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The Knight's Shield - July 2022

Published on: Friday, June 24, 2022


 Happy Independence Day!

    We are also starting a new fraternal year. I would like to thank the outgoing and incoming officers for your service to our council. It takes a team effort for a great council like this to do all we do, and I appreciate all your efforts!

    Mike Hartel and I were our councils’ delegates to the State Convention on Mackinaw Island. It was an important election year with two seats open on the state board. There was also an important resolution to vote on. The resolution moves the money previously taxed for Holy Cross Services to support seminarians tuition at Sacred Heart Seminary.  The states goal is to provide the undergrad tuition to all seminarians. Below are your 2022-23 state officers:


    We hosted a Rosary rally on the lawn June 11th. There were around 20 people to pray the rosary on a beautiful day. Thank you to all who helped with this event. There were many, and all the help was greatly appreciated. On the same day we also hosted the Deaconate formation luncheon. Deacon Marc and his wife, Sue, were hosting this event for prospective Deacons. Thank you to Rick Okerhjelm, Ron Marrese, and Joe Kish for working this.

    We are all looking forward to our new parish priest Father John Kiselica starting July 1st!

    We have the ice cream social coming up July 23-24. We will need help setting up the tent on Friday the 22nd at 7pm. We will also need men to work the Masses. There will be some setup before Mass, handing out ice cream after Mass and cleaning up afterwards. We will need to take down the tent after 11:30 Mass.

    There is also our camping trip July 29-31 with a pot luck dinner on the 30th. This is a fun event, with great food and company. We are at Algonac State Park this year so come join us!

Now a short reflection for Independence Day:

    True liberty is not essentially constituted in freedom from oppressive restrictions imposed on one's way of life by an unjust authority, but rather is found in the eternal possession of God's love. Man's natural desire for happiness is of "divine origin: God has placed it in the human heart in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfill it" (CCC 1718). The second sentence of the Declaration of Independence echos that desire: "We hold these truths to be selfevident,  that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Vivat Jesus!
Tom Gray



The Knight's Shield - June 2022

Published on: Thursday, June 2, 2022


 Happy June everyone! I hope this finds everyone happy and healthy.

We welcomed a new member William Murray at our last general meeting. If you see him at church introduce yourself and welcome him to the council.



We completed our officer election process at the last general meeting. Below are your 2022-2023 officers, please support them in any way you can. Thank you fellow officers for stepping up to take on leadership roles in this great council. I look forward to working with everyone of you to make this another successful year!


If you didn't notice Paul Parker's current position is 3 year trustee. With him being elected to Chancellor we will need to have a special election at the July meeting to fill the vacated 2 year trustee position.

We successfully completed our spring road cleanup, thank you to all who helped. A special thank you to Greg Csernai for running it and to Kevin Kennedy for providing doughnuts!

I am going to close with a word about membership. We are currently at 33% of our goal for the year. We can still make it, we will need an effort from just a few guys to ask a friend or neighbor to join.  Consider why you became a knight share that with someone who is not a member. Please don't deny other good men the opportunity for the camaraderie and good works that we do!

Vivat Jesus!
Tom Gray


The Knight's Shield - May 2022

Published on: Tuesday, April 26, 2022


Spring has arrived finally! Time to shake off the frost and get ready for some warmer weather.

We have completed our busy Lenten season. I for one am looking forward to a little rest after that! We did a lot this Lent. We had the fish fries, Easter meat sales, Easter egg hunt, and the MI Drive.

This month completes our officer election process. We will be taking a 2nd round of nominations at our May general membership meeting then having the election. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role in the council or have any questions, let me know. It is perfectly acceptable and encouraged to self nominate for a position.

Nominations from the April Meeting:


We will be having an exemplification before our May meeting at 6 pm in the social hall for two new members. If you have not attained the 3rd degree let me know and we can have you also go through the exemplification to accomplish this.

There is a webinar called "purpose driven retirement strategies" hosted by your K of C insurance agency, presenter Joe Jordan. See the flyer with this newsletter. Please let me know if you sign up for this event as we do get credit if you attend.

Arthur David is a brother knight and a fellow parishioner. He also volunteers in the pantry. He is an author and wrote the book "A Soldiers Journey" He is a Vietnam Vet and suffers from PTSD. This book is an autobiography detailing his journey and the challenges he faced. With the help of God’s presence to help him through his struggles in life. 100% of the proceeds go to help other vets suffering with PTSD. They are $15 and can be purchased through Amazon, I bought one but have not read it yet.


I am going to close with a word about membership. We are currently at 25% of our goal for the year. We can still make it, we will need an effort from just a few guys to ask a friend or neighbor to join.  Consider why you became a Knight and share that with someone who is not a member. Please don't deny other good men the opportunity for the camaraderie and good works that we do!

Vivat Jesus!
Tom Gray



SENIOR DRIVING CLASS - MAY 10 & 11, 2022

Published on: Monday, April 25, 2022


 


29TH ANNUAL VOCATIONS DINNER FEATURING (POLISH FOOD) - SUNDAY MAY 1, 2022

Published on: Monday, April 25, 2022



 

ON THE RISE BAKERY SALE

Published on: Monday, April 25, 2022



 

The Knight's Shield - April 2022

Published on: Wednesday, March 30, 2022


Happy Easter, He is Risen!

We are approaching Easter and there is a lot still to do. We are continuing fish fries through April 8th. Come on out and join us for a good time serving up food to our community. The Easter meat sales order form is attached. We have the Easter egg hunt coming, a great time for the kids. Last but certainly not least is our 2022 MI Drive. Let Jeff Gapczynski know if you can work it.

Next month begins our officer election process. We will be taking nominations at our April general membership meeting. Then in May a 2nd round of nominations and the elections. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role in the council or have any questions, let me know. It is perfectly acceptable and encouraged to self nominate for a position. 

There is a webinar called "purpose driven retirement strategies" hosted by your K of C insurance agency, presenter Joe Jordan. See the flyer with this newsletter. Please let me know if you sign up for this event as we do get credit if you attend.

The Resurrection is the greatest of the miracles -- it proves that Jesus is God. That is why St. Paul writes: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain; and your Faith is in vain… And if Christ has not been raised, then your Faith is a delusion and you are still lost in your sins… But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (I Cor 15:14, 17, 20). If Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, then the Church is a fraud, and Faith is a sham. But if He really did rise from the dead, His message is true! Without the Resurrection, Jesus would have remained forever a good person who had met a tragic end. People would remember some of his teachings, and a handful of people might try to live according to them. All the basic doctrines of Christianity are founded on the truth of the Resurrection. “Jesus is Lord; He is risen” (Rom 10:9) was the central theme of the kerygma (or "preaching"), of the Apostles. In fact, the seventeenthcentury philosopher, John Locke, some of whose ideas were incorporated into the Declaration of Independence, wrote, "Our Savior’s Resurrection is truly of great importance in Christianity, so great that His being or not being the Messiah stands or falls with it."

Vivat Jesus! 

Tom Gray



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THE 24 HOUR KNIGHT

You can become an Active and Involved Knight by committing just 24 hours a year.

4 hours a year — Attend Council Corporate Communions, Prayer Services or Praying the Rosary.

4 hours a year — Attend at least two Council Meetings a year.

2 hours a year — Help at Church and Community functions such as: Working in the Parish Food Bank, or the Adopt a Road Program, Donate Blood or Walk in Right to Life Parade.

2 hours a year — Help with the Annual MI Drive.

2 hours a year — Help at a Youth Activity such as: Free Throw Context, Poster Contest, Children’s Christmas Party, Easter Egg Hunt, etc.

4 hours a year — Help at Council Fundraisers such as: Pancake Breakfast, Lenten Fish Fries, Texas Hold-em events, etc.

2 hours a year — Read Council, State and Su-preme Publications.

4 hours a year — Enjoy Council Social Activities such as: Dinners, Council Picnics, Ice cream Social, Tiger Knight at Comerica Park, etc.

Make a stand, and you can discover how easy it is to make a difference in your life and that of oth-ers. May God Bless You and your Families with His Joy and Peace.

Please pass this on to Catholic gentlemen that you may know.

Thank you!!! - Phil Mularski