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 Knights of Columbus

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

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St Nicholas Council Christmas Party

Sunday December 20, 2015 at 5:00pm

Jovans Steak House 35219 Dodge Park

Cost $20.00 Per Person or 2 for $35.00

Cash Bar Available





Past Grand Knight James Pawlik and Membership Director Tom Starynchak

were honored at the last meeting by District Deputy Robert Bielinski for

becoming a double star council.

Please remember in your prayers Brother Andy Ingagiola, Brother Dan Looby, Brother Frank Valko, Brother Joe Bieniek, Brother Michael Gray PGK, FN,  Brother Marty Polleni PSD, Lori Gee daughter of PGK Michael Gray, Anna DiDonato wife of Brother Mario DiDonato, Diane Sulikowski wife of Brother Larry Sulikowski, Danette DiLullo, Jennifer Miller, daughter of Brother Ray Jendrowski, Laura Kaluzka wife of Brother Medard Kaluzka PDD, PGK, Kathy Pawlik wife of Brother Bob Pawlik.

Also remember in your prayers all the faithful departed who once walked amongst us, May they rest in peace.

Corporate Communion

Schedule of Corporate Communions for 2015 


Note! Meetings at St. Cyril's will be held after the 6:30pm  Rosary and 7:00pm Mass.

NOVEMBER 5 ~7:00 Memorial Mass meeting to follow

Major Degree on Saturday November 7, 2015 The Degree will start at 8:00AM with registration ,then proceed with the First Degree at 9:00AM , the 2nd Degree at 10:00AM and the 3rd at 11:00AM

NOVEMBER 15~Pancake Breakfast St. Rene 7:00-1:00

DECEMBER 3,~8:00 Business Meeting

DECEMBER 6 & 13,~Pancake Breakfast WITH SANTA  St. Rene 7:00-1:00

DECEMBER 20,~Christmas Party at Jovans

DECEMBER 30,~All Saints Soup Kitchen

Last Thursday of each month Officers Meeting.

Please Help US to update our records. Please fill out this form and submit it.

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.

Grand Knight

Dear Brother Knights,


It has been a fruitful and busy month. First of all, thanks for the Blessings our Lord imparts on our works and secondly thanks to all of you Knights and family members who have sacrificed volunteer hours in the several events we had this month. Also, thank you third and fourth degree Knights and family members who contributed in making the St. Maria Goretti event a successful and safe one. Over 8000 people attended. Same goes for the St. Charles Soup Kitchen and St Rene Breakfast.

Since November is reserved for praying for our deceased loved ones, I would like to share these truths which the Church supports regarding Purgatory and how we can assist our deceased loved ones and how they can assist us.

1. Purgatory exists: The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1031) states The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.

2. It is not a second chance: The soul is already saved. Purgatory is a place to pay off debts for sins that were forgiven but for which sufficient penance had not been done on earth.

3. It is not an actual place: Blessed John Paul II said in an Aug.4, 1999 general audience that purgatory was a state of being: “The term does not indicate a place, but a condition of existence.”

4. Purgatory is not punishment but God’s mercy: “Few people can say they are prepared to stand before God,” says Susan Tassone, “If we didn’t have purgatory there would be very few people in heaven, because it would be heaven or hell. It is his mercy that allows us to prepare to be with him in heaven.”

5. Our prayers for the souls in purgatory help them achieve heaven: So, the most powerful means to release a soul from purgatory is through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. You’ll find that in the Catechism (1032). Have a Holy Mass said for them. After the Mass, the next most powerful way to help the souls is the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross, because they’re indulgenced. You have to be in the state of grace to help so make a good confession prior to these prayers.

6. The souls in purgatory can intercede for those on earth but cannot pray for themselves: The CCC (958) states: “… Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.”

7. God does not send souls to purgatory – each soul sends itself to purgatory: Once a soul sees itself with the light of God, it realizes it cannot stay in his presence until all imperfections are wiped away.“The soul chooses,” Tassone says.

8. There is no fire in purgatory: But each soul is aflame with the pain of being separated from God and the desire to be purified so it can be in the beatific vision. Each soul also feels joy knowing it will one day be with God, Tassone say.

9. There is a special day and month to pray for the souls in purgatory: Nov. 2 or All Souls’ Day is the day set aside and November is the month in the liturgical calendar to pray especially for all the souls who are in purgatory. Nov. 1-8 you can receive a plenary indulgence when you visit a cemetery on those days and apply it to a soul in purgatory.

Reference: Susan Tassone: Prayers, Promises, and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur For more inquiries (see

Jim Wisniewski, Grand Knight

Deputy Grand Knight

Brother Knights,

Continuing the efforts of Brother Knight, Jim Wisniewski [Current Worthy Grand Knight] I’ll reflect on;

In this upcoming “Jubilee Year of Mercy” announced by Pope Francis, please consider becoming more actively involved in your K of C council. We are not only a fraternal group, we are a family based Catholic organization. We offer you and your family member’s opportunities to exercise your faith and respond to Jesus’ call. From feeding the poor in soup kitchens, helping the mentally impaired, to supporting those who are in grief over the loss of their loved one, by our rosary ministry at funeral homes, these are but a few of the ways that we respond to Jesus’ call to help our neighbor.”

Please consider rearranging your family plans to come together united with Christ to attend St. Nicholas’s opportunities by attending Holy Mass during our scheduled Corporate Communion Masses. Soup Kitchen opportunities, and other events that can bring our families together to help perform God’s work here on earth.

Also, as Catholics, we should personally continue to strive to display our willingness to be kind to all.

Council Apparel Form Download and print

A. E. Graphics will only accept an order if we have 12+ orders. CASH or personal check –

Please make check out to: St. Nicholas K of C, in memo 7011 Council

NAME use First or Last Name only.  $3  NAME embroidered over the pocket - [SHIRTS] OPPOSITE LOGO ON JACKET 

$5 - U.S. FLAG w/ UNDER GOD above it (embroidered on LEFT SLEEVE, JACKET OR SHIRT ) 

Please take the order form and submit your orders ASAP. We would like to collect orders during meetings.

Brother Knight, Bob Bogedin   cell # 248.225.4614  or  or if necessary -

U.S. Mail to:  Bob Bogedin, 6699 Westpointe Dr., Troy, MI., 48085-1257


Bob Bogedin – cell # 248.225.4614 or 

Deputy Grand Knight


Its that time of year again and I will be collecting dues at the December meeting.

$35.00 Dues for Regular members.

$14.50 Dues for Honorary members.

There is the usual Take 5 program for $5.00 and $12.00 for the Fr. McGiveney Chair at Sacred Heart Seminary. Both of which are voluntary.

Please if you are having problems paying your dues contact the Grand Knight so you are not suspended for nonpayment of dues.

Dues notices will be sent by email to those with email and USPS mail to those who don’t.

Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year

Joseph White PGK Financial Secretary


Memorial Mass for deceased K of C members Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 7:00 pm Holy Mass

Anniversary Mass for Father Elijah Washington Sunday, November 8. 2015 -10:00 am Holy Mass


Brother Knights and Counselors, 

Our Circle, St. Tarcisius, Defenders' of the Eucharist, continues to develop. As we all know, it will be a long journey to develop our Circle to the point that our boys will lead the activities independently. We've had a great start with some successful activities and have already established a reputation of boys that are hard workers, well behaved and charitable. I have been encouraged with activities that I would like to highlight some of them:

1. Rummage Sale (March) (We received positive feedback of the boys being hard workers)

2. Clergy Appreciation Dinner (April) (James Smith organized this and we received very positive feedback about the quality of work done by the boys and their courteous behavior)

3. Right-to-Life Memorial Day Parade (May)

4. Support of Planned Parenthood Protests (Aug)

5. SS Cyril Ministry Fair (Aug) (Zach Propson organized the this)

6. SS Cyril Festival (Aug)

7. Columbian Squires shirts (June to August) After Jeff Gura and Jeff Eusebio initiated the shirt design and facilitated the order, Christopher managed the tracking and distribution of the shirts)

8. K of C Flag Retirement Ceremony (Sep) (Christopher Wojciechowski organized this and we received very positive feedback about their cleanup efforts)

Some key future activities planned are:

1. Sr Judie lunch program on Tuesday, October 27 at the Propson’s house (James Smith organized this with the help of Paul Propson)

2. Investiture planned for Nov 7 meeting (we have 3-5 new members joining) (Zach Propson contacted new members and is confirming attendance, Matt Vitale will prepare the ceremonials)

3. If possible, we would like to set up a time to go to Henry Ford or Greenfield Village in the near future as an activity

4. Andrew Durkee volunteered for a new communication committee and Jeff Eusebio is teaching him about websites and a possible website for the St. Tarcisius Circle

5. A suggestion was made for the Circle Officers attend a KofC meeting in order to thank them in person for their recent donations for Squires shirts setup costs and the first Sr. Judie lunch program

I am encouraged with our recent progress and will continue to pray for guidance for all of us as we guide these young boys along their journey.

Esto Dignus,

Frank Scarchilli Chief Counselor

Circle 5775, St. Tarcisius, Defender of the Eucharist

Membership Report

As we move forward in this Administrative Year we start November with a Major Degree on Saturday November 7, 2015 The Degree will start at 8:00AM with registration ,then proceed with the First Degree at 9:00AM , the 2nd Degree at 10:00AM and the 3rd at 11:00AM assuming no delays, ending with a luncheon. If you are already a third degree member please come that day to support our new members along with helping to make it a success.

This Major Degree will allow us to bring new members into the council, along with allowing our 1st Degree members to advance to full Knighthood while completing there 2nd and 3rd Degree.

It is imperative that we as members of this council ,take it upon ourselves to ask a Catholic Gentleman to join the Order. We have to remember, as the Council moves forward we need to replace ourselves, our future depends on it, and only you as a fellow Knight can make this happen, ask a Catholic Gentleman to join.

Tom Starynchak

Membership Director, St Nicholas Council #7011

Knights of Columbus “BENEFITS NEWS” 

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If we have not spoken about your need for LTC coverage in your family portfolio, please take some time out of your schedule to meet with me.

Remember, long-term care policies are underwritten based on your health, and you most likely will never be any healthier than you are today.

*Receive a complete Family Needs Analysis at my expense.


In Christ,

Anthony Bliss

Knights of Columbus Field Agent, 750 Pine Ridge Lane, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Cell   248-224-4396 , FAX  586-591-6500  Email

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