Joint Council and State Charities Raffle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/16/2019 Under: All Articles (348 Hits)      

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Brother Knights, Welcome to this years Joint Council and State Charities Raffle. We have put together a “Super” 1st Prize for a ‘Super Charity’! This is a Top Bucket List Trip for any of our members or family and friends. These $5.00 Tickets are easy to sell, for the most respected Fraternal Organization in the world, “The Knights of Columbus”.

The sale of these tickets have a “Super” impact on our Council and State Charities which help people that do not have it so “Super”. We are asking you to just ASK your friends and family to support this “Super Charity Raffle”. This is the one Charity Program that helps Councils fund their charities.


 1st Degree Charity Prize -Trip for 2 to 2020 SUPER BOWL

Hard Rock Stadium - Miami, Florida February 2, 2020

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Round Trip Airfare for 2 from Metro Detroit Airport w/transfers & taxes and $ 8500.00 in cash spending money

  • Two Upper Level tickets to the 2020 Super Bowl

  • 3 nights hotel accommodations

  • Round trip transfers between hotel and stadium on game day

  • Admission to VIP Tailgate Party on Game Day, including appearances by 25+ active NFL Players, Celebrity Guests, gourmet food by Celebrity Chef & Premium Open Bar

  • Admission to NFL Fan Experience on Saturday

  • Road trips On-Site Host

  • Commemorative Gift Package & Official Program

  • Road trips Custom Ticket Holder & Lanyard

  • Expert pre-trip travel planning & concierge services of the Road trips At-Your-Service Team

  • All Taxes and Service Charges

  • This trip of a lifetime is prepaid but transferable

 2nd Degree Unity Prize - $1,500.00 Cash

3rd Degree Fraternity Prize - $1,000.00 Cash

4th Degree Patriotic Prize - $ 500.00 Cash

5th - 10th Prizes - $360.00 Cash Each 21st - 30th Prizes - $120.00 Cash Each

 11th - 20th Prizes - $180.00 Cash Each 31st – 40th Prizes - $ 60.00 Cash Each



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Angela Hospice, Bishop Baraga Association, Capuchin Community Center, Catholic Radio, Diocese of Michigan, Guest House,

Madonna University, Most Holy Trinity Church, Right to Life programs, Holy Cross Services, Special Days Cancer Camp, St.

Francis Cabrini Clinic, St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Vocations Programs, Catholic High School Sports Programs (Prep Bowl,Catholic Cross-Country Meet, Catholic Track Meet) Catholic Publications (Michigan Catholic, U.P. Catholic).

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Only a few more days to sell tickets, let’s see if we can make the goal with a last push!

20% of your council gross ticket sales go back to your council for local council charities. For a list of the Council bonus prizes see the State Raffle flyer linked here. 


Ticket Stub and Payment Returns

Please ensure all checks are made payable to:


For your convenience, please submit your Raffle Ticket Stubs and Check or Money Orders in the enclosed envelope. Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus

P.O. Box 1027 Sterling Hts., MI 48311-1027

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Grand Prize Drawing Tailgate Party held at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center 6015 E. Ten Mile Rd. Warren, MI 48091

586-759-6500. You’re Invited!

April 24, 2019

Doors open at 5:30pm - Drawing at 8:00pm A light dinner featuring “Tailgate Party Food” and cash bar.

State Deputy - William H. Chasse

State Fundraising Directors

Gary A. DeCarlo 586-436-0121

Kevin F. Rowley 586-596-8649

Sold Tickets can be returned until 7:00pm on the day of drawing, April 24, 2019 at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center.

Footnote: All prizes are subject to Federal Tax Laws.


Lic. # Pending



Physical heart of priest displayed in Metro Detroit

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/08/2019 Under: Church (179 Hits)      

St John Vianney relic

The actual heart of a French priest, who died in 1859, was in Metro Detroit the weekend of March 30th as part of a national tour. 

St. John Vianney, "who is held up as the ideal for Catholic priests," is said by the Archdiocese of Detroit to have an "incorrupt heart" that "has resisted decay for more than 150 years," according to a news release.

The major relic was displayed Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 2701 Chicago Blvd. in Detroit. On Saturday, it was at St. John Vianney Parish in Shelby Township. 

“I know many priests and lay faithful are very excited for the opportunity to pray with the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney,” said Father Stephen Pullis, director of evangelization, catechesis and schools at the archdiocese, who helped arrange for the relic to visit southeast Michigan. “We are in the midst of a time of great trial and purification in the Church. What better model of priestly holiness and dedication to priestly service can we have than the patron saint of all priests?"

More: The actual heart of a beloved priest is going on tour in metro Detroit

More: Path to Sainthood: What does it take?

Vianney's heart is normally kept at a shrine in France, and it was entrusted to the Knights of Columbus for the tour. 

The news release describes relics as physical objects associated with saints that are signs, but not proof, of a person's holiness. "Incorrupt" refers to a human body part that has avoided the normal decomposition process after death, according to the news release. 

More information on the tour is available on the Knights of Columbus website      

Living Rosary at State Capitol

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/09/2019 Under: Church (338 Hits)      

Membership Tournament Challenge

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/03/2019 Under: All Articles (183 Hits)      


Just when we finished a wild March Madness with College Basketball here in Michigan, we have a new challenge and a new bracket to work on. . .


The Supreme Council has challenged the states and provinces to a "Membership Tournament Challenge".  This challenge is matching us against Minnesota in the first round.  

  • Winners will be based on the highest percentage of membership intake.  

  • Each of the rounds after the first will earn the state CASH for winning.  

  • The prizes start at $500 and grows by $500 in each of the following rounds.

    We have the chance to finish this year very well and this challenge from Supreme will add dollars that we can share directly to the Sacred Heart Major Seminary Endowment Scholarship Fund to support our seminarians now and in the future.

    Michigan only needs 800 new members to reach our goal for the first time in 10 years.  Our challenge is to recruit just 9 men a day for the rest of the year.  With over 430 Councils, we only need each council to recruit 2 men to surpass our goal of sustainability in Michigan.

    The details of the challenge and our bracket are attached - lets continue Michigan's winning of brackets this year and win some cash for our Seminarians.  

    With your help - "We Can Make Michigan Great Again"

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51st Annual KC Golf Tourney

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/12/2019 Under: All Articles (159 Hits)      

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For all the info including entry form use this link.

2019 State Family Campout

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/20/2019 Under: Family (164 Hits)      

Knights on Bikes World Wide Rally 2019

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/04/2019 Under: All Articles (468 Hits)      

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 August 6 thru 10, 2019

 Guest Speakers

*Grady Dyke

Catholic Cross Bearers M/M

*Lance Maki

An M.D. & member of KonB

*Bear Woznick

Host of “Long Ride Home” of EWTN

*Fr. Jim of Chicago

Church Historian

        Knight Knights on Bikes                                

Sponsored by

Knights on Bikes






 Registration begins at 11am at the Best Western Hotel followed by Meet & Greet with snacks.                                                               Registration fee: $20 per rider, $30 per couple.




  Ride to Capital City Harley Davidson arriving at 9am for a Blessing of the Bikes.

- Begin pre-planned ride for 2+ hours, return to Capital City HD for provided lunch.

- Free time from 1 -5pm until dinner in the Best Western Conference Room.

- Meetings at 7pm: Knights on Bike’s in the Conference Center.

Knights Ladies in the Conference Room at Best Western Conference Room.



 Mass at 10AM at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Lansing. Pictures afterward at the Capital building.

- Departure. *Anyone staying in Michigan is welcome to ride with us to the ‘Cross in the Woods’

then over the Mackinaw Bridge to Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula for the night.



 Visit the Soo Locks then depart for the city of Munising to stay the night.



 Ride to Marquette, MI for Mass at 9am. Afterwards, listening to speakers until noon.

Direct Questions to Bob Ace Bagley 269-806-3883 

 Hotel Info: Event Code for all Hotels is “Knights on Bikes”. Credit Card is required to hold all rooms.

 All Reservations must be received by July 15th. Check in at 3pm. Check out at 11am on last day.

 Best Western

2209 University Park Dr.

Okemos, MI 48864

517 349 8700

Room with 2 Queens or King: $85+tax

Suites: $115 + tax

 Comfort Inn

2187 University Park Dr.

Okemos, MI 48864

517 347 6690

Room with 2 Queens or King: $85+tax

Holiday Inn Express

2350 Jolly Oak Rd.

Okemos, MI 48864

517 999 8700

Room with 2 Queens or King: $85+tax


Knights on Bikes Worldwide (KOBWW) is comprised of men who are verified members of the Knights of Columbus and who own and ride a motorcycle. Also welcome are brothers who are interested in riding though they may not currently have a bike. The group is open to KOFC brothers across the globe.See More

Outreach Statement

In the spirit of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road, Knights on Bikes lives and witness faith as Catholic Motorcyclist.

Mission Statement

Evangelization to the Catholic Community.

‘LEX ORANDI, LEX CREDENDI, LEX VIVENDI’(‘the way we pray shapes how we believe, and how we believe shapes how we live’)

Michigan State Council Tiger Day 2019

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/18/2019 Under: All Articles (158 Hits)      

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The 2019 Knights of Columbus Tiger Day will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 6:10 PM against Central Division rivals the Chicago White Sox. 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. -313-388-6912.


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 $32.00 each and the Mezzanine Seats are $19.00 each. We currently have 200 box seats and 200 mezzanine seats for sale to our Brother Knights for this Saturday night game. Since there are no fireworks and it is after Labor Day the ticket prices are less than games during June through August. Also, it is the last weekend the Tigers are at home and it is Fan Appreciation weekend. The cost of the ticket you pay is the same as 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 with Tiger Day on the memo line.

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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.


 MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2019.

You may access the order form here!

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 313-388-6912.

 Mark F. Gaworecki

Sacred Heart Major Seminary Endowment Scholarship Fund

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/11/2019 Under: All Articles (324 Hits)      

How did the Endowment Scholarship Fund (E.S.F.) get its roots?

 Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, D.D. & Mgsr. Todd Laginess, President/Rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary approached the board of Michigan Knights of Columbus to consider funding an “Endowed Scholarship Fund” to assist any or all Seminarians towards their “formation costs” for the degrees of Philosophy and Theology. In some instances, prospective seminarians are reluctant to close out their discernment and start priestly formation due to cost of tuition, housing, and books.  The E.S.F. provides needed financial resources to assist in making the transition.

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  • Knights of Columbus have always supported our Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians.
  • 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.
  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a institution utilized and funded by all seven of Michigan’s Diocese and its Catholic population.
 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 K of C jurisdiction will commit to fund the Scholarship Fund in the amount of $1,000,000.00.  seminarians praying in class b

Members may make a contribution by sending $6.00 or more to their council’s Financial Secretary (F.S.) and or a check to State Secretary Walter Winkle 2600 Ellsworth Columbus, MI.  48063.

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Thank you John Rademacher Chairman Sacred Heart Major Seminary Endowmwnr Scholarship Fund 517-749-6757.

Trainers Needed

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/02/2019 Under: All Articles (333 Hits)      

My brother Knights,

As you all continue the good works of the order in your councils, parishes, communities and across the great state of Michigan, I would very much like you to consider sharing your knowledge, experience and talents with your brother Knights.

 As Michigan State Training Director, I am looking for experienced, knowledgeable and talented men like yourselves to help me train your fellow Knights.

I need trainers in all Diocese

 KC trainer

 I do travel quite a bit and love visiting different councils and Dioceses.


  • District Deputies
  • Grand Knights

  • D G Knights

  • Chancellors

  • Advocates

  • Wardens

  • Guards

  • Recorders

  • Financial Secretaries (This is a very big need)!

The further away it is, the harder it is for me to get there.


  • Treasurers

  • Lecturers

  • Trustees

  • Membership Directors

  • Retention Directors

  • Program Directors

  • Faith, Family, Community & Life Directors

  • I can use as much of your time as you're willing to provide.  Anywhere from 8 hours a year to 8 hours a month (depending on how much you want to do).

  • Your travel will be reimbursed by the state.

  •  You'll meet a lot of great people.  There are many wonderful men in the Knights of Columbus.
  • You can share what you know to help others be more successful.


  • You will also learn a great deal yourself in the process.

If this is something you might have fun doing, please reply to this e-mail or give me a call at 248-345-8523.

I look forward to speaking to you.  With your help, we can move Michigan forward to great things like we've never seen.   Michigan State Training Director James Escott    God Bless!

Delta Church Drive

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/20/2019 Under: All Articles (526 Hits)      

  Our State Deputy Bill Chasse and Michigan’s membership team would like to share exciting information our Supreme Regional staff introduced at a number of membership workshop meetings this past month. This is an overview of the information shared at the meetings.

  A new concept, the "Delta Drive" builds on the updated methods of hosting a church drive or a parish campaign to make the process easier to conduct and to increase the positive results.  The program in the attachment has been tested and shown to be easy to use and effective in introducing men, especially younger men to our Order.

  The purpose of the Delta Drive is to have technology work for you and your councils in a new approach to attract younger members. Using the Delta approach, we are relying in part on an effective pulpit speech and brochures in the church pews to share our message with the addition of a web page and e-mail contact.  

  After getting the prospects name and email information during the Delta Drive and entering this information in a "landing page" provided to your council by Supreme for this specific event, the prospect will receive emailed information from Supreme about the Knights of Columbus story.  Additionally, the council will have email sent to inform the prospect of events happening at the council-level and how to set up a time to learn more about the local council.

  The prospects will continue to receive information on a weekly basis about who we are as Knights and how your Council makes a difference in your parishes and your communities.  

  There is a kit needed for the Delta drive and this is NOT the traditional church drive kit available to order from Supreme.  These new kits are only available by contacted our Supreme Regional Training Director Jon Olson at: 

  Contacting Jon and ordering the Delta Kit will start the process. He will show you how to request your prospect landing page and explain how the prospect will get personalized information from Supreme.  As well as answering any questions you may have on how this program works.

  This program reaches younger men and their families with information of interest to them and their spiritual needs and how they can be part of the charitable works being done in your parishes and communities.

  Please review over the information in the packet by clicking on the picture below and consider add this exciting new program to your membership outreach.   

  To learn more, please contact our Supreme Regional Training Director Jon Olson at: 

  State Membership Director Jim Kraus

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10 for Charities Program - Michigan Charities Fund

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/08/2019 Under: All Articles (181 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


41st Annual Respect Life Banquet

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/10/2019 Under: Culture of Life (205 Hits)      

Michigan KC 55th Ultrasound

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/21/2019 Under: Culture of Life (303 Hits)      

Wednesday March 20, 2019 marked the dedication of the 55th Ultrasound Machine in Michigan.

Fr. Mike Alber from St. Patrick Church in Portland provided the opening prayer and blessing of the Ultrasound machine which took place at Positive Solutions & Informed Choices in Ionia.

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In attendance, District Deputy Bill Vallier, Portland Council #2168 GK Bill Christian, PSIC Executive Director Katie Kramer, PSIC Board President Paul Lewis along with PSIC staff and Brother Knights from Portland Council #2168. Others in attendance and pictured are Grand Rapids Diocesan Program Director Garret Kelenske,  State Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan and State P.R. Director Gary Merritt.

Sponsoring Council: Portland Council #2168 along with the help of neighboring Councils #14404 in Lake Odessa, #11113 in Saranac, & #8071 in Pewamo.

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Board President Paul Lewis communicated the importance of this Ultrasound Machine while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity and commitment to protecting the unborn. Executive Director Katie Kramer also communicated her thanks to the K of C recognizing the great work that's being done at these Pregnancy Centers opening the hearts and minds of those facing difficult decisions. Reverend Marilyn Danielson concluded the ceremony by providing us with an inspirational closing prayer.


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.

The Ultrasound Initiative has provided an opportunity for the Michigan Councils to install 55 units in clinics around the state. This is a great gift and tool for the facilities helping them promote their life saving position, but it is the just beginning of the Knights commitment to this tool. Continuing support is needed such as repair and warranty cost of the unit and other necessities the clinic uses to support the new mothers. To find a clinic near your council, click here to see a list of the clinics that have received a unit thru the Knights program and consider supporting one.

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 Michigan State Pro Life Chair Couple Knights of Columbus

April 2019 Michigan Columbian

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/02/2019 Under: All Articles (288 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: 12/23/2018 Under: All Articles (223 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


Bishop Kevin M. Britt Council #13526 Belmont

The Bishop Kevin M. Britt Council #13526 in Belmont hosted the 2019 Grand Rapids Diocesan Free Throw competition. This is the eleventh year the council has hosted the event. Over 80 young athletes participated in the event with winners advancing to the State tournament. Winners were awarded trophies and runners up were also awarded special recognition. All participants received certificates.

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Albert Doerr Council 7869 Remus

In early December members of Albert Doerr council distributed eighty coats to children of three elementary schools in the Remus area. One little Girl came in from the playground only wearing a hoodie sweatshirt that had a broken zipper and she appeared very cold. A teacher and one of our Knights fitted the girl with a new coat and she smiled. She did not thank the teacher nor the Knight but she crossed her arms and looked up and said; "Thank you Jesus"! It’s these small things we make possible which make our efforts worthwhile. Don Roarty, GK

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Christ the King Council #13360

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To honor our Veterans on Saturday, November 10 from 1:00 to 2:00 in the morning, the Knights of Christ the King Council #13360 gathered at the Adoration Chapel at Christ the King in Ann Arbor.   This Veteran’s Day Weekend tradition started nearly 15 years ago and continues annually at the Knight’s regularly scheduled Adoration Hour.  All Knights present were able to intercede for our country’s military veterans, both living and dead, with a time of silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.      In addition, the Knights had an opportunity to pray the Rosary in memory of our Veterans.


Basilica of St. Adalbert Council 15213 Grand Rapids 

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Council 15213 in Grand Rapids held their Coats for Kids give away on Saturday November 17. Over 500 new coats were distributed to needy children.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Council 8425 Sand Lake

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Bishop Allen J. Babcock Council 7341 Caledonia 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.