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Our Lady of White Lake Council 12985

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

5149 Dowling, Montague, Michigan 49437

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2018 – August 21st

 

Letter From Supreme Knight

 


 

2017 – May 13th

Brothers;

This morning I received information that one of our council members is participating in this years River Run in Grand Rapids.  Not only would this event a major feat, but for our brother Tyler Cumings it is a milestone.  Tyler as most of you know does not have the use of his legs and will be traveling the route using a specially designed bicycle.  Please join me in congratulating Tyler for his positive and highly driven spirit, as he continues to overcome the handicaps dished out to him.  He is an inspiration to many of use, and we are proud to call him a Brother Knight.  Please take  a moment to congratulate Tyler when you see him next.
Vivat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]
7534 Siesta Court, Whitehall, Michigan 49461
P231.894.2131  M231.206.3428  F231.894-2131

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2017 – March 27th

Brothers;

I want to remind all of you of our scheduled Council meeting this coming Sunday night at 7pm.  This is an important meeting in which we will have our final nomination of council officers, followed by the election.  Please come and support our council and cast your vote.
Those that would like a copy of the agenda, please click onto this link. [AGENDA].  You can also view this agenda and those of the past year by visiting our council webpage at http://12985kofc.org/membership-meeting-information/.  You will may need to use our council access password to get onto the page.  It is Kc12985%  Once there, scroll down under the year and select the month you wish to view.  This will open the desired agenda for your viewing.

This is a nice site to visit and is full of links and information about our council and the Knights organization.  Please visit and use.  It is your site.

 
Vivat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]
7534 Siesta Court, Whitehall, Michigan 49461
P231.894.2131  M231.206.3428  F231.222.5154
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2017 – March 25th

Brothers;

Below is a link to our council’s March Meeting Minutes.  Please click onto the lick and it will carry you to our councils webpage. Once there you will be asked to enter a password into the box.  It is Kc12985 Once this opens, go down the chart under 2017 and click onto March.  This will open the minutes where you can review, copy and print.  Please feel free to contact me if you run into any difficulty with this.  If interested, you can also go back and review almost two years of the past minutes.  Best of luck with this and again contact me with any questions you may have…
 

[CLICK HERE FOR PAST MINUTES]

 
Vivat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]
7534 Siesta Court, Whitehall, Michigan 49461
P231.894.2131  M231.206.3428  F231.222.5154

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2017 – March 23rd

Brothers;

MAJOR DEGREE:  Do any of you know of any members of our council planning on attending the Major Degree this Saturday at St. Thomas in Muskegon?  This is a great opportunity of any of you interested in increasing your knowledge of the Knights of Columbus.  If you are a 1st degree member of our council, please consider in attending this event.  If you choose to do so, please let me know and I will attend with you.  I enjoy attending these every time I get a chance to.
FIRST DEGREE:  Next, we are scheduled to have a First Degree on April 1st.  I’ve not received any names yet from any of you for this degree.  If you know of a candidate, please get with me soon, so I plan for the degree.
FISH FRY:  The past three weeks of our fish fry events have been very successful to our council.  We have many new volunteers this year, working very hard and adding to this success.  Some of these jobs are long and not easy.  A big thanks to all of you, your friends and family giving of your time and talents.  This is our largest fund raising event of the year, and if all continues, we will again be able to share this joy to so many dependent worthy charities.
FORTH DEGREE:  A reminder  to all our 4th Degree – Our next meeting will be held in the basement of St. Mary’s Muskegon on Tuesday the 28th, starting at 6:30 p.m.  Any of our 3rd degree interested in upgrading to the 4th degree should consider doing so this year.  The next 4th Degree Exemplification will be held at St. Jude Parish in Grand Rapids on April 22nd.  I have forms for any of you interested in becoming a Sir Knight of the 4th Degree.  Please get with me soon.  These forms need to be completed and turned in at the next 4th Degree meeting on the 28th of this month.  After this 4th Degree Exemplification, the next two will be held across the other side of the state.  This one is close and is why it is desirable to get into this one if interested.
COUNCIL WEBSITE:  I also want to remind all of you of our councils website.  you can find it simply by entering onto your browser, 12985kofc.org.  This will bring you to our landing page.  Once there you will discover some of the pages are open to all, and certain ones are restricted to members only.  Should you need access to one of the members only pages, the access password is Kc12985%.  On the site you will discover information about of annual Lenten Fish Fry, Our New Letters, Our past Council Meetings; Our 4th Degree (password restricted only to 4th degree); the history of the Knights, Information about the US Flag and interesting facts about the flag and its folding ceremony; and so much more.  Take some time and visit.  Please enjoy and I’m interested in hearing your feedback.
DISABLED MEMBERS:  Are you aware that any member determined by their physician to be disabled in eligible for a membership annual dues waiver.  Currently our council has only two that have made claim to this.  If you are disabled, please get a hold of our Worthy Financial Secretary, Bill Snowdin, and he will assist you with this process.
DISTRICT 70 DEPUTY – JIM DINGMAN:  Bother’s please keep in your thoughts and prayers our current District Deputy Jim Dingman.  I received an email from him yesterday indicating he is scheduled to have his knee replaced this spring.  Some of you that have gone through this, know its not an easy thing.  Jim is not a young man can use all of our prayers.  So please, keep him there in your thoughts and prayers.  On another note about the District Deputy, we will most likely lose Jim as our District Deputy after July of this year.  The State is re-organizing the Districts, and our council will probably re-align with some of the Muskegon councils.  Too early to call yet, but was discussed at last weeks Grand Knight training in Howard City.

Sorry this has been so long, but felt it contained things which needed to get out to all of you.  Please enjoy the balance of your evenings and I hope to see many of you helping and/or enjoying our 4th Fish Fry of the season, tomorrow night…

 
Vivat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2017 – March 21st

Brothers,

This weekend The council with ST Thomas in Muskegon will be hosting a 2nd & 3rd Degree Ceremony this Saturday morning.  I implore those of you holding out at 1st degree to consider moving up to the 3rd degree.  There is so much more to learn and offer. I will be at St Thomas this Saturday morning and available to Spencer any that decide to attend.  Everything starts at 8:30 am.  It cost you nothing, and there is so much more to learn.  I hope to see many of you there Saturday morning….

Vivat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2017 – March 11th

Brothers;

I just received an urgent phone call from our councils Fish Fry Coordinator, Tom Bart asking for some help with the Saturday morning clean up.  This morning Tom, and brother Dave Anderson are the only two working to clean the hall and kitchen.  This is a very huge task for two and they could use some immediate help.  If you have a few hours to spare this morning and could lend a hand, please consider doing so.  Last night we had a very successful event and would like to continue that success through this morning.  Thank any of you in advance that are able to help with this morning cleaning….
 
Vivat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2017 – March 10th

Brothers;

It is good to be back.  As some of you know, I was out of state for the most of February.  We traveled to Florida early in February visiting both friends and family there.  The weather during my stay was outstanding and we had a wonderful time.
Later in the month we traveled out to San Antonio, Texas, to Lackland AFB.  There we attended the graduation of our brother Knight and my youngest son Jordan from Air Force BMT.  Jordan graduated as an Honor Graduate.  It was both an honor and a privilege to have attended this event.  They graduated 747 Airmen that day, and we were told that this happens weekly there.  What an amazing event to witness, seeing and hearing 747 Airmen sound off and in sync sing loudly the Star Spangled Banner.  If ever you have the opportunity to attend one of these, I would highly recommend you consider it.  As a father and as a Fourth Degree Knight, it was very moving.  It is all about what we as Forth Degree Knights stand for… Patriotism.
On to business….
We have a scheduled meeting for this Sunday evening at 7pm, within the Knights Room at Saint James.  Please support your council by attending.    Attached, you will find a copy of the meeting agenda along with a copy of the minutes from the February meeting.  There are a couple of big items up for discussion, plus it is that time of year again where we start the process of the nomination of your council officers.  Again, it is important to attend as often as you possibly can.
Next – This Friday we start our annual Lenten Fish Fry.  This is our councils biggest event of the year.  It solely provides over 90% of our annual revenue, which is then turned around and donated back out to the many worthy charities we support.  It is very important that we all contribute one way or another to help bring in success to this huge event.  I personally want to thank Tom and Carol Bart for their dedicated leadership of this event, and the many, many council members and Parish members that have stepped up to provide their time and talents towards this event.  I would also like to thank those that further support this event by attending the dinners.  It takes a lot to make this happen.  Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you….
ONE Last Thing on the Fish Fry:
Our team has been working very hard to install a new POS system.  Changes as we all know do come with their challenges.  The new system was tested and the trials ran very well.  Unfortunately since bringing onto the Saint James campus, we have incurred multiple problems. These challenges have been identified and are slowly being worked through.  To add to our difficulty our Saint James IT representative is currently out of state.  He has not left us hanging, and has assisted us remotely trying to resolve things.  We’ve also received added IT support from two Parish members.  They have identified some duplicated coding issues, which we may continue to experience  through our opening. If so, we are planning to rectify prior to week two.  If the identified coding issues with our printers cannot be resolved, we may be forced to revert to a manual back-up system this week.  Should this happen, we ask all involved to show your support and patients.  The team is on the job and doing their best to fix this.  Thank you in advance, and see you there….
 
Vivat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2017 – February 28th

Brothers;

I have returned from my travels to Florida and Texas.  Waiting for me when I returned were request for passing along information to all of you.
FIRST:  [4th Degree]
A reminder to all of our 4th Degree that we have a meeting tonight beginning at 6:30 pm.  This months meeting will be held at Saint James in our Parish Hall.  A HUGE THANKS to Brother Bob Hyatt for coordinating this and getting the meal setup.  I will be at the hall this afternoon around 4 pm to setup for the meeting.  I could use a few hands if anyone is available to assist with moving some tables and chairs.  Bob’s crew will be there around 5 pm to setup the kitchen.  We could also use a little help at the end with cleanup.  Please show up if available to assist, otherwise you as a 4th degree are still available and welcome to attend the meeting.  Does anyone have an update on JR?  I was hoping to get him to this meeting.
SECOND: [Fish Fry]
I met with Tom Bart this morning regarding a status update.  Our council’s largest fund raising event will begin this Friday.  Right now, he still needs help with the following;
  1. Setup – Following the Wednesday 8:30 am Mass, the hall will need to be setup for the dinners.  With about 6 guys, this can be accomplished in about an hour.  PLEASE – if available, please show up and help.
  2. Takeout Phone Line – We need another person to help cover the calls.  This person needs to be there by 2:30 pm this week to learn the process, then 3:30 pm weekly thereafter through the Fish Fry’s.  If interested, please call Tom Bart at 231.286.9784, or me at 231.206.3428.
  3. Kitchen Help – Tom still needs a few to help in the kitchen during the dinners.  Please see Tom when you arrive if interested.
  4. Saturday Morning Cleanup – We are light on help Saturday mornings, especially this week.  If you are available and can help, please contact Tom at 231.286.9784, or give me a call at 231.206.3428.
As always a big thanks to all of you for the many things each of you do to make our council a great success.  I hope many of you and your families will be able to attend and enjoy our fish fries this year.  I look forward to seeing each of you and hearing stories of the many things happening throughout your past year.  Until then…
 
Vivat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2017 – February 15th

Fellow Knights;

I just received a copy of this months minutes as taken at our February 12th Council’s Business Meeting.  As many of you know, I was out of state and not available to attend this meeting.  From all that I hear and see, everything appears to have gone well in my absence.  For your convenience I am attaching a copy for each of your review.

I also want to remind all of you that we have our next Corporate Communion Mass scheduled for this Saturday, 5pm at St James.  Please consider attending and showing your support to our council.

Following the Mass, we will be holding our annual Valentines Dinner/Dance in the parish hall.  Again, I hope to see many of you in attendance…

One last thing, I wish to thank our brothers Steve Nagengast and Tyler Cumings for leading our last council meeting in my absence.  These take a lot of time and work.  Thanks again.
Don’t forget we are hosting the 4th Degree on the 28th, and Fish Fry starts the following week….
 
Vivat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2017 – February 9th

Greetings Brother Knights From Florida;

I have a moment of free time and wanted to get out to all of you a reminder of our council meeting planned for this Sunday night, 7pm, room 1 at St. James.  Both your Deputy Grand Knight, and myself your Grand Knight are down in Florida enjoying a break from the winter weather.  In our absence, our council Chancellor, Tyler Cumings will be leading this months meeting.  Please support Tyler as this is a big first for him in these duties.
Attached to assist all of you, I am providing a copy of the agenda, along with the past meeting minutes.  Please review and feel free to contact me is you have any questions.
There will not be an officer’s meeting this month.  Upon my return, I will send out a message stating when the next one will be.
February 18th is rapidly approaching.  We have a  Corporate Communion Mass scheduled for the 5pm Saturday evening Mass.  Please try to attend and show your council support.  I’m asking our 4th Degree to wear their tuxes, and the rest to wear their council shirts.  It would be great to see a lot of red in the pews of this Mass.
Following the Corporate Communion Mass is our annual Valentines Dinner/Dance.  Tickets are on sale this weekend after all Masses in the Narthex.  Please consider purchasing your tickets and attending this fun filled event.

Well – That’s it from Sunny Miami Florida.  Hoping all the weather there stays fair for all of you.  See you in a week…

 
Vivat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2017 – January 27th

I just received word today, that our brother SK JR Savoie has been released from treatment through Heartland and has returned home.  He still has a ways to go, so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  He is also open to visitors.  If you should have some open time, he would love to see you…

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2016 – December 23rd

TO:  Jason Stariha; Spencer Caldwell; James Luttrull, Jr

Brother Knights;

I would like to welcome you to our council, “Our Lady Of White Lake”, 12985.  As new members I strongly encourage you to attend our monthly meetings and become active participants.  Today, your email addresses were added to my master council list, and you will begin receiving council communications from me.  I would also like to advise you of our council’s website which can be found at http://12985kofc.org/.  Here you will find information about the Knights in general, and also about our council.  Likewise I would encourage you to take some time to visit this site and become familiar with it.  I also post our meeting minutes and agendas for our meetings.  So if you miss a meeting, you can always catch up here; http://12985kofc.org/membership-meeting-information/.  The link to our meeting minutes is under “Members Only”; http://12985kofc.org/minutes/.  The information within our minutes is confidential and open to members only.  We do not share this information to non members, so this link is password protected.  Being members I am providing you with this password, and ask that you not share it with others.  The access password was privately sent to each of you.  Again, please keep this confidential.
Under “News & Events”, you will find our councils calendar.  http://12985kofc.org/calendar/
These are just a few of the highlights of our site.  Again, please take time to visit and benchmark the address.  Over time I’m certain you will find it of value.
Again, welcome to our council and I hope to see each of you at our next council meeting in January on the 8th at 7 p.m.  Until then, you, your family and friends have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – December 23rd

Brother’s – 

Yesterday I gave Brother Jake a phone call to check and see how he is doing.  Jake answered the phone and indicated he has returned home from the hospital and is recovering.  He underwent a quadruple heart bypass and is still weak, but mending.  Jake indicated he will not be able to lead the upcoming council blood drive and is looking for someone that would be willing to lead this event for him.  If interested, please contact Jake at 231.894.6313.  Even if you cannot help, please give Jake a call and show your support to him.

Next – I received the following update on JR yesterday from his son Jarrett;

“My dad is doing well.  He is still at Hackley in there long term care on the third floor at room 374. He is continuing his rehab and we might be able to get him home sometime after the New Years”

Jarrett Savoie – 

 
JR is doing better and receiving visitors.  If in the Muskegon area, please consider stopping in and visiting him, or drop him a card.  You can also stay current on JR’s progress by following the webpage we setup for him at;
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – December 22nd

Brothers;

I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying these Holy Christmas Holidays.  I received the following the other day from Brother Steve Nagengast asking me to send out to all of you.  Our Poster Contest is in full gear and he is in need of a little judging help at oor next meeting in January.  Please read below;

Hello Worthy GK John:

I am hoping you can send this message out to all of the members of our Council. 

As you have likely observed from reading our Parish’s bulletin our Council’s “programs function” has implemented a poster contest (in place right now) with the Faith Formation Youth Group.   This contest is being coordinated with the Faith Formation leadership of our Parish.   Each youth member has the option if they want to create a poster for the contest.  If they want to compete they were supplied with poster board material two weeks ago and informed that their art work is due back to the Parish Office by January 5.   

The artwork being created by the youth must reflect the theme of Keeping Christ in Christmas.  There are three age categories for the contest:  age 5 to 7, age 8-10 and age 11-14.

The judging of the posters will take place at 5:30PM on Sunday January 8 (one hour before our Council’s Officers Meeting at 6:30PM).  I would like to have a committee of five Knights members be the judges for the contest.  We need one member of the Committee at a minimum to have formal knowledge and an appreciation of art. 

Art work will be judged using a 100 point scoring system:

–          30 points for the slogan – how clearly is the theme presented?

–          30 points for the visuals- how well do the visuals convey the message?

–          40 points for the overall impact- how effective was the poster in capturing your attention and causing you to reflect on the topic?

Please let me know if you would like to be considered to be on the judging committee.  After receiving the names of members who desire to be on the committee DGK Dave Sipka and I will select a group of people to be the judges.   

God Bless

Brothers Steve and Dave

 

Vivat Jesus!

John G. Duff

Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – December 13th

Brothers;

I just received the following message to you from our fourth degree and wanted to share with all of you;
Please keep Sir Knight Jacob Paszkowski in your thoughts and prayers.  Jacob is in the hospital for heart related issues and is scheduled to have heart surgery tomorrow.
 
Roger Routt
Faithful Comptroller
For those of you that may not be aware, Jake is a member of our council and is our current Warden.  As Roger has mentioned, please keep Jake in your thoughts and prayers and he heads into surgery tomorrow.  I will do my best to keep you posted on this, but will be leaving to the Bahamas tomorrow afternoon through the weekend.  For any of you that hear further, please forward onto me and I will when I have opportunity send out to all.  See you next week and again pray for our brother Jake…
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – December 4th

Brother’s;

I am sending out a reminder to all of you that we have a council 1st Degree ceremony today at 6pm in room 1 at St James, followed by a Council Meeting at 7 pm.  We have two new candidates joining our council tonight, and I hope to see many of you there showing your support.  Also 2017 due notices have gone out.  Brother Bill will be at the meeting tonight to collect from those that are able to pay tonight.  Again, hope to see many of you there tonight.
 
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – December 3rd

All;

Reminder that our councils train will be in the White Lake Christmas Parade, today at 1 pm.  We are in need of help to carry the banner, flags and distribute candy.  We will rally at 1pm over in the old Whitehall High School parking lot, just off Slucum @ Hall St., at 1pm to off load, lineup and decorate the train.  I talked to Bob Hyatt this morning and he’s still in need of help.  Please consider coming out and helping with the train today.  Nobody will be turned away.  Hope to see a few of you there…
 
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – December 2nd

Brothers;
Attached you will find a copy of the agenda and minutes from our past meeting in November.  We will meet as a council this Sunday evening at 7pm in the Knights Room (Rm-1) at 7 pm.  This is the final gathering of the council for 2016.  Please make an effort to attend.
Prior to this meeting we will be holding a 1st degree.   If able to, please come and show your support to these new members.
Also don’t forget the Giving Tree distributions and our train in the Christmas parade this Saturday, (tomorrow)…
I hope to see many of you out and supporting our council this weekend, as we support others and grow…
Last – Please remember to keep JR Savoie in your prayers.  He underwent surgery yesterday.
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – December 1st

Brother Knights;

Yesterday I received a request from our Financial Secretary to remind all of you that our annual due are due again this month.  Bill will be at the meeting Sunday night and will accept payment from any able to be there and do so.  Our membership due cost this year is $30., plus the optional extra $5.00 per member.  Students are $10 and optional additional $5 each.  You can either send in the payment to Bill or myself, or pay him at the meeting this Sunday evening.  Bill can be reached via his email at fs12985@mikofc.org

Next – I received a text today from Bob Hyatt asking for help with the train this Saturday for the White Lake parade.  Bob is in need of help for the following;

  1. Unloading and reloading the train off/on the trailer.
  2. Decorating the train.
  3. Children to ride the train in the parade.
  4. Walkers to carry the flags and banners.
  5. Walkers to hand out the candy.

The train will unload in the parking lot of the old Whitehall High School at 1 p.m.  The group will stage and decorate the train after unloading.  The parade starts at 2pm, traveling from Whitehall, to Montague.

Please get a hold of Bob Hyatt at;

Also – Please do not forget the distributions for the White Lake Giving tree take place this Saturday morning at 9am.  The rally will be in the St James Parish Hall.  Please put this on your list of rewarding things to do.  It is such a moving experience to witness and be a part of such a wonderful and worthy event.  Hope to lots of you there Saturday morning helping to make a difference in some child and family’s life.

Vivat Jesus!

John G. Duff

Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – November 30th
JR Savoie Update:
I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last updated. My dad went back into the hospital yesterday do to complaints about his arm. They released he has a bad infection and rushed him in an ambulance yesterday around 1:00. Today we just found out he has mrsa and will need to have surgery tomorrow. Can you please let the knights know. Thanks for all the prayers you have given us so far we could not have made it without all the love and support everyone has given.
 
Sincerely,
Jarrett Savoie

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2017 – November 29th

Kristen, Tyler;

I just received a request for us to hold another “Keeping Christ In Christmas” poster contest.  This normally by now would have kicked off this weekend and remained open through the 18th of December.  With our late start, we have dropped 1 week for the youth to engage their talents towards their poster’s.  Looking at this year’s Faith Formation schedule, their last session prior to Christmas will be December 11th.  This doesn’t provide a lot of time for them to pull anything together.  If we choose to proceed with this, I would suggest we allow them to return by the 8th of January.
Tyler – You will need to pull together a team on the 8th to judge all those submitted.  The local winners will then be given to District Deputy Jim Dingman that evening to be submitted to the District selection.  District needs to be completed by the 15th of January, so their timeline is shortened as well.
From there the winners move all the way up through International levels.  This is a really great program and would be a nice thing for some of our talented youth to be able to be involved with.
Attached you will find a letter providing information on how the programs runs and a second one from me to go out to the parents.  Please get with me as soon as possible, so we know if we need to start pulling together the supplies.  Thank you for all that both of you do and I look forward to hearing from you…
 
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]
Attachments:
  1. Christmas Poster Planning
  2. Poster Contest Invite

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2016 – November 6th

All;

A reminder to all that we have a meeting tonight.  I understand many of you are very busy and require family time. I personally feel we as Knights must respect family time.  I only ask as your Grand Knight that if you are available to come on down and help our council to travel in the direction YOU feel it needs to go.  We are an open council and available to receive your opinions and thoughts.  We meet tonight at St James at 7 pm.  Come.  Join Us.  Become a part of our future.  YOUR PRESENTS MATTERS….  7pm, St James, Room 1.  I’ll be there…….will you?????

Vivat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – November 4th

Brother’s;

Tonight is the annual White Lakes Eagles  – Giving Tree Fundraising Dinner.  It runs 5:30 – 8pm tonight.  This is a very worthy event which is worth all of our support.  If you have the time, please consider stopping in and enjoying a great time and fantastic food.  Hope to see many of you there supporting tonight….
 
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – November 1st

Brothers;

I’m hoping all of you had a nice family celebrated Halloween, and are rooting for the Cubs…  I wanted to briefly take a moment of your time to remind all of you of the following;

  1. Sunday, November 6th – 11 am Mass is our Council’s final Corporate Communion Mass of the year.  Please do your best to attend this mass.  I had plans of calling forward and recognizing both our Knight of the Quarter, and Family of the Quarter.  Amazing as it may be, both have this week advised they will not be able to attend.  I plan to still announce them to the church, and please join me in congratulation Tom Bart as our Knight of the Quarter, and Scott & Sherie Manzo Family as our Family of the Quarter.  As always, please wear a shirt, sweater or tux identifying you as a member of the Knights.
  2. Sunday, November 6th  – 6:30 pm is a Council Officer’s Meeting.  All members are invited to attend.
  3. Sunday, November 6th  – 6:30 pm is a Council Membership Meeting.  All members are invited to attend. Hospitality to follow this meeting.  Hope to see many of you there…
Attachment:  Meeting Agenda
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – October 31st

Brothers;

I want to remind all of you of our council’s scheduled upcoming Corporate Communion Mass on Sunday, November 6th, 2016 – 11AM.  This is our last Knights Mass of 2016, which will be followed by a small birthday celebration for Father Peter in the Parish Hall.  Attached you will find a link to our council webpage which provides a list of all signed up to help at this mass.  Even if you have not signed up, I am asking all of you to consider attending this Mass, and wearing your council or assembly dress.  Thank you all for supporting our council this year, and I look forward to continued growth and success as we soon move into 2017…

 
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – October 27th

Brothers;

I received an update on JR yesterday from his son Jarrett.  JR had bypass surgery yesterday and came through it well.  Please continue to keep both JR and his family in your thoughts and prays, and remember to follow his journey through recovery on his webpage at;  http://12985kofc.org/2016/10/jr-savoie/

 
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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2016 – October 25th

Brothers;

I was happy to hear all things went well with our planned Fall Steak Fry.  I have heard all that attended had a great time.  One last thing to do to complete this event.  Our councils charcoal grill is still setting dirty and outside.  We need a couple volunteers to go up, removed the ash and clean up any utensils left dirty in the area.  Once done, if you let Stan know, he will hook onto it and return it to storage.  If we could get a few of you to meet there today at 3pm to do this, that would be great.  Those available please contact me at gk12985@mikofc.org.  Thanks…

 
Vivat Jesus!
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]

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~ October 15th, 2016 ~

Today, I attended the “Community Rosary Rally”, held at noon at the Montague Weathervane.  This event was sponsored and supported by our council of the Knights of Columbus 12985.  What a joy and an honor to be able to attend this.  Thank you to Lynette Fillips for the wonderful video…

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~ October 13th, 2016 ~

TODAY :

I added two new items to our website.  First added was a page dedicated to Right to Life.  The link to this page can be found in the icon section of our home page.  I’ve asked our Brother Bob Hyatt to help gather and provide information to this page.

Next, I added a video clip onto the homepage of the “Year of Mercy”  put together and being released soon by the Knights of Columbus.

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~ October 7th, 2016 ~

As most of you are aware, for over a week now I’ve been updating all of you about the progress of our brother JR Savoie.  A little more than a week ago he suffered a mild heart attack while attending adoration within our parish chapel.  He was admitted to Mercy Hospital, Muskegon and placed into ICU.  Sometime thereafter further complications resulted in the need to airlift him to UofM Hospital in Ann Arbor.  He was placed into an induced coma and has remained in that state to this time.  Upon arrival at Ann Arbor, he was placed onto special equipment provided an elevated flow of oxygen to his system.  Since then the process to slowly remove him has begun and to date has dropped from 95% to 50% today.  We here at council continue to keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.  We will continue to keep all of you informed as more is released by his family.


~September 17th, 2016~

MI – DRIVE

Today a group of us from the council dispersed within the Greater White Lake Area, shook cans, handed our tootsie rolls and had fun raising monies for our handicapped communities and the Special Olympics.  As always I want to sincerely thank my brothers of the council that were willing to give up a Saturday morning and raise these much needed funds.  Jointly today, we raised just over $2500.  

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~September 2nd, 2016 ~

Today I finished putting together the video of our chaplain’s Homily from Sunday, August 28th, 2016 titled “He Who Humbles Himself Will Be Exalted”.  Below you will find a copy of this Homily.  Please take a few minutes to re-listen as Father Peter  does a remarkable job and at the same time shows strong support to the Knights of the world…

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~ New Direction ~

August 30th, 2016

Brother Knights;

I received the following in my Council Email this morning and wanted to post for all of you to read…

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FROM THE STATE CHAPLAIN V. Rev. William J. Turner, PhD, KCHS, Michigan Columbian, July, 2016

To my brother Knights and families:

I am especially honored to be appointed your State Chaplain. These many years I have experienced the responsibilities of service to you all as a Council Chaplain and as a Diocesan Chaplain. I have been very much aware of all our good works. I have become an enthusiastic participant in our projects for the Domestic Church in Michigan.

It has been recently announced that a new direction has been proposed by the Supreme Council and fully endorsed by our Michigan bishops. It is their wish, and their direction to me as State Chaplain, that these Supreme initiatives are to be enacted and encouraged. You can be assured that it will be my goal to implement their wishes within our jurisdiction.

I know that Michigan Knights will continue to be what we have always been: in the forefront of the Order’s activities and as faithful supporters of our bishops and priests. The initiatives will be as follows:

  1. I am asking every Council, led by its Grand Knight, to make every activity and good work proposed a part of the ministry of the parish and under the vision of the local pastor and his direction. Knights will then become fully part of the Domestic Church and not creators of other programs in addition to the pastor’s initiatives, which could alienate them from him and his ministry. Councils with halls and chambers away from the parish grounds must double their efforts to show their priest that they are not competing ministries, but fully supporting him in what they do at their facility and by many more activities in which they participate at the parish under his direction. Supreme has called for an acceleration from a home association to a parish-based Council The closer we work for parish and families, the more there will be growth.
  1. I am asking each Knight of Michigan to reflect upon the Gospel call that comes to him to be a true evangelizer not only in the world, but primarily at the Parish level. Each Knight should consider a ministry at the parish into which the Lord has given him natural talent. He will then offer himself to the Pastor for his affirmation of that gift. I especially would expect to see our Knights involved in the critical areas of Religious Education of children and youth. This ministry would require not only the approval of the Pastor, but the essential training in Protection of Young People, affirming our commitment to protect our youth. Our young people need to have and need to see models of godly men of faith to which virtue they may aspire. We are men ripe to fulfill that role. I am encouraging all Council and State events to not have gatherings or meetings on Sunday that could draw Knights and their families away from their parish Eucharist. Let such meetings follow, in as many meetings as is possible, their essential Eucharistic participation in the parishes.

Much of this energy should flow from the family, an institution under attack in our world, and to which we as Knights must dedicate ourselves. Knights need time with their families. Grand Knights, please do whatever you can to bring good order to Council meetings so that the agenda may be completed in a timely fashion. God’s attribute of fatherhood is our model and must not be taken from us for any reason or failure in the past to live up to that goal. Ideally the Domestic Church can be said to be the family, fully alive, man, woman and children. A Knight’s responsibility is to create that environment with his wife in the home and be a reflection of it in all aspects of his life.

  1. In the past, our charity has been given, in the most part, to our individual regions. The Supreme Council has always been in the forefront for acts of charity in the times of disaster and crisis. This has been the hallmark of our Order and within the spirit of the Founder. This year Supreme has asked us to reflect upon, pray for and financially support in charity the suffering Christians in the Middle East, who are in serious danger of genocide. Their disappearance from the scene of the Middle East is not only immoral and depraved, but would end a direct link with Christ, they whose ancestors knew the Lord, and whose evangelistic zeal spread the faith in the early Church down to our age.

I ask my brother Knights to begin an initiative in each Council in support of The Christians of the Middle East. This could be financial, but also vigorous prayer and a serious education to all Knights about the situation. With the support of the local pastor this education could be provided to parish members as well.

  1. I am asking the Diocesan Chaplains to contact all Council Chaplains in their Dioceses to announce to them these new initiatives and to assure them of our support. All priests, in their parish planning, should experience Knights not as proposers of projects, but as partners in the implementation of the pastor’s plans as he directs. I wish to see an end to the false vision of Knights as a club of men with an agenda of their own, which they bring to the pastor to add to his vision. I wish to see an end of Knights being seen as a men’s social club in the district and not being the pastor’s right arm. I wish to see an end of the experience of any Council without a fully participating Chaplain. I ask each District in Michigan to have at least one Clergy Appreciation event each year. This and other such activities, such as a strong participation in the RSVP, our seminarian support program, show our dedication to our priests and how we see them as critical to our faith lives, and critical to our Eucharistic lives.

Is it too much for me to hope and propose such an implementation of the vision of our Supreme Knight and the enthusiastic support of our Michigan bishops can be implemented in our Michigan jurisdiction in the very near future? We may scratch our heads and either ask why our numbers have lost over 3000 Knights in recent years, or why more men are not coming to join us. Brother Knights, we must be seen to be believed. The ideal place to be seen is in the parish, as we dedicate ourselves and our families to the Domestic Church! May the ongoing Year of Mercy be a blessing to you, and as a Priest of Mercy, I ask you to dedicate your works and the implementation of the aforementioned initiatives as signs of the mercy of God, a mercy that will return to you many times over as men of the family!

 

Vivat Jesus et Domesticam Ecclesiam!

Rev. William J Turner, PhD, KCHS

State Chaplain

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~ Corporate Communion Updates ~

August 19th, 2016

The Corporate Communion page under the 12985 tab was upgraded today.  This upgrade included removing the August CCM information and adding in the upcoming November schedules.  You can both view online, and also click onto the “print” link and print a copy.  For those that may not be aware, Brother Ron Spoelhof has been appointed our councils Corporate Communion Mass Leader.  Please coordinate all additions and subtractions from the posted schedule through Ron.  He can be contacted via the following;

TELEPHONE:  231.286.2421

EMAIL:  r.spoelhof1@gmail.com

A couple of things to add here.  As part of our Quarterly Corporate Communion Masses, we are now recognizing our councils “Family of the Quarter” and our “Knight of the Quarter”.  We are also presenting to Father Peter, the checks for the various Parish Ministries we as a council have budgeted to support.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our Masses.  Our Parish loves seeing so many of us there and showing our involvement and support.


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~ Site Upgrades ~

August 11th, 2016

I’ve just completed a major upgrade to our councils website, bringing it more inline with other Knights websites.  The top menu area has been greatly reduced at the parent level and many items revamped and moved to child levels.  Please feel free to stroll over the pages and get familiar.  Also, if there is something you would like to see added that will benefit our council, please drop me an email at john@duffhouse.net.  I will do my best to add it in.  

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~ Family / Knight of the Quarter –

August 7th, 2016 @ Our Lady of Assumption Rothbury

Celerated with our Council Chaplain Fr. Peter Omogo & Visiting Nigerian Priest Fr. Isaac

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SITE UPGRADING

Monday, August 8th, 2015

We are going through a site restructuring which will bring our council site more in line with the other Knights sights.  Please take a few minutes to breeze around from page to page, and drop me an email with your thought on the upgrade.  I look forward to hearing your reviews and recommendations – J. Duff, Webmaster   http://gk12985@mikofc.org


Knights Of Columbus Supreme Convention – 2016-08-02 – Knights Of Columbus 134th Supreme Convention


FATHER DONN TUFTS

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Friday, July 22nd, 2016

So very sad to receive the news late yesterday of the passing of our beloved retired Pastor, Father Donn Tufts. His dedication to the faith and building of the church will be greatly missed. For now we have no information on funeral arrangements, but will post both here and on the Parish website as soon as we receive them. Please keep Father Donn and all his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. May perpetual light shine upon him and may his soul rest in peace…

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR FATHER DONN

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  • WHEN: Monday, July 25th, 2016 – 3:00 PM

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  • VISITATION: Monday, July 25th, 2016 – 1-3pm, St. James Catholic Church, Narthex.

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  • INTERMENT: Following services in Elbridge. Not certain at this point if private of public. Will advise further on this when information is available.

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  • Father Donn was a member of the Fourth Degree Order of the Knights of Columbus plus the past Chaplain of Council 12985. We are attempting to line up the Color Corp. to serve as a sentinel at his visitation, plus several at his services.   Link:  Fr. Donn Obituary

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Rev. Father Philip Salmonowicz

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 philBrothers – Many of you are aware of the recent passing of Father Phil Salmonowicz.  The loss of two local Priest has placed a great degree of stress and demand of the remainder of our Priest and our Catholic Communities.  Please keep all of our Catholic communities in your thoughts and prays, and add Father Phil to the list.  May perpetual light shine upon him and may the soul of Father Phil rest in peace.  Here is a link to his complete obituary.

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– Tuesday July 26th –

Bishop Baraga Assembly – 4th Degree

4th degreeOur council will be hosting the Bishop Baraga Assembly of the 4th Degree Tuesday, July 26th in the St. James Parish Hall.  Please all 4th Degree Knights, please consider attending.  We will be supplying the supper and also need to setup the hall for this.

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 – Monday, July 18th, 2016 –

Brother Knights;

I received the following email last night from Brother Tyler Cumings mother Lynnette, and wanted to share this with all of you.  It is a very strong example of what good Knights do.  I as your Grand Knight want to extend my personal thank you and the appreciation from our council to Council 1300 in Big Rapids.   The following is what I received from Lynnette, and what was sent to their Grand Knight.  I encourage any of you desiring to do so, to also send over a thank you.  Their Grand Knight is Peter Balanda and his email address is http://gk1300@mikofc.org

As Sent on 07/18/2016

Worthy Grand Knight;
Last night I received the following letter from a mother of one of my council’s young Knights.  In it she asked if I could relay a letter thanking your council for helping her daughter yesterday.  Below is her letter to you;
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“Hi John – My daughter Amber’s car broke down today at church in Big Rapids.  She couldn’t get it started.  She went back to the church to try again and there were a bunch of Knights there.  The Knight who pulled the connection from the terminal and scraped away the corrosion was a Steve from Howard City.  
 
I really appreciate great Catholic men.
 
Thanks,
 
Lynnette”
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Please extend my council’s appreciation to these fine Knights that exemplified true brotherly knighthood. I am also posting a thank you on our webpage to your council.  Our website address is 12985kofc.org
 
Vitat Jesus,
John G. Duff
Grand Knight 12985 – Knights of Columbus [Montague]
7534 Siesta Court, Whitehall, Michigan 49461
P: 231.894.2131  M: 231.206.3428  F: 231.222.5154


– Monday, July 11th, 2016 –

KC Prayer Novena


-Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 –

IMG_1468THE HOLY FAMILY ICON:  Today I traveled to Prince of Peace and celebrated with the the Mass and Rosary of the Icon.  After doing so, the Icon was presented to me to bring to St. James for our display and celebration over the next week.  The Icon was set up in the Chapel, and Father Peter will celebrate Mass Wednesday morning for the Icon.  This Icon was commissioned and sent out to circulate by Pope Francis.  We are very fortunate to have been chosen to host this.  From St James it will move next week to Fremont.


Saturday, June 11th

This morning several of us came together to help get the Parish Volleyball Pit put back together and readied for it’s planned opening on the 26th of this month.  I’d like to thank brother Jason Zwart for showing up solely a few days ago and tilling  up the complete pit.  This must be done annually to make it possible to play on the pit without injury.

Next I would like to thank brothers, Terry Baker, Kevin Munson, and Jason Zwart for showing up this morning.  It was hot out there even at 9 a.m., but within an hour, the net was up, the boarders placed, and the tables down and setup.  We noticed the tables are in rough shape and could use some painting.  If anyone is looking for a project and can paint, please contact me at gk12985@mikofc.org.  I will get you the needed supplies to get this done.  Thanks again to all that have helped get this project completed.

John Duff – DGK 12985


Sunday, June 5th, 2016

KodiTonights Business Meeting was the final hosting of our current Grand Knight Kodi.  We as a council were fortunate to have hosted the youngest Grand Knight in the State of Michigan.  Kodi even though busy with his school studies and other demands, did his best and for the most made every meeting over these past two years.  Please join me in thanks Kodi for his support and dedication to our council.  He steps down as Grand Knight, but continues his support to this council as our new Recorder. 

On other news, we had the first reading of our 2016 budget.  The 1st reading was passed and it moves to the 2nd reading which will take place at our June 10th Business meeting.

A request for help has gone out for getting the Parish Volleyball Pit setup for the 2016 season.  As many as possible are asked to help get this done on the morning of Saturday the 11th, at 9a.m.  Hope to see a few good Knights show up and help…

John Duff – DGK 12985


Thursday, May 26th, 2016

IMG_1315Today, with a group of fellow Knights, we came together and re-did the Knights Garden located in front of St. James Catholic Church.  I’d like to thank brothers Steve Nagengast, Jason Zwart, Dave Sipka, Ron Spoelhof and Mike Angeleri for setting aside the time to complete this project.  Along with this, we also helped remove wood chips from 6 stump holes in the cemetery and fill in the holes.  Great job guys.  Please know your council and your church community is very thankful and proud of you…

John Duff – DGK 12985

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Saturday, May 14th, 2016

madallianMAJOR DEGREEJim Dingman and myself drove to Gaylord today with our candidate Jason Zwart and helped get him though the 2nd and 3rd degree.  We left at 6:30am and returned to Whitehall around 7pm.  With the completion of the 3rd degree for Jason, we are now able to appoint him to Supreme for the position of Financial Secretary.  Congratulations to Jason on obtaining this level.  We were impressed with how you conducted yourself through the process…

John Duff – DGK 12985

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

newsletterQUARTERLY NEWSLETTERJust to update all of you, we are in the early stages of resurrecting and facelifting our councils “Quarterly Newsletters”.  We’ve been playing with some new formats very friendly to use and hope to be able to release our first addition sometime mid July to early August.  I’ve circulated some samples to several of of officers, with very positive response back.  The primary point of this Quarterly Newsletter will be to have a form of media capable of reaching our brothers without email.   The plan will be to email a copy to all with email addresses, and snail mail a hard copy to those without email.  That ends up being around 30 members per quarter.  We will try to keep all of you posted on this site as we develop this renewed tool…

John Duff – DGK 12985

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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COUNCIL BLOOD DRIVE:  Our council will be hosting another BLOOD DRIVE, on Monday the 2nd of May over in the hall at Saint Mary’s of the Woods, Lakewood.  A big thank you goes out to all those helping to make this a very successful event, and to all the donors that come up and support the endless blood supply needs.  Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you…

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 – Sunday, May 1st, 2016

6:00 P.M. – Council Officer’s Meeting – St. James, Room #3

7:00 P.M. – Council Membership Meeting – St. James, Room #3  [AGENDA]


Saturday, April 30th, 2016

CORPORATE COMMUNION MASS:  We have a Council Mass scheduled today, Saint James Catholic in Montague at the 5:00 p.m. Mass today.  Please refer to the Corporate Communion Page via this site for scheduling information.  One side note  – NO TUX for this Mass.  We have a Council steak fry following the Mass and don’t want the tux to get damaged.

FISH FRY APPRECIATION DINNER:  Immediately following today’s Corporate Communion Mass, our council is hosting and appreciation dinner for all those that volunteered their time helping to make this year’s fish fry a very big success.  A big thank’s to all of you that gave so freely of your time and talents…


FISH FRY 2016

We’ve ended another successful year with our council’s annual Lenten Fish Fry.  This was our very first year taking over total operations from the Parish and running ourselves as a council.  I want to give special thanks to Tom & Carol Bart for their dedication and coordination of making this event happen.  The two of you really poured in time and talent, offering several successful upgrades.  Thank you for all that you did and continue to do.

I would like to also extend a big thank you to our auxiliary, to all of our volunteers, the cracker mixers, the desert team, the breaders, the fryers, servers.  To those bussing tables, serving desserts, drinks and the youth teams.  To the cleaning team Saturday morning.  To the counters and any others possibly miss.  I had no clue on exactly all that needed to happen to host our weekly dinners.  All of you did outstanding and we as an organization are grateful. 

Below are our numbers recorded this years.  Now just waiting for all the bills to arrive and be paid….

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 January 2016

– Niki Snowdin Obituary – 

http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?of=7729382948

 


– Annual Council Spelling Bee 2015 –

K of C Spelling Bee 2015Attached is a picture of the kids for our website(s).   The winners from the 7th Annual Our Lady of White Lake Council Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee that took place on November 17 at St. James Catholic Church:
From left to right are:  2nd Place Winner NBC 6th Grade student Robert Knapp,  1st Place Winner Piper Olstrom a 4th Grade student at R.R. Oehrli Elementary School, 4th Place Winner Chloe Stout a 4th Grade student at R.R.O., and Autumn Phipps a 4th Grade Student at R.R.O.
 
Each student received a gift certificate from the Book Nook and Java Shop and will move on to the Regional Spelling Bee in Newago in January.
Brother Dave


– CHALICE MASS – 

November 1st, 2015

IMG_2663November 1st, 2015 – Just prior to the start of the Knights Corporate Communion Mass, a special service was held, transferring a special Chalice over from the Fremont Council, to “Our Lady of White Lake” Chaplin, Fr. Peter Omogo. This Chalice originated in Bay City Michigan. It is inscribed with the names of four deceased members of their council and is being passed from council to council with intentions of travel over seas. Fr. Peter has been asked to accept this Chalice and transport it with him to his home Parish in Nigeria.

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KC ANNUAL STEAK FRY

Saturday, October 24th, 2015 – 6 p.m.

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History Photo taken in 2014 at the Annual KC Steak Fry

Tickets are on sale in the St James Narthex after each of the Masses this weekend.  Cost per ticket is once again $10.00 each.  All are welcome to join in on the good food, fun and fellowship of the evening.  Hope to see many of you there…

The Annual KC Steak Fry was a big success in 2015 and below are a few shared pictures to enjoy and remember…

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A table full of our guest enjoying time and a meal together…

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Brother Dave & Shirley Shafer at the KC Steak Fry 2015

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Rosemary Greiner & Father Peter Omogo at the KC Steak Fry 2015…

     

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– TENTATIVE VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE –

2016

Please click onto this form to enlarge, copy or print.

Please click onto this form to enlarge, copy or print.

Our 2016 Fish Fry is just around the corner. The Knights of Columbus thank you for everything you did to make our 2015 Fish Fry an outstanding success!

The 2016 Fish Fry will begin on Friday February 12th and continue the next 5 weeks ending on Friday March 18th. No Fish Fry on Good Friday.

Everyone is warmly invited to work in their old areas or to try new jobs. Please welcome any St. James, Our Lady of the Assumption, St. John’s parishioners, their friends, neighbors, Catholic or non to participate in helping our community by returning 100% of every dollar made!!! Attached is a schedule.  Please review and look up your job(s) from past years and help to ensure we listed everyone on the roster. Please email to fishfry@12985kofc.org any corrections, add on’s, etc. along with the week(s) you are available to volunteer by November 16, 2015. The sharing of our time and talents is a huge part of our Catholic faith. Thank you for your past generosity. Our White Lake community is so much better for it.

Thank You!


imagesDear Brother Knights,

We are proud to announce that a new Knights of Columbus produced documentary film on Our Lady of Guadalupe begins airing across the country this Sunday on ABC affiliated stations. Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message paints a comprehensive and inspiring picture of the history, facts, legacy and continued relevance of Our Lady of Guadalupe throughout the western hemisphere and beyond. The airings are presented as part of ABC’s Visions and Values Series and have a broadcast window from Oct. 11 to Dec. 10.

Over the course of four days in December 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous convert named Juan Diego. Most experts and historians affirm that more than any other, this event, and the image miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma (cloak), has resulted in the mass conversion of millions of Native Americans to the Catholic faith. The message of Our Lady of Guadalupe helped to build bridges between the two worlds and began the transformation of our continent. Her appearance compelled people and cultures to unite under her mantle of compassion and charity in a way that didn’t exist before. Through her intercession, then and now, Americans have found a deep sense of common faith, hope and identity.

Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message brings this remarkable history to life through modern reenactments, 3D animations of the mysterious image which allow viewers an unprecedented glimpse into the intricacies of the centuries-old wonder and interviews with leading theologians, historians and experts on the scientific inquiries into the story. The film delves into the inexplicable existence of the image on Juan Diego’s tilma, the mystery found in her eyes and unveils breaking new anthropological insights into the symbols that spoke directly to the hearts of the indigenous people.

For more information about the film, including broadcast times and the DVD release, visit www.guadalupethefilm.com or follow the hashtag #guadalupethefilm.


Update:

10/01/2015

Brother Knights – Bringing you current of council form completion and council status.  Today I sat down and devoted several hours gathering information and completing Council Forms MI-01, MI-18, and MI-20.  With this, our council is on track and looking favorable in the eyes of the state.  I want to put out a hearty thanks to those of you that have and continue to support the food drives through the parish and our council blood drives.  It’s the little things that happen that stack up and build us to be the strong council we are. Thank you again for all that so many of you do to make 12985 the council we are...


Update:

09/23/2015

Worthy Brother Knights,

Our total collections this year came to $2950.85, with a small handful of Canadian coins not included. Great work everyone! All money is deposited and a check for the State Council is cut and our worthy FS will get it sent out today.

I will be out of town until Oct. 7, at which time I will resume my check writing. Again, thanks to all who made this year’s drive another success!

Bro George


Updated:

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We the members of “Our Lady of White Lake”, Council 12985 of the KofC would like to welcome our recent transfer back from the Hart Council to ours, Brother Knight Richard Alversteffer.