys: Levi Cameron - Sterling

11 year boys: Landen Galarno - Bad Axe

12 year boys: Hunter Barnett - Allen

 13 year boys: Liam Boda - Canton 

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Special thanks to Saginaw Program Directors John Turek and Ray Gehlman for attending and working the event, as did Detroit Program Director Terry Carl.  Also thanks to District Deputy Joe Brenner for working and coordinating the location.  It was also great to have State Warden Charlie McCuen and State Program Director Bill Leveque in attendance. 

This Man is You

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 08/16/2018 Under: Church (401 Hits)      


TMIY Fall 2018 Launch – Michigan Knights of Columbus

 Working together to form men and families to Love the Lord and Serve the Church

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 What is TMIY:


That Man Is You! is a DVD based men’s formation and leadership program that aims to addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers.  For further info open the PDF linked here. The TMIY website is; https://paradisusdei.org/that-man-is-you/


Spiritual Retreats

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/20/2018 Under: Church (403 Hits)      

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you are encouraged to attend

a retreat in your area.

Keep an eye on this site for further opportunities

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 Mary Grove 2019 

A description: Fr. Tim Ferguson, rector of Marygrove Retreat Center and a 30-year member of the Knights, will be leading the men through some of the finest examples of lived Catholic life in North America, including Venerable Pierre Toussaint, a freed slave, Br. James Miller, a modern martyr, Fr. Emil Kapuan, a military chaplain, and our own Venerable Frederic Baraga.  

There will be time for discussion, fraternity, private prayer, and worship.  

The Holy Mass will be offered daily, and there will be time for confession as well.  

Cost, $150 per Knight  

Warriors to Lourdes 2019

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 08/23/2018 Under: Church (360 Hits)      

Warriors to Lourdes 2019

 Since 2013, the Knights of Columbus has worked with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS) to sponsor the annual Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage. The event allows non-wounded, wounded, ill or injured military personnel, together with their designated caregivers and volunteers, to travel to the Marian shrine during the PMI for a time of rest, prayer and healing.

 It costs $2600 to send 1 US Wounded Veteran to Lourdes. By financially supporting the 2019 Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage, which takes place in May of 2019, you can make this pilgrimage possible for our military personnel in need. The pilgrimage consists of a number of spiritual events, including an international opening ceremony, special Masses, a visit to the baths at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes and a candlelight vigil that draws tens of thousands of troops to the sacred shrine every year.

 Local and state Knights of Columbus councils, assemblies, individuals and other groups can support the Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage with financial contributions.

 Each $2,600 donated will send a warrior pilgrim to Lourdes. All funds donated will be used to defray costs for military personnel and for their designated care givers. Help send U.S. service members on a pilgrimage like no other.

For more information on the Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage, visit warriorstolourdes.com

Ladies Gift program winter meeting

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/26/2018 Under: All Articles (124 Hits)      

Michigan Columbian October 2018

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/12/2018 Under: All Articles (260 Hits)      

To view the recent Michigan Columbian News click on the logo below;

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Local Councils in Action

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/13/2018 Under: All Articles (358 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

Bishop Allen J. Babcock Council 7341 7341 coats for kids

Bishop Allen J. Babcock Council 7341 at Holy Family Catholic Parish and the Holy Family Council of Catholic Women combined efforts with a drive to provide coats for those in need. Together over $1,300.00 was raised to purchase 48 coats from the Supreme Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program along with various sizes of gloves, boots and hats which will be distributed to the Caledonia, Middleville and Kentwood school children that are in need of winter clothing.

District 44 Kalamazoo

Last year Bob Smith, Knights of Columbus District Deputy for the Kalamazoo/Portage decided that he needed to do more to recognize our local Knights for their contributions to our Church and community. With that in mind he awarded the first District 44 Knight of the Year to Gene Roberts.  This year, he is adding District Family of the Year award as well as District Knight of the Year.

In 2012, Holy Family Health Care was founded by a group of physicians to provide dignity in health care for the poor and migrant families of Southwestern Michigan. Using the teachings of the Holy Church with a mission to care for body, mind and soul.  HFHC treated over 6,000 patients last year and served over 50,000 meals to the needy of South Western Michigan.  Further, in November of 2017 HFHC partnered with Caring Network, part of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Kalamazoo providing prenatal healthcare as well as ultrasound services for young mothers.   The family behind this organization is Deacon Dr. Don and Theresa Bouchard, founder of HFHC and our District 44 for 17-18 Family of the Year.  Congratulations!    

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Our recipient for District 44 Knight of the Year is no stranger when it comes to the Knights of Columbus.  At the age of 18 he joined the only council in Kalamazoo, Bishop Markevitch Council 1616 and has been a faithful Knight for 78 years, the longest seniority in the Michigan Jurisdiction. (I won’t tell you his age, but…do the math) As council member he participated in numerous council functions including his favorite, the MI Drive known as the Tootsie Roll Drive. This energetic Knight, though retired, has volunteered for the past 2 decades providing magazines and reading materials to the patients of Bronson Hospital gaining him the title of Magazine Man and our District 44 2017-2018 Knight of the Year is Bob Johnson. for 2017-2018.


North Branch Knights of Columbus Council 9568

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 Our Grand Knight Drew Edwards presented a check to help fund special education at North Branch Public Schools at tonight's board meeting. So far the Knights have donated over fifty thousand dollars for special education in North Branch.

St. Mary Magdalen Council 16223 Kentwood

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The idea of supplying school supplies to needy students was brought up at our last District meeting. I brought the idea to the Parish of St. Mary Magdalen and asked if they thought it would be a program we could run during the month of August (since it is a program the Parish currently didn't have) to help out the kids at are local community schools in Kentwood.  All agreed and an announcement and directions for dropping off the items was made at all weekend mass announcements, inserted into the bulletin and a flyer the Parishioners could pick up at any time with a list of the items requested.  The parish then allowed for the drop off of any items to the church throughout the month of August so the Knights could make collections a couple times a week and place them in storage until the presentation date. Pictured on the left are all the supplies in my car with my two kids going to drop it off at the school administration building.  The second picture is dropping them off the to the director of homeless student services.  GK 16223 Sean Klisz

Monroe Council 1266

Holiday Camp 1266

On Monday July 9th members of the Knights of Columbus Council 1266 in Monroe volunteered to prepare and serve lunch for approximately 100 campers and volunteers at Holiday Camp.

Since 1954, Holiday Camp has provided summer programming for Monroe County youth with disabilities. Located on beautiful 3 1/2-acres along the River Raisin, Holiday Camp is a special summer place where youth with disabilities can relax, explore, develop new skills, flex their muscles, and learn teamwork; all in a fun-filled atmosphere of support .

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