Saturday, November 25, 2023

The Knight Shield - December 2023

    My favorite time of year is upon us. Even when we lived in Northern Michigan, my family would come down to Detroit area to celebrate Thanksgiving and then roll into the Christmas holiday with family time. There is a spirit of Christmas in the air and it just seems that everyone is a little bit nicer this time of year.

    Congratulations to the Women of Faith and our very own Ray and Lori Coughlin for the tremendous success on the Baby Bottle Drive.  Both Gianna House and Abigale Ministries will both receive over $4,800 to continue their work with pregnant mothers and the support of the unborn child.

    Thanks also, to you brothers, for supporting the MCREST program. A significant amount of food was acquired and prepared by St John the Apostle team. And our Council did its part in delivering the food and on some days, serving the food to homeless women and children.  What a noble cause, aligned with the Holiday season.

    Looking forward to the Council’s Christmas Meat sales in December raising money for the general fund. Worthy PGK Jerry Hund and team could use some help. If you can’t assist with sales, please buy some of these delicious product(s). Look for Rosary Bracelets as well !

    The Knights are assisting the Men’s Group with the “Cookies with Santa” program on Dec 10th.  Last month’s K of C children’s programs had awesome turn out’s. We’re expecting nothing less for this year’s program which has been growing in leaps and bounds over the last 5 years. Bring your children / grandchildren and enjoy the fun in a program that has a little Magic and emphasizes the Reason for the Season.

    The Memorial Mass last month was well attended by our Council. Several family members of those wonderful Knights we lost last year came out to celebrate their lives. The K of C Color Guard came out in force and added to the wonderful Mass and Program.  However, the Knights we lost did a great job for our Council and will be missed. Step up gentlemen, there are big shoes to fill.

    For those of you that participated in the Rescue Project, we’ve learned a lot in a short period of time. Now it’s our turn to pass on that knowledge and continue our efforts to further evangelize and spread the good news. Thanks goes out to the Journeymen and Deacon Marc for putting on the program.

    If you’re looking to get into the Christmas mood, nothing sets that off like putting up Christmas lights and decorations. See Ken Krause on Dec 1st to assist decorating the church grounds.

    On a personal note, my wife Andrea and I would like to wish each of you a wonderful Christmas Season. And, may the birth of Jesus bestow his grace upon you and your families!

God Bless Our Council and God Bless the Knights of Columbus


Vince Ursini

Grand Knight

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