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JANUARY 1-4, 2020 ~ TEXAS HOLDEM AT FIVE STAR
CORRECTION Meeting is the 9th
not the 2nd
JANUARY 9, 2020 ~ 7:00pm
JANUARY 12, 2020~PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT ST. RENE
8:00 UNTIL 1:00
JANUARY 26, 2020 ~ PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT SS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS 8:00
FEBRUARY 9, 2020~ PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT ST. RENE 8:00 UNTIL 1:00
FEBRUARY 6, 2020 ~ 7:00pm BUSINESS MEETING
FEBRUARY 15, 2020 ~ CHILI COOK OFF AT ST RENE AFTER 4:00 MASS
FEBRUARY 27, 2020 ~ 7:00pm OFFICERS MEETING
FEBRUARY 28, 2020 THRU APRIL 3, 2020 ~ FISH FRY'S AT SS CYRIL AND
WE ARE DOING TEXAS HOLDEM JANUARY 1-4
PLEASE SIGN UP AND MAKE THIS A SUCCESS.
IF WE DON’T GET ENOUGH GUYS THIS WILL BE
OUR LAST CHARITY FUND RAISER.
WHEN YOU BECAME KNIGHTS YOU SAID THAT
YOU WOULD DO CHARITY WELL THIS IS THE TIME
TO STAND UP TO YOUR OATH.
BOB PAWLIK PGK
CHILI COOK OFF
Anyone that thinks they have a good chili recipe is asked to bring a
pot full of their chili to St Rene’s on February 15,
2020 after the 4:00 PM Mass.
The Christmas Party was held at Sajos Restaurant
on Sunday December 15. We presented the check for the
Congo Fund Raiser to Deacon Hulway, we had a Trivia Contest with 5
contestants, and a 50-50 raffle that was
won by Anthony Fiorelli. We had a group sing along in which everyone
The food was very good as usual at Sajo’s. (See photos page 8)
Please remember in your prayers:
BROTHER KNIGHTS AND FAMILY
Bill Siffin PGK, Richard Nowakowski PGK,PFN Marty
Polleni PSD, Joseph Zub, Dan Lobby, Frank Slanda, Faithful Deacon
Jim Jaczkowski, Ken Pullis, Jim Stelzer, Ken Faragher, Mike DiGregorio,
Lori Gee, daughter of Michal Gray PGK, Mike & Sue Knudsen Brother in law & Sister of Jim
& Bob Pawlik
Eleanor Wittstock cousin of Brother Carl Bontomasi, Diane Weaver, wife of the late brother Dan
Sylvia Bieniek wife of the late Brother Joe Bieniek, Jennifer Miller, Daughter of Brother Ray Jendrowski
Janice Jalowiecki, wife of the late
Brother Ray Jalowiecki, Laura Kaluska, wife of
Brother Medard Kaluska, Denise Mercier, wife of
the late Brother Jerry Mercier PGK, Gerrie Stelzer wife of Brother
Also remember in your prayers all the departed who
once walked among us.
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.
GRAND KNIGHT REPORT
Greetings Fellows Knights,
Greetings my fellow Knights,
May this month’s newsletter bring Merry thoughts of your Christmas and a
The first half of the Council’s year was very productive. Fundraising for
Friends of the Congo, Pancake breakfast’s at St. Rene and poster contest
for Right to Life. The Council started its new year in July 2019. In
July, the Council had Corporate Communion and Installation of Officers
at St. Rene. St. Nicholas Councils Annual picnic took place in August at
Raintree Park, Troy, Michigan. Awards were presented to members during
the picnic. The 4th degree held a flag retirement in August. October
events included Soup Kitchen at St. Leo’s, Pancake Breakfast at St. Rene
and the Friends of the
Congo fundraiser at St. Rene. We finished October with a Corporate
Communion and pancake breakfast at St. Rene.
We finished the first half of the year in November with Right to Life
poster contest, Memorial mass, pancake breakfast at St. Rene and
fellowship in the hall at Ss Cyril’s. Topping off things in December
with pancake breakfast with Santa on December 1 and 8 at St. Rene.
Finally, celebrating Christ birth at the Councils Annual Christmas Party
Thank you to each and everyone of the Councils Officers and active members
that made the first half of the year very successful and rewarding.
The second half of the year starts right out of the gate with Texas
Hold’em fundraiser with Chairman, Jim Pawlik. Jim and the officers and
active members are helping increase funds for our Charity account. Once
again in February, St. Nicholas Council will host the fish fry at St.
Cyril’s and Methodius. Your support is always welcome. Join us by
serving or financially by having a fish dinner with Us. Once more,
thanks to all the hard work that our members give during this event.
Please keep in touch with Us in the following ways. 1.) Contact the Grand
Knight or Officer by phone or email. 2.) Read the bi-monthly newsletter.
3.) Check out the Council website www.kofc7011sterlinghgts.org and
finally, 4.) Attend our Monthly business meeting on the first Thursday
of the month from 7 pm until 9pm. A light dinner is always served after
the business meeting. Please note, the business meeting date can change.
the newsletter or go to the website for any updates.
In closing, please contact us with any questions, concerns or to let us
know how you are doing. We are also here for you. May you and your love
ones have a safe and wonderful 2020.
St. Nicholas Council 7011
Deputy Grand Knight
Our goal for this administrative year is 12 new Brother Knights
by June 30, 2020. Our membership
goals are achievable, and can be met by the end of the
administrative year. The question to be asked
is whether or not you as a member will help us reach that goal,
remember ask a fellow Catholic Gentlemen
to join our order, moreover, help us continue the good work we do.
Pullis’ Pro-Life Ponderings-14
WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE CATHOLIC! WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE PRO-LIFE!
Knights of Columbus Pro-life Contest Winners (See page 6 of the
newsletter for drawings)
The Knights of Columbus (Council 7011) is pleased to announce the
winners of our 2019-2 Pro-Life Poster Contest-“Mother/Baby-Love Both
of Them “. There were three groups of participants-Group 1-(Grades
7/8), Group 2-(Grades 9/10), and Group 3- (Grades 11/12). First
place winners in each Group received $100 cash. Second place
winners in each Group received $50 cash. Third place winners in each
Group received a $20 Gift Certificate from
The first place winners were Sophia Baltrinic, Scarlette Suchland,
and Ailish Newell, respectively. The second place winners for Groups
2 and 3 were Bridget Abbott and Lizzie Scarchilli, respectively. The
third place winner for Group 3 was Jack Anderson.
An Awards Ceremony honoring all the winners was held on November
17th, 2019 with many students, family members and Knights attending.
We wish to thank all winners and their families for their
participation and support for this important contest. We hope these
and many others will participate next year.
Ken Pullis, Right to Life Chairman, Knights of Columbus Council 7011
Brothers, Ladies, Friends, VIVAT JESUS!
2020 Membership dues collection are off to a smashing start. I am
particularly proud of all of the members that have elected to donate
to the three voluntary charities, namely the support for
seminarians, Holy Cross Services, and the State Council's Take 10
If you have not already done so, please remit your timely dues
payment soon. Membership dues are the primary funding measure for
the Council's operating expenses (per capita taxes, office supplies,
postage, insurance, etc.). Almost 100% of our programs are for
charitable purposes, so dues are quite important.
Another thing is that for members that do NOT pay their lawful
Council dues ($35/year), the State and Supreme Council still assess
their taxes on those members, meaning the Council is on the hook for
them no matter what. Please remit your Council dues to as to not
overburden the general account
Look for your 2020 billing second notice to hit your mailbox in
mid-January. If you are having financial difficulties, please do not
hesitate to reach out to me. I can work with any situation in the
strictest of confidence. No one will ever lose their membership on
account of a financial hardship…EVER!
Hope to see you at the next meeting!
And now, the rest of the story...
From the book The Knights of Columbus in Peace and War, copyright
There was another occasion when (Secretary Charles McD.) Pallen's
wooden leg caused wonderment, and this, to Bishop Brent, of the
Episcopal Church, senior chaplain of the A. E. F., who found himself
late one night in Baccarat, without any place to rest. He was
accompanied by Father Houlihan, a Catholic chaplain. The priest
suggested an appeal to the local club of the Knights of Columbus.
They found the club, a much-damaged building, with sparse
accommodations. Taps had sounded long before. The club was open, but
the secretary in bed. He was aroused, and he
responded in the cordial military manner, inviting the visitors to
enter the small room adjoining the club-room. There they found him
curled up in the only bed on the premises.
The priest introduced Bishop Brent, and the secretary made
himself known as Pallen. No sooner had the priest explained Bishop
Brent's need, than Pallen hopped out of bed, as well as a man with
one leg can hop, and Father Houlihan and Bishop Brent, to their
amazement, saw Pallen fasten on his wooden leg and scurry about the
place to prepare them a cup of hot chocolate before retiring. Bishop
Brent slept in the Knight's bed that night, while Pallen and the
priest disposed themselves as comfortably as they could on chairs
and benches. While at the front, Pallen, like the rest of the
secretaries, had to make his way on foot over long distances, from
unit to unit, getting "lifts" wherever good luck gave the chance, on
army trucks and the cars of other relief agencies.
Carl J. Bontomasi, PGK
Financial Secretary, Council 7011
Every few years I share this Christmas high school composition
son Matthew Jaczkowski wrote in 1990.
"POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS"
Over the years people have lost the meanings, traditions, and
customs of many holidays.
However, Christmas, particularly a Polish Christmas, includes many
traditions and customs
which are unique to the holiday.
Christmas starts off with the traditional Christmas Eve feast called
"Wigilia" which contains
many different food dishes and customs. Grandma starts cooking at
5:00 a.m. She
prepares fish, boiled potatoes, herring, pierogi, mushroom soup with
dumplings, or in
Polish known as gryzbi zupa with uszka, salad, homemade rye bread,
kapusta, and for desert, pies and cakes.
All the dishes prepared are meatless to show gratitude to the
animals who kept the body of baby Jesus warm
in the broken manger. In the book Treasured Polish Christmas Customs
And Traditions it says "The menu for
Wigilia supper is traditional, unchanging and so carefully planned
that it contains all of nature's elements that
produce foods, except the fat and meat of animals which were
considered to be like humans on this day."
There is little or no eating on Christmas Eve until the first star
is seen, then the Wigilia feast starts. Everyone
eats hearty and enjoys the tasty meal. My favorite dish is the
gryzbi zupa with uszka because I only have it
once a year.
Together with the traditional foods of the Wigilia feast, a Polish
Christmas dinner also contains other customs.
In my family, when the table is set, a special chair is left
unseated to represent Jesus or someone whom you
would want to be there with you at dinner. For instance, last year I
let the chair represent my grandfather who
had to stay home because he was ill. At the start of the meal a
prayer is said to thank God for the food we are
about to eat. Then oplatek which is blessed, unconsecrated,
unleavened bread is broken and passed around
the table. A kiss or handshake is accompanied with the exchange of
oplatek. The book Treasured Polish
Christmas Customs And Traditions said that "The breaking of oplatek
represents the reenacting of the sacrifice
of Jesus in an unbloody manner." During the feast a toast is drunk
to wish everyone good health and a
Merry Christmas, or in Polish, "Wesolych Swiat". At the conclusion
of the meal a prayer is said to thank God
again for the food.
After the Wigilia meal, the exchange of gifts between friends and
family takes place which is a tradition with
meaning and is full of excitement. My father, James Jaczkowski,
said, "Opening gifts on Christmas commemorates
God's gift to man, His Son Jesus Christ." There are so many gifts
under the tree at my grandparent's
home that it takes my whole family, all thirty four of us, two hours
to open them up.
While opening up presents there is excitement and tension in the
Christmas air. All the children and adults in
my family wait anxiously to hear their names called by "Santa", who
is really my Uncle John. Everyone is filled
with the joy of the Christmas spirit after receiving their gifts.
After two continuous hours of removing wrapping paper, the real
Celebration begins. My whole family goes to
Saint Hyacinth's Church for mid night Mass or in Polish, Pasterka,
to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In The
book Made In Poland it says that "Pasterka means the Shepherd's Mass
or the one who watches the pasture."
An hour before Mass Kolendy are sung. The choir is in perfect tune
as they sing Polish Christmas carols. My
favorite one is "Dzisiaj w Betlejem". This tradition is so beautiful
that one year I looked across the pew and I
saw my father crying.
The whole Mass is said in Polish. My grandmother, Virginia
Jaczkowski, told me, "... it is to remember our
homeland, Poland". During the Mass Father Skalski performs the
Consecration, which is the changing of the
bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. At midnight Christ
is born! Hej Kolęda ! " Niech będzie
pochwalony Jezus Chrystus. Zbawiciel urodził się dzisiaj." "Praise
be to Jesus Christ, the Saviour is born today".
Hej Kolęda! My father told me when I was a child "that animals can
speak at midnight on Christmas Eve".
The book Treasured Polish Christmas Customs and Traditions says,
"... during the night, cattle speak with human
tongues." After Mass, my family lights candles in the church and
prays for family, friends, and for the new
born baby Jesus.
A Polish Christmas contains many traditions and customs in which my
family takes great pride. I am glad that
my ancestors passed on the traditions and customs to the younger
generations so that they can be carried on.
When I am old and it is time for me to pass on the traditional
customs, I am sure I will because I take pride in
my Polish culture. Wesolych Swiat!
Composition, Second Hour
East Detroit High School
January 19, 1990
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