Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Knight's Shield - March 2020

As you visit church, the construction on our church continues. Windows and the interior work have begun. The main entrance canopy is beginning to take shape. This results in the loss of use of our church social hall until further notice. So as a reminder, our General Meetings are scheduled to be held at the JFK Council Hall located on 33320 Kelly Road. We will not be able to have any events in our social hall until after Memorial Day. Our Planning Meeting will remain in the conference room at SPOT. As a gentle reminder, our annual Pot Luck dinner has been rescheduled from March to June.

Please welcome the newest member to our council, Daniel Gildner. Dan is our first Knight to go through the new degree ceremony with our own council degree team. Also completing their degrees from our council were: George Adamski, Michael Burke, Mike Finn, Joe Munn, Steve Szypa, Gordon Wesley and Marty Winiarski. In addition to these eight Knights from our council we had 4 Knights from other councils who went through the degree. A total of 12 Knights! All three degree’s in 30 minutes! As a reminder, the exemplification is also open to the public and especially to family members of prospective Knights. The exemplification ceremony is a very solemn and spiritual event and is structured to be held in our church after the 4:00 pm and 11:30 am mass. The ceremony is open to all new candidates, and all current Knights who have not yet attained the third degree. Our next date is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 after the 4:00 pm mass. All new candidates and current Knights who have not yet attained the third degree are encouraged to attend one of these beautiful ceremonies with their family and friends.

Thirty minutes with family and friends is a wonderful way to fully participate in this new exemplification into the Knights of Columbus. Please contact Phil Mularski or Mike Hartel to register for one of these exemplification ceremonies. Keep up the good work and continue the effort to ask your Catholic brothers to consider joining the Knights and help us with our charitable works and fraternity while strengthening your faith. We will have information packets available in the gathering space next to the Holy Family Statue binder.

Also welcome the following new members who have transferred to our council: Randy Tisor, James Primeau and Jarek Otremba. We look forward to your participation in the council!

To conduct the new exemplification ceremony we are forming a council degree team. Please see the sign-up sheet at the next meeting or contact the Membership Director or Grand Knight for more information.

We will also have sign-up sheets for our upcoming MI (tootsie roll) Drive on Palm Sunday weekend. Please plan to help our council help those who cannot help themselves. This is one of the signature activities for the Knights of Columbus! See the article for more information.

Please provide your support for our new Financial Secretary, George Sakorafos! Thank you to our outgoing FS Ray Ignatowski for your 12 years of service! It is not too soon to begin planning for our spring officer elections. Please contact Tom or myself to discuss your interests and we can also advise on some of the opportunities for leadership with YOUR council.

Our pro Life Director, Sal Ales, would like to thank all who attended the 40 Days for Life kickoff on February 23. We prayed and sang in front of the abortion clinic on 15 Mile Rd. Right to Life of Michigan's Central Ma-comb affiliate is growing again.

Do not forget to sell your K of C 2020 State Raffle Tickets. For every one you sell, $1 comes back to our council! Good luck to all.

We are returning to Lakeport State Park this summer for our third annual council camping trip. You can make your reservations now! See the article for more information.

Please consider signing up to receive the Holy Family Statue at Mass in support of Vocations. The list is very short. We need some more families to sign up. Most importantly, our prayers are needed to support vocations! Please note that this is open to all families of the parish. Mention that to the people you sit next to at church. The binder is located in the church gathering space. Thank you!

Thank you to all of you who have been at the meetings regularly. Please consider calling someone you haven’t seen for a while and ask how they’re doing. See if they’re in need of a ride or friendly reminder when the next meeting takes place.

Vivat Jesus, Mike Hartel

The Knight's Shield - August 2020

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