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“In fidelity to the vision of Father McGivney, may you continue to seek new
ways of being a leaven of the Gospel in the world and a spiritual force
for the renewal of the Church in holiness, unity and truth.”
Pope John Paul II
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When you join the Knights of Columbus, you join a brotherhood of Catholic men more than 1.9 million strong. With a rich 135-year history, the Knights of Columbus has a long tradition of helping men to lead with faith, protect our families, serve others, and defend our values in a busy and changing world.

In 1882, a young parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, saw that the families of his parish were suffering both financial and spiritual poverty. His compassion, especially for the widows and orphans left behind after breadwinners were killed working in factories, compelled him to band together the men of his parish and form the Knights of Columbus. LEARN MORE

Through the Knights of Columbus, Father McGivney gave Catholic laymen a new opportunity – the chance to grow in holiness while serving their parishes and communities and protecting their families. In 2008, the Holy See declared Father McGivney as a “Venerable Servant of God”, the first step on the path to sainthood.

Since 1882, Knights of Columbus has grown to more than 15,000 local councils in the United States, Canada, and across the world.  Over the past decade, Knights have raised and donated nearly $1.4 billion to charity and given almost 653 million hours in humanitarian service. Each Knight continues Venerable Father McGivney’s legacy and answers the call to be a man who leads with their faith and makes a difference in his community.

If you’re interested in joining the Knights, CLICK HERE or the button below.

May our Catholic faith continue to make you stronger in all you do.

 

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On March 1st, Sister Val let us know about a family struggling after their main breadwinner was sent to Mexico.  She reached out to the community for assistance.  The Knights contributed to a happy outcome in this situation.  It’s situations like this that make the effort worth it.  We are honored to help and thrilled this family is reunited.

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At Saturday Mass, St Clement celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation with about 100 candidates.

Confirmation deepens our baptismal life calling us to be a missionary witness of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world.  We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.

An army of volunteers makes this celebration possible.  Debbie Knoblock DRE leads the troops.  The canidates families and the entire faith community of St Clement are praying for the candidates’ growth and acceptance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Congratulations to all.

 

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It’s with great sadness I must inform you that Virgil and Mary Ann Laurain’s daughter Diane Laurain has passed away.  Virgil has been a very long-time member of the Council.  He and Mary Ann have been raised their family at St Clement.  The family has asked the Knights to pray the Rosary with them.  The Laurain family has deep ties to the community and St Clement parish.  Please make an effort to attend and honour them this Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm.  Please note, the start time is 7:30 pm and NOT the usual 7:00 pm start time. Download a calendar invitation HERE.

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Location
Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home
11280 32 Mile Road
Romeo, MI 48065
Phone: (586) 752-2000

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM

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We have an opportunity to have this travelling exhibit come to St Clement before it’s returned to The National Shrine of St Maximillian Kolbe at Marytown.  What is your level of interest?  Would you be interested in attending this exhibit?

 

The Shroud of Turin has long been venerated by the faithful and is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. The Shroud is one of the most scientifically studied religious icons in history. As science has progressed, so has the speculation on how the image of the crucified man of the Shroud was made.

More information at this LINK.

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This weekend, Sunday, April 8th is Divine Mercy.  Divine Mercy Sunday is a very special Sunday when the Divine Floodgates from Heaven are wide-opened and Jesus offers us the total forgiveness of all sins and punishment to any soul, who goes to Confession and receives Him in Holy Communion, on that day.

I’m going to admit, I didn’t fully understand this “Divine Mercy” topic.  I just happened to notice an email the other day pointing a series on the Formed.org called “Divine Mercy, In the Second Greatest Story Ever Told.”  I knew I had some driving around today and managed to get 6 of the 10 episodes done.

Wow!  What an education.  I really had no idea.  This is a fascinating series well worth your time to study.  I’m going to watch the other 4 episodes tonight.  I’ll be the smartest kid in class.  I hope Father asks questions on Sunday!  🙂

Renowned speaker and author Fr. Michael Gaitley tells the dramatic history of God’s love and mercy as interwoven through the transformative message of St. Faustina, the miraculous appearance of Mary at Fatima, the witness of Maximilian Kolbe, and the world-changing papacy of Pope St. John Paul II. Featuring the brilliant cinematic artistry of the Augustine Institute’s film studio, the vast panorama of God’s work of mercy in the world unfolds as a story to be experienced.

Here’s a LINK to the series.  What a treasure!

 

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Brother Tom Benoit is leading a team in this year’s 2018 Romeo Relay for Life.  To kick-off the many events leading up to the event at Barnabo Field, there will be an All You Can Eat Pizza Palooza Wednesday, April 11 from 6 till 8 pm at the Washington Park and Rec Activity Center.  Here’s a link to the event to add to your calendar.  Here’s a LINK to the flyer.

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Brothers and Friends,

Last year, a member of St. Kieran, Genna Fusco, graduated from university and joined the organization Athlete’s in Action. This is an organization that uses their skills as athletic trainers to evangelize young people in the Christian faith. Like many of these Christian outreach ministries, each missionary is required to raise their own salary for the work that they do. Russ Morgan is extending an invitation for you to help Genna in her mission cause.

Some of you will remember Genna as an altar server and then as one of our first MC’s for the mass. She was also a part of SKY as a teen and later a member of our adult team. She has a heart for Jesus and the desire to let that heart show to the world.

Genna is having a birthday fundraiser at Rule 62 Cafe in Washington Township tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help her raise the salary that will allow her to continue her work. This is from the Facebook Event (LINK HERE) description:

Raising awareness and funding for Genna to continue her work with Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ). 50/50 Raffle all week long and a Silent Auction too! Silent Auction items will be on display and open for bidding starting Thursday and up until7pm on Saturday. Many great prizes and a great purpose too!

This is a personal request from Brother Russ. I would like to ask any brother Knight who can stop by, please do so – buy a raffle ticket, bid on an auction item or just get a cup of coffee and let Genna know that you will pray for her in her ministry.  We talk about the need to engage our youth in the work of the Church and now it’s time to act.

Rule 62 Cafe is located just south of 30 Mile Rd at 64271 Van Dyke in Washington Township (west side of the street) across from the old Big Boys.  Here is their website – LINK.

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”  —  1 Timothy 4:12

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We know all of you are really busy. We also know many of you have talked about finding a way to grow deeper in your faith and have a more meaningful prayer life. We think we may have just the thing.

Father Art Baranowski will be leading an Easter afternoon of prayer, reflection and discussion to help you find a way to draw closer to Jesus. He will show you a couple of spiritual exercises or “tools” you can use to help you find answers to questions like,

  • “What do I really want for my life?”
  • “What does God really think about me?”
  • “Does God have a plan for me personally and, if God does have a plan, how can I know?”
  • “Where can I find more peace and contentment in this crazy world I live in?”

Please come and spend just 2 hours to help you grow and deepen your faith in the Jesus who loves you. You are also encouraged to share this with your friends. They don’t need to be Catholic to attend; they just need to have a desire to grow in their faith and strengthen their prayer life.

Because we share differently, men and women will meet separately:

Women will meet on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. in the Day Chapel
Men will meet on Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. in the Social Hall

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Joe Reali was a dynamic young man whose passion was evident on both the football field and in his Catholic faith. After his sudden death in 2015, thousands turned out for his wake and funeral, where they shared stories about Joe’s sacrificial love for others and his care for the downtrodden. Today, the legacy of this devout and fun-loving young man lives on in Long Island’s Joseph Mario Reali Council 16261.

Joe’s dream was to touch millions. His example inspired Knights to form a new council in his name. And each time you watch the video, you help keep his memory alive.

To find out more or to consider joining us at St Clement, please click here.

 

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He has Risen!  It’s been another fabulous Easter celebration at St Clement.  Thank you to everyone that contributed their talents to make it a success.  A big shout-out to Carl Mischley.  He’s really an artist and our worship space is upgraded by his attention to detail and talent.  Thank you, Carl. Thank you to everyone who helped us pull off another major liturgical event.

 

 

This month we honour the McKinnon family as the Knights’ Family of the Month.  There’s not much happening around the parish that’s missing a McKinnon.  Matt and his son Mike are true leaders in our council and parish.   Matt is currently serving as a Trustee and Mike is our Recorder.   I took over as Financial Secretary from Matt what seems like a lifetime ago.  Congratulations to you both and thank you for all you do.

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(Pictured, Matt McKinnon, Mike McKinnon and Joe Suminski)

The Knight of the Month is yours truly.  This is a little like writing one’s own obituary.   I guess I’ve been given this honour because I show up.  Success is 90% just showing up.

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(Pictured, Brian O’Curran and Joe Suminski)

 

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The weather was not kind – again – today.  In the now infamous words of Mark DiPaola, “this is not a beauty contest!” Boots, hats, longjohns and gloves were a must.  With proper preparation, we had a very good event.  There was some confusion with the Santa Hat but — people seemed mostly ok wishing me “Merry Christmas” back.

Lot’s of guys (and families) showed to help.  I think we had all our spots filled all weekend.  That allowed us to collect a good deal money.  I’ll report-out when the final count is done.  Thanks to everyone braving the elements, or counting money, or making coffee and hotdogs.  All the help in all the places is what it takes to make a multi-day event with dozens of people run smooth.

A special Thanks to Mark DiPaola.  He was this years’ 2018 MI Drive Chairperson.  He put in a tremendous amount of energy to make this weekend so smooth.   Without his leadership, this event and the cause it supports would suffer greatly.  Thanks, Mark!

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It’s been a full impact day for all of us.  We got lots of help – which really helps.  The more people we have turn out the better we do.   It was cold and windy but the boys pressed on.  We’ll be back at it tomorrow.  Look for us tomorrow, Palm Sunday around the Romeo and Almont areas.

 

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CAPUCHIN RETREAT, 18TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
FRIDAY, MAY 11TH, 2018
GREYSTONE GOLF CLUB 

$150.00 per person
Dinner only: $30.00 per person

Win – a 2 year lease for a NEW CAR for Hole-in-One at #2
(awarded to 1st hole-in-one only) sponsored by Imlay City Ford

Win — $50,000 Cash SHOOT OUT  (3 participant names will be drawn from all registered golfers for a chance to win. Awarded to 1st hole-in-one only) sponsored by Theut Products / Ed & Elaine Theut

Win — $500 Helicopter Golf Ball Drop for Closest to the Hole @ Greystone Golf Course ($10 per ball entry) sponsored by Ovations Dining Service and Steve and Sue Francis of Country Smokehouse

Win – A new outdoor GAS GRILL by WEBER ($10 per chance entry) sponsored by Chuck Pedrotte or a homemade classic full/queen size QUILT ($5 per chance entry) made by Phyllis Hart or framed art of the Holy Family ($5 per chance entry)

Win CASH & PRIZES

50/50 drawing and a drawing for $300 donated by Henry Malburg Funeral Home prior to golf on the course……..  on-course competition awards……..door prize drawings at dinner!

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Download an application –> CLICK HERE

Please make check payable to Capuchin Retreat and mail to:
Capuchin Retreat  ●  PO Box 396  ●  Washington, MI 48094

For more info contact Linda Andrews, Administrator – Capuchin Retreat (248) 651-4826 email to info@capretreat.org  or website at www.capretreat.org

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Knights News

Good morning Brian

It’s hard to believe it’s Palm Sunday already.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% ready for this winter to be over.  As I know you know, Palm Sunday is our annual MI Drive effort.  This campaign, often referred to as the “Tootsie Roll Drive” is really a “Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities” The nickname is due to the nature of the fundraiser, in which Knights distribute candy bars, very often specially marked Tootsie Rolls in exchange for donations used to support programs geared to improve the Quality of Life for people with Disabilities, in particular, Special Olympics. So please, if you happen to see our Men & Women Members and Volunteers out on Columbus Day Weekend please find it in your hearts to donate.

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And that brings me to YOUR part!  We’re looking for a few guys to take 2 hours shifts during the weekend.  If you can help us out and sign up, that would be very wonderful,  The good news is, we’re no longer on the roadways.  We parked Dick Waligore at 31and Van Dyke for years and amazingly he survived!  If Mr. Waligore can dodge traffic all those years, you’ll be able to make a tremendous impact at a nice safe retail environment.  Please have a look at the spots available – CLICK HERE.  You don’t have to be a Knight to help. Your older kids, wife, neighbours, etc.  The more people we have help, the more money we can donate.

Mark is looking for some empty (clean) window washing fluid jugs so he can upgrade our collection buckets.  If you’ve got one and could bring it by the Knights room, that would be grand.

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Other News

  • Father asked us to help demo the sacristy behind the altar.  Read more here LINK.
  • Gary Kopp lead an effort to rehab Compassion Pregnancy Center.  Several guys showed up the first weekend and then throughout the following week.  A lot of progress has been made.  When I get some before and after pictures, I’ll post them.
  • The Knights have a new On-Line membership program.  Full details here – LINK.
  • The March Knightline is available here – LINK.
  • Have you looked at our new website? Have you seen the new calendar?  CLICK HERE

That’s all the news that new.

Sign up for the MI Drive – please!  CLICK HERE

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The Knights of Columbus is proud to invite you to support the nationwide theatrical release of Paul, Apostle of ChristMarch 23, 2018.

Produced by Catholic ministry ODB Films and starring acclaimed actors Jim Caviezel and James Faulkner, this movie dynamically and truthfully illustrates the beginnings of Christian persecution under the Roman Empire.

St. Paul’s story is one of conversion, forgiveness and perseverance in the face of extreme intolerance, not unlike that faced by many Christians today. This dramatic retelling of his life can move the hearts of both believers and nonbelievers.

The film, dedicated to the persecuted Christians of today, is an opportunity to spread awareness of their plight among your friends, family and community.

Invite them to watch this inspiring film, and help spread awareness for the future of Christianity!

Tickets – CLICK HERE.

Trailer below.
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It’s amazing how much you can destroy with a sawzall, sledgehammer and a couple guys at first light.  Father Steve asked the Knights to help tear down a couple cabinets in the sacristy.   Out with the old (and I’m NOT talking about these fine gentlemen) and in with the new.  As luck would have it, Mark and Steve actually know what they’re doing.  Claudio and I are hanging around mostly for comic relief.  Father, well, he’s the foreman.

Pictured, left to right, Mark DePaola, Father Steve Reckker, Steve Betka, Claudio Selva and Joe Suminski.

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St Clement hosted a “listening session” last night.  Sponsored by the State Officers and attended by a very large geography of the Archdiocese of Detroit.  We had just over 90 men show up representing Councils from all over SE Detroit.   The State Officers lead a discussion on the programs and activities that are resulting in growing Councils.  There was a tremendous amount of discussion and many ideas were offered.

Thank you to Father Steve for allowing us to use the social hall.  Many people commented on our beautiful church and it’s facilities.  Russ Morgan, thanks for getting the audio and presentation gear in order.   And a big thanks to Steve Betka, Lester Ottenwalder, Mark DiPaola, Joe Suminski, Marcel VanDaele and, of course, our very own barista Dan O’Brien for the leading the coffee bar.  You guys jumped in and helped just because I asked.  I do appreciate you!

We’re in need of jugs! There, I just said it! Mark DiPaola is upgrading our donation buckets.  No more pink ones.  Mark’s got nice vinyl stickers to wrap them.  This is where YOU come in.  Could you bring an empty, CLEAN gallon jug of window washing solution?  Bring them to the Knights room.  This time of year, you need to add some window washer fluid anyway – just do it. Bring the empties to church.

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The Knights have been asked to pray a Rosary for Betty Staller on Thursday evening, March 8th, at 7 pm at Hauss-Modetz.  Please make an effort to attend.

Please note, the officer’s meeting will take place back in Romeo after this Rosary.  Please plan accordingly.

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Hauss-Modetz Funeral Home
47477 Romeo Plank
Macomb, MI 48044
Phone: (586) 263-3100
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Betty Marie Staller passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, March 05, 2018 at the age of 89 years.

Betty was born on June 6, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan. She was one of five children born to Eugene and Sarah (nee Beatte) Hergott. On July 14, 1952, she married Joseph Staller at Assumption Grotto in Detroit. She was a member of St. Clement of Rome in Romeo for many years and lived her life as an example of her faith. Betty was always giving of her time and volunteered where ever needed. She enjoyed spending winters in Florida and summers at the family cottage near Gaylord. Betty loved the outdoors and visiting local parks. In her younger years, she enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, bowling, golfing and playing the organ. Betty will be greatly missed by her loving family and dear friends.

Betty is survived by her sons, Dennis (Deborah), Wayne (Wanda) and Craig (Laura); grandchildren, Christopher (Tyler) Staller, Krystin (Jason) Mitch, Joseph (Carman) Staller, Jacob Staller and Sabrina Staller; and great-grandchildren, Brayden Mitch and Ellyana Mitch. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; siblings, Marge Clark, Lloyd Hergott, Helen George and Elmer Hergott; and parents.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Rosary on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Hauss and Modetz Funeral Home, 47477 Romeo Plank, Macomb. The Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Clement of Rome, 343 S. Main, Romeo with a 9:30 a.m. instate time. Private burial will take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Good morning Warriors!

Sister Val is leading an effort to help reunite a local family.  I spoke with her yesterday and, as usual, our community has been responding.

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If you can help financially, please do so.  You can send Sister a check to:

Sister Valerie Knoche
St Clement Catholic Church
343 S Main St.
Romeo, MI 48065

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If you’d like to make a donation via a credit or debit card, call me and I can process it. All the funds will be transferred.  DO NOT send me an email with credit card info.  🙂  (You knew that — right??)

Please pray for this family.  Please take action if you’re able.  God bless.

Brian
cell: 586-255-5350

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(Please note, this is a stock photograph and not the actual family involved.)

 

 

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Overview

The main purpose of the listening meeting is to gain ideas from councils and districts about their recruitment programs that work, suggestions how the Michigan State Council can assist membership growth and development and incentives that might be offered to council members to stimulate recruitment efforts.

Sign Up

Please help us get the right amount of food and drinks.  Please RSVP to this event here – CLICK HERE

Agenda

Call to Order / Welcome – State Program or Membership Director
Opening prayer
Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction of State Officer
Purpose of the Meeting – State Officer
Introduction of SCMPC Dannie Harris
Introductory comments – Dannie Harris
Overview of Supreme Council Programs and Incentives
Listening Sessions – Diocesan Membership Director facilitates / Diocesan Program Director, takes notes

  • Participants share membership recruitment efforts that have been successful.
  • Participants present needs / How the State Council can help.
  • Participants suggested Incentives the State Council can offer March – June

Closing comments by State Council Officer
Closing prayer

Logistics

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 6:30 registration / 7 p.m. meeting
Detroit North — Council 7018, Joe Suminski, Grand Knight
St. Clement of Rome
343 S. Main Street, Romeo, MI 48065 – DIRECTIONS
Contacts: DPD Terry Carl and DMD Dan Fuller

Despite laboring under the false believe this was a Wild Game dinner, it ended up being Knights of Columbus Michigan State Council New Membership Banquet Honoring Kenneth Unterbrink.  A great meal was served at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center.  The meal was only eclipsed by the wonderful company.

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Prayers Ed Redlawski

Prayer Request, Update on Ed

Good Morning,

I talked to Jim Burns last night and again this morning. Ed is still in the hospital. He’s been at Henry Ford and not St John’s as previously reported. They expect to release him today. Ed should be moving to Orchard Grove at some point today.

Would you please keep Ed and his lovely wife Rosalyn in your prayers? Ed is quite sick and could use us all pulling together in prayer. Thank you and God bless.

 

Orchard Grove Health Campus
71150 Orchard Crossing Lane
Romeo, MI 48065
(586) 336-0102

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Knights News

Good Evening,

Yeah, I know, Lent just started.  We’re looking out to the next big event.  That’s the M.I. Drive. This campaign, often referred to as the “Tootsie Roll Drive” is really a “Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities” The nickname is due to the nature of the fundraiser, in which Knights distribute candy bars, very often specially marked Tootsie Rolls in exchange for donations used to support programs geared to improve the Quality of Life for people with Disabilities, in particular, Special Olympics. So please, if you happen to see our Men & Women Members and Volunteers out on Columbus Day Weekend please find it in your hearts to donate.

And that brings me to YOUR part!  We’re looking for a few guys to take 2 hours shifts during the weekend.  If you can help us out and sign up, that would be very wonderful,  The good news is, we’re no longer on the roadways.  We parked Dick Waligore at 31and Van Dyke for years and he survived – amazingly!  If Mr. Waligore can dodge traffic all those years, you’ll be able to make a tremendous impact at a safe retail environment.  Please have a look at the spots available – CLICK HERE.

Locations

Almont 4 Corners
Almont Vinckiers
Romeo Marathon 32 Mile and M53
Romeo Post Office
Romeo Sheena’s
Romeo Tractor Supply

Other News

  • Ronald Schmidt was named Honorary Life.  CLICK HERE to read all the exciting details.
  • The illustrious Jim Burns was named February Knight of the Month.  Jim and Joanne Parker are our Family of the Month.  Jim Burns and Jim Parker have been leaders in our Council for many years.  Our Council success today was built on the faith and action of guys like this.  Please congratulate them when you see them around the church.  And, of course, there’s more details here – LINK
  • Gary Kopp is leading an effort to rehab Compassion Pregnancy Center.  More info and details are here. – LINK.  If you know how to swing a hammer, come on along and join the fun.
  • The Knights have a new On-Line membership program.  Full details here – LINK.
  • Our K-12 and college scholarships are now open and accepting applications.  Paper applications can be picked up at the parish office or you can download them here – LINK.
  • The February Knightline is available here – LINK.

That’s all the news that new.   Sign up for the MI Drive – please!

Thanks and God Bless

Brian and Mike

Mark and Henry

 

On behalf of all the members of Council 7018, we congratulate Ronald Schmidt for being named Honorary Life with the Knights of Columbus.  Ron has been an active member for 25 years.  When you see him around, please congratulate him. Ask to see his new, fancy-schmancy permanent membership card!

You can see Gary Kopp our District Deputy on the right laughing at my camera malfunction.

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Congratulations to the February Knight of the month; the illustrious Jim Burns.  Jim’s been several roles as an officer, PGK and Sir Knight of the 4th Degree.  I just love that guy!!  Jim, thank you for all your contributions to the Council and Parish.  Presenting the award this evening is our lovely and distinguished Deputy Grand Knight Greg Slubowski.

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The family of the month is Joanne and Jim Parker. Jim has held several officer positions with our Council and is also a PGK.  He too is a Sir Knight of the 4th Degree.  His lovely wife Joanne sings in the choir.  Thanks to you both for all you do for the Knights and the Parish.

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Our Grand Knight is AWOL.  The last known picture of him was Joe and Paul heading into Tijuana.    I think it’s Tijuana.  I hope Sue has him chipped so we can get him back.  This feels shady!  Joe, don’t worry, we’re holding down the fort.

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Tomorrow morning after all Masses, we will be hosting a Country Breakfast at St Clement.  Please stop by with your families and eat with us.  This is one of our most popular events.  If you’re going out for breakfast after Mass, come and give us a try.  All the money we make goes directly back to the Parish and the local community.  And… come on, it’s pancakes.  What’s better than pancakes?

Next Thursday is our February Membership meeting.  Thursday, February 15th.  We start off at 6:30 pm with a Rosary in the Day Chapel lead by Mike McKinnon.  The Membership meeting starts at 7 pm.  If you’ve not been to a meeting in a while, I’d recommend showing up for this one.  Everything we do, everything that’s planned or even dreamt of happens at these meetings.  Our illustrious Grand Knight Joe Suminski is busy sunning himself in Florida. DGK Greg will lead this meeting.  We’ll have food after the meeting.  Come on, dinner and a show, where else can you get an offer like this?  (The right answer?  Nowhere else!)

Other News

  • Gary Kopp is leading an effort to rehab Compassion Pregnancy Center.  More info and details are here. – LINK.  If you know how to swing a hammer, come on along and join the fun.
  • The Knights have a new On-Line membership program.  Full details here – LINK.
  • Our K-12 and college scholarships are now open and accepting applications.  Paper applications can be picked up at the parish office or you can download them here – LINK.
  • Annual dues are coming in well.  I’ve sent second notices to brothers that may have overlooked the first bill. If you’ve not paid for this year, please take a minute to send in your dues.  We are collecting for Take 10 and Michigan Knights of Columbus Endowed Scholarship Fund at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.  More info here – LINK.
  • Karrie Illner and Mike McKinnon lead our efforts to update our council by-laws.  We received the printed books from Supreme a couple weeks ago.  Please feel free to grab one.  They’re in the Knights room. More info here – LINK.
  • The February Knightline is available here – LINK.

That’s all the news that new.  Please come out for our breakfast tomorrow.  Please grace us with your presence on Thursday evening.

Thanks and God Bless

Brian and Mike

Ok, seriously, I just had to include this.  Sorry, Mike.  We’ll have a caption contest during “For The Good of the Order” portion of the meeting.  Who will be our big winner?

April 15 – tax day – is right around the corner.  It’s become popular this time of year to encourage the opening of an IRA or similar retirement annuity or the depositing of additional funds into an existing account, as a tax savings vehicle.  A secondary approach is to tout the rate of interest that money in one of these accounts can earn.  Let me join the chorus of folks encouraging you to open or add funds to an annuity, but for a different reason.

Certainly, contributing money to a Knights of Columbus annuity will allow you to save some money on your income tax return.  And our annuities do pay a very competitive interest rate, consistent with our primary goal of absolute safety of principal.  Opening or adding to an annuity for these reasons, however, strikes me as taking a short-term view of a product that is designed to provide long-term security.  How much security?  How does a retirement income that you cannot outlive – guaranteed – sound to you?

Here at the Knights of Columbus, you can open a retirement annuity for as little as $300.  Consistent and disciplined savings placed into that annuity over time can guarantee you an income at retirement that you cannot outlive.  That guarantee – along with the fact that no one has ever lost money left in a Knights of Columbus annuity (remember –absolute safety of principal), really will provide you with peace of mind.

I am happy to meet with you – at your convenience and in your home – to explain in detail the benefits of opening a Knights of Columbus annuity, along with the benefits of our top-rated life insurance and long term care insurance plans.

As you ponder all the things that may not work out as you proceed toward retirement, think about one thing you can do to help yourself – opening a Knights of Columbus annuity.  It’s reasonably priced ($300 to start), guaranteed, and controlled by someone you trust – you!

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In Christ,

Don M. Wesley, FICF – Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Insurance – General Agent
2 Crocker Blvd., Suite 301, Mount Clemens MI 48043