Coats for Kids

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/11/2017 Under: Youth (235 Hits)      

Knights of Columbus with Members of Detroit Lions Alumni hosts free Winter Coat give-away.

The Knights of Columbus of the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Lomas Brown Foundation with support of the NFL Detroit Lions Alumni Association and St. Damien Catholic Church are teaming up to provide Coats for Kids in the Pontiac area. Saturday December 16 from 8 AM until Noon coats will be provided for all that are in need. Location of this free event is St Damien of Moloki Parish Hall 46352 Woodward Ave. Pontiac 48342.

Former Detroit Lions Player and Colts Super Bowl winner Tom Nowatzke is coordinating with Lomas Brown and the Detroit Lions Alumni to volunteer along with members of the Knights of Columbus. All will greet families and assist with proper fitting of the gift of a new warm winter coat.   

The Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program, which allows Local & State councils across North America the opportunity to purchase new winter coats for children at a discount and to distribute them to children in need in their local communities at no cost to the recipient. Through our Coats for Kids program, 1,780 local councils distributed 87,906 coats to children in need throughout the United States and Canada in 2016.

More info. call; Kevin Rowley Mich. State Knights of Columbus Youth Activities Director 586-596-8649

Sacred Heart Seminary Admission Degree

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/12/2017 Under: All Articles (180 Hits)      









Councils are invited to send candidates and their proposers to this admission degree at Sacred Heart Major Seminary located at 2701 Chicago Blvd. in Detroit. Council candidates will go through the degree with the seminarians.

Councils that serve seminarians’ home parishes will be contacted, so council members can attend as sponsors, and the young men can join the council. Sponsoring councils are asked to waive seminarian admission fees and dues.

Msgr. Todd Lajiness, who is a knight and a former State Chaplain for the Michigan State Council, plans to attend prior to the degree.

At the conclusion of the degree, seminarians will be available to visit with knights and give tours of the seminary.

Contact Diocesan Membership Director Larry Pitruzzello (586) 871-8716 or email with the number of attendees and candidates.

For further information or questions, call or email Ken Krause, State Membership Director (586) 598-8453 or

Membership Proposers Incentives

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/05/2017 Under: All Articles (324 Hits)      

Membership Proposers




December – A Knight Before Christmas Incentive

All proposers of new or reactivated members and the members they recruit will each receive an olive wood rosary from Bethlehem.

 Olive Wood Rosary


Proposer Pin small    New State Incentives:


  July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 

 All members who recruit a new or reactivated member will receive a specially designed Proposer pin.

 Every month of this Fraternal Year that Michigan attains 250 or more new or reactivated members, the names of 50 proposers will be drawn for a


Polo shirt

K of C "Catholic and Proud" polo shirt!


Family Pic  Supreme Council is offering a new incentive;

The names of all proposers between December 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 will be entered in a lottery for 10 couples to attend the World Meeting of Families August 21-26 in Dublin, Ireland with all expenses paid.



For information about the incentive, click on this link: World Meeting of Families Incentive Opportunity



 Further Supreme Incentives

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The Grand Knight of every council who recruits one or more new members between now and February 28, 2018 will receive a portrait of the Holy Family.

If the council did not recruit any new members during the 2016-2017 fraternal year, and/or the council has not recruited any new members as of December 1, 2017, the Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight, Financial Secretary, Chancellor, Treasurer and Warden will each receive the Holy Family portrait.

 Holy Family Icon District deputies, whose districts contain 75% active councils or greater recruiting at least one new member by February 28, 2018, will receive a portrait of the Holy Family.

45th Annual March for Life Washington, D. C.

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 08/28/2017 Under: Culture of Life (434 Hits)      

 On Thursday January 18, 2018 the Michigan K of C will be leaving for Washington DC for the 45th Annual March for Life. What makes this even more worthwhile is that we will be staying an additional day allowing us to have guided tour of St. John Paul ll Shrine along with Mass afterwards. We hope that many of you that have attended in the past & for those of you that are interested in attending will make the trip with us. Please see the itinerary below. God bless.

 Michigan State K of C Agenda

 Departs: Council 788 5300 N. Grand River Ave. Lansing:  5:00 P.M., Thursday January 18, 2018

 Departs:  St. Mary Church 14200 E. Old U.S. Hwy. 12 Chelsea:  6:30 P.M., Thursday January 18, 2018

  Arrive:  Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington D.C.

               7:30 A.M. Mass, Friday Jan. 19, 2018

 Meet:  March staging area:  11:30 A.M., Friday January 19, 2018                                                                      

 After March:  Depart for Hampton Inn, Old Towne Alexandria, VA                                                                   


Saturday, January 20, 2018 there will be transportation,


to the Tour of  St. John Paul ll Shrine at 2:30 P.M. including Holy Mass at 4:30 P.M.


 Cost for Hampton Inn:  $109 per room per night plus tax for up to 4 people

 Reservations:  CALL HAMPTON INN DIRECTLY at 1-703-329-1400

 Rooms Reserved under Michigan State Knights of Columbus                                                

 Place Hotel reservation on your credit card                                                                                             

 Cost of Bus:  $165.00 per person                                                                                      

 Depart: Hampton Inn:  8:00 A.M. - Sunday January 21, 2018

 Estimated Arrival:  Chelsea – 6:30 P.M.  Lansing – 8:00 P.M.

 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 517-763-5621  Email

 Deadline for Reservations:  December 15, 2017

March D.C.

A Call To Battle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/02/2017 Under: Church (436 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

''10'' for Charities Program - Michigan Charities Fund

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/30/2017 Under: All Articles (358 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

Building the Domestic Church

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/29/2017 Under: All Articles (227 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.  


Winter Meeting 17 Presentation

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/04/2017 Under: All Articles (318 Hits)      

The Winter Leadership Meeting power point presentation is available here.


2018 Joint Fundraiser Raffle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/21/2017 Under: All Articles (315 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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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 


Thermo 12-11-17 

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


Endowment Scholarship for Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/03/2017 Under: All Articles (342 Hits)      

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 Sacred Heart Seminary A request of Archbishop Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron and the Rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, former State Chaplain Msgr. Todd Lajiness is being honored by the State Board and the State Board has committed to this endeavor until June 30, 2026. 

We, the State Board of the Michigan Knights of Columbus, have established a Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program for the Sacred Heart Major Seminary, with the scholarship/s distribution awarded from the interest earned annually (probably a maximum of 4%). It is anticipated that we will at a minimum, raise one million dollars for the endowment.

We will be asking for a voluntary six ($6.00) a year per member to fund this endowment. The first request will be attached to the annual dues billing starting in December 2017.

The Financial Secretary can use the linked, MIKofC Endowment Scholarship Fund Flyer and mail with the their 2018 Council Dues notice.  This is our way to help "Support Vocations to the Priesthood"  with your donation.

Checks should be written to Michigan Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.

(the Michigan Knights of Columbus 501(c)(3) account.)

 Keep the Faith Alive

All funds for the Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program for Sacred Heart Major Seminary will be directed to our charitable account. This would allow for contributions to Sacred Heart Major Seminary for the Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program to be tax deductible.


The Tuition Endowment Scholarship Program will be used for seminarians in need of financial support.


The RSVP program will continue to be in full support of individual seminarians of your choice to the seminary of your choice. We would also encourage all jurisdictions to create their own tuition endowment seminarian fund.


Michigan's 43rd Ultrasound Machine

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/18/2017 Under: All Articles (181 Hits)      

Sunday November 12th, 2017 marked the dedication for the 43rd Ultrasound Machine in Michigan. Fr. Steve Mattson lead us in prayer and blessed the machine which took place at Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing"s west side location. In attendance from the K of C State Board was our Worthy State Deputy Ken Unterbrink and wife Ellie. Others in attendance were District Deputy Jim Kraus, Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan, along with Grand Knight Andrew Rademacher Brother Mitch Dobrzelewski & other Members from Council #7237 from Dewitt. Also pictured are Board President Jim Smiertka and Executive Director Nancy Kujawa.

Executive Director Nancy Kujawa provided everyone with the history of the West Lansing Center while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity & commitment to Protecting the Unborn.

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 now crested well over 750 machines Order wide.

God bless,

Tim & Cindy Donovan Pro Life Chair Couple                                               

Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus   




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View a thank you letter from State Culture of Life Director Tim Donovan Thanks from Donovan 12-11-17

Michigan's 42nd Ultrasound Machine

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/18/2017 Under: Culture of Life (216 Hits)      


Friday November 10, 2017 marked the dedication for the 42nd Ultrasound Machine in Michigan.

Fr. James Lopez lead us in prayer while Bishop Gerard Battersby (AOD) blessed the machine which took place at The Lennon Pregnancy Center in Dearborn Heights. In attendance from the K of C State Board was our Worthy State Deputy Ken Unterbrink and wife Ellie.

Others in attendance were Former District Deputy Bob Beilinski, Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan (Cindy not pictured), along with Grand Knight Tom Starynchak, Brother Ken Pullis & other Members from Council #7011.

Also pictured are Mayor Daniel Paletko, Executive Director Kathryn Lennon, Director of Pro Life Ministry for the Archdiocese of Detroit David Grobbel and Supreme Representative Paul McMahon.

You may view Mayor Paletko cutting the ribbon here

Executive Director Kathryn Lennon, Nurse Manager Maggie Mews, & Board President Bob Harmer provided everyone with the history of the Lennon Center while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity & commitment to Protecting the Unborn.

Thanks to St. Nicholas Council #7011 along with neighboring Councils for their support of this Life Saving Machine.

Also, 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 now crested well over 750 machines Order wide.

God bless, Michigan State Council Pro-Life Couple

Tim & Cindy Donovan                                                                                                                                                          Mobile: 517.214.5120

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View a thank you letter from State Culture of Life Director Tim Donovan Thanks from Donovan 12-11-17

Keep Christ in Christmas

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/24/2017 Under: Community (401 Hits)      

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Our Faith is our gift to share, and what better way to share this Faith than to remind others to Keep Christ in Christmas. As the Christmas Holiday approaches, it is our responsibility to remind others why we celebrate Christmas. What a GREAT gift God has given us in Jesus Christ and we joyfully share this gift with others. This message has been handed down for two thousand years and is as relevant today as ever.

Unfortunately, society has drowned out this message with one of commercialization. Our children are growing up missing the impact of the true message, and Christ is being suppressed. It is our duty as Christians, as Catholics, and as Knights of Columbus to stand firm and hold the line; Keep Christ in Christmas.

Every Card, every Yard Sign, every Billboard, every Poster we distribute helps draw the line and share the message. We owe this to our family, our community, and our future.  Let us all get together and promote this message:   Keep Christ in Christmas!

Keep Christ in Christmas billboard 1

 A Heavy Duty 10 ft. x 6 ft. Vinyl Banner like the one below is only $225.00. This includes Shipping and printing.

Include your Parish name, Council /Assembly number, and 3rd or 4th Degree Shield.

Keep Christ in Christmas banner

You can mount this against a wall, fence or hard surface, or easily create a pipe frame for a free standing display. Choose between either Perimeter Grommet’s for surface mounting or Pocket system for a free standing display. Go to:

Use your influence to Promote the message: Keep Christ in Christmas

The Keep Christ in Christmas Program of Michigan can be accessed by going to: Products may be Viewed / Ordered by clicking on the
Order Form tab at the top of the page.

For more information contact:
SK Ken Watterson 

Keep Christ in Christmas billboard

Councils or persons in the Grand Rapids Diocese interested in sponsoring a billboard for the "Keep Christ in Christmas" campaign may contact PGK Dave Arbanas @ 616-862-4347 of Council 4362 who is organizing the billboard program on the west side of the state.

At last count we have 20 billboards that will be placed around our Diocese.

Billboards may have council name and number or a dedication. 

40th Annual Mich. KC RTL Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/06/2017 Under: All Articles (178 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

or call Barbara 248-371-0466

Deadline: March 22

Ava Maria University Scholarship

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 09/11/2017 Under: All Articles (399 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. 

State Wild Game Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/13/2017 Under: All Articles (390 Hits)      

State Wild Game Dinner 2018 flyer




Michigan Columbian October 2017 available

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 10/03/2017 Under: All Articles (462 Hits)      

To view the latest Michigan Columbian click the logo below

Mi Columbian logo