I stopped by the church this morning and reloaded our Kiosk.  If you’ve not had an opportunity to stop by and check out our complimentary booklet series, please do.  There will be ALOT of folks at church over the next couple days.  Encourage them to have a look and take a book that appeals to them.  A little Christmas gift from the Knights of Columbus to you.

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CIS – BUILDING THE DOMESTIC CHURCH SERIES

Since 1948 CIS has been the major evangelical arm of the Knights of Columbus. Through multiple booklet series and various media formats, CIS makes our Catholic faith accessible and provides continuing tools for catechesis and spiritual formation. Knights of Columbus councils should use the complete library of CIS materials in their membership formation as well as promote them for parish continuing education, youth catechesis and spiritual study groups.

The Building the Domestic church series builds on this tradition and presents some of the most popular CIS resources aimed at helping us to live out the Church’s mission and vision for our families. Series topics include parenting, fatherhood and family prayer life, as well as two of St. John Paul II’s famous messages for the family – Letter to Families and The Family in the Modern World.

 

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Last Meeting of 2017 on Thursday

Just a reminder, we’re having the last meeting of the year tomorrow night Dec 21st at 7 pm at St Clement.  Please join us for the Rosary at 6:30 pm in the day chapel.  This should be a quick meeting and, as I understand it, Tony Rogers is getting us food.  So, you don’t wanna miss the last hurrah of the year.

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Last night was the hit of the season.  I have to say, this is the best Christmas Party I’ve been to in quite some time.  They say good company, good food, and great music makes the difference.  That certainly proved to be the case last night.

A special thanks go out to our Grand Knight Joe Suminski and his lovely wife Sue.  Tremendous planning and thought went into making last night the special time it was.  Along with Ron and Judy Stec, they were the advance team to get the place decorated and set up.

Joe MC’ed the event handing out several awards.

Knight of the Month, Deacon Kurt Godfryd.  Deacon Kurt is a tremendous asset to our community and is present at many celebrations, Masses, Baptisms and special events.  He’s very generous with his time and faith.

The Family of the Month, Mark and Sandy DiPaola.  Mark and Sandy are present and help with so many of our programs.  It’s rare to not have them there to help out.

Since this is a dual purpose event, Christmas Party AND Ladies Appreciation Night, Joe named Pat Bianchi as our 2017 Lady of the Year.  And, since Pat and her hubby Bernie are seldom seen alone, Pat and Bernie are also our 2017 Family of The Year.  Pat and Bernie are involved in many ministries at St Clement, from the food pantry to McRest and still finding time to help the Knights.

  

This year’s Knight of the Year is none other than Steve Betka.  Steve has been a leader in our Council for many years.  He’s held several officer positions; Advocate, Deputy Grand Knight, Grand Knight and now Chancellor.  He the ringmaster for the Polish Dinner and leads our many parking lot efforts.  He’s literally the chief cook and bottle washer.  Thank you, Steve, for all your continued generosity.

Joe and Ron Stec honored our fallen brothers this year.  We lost both Ace Cudillo and Ed Walla.  Our tradition is to add a Christmas bulb on our tree.

On a lighter note, everyone was thrilled Lester has regained his mojo!  Welcome back, Lester!

1982 Called!  They are looking for their Boone’s Farm back!  (In fairness, I kinda loaded them up with wine for this picture!)

You can see all the pictures here by clicking on the image below.

On a side note, a few of us hardcore fans are off to see Star Wars, The Last Jedi on Thursday in Romeo at 7 pm.  It’s not on the “office” council calendar but…  We’d love to have you join us.  If you’re interested, I suggest you BUY YOUR TICKETS WELL IN ADVANCE.  This is the biggest movie of the year!  I guess it’s time to get my Jar Jar Binks costume out of storage!


(click on the image above to go to the Romeo Theatre website.)

That’s almost all for this round.

And finally… what’s happening in this picture?  Lord knows.  Luckily, Mark was there to capture it.  Thanks, Mark.  I owe you!  🙂  I think Steve is openly scoffing at my legs!

It’s Game On!

It’s that time!  Tonight’s the night. It’s the Knights of Columbus Christmas Party and Ladies Appreciation Night. Many of us will be attending 5 pm Mass at St Clement before heading over.  Thanks to everyone that RSVP’ed.  I’ll see you all tonight at the Capital Banquet Center on 31 Mile Road.

Bring your dancing shoes, leave the lampshades at home.

 

Breakfast With Santa

Our annual Breakfast with the Big Man was a big hit.  Please have a look out on our website for more pictures and fun.

New baby!

Proud to announce our 5th grandson Declan Fetherman finally arrived on December 5 at 6:27 pm weighing 7.14 lbs and 20 in long. We are all very happy the little guy is here safe and sound. We’re feeling blessed this Christmas!  Thank you to everyone for asking about him in an email, text or on Facebook.

Tom’s Brother-In-Law

Brothers, please add Tom’s Brother in law to your prayers.  Below is an email to Joe and I a couple weeks ago.  Gaspare is still in critical care at U of M and is finally making progress after a long bout with pneumonia. The family is praying he makes it home soon.  Please remember them in your prayers.

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From: Thomas Benoit
Date: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 11:44 AM
Subject: Prayer request
To: Brian O’Curran, Joe Suminski

Hello, Worthies,

My wife’s brother Gaspare had a heart attack last evening around the time of our meeting and survived the event. He isn’t out of the woods as he will need a bypass in the coming days. For now, he is intensive care with a stent placed.

Please forward to the council for some much-needed prayers for Gaspare and the family.

Best,

Thomas Benoit
Macomb, MI

Congratulations to Ron Schuchard for being Knight of The Month for November.  (Sorry Ron, I’m a month late on posting this.)  Also, Steve and his wonderful Wife Andrea were Family of the Month for November.
This is a beautiful video set to the Lord’s Prayer.  Thank you, Larry Foltran for sharing.

Well, the Big Red Jolly One graced us with his presence last Sunday.   All the kids had a great time and we served many breakfasts.  Lot’s of requests were offered.   Santa even entertained a few requests from the membership.  I got a note later saying there will be more lumps of coal this year than last year.  Tough luck Jim Parker!  🙂

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We need to have a caption contest.  What’s the thought bubble over Sandy’s head?

Sandy VOGUE!

Photo credit – Mark DiPaola

All, a big thank you to everyone helping us out this year with the HCCS Sweatshirt drive.  We put the call out on October 25th (to refresh your memory, click here.) Our illustrious District Deputy Gary Kopp gathered up our donations and, combining them with the other Councils in District 24, delivered 52 shirts and $420 in gift cards.  A stellar job. Thank you, everyone!

It’s amazing what happens when everyone contributes just a little.  Big things happen.

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(Photo credit, Gary Kopp)