July / August
May / June
March / April
works with any child MUST take
Protecting God's Children for Adults
Security Schedules and Forms
St. Cyril and
Methodius Activity Center 3777 18 Mile Road
Sterling Hgts, Mi 48314
See Newsletter for information on these events
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
Larry Sulikowski, Mike Gray PGK, PFN, Jim
Jaczkowski, Ken Pullis, Jim Stelzer, Ken Faragher
Lori Gee, daughter of Michal Gray PGK, Mike & Sue
Knudsen Brother in law & Sister of Jim & Bob Pawlik, Eleanor
Wittstock cousin off Brother Carl Bontomasi, Diane Weaver, wife of
the late brother Dan Weaver, 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
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.
JULY 11, 2019 ~ 7:00pm BUSINESS MEETING DATE CHANGED DUE TO FOURTH
JULY 25, 2019 ~ 7:00pm OFFICERS MEETING
AUGUST 1, 2019 ~ 7:00pm BUSINESS MEETING
AUGUST 2, 2019 ~ COUNCIL PICNIC AT RAINTREE PARK 4:00 UNTIL 10:00
AUIGUST 22, 2019 ~ OFFICERS MEETING
SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 ~ 7:00pm BUSINESS MEETING
SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 ~ 7:00pm OFFICERS MEETING
OCTOBER 4, 2019 ~ 7:00pm BUSINESS MEETING
OCTOBER 25, 2019 ~ 7:00pm OFFICERS MEETING
GRAND KNIGHT REPORT
Greetings Fellows Knights,
Thanks to everyone that placed his trust in me as your new Grand Knight.
We can work together to build on the foundation of Past Grand Knights.
addition, we have a wonderful group of Officers as well. Thanks to each
Knight, Officers and Members, that have given and continue to help
our council’s four pillars.
Please review the calendar for events in July and August. The July 4th
regular meeting has been moved to July 11th. There will be a planning
meeting on Tuesday, July 16th at 7 pm. Please join us with your ideas
All members are invited to a Corporate Communion and Installation of
Officers on Sunday July 21st. Three of the District Councils will attend
the 10:30 am Mass. The Installation will be held in the St. Rene
activity room following the Mass. Refreshments and fellowship following
the installation of Officers.
Welcome Bill Ibianski as our new District Deputy.
Joseph White Grand Knight
Deputy Grand Knight
Brother Knights: Vivat Jesus!
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!
As you know The Knights of Columbus have been Pro-Life from their
In addition to the previously completed Prolife Poster contest our
Council is pleased to announce the completion of its Baby Bottle
Project for 2019. This Project was selected by St. Cyril and
Methodius Church as one of its 2019 Lenten Projects.
Our local council was involved in raising funds to provide operating
and other expenses for Gianna House, a resource center for pregnant
mothers, located in Eastpointe. Gianna House offers two separate
programs. One program is its Community Outreach Program which since
2015 has focused on community building and skills enhancement,
serving those who are pregnant, new Moms, and Moms with multiple
children. Gianna house last year through this program helped 181
mothers, providing 800 items, such as diapers, formula, car seats,
and other essentials.
On May 3, 2019 Gianna House, in a ribbon cutting ceremony,
celebrated the licensing of their facility with the State of
Michigan, the first certified nonprofit, long-term residence for
pregnant teens in the State. This represents their second Program,
their Residency Program.
Teenage girls age 13-17 may stay for up to one year after the birth
of their child and receive free room and board, prenatal care,
counseling, as well as other classes in caring for their baby.
On March 2-3, 2019 we distributed, at the weekend Masses, a total of
350 baby bottles in connection with this Project. On April 13-14,
2019 we received over 200 bottles, some filled with coins and others
with cash or checks.
On June 13, 2019 we met with some of the officers, board members and
staff and presented them with a check for $8,556 (see attached
photos). This total amount exceeded our highest projections and is a
result of the great generosity of our parishioners and visitors to
our parish. Every
contribution, large or small (36% of the above total was received in
the way of coins), is greatly appreciated and will be well used by
If you still have some bottles at home please drop them off at the
Parish Office. I am sure that Gianna House can use whatever
additional funds we raise.
We leave you with three thoughts- THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK
A FEW WORDS ABOUT IMMIGRANTS
…… What might have my grandparents and many of your grandparents
experienced and felt as they left their mother countries to come to
All of my grandparents immigrated to the United States about 115
Joseph Jackowski was born in northeast Poland in a town named
Lewiczyn near Mlawa. His wife, Catherine Dec, was born in a small
in southern Poland named Zmysłów near Rzeszow.
Francis Jaczkowski was born in north-east Poland in Lomza. His wife,
Rachel Bielawski, was born in Vievis near Wilno which is now part of
They had to apply for immigrant status, which sometimes took years
to have approved. They had to have a sponsor in America who would
guarantee that they were sheltered, clothed and fed as they sought
work. They had to prove that they were able bodied, willing and able
to provide for themselves. They had to declare that they were not
criminals, Bolsheviks or enemies of our country. They had to promise
that they would seek citizenship and take an oath of loyalty to the
United States of America.
They paid for their own passage from Poland to America. They felt
trepidation, isolation, loneliness on their long and often dangerous
voyage. They arrived in the “new country” with no wealth. They
experienced discrimination and low paying, menial jobs. But they
thanked God for the opportunity to start a new life. They were
thankful for the chance to work. They sought employment immediately
to provide for their own food, clothing and shelter. No government
entitlements for them.
They worked very hard. They married. They built beautiful churches
that expressed their Faith in God. They saved their money and built
communities. They had children and raised families. They bought
their own homes and maintained those homes with pride. They built
and paid for their own schools
to ensure that their children received quality educations. They
lived through the Great Depression; many lost all they owned, never
asking for government handouts or bailouts. They worked two jobs,
gave up the niceties of life and proudly paid their own way.
Their sons and daughters fought and unselfishly sacrificed their
lives defending the American ideal in World War Two. They learned
the English language and insisted that it be spoken at home. They
became American citizens and taught their children love of country
and respect for lawful authority.
Most importantly they remained loyal to Holy Mother Church. They
taught and raised their children as Roman Catholic. They left this
Holy Faith as a great legacy for their grandchildren and
great-grandchildren and future generations. Their exemplary love of
Faith, Family, Country and Tradition has been handed down through
the generations. Thank you, Babcia and Dziadzia, for making that
decision so long ago to come to America.
Thank you for your faith and perseverance during all your trials and
tribulations. Thank you for teaching us what is important.
Until we meet again, Babcia and Dziadzia …. “śpisz z Bogiem” (sleep
Knights of Columbus
St Nicholas Council 7011
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Just a reminder that Jakub Shonka is my Administrative Assistant.
Jakub is a 4th degree Sir Knight & an active 3rd Degree member of St
Jane De Chantal Council #13340. The #1 role of an Admin is to assist
the Field Agent in fulfilling his primary obligation, which is to
meet with all members of their assigned Councils on a regular basis,
so he’ll be contacting each of you.
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Supreme Council Field Agent
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750 Pine Ridge Lane, Madison Heights MI 48071 Cell: (248) 224-4396
To schedule a Field Agent visit, please call: Jakub Shonka
Administrative Ass’t (586) 381-8574