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.

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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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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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

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!



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.



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



FRIDAY, MAY 11TH, 2018

$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)


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


paul movie

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.


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!



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


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


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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