Ladies Appreication Night 2018

We call it that because, without a little (or a lot) of support from home, we’d not be able to do all the things we do.   Before dinner, Joe Suminski our Grand Knight and evening’s Master of Ceremony started by turning things over to Gary Kopp.  Gary is the District Deputy.  He collects money in an oversized baby bottle at every meeting he attends.  Periodically, he dispurses those funds to worthy causes.  Since we all love Sister Val, last night was her turn to recieve the monies to further her ood works. 

The December Knight of the Month is Dan O’Brien.  He is at every single event we have and more than likely is being pressed into service making coffee

The December Family of the Month is lovely Sandy and Mark DiPaola. Mark is the Deputy Grand Knight and is fully involved in every aspect of our mission. 

The Family of the Year are the McKinnon’s.  Mike has been our Recorder for many years.  Matt has been Financial Secretary and a Trustee.  With MaryAnn, they are very involved with all our events and activities.  They coordinate and give the prayer books and cards to the families requesting a Rosary.  They also present all wedded couples at St Clement a very nice bible as part of the wedding Mass.   They really are the most awesome people!  

The Lady of Year goes to Jean Illner.  Jean is very active in the Parish and her and Karrie are our Domestic Church Couple.  Together, they lead the Parish and Family Life Ministry for the Parish.  They had the good sense to leave for Florida before it got cold.  So, I’ll just hand your major award in my office till you get back!  ūüôā 

And the Knight of the Year go to Norm Rumph.  Norm has held many officer positions over the years and was a charter member of 7018.  He’s been a Knight for 65 years.  Despite being almost 90, Norm is at Mass every week and helps out at everything.  When Joe announced he was Knight of the Year, the room exploded in applause and cheering.  Later in the evening, the leader of the band said, “I can tell there’s a lot of love for Norm based on the reaction he got.”  He’s not wrong.  Congratulations Norm! 

With all that out of the way, we spent the rest of the evening having a wonderful time.  

Holy Cross Coat Drive 2018

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You may know it as the Holy Cross Coat Drive but, it’s much bigger than that.¬† Council 7018 will once again be collecting the items mentioned below for Holy Cross Services.¬† ¬†If you can help out with any of the items below, please do.¬† We will collect them and our District Deputy, the Illustrious Gary Kopp will take them to the Michigan State Winter Meeting.¬† ¬†Gary will pick the items us at our regular membership meeting on November 16th.

Info on the items, how to pack and wrap follows:

  • The best sweatshirts are those with a sports team or college logo. Buy them in Large, XL, XXL, XXXL, and even XXXXL. These are all adult-sizes. Hoodies are very popular, as are fleece sweatshirts. Embroidered sweatshirts and hoodies cost more, but that‚Äôs okay! Just buy fewer, better quality sweatshirts. Please keep in mind this may be the only Christmas gift they receive this year. Package the sweatshirts in decorated gift boxes (or wrap plain boxes) and write the size on the outside. If the sweatshirt is only for a girl or only for a boy, write that on the box also. Place all gift boxes of like sizes in a heavy packing box and mark the outside of the box. That way we will know what is inside the box, and it can go directly onto the semi-truck, thus saving anyone from sorting again.
  • One way to help HCS with young adults and children is to purchase gift cards in the amounts of $5.00 or $10.00 from Target, Walmart, or Meijer. The cards MUST be from one of these three stores. These stores were chosen by HCS because they are located state-wide, thus allowing councils from all over the state to be involved. Cash and checks are also welcome. These gifts will help HCS in caring for young pregnant girls and girls with babies and toddlers in order to assist them on life‚Äôs journey. HCS does not receive federal or state assistance for the purchase of baby items such as diapers, bottles, formula, socks, toys, bibs, etc. Gift cards, cash, and checks should all be brought to the collection room at the Winter Meeting where they will be received, totaled, and presented to HCS.
  • Scarves, mittens, hats, & gloves, can be handmade or store-bought. They continue to be popular with teenagers and with the mothers with small children. Bring them to the Winter Meeting either loose or in the manufacturer‚Äôs plastic bag. Please do not box these items.
  • Bath baskets filled with personal hygiene items gives the girls at Holy Cross their very own personal items and a way to take these items with them to their showers. Please follow these directions:
  • Purchase items at a local dollar store.
  • If you wish, coordinate products by color or scent.
  • Return the filled basket(s) to the Winter Meeting.
  • Please choose ONLY one of each item per basket from the list below. Please: NO SCISSORS, HAIRSPRAY, NAIL CLIPPERS, BRUSHES, PENCILS, SHARP OBJECTS, AEROSOL CANS (pump sprays are OK). All baskets must be similar in order to avoid rivalry!!! The total cost should be no more than $10.00. 1. Shampoo 6. Hair gel or mousse 2. Conditioner 7. Body lotion or hand lotion 3. Body wash, scrub or gel 8. Deodorant 4. Toothpaste & Brush 9. Bath puff/Loofa 5. Chap stick 10. Emery boards Fill the basket and place it in a plastic bag. If you have several baskets, place them in a sturdy box ready to go on the truck headed for Holy Cross Services.
  • Sheets for our kids was a need that was made known by Holy Cross, and our Knight‚Äôs Ladies have collected 300 sets of twin bed sheets. A warm set of sheets for someone in an unfamiliar place. Just bring your sheet sets to the Winter Meeting ready to go directly on the truck bound for Holy Cross.

Any questions please contact Mrs. Chris Brennan at 313-388-3238 or chrisbee at wowway dot com.

District Free Throw, Nov 10th

St Clement to host 2018’s District Free Throw Contest

Your Local K of C to Sponsored Youth Free Throw Championship

All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2018 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held on November 10th at 10 AM at St Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 343 S. Main St., Romeo, MI 48065.

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Last year more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in over 3,600 local competitions.

All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event.  Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact: Casey Pogodzinski,, 586-484-2663 or Brian O’Curran,, 586-255-5350.  More info at 

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is open to all boys and girls in your community, ages 9 to 14. Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of January 1. Proof of age is required. High school-age athletes should be advised to check with their school athletic directors or their state high school athletic associations regarding possible eligibility conflicts.


Ages 9, 10, 11 (Boys & Girls Competitions)

Use a women’s regulation-size basketball and shoot from a 12-foot foul line at a 10-foot-high basket. (NOTE: The normal foul line is 15 feet from the basket. Foul lines at 12 feet from the basket for 10- and 11-year-old divisions should be clearly marked with athletic or masking tape prior to the competition.)

Ages 12, 13, 14 (Girls Competitions)

Use a women’s regulation-size basketball and shoot from the regulation foul line 15 feet from a 10-foot- high basket.

Ages 12, 13, 14 (Boys Competitions)

Use a men’s regulation-size basketball and shoot from the regulation foul line 15 feet from a 10-foot-high basket.


Judges, scorers and rebounders will be selected by the Free Throw Championship chairman at the council level, by the district deputy at the district level, and by the state deputy at the regional and state levels. The recommended minimum is one judge, two scorers and a rebounder at each basket. It is recommended that volunteer parents be utilized in age groups other than the group(s) in which their child (children) competes. The judge will ensure that each participant receives the proper warm-up tosses and will point out any foul- shooting violations (see Scoring section). All questions will be resolved by the judges and Free Throw Championship chairman. Scorers should refer to the scoring instructions included on the entry form/score sheet. The rebounder will catch the ball and give to the next contestant.


Normal rules of basketball regarding free throws apply for all levels of competition. Free Throw violations include stepping on or over the line prior to the ball reaching the rim, or shots rebounding off the ‚Äúout of bounds‚ÄĚ basket support and equipment. Scorers should record baskets made and missed on each attempt according to the instructions on the entry form/score sheet. It is recommended that multiple scorers be assigned to each basket for scoring accuracy and comparison. All scores should be verified before the next contestant is allowed to shoot. The use of videotape recording of the competition is not recommended to resolve questions on scoring totals. The judges and scorers and actual entry form/score sheets should determine final scores.

Competition Levels

Council Level Each contestant receives three warm-up tosses followed by 15 consecutive Free Throw attempts from the appropriate age-designated foul line (see the Court/Equipment/Age section for proper ball sizes and foul line distances). To break a tie, contestants take a second round of five free throws. No warm-up tosses are permitted for the tie-breaker rounds. Successive rounds of five free throws each continue until a winner emerges.

District, Regional, State Levels Each contestant receives three warm-up tosses followed by 25 consecutive free throw attempts from the foul line. To break a tie, contestants take a second round of five free throws. No warm-up tosses are permitted for the tie-breaker rounds. Successive rounds of five free throws each continue until a winner emerges.

International Level International champions are determined on the basis of best scores submitted from the state-level competitions in each age category.

In the event that a winner in any level cannot participate in the next level of competition, the second- place winner should represent the area for that age group

If you’d like us to send your parents (or someone in your household who’s 18 or more) a reminder of this event, please fill out the form below.¬† You will receive 1 email and/or 1 text message.¬† Your information will then be deleted and not retained.

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members in 15,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $170 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, culture of life, families and youth.


Congrats Charlie McCuen

On behalf of all the members and officers of Council 7018 at St Clement in Romeo, we thrilled to offer our congratulations and prayers to Brother Charlie McCuen.¬† Charlie, you’ve been a long-time friend and supporter.¬† You’ll do great things and accomplish many worthy goals.¬† ¬† Let’s hear it for our new Michigan State Knights of Columbus¬†Warden Elect – Charlie McCuen.

Deckchairs… Titanic

Cleanliness¬†is next to Godliness, or so the saying goes.¬† In the spirit of spring cleaning, Father Steve arranged¬†to have all the carpets cleaned and floors steamed.¬† An absolutely¬†great idea.¬† I suppose it needs to be done.¬† ¬†Anyone wanna venture a guess how many chairs had to be moved?¬† Wait, before you answer, let’s just run down where the chairs are:

  • The Day Chapel
  • The Altar
  • The Overflow and Cry Rooms
  • The Sanctuary
  • All the changing rooms
  • The Knights room
  • The Narthax
  • The Social Hall and … AND…
  • The Religious Education¬†Area

Ok, now guess!

The reality is, only God himself knows.¬† The only data point we have for sure is it took 8 to 10 people seven hours over three days to move it all back and forth.¬† Here’s the crew.

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The Cleaning Crew

Pictured are Camron and JessicaPytleski, Paul and Kathy Weirbicki, Dan O’Brien, Susan and Joe Suminski, Pat and Bernie Bianchi and Henry Hainer.¬† Not sure why Henry’s not smiling.¬† I think his back is starting to hurt.¬† Or, maybe someone promised him pizza?!? Not sure.

Not pictured is Phil Garnecki.

It was a big job.  Thanks to everyone that pitched in.

Love this guy.¬† Bernie’s the BEST!

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2018 Confirmation

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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Man of the Shroud Touring Exhibit

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.

Divine Mercy Sunday 2018

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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 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!¬† ūüôā

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!


2018 Romeo Relay For Life, Pizza Palooza


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.


Fundraiser, Genna Fusco


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 РLINK.

“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


2018 Capuchin Retreat Golf Outing, May 11, Greystone


FRIDAY, MAY 11TH, 2018

$150.00 per person
Dinner only: $30.00 per person

Win ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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)


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 ‚Äď Capuchin Retreat (248) 651-4826 email to¬† or website at


Paul, Apostle of Christ

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The Knights of Columbus is proud to invite you to support the nationwide theatrical release of Paul, Apostle of Christ, March 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.

Message Recieved


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!

Are You Listening?



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 РCLICK HERE


Call to Order / Welcome ‚Äď State Program or Membership Director
Opening prayer
Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction of State Officer
Purpose of the Meeting ‚Äď State Officer
Introduction of SCMPC Dannie Harris
Introductory comments ‚Äď Dannie Harris
Overview of Supreme Council Programs and Incentives
Listening Sessions ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď June

Closing comments by State Council Officer
Closing prayer


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

It’s Not Wild Game?

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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RSVP for our 2018 Christmas Party

Let us know if you’re coming or not.


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Let’s enjoy Christmas with good friends, great food, and holiday cheer and a 50/50 raffle.
Saturday, December 8th at 6:15 PM (after 5:00 PM Mass)
Capital Banquet Center, 12350 31 Mile Road, Washington, MI 48095

Enjoy dinner, dancing, open bar, and live music 7:30 till midnight.
This year we’ll have Paul & Oats playing for us.
Bring your dancing shoes!


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