Council 3956 June 2023 Newsletter

Brother Knights and Friends,

Congratulations to each of the newly elected 2023-2024 officers of our O’Brien council 3956. To each of the freshman officers, welcome. I assure you, the commitment you have made will be well worth your time and energy. We look forward to your leadership.

We celebrate the number 50 this month:
It is our 50th consecutive issue. It has been a labor of love. Special thanks to my Co-Editor Robert Park who has now, starting in June taken on the responsibility to write “Knights Corner, our weekly contribution to the St. Pius X Bulletin. Thank you to our Worthy DD Ray Bilyk who besides mentoring our council, has distributed, and monitored our newsletter. Thank you to Worth Grand Knight Mark Garcellano for his ireless contribution to our council which includes headlining this newsletter with his thoughts, wisdom, and photos each month. Thank you as well to Dave Kudla, Bill Robert, Brian Batko, and Dick Gregoire who each has contributed their thoughts each month.

The number 50…


May God Bless you both with many more years together in good health.

To all my brother knights and their loved ones, have a great month and remember our general business meeting this Wednesday in the Social Hall beginning with a happy Hour at 6:00 pm.

Anthony (Tony) Chirco
Newsletter Editor and PR Director

K of C Newsletter June 2023

May 2023 Business Meeting and Election of Council Officers for the 2023-24 Fraternal Year – Wednesday, May 3, 2023

May 2023 Business Meeting and Election of Council Officers for the 2023-24 Fraternal Year.

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 – 6pm Food and Fraternalism – 7pm Meeting

Here are the nominated Brother Knights so far:

Office (Vote for ONE) Nominated Brother Knight
Grand Knight Mark Garcellano
Deputy Grand Knight Dave Kudla
Chancellor Dick Gregoire
Recorder Sean Roland
Treasurer Steven Pochini
Advocate Bill Robert, PGK
Warden Larry Rossi
Inside Guard Stephen Gall
Outside Guard Ryan Daw
Henry Ibarra
Tom Montaleon
Three Year Trustee Bob Schooner (pending acceptance)
Joe Hernandez
Jose Yanez

NOMINATIONS ARE NOT CLOSED! If you are considering running for a Council position, please attend this very important meeting, where nominations are open one more time before the election during this same meeting. YOU can make a difference in our Council! Consider becoming an Officer! Here is a hand out that explains the basics for each position – Duties of Council Officers. Contact Grand Knight Ray Bilyk ( if you have any questions.

Council 3956 May 2023 Newsletter

Brother Knights and Friends,

Our newsletter begins with an invitation to our next business membership meeting on May 3, 2023. We will be accepting more nominations of officers and then elections. These will be the men who will have an opportunity to set the direction of our council for the next twelve months. We each have our ideas of what service to the community is of the most importance. This is an opportunity to set that direction by seeking an officer’s position or becoming a director or project chairman.

For those that just want to help, there will be plenty of opportunities. For those that want a fun time, there will be plenty of opportunities. Upcoming will be our Charity Family Breakfast, The Motorcycle Blessing, Celebration of Mother’s Day, a Red Wing game, a Tiger game, a Euchre game for the adults, planning a parade, a memorial golf tournament, our church festival and more.

As always, I encourage you to read the articles from many of our officers. Each has a message to deliver that is near and dear to their heart. Give them the courtesy of reading what they have to say. See that there are opportunities to volunteer online for many of our upcoming projects. Read on to learn more.

Anthony (Tony) Chirco
Newsletter Editor, PR Director and Trustee

K of C Newsletter May 2023

Council 3956 April 2023 Newsletter

Brother Knights and Friends,


Our newsletter arrives in the mist of so much going on. Our council is growing as this past month, we announced five new brother knights will be joining us. Welcome each of you. Your decision to help us build a better community is much appreciated.

Thank you as well to our “seasoned” brother knights who tirelessly work for the greater good. Our school, our associated charities, the less privileged all are much better for the work that you offer for them.

We strongly encourage those who have been reluctant to offer their help, to come to our meeting on May 5th and see for yourself, not only what you have been missing in your life, but see for yourself what others, less fortunate are missing because you hesitate to use God’s gift for the purpose he intended for you.

For the small council that we are, we do so much. Imagine how much more could be offered if more of us come forward. Many of our active brother knights came back. We are so fortunate that they did.

There were a lot of men at our last meeting. My co-editor Robert Park’s reflection observes. “We have not peaked. The men before us laid a foundation for a strong organization. Be hopeful about the future of the Church and the work we have ahead of us.”


Anthony (Tony) Chirco
P.R. Director, Editor and Trustee
K of C Council #3956

K of C Newsletter April 2023

Passing of Carmen Ibarra, Mother of Brother Knight Henry Ibarra

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Carmen Ibarra, Mother of Brother Knight Henry Ibarra.

The Visitation Services will be Thursday, March 16, 2023 at Martenson Funeral Home, Allen Park Chapel at 10915 Allen Rd, Allen Park, from 4pm to 8pm.


She will be In State on Friday, March 17, 2023 from 9:30-10am at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 14101 Superior, Southgate. The Mass of Resurrection is Friday, March 17, 2023 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 14101 Superior in Southgate at 10am.

May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Council 3956 March 2023 Newsletter

Brother Knights and Friends,

Blessing to each of you as we enter into this Lenten season.

We suggest you keep this newsletter handy for reference as we enter into March. There is so much going on in the weeks ahead, that we would like you to come back to this as a reminder of what is coming up. Each of these us have responsibilities in our work and family, yet many of us dedicate hours weekly to build our council, which is so important to our community. We humbly ask that you give but a fraction on that time in the months ahead to any of our many programs.

To make it easier to see what may most interest you to help, we have included within our MESSAGE BOARD beginning on page 5 a list of the events coming up. Please glance through and find for yourself what of these most interests you. We ask each one of you to pick at least one (or more), then be there and enjoy the company we share and help others. Lent would be a great time to start!


Anthony (Tony) Chirco
P.R. Director, Editor and Trustee
K of C Council #3956

K of C Newsletter March 2023

Council 3956 February 2023 Newsletter

Brother Knights and Friends,

First and foremost, please make a point to come to our General Business Meeting this Wednesday, February 1st in the Social Hall. See page 3 of the newsletter for the meeting notice and a list of the agenda items to be discussed. There is a lot that is needed and each project is important. Just pick the one that is most appealing and give us and your community a few hours of your time. That’s all we ask.

You will also notice that several flyers are inserted within the newsletter inviting each of us to attend some pretty fun events including DESERT MEAL for our Seminarians in February, our popular CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER and an invitation to a RED WINGS GAME in March. A rescheduled JOHN TIBBS CONCERT is also in March. We continue to be involved with our St. Pius X school with helping with games and hosting a Winter Ice Cream Social for helping raise money and donations for the Coats for Kids program.

Our Grand Knight Mark Garcellano, District Deputy Ray Bilyk, Deputy Grand Knight Dave Kudlas, Deacon Chuck, Past Grand Knight Bill Robert, and Co-Editor Robert Clark all have messages to share. Even yours truly provides some history about St. Valentine and Valentines Day. There is even a Word Search sent by our Program Director Brian Batko.

Remember your Valentine on February 14th!

Anthony (Tony) Chirco, Knights of Columbus #3956PR Director, Editor and Trustee

K of C Newsletter February 2023