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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!


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.



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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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


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.


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.


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.


Hauss-Modetz Funeral Home
47477 Romeo Plank
Macomb, MI 48044
Phone: (586) 263-3100
Map & Driving Directions

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


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.

cell: 586-255-5350


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





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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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

Ed Redlawski

My Post

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.





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!

*Receive a complete Family Needs Analysis at my expense.
In Christ,

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

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Rosary Request for Nancy Kaspari

Good afternoon;

It’s with great sadness I have to inform you of the passing of Nancy Kaspari.  She passed away suddenly on Friday, Feb 2nd. Nancy was ever-present at so many events at St Clement.  Even being in a wheelchair didn’t seem to slow her down too much.  Her husband Carl was one of the founding members of our Council and a Past Grand Knight.  Her ties to the community are deep and her contribution to the parish was great.  She will be greatly missed.

The Knights have been asked to pray a Rosary for Nancy on Monday evening at 7 pm.  Please make an effort to attend.  The Kaspari family have been true leaders in our parish.  Let’s honor their commitment by showing up for the Rosay tomorrow night at Wujek-Calcarterra.


Monday, February 05
3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Wujek-Calcarterra Funeral Home
54880 Van Dyke at 25 Mile Rd, Shelby Twp., MI

Monday, February 05 
7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 06
9:00 AM
St. Clement of Rome
343 South Main Romeo, MI 48065

Tuesday, February 06
10:00 AM

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Men: Are You Ready to accept the Challenge?

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

@SS John and Paul call Joe Martino, 586-292-5021

Subscribe to our Newsletters – link here

Adobe SparkFor many years the Knights of Columbus at St Clement of Rome in Romeo have offered financial assistance to our parishes students attending Catholic K-12 educational institutions and colleges.  We have 2 programs.

  1. Catholic Education Scholarship Fund (K-12 Catholic Institutions) – APPLICATION
  2. College Scholarship Fund (Higher Education beyond K-12) – APPLICATION

Each program has unique requirements.  Please CAREFULLY read the instructions for the scholarship you’re seeking.  Sadly, each year we set aside applicants because the submissions are incomplete.  This year we are not requiring any tax documents with the submission.  Please do not include them.   Please indicate your household income (based on your 1040) in the ranges given.  Like so many things at Church, the honor system applies here.

We do ask for an essay for all applicants.  We read every single one and it’s an important consideration.  A well-done essay carries more weight than household income.

Finally, when you’ve got everything filled out, the essay written and the other documents gathered, please mail the package via US Mail to:

Knights of Columbus Scholarship Committee
St Clement of Rome Catholic Church
343 S. Main St.
Romeo, MI 48065

— or to —

Lester Ottenwalder
66308 Kuster Rd
Lenox MI, 48050

Thank you and thanks for your interest in the Knights of Columbus.


We’ve been discussing the effort to help with some basic remodeling of CPC.  Gary has the dates, March 10 and 11th.  He needs 10 guys per day.  If we could get 2 guys from each Council in the District, that would be ideal.  The sign-up is here – LINK

The plans are below.

CPC Re-Hab Drawing

Gary will update us with a materials list and any tools required.   If you can help either day, please consider signing up.


Compassion Pregnancy Center
37540 S. Gratiot, Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 783-2229


——— Forwarded message ———-
From: Gary Kopp
Date: Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 7:51 PM
Subject: Modification of Compassion Pregnancy Center (CPC) office
To: Art Krygowski, Bob Janowiak, Darin Gilbert, Don Smith , Donald Herman, Greg Slubowski, Joe Suminski, Mark Kovasity, Michael J. Bayer, Mike Hartel , Paul Kulik, Ray Ignatowski, George Stump, Tom Weisner 

Worthy Officers,

I now have confirmation on the subject work with CPC office.  March 10 and 11, Saturday and Sunday. I have attached a copy of the layout and modifications requested.

I will make arrangements to visit the center, and finalize the movement of furniture, and ensure materials will be on site for the work to begin. I will send out a sign-up request, to get a support commitment.

Thanks for your continued support….

Vivat Jesus,

Gary E. Kopp
District Deputy – District #24
PGK – # 11772



Rosary Request

This Rosary is a little different for many reasons.  PGK Thomas Badke died after a criminal altercation at his business last week.  (Details HERE.) Past Grand Knight Thomas was initiated into St Patrick Council #3129 in October of 1978.  He served well and faithfully our Order for 40 years.  His brothers from Council #3129 will honor Thomas this Sunday (tomorrow) at 5 pm at Wujek-Calcarterra.  This is right in the middle of District 24 (that’s our district.)  His Burial Mass will be at St Clement on Monday.

In the spirit of Fraternity, we’re asking everyone from Council 7018 to make an effort to attend Tom’s Rosary tomorrow evening at 5 pm.

Below are directions Tom’s obituary and the email exchange I had with current GK at St Patricks, Bob Skwara.  He’s welcoming us and the other Councils in #24 to participate and honor Tom.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
2:00-9:00pm Rosary at 5:00pm
Wujek-Calcarterra Funeral Home
54880 Van Dyke at 25 Mile Rd
Shelby Twp., MI

Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, January 15, 2018
Instate 9:30am, Mass 10:00am
St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church
343 S. Main St. (Van Dyke Ave)
Romeo, MI

BADKE, Thomas Edward age 61, January 9, 2018. Beloved husband of AnnMarie. Dearest father of Gabrielle (Tim) Alverson and John (Chelsea) Badke. Proud grandfather of Phoenix. Dear brother of Laurrie (Ray) Kaiser and Pat Fox. Brother in-law of Rene (Karen) Martoglio. Uncle of Tiffany (Ale), Stephanie, Janell, Pablo and Jessica. Visitation Sun. 2-9pm. Rosary 5:00pm. Instate Mon. 9:30am at St. Clement of Rome 343 S. Main St. (Romeo) unitl Mass, 10:00am Interment Bruce Armada Twp. Cemetery.


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Bob’s Email
Date: Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 10:32 PM
Subject: RE: [All] Prayer Request
To: Brian

Worthy Financial Secretary and Brother Brian:

Thank you for your message and condolences from your fellow Knights at St Clement of Rome Council #7018 for our deceased Brother and Past Grand Knight Thomas Badke.

On behalf of the Officers and Brother Knights from St. Patrick Council #3129,  we welcome the Brother Knights from your respective Council and others to join us in the prayers of the Holy Rosary.

Any questions can be directed to my attention.

Robert A. Skwara
Grand Knight


From: Brian
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:22 AM
To: Bob Skwara; Joe Suminski; Jim & Mary Burns; Gary Kopp
Subject: Fwd: [All] Prayer Request

Worthy GK,

I’m very sorry to hear about Brother Tom.  Are you interested in or looking for any of the surrounding council’s to participate in the Rosary for Tom on Sunday?  Please let me know.

Thank You

I was at church this week on Monday.  We were having a First Degree.  I was there just helping get stuff set up.  We had a good turn-out and I didn’t stay until the end of the ceremony.    As I was leaving, about 7:15 pm or so, I saw the light on in the Sanctuary.  I then heard the prayers in unison from across the silent church.  As they do most nights, a group gathers in the evening and offers prayers.

Standing there, listening to them in a mostly dark church on a cold January day, I couldn’t help but wonder if this is what praying sounds like to God.   We Knights send out many prayer requests for our members and their family’s.  We see requests from friends on Facebook that say “pray for me” or “keep me in your prayers.”  There’s something special about praying in community, everyone saying the same thing, at the same time.   Before our meetings, many of us gather and pray a Rosary together, in a community.

I have this great app on my iPhone, it’s called Divine Office.  It always starts out with the following introduction.

From ancient times, the Church has had the custom of celebrating each day the liturgy of hours.   In this way, the Church fulfills the Lords precept to pray without ceasing, at once offering praise to God the Father and interceding for the salvation of the world.

One of the many cool features is the “Now In Prayer” view.  It lights up the planet with people who are actively using the app (and therefore we can assume, praying.)

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I’d like to see this same view with all the people praying in any format, in a community, in their car, in bed before going to sleep, in the morning before getting up, etc.  I suspect the globe would be awash in light.

“We have no command to work and to pass the night in vigils and to fast constantly. However, we do have an obligation to ‘pray without ceasing.’” This quotation from Evagrius Ponticus (c. 345-399), is a good reflection of the belief of the early Christians about prayer. In the letters of St. Paul we frequently see the injunction to pray ceaselessly, as, for example in 1 Thessalonians 5:17(“Pray without ceasing”) and Romans 12:12 (“Be constant in prayer”), and Ephesians 6:18 (“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit”). In the Gospels themselves, Jesus emphasizes persistent prayer, as in Luke 18 where Jesus taught the disciples a parable “to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” These passages of Scripture were taken very seriously by the early Church and much discussion was given to this idea and how it could be achieved.”  (Taken from Portsmouth Abbey website document here.)

Praying in community at St Clement of Rome on a cold January evening.


Rosary Request

It’s with sadness I must inform you that David Sitek has gone home.  David was the father-in-law of Pat and Rose Miller’s son Patrick.  The family has asked the Knights to pray the Rosary with them.  David had deep ties to the community and St Clement parish.  Please make an effort to attend and honor the family on Thursday evening at 7 pm.

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

The full obituary is HERE.

Date and Time
Thursday, Jan 11th and 7PM

Vivat Jesus
Jim Burns

(These pictures are from David’s public Facebook page.  The Knights claim no copyright or ownership.)

2018 St John Vianney K of C Wine Tasting
Saturday, January 27th, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

For those of you who have attended this event in the past, it has been great fun with a great variety of wine and most important great social comradery.  We have added a Wine lover’s manual for those who want to be intellectually astute on the subject of wine tasting.

St. John Vianney, Parish Hall (parish link)
54045 Schoenherr Rd. Shelby Twp. MI 48315
Sponsored by the S.J.V. Knights of Columbus 11772 (Web Site Link)

Proceeds to benefit Plumbrook Elementary Physically or Otherwise Health Impaired Program in Sterling Heights & Other K of C Charities.

Wines by: Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market. Great Selection of Wines, Door Prize, Basket Raffles, Delicious Appetizers. Tickets $25.00 per person, Tickets available now in Parish Office, you can call (586) 781-6525

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You know, sometimes it really is the little things that bring the most joy.  Our crack Advocate Karrie Illner noticed our By-Laws were woefully out of date.  By-Laws need to be reviewed and voted on every ten years.  Karrie got Mike McKinnon involved to update and edit our last published By-Laws.  Yesterday, a big box of printed By-Laws showed up at the house.  They look nice.

One of the first pages is a current list of officers.  I’ve been gathering up all the picture albums in various cabinets in our Knights room at St Clement.  I’ve been scanning and posting them out here.  I figure it’s part of the history and having it available online is better than a photo album no one sees in a locked cabinet.  The reason I mention it is because last night, I picked up the “next” album.  It was from 1977.

Going through all those old pictures and letters of congratulations, it occurred to me, many of the original guys are still around.   Some of the guys have gone home and others are MIA.  I wonder what the officer’s list will look like in 10 years?  I wonder if anyone will notice the By-Laws actually need to be updated.

Someone make a note for fall for 2027.   I’ll bring these to the Knights room.  Please pick up a copy and review.


Rosary For Tony Vittorini

As you may already be aware, Tony Vittorini passed away January 2nd.  Tony was the Knights of Columbus State Secretary for Michigan.  Tony was also good friends with Tony Nardozzi and a friend of Council 7018.  There will be a Rosary for him this Friday (tomorrow) at Wujek-Calcaterra.  I suspect many Councils and State officers will be in attendance and participate.  If you can make it, please do.  If you can’t make it, please remember Tony, his wife Sue and their large family in your immediate prayers.

Wujek Calcaterra & Sons Inc
54880 Van Dyke
Shelby Charter Township, MI 48316
Phone: (586) 677-4000

Pictures of Tony from happier times.

(These pictures are from Tony’s public Facebook page.  I claim no copyright or ownership.)


Obituary From Wujek-Calcaterra Website

VITTORINI, Antonio Giovanni Passed away peacefully January 2, 2018 at the age of 63 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Sue (Abbruzzese) for 41 cherished years. Loving father of Antonio Rocco (Evita) and Joseph (Laura). Proud grandfather of Valentino, Cristiano, Marco & Mia. Dearest son of the late Rocco and late Rosina. Dear brother of Delfina (Claudio) Liegghio and the late Luigi (Anna Maria). Son in-law of Mamie and the late Joseph Abbruzzese. Brother in-law of Anna Marie (Giovanni) LoIacono and Anthony (Mary) Abbruzzese. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. State Secretary for the State of Michigan Knights of Columbus, over 30 years of service for General Motors, Past President of the GM Club, Past Faithful Navigator of 4th degree Knights of Columbus, Past District Deputy and Past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus. Member of the Mazara Club, Abruzzese Club and International Order of the Alhambra. However, the most important of Antonio’s accomplishments was the love for his family and his grandchildren, they were truly the light of his life. Visitation Thurs. 3-9pmFriday 2-9pm Rosary Friday 7:00pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. (Shelby Township) 54880 Van Dyke @ 25 Mile Rd. Instate Sat. 11:30am at St. Therese of Lisieux Church 48115 Schoenherr (N. of 21 Mile Rd.) until Mass, 12:00pm. Entombment Resurrection.


Another project the Knights handled. The bells hadn’t rung for quite a while.  Past Grand Knight Norm Rumph lead our efforts to repair the bells, electrical and the structural integrity of the bell tower we all know and love.



Pictured; unknown, Father Steve Reckker, Larry Foltran, Steve Pytleski, unknown, unknown, unknown.  (If you know who the other four guys are, let me know.)

Rosary Request for Mary Pardon

Today I regret to inform you that  Mary Jane Pardon has passed away.  Mary is Ella Hainer’s mother.  The family has asked the Knights to pray a Rosary tomorrowThursday, December 27th at 7 pm.  Given Henry long tenure with the Council and Parish, please make an extra effort to attend.

Tiffany-Young-Hauss Funeral Home, Modetz Chapel
73919 South Fulton  (north of 34 Mile)
Armada, Michigan 48005
Phone: (586) 784-9123

Vivat Jesus

Jim Burns

Obituary for Mary Jane Pardon (link)

Mary Jane Pardon, a lifelong resident of Berville, MI passed away at home on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at the age of 87 years.

Mary was born August 26, 1930, in Mt. Clemens, MI to the late Remi and Mary Christian. She married Milo “Dick” Pardon on February 26, 1949, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage until Dick’s passing in 2014. Mary enjoyed painting Christmas cookies with her grandchildren and had a gift for selling raffle tickets. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Mary is survived by her children Larry, Joyce (Jerry) Walters, Ella (Henry) Hainer, Dorothy (Gary) Graham, Dave (Dawn), Bill (Kris) and Christina (Randall Ingram) Pardon; grandchildren Kelly Pardon, Amy Suess, Brandie (Mark) Majewski, Courtney (Darin) Roth, Joe Ventimiglia, Andy (Fiancé Kathleen Cowhy) Ventimiglia, Angie (Curtis) McBride, Jason (Fiancé Traci Aoki) Hainer, Nick Hainer, Nicole Hainer, Jaime (Ryan Marcath) Hainer, Kim (John) Niehaus, Danielle (James) Casey, Alainna (John) Walsh, Shannon (Sam) Sheets, Katelyn Pardon, Mikayla Pardon, Julianne Pardon, AJ Durand, Sarah Durand and Christopher Durand; great grandchildren Austin Denean, Tabitha Griffin, Allison Suess, Keegan Majewski, Chase Majewski, Bella Majewski, Dilan Roth, Connor Ventimiglia, Sean Walsh, Brennan Walsh and Everly Sheets; sister in law Helen Christian. Mary is preceded in death by her 5 siblings Ida Zuelch, Rose Rogala, Joseph Christian, Alfred Christian and Albert Christian. She is also survived by her special caregivers Mary Collins, Anita Wood and Silvia Yerty.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary service on ThursdayDecember 28, 2017 at Tiffany-Young & Hauss Funeral Home, Modetz Chapel, 73919 S. Fulton, Armada. The funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017 at St. John Catholic Church in Allenton, MI with an instate time of 10:00 a.m. Burial will take place immediately following the funeral service in West Berlin Cemetery, Berlin Township.

Rosary Request Mary Pardon


Not only do we support this institution financially, we showed up to paint and help.  The scholarships mentioned in the article below continue.

Pictured are Lester Ottenwalder, Jim Smiszek, Steve Betka, Bob Burcar (deceased), Mike Tremblay, Mike Lynch, John Cassidy, Jr., Jim Szewczyk (deceased), Joe Suminski and Tony Nardozzi (deceased).



Austin Catholic Academy, Archdiocese of Detroit, St Clement of Rome, Romeo, MI