Support for the Holy Land

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/27/2017 Under: All Articles (96 Hits)      

Support for the Holy Land from All Michigan Councils

At the request of the State Chaplain and with the Support of the State Council and following the direction of the Supreme Knight who asks the Knights of Columbus Councils to support Christians of the Middle East:

The State Chaplain is asking all Councils to make one emergency check of support as their basic project in support of Our Brothers and Sisters.

These funds, which will receive receipts from the receiving agents will support the following initiatives: 

1) St. Joseph Patriarchal School in Bethlehem: The upper school has no furnace, cooling or proper fire protection. The Sisters of St Joseph there ask our help in funding replacement furnaces and safety devices.

2) Summer Programs for the children, who in these months are caught in conflicts between protests, the Israeli protection forces and retaliation for violence. The parishes provide summer programs for the children at the churches. One specific initiative has a traveling troop from parish to parish to provide for them half days much like our own Vacation Bible School Programs.

  Israeli school children

 These projects are time sensitive and I am asking Grand Knights to bring the support request to their councils immediately. Please send your checks, which should not exceed the amount that you are allowed to process that night from your Council funds to the Michigan State Council, Knights of Columbus and mail your check to the State Office at 6025 Wall St. Sterling Heights, MI 48312, and mark the check for the Holy Land Initiative.

Councils are free, and are encouraged to do more at a later date as this request represents only an emergency request for support at this time.

Vivat Jesus,

V. Rev. William J. Turner 

State Chaplain

Cardinal Simoni speaks on Catholic persecution

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/16/2017 Under: All Articles (137 Hits)      

Cardinal Ernest Simoni, who endured 28 years in communist labor camps in Albania, delivers the homily during Mass at St. Paul Albanian Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, Mich., March 19.

The 88-year-old priest suffered nearly three decades of torture, imprisonment and forced labor at the hands of Albania’s 20th-century communist regime. Today, he stands as a living symbol of those persecuted by Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha’s brutal dictatorship, which outlawed the practice of religion for all Albanians in 1967.

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“Christianity is no joke; it is not a game,” Cardinal Ernest Troshani Simoni said during his homily March 19. “It is a very serious matter. You have to know Christ and choose Christ. As he himself says, ‘Without me you can do nothing.’”

Archbishop Vigneron 

During his visit to Michigan March 18-19, Cardinal Simoni was the guest of honor at a Saturday evening dinner at St. Paul Albanian Parish  in Rochester Hills, which drew local Albanians and others, including State Deputy Kenneth B. Unterbrink. Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron attended and said he was “blessed to spend the evening with a true hero of the faith.” 

Cardinal Simoni with SD

Cardinal Simoni is pictured here with Michigan State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink and members of Fr. Gjergi Fishta Council 10343 in Rochester Hills, Mi. shortly after he became the council's honorary 100th member on March 18, 2017.

The article in The Michigan Catholic may be viewed here.

The article in the Supreme Columbian Magazine may be viewed here.

Michigan State Council Tiger Day 17

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/04/2017 Under: Community (283 Hits)      

Detroit Tigers Vs Minnesota Twins Saturday August 12, 2017.

The 2017 Michigan Knights of Columbus Day is scheduled for Saturday August 12 against the Central Division rivals the Minnesota Twins. First pitch-6:10 P:M.

As in previous years all ticket requests must be sent to the State Director of Special Projects & Athlectics Mark Gaworecki.

Do not send ticket request to the Tiger box office.

This year once again we will have tickets in the baseline box seat area along the right field line and in the mezzanine area. The Lower Baseline Box Seats are $46.00 each and the Mezzanine Seats are $28.00 each. The price of the tickets to you are the same as the State Council pays the Tigers.

Since there are no fireworks scheduled after the game tickets are priced slightly less this year.

We currently have 200 box seats & 200 Mezzanine seats for sale to our brother Knights for this Saturday evening game.

To order tickets download the order form here: 17 Tiger tics order

Tiger logo     Deadline to order tickets is Friday July 14, 2017   Twins logo


39th Annual KC RTL Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/01/2017 Under: Culture of Life (288 Hits)      

On Thursday April 27th, 2017 the Michigan Knights of Columbus celebrated their 39th Annual banquet with Right to Life of Michigan. Over 510 people attended this worthy cause at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI in support of LIFE marking the second highest total appeal in the last 13 years.

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Many thanks to everyone who participated as well as our sponsors who made this such a memorable evening.

God bless everyone for their generosity,

Tim & Cindy Donovan Pro - Life Chair Couple

Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus

Winners of Joint State & Council Raffle 2017

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/25/2017 Under: All Articles (441 Hits)      

funds to councils final 17 
Total Reached  $245,544.01
Final Raffle take $245,544.01
20% of council gross ticket sales go back to council  for their charities - $49,108.80 returns to councils
Total tickets sold 48,544 




5 502899 $1,000.00 11761 DAVE SMYCZYNSKI CONKLIN
6 68952 $1,000.00 521 MARY G. SCHUCKER PORT HURON
7 698670 $1,000.00 13641 HAROLD JACOBUS GRANDVILLE
8 798339 $500.00 1120 BOB TAHANEY WATERVLIET
9 438253 $500.00 7413 RICHARD C. COUSINO ERIE
10 558983 $500.00 12044 STEPHEN THOMAS LAINGSBURG
11 608224 $250.00 3027 RICK SCHAFER FOWLER
12 184680 $250.00 1987 L. RENUSCH LAPEER
13 181255 $250.00 695 JOHN GUMBEL DETROIT
14 40506 $250.00 11658 JAMES BAWKS HARRISON TWP.
15 265008 $250.00 414 LARY BUKOESKI BAY CITY
16 223501 $250.00 8043 G. ONIFER SANFORD
17 901877 $250.00 8605 TIM DONOVAN FOWERVILLE
18 144481 $250.00 5436 BILL MOUNTAIN CLARKSTON
19 473877 $250.00 3615 ERIC TOWE TRENTON
20 320463 $250.00 1546 JOHN M. HUNT BAD AXE
21 901519 $250.00 7444 AMY O'CALLAGHAN COMMERCE
22 742119 $150.00 7100 BOB TUNNEY GOETZZVILLE
23 478550 $150.00 3021 DEA. JAMES HENSEL WESTLAND
24 167023 $150.00 4285 LOUIS BRYAN, SR. CLIO
25 468288 $150.00 3860 JOE VITALE TAYLOR
26 916499 $150.00 13673 BRUCE ROBERTS LIVONIA
27 493220 $150.00 1802 LOUIS JAGER WYANDOTTE
28 129806 $150.00 3869 SANDY KASSB W. BLOOMFIELD
29 342458 $150.00 5083 AL SITERLET OSCODA


Building the Domestic Church Kiosk

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/23/2017 Under: Family (562 Hits)      




The Supreme Council is offering a membership recruitment incentive to councils that obtain at least 6 new or reactivated members from January 1 – March 31. Those councils will receive a Domestic Church Kiosk and Booklet Set that can be displayed in a parish served by the council. The kiosk would normally cost $150. This is a great way to show the knights support for our faith and to advertise our commitment to our parish families.

Of course, apart from the incentive, councils can also purchase the kiosk. See the information provided by State Family Life Director Ed Strach for additional information.

Building the Domestic Church

At the Michigan State Council Winter Leadership meeting a new Building the Domestic Church kiosk and popular Catholic Information Service books was on display.

Our councils should use the complete library of CIS materials in their membership formation as well as promote them for parish continuing education, youth catechesis and spiritual study groups.

The Building the Domestic church series builds on this tradition and presents some of the most popular CIS resources aimed at helping us to live out the Church’s mission and vision for our families. Series topics include parenting, fatherhood and family prayer life, as well as two of St. John Paul II’s famous messages for the family – Letter to Families and The Family in the Modern World.

Knights of Columbus councils can now order a complete parish set of the BDC series for their parishes and receive a free display kiosk. For ordering the series and promoting the resources within their parish councils will receive credit for a "domestic church" activity towards the Columbian award.

Ordering Information

The parish Building the Domestic Church series set (with free kiosk) is available to councils for $150.00 USD (includes shipping) for councils in the U.S. and Canada.

Councils should order the BDC series set online through Knights Gear under the “Domestic Church” tab. Council officers can also call or email Catholic Information Service to order at (203) 752-4267 or

Action Steps

1.             Speak with your pastor about the opportunity to promote the series and secure a location to display the kiosk in the parish hall or vestibule. 

2.             Order the kiosk through Knights Gear store or by email Catholic Information Service at (Grand knights and financial secretaries have the ability to charge directly to the council through their “Officers Online” account access to the Knights Gear store).

3.             Assign a member to be responsible for receiving and setting up the kiosk. The shipment includes a fully assembled kiosk and one box of 225 booklets. 

4.             Include an announcement in your church bulletin or ask the pastor to announce that this new resource for families is available courtesy of the knights of Columbus.

5.             Check in on the display and order a refill of books when supplies are low. You may want to speak to your pastor about collaborating with the parish to buy future orders since the council can order the reduced rate for books in bulk. You can customize your refill orders through the online Knights Gear store or order a standard refill box.

6.             Consider sponsoring a family study program with the domestic church series. Pick one book to promote and read as a family. 

To view a power point of Domestic Church programs click here: Domestic Church Columbian programs ppt


Ed Strach

State Family Director

Domestic Church Kiosk


April Columbian Available Online

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 03/13/2017 Under: All Articles (428 Hits)      

This issue of the Michigan Columbian is made available for viewing in two formats below. A Flipbook version that needs no plugin to read or a PDF version that needs a plugin. We suggest using Foxit PDF reader over Adobe reader.

-- Michigan Columbian April 2017 (Flipbook) --   OR   -- Michigan Columbian April 2017 (PDF) --

View previous Michigan Columbian issues here

Columbian Award SP-7

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/14/2016 Under: All Articles (652 Hits)      

 Columbian Award Changes 

Please note that Supreme Council has made a change in the requirements for the Columbian Award Application (Form SP-7).  The new requirement specifies that four of the programs have to be designated as Domestic Church programs. For a list of the qualified Domestic Church programs as designated by Supreme Council please see the attached “Columbian Award Changes for the 2016-2017 Fraternal Year” or visit  The updated Columbian Award Application (Form SP7) now has a check box on the left hand side of the form to designate the four selected Domestic Church programs.

The selected Domestic church programs can be added the Quarterly MI-1 Report by selecting “Add Program” at the end of each list of selected programs in the six different activities categories.  Please contact your Diocesan Program Director or State Program Director Dale Schaedig  if you have any questions about the new requirements.


Knights of Columbus councils have always responded to the most urgent needs of the Church, particularly through charitable and social outreach. In order to support the evangelization of family life today, each council must be even more fully integrated with our Catholic parishes. As the world’s largest Catholic fraternal and family organization, we have a responsibility to dedicate our time, talent and resources to ensuring that our parishes are beacons of the new evangelization and that our families are supported and strengthened by our activities. In order to highlight the importance of this new initiative and its impact on our mission, the Supreme Council is announcing changes to the Columbian Award effective immediately. In order to earn the Columbian Award, councils need to meet the following qualifications:

Submit the Service Program Personnel • Report (#365)

• Submit the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728).

Councils instituted after November 1 do not have to meet this requirement.

  Annually conduct and report at least four (4) programs in each of the six categories of the Surge with Service Program AND at least four (4) of those programs need to be designated as “Domestic Church” programs. Please visit church to review the most up-to-date list of programs and activities. The following programs currently carry the Domestic Church designation:

 • Journey to the Inn

 • Father’s Day Affirmation of Wedding Vows

 • Consecration to the Holy Family

 • Family Fully Alive Devotional Program                     

 • Holy Family Celebrations (Diocesan-wide)

 • Food for Families

 • Keep Christ in Christmas

 • Spiritual Formation Groups (Into the Breach)

 • 5th Sunday Rosary Program

 • Family Week Celebrations

An expalnation of thse program is decribed in the article; Domestic Church Columbian Award requirements 16-17

 Link to SP-7 Columbian Award Application here