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The Knight's Shield - December 2019

Published on: Monday, December 2, 2019


The construction on our church continues. The classroom and pantry addition roof is being installed. An asphalt base course has been placed for the west parking lot and 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. This means we will not be able to have any Pancake Breakfasts or Euchre events until after Easter. We will probably also have to cancel our fish fry events. Our Planning Meeting will remain in the conference room at SPOT.

As the holiday season is upon us and we give thanks, let us remember to Keep Christ in Christmas! Karla and I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Since our November newsletter was released, we held our seventh annual trunk or treat on Sunday October 27. The weather cleared just in time as we had over 100 kids with 23 Trunks handing out candy, haunted hay rides, costume contests, hotdogs and games for the kids. Thank you for all the help given to our chairman Art Krygowski, Steve Kargenian (loaned us the hay ride wagon), Phil Mularski (pulling the hay ride), Janice Krygowski and the confirmation kids helping with the games, Ray and Lori Coughlin (food and gift cards), those who had trunks, participated and attended! Well done everyone!

Carol, Hank, Karla and I attended the Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart on Sunday 11/10 to honor our Brothers who have been called home by the Lord. This annual event is always a great opportunity to attend Mass at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

Our council handed out coats at Erie in our annual ‘Coats for Kids’ event. Thank you to Phil Mularski, Hank Leflere and Karla who helped the Erie Social worker Katie and I distribute coats to the children at Erie Elementary School on Thursday November 14.

We hosted our first, District One Corporate Communion, on Sunday 11/17 at 11:30 Mass. We had a number of Brother Knights attend from the other councils in our district. Thank you to George Loewen for being an acolyte, Rick Okerhjelm and Phil Mularski for being lectors and all who attended. Please make a note on your calendar when our Corporate Communion Mass is scheduled and try to attend. If you are at the Mass, please celebrate Mass together and sit with your Brother Knight’s and their families! You do not have to have a coat and tie or your K of C shirt to celebrate Mass together!

We held our fall membership drive during the first two weekends in October. To date, we have received six new applications. On Wednesday November 20 we had five candidates go through the Admission Degree at St. Peter’s in Mt. Clemens. Please welcome to our council: George Adamski, Joe Kish sponsor; Michael Burke, Phil Mularski sponsor; James Harla, Rick Okerhjelm sponsor; Tom Loria, Rob Tusset sponsor; and Gordon Wesley, Phil Mularski sponsor. Our sixth candidate is scheduled to attend the Admission Degree at our next council meeting at JFK. If you have not attended a degree ceremony recently, it is a great opportunity to experience the updated nicely done and relatively short ceremony. 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.

The MCREST event, where we help our friends at St. John the Apostle Church, is scheduled for November 24 through December 1. You can still check with Ray Coughlin if you have not signed up to help. For all of you who have volunteered to help, thank you for this very worthy cause which helps those in our community who have fallen on hard times get back on their feet.

Our annual Christmas Ham and Kielbasa sale is here. Please check for the order form in the bulletin and place your order. Christmas will be here soon! Thank you in advance for helping Chairmen Jerry Hund and Ray Coughlin with this council fundraiser.

Looking ahead to January has our annual casino trip to Soaring Eagle and Little River on MLK weekend. It is a fun event with proceeds supporting Casey the Teddy Bear which are the stuffed animals we provide Henry Ford Hospital for kids who need surgery. See flyer for more information.

Our Worthy Financial Secretary will be mailing out our 2020 renewal notices soon. Please consider supporting Vocations with a voluntary $6 contribution to the Endowed Scholarship Fund when renewing your member-ship. Thank you!

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 - November 2019

Published on: Saturday, October 26, 2019


The construction on our church continues. The classroom and pantry addition walls have been constructed. The structural steel has arrived for the canopy and west addition also. 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. This means we will not be able to have any Pancake Breakfasts or Euchre events until after Easter. We will probably also have to cancel our fish fry events. Our Planning Meeting will remain in the conference room at SPOT.

Hopefully you will be receiving this newsletter just before our seventh annual trunk or treat on Sunday October 27. Please plan to participate with a trunk, help out or just attend! Set up at 1pm with a 2pm start. See the newsletter article for more information.

We had our Fall Road Clean-up on October 2. We had nine knights show up to help. Thank you to Greg Csernai for organizing this event, Kevin Kennedy (brought doughnuts!), Ray Coughlin, Tom Gray, Ralph Pullis, Chuck Lybeer, Vince Ursini, Gary Skarb and Mike Hartel for helping. Would be nice to have some more help next time.

The council helped move many boxes of books with some vets returning home at the Fall Book Sale Set Up on October 8 at the Main Branch of the Clinton-Macomb Library across from church organized by Ken Krause. Helping Ken were Bruce and Claudia Arnold, Chuck Twig, Hank Leflere and Mike Hartel. The Friends of Macomb Library fed everyone lunch and presented our council a nice appreciation check for our help.

We held our fall membership drive during the first two weekends in October. To date, we have received five new applications. Well done Brothers. Keep up the good work and continue the effort to ask your Catholic brothers to consider joining the Knights.

We had two of our Brother Knights attend the Formation (Second) and Knighthood (Third) Degree ceremonies at St. Clement of Rome. Congratulations to Nick Mazza and Ken Gonko!

The council just received notice that our Family of the Month for September, Tom and Clara Loria, have been selected for National Family of the month honors! They will be awarded a Holy Family gift to their home within 4 -6 weeks. Congratulations!

Make a note on the Calendar for the Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart on Sunday November 10 at 10am. Seven of our council Brothers who have been called home by the Lord in the past year will be honored at the Mass.

Our first District One Corporate Communion is November 17 at 11:30 Mass. Plan to wear a coat and tie with your name badges.

The MCREST event, where we help at the St. John the Apostle Church, is scheduled for November 24 through December 1. Please sign up to help! See the newsletter 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 - October 2019

Published on: Friday, September 27, 2019


As you visit church, the construction is in high gear. The building pad, foundations, underground utilities and the canopy extension work have all started. This results in the loss of use of our church social hall for about six months. The pantry is using about one-third of the hall. Another third will be for items from the storage room. The remainder is needed for construction of the new building addition. So as a reminder, our General Meetings are scheduled to be held at the JFK Council Hall located on 33320 Kelly Road starting with the October meeting. This means we will not be able to have any Pancake Breakfast or Euchre events until after Easter. We will probably also have to cancel our fish fry events. Our Planning Meeting will remain in the conference room at SPOT.

We recently helped out MCREST on Saturday September 7. The council received an urgent request to help MCREST just before our Labor Day weekend. Enough council members at our planning meeting stepped up to help so we didn’t send out a notice to the entire membership. We served dinner to about 60 men, women and children at St. Malachy. Thank you Ken Krause, Ron Marreese, Deacon Marc, Kevin and Tina Kennedy and especially Tom Gray for organizing and picking up most of the food and supplies.

The council participated in our Fall charity poker event at Ciccarelli’s. Thank you to Hank Leflere for again chairing this event, Bruce Arnold for handling the paperwork and Ray Coughlin for the financial support. Also for everyone who helped, especially George Loewen, Bruce Arnold, William Hill (2 days), Ted Czarny , Ralph Pullis, Dan Steele, Ken Krause, Kevin Kennedy, Hank (3 days) at Ciccarelli’s!

We had an excellent turnout for our Corporate Communion in September at the 9:30 Mass on September 15. We filled up all three reserved pews! Thank you to the five color corps members including Ken Grobbel and Vince Cusumano from our council, George Loewen & Rick Okerhjelm for lecturing, Gary Skarb & Geno Pirrami for being Acolytes and everyone who attended to celebrate Mass together with our Council Chaplain Father Jerry, Brother Deacon Marc and the rest of our parish family!

Please welcome our newest council members. Joseph Bohn, who transferred to our council at our September meeting. Nick Mazza attended the Admissions Degree on September 11 at St. Thecla with Ted Czarny as his sponsor.

Our Fall Road Clean-up has been scheduled for October 5. Meet in the church parking lot by 8am. Thank you Greg Csernai for organizing this event! See the newsletter article for more information.

There is also a Fall Book Sale Set Up on October 8 at the Main Branch of the Clinton Macomb Library across from church. See the article from Ken Krause in the newsletter for more information.

We will be having a membership drive during the first two weekends in October. Stay tuned for more details. Please renew your efforts to ask your Catholic brothers to consider joining the Knights. There is a Major Degree scheduled for Saturday morning on October 19. Our council has been awarded the Columbian/ Founder’s Combination Award for the 2018 -19 fraternal year. Let us reach our membership and insurance goals this fraternal year to make Star Council!

Please note that we still plan to have our annual Trunk or Treat on October 27. Set up at 1pm with a 2pm start. See the newsletter article for more information.

Make a note on the Calendar for the Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart on Sunday, November 10 at 10am. We have 7 of our council Brothers who have been called home by the Lord in the past year. (Will be ordering plaques and inviting their families to the Mass which is followed by a breakfast).

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 - September 2019

Published on: Friday, August 30, 2019


I am writing this report as the Labor Day weekend approaches, the schools are starting their fall classes and a new football season begins.

The council remained busy in August. We had our second annual council camping trip. This year was at Algonac State Park. There were more campers than last year. We had excellent weather and was nice to see the freighters plying the St. Clair River. The ladies rolled out their new ‘Ladies of the Knights’ shirts. Please contact Renee Gray to place your order. We had an excellent pot luck meal after attending Mass at St. Catherine’s. In the evening around the campfire, everyone seemed to take a turn with the bug zapper racquets! Consensus seemed to favor trying Lakeport next summer. Look for photos on our website.

Our Council Summer Picnic was on Saturday August 17 at Kurt B’s property in Clay Township. I was not able to attend the picnic, but I heard there was good weather and a very nice turnout. Thank you Steve Kargenian and Kurt Buhlinger for re-starting this event!

Be sure to review the calendar for upcoming fall events such as Corporate Communion and the DAVL Golf Outing in September with Trunk or Treat in October. There is also a Fall Book Sale Set Up on October 8 at the Main Branch of the Clinton-Macomb Library across from church. See article from Ken Krause in the newsletter for more information.

We will be having a membership drive in October. We were so close last fraternal year (July to June) to obtaining Star council. Renew your efforts to ask your Catholic brothers to consider joining the Knights. There is a Major Degree scheduled for Saturday morning on October 19.

Please note that due to construction at church starting up, the social hall will not be available until further notice. This means we will not be able to have any Pancake Breakfast or Euchre events until after Easter. We will probably also have to cancel our fish fry events. Our General Meetings are going to be relocated to the JFK Council Hall at 33320 Kelly Road, beginning with the October meeting. Our Planning Meeting will remain in the conference room at SPOT.

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. 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 2019

Published on: Sunday, July 21, 2019


The council Ice cream social for the parish is scheduled (as I am writing my Grand Knight’s Report) this weekend with a heat wave in the weather forecast! Will make it easier to dip the ice cream! Thank you, Rick Okerhjelm, for chairing this event and everyone who helped setting up and taking down the tent, tables, chairs, serving and attending!

Phil Mularski and I attended the Summer Diocesan Meeting. The State is offering Quick Start Incentives for new council members: $10 July, $7.50 August, $5 September. The RTL petition drive is starting, need 400,000 signatures in 180 days and E-Membership was emphasized.

Tom Gray, Hank Leflere and I attended our first District 1 meeting which was a pretty good kick off for us. We discovered that District 1 does not have as many district wide events as District 24. Officer installation is a council event. Maybe next year we can make it a district event. So our council officer installation plans still need to be worked out. I will be working with the DD and the other Grand Knights to see if we can get District Corporate Communion scheduled for this fiscal year. Stay tuned!

One of our Council Brothers, George Trapp II, was called home to the Lord on July 14, 2019. Please remember George and his family in your prayers.

Here are some of our upcoming August events to place on your calendar:

There are still some sites available, so it is not too late to make your council camping trip reservations for 8/2 & 3 at Algonac State Park. Don’t have a camper. No problem, plan to join us for a pot luck dinner on Saturday August 3. See the flyer for more information.

Our Council Summer Picnic is on Saturday August 17 at Kurt Buhlinger’s property in Clay Township. Please see the flyer in the newsletter for more information. Thank you Steve Kargenian and Kurt Buhlinger for re -starting this event!

Be sure to review the calendar for upcoming Fall events such as Charity Poker, Corporate Communion, DAVL Golf Outing and Euchre Party in September.

If you need to take Protecting God’s Children, There is a class scheduled at St. Paul of Tarsus in October. You need to have taken this class to help with most of our council events.

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. 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

George Trapp has passed away he will be missed

Published on: Wednesday, July 17, 2019


We have lost another brother as George Trapp has passed away. George will truly be missed on Parish Council, in the Pantry and as a brother knight. Pleas say a prayer for his family as George leaves this earth for his heavenly reward! Here is a link to his obituary and arrangements. George Trapp Obituary

The Knight's Shield - July 2019

Published on: Tuesday, July 2, 2019


As we prepare to celebrate our Nation’s birthday and hopefully some nice Summer weather, these are some of the council events and updates since the release of our June newsletter.

Tom Gray and I attended the State Convention on May 23 to 25. All current State Officers ran unopposed and were re-elected. Not the drama of last year where two new officers were elected. The Special Olympics celebrated 50 Years (1968-2018) and Michigan was #1 in Division 1 States! Our Worthy Field Agent, Dale Jacks, was one of 3 State Award winners. The Fishing Equipment Basket from our council for the convention fundraiser was a hit! A couple of State events coming up is a Knights on Bikes Rally August 6-8 and the annual Tiger Day on September 21. See flyers for additional information.

One of our Council Brothers, Paul Ross, was called home to the Lord on May 25, 2019. Paul was a Knight for over 63 years. Please remember him in your prayers.

We had our Officer elections in May and provided you the updates in our June newsletter. We also have appointed positions which are primarily Directors. Here are the changes in our council Directors for the coming fiscal year starting July 1st. Taking over for Rick Okerhjelm as the Family Director is Ron Marrese. Thank you Ron, for agreeing to accept this position and thank you Rick, for the many years of being our Family Director. Leon Berdy will be assisting our Pro- Life Director Sal Ales in the coming year. Congratulations again to all new and returning officers and Directors. Thank you for your interest in helping run our busy council! I look forward to working with all of you. Also thank you to all outgoing officers and directors for your time and talent for your service to the council. Please note Officer/Director Training classes are available. On Saturday July 6th at St. Isidore, 8:30am Meal, Class 9 to Noon. Let me know if you plan to attend a workshop by July 1.

In case you have not heard, the State has redistricted our council. Starting July 1st, we will switch from District 24 to District 1. I would like to thank our Worthy District Deputy Gary Kopp for his service and the fraternity he has brought to our council! Our new District Deputy is Ernie Boulos. Ernie attended our June meeting. We look forward to working with and getting to know Ernie. In fact Ernie and his wife are planning to join us at our council camping trip in Algonac! The other councils in District 1 are St. Hubert, St. Peter and St. Thecla.

I would like to thank Rick Okerhjelm and Joe Kish for volunteering to run our Pancake Breakfast. Please help support our new chairman with this very important council event.

Our council helped support the church workshop for the “Called and Gifted” on Saturday June 22 with a continental breakfast. Ron Marrese reported that there were over 50 attendees at the workshop. Thank you Gino Gattari, Kevin Kennedy, Jeff Gapczynski and Stan Labuda for helping Ron with this event.

We had a nice turn out at our Summer Corporate Communion at the 7:45 Mass on June 23. We filled up all three reserved pews! Thank you to the six color corps members, George Loewen & Craig Thomson for lecturing, Gary Skarb & Gary Gozdielski for being Acolytes and everyone who attended to celebrate Mass together with our Council Chaplain Father Jerry!

Here are some of our upcoming Summer events to place on your calendar:

The council Ice cream social for the parish is scheduled for July 20 and 21 with the tent set-up on Friday evening. We will take the tent down after serving ice cream after the 11:30 Mass. Thank you, Rick Okerhjelm, for chairing this event.

There are still some sites available, so it is not too late to make your council camping trip reservations for August 2& 3 at Algonac State Park. Don’t have a camper? No problem...plan to join us for a pot luck dinner on Saturday August 2. See the flyer for more information.

Our Council Summer Picnic is on Saturday August 17 at Kurt Buhlinger’s property in Clay Township. Please see the flyer in the newsletter for more information. Thank you Steve Kargenian and Kurt Buhlinger for re-starting this event!

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. 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


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