March / April
works with any child MUST take
Protecting God's Children for Adults
Security Schedules and Forms
St. Cyril and
Methodius Activity Center 3777 18 Mile Road
Sterling Hgts, Mi 48314
See Newsletter for information on these events
ST. RENE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
PROFIT FROM THE PROCEEDS ARE FOR THE SEMINARIANS
Please help out from 7:00am until about 1:00pm.We need about 8 guys
to help serve and
setup the hall. We are doing one March 10 and April 14
Thanks Bob & Jim Pawlik
Please remember in your prayers:
BROTHER KNIGHTS AND FAMILY
Bill Siffin, Richard Nowakowski PGK,PFN,
Joseph Zub, Dan Lobby, Frank Slanda, Faithful Deacon John Ball, Marty Polleni PSD, Larry Sulikowski, Jim Jaczkowski,
Mike Gray PGK, PFN, Bob Bielinski DD, Ken Pullis
Lori Gee, daughter of Michal Gray PGK, Eleanor Wittstock cousin off Brother Carl Bontomasi, Diane Weaver,
wife of the late brother Dan Weaver, Fran Janick wife of
Brother Bob Janick, Jennifer Miller, Daughter of Brother Ray
Jendrowski, Janice Jalowiecki, wife of the late Brother Ray
Jalowiecki, Lori Leman, Daughter of Brother Jim Pawlik,
Denise Mercier, wife of the late Brother Jerry Mercier PGK
Also remember in your prayers all the departed who
once walked among us.
NicholasBontomasi Father of brother Carl Bontomasi
and Joyce Nowakowski wife of brother Richard Nowakowski
May They Rest In Peace
Our Council meeting is at
St. Cyril, the first Thursday of the month will be after the 7:00 PM
Mass, we will lead the Rosary before Mass, at 6:30 try to arrive in
time to help lead the Rosary and stay for Mass.
Last Thursday of each month Officers Meeting.
APRIL 4, 2019 ~ 7:00pm BUSINESS MEETING
APRIL 13-14, 2019 ~ COLLECT THE BABY BOTTLES
APRIL 14, 2019 ~ 8-NOON PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT ST. RENE
APRIL 25, 2019 ~ 7:00pm OFFICERS MEETING
MAY 2, 2019 ~ 7:00pm BUSINESS MEETING
MAY 5, 2019 ~ CLERGY APPRECIATION DINNER 3:00pm
MAY 23-26, 2019 ~ STATE CONVENTION ON MACKINAC ISLAND
MAY 30, 2019 ~ 7:00pm OFFICERS MEETING DATE CHANGED DUE TO
CONVENTION JUNE 6, 2019 ~ 7:00pm BUSINESS MEETING (ELECTIONS)
JUNE 27, 2019 ~ 7:00pm OFFICERS MEETING
GRAND KNIGHT REPORT
The month of March starts with our first
fundraiser, the Reverse Raffle on Saturday 03/02/2019 and the challenge
is to make it a successful event. The efforts of our membership is
paramount to making this happen , I am asking each member to sell at
least 12 tickets to this event or at least purchase tickets and come
enjoy a fun evening with a chance to win the big prize of $6000.00 or
less based on the sale of 500 tickets. In addition, the evening will
provide a tasteful dinner for only $25.00 now that is quite an
On Friday 03/08/2019 we start the Fish Fry’s and a week from that event
we have the St Patrick Dinner on Saturday 03/16/2019 at St Rene Goupil
Church. Corn Beef and Cabbage Potatoes and Carrots for only $15.00 now
that's quite the value, and finally ending up on Saturday 03/30/2019
with feeding the homeless.
March is quite the busy time for our council, but with the participation
of all our members it can be a walk in the park. on the other hand,
quite the task. Therefore, I am asking our membership to be involved, be
active and help make a difference, because your involvement is paramount
to our success.
Tom Starynchak GK
Deputy Grand Knight
Brother Knights: Vivat Jesus!
Now is a good time to plan for the new Council Year. Nominations
for Officers will be in May. Then election of Officer’s is in June.
The Councils New year is July. We will have several openings to fill
for the 2019 -2020 year. Here is a short list of Director, Chairman,
or Co-Chairman spots. Trustee (3 year) Deputy Grand Knight, Program
Director, Community Activities, Council Activities, Family
Activities, Publicity Chairman.
Please contact me for more information on these or any help that
interest you. Please remember that we have other charitable events
that you could join. We aren’t looking for all your time. We are
asking for a little bit of your busy schedule. Any help can result
in great benefits to those in greater need.
Also, please remember that we are here to help our fellow Knights
and their wives and family. Please feel free to contact me with your
ideas and interest for a better Council.
Joseph White DGK
The efforts to increase our membership with new members continues
to be a challenge for me, but through continued tenacity we have
added Four new members to the order. These men bring with them a
desire to be active in our council and the willingness to make a
difference, what else can we ask for? Please get to know these
Brother Knights and make them welcome, those new Brother Knights are
Che Krause - Tom Vitale - Eric Durkee and Randy Ladzinski
Coming up here in April,
we embark on our MI Drive where we raise money for the Intellectual
Challenged through the sale of tootsie rolls as we have done for the
last 41 years, this fundraiser will start on the weekend of April
6th & 7th at Ss Cyril & Methodius Church on the weekend before Palm
Sunday and on Palm Sunday weekend April 13th & 14th at St Rene
Goupil Church. Help will be needed for these events, so please step
forward and help us make this a successful fundraiser, the
Intellectual Challenged is relying on us, so let us not let them
Pullis’ Pro-Life Ponderings-12
WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE CATHOLIC! WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE PRO-LIFE!
As you know The Knights of Columbus have been Pro-Life from their
In addition to the previously announced Prolife Poster contest our
Council is pleased to announce its Baby Bottle Project for 2019.
This Project has been selected by St. Cyril and Methodius Church as
one of its 2019 Lenten Projects
Our local council will be involved in raising funds to provide
operating and other expenses for Gianna House, a Pregnancy Center in
Eastpointe. Gianna House houses teens 17 and under and their
infants, plus serves as a Pregnan-cy Center for adult women.
On February 25, 2019 we will be assembling in Rooms 117-119 from
7-9PM 350 baby bottles for distribution on March 2-3, 2019. We need
from 15-20 volunteers, including wives and Squires, to assist us in
this big and vital as-sembly project.
On March 2-3, 2019 we will be distributing, at the weekend Masses, a
total of 350 baby bottles in connection with this Project and we
need your help and that of your wives and the Squires in this
massive distribution project.
On April 13-14, 2019 –Palm Sunday weekend -we will be collecting the
bottle returns at the weekend Masses, and we need your help,
especially men since these bottles filled with change can be heavy,
and that of your wives and the Squires in this massive collection
In addition to assembling the baby bottles as described above, we
need the following assistance at the respective weekend Masses:
To distribute bottles after Mass.
Saturday March 2, 2019 4:00PM Mass – (need at least 4 people)
Sunday March 3, 2019 -7:30AM Mass (need at least 4 people - 9:30AM
Mass (need at least 6 people) - 11:30AM Slovak Mass (need at least 2
people) - 1:30PM Mass (need at least 4 people) - 6:00PM Mass- (need
at least 2 people.) - 8:30PM Mass (need at least 6 people).
Note- depending on interest by the Congregation at the early
Masses we may run out of bottles to distribute at the later Masses.
To collect bottles before Mass.
Saturday April 13, 2019 4PM Mass – (need at least 4 people) Sunday
April 14, 2019 -7:30AM Mass (need at least 6 people) - 9:30AM Mass
(need at least 8 people) - 11:30AM Slovak Mass (need at least 2
people) - 1:30PM Mass (need at least 6 people) - 6:00PM Mass- (need
at least 2 people) - 8:30PM Mass (need at least 8 people),
We very much appreciate your participation in this Project. Any
assistance- dates and times- you can provide or questions please
email Ken Pullis at email@example.com or call 586-939-8525.
Ken Pullis, Right to Life Chairman, Knights of Columbus Council
I would like to start my article with a heartfelt thank you for
everyone's prayers for my father's illness and passing. Thank you to
everyone who paid a visit at the funeral home or participated in
casket watch at the fu-neral home or at the funeral Mass. It was a
great send off! Thank you!
Second Notices have been sent out to those brothers who had not
paid their lawful dues. The next step in the process is a Knight
Alert. After the Knight Alert, an Intent to Suspend notice is sent,
and at that point, the Brother has 60 days to get his dues paid or
he is out of the Order. While it is typically the Retention
Committee's job to reach out to delin-quent members, I will ask the
newsletter editor to publish the names of the brothers who are in
danger of suspension. While that might seem like a cruel tactic, it
is a useful method of retention. Online records are only as current
as the last time someone called in or mailed in an update. Perhaps a
member knows of another member whose situation has changed but has
not been communicated to the Council, so he has missed his dues
notices. (I found out a brother had died, but no one told the
Council). The tactic helps to ensure that we are giving every member
a chance to either pay their dues or let us know he needs some help.
If you have NOT paid your lawful dues yet, please contact me at
586-489-9272 or at FS7011@mikofc.org. All situations are kept in
strictest confidence. As a new convenience. the Council accepts all
major credit cards at no extra cost to you.
It is Raffle Time!
Do you have your Reverse Raffle tickets yet? If so, GREAT! If not,
WHY NOT? It is a fun event with plenty of food, drink, and
opportunities for extra prizes! There are cash giveaways, bingos,
second (and third and fourth) chances, and perhaps another game or
two I am thinking of add-ing. It is a night of fun for everybody.
Bring some money or your credit card for the side games! It is even
more fun when you bring friends and make a night out of it!
If you need tickets you can purchase them in the parish office or at
I am also looking for Brother Knights to help with some of the
duties of the night. The core group of people are set, but we could
use a few more. If you want, bring your wife or lady friend and tag
-team a job. Many hands make light work, and I never turn help away.
If you have a Squire or a high-school-aged child or grandchild
looking for service hours, they can earn some by working the event.
I will sign their form... My sons earn all of their service hours by
helping out a Knights' events.
That is it for now. If you have any questions or need anything,
please do not hesitate to let me know. I am here to help.
Carl J. Bontomasi, PGK
Knights of Columbus “BENEFITS NEWS”
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 con-trolled by someone you trust –
*Receive a complete Family Needs Analysis at my expense.
Ask about our GUARANTEED LIFE INSURANCE, ANNUITIES, LONG TERM CARE &
Anthony Bliss, FICF FSCP
Supreme Council Field Agent
Knights of Columbus Insurance
750 Pine Ridge Lane, Madison Heights MI 48071 Cell: (248) 224‐4396
MY DAUGHTER RACHEL'S STORY ----- ABORTION IS NOT A CHOICE!
I have sat quietly and watched as the late term abortion laws
come into effect in New York and are being proposed in other states.
I have heard the stories and seen the photos, some which are so sad
they make me physically ill. The stories of moms who were at risk of
their own health if they did not abort their own unborn child! Heart
wrenching yes but are they truth??
Well here is my story……………
In 2016 I was blessed to carry a
baby that was VERY much wanted and who we had spent years trying to
I was so excited; the nursery was practically done by the end of my
first trimester. We decided to haven early blood test performed to
find out the gender of our little one so that I could continue
preparing everything before this amazing blessing came into our
At 15 weeks, we found out that we were expecting a little girl,
however we also received the most earth-shattering news that she was
also likely to have Turner syndrome. I cried for two days straight.
I can attest to the fact that my husband is the strongest man I know
as he held me as I “scream cried”.
After the initial shock of finding that my little one was not going
to be “perfect” in every way, I researched everything I could get my
I had scheduled appointments with my doctor at least twice a week I
searched the internet looking for any success stories that I could
I found a few, we needed some kind of hope.
At 20 weeks after an echocardiogram and an ultrasound of the baby we
found that she not only she had fetal hydrops and a hygroma but that
she also had missing chambers of her heart and if she was born alive
that she would need heart surgery immediately.
The hospital doctor that came in changed the game. He suggested that
we terminate the pregnancy as my baby’s chances were minimal.
Oh… that means abortion, right?
We sat there as he explained how the “termination” was done and he
wrapped up his visit saying “best of luck to you the next time, at
least you know you can get pregnant”. All our hope was crushed, but
We leaned on our amazing obstetrician office doctors and nurses They
were encouraging us to continue with the pregnancy and they all
loved our twice a week visits with baby Jolie.
Yes, they called her by her name!!
Another couple of weeks went by and a new concern arose. There was a
chance that I could develop “mirror syndrome”, that I could develop
extreme preeclampsia and be at risk for a heart attack. I was
checked by the doctor every other day and I had to monitor my blood
pressure every day at home. We also knew that inducing labor instead
of an abortion was an option if it came to a point of life and death
for me. All I knew for certain was God was making the choices NOT
Taking Jolie’s life was never my decision to make. We embraced this
little girl’s every single day, she got more belly rubs and prayers
than you can imagine! We were told that Turner syndrome babies
generally do not make it past the first trimester. But Jolie made it
through further in my pregnancy than any doctor had predicted. This
was even more of the fire that I needed, there is a reason Jolie
made it so far.
Maybe she was meant to be born alive and change lives?
Maybe she was going to pass from this life and still change lives?
She changed my life and the lives of my family along with the lives
of countless friends.
At 25 weeks her heart gave up.
I delivered Jolie peacefully, I held her, I cried for her, I loved
We put her to rest with a funeral service and buried her in the
children’s section of the cemetery. We bring her flowers.
As she looks down on us from Heaven I the read her the “Blueberry
Girl” book as I did with my first two girls.
I promise you she was very much alive. I felt her move and felt
kicks. I could see her growing with every ultrasound.
I HELD HER body after she was delivered.
Human life deserves protection and dignity.
So, in closing - New York and any other state that is proposing
abortion up until delivery, you have no idea how wrong you are.
What you have legislated is purely and simply murder.
Jolie and I were your “medical reasons” for late term abortion and
NO your argument does not stand up.
This past September I delivered a healthy baby boy at 8 pounds 4
ounces at just over 39 weeks.
I cannot even fathom that New York law would allow the murder of a
baby as the same gestation age as our new born son!
How did this happen in our country?
I pray for our nation and I pray that this insanity comes to an end.
Rachel (Jaczkowski) Sobolic January 2019