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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

The Knight's Shield - June 2019

Published on: Thursday, May 30, 2019


Please welcome our two newest council members: Joe Munn and Ryan Scratch. They both went through the Admission Degree here on April 27.

We had our council Road Clean-up on Saturday May 4. Over 20 men showed up and finished in about an hour! Thank you Greg Csernai for chairing and everyone who participated!

Also on May 4, we had over 50 players at our Spring Euchre Party. We raised $125 for Abigayle Ministries. Thank you to Tom and Renee Gray and Karla for helping me with this event.

We had good attendance from our council (both attendees and workers) at the DAVL dinner Sunday May 5 at DeCarlo’s.

Council members helped for the Special Olympics at MCC on May 8. Thank you to Joe and Joanne Phillips for chairing this event. Please see the Special Olympics Recap article.

The Memorial Mass for Brother Joe Roehrig was on May 11 at St. Paul of Tarsus. Thank you to all that attended especially the Lectors: Phil Mularski and George Loewen, Eucharistic Minister: George Trapp and Ushers: Tom Pardo and Phil Bonnette.

The election of council officers took place at our May meeting. These are your 2019-2020 Officers: Grand Knight: Mike Hartel; Deputy Grand Knight: Tom Gray; Chancellor: Steve Kargenian; Recorder: Rob Tusset; Treasurer: Ray Coughlin; Warden: Tony Guido; Inside Guard: Kevin Kennedy; Outside Guard: Gerry Vento; Advocate: Ken Krause; Trustee: Rick Okerhjelm. Congratulations! Thank you everyone who participated.

Our thanks to the outgoing officers who have shared their time and talents with the Council for their terms. Your service is appreciated by all.

Unfortunately we needed to cancel our Spring Pancake Breakfast. I would like to thank our most recent Pancake Breakfast Chairmen: Phil Kwasny, Ralph Pullis and Steve Kargenian for their time and talents. We really need someone else to step up other than our previous chairmen to chair or co-chair this event. The bulk of the effort is coordinating the food and kitchen supplies. Our next event is scheduled for 10/6. Please consider volunteering for this very important position.

Our charity for the breakfast was Gianna House. We have a resolution for a $1000 donation in lieu of the pancake breakfast proceeds. Bruce Arnold and I attended the Grand Opening of Gianna House on 5/3.

As I am writing this report our two delegates are preparing to travel to the State Convention on May 23 to 25. Thank you to the council for helping support our delegates!

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

Council Corporate Communion on June 23 at the 7:45 Mass.

The council Ice cream social for the parish is scheduled for July 20 and 21 with the tent set-up on Friday evening.

Make your council camping trip reservations for 8/1 & 2 at Algonac State Park or plan to join us for a pot luck dinner on Saturday August 2.

Council Summer Picnic/BBQ on Saturday August 17 at Kurt Buhlinger’s property in Marine City. Additional information will be announced as details become available. Thank you Steve Kargenian, for restarting this event and to BK Kurt for the offer to host our council.

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 remind-er when the next meeting takes place.

Vivat Jesus,
Mike Hartel

The Knight's Shield - May 2019

Published on: Wednesday, April 24, 2019


We have just celebrated Easter Sunday and are beginning to look forward to summer.

Looking back at the past month, this is typically the busiest time of the year for our council.

Our Fry-Day Fish dinners have been more popular than ever thanks to your hard work and welcoming spirit. This is the biggest fundraiser for our council charities. I especially want to thank Ray and Lorri Coughlin and Rick Okerhjelm who put in countless hours for our six fish Fri-Days! It would be impossible to list everyone who helped out, so I will list most of the tasks and you will begin to understand that we had a total team effort to accomplish these events: Purchasing the food and supplies; on Tuesday evening, we began to thaw the fish on trays in the refrigerators; mac & cheese and coleslaw prep started around 7am every Friday; also, dining room table set up, carry out, beverage, cake and order tables. In the kitchen, we needed to pull out the oven after making the mac & cheese, set up the fryers, butterfly the fish for the grill and the rest of the kitchen prep for cooking. Then we have the actual event of cooking and serving from 4 to 7. We are averaging around 500 dinners in these 3 hours! After 7pm, we start the clean-up. The dining room area needs to done by 8pm, but we also have a crew who stays until about 9pm every Friday to finish the dishes, kitchen cleanup and take out the garbage. Thank you everyone for your help and support!

We had our charity poker event in early April over four evenings from 7pm to 2am at Ciccarelli’s. Thank you Hank who chaired the event and worked each night! Thank you also to, Stan Labuda and William Hill who worked two nights and to Larry Bukowski, Ralph Pullis and John Moceri who each worked one evening. Thank you, Ray Coughlin who handled the finances. Well done! Next tournament is in September also at Ciccarelli’s.

Our annual Easter Egg hunt went very well. We had a good turnout (~80 Children) and nice weather. Thank you to Rich & Lisa Miller/Ray & Lorri Coughlin for chairing the event, Bill Giezyng (Easter Bunny) and to everyone who helped!

Thank you to Jerry Hund for chairing the Easter Ham and Kielbasa fundraiser again this year and to all those who helped with the two order weekends after Masses and those who helped with the unloading and distribution before Easter.

Thank you to Co-Chairs John Minicuci, Ray and Sheryl Ignatowski and all the council members and their families for their contribution to our Annual MIDrive (Tootsie Roll). This is a very worthy cause for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.

The first round of nominations for council officers took place at our April meeting. The second round of nominations and elections will be at our May council meeting. The April nominations were: Grand Knight: Mike Hartel; Deputy Grand Knight: Tom Gray; Chancellor: Steve Kargenian; Recorder: Rob Tusset; Treasurer: Ray Coughlin; Warden: Tony Guido & William Hill; Inside Guard: Leon Berdy & Kevin Kennedy; Outside Guard: Gerry Vento; Advocate: Ken Krause & Dave Wisneski; Trustee: Rick Okerhjelm, Tom Pardo & Ken Krause.

I just received a notice from the family of BK Giuseppe Riera. Giuseppe was called home by the Lord on January 21, 2019. Giuseppe was a Knight for over 46 years! Please include BK Giuseppe in your prayers.

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 - April 2019

Published on: Monday, March 25, 2019


As Spring and April arrives, we are about halfway through our 2019 Lenten journey. Our thoughts begin to think of longer days, Easter Sunday and warmer weather to come. I also start to think about getting out the golf clubs and launch day (for my boat)!

The council had a very nice Annual Pot Luck Dinner and Award Ceremony for our March meeting. Awards were handed out for the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster contest. Knight in Shining Armor awards: Phil Bonnette, Frank Burda, Ray Coughlin, Ted Czarny, Gino Gattari, Tom Gray, Mike Hartel, Dale Jacks, Ken Krause, Art Krygowski, George Loewen, Phil Mularski and Steve Sleem. Special recognition awards: Leonard & Betty Gutkowski, Phil & Pat Bonnette and Jerry & Sue Hund. Knight and Family of the year awards: Ken Krause and Ray & Sheryl Ignatowski. The beautiful Past Knight Plaque, donated by Don and Marianne Szlezyngier, was unveiled. Please look for it in the church gathering space, near the office with the other Knight of Columbus plaques. Great food, awards, door prizes and 50/50 raffle winners, along with the great comradery of our council. Well done everyone!

Nice turnout for Corporate Communion. Wore our council shirts at 4pm Mass presided by our Council Chaplain Father Jerry. Two of our council members, SK Ken Grobbel and SK Vince Cusumano were part of the Color Corp, and David Wisneski was our lector. Thank you everyone for your participation in celebrating Mass together! The next Corporate Communion is on June 23 at the 7:45am Mass.

Two more candidates from our recent membership drive have just completed their Admission Degree. Please welcome Deacon Marc Rybinski and Chuck Lybeer to our council! Phil Mularski and Ralph Pullis were their proposers. Our next district degree ceremony is Saturday April 27 here at St. Paul of Tarsus. During the remaining days of Lent, let us encourage some of our Catholic brothers to become a Knight!

Our Fry-Day Fish dinners have been more popular than ever thanks to your hard work and welcoming spirit. Thank you everyone for your help and support!

Note that Holiday Ham and Kielbasa orders are due on the first weekend of April and the popular Easter Egg Hunt is also coming up on the first Sunday of April!

Look for the sign-up sheets for the 44th Annual MI Drive (Tootsie Roll) at our Fish Fry and the next general meeting. Palm Sunday weekend is right after our April meeting. Thank you in advance to John Minicuci, Ray and Sheryl Ignatowski and all the council members and their families for their contribution to this very worthy cause for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.

The first round of nominations for council officers will take place at our April meeting. The second round of nominations and elections will be at our May council meeting.

Don’t forget to sell the state raffle tickets received in the mail. Be sure you place our council number on the stub and our council will receive $1 for every ticket sold! This is the major fundraiser for the state.

Thank you for signing up to receive the Holy Family Statue at Mass in support of Vocations. If you have not yet signed up, please consider doing so. The binder is located in the church gathering space. Thank you!

Road clean-up is scheduled for Saturday May 4. Meet in the church parking lot by 8:00am.

The next euchre party is also Saturday May 4 after 4:00pm Mass in the social hall.

I have received information from Joe Roehrig’s daughter, that a Spring Memorial Mass will be held for Joe on Saturday May 11 at 10:00am at St. Paul of Tarsus. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Please see the article for our council camping trip coming up in August. If you plan to camp with us you can now make your reservation!

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 - March 2019

Published on: Monday, February 25, 2019


Still waiting for the early spring to arrive as forecast by the groundhog!

Lent is arriving the first week of March, which also means the return of our Fish Fry! See the Fish Fry article for more information.

On February 3rd, the Lord called home Brother Knight Clarence Gajewski. Clarence was a WWII veteran and a Knight for over 72 years! Thank you to Phil Mularski, George Loewen, Gino Gattari, Lino, Jerry Hund, Tom Pardo and Ted Czarny for attending the Rosary led by Phil and George. Please remember Clarence in your prayers.

Our council just completed a very successful membership drive. Led by Membership Director Phil Mularski, we had eleven new candidates sign up for our council! Eight of them just went through the Admission Degree. Six of the eight candidates went through the Second and Third Degree ceremonies also! Please welcome John Anderson, Larry Bukowski, Gerry Caruso, Ken Gonko, Peter Hopersberger, John Matway, Paul Parker and Michael Roehrig! We are getting the remaining three candidates scheduled for their degree ceremony soon. Something this successful had many people helping Phil. Thank you to Rick Okerhjelm, Craig Thomson, Nick Oliveri, Leon Berdy, Art Krygowski, Ted Czarny, Phil Bonnette, Ken Krause and Mike Hartel who were on the Membership Committee, Speaker at Mass or Proposer during the past recruitment drive. Well done! I know many of you have been working on getting their brother Catholic’s to join our order. Don’t be discouraged, just give them a gentle reminder occasionally that God is still in need of their Time and Talent!

We had a very successful Pancake breakfast in February. We served about 220 meals and rose over $2500 (over $1000 in cash donations) for the St. Louis Center – which is a caring, residential, family living and learning environment providing for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of children and adults with intellectual and development disabilities. Father Enzo Addari, SdC SLC CEO and Brother Knight was present and celebrated 9:30 Mass with Father Ron. Thank you everyone who helped in the kitchen, dining room, attended and contributed to this event. A special thanks to Rick Okerhjelm who organized the food and supplies for the event which is a big undertaking! Great job everyone!

Thank you to Jeff Gapczynski, George Loewen, Ron Marrese, Craig Thomson and Dave Wisneski for volunteering to help the pantry deliver food to the homebound. This is another example of charitable works we can do to help those less fortunate in our community and assist another of our parish lay ministries.

The council received our 2017-18 Father McGivney & Founders Award at the State Chaplain’s Membership Tribute Banquet on Saturday, February 23 at DeCarlo’s. This award is the result of the hard work by our council during the last calendar year. We are continuing the hard work this calendar year! Thank you for everything you do! Representing our council at the banquet were Father Jerry (Council Chaplain), Ken and Christine Krause, Art and Janice Krygowski and Mike and Karla Hartel.

The council has elected our representatives for the annual State Convention.

First Delegate: Mike Hartel, Grand Knight Second Delegate: Tom Gray, Deputy Grand Knight First Alternate: Ray Ignatowski, Financial Secretary Second Alternate: Rick Okerhjelm, Family Director

Don’t forget to sell the state raffle tickets received in the mail. Be sure you place our council number on the stub and our council will receive $1 for every tick-et sold! This is the major fundraiser for the state.

Thank you for signing up to receive the Holy Family Statue at Mass in support of Vocations. If you have not yet signed up, please consider doing so. The bind-er is located in the church gathering space. Thank you!

Reminder, that our March General Meeting is an Open house Pot Luck. The entire family is welcome. Please plan to attend and bring a dish to pass! Meeting begins at 6:30pm.

Look for the sign-up sheets for our next Texas Holdem and the MI Drive (Tootsie Roll) which are in April but will be here before you know it!

Please see the article for our council camping trip coming up in August. If you plan to camp with us you can now make your reservation!

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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