Council 3956 July 2023 Newsletter

Brother Knights and Friends,

Growing up, Independence Day was a special holiday in my family. Both my uncles were vets and marched proudly in the Fourth of July parade. The night before, our families would meet at Bishop Park in Wyandotte to be awed by the fireworks. My Grandfather came to America through Ellis Island to start a new life here. He told me, the first purchase he made was a suit, the second was an American flag which he proudly displayed at the top of his front porch. He instilled in us a pride for what these United States represent: The opportunity to use our God given talents to pursue our aspirations and be the best version of yourself.

As we grew older and started a family of our own, we would carry on the tradition he started. My kids remember fondly the fireworks and parade. Now my grandson will be going to his first parade. I hope that pride we share carries on for you and your families. Deacon Chuck brings it home with his articulate writing, tying together the flag and the cross. This newsletter concludes with a powerful prayer for religious freedom. Read each to your kids and grandkids.

Our third annual Tony Cerezo Memorial Golf Tournament and Luncheon is coming up on August 5th. Get your foursome together and sign up. Members of his council will be given a generous discount. Please sign up online. Hole sponsors are also requested. Details are within this newsletter.

Our general business meeting is this Wednesday, July 5th in the Social Hall. Food and socializing begin at 6:00 and our meeting at 7:00. I look forward to seeing you here!

Anthony (Tony) Chirco
Newsletter Editor and PR Director

K of C Newsletter July 2023

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