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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.

JULY 28, 2017~ OFFICERS MEETING 6:00PM
JULY 9, 2017 ~ CLERGY NIGHT
JULY 12-15, 2017~ TEXAS HOLDEM AT FIVE STAR
JULY 21, 2017~COUNCIL PICNIC
AUGUST 9-12, 2017~ BVM TEXAS HOLDEM AT FIVE STAR


FUTURE DATES:
DEC 17, 2017~ CHRISTMAS PARTY AT SAJOS
 

NOTICE STARTING WITH THE NEW FISCAL YEAR IN JULY THE MEETING TIME WILL CHANGE TO 7:00.


GRAND KNIGHT REPORT
Vivat JesusI would like to first start with thanking the Officers for the 2016 - 2017 Administrative
Year for their Unselfish Dedication towards the running of the Council. Your Dedication
made a difference. As for the New Officers Thank You for choosing to continue in your
efforts to meet the Goals set for us by the Knights of Columbus , and the Goals we as a
Council set for ourselves. As we work as a Team, there is nothing that we cannot do with a
collective of men that truly strive to make a difference.

With the start of the New Administrative Year, there will be Challenges along with Change, as they say Change is Inevitable Opportunity is Optional, let us embrace the Change and work within it to make a significant difference. Our new Pastor will have his own Style and Ideas for the Direction of our Church Community, and as we are a part of that, we will help him accomplish those Goals and help demonstrate our Commitment to our Church and Faith giving of ourselves for the Common Goal.

Thank you to the Ss. Cyril and Methodius Men's club for donating five hundred dollars to the Knights for our help with the Fish Fry. This money will go to supporting another Seminarian.

Let me just say it has been a pleasure working as the Grand Knight of our Council, and with your Assured Confidence with my Leadership and that of the my fellow Officers we will continue to strive to make that significant difference within our Church and Surrounding Community, Thank You

Grand Knight
Tom Starynchak


Deputy Grand Knight

Brother Knights: Vivat Jesus!

The election of officers for the 2017-2018 Fraternal Year was held on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Grand Knight: Tom Starynchak,  Deputy Grand Knight: Joe Honce III,   Advocate: Mike Gray Warden: Mario DiDonato,  Treasurer: Carl Bontomasi,,   Recorder: Jon Schnellbacher, 
Chancellor: James Jaczkowski,   Inside Guard: Ed Byrge,   Outside Guard: Anthony Fiorelli,     Trustee 3-Yr: John Brady

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.

Clergy Dinner
The Saint Nicholas annual Clergy Appreciation Dinner will be held on July 9th, 2017 in the Fr. Mikus Hall. This event is open to St. Nicholas Members Blessed Virgin Mary Assembly members, their wives or guest, invited clergy, seminarians, Squires and their leaders. The KofC Catering Service under the supervision of Chef Bob Pawlik will cater the dinner. If you can help with this event please contact Bob Pawlik. The cost for the Dinner will be reasonable. Tickets to be sold in advance. Cost and menu will be published in the June newsletter. DO NOT DELAY IN PURCHASING YOUR TICKETS. ATTENDANCE COUNT IS NEEDED.

Council Picnic
The picnic is Friday, July 21st (starts at 4:00 p.m.) at Raintree Park in Troy (John R south of 17 Mile Road). Come join our annual gathering, bring your family. Please call or email me with the number of members from your family that will be coming. We need the count by July 14th.

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.

Pancake breakfast at St. Rene - Will resume in September. Contact Bob or Jim Pawlik to offer your help.

Pray for those serving in the military and their families.

Vivat Jesus!
Joseph Honce III DGK
248.879.8972


CHANCELLORS MESSAGE

 I had a conversation with Father Elijah Washington yesterday. He confirmed that he will be leaving Ss Cyril & Methodius parish.  He will leave on August 31.

As a brother knight, chaplain of our council and Sir Knight I would suggest that our council and assembly  present him with a financial gift.                              

Jim Jaczkowski  Chancellor


Pullis’ Pro-Life Ponderings-2WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE CATHOLIC! WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE PROLIFE!

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:
- As previously discussed our Council 7011 is participating in the Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Initiative program to raise funds for a pregnancy center which is both pro-life and has Catholic principles. The local council has to raise, sometimes over multiple years, half of the funds to enable the center to purchase an ultrasound machine and then the Supreme Council matches the local council’s funds, thereby providing a free machine to the center. Since 2009, state and local councils have
teamed up with the Supreme Council, funding more than 785 ultrasound machines for pro-life pregnancy care centers.

We have received approvals from the State and Supreme Councils to take the lead position
on one pro-life pregnancy care center, The Lennon Pregnancy Center in Dearborn Heights. This center has been in existence since 1984 dealing with clients from more than fifty ZIP codes. The Lennon Center provides approximately 300 free ultrasounds per year, as well as free counseling, parenting, mentoring and other classes for parents for up to five years. Their ultrasound machine is more than seven years old while the normal replacement time for these machines is six years. The cost for a replacement machine is approximately $18,000. Thus if our council, together with other councils, raises approximately $9,000 the Supreme Council will match that amount, thus enabling this center to purchase a replacement machine.

We still need volunteers to help us collect these bottles at the Masses on July 22-23, 2017. Please contact me at 586-939-8525 or kpullis@gmail.com to help us out in this massive project. This Initiative is not about the Knights, St. Cyril’s or even the Lennon Center. It is about saving more babies.

Well I could go on and on but I think you can see what a tremendous pro-life activity
this Initiative is. Please pray that our efforts are successful.
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”

ONLY HAVING INSURANCE “Through Work” DOESN’T WORK.

Do you know anyone whose life or career has drastically changed during these years of economic
downturn? It’s very likely that someone in your immediate or extended family or group of friends is
facing financial uncertainty. Maybe there’s a possibility that you (or your spouse) could change employers, or even lose your job.
Too many people have often relied on group term life insurance as their only safety net. Often, this
insurance is an employee been fit provided at low or no cost. The existence of this coverage might convince someone that personally-owned life insurance is not necessary.
But only having “through work” insurance can leave you and your family vulnerable. Most group life insurance policies are limited in amount, which may be tied to salary or some other benchmark. These numbers are often capped, and this cap may be dangerously low when compared to your family’s actual needs. In fact, a detailed needs analysis that evaluates your specific situation, will likely show that any employer-provided coverage falls short. In addition, the amount of group insurance offered is almost always reduced, sometimes dramatically, when you retire. You could one day find yourself without coverage, and if your health has changed (which it will as you age), you might
also find yourself unable to secure individual protection. At the very least, it will definitely be more expensive.
While group life insurance can help, it does not replace the need for individually owned life insurance. I’ll be happy to
meet with you and provide a no-cost needs analysis, so you’ll know exactly where you stand.
While group life insurance can help, it does not replace the need for individually owned life insurance.
I’d like to meet with you in your home, at your convenience. I’ll work with you to make sure your family is protected.
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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

 

Membership
This. Administrative Year has been a Challenge in meeting the Goals set for us by the Knights of Columbus. Our goal was to bring in 12 new Members, which is not a hard Goal to reach if every Member would just replace themselves by asking a Catholic Gentleman to join the Order. Have you done this, or have you said that is not my job, but that of the Membership Chairman or someone else. Ask yourself, am I doing my part. Please Consider asking someone to join our Order, and help us continue, to do the good work we do, with more individuals that choose to make a difference. We currently have four new Members with the potential of one more before the end of this Administrative Year which is June 30th a bit short of our Goal, but at least five new Members Strong. I am considering having the Council pay the Yearly Dues of any Member that brings in a New Member during the next Administrative Year. So if you know of a Catholic Gentleman that you would like
to see a part of our Council ask them to join and reap the benefit.

Membership Chairman
Tom Starynchak