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Knights of Columbus

St. Nicholas
Sterling Heights Council 7011
   •  41233 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48314 

Council Meetings 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.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017~ OFFICERS MEETING 6:00PM
OCTOBER 5, 2017~7:00pm BUSINESS MEETING
OCTOBER 8, 2017~ MASS AT SS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF COLUMBUS
OCTOBER8, 2017~ PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT ST. RENE 8:00-NOON
OCTOBER 18-21 2017~ TEXAS HOLDEM AT FIVE STAR
OCTOBER 26, 2017~ OFFICERS MEETING 6:00PM
OCTOBER 29, 2017~ FELLOWSHIP AFTER 9:30 MASS AT SS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS
NOVEMBER 9, 2017~ MEMORIAL MASS AT SS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS 7:00pm MASS
NOVEMBER 11, 2017~ DISTRICT MEMORIAL MASS AT ST. JANE 5:00 PM MASS
NOVEMBER 12, 2017~ PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT ST. RENE 8:00-NOON
NOVEMBER 18, 2017~ MAJOR DEGREE AT SS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS
FUTURE DATES:
DEC 17, 2017~ CHRISTMAS PARTY AT SAJOS


GRAND KNIGHT REPORT

WOW!!! WHAT A TIME TO BE A CATHOLIC, TODAY WE SEEM TO BE IN A SPIRITUAL WAR, FIGHTING FOR OUR FAITH. OUR SOCIETY SEEMS TO WANT TO TAKE AWAY IN GOD WE TRUST, OR ANY CHRISTIAN VALUES. HOWEVER, AS KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEMBERS WE STAND STRONG IN OUR BELIEFS AND OUR VALUES. IT IS SAID THAT AS THE CHURCH GOES SO DOES THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. THEREFORE, OUR MISSION IS WELL DEFINED, EXPRESS OUR FAITH OPENLY, AND BECOME A WILLING EVANGELIST OF OUR FAITH. STARTING IN OCTOBER WILL ALLOW US TO DO JUST THAT. ON OCTOBER 7TH 2017, WE WILL BE CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FATIMA MIRACLE OF THE SUN. A PUBLIC SQUARE ROSARY WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE FRONT LAWN OF SS CYRIL & METHODIUS SLOVAK CHURCH @ 8:00AM, WITH A MASS FOLLOWING IN THE CHURCH@ 9:00AM, I AM ASKING ALL THE MEMBERS OF ST NICHOLAS COUNCIL 7011 TO PLAN ON BEING THERE, TO CELEBRATE THIS ANNIVERSARY, FOR THE HEALING OF THE LAND.
OCTOBER WILL ALSO ALLOW US TO PURCHASE THE NEW ULTRASOUND MACHINE, THAT WE RAISED FUNDS FOR, WITH THE HELP OF THE GENEROUS PARISHIONERS OF SS CYRIL & METHODIUS SLOVAK CHURCH, ALLOWING US TO PLACE IT INTO THE LENNON CENTER PREGNANCY CLINIC, THUS SAVING THE PRECIOUS LIVES OF MANY NEW BORN CHILDREN.
AS YOU CAN SEE OCTOBER ALLOWS US TO START OFF WITH A LARGE EXPRESSION OF FAITH, WHICH IS NOT A BAD WAY TO START.
AS WE CONTINUE INTO NOVEMBER WITH START FULL FILLING ONE OF THE PILLARS THAT WE SUPPORT, THAT BEING FEEDING THE HOMELESS. ON NOVEMBER 4 2017, WE WILL BE FEEDING THE HOMELESS AT ST LEO SOUP KITCHEN IN DETROIT, MAKING GOOD ON OUR PROMISE THAT THE HOMELESS WILL HAVE A GOOD MEAL TO HELP THEM WITH THE STRUGGLES THEY FACE

SO WOW!!! WHAT A TIME TO BE CATHOLIC. THEREFORE, AS YOU CAN SEE WE ARE ON THE MOVE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WHAT WE NEED IS MORE PARTICIPATION OF OUR MEMBERS TO HELP US CONTINUE THE GOOD WORKS WE DO. TO THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE ALREADY PARTICIPATING , THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS , FOR THOSE THAT HAVEN,T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE , HERE IS YOUR CHANCE , PLEASE STEP UP AND HELP US HIT THE BALL OUT OF THE PARK , HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Grand Knight
Tom Starynchak


Deputy Grand Knight

Brother Knights: Vivat Jesus!

Catechism
THE CATECHISM “PARKING LOT WATCH” IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!!
The weekly (Wednesday) catechism classes for 2017-2018 will commence in September 2018. The sign-up schedule will be published in August (or as soon as I receive the schedule). Your HELP is needed. If you have not completed the “Protecting God’s Children Course”, contact the parish office to arrange for this course. The Criminal Background Check Authorization Form is available at the council meetings.

Monthly Rosary
The monthly “Praying of the Rosary at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church” will commence at 6:15 P.M. Brother Knights please participate in this prayer. Currently there are only five or six who assist in this powerful prayer. We are a witness to the church as praying men.

Christmas Dinner
The Christmas Dinner is December 17th, 2017 (Sunday), Sajo’s Restaurant. The dinner menu and price will be discussed and published at the upcoming meetings.

Pray for those serving in the military and their families.

Vivat Jesus!
Joseph Honce III DGK
248.879.8972


CHANCELLORS MESSAGE

Father Libor Marek
- Father Libor, pastor of Ss Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church has announced that Ryan Walters will be starting seminary studies this fall. Ryan Walters has been contacted and he is looking forward to join our council. We will present his application at our September 7 business meeting.
- Father Libor has asked that our council help him support Father Silvain Bonneau Mbog. Father Sylvain is a visiting priest from the Africa country of Cameroon. He will be studying in the Detroit area for the next two years. He will assist priests at Ss Cyril & Methodius parish with daily and Sunday Mass and confessions.
- Father Libor is thankful for the support that we offer the Catechism program by providing parking lot security. He sends his blessing to all involved.
Father Ben Kosnac, Father Ben sends greetings and blessings from Slovakia to all of his brother Knights.
He asks that we keep him updated with all of our events and activities. Father Ben sent a video message to everyone at our recent Clergy Appreciation luncheon. His message can be viewed at this internet link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNBKZ9dptvU&feature=em-upload_owner
Father Ben’s contact information is: Email bkosnac@hotmail.com Address Father Ben Kosnac
Vazovova 8
SK - 811 07 BRATISLAVA 1
SLOVAKIA, EU

Father Elijah Washington
Father Elijah, chaplain of the Saint Nicholas Council and member of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assembly is returning
to his native country of Liberia on August 31. At his farewell, Mass our council presented him with a
check for $500.00 and the Assembly presented him with a check for $200.00. Inspired by Pro-Life efforts here
in America, Father Elijah plans to organize Pro-Life efforts in Liberia, working with pregnant teenagers and offering
them counseling and safe refuge. God bless you old friend. We will miss you.
Father Elijah will send us his new address. His email address is elijahbwashington@yahoo.com

Father Paul Czarnota
Father Paul Czarnota has accepted the role of chaplain of the St Nicholas Council of the Knights of Columbus.
He will assume the position of chaplain, which was formerly held by Father Elijah Washington. Father Paul,
your brother Knights welcome you and look forward to working with you!
- We will present father Paul’s transfer to our council at the September 7 business meeting.
- We will need to purchase a jewel of office for Father Paul.
 

Jim Jaczkowski  Chancellor


Pullis’ Pro-Life Ponderings-5
WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE CATHOLIC! WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE PRO-LIFE! Hope everyone
appreciates all the good things happening now in the Catholic Church and in the Pro-Life movement. The
following is an update on our current pro-life activities:
-We are in the stretch run of our KOC Baby Bottle Initiative. The Knight’s approved this program back in
March. On June 24-25, we distributed 600 baby bottles asking our parishioners to return these baby bottles, together
with all their loose change, dollar bills and checks to help us raise funds for an ultrasound machine for
The Lennon Pregnancy Center.
On July 22-23, we collected these bottles before and after each Mass at St. Cyril’s. The response was overwhelming.
We have received back 346 bottles.
We exceed our goal of $9,000. These funds received from our St. Cyril’s parishioners, together with a sizeable
donation received, brought our total to more than $15,000. With Supreme Council’s match, when approved,
The Lennon Pregnancy Center will be able to purchase a new ultrasound machine costing almost $30,000. The
final paperwork has been submitted to the State Council for their approval and then will be sent to the Supreme
Council for final approval .This process can take six weeks or less. Once the Lennon Center receives the Supreme’s
check, then we will deliver our check and they can finalize this purchase. Then there will be a ribbon
cutting ceremony and lots of publicity re this purchase and the KOC involvement.
None of this would be possible without the great work of the Knights, Squires, many other volunteers and the
parishioners and visitors at St. Cyril’s, as well as the support and assistance of the parish priests, office staff and
the pro-life team at St. Cyril’s. Sorry if I forgot anyone but God knows who you are.
Therefore, the next time anyone asks you what the Knights do you can point to this Initiative, together with all
the other good work we do.
Speaking of publicity, I think we can do a better job of tooting our own horn. In that regard I would appreciate
info on any other of our activities you are aware of so I could help prepare some kind of dossier or other record
for us Knights to use for publicity, marketing, etc.

I want you also to be aware of a great –prolife story. Recently it was reported that a 37-year-old mother
gave birth to her sixth child. The inspiring part of this story is that the mother was diagnosed with a terminal
brain cancer. (This is the same type of cancer our son, Michael, died of at age 36.) She and her husband decided
to have this baby born and to forego chemo treatment. She would have had to terminate the pregnancy
prior to any chemo treatment. She chose to have the baby, which was born weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces and
is doing well. They named the baby LIFE. The mother died a few days later. WHAT AN INSPIRING PROLIFE
STORY!!
One final thing. Please keep in your prayers Fr. Ben’s Dad who passed away on 9/10/17.
Until the next update, Vivat Jesus, may God bless you and keep you in His care!


Ken Pullis, Right to Life Chairman, Knights of Columbus Council 7011


Knights of Columbus “BENEFITS NEWS”

“SEPTEMBER IS LIFE INSURANCE AWARENESS MONTH”
Raising Awareness about Life Insurance
Each September since 2003 has been designated as Life Insurance Awareness Month. Like
most awareness-raising campaigns, Life Insurance Awareness Month was created because
there is an overwhelming lack of understanding of life insurance, its uses, its benefits, and
its variations among the general public. Each year, the Life Insurance Market Research
Association (LIMRA) puts out the results from a recent survey, and unfortunately, the numbers
they report continue to be discouraging.
A recent survey found that more than 75 percent of people polled did not have a personal financial advisor,
even though 68 percent of them said their opinion of the current economic conditions was somewhat unfavorable
or very unfavorable.
In other words, a majority of those surveyed were uncomfortable with the economy and the uncertainty it
brings, yet they did not seek professional assistance. Maybe they spoke with their friends and family. Maybe
they hoped the instability would go away on its own. Maybe they did not know to whom to turn.
If you fall into this category, please remember that as a member of the Knights of Columbus, you have a fulltime,
professional agent you can call your own. My primary responsibility is the care and service of your family’s
life insurance, retirement and long-term care needs. I’ll answer your questions because I want your decisions
to be informed ones. I want to help.
Another LIMRA statistic said 43 percent of people did not buy life insurance because they worry about
“making the wrong decision.” Talk with me, your agent, and, afterwards, you’ll understand that the only
wrong decision was not purchasing sooner to protect your family’s future.
I look forward to meeting with each of you to discuss your family’s needs.
*Receive a complete Family Needs Analysis at my expense.
Ask about our GUARANTEED LIFE INSURANCE, ANNUITIES,
LONG TERM CARE & DISABILITY INSURANCE

PS – In May, at the State Meeting on Mackinaw Island, I received the State Deputy’s Award for 2016, which is the highest award in the State that I can obtain for my service as a Field Agent. An award like this doesn’t happen in a vacuum, but is the result of the members of my Councils taking the time to see me throughout the year. I appreciate and thank each of you for helping me to achieve such a high honor.

In Christ,
Anthony Bliss PGK FICF– Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Insurance – Field Agent
750 Pine Ridge Lane, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Cell 248-224-4396  Email Anthony.Bliss@kofc.org

MI Report

THIS UPCOMING OCTOBER WE WILL HAVE OUR FIRST MI FUND RAISER FOR THIS ADMINISTRATIVE YEAR. ON OCTOBER 14TH & 15TH 2017 WE WILL BE SELLING TOOTSIE ROLLS FOR MI RAISING FUNDS TO HELP SUPPORT ONE OF OUR PILLARS THE MENTALLY IMPAIRED.
WE WILL BE DOING THIS AT WAL-MART AT M-59 AND MOUND RD. I WILL NEED 9 MEMBERS
EACH DAY TO ACCOMPLISH THIS TASK. THE TIMES WILL BE FROM 9AM – 12:00PM
12:00PM – 3:00PM & 3:00PM – 6:00PM EACH DAY. PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING SOME OF YOUR
TIME TO HELP MAKE THIS EVENT SUCCESSFUL. I WILL HAVE SIGN UP SHEETS AT THE NEXT MEETING IN OCTOBER.
TOM STARYNCHAK
MI CHAIRMAN

Membership

AS ALWAYS WE CONTINUE TO BE ASKED TO BRING A NEW MEMBER INTO THE ORDER. WHY IS THAT, WELL IT ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE TO DO THE GOOD WORK OF THE ORDER SPREADING THE RESPONSIBILITIES AMONG MANY AS OPPOSE TO A FEW. BUT ALLOWS YOU AS A MEMBER TO SHARE WITH YOUR FELLOW CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN YOUR FAITH WHILE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OTHER PEOPLES LIVES. IN JULY I ASKED EACH OF MY FELLOW BROTHER KNIGHTS TO BRING A NEW MEMBER INTO THE COUNCIL. SOME OF YOU ANSWERED THE CALL. BROTHER KNIGHT LINWOOD VON LINSOWE BROUGHT US GREG JOHNSON SR. AND BY DOING SO HE RECEIVED A $10.00 GIFT CARD FROM THE STATE OFFICE OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, AND HIS DUES FOR THIS YEAR ARE BEING PAID FOR BY THE COUNCIL. GREG JOHNSON JR. RECEIVED A STATE OF MICHIGAN PIN FOR HIS HELP IN HAVING HIS FATHER JOIN THE ORDER. JIM JACZKOWSKI BROUGHT US RYAN WALTERS, WHO IS A NEW SEMINARIAN, AND WILL
GO THROUGH HIS 1ST DEGREE VERY, SHORTLY. WITH THIS EFFORT JIM JACZKOWSKI WILL RECEIVE A $5.00 GIFT CARD FROM THE STATE OFFICE, ALONG WITH HIS DUES BEING PAID FOR THE YEAR BY THE COUNCIL. AND FINALLY JOHN BRADY, BROUGHT US SHAWN DELGADO, FOR THIS EFFORT HE WILL ALSO RECEIVE A $5.00 GIFT CARD FROM THE STATE OFFICE, AND HIS DUES WILL BE PAID FOR THIS YEAR BY THE COUNCIL. SO AS YOU CAN SEE, BY BRING IN A NEW MEMBER THEIR ARE REWARDS, NOT ONLY ARE YOU HELPING THE COUNCIL, BUT YOUR HELPING YOURSELF. ALSO PLEASE WHEN YOU SEE OUR NEW CHAPLAIN FR. PAUL S CZARNOTA, PLEASE WELCOME HIM. HE REPLACES FR ELIJAH WASHINGTON.
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Membership Chairman
Tom Starynchak