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Details on Service for Betty Torres, wife of Brother Knight Ray Torres

My Brother Knights,

On July 4th, Betty Torres, wife of Brother Ray Torres, was called to her eternal reward and a reunion with Brother Ray.
From the Office of the Mayor of Southgate:

Visitation will be this Friday, July 7 at Molnar Funeral Home, Southgate, from 4pm to 7pm with the service at 7pm.

You can get directions and more information here:
http://molnarfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1847/Betty-Torres/obituary.html#tribute-start

We are asking all Brother Knights to attend the service at 7pm and show their respects. If you are unable, please try to attend some time between 4pm and 7pm.

May the soul of Betty Torres and those of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Fraternally,

Ray Bilyk, Grand Knight

Funeral Arrangements for Lady Jeannette Reaume

The funeral arrangements for Lady Jeannette Reaume, wife of PGK Bob Reaume, are as follows:

Visitation at Molnar Funeral Home, Southgate, Sunday, June 23rd from 1:30PM – 8:00PM
Rosary at 7:00PM.  PGK Bob Reaume has requested both the LOTA and Knights of Columbus.
Lie in State at St. Pius X Parish at 9:30AM Monday. Funeral service at 10:00AM.

I hope to see as many Brother Knights from our Council as possible.

Ray Bilyk – Grand Knight #3956

Passing of Jeannette Reaume, wife of PGK SK Bob Reaume

My Brother Knights,

It’s with great sadness to share the news of the passing of Jeannette Reaume, wife of PGK SK Bob Reaume on Thursday, June 20th. She was not only our First Lady when SK Bob was our Grand Knight, but she was the Past First lady of the LOTA for Assembly #475. The funeral arrangements are still pending with Molnar Funeral Home in Southgate. I will send an update when I know more.

May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. And may the perpetual light shine upon her.

Ray Bilyk
Grand Knight

Council 3956 July 2017 Business Meeting Notice – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND LOCATION

Due to the construction at St Pius X Parish, the date and location of our July 2017 meeting has changed.
Our meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 7PM. The meeting will be held at TechShop Detroit, 800 Republic Drive, Allen Park, MI (behind the Detroit Lions practice facility).
Maps from St. Pius X Parish to this location will be found in the Ushers Room (PDF map here) and at both of the following links –
https://www.kofc3956.org (this post)
https://goo.gl/maps/HfhCos4hg232

Fraternally, Ray Bilyk, Grand Knight

NOTICE – JULY 2017 BUSINESS MEETING POSTPONED!

My Brother Knights:

VIVAT JESUS! Due to the construction throughout the St. Pius X Parish campus (including the Social Hall kitchen remodel), our July 2017 Business Meeting (originally scheduled for July 5, 2017) has been POSTPONED!

As soon as we have secured a night and location for the meeting, you will all be notified.

Also, attached HERE is information about the Downriver K of C Diamond Jacks River Cruise fundraiser. We only have 4 tickets left right now, and tickets are selling fast, so please contact me by email at raybilyk@kofc3956.org or by phone at 313-247-2110 (leave message) to get your tickets! Get them fast before we are unable to get more!

Keep your eyes open on the date and location for our July meeting. God bless you all, and God bless the Knights of Columbus!

Ray Bilyk
Grand Knight
https://www.kofc3956.org

1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree Exemplifications THIS SATURDAY at St. Pius X Parish in Southgate!

My Brother Knights,

We have a VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY in that we are HOSTING a District 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree ceremony (one of the last in the State of Michigan) AT OUR PARISH of St. Pius X in Southgate THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 24th, which doesn’t happen often. THIS IS A ALL-HANDS ON DECK event for our Council!

Here are the details:
There will be exemplifications of Admission Degree (1st Degree), Formation Degree (2nd Degree) and Knighthood Degree (3rd Degree) on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at St Pius X Parish, 14101 Superior St, Southgate, MI.

Schedule of events:
* Mass celebrated by our Council Chaplain Fr. Bob McCabe at 8AM
* 1st Degree Registration at 9:30AM – Degree begins at 10AM
* 2nd & 3rd Degree Registration at 11:15AM – Degree begins at 11:30AM
* Light Luncheon follows immediately afterwards (around 1:45PM)

Dress code is coat and tie to match the dignity of this event.

Since we are hosting this, I want to make a good showing from our Council. If you can attend this event, please contact me IMMEDIATELY by email at raybilyk@kofc3956.org or by calling 313-247-2110. We need this so that we can reserve a spot (and food) for you.

Officers and Chairmen/Directors are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend this in order to make this event a success!

3rd Degree Brother Knights who sponsored someone should attend with their candidates or 1st Degree Brothers.

3rd Degree members are also encouraged to attend these exemplifications not only to welcome our new Brother Knights, but to see the updates that have been made over the past year or two to the degree work. It really hits at the strengths of who we are as Knights of Columbus!

Our Supreme Council Field Agent, Tom Jackson, will also be on hand if you have any annuity or insurance questions or needs.

Again, I need to know IMMEDIATELY if you can attend!!!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I really hope to see you this Saturday to help me welcome our Brothers as FULL Knights of Columbus!

Fraternally,
Ray Bilyk, Grand Knight
Bernard P. O’Brien Council 3956 – Southgate, MI

MEETING NOTICE – Council 3956 Business Meeting on Wednesday, June 7th at 7PM, plus LOTS of other events this month

My Brother Knights,

VIVAT JESUS! Most council end their fraternal year (June 30th) like a lamb. We prefer to end it like a LION!

There is a regular business meeting this Wednesday, June 7th at 7PM in the St. Pius Social Hall. Please try to attend… we have a lot to discuss!

For example, we are going to be preparing and serving Graduation Mass ‘brunch’ following the 11:30AM Mass this Sunday, June 11th. We only have one service, instead of the normal 3, but would love to have you all come and help with this. This is a great way to congratulate those young men and women for their hard work and maybe we can find a young 18 year old man who would be interested in joining our ranks.

Another reason we need you is that THIS WEEKEND (June 10th and 11th) we are hosting a Church membership drive after all of the Masses. We need help passing out interest cards before Mass, answering any questions and collecting filled out cards after Mass. We are only 3 people short of our membership quota of 7 (and one short of our insurance quota of 3), so this drive is extremely important.

What should help with our membership drive is that WE are hosting 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree Initiation Ceremonies at St. Pius on Saturday, June 24th. It all starts with a Mass at 8AM celebrated by our Council Chaplain, Fr. Bob McCabe. Following that, we will have registration, with coffee and donuts. Following that, we will begin the degree work. Following the degree work, we will end the day with a light lunch. We need all of your help on this day to assist with registration, hospitality, and with guarding the doors for this event. The degree work has changed a lot since you probably joined. They are beautiful ceremonies. Please come and join us on June 24th starting with 8AM Mass.

The next day, Sunday, June 25th,St Pius is hosting their Potluck Picnic in the Activity Center and soccer field (weather permitting). Our council has been asked to set up (and take down) the tables and chairs for this. Since many of us will be attending, this should be no problem.

Finally, tickets are now available for the ‘Knights on the River’ Downriver Diamond Jack’s Boat Cruise fundraiser, which will be held on Wednesday, July 19th starting at 7PM from the Wyandotte dock. Tickets are only $25 each or $45 for 2. Pizza and snacks are provided, and there is a cash bar. This event is OPEN TO EVERYONE, members and non-members. We have a limited supply of tickets, they went fast last year. Don’t wait to purchase yours! I will have them at Wednesday’s meeting, and arrangements can be made for pickup and delivery.

As I said, we’re finishing strong! With your help, we can finish BIG as well! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at raybilyk@kofc3956.org . Hope to see you this Wednesday… God Bless You and God Bless the Knights of Columbus!

Fraternally,

Ray Bilyk, Grand Knight
raybilyk@kofc3956.org

The passing of Robert Crandall Sr., father of Brother Knight Steven Crandall

I regret to inform you that Robert Crandall Sr., father of Brother Knight Steven Crandall passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017. He was 88 years old. Beloved husband of Sharon Crandall. Loving father of Cheryl (Terry) Edwards, Steve (Jackie) Crandall, Lisa (Chris) Grasso and Robert Crandall Jr. Dearest brother of James (Jean) Crandall, the late Doris Swan and the late Ann Marie LeBlanc. Also survived by 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

There will be a Parish rosary for him on Tuesday, June 6th at 6:30PM at the Thon Center (Thon Funeral Home), 2760 Biddle Ave in Wyandotte. This is NOT a Council rosary, but many of you know Robert and Brother Knight Steven, so I wanted to pass this along.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and may the perpetual light shine upon him!
May he rest in peace. Amen.

6th Annual St. Pius X Motorcycle Blessing ~ Saturday, May 20th at 8:30AM

The Bernard P. O’Brien Knights of Columbus Council #3956 will be hosting the 6th Annual Motorcycle Blessing on Saturday, May 20th at 8:30 AM in the St. Pius parking lot next to the church. Father Bob will individually bless each motorcycle and driver to keep them safe during the upcoming season. Free coffee and donuts will be served. The first 100 people will receive a commemorative reflective decal for their motorcycle or helmet and T-Shirts will be available for purchase for $10 (call ahead if you want a shirt for sure as they will be limited).

All are welcome, parish and non-parish members.

For more information you may contact Brian Batko at bbatko@gmail.com or the Parish Office at 734-285-1100. Hope to see you there!!