2017 Joint Fundraiser For Council And State Charities

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/10/2016 Under: Community (508 Hits)      

Brother Knights:

This raffle truly is a “win-win.” In the upcoming months, we will spotlight several of the Charities that benefit from the raffle. Our children, persons in need, and our charities will benefit because you had the initiative to sell these tickets.

Charity is the number one principle of our order. This is a call to action. 

We are called to serve, and serve we shall!

1st Charity Prize - Alaskan Cruise, for 2, 7 days, balcony cabin, with air-fair, transfers, taxes, and fees and $5,000 cash.

2nd Unity Prize - Atlantis Paradise Island - Beach Tower, 7 nights terrace room, 2 course dinner plan for 2 with airfare, transfers, taxes and fees with and $3,000 cash.

3rd Fraternity Prize - Cancun All Inclusive Dream Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa 7 nights for 2 with airfare, transfers, taxes and fees, and $1,000 cash.

4th Patriotic Prize - Washington D.C. for 2, 3 night hotel, with guided tour with airfare, transfers, taxes and fees, and $500 cash.

5th - 7th Prize $1,000 each

8th - 10th Prize $500 each

11th—20th Prize $250 each

21st - 30th Prize $150.00 each


“Trips are transferable to another trip or person.”

For a complete breakdown of all the prizes click  Raffle other prizes 17.


 Grand prize Drawing held at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center


6015 East Ten Mile, Warren, MI 48091


Grand Prize Drawing on April 22, 2017, 2:30pm


Kenneth B. Unterbrink—State Deputy


State Fundraising Director - Gary A. DeCarlo

 Some of the charities our raffle helps support:


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).

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

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 2017 Council & State Raffle     

This year to date Councils have earned  $40,322.20

Funds to Council 3-30-17

A few pointers from the top sellers around the state.

 “These were easy to sell, I just ask.”

 “We use this raffle as a ready made fund raiser, no printing, no license, no state reports, etc. We just call for more tickets and sell them.”

 “We sell tickets before and after Mass”

 “ This is great for our fish frys.”

  My Brother Knights Remember - “Just Ask”, call today for more tickets, the charities that we all support are counting on us.

 “Did we tell you , we love you today?”

Gary A. DeCarlo

State Fund Raising Director


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Horse Race

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/20/2017 Under: All Articles (160 Hits)      

Diocese Chaplain/Bishop Awards

The Diocese with the highest percentage of growth, based on the published quotas will win the semi-annual incentive.  The Diocesan Chaplain will receive $250.00 and Bishop will receive $500.00.

Bishop’s Tribute Award

Each Diocese that achieves 100% of its membership quota by June 30, 2017 will earn $ 1000 to be given to their bishop.  Results will be updated on the State web site at www.mikofc.org.  Annual Gross Results will be utilized to determine final results based on the “Horse Race” membership performance tracking method.

As we end week #11 (3/17/17) of this race the results are posted below.

 KALAMAZOO              25%            DETROIT                     20%

 GAYLORD                    20%            GRAND RAPIDS           18%

 LANSING                     18%             SAGINAW                     6%

 MARQUETTE              3%

Mike Mal at Track Side

Horse Race Logo

Now we are down to the last week of racing in this quarter I have posted the results (3/24/17) of the top horses in each heat.  If you have any form 100’s now is the time to turn them in.

Horse Race graph 3-27-17

HEAT #1  (Council #10343) is still a runaway at 217%, but now (Council #13452) with 133% has taken over 2nd place. (Council #15352) has reached 100% nice job.

HEAT #2 Did not see this coming. I told you last week; with a 1st Degree the leader could be caught. Well guess what happened (Council #7761) with 109% came out of nowhere to take the lead.  What’s going to happen this week?  Any more surprises? Stay tuned.

HEAT #3 (Council #3774) has been out in front the whole race. The top three councils made a move this week. Now (Council #13453) with 54% is in the lead. This race is too close to call. Looks like it could be a photo finish.

Running of the Silver Rose

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/20/2017 Under: Church (185 Hits)      

                      MICHIGAN SILVER ROSE RUN 2017                         

April 2, Sun. 2017                  Receive Silver Rose from Indiana Jurisdiction

April 3, Mon. 2017

April 4, Tues. 2017                 Holy Angels, Sturgis

April 5, Wed. 2017                 St. Mary’s, Bronson

April 6, Thurs. 2017               San Felipe de Jesus, Fennville

April 7, Fri. 2017                    Powers High School, Flint

April 8, Sat. 2017                    San Jose Obrero, Grand Rapids.

April 9, Palm Sun.                  San Jose Obrero, Grand Rapids

April 10, Holy Week Mon.

April 11, Holy Week Tues.

April 12, Holy Week Wed.

April 13, 14,15 – Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday

April 16, Easter

April 17, Easter Mon.

April 18, Easter Tues.             Immaculate Conception, Hartford

April 19, Easter Wed.             St. Margaret, Otsego

April 20, Easter Thurs.          

April 21, Easter Fri.                St. Mary Magdalene, Kentwood

April 22, Easter Sat. 

April 23, Divine Mercy Sun, 10 AM Mass, St. Joseph, Battle Creek

                                                 5 PM Mass, St. Jerome, Battle Creek

April 28, Fri.                           St. Charles and Helena, Clio

April 29, Sat.                           Gaylord Diocese

April 30, Sun.                         St. Mary, Mio

May 1 thru May 13                 Marquette Diocese, –

                                                 ACROSS THE U.P. FOR LIFE, SILVER ROSE RUN. –

May 13, Sat.                            St. Peter Cathedral, 100th year Anniversary of Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, Marquette 

May 14, 2017                          Pass on Silver Rose to Ohio Jurisdiction 


 view the Silver Rose booklet 

Contact State Silver Rose Run Coordinator Vince Cabras;

269-657-7130, 269-447-8288 ,vrcdoc@aol.com  

if your council is inerested in hosting the Silver Rose on any of the opening dates.


Palm Sunday Intellectual Disabilities Drive

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/06/2017 Under: Community (301 Hits)      

Mich. State Free Throw Winners

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 03/27/2017 Under: Youth (219 Hits)      

2017 Convention Ladies Raffle

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/28/2017 Under: All Articles (280 Hits)      

2017 Convention Ladies Raffle

Items Needed

        Please Donate

Ladies raffle 16 1  To the 2017 Raffle

  To Benefit Charities

 Volunteers will be needed to help with:

ticket sales, set-up and packing up.


Please contact the State Advocate’s Wife Karen Winkle

                by phone or email

2600 Ellsworth Columbus, MI 48063

Phone: 586-727-1724 cell 586- 615-2508

Fax: 586-727-1864

Email: k.winkle@mikofc.org 

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Link toLadies Charity Raffle Donation Form



Building the Domestic Church Kiosk

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 01/23/2017 Under: Family (408 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 cis@kofc.org.

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 cis@kofc.org. (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. 

Ed Strach

State Family Director

Domestic Church Kiosk

Knights of Columbus Right to Life 39th Annual Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 02/20/2017 Under: Culture of Life (320 Hits)      

April Columbian Available Online

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 03/13/2017 Under: All Articles (266 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 (503 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 kofc.org/domesticchurch.  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 kofc.org/domestic 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