The Knights are having our semi-annual Membership Drive this weekend. Father Steve has allowed us a few minutes at the end of the Masses to talk about our organization. It’s interesting to hear what the Brother’s speaking at the pulpit some up with. Each has their own take on their personal “why.” Why did you join the Knights? What I’ve found is, why you join and why you participate are two very different things.
I joined because Tony Nardozzi asked me to join every week for several years. God love Tony, he filled our Council with many brothers. I joined and promptly did nothing. It’s a common phenomenon. I wasn’t assigned a to-do. But, I poked around for a long time like that. Then one day, everything changed.
I had become friends with Steve Betka years earlier when he and I were teaching religious ed. He sent out an email looking for someone to take over the spot of financial secretary. Of course, my first response was, “LOL, ahhhhh, no!” But I kept thinking about it. I called Steve and we talked it over. I prayed about it. I finally said, “yes.”
It has been an unexpected journey. I didn’t expect to make the friends I have made along the way. I didn’t expect to have the feeling of contributing to something bigger than myself. I didn’t expect to get the opportunity to help so many people.
Who knows, maybe you’ll have a similar experience and we can go on the adventure with us. Want to know more? Watch the video below.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Our communities need strong Catholic men to answer the call to lead with faith, protect our families, serve others and defend our values. For over one hundred years, Knights of Columbus have done exactly that, standing up for the Church, serving the least among us, and strengthening our parishes and families. Eligible Catholic men can now join the Knights of Columbus online in a simple, streamlined process.
As a member, you join a worldwide community of nearly two million men, including more than 65,000 in Michigan, who stand together. Men have a duty to lead, protect, serve and defend. The world needs more committed, unified Catholic men to answer the call. Will you answer?
Visit HERE to learn more about the many benefits of membership in the Knights
of Columbus. For information about Michigan State Council activities, click HERE,
and for K of C Supreme Council national and international activities, click HERE.
Have questions and want to talk to a real person?
@ St Clement, call Jim Smiszek, 586-752-2856 or Karrie Illner, 586-337-4225