August 2018 Newsletter

Installation of Officers, (no business meeting)
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 7:00 PM

Brother Knights of #706 Blessings,

Before I pass on specific council news I want to describe what Supreme asks of us this year and in future years. While increasing membership is important, especially enrolling younger men, it is perhaps even more important to get more involved in our community and our parishes. We all agreed to be charitable Catholic men when we joined the Knights of Columbus. And while we have a significant number of men who have chosen to remain only First Degree members, Charity is the principle of the First Degree. So everyone has on their honor as Catholic gentlemen agreed to charity. We are also called to build the domestic church. I will bring that to light more in the next month's newsletter.

We are asked to support four major program areas, described below. Each has at least one requirement for us to be eligible for the Columbian Award. The four program categories are Faith, Community, Family and Life.

We have 457 members. If each person helped out 12 hours a year (1 hour per month) we would have 5,484 hours of donated labor to help our community's needy people. What an army! And thanks to each one who gives his/her time now.


These are the suggested areas to get involved. Of course, we can add others as well.

  • Building the Domestic Church Kiosk
  • Holy Hour (New)
  • Into the Breach
  • Marian Prayer Program: Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians
  • Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) (Featured)
  • Rosary Program
  • Sacramental Gifts (New)
  • Spiritual Reflection (Required / New)

In order to be eligible for the Columbian Award, we are required to participate in a day of Spiritual Reflection. We can either do this on our own or attend another location. If we attend another location, we need to have either at least 10 members or 10% of our membership be present. A great opportunity to do this will be for 10 or more of us to attend the day of reflection sponsored by the Grand Rapids diocese on September 22. Contact me if you do not know how to sign up. All Knights and wives are encouraged to attend. The cost is $25 per person. This includes breakfast and dinner. My wife, Carol, and I will attend. Please join us.

From the Supreme website, Spiritual Reflection is:

A Higher Purpose

Create annual opportunities for prayer and reflection as a fraternity. Under the guidance of their chaplain, Knights of Columbus councils can attend a retreat or day of reflection together or perhaps organize their own event for men of their parish. Council participation in Spiritual Reflection is required to qualify for Columbian Award.


Many Catholic young people can attest that religious retreats are radically rejuvenating spiritual events that often leave a lasting impact on participants’ relationship to their faith. Yet, so often, retreats seem only to be offered to students and youth. Working with their pastors, Knights of Columbus councils can hold low-cost retreats of their own. These events might be held for council members or men of the parish – or may be open to entire families. If councils are unable to organize these events themselves, they could go as a group and attend a retreat in their area to satisfy the requirement. Additionally, councils are strongly encouraged to consider visiting The Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. as part of this program.


Knights are called to serve others. Our first principle is Charity – at home with our families and in our communities. When Knights of Columbus members come together as one through their council and parish, they accomplish great things.

Ways we can get involved include the following. Again not limited to just these ways.

  • Helping Hands (required)
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Soccer Challenge
  • Coats For Kids
  • Global Wheelchair Mission
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Free Throw Championship
  • Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

Of these Helping Hands is required to be eligible for the Columbian Award. We should qualify in this area because of our work with Kids Food Basket. So what is Helping Hands? Read on.

A Higher Purpose

Helping Hands is putting your faith into action and help those less fortunate in your community. In the model of Knights of Columbus founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, councils will lead efforts to assist those most in need. Guidelines for this program are broad and can include forming partnerships with local aid organizations or independently planning unique activities.


The Helping Hands program is designed to recognize the important work many councils already do to care for the most disadvantaged members of our communities – the homeless, the addicted, the elderly who may feel isolated and abandoned, and many others. Through this program, councils will aid the needy through the activities they feel best suit their community, such as serving at or running a soup kitchen, repairing the facilities of a local service organization or something entirely unique. The requirements for this program are very broad in order to allow councils to serve their community in whatever way is most needed


Father McGivney sought to strengthen the familial bond of father to mother and children to parents. His vision for family life was not only financial and material aid but also spiritual strength. The majority of our time is easily spent in secular circles unless we intentionally create ways to live the domestic church. These programs, created for families by families, help us to live this call.

These are the recommended programs to get involved with. Again, we can do other similar ones.

  • Consecration to the Holy Family (Required)
  • Family Fully Alive
  • Family of the Month/Year
  • Family Prayer Night (New)
  • Family Week
  • Food for Families (Featured)
  • Good Friday Family Promotion (New)
  • Keep Christ in Christmas (KCIC)

Consecration to the Holy Family is required in order to be eligible for the Columbian Award.

A Higher Purpose

Help strengthen families and revitalize our parishes. Knights of Columbus councils will invite each family in their parish to consecrate themselves to the Holy Family and to devote themselves to the ideal model of familial love set by Jesus, Mary and Joseph.


To help families live out the joy of Christ, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori has composed a prayer through which families will come together to consecrate themselves under the protection of the Holy Family. In this prayer, we ask for the aid or intercession of the perfect son Jesus Christ, Mary the perfect mother, and Joseph who is a model for every father. Councils will guide their parishes and community to understand and offer this important and impactful prayer. Preparing for the Consecration to the Holy Family is not a single event. It is choosing a way of life for your family. You may have seen prayer cards about this already. More about this in the weeks to come.


“Catholics must be committed to the defense of life in all its stages and in every condition” (St. John Paul II, 1995). The urgency of the threat to a culture of life in our world cannot be misunderstood. The Knights of Columbus vigorously defends the dignity of each human being at every stage of life. Councils and parishes can work to build a culture of life and a civilization of love through these important programs.

  • Christian Refugee Relief
  • March for Life (Featured)
  • Mass for People with Special Needs (New)
  • Novena for Life (Required / New)
  • Pregnancy Center Support (New)
  • Silver Rose
  • Special Olympics (Featured)
  • Ultrasound (Featured)

The Novena For Life is required for eligibility of the Columbian Award. The Novena for Life is described below. I will provide more details in the weeks to come.

A Higher Purpose

Lead your community in the spiritual fight to establish a culture of life in our nations. Knights and their families will come together in both public and private acts of prayer to promote the protection of life.


The protection of life is a sustained prayer intention of the Church, and in particular of the Knights of Columbus. Knights remain firmly committed to defending the right to life of every human being – from the moment of conception to natural death. To commemorate and bolster this important cause, councils will promote a novena, nine days of sustained prayer, to build up a culture of life in our parishes, homes and wider community.

As an important aside, Michigan Knights of Columbus councils have donated 47 ultra sound machines to change hearts to oppose abortion.


Our beer tent was a greater success than last year. Funds from the event supported Kids Food Basket and Muskegon Catholic Central. Thanks to everyone who helped!

Funds from the Tootsie Roll Drive have been passed back from the State Council for Wesley School and ARC of Muskegon. Another great job this year!

Ron Bajt has stepped up to lead teams building wheelchair ramps. If you can find it in your heart to donate a Saturday of your labor you can change the life of a wheelchair-bound person. The ramps are built to allow immobile persons access to the outside world. One lady recently received a ramp and was able to leave her home for the first time in four years. Now she is involved with helping others in her community. If you want to help call Ron Bajt at 231.215.0073.

The new school year for the Kids Food Basket will be in full swing beginning September 10. The K of C volunteers are scheduled every Tuesday from 11:30-12:30 p.m. A signup sheet for volunteers is be posted in the lobby of the hall. Just one hour, the hungry children of Muskegon would so appreciate it. Come and help out!

KFB feed 1,000 plus kids a day. It takes many hands, making sandwiches, cutting fruits and veggies, and packing the lunches to get to the schools. The K of C have many generous volunteers who not only prepare the lunches but they also deliver to the schools. If you would like to join us on a Tuesday, please contact Barb Langlois at 231-740-5998 and she will get you on the schedule. We are in need of several more volunteers. You can make a difference!

Along these same lines, the ladies active in Kids Food Basket are planning a ladies night out at the hall (Ladies Only) 6:00 pm October 18th, mark your calendars. Snacks will be provided and a Silent Auction will also be held. Please donate a quality item to support the auction. Please contact Barb Langlois at 231.740.5998 or Sandi Gowin at 231.730.6955. This was done earlier this year with great success, they are looking for another great turnout.

We are thinking of hosting a fundraiser at the hall sometime this fall to rebuild our flower fund for deceased members. One idea is for members to bring in chili to provide at the hall for donations. Do you have any other ideas? We could use them to have fundraisers any time.

The diocesan Soccer Challenge is September 16 and 1:00 pm at MCC's soccer field. I am still looking for volunteers to help.

A shout out of thanks to Lee Smrcina Jr. for his work on the new Website format as well as the TV screens with updates. Well done!

St Francis de Sales Ushering Schedule:

  • 9-16-2018
  • 10-7-2018
  • 10-28-2018

Add these dates to your home calendar and try to arrive about 20 minutes early for 11 am Mass.

Remember: You are always welcome to attend council meetings. We encourage it!

Vivat Jesus!
John Schneller, GK
If any brother has additional requests or ideas please contact a council officer or call me directly,

Tidbit Announcements:

September Events:
a) Building Association meeting Monday September 10th at 6:30 pm
b) Building Association updated By Law review Monday, September 10th 6:00pm
c) Usher at St Francis 11:00 am Mass

August - Council Meeting Highlights:
a) No meeting Officer Installation

Membership Goals 2018-2019: 31 new members and 11 new insurance members.
Members needed: 31
New insurance members needed: 11

Building Association News:

Over the last six months and as a normal course of business the Christopher Columbus Building Association Board of Directors have reviewed, amended and restated the By-Laws of the Organization. In order to provide the membership an opportunity to read the new by-laws, members in good standing are welcome to attend a review session on Monday, September 10, 2018 between the hours of 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm.

Building Association President,
Tim Kordecki

From the Newsletter Editor:

Summers almost over, still plenty of time to come and join the Thursday morning golf. We meet at Eagle Island Golf Course at 9:00 am. You don’t have to be a great golfer to join this group, just have some fun.

Denny Chandonnet, Editor & PGK

Inspiration of the month:

Ten Commandments in the following life:

Someone has written these beautiful words. Try to understand the deep meaning of it. They are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all of the time!

1) Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout the journey.

2) So why is a Car's WINDSHIELD so large & the Rear View Mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.

3) Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.

4) All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

5) Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

6) Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, it's just a bend, not the end!

7) When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8) A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

9) When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10) WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.

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