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St. Nicholas 7011
St. Cyril and Methodius Activity Center 3777 18 Mile Road
Sterling Hgts, Mi 48314
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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 BUSINESS MEETING

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 UNTIL 1:00
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 METHODIUS


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 participated.
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 John Ball,

 Jim Jaczkowski, Ken Pullis, Jim Stelzer, Ken Faragher, Mike DiGregorio, Linwood VonLinsowe

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 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, Gerrie Stelzer wife of Brother Jim Stelzer

Also remember in your prayers all the departed who once walked among us.

May They Rest In Peace


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.

UPCOMING CALENDAR


GRAND KNIGHT REPORT

Greetings Fellows Knights,

Vivat Jesus,

Greetings my fellow Knights,
Vivat Jesus
May this month’s newsletter bring Merry thoughts of your Christmas and a Happy New
Year (2020).

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 at Sajos.

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. Please read
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.

Joseph White
Grand Knight
St. Nicholas Council 7011


Deputy Grand Knight

No Report


Membership

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.


MI Report  

No Report


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 Faith@Work.

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


Financial Remarks,
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 program.

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!

CB
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And now, the rest of the story...

From the book The Knights of Columbus in Peace and War, copyright 1920:

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
586-489-9272


Every few years I share this Christmas high school composition that my
son Matthew Jaczkowski wrote in 1990.
Jim Jaczkowski
"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!

Matthew Jaczkowski
Composition, Second Hour
East Detroit High School
January 19, 1990


Knights of Columbus “BENEFITS NEWS”

“UPDATE YOUR BENEFICIARIES”
Sometimes it is easy to overlook the simplest of things.
Take, for example, the beneficiaries on your life insurance policies. If your policy was applied for and issued several years ago, it may very well be that the person you originally selected as the beneficiary is no longer the person you would want to receive the policy proceeds. If you bought the policy when you were single, for example, you may have named your parents as beneficiaries. If you have since married, your policies should be updated to reflect your spouse as beneficiary. Maybe you’ve had children since, who are not named on the policies.

Most people list a primary beneficiary, who is specifically designated as the first in priority to receive policy proceeds. We also encourage the naming of a contingent beneficiary, an alternate person designated to receive policy proceeds, usually in the event that the original beneficiary pre-deceases the insured.

I routinely call all of my policyholders for annual review appointments, usually near the anniversary date of your policy – that is, the date it was originally issued. One of the matters that I’ll discuss during this review is the status of your beneficiarydesignations. If they need updating, and they often do, I can complete the paperwork during that appointment.

I look forward to meeting with each of you to discuss your family’s needs.


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