Online Membership

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/19/2018 Under: All Articles (332 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.

An informational booklet concerning the Michigan activities is available here.

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


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


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

 Carson Mantooth, State E-Membership Director,  616-379-9069

 David Schuster, College Council Coordinator,

 Isaac Koerner, Young Adult Coordinator

 Ken Krause, State Membership Director,

 Dale Schaedig, State Program Director,

  For further information about E-membership go to: 


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 

2018 Joint Fundraiser Raffle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/21/2017 Under: All Articles (672 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










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Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, we tend to people’s basic needs, especially the need for food. We also strive to stimulate minds, nourish spirits, and address root causes of social injustice.  





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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Worthy Brother Knights,


After the first 40 business days your Councils have earned over $26,000.00 dollars or $650.00 dollars a day. We are currently at appx 45% of our goal. We have 41 days left until the drawing to reach our goal. We want to THANK ALL OF YOU for your efforts in support of the Joint Charity Raffle. Keep up the good work. The less fortunate are depending on us. We have extra tickets, flyers, and posters to help sell these tickets., just call me at 586-436-0121.


Fish fries are a great place to sell these tickets.


Someone is going to the Vatican in Rome, why not you?


Gary A. DeCarlo


State Fund Raising Chairman


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

and mailed to: Mich. State Council P.O. Box 1027 Sterling Hts., MI 48311-1027


Listening Session Meeting Schedule

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/27/2018 Under: All Articles (327 Hits)      

SMD headingWorthy Council and State Leaders:

Below is the schedule of Listening Session Meetings that will be held throughout Michigan beginning the week of March 5th.

Along with the Distrct Deputies at a minimum, council Grand Knights and Membership Directors need to attend. District Deputies should inform their area Diocesan Membership Director of the number attending from each council in their district. If there are schedule conflicts, councils may attend meetings outside their area.

Deputy Supreme Knight Kelly plans to attend the March 7 meeting Sacred Heart hall in Grosse Ile and the March 8 meeting at St. John's Church in Howell.

The main purpose of the listening meeting is to gain ideas from councils and districts about their recruitment programs that work, suggestions how the Michigan State Council can assist membership growth and development and incentives that might be offered to council members to stimulate recruitment efforts. Snacks and beverages will be served at the meetings. Contact State Program Director Dale Schaedig or State Membership Director Ken Krause with questions.

Vivat Jesus!

State Membership Director Ken Krause


Mon, Mar 5, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Detroit East – St. Margaret of Scotland, 21201 E. 13 Mi Rd, St. Clair Shores

DPD Mike Haughey and DMD Larry Pitruzzello

Thurs, Mar 15, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Detroit N. – St. Clement of Rome Council No. 7018, 343 S. Main St., Romeo

DPD Terry Carl and DMD Dan Fuller

Tues, Mar 6, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Lansing W. - Richard Council No. 788, 5300 W. Grand River, Lansing

DPD Mike Wegener and DMD Steve Artz

Mon, Mar 19, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Grand Rapids W. – Bishop Haas Council No. 4362, 5830 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Wyoming

DPD Ken Skonecki and DMD Marty Brown

Wed, Mar 7, 18, 6:30 p.m. reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Detroit S. – Sacred Heart hall, 21599 Parke Ln, Grosse Ile

DPD Jeff Dombrowski and DMD Bill Alati

Tues, Mar 20, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Grand Rapids E. – St. Michaels in Brunswick (Fremont), 6382 S. Maple Island Rd., Fremont

DPD Ken Skonecki and DMD Larry Adams

Thurs, Mar 8, 6:30 p.m. reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Lansing E. – St. John’s Catholic Church, 2099 N. Hacker Road, Howell

DPD Bob Moore and DMD Ed Nickel

Wed, Mar 21, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Gaylord E. – Alpena Council No. 529, 1880 Hamilton Road, Alpena

DPD Ben Albosta and DMD Mike Czajkowski

Mon, Mar 12, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Detroit W. – George F. Monaghan Council No. 2690, 19801 Farmington Road, Livonia

DPD Chris Pawlowski and DMD David Bergeman

Thurs, Mar 22, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Gaylord W. – St Mary of the Woods 438 Co Rd 612 Kalkaska

DPD Dominic Puroll and DMD Larry Herman

Tues, Mar 13, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Saginaw W. – Fr. Nouvel Council No. 4232, 4840 Shattuck Road, Saginaw

DPD Ray Gehlmann and DMD Jerry Leinberger

Fri, Mar 23, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Marquette – St. Ignace Council No. 2173, 120 Church Street, St. Ignace

DPD Dave Guenther, DMD Dale Bosley & DMD Dennis Divoky

Wed, Mar 14, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Saginaw E. – Caro Council No. 3224, 903 Ryan Rd, Caro

DPD Ray Gehlmann and DMD Greg Alexander

Sat, Mar 24, 18, 8 a.m. reg / 9 a.m. meeting

Kalamazoo – St. Augustine Cathedral, Crowley Center, 542 W. Michigan, Kalamazoo

DPD Lou Scohy and DMD Jeff Cypher


43rd Annual M.I. Drive

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/27/2018 Under: Community (334 Hits)      

Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/21/2018 Under: Church (55 Hits)      

Day of Prayer for the Unborn Child April 9, 2018

The Knights of Columbus has been a leader in the pro-life movement for over 40 years. The Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child is an opportunity for Knights to stand up and speak out against the evils of abortion.

Councils may use the Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child, always a successful event throughout the Order, to come together with friends and family to host a variety of prayer programs within their parishes and their communities that show our never-ending commitment to unborn children and their mothers.

Prayer for life 

 Normally held on March 25, to coincide with the feast of the Annunciation, this year the

Day of the Unborn Child will be held on Monday, April 9. Why the change in date? This year

Palm Sunday falls on March 25, so the Annunciation gets moved to April 9. Be sure to mark your

calendar with the new date!


 Councils may order the prayer card 4665-06 from Supreme or print the PDF found here.

40th Annual Mich. KC RTL Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/23/2017 Under: Culture of Life (360 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


For those of you who wish to register through the mail please remit your registration form & check to:

Right to Life of Michigan

 c/o Barbara Rotary

1505 Pebble Beach Dr.

 Pontiac, MI 48340

or call Barbara 248-371-0466

Deadline: March 22

Michigan Silver Rose Run 2018

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/22/2018 Under: Church (370 Hits)      

 Michigan will have the honor of running the Silver Rose to promote Life from April 8th to May 20th. The following is the preliminary schedule.  The weekends have been requested by the councils listed but there is time during the week and the exact dates and times have not been set. If you are interested in hosting the Rose this year please contact me, Vince Cabras, Silver Rose director at or call my cell to talk to me directly or leave a text or voice message at 269-447-8288

 April 8                  Archdiocese -Pontiac #13930 and Milford #7444

 April 13, 14, 15    Archdiocese -Warren #3848 & Harrison #11658

 April 20, 21, 22    Archdiocese -Grosse Ile District #10 & Gross Pte Woods #7780

 April 27, 28, 29    Grand Rapids Diocese at Ionia #944 and Hart #2199

 May 4, 5, 6,         Grand Rapids, Lansing and Gaylord Dioceses at

                             Lowell #7719,Dexter #2954, & Mio #7329

 May 11, 12, 13    Marquette Diocese at Ironwood #1396, L’Anse #2934, &

                             Menominee #646

 May 18, 19, 20    Kalamazoo Diocese at Otsego #7796 and Paw Paw # 3798

In the Grand Rapids Diocese Kentwood #16223 & Wyoming #16422 are planning a joint visitation during the week with possible dancers from the Matachina pilgrims of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Fourth Degree Assemblies have been the prime movers of the Rose in many jurisdictions. Color guard is invited to make our visits special.   

 knights on bikes vest The Michigan Knights on Bikes have asked to transport the Rose at pick-up in Ontario and to drop-off in Ohio. 

Family of the Year Applications

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/17/2018 Under: Family (290 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 734-476-6296.


Building the Domestic Church

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/29/2017 Under: All Articles (451 Hits)      

Dannie Harris   

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 (716 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

Ava Maria University Scholarship

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/11/2017 Under: All Articles (632 Hits)      

Ava Maria Univ Scholarship AdHOW TO APPLY:

 ? Must complete the online scholarship application at:

  **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 or 734-516-9615.