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

February 2023 Business Meeting Notice


Wednesday, February 1, 2023 – Food/Fraternalism at 6PM – Meeting at 7PM

For those of you attending in person, please come around 6PM for some socializing and perhaps some food.

The Meeting will start at 7PM, both online and in person.


Please check your email for one with this information. In it is also the link to the January 2023 Meeting Minutes. To shorten the time for our meetings, we will not be reading the minutes at the meeting. It is your responsibility to review those minutes. A motion will be entertained to approve the minutes as they were sent. (NOTE: If you did NOT receive an email with a link to the minutes, please contact DD/FS Ray Bilyk at

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Time: February 1, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Worthy Brother Knights,

Please sign up to volunteer at the SPX Home Games.

Here is the sign up link at Sign Up Genius:

We need Knights to do the following:

  1. Share upcoming KofC events.
  2. Recruit potential fathers to join the Knights.
  3. Train volunteers to sell SPX spirit wear items.
  4. If no volunteers, sell SPX spirit wear items.

Attached is the list of upcoming K of C events:


Mark Garcellano, GK
KofC O’Brien Council #3956

Council Calendar January-June 2023

K of C Council 3956 January 2023 Newsletter

Brother Knights and Friends,

Wow! What a year that was.

We grew as a group this past year. We collectively filled many needs that without the Knights of Columbus council 3956 would not have been achieved. There are Kids with Coats that will face a warmer winter. There are homeless people that have been fed. There are people with special physical and mental disabilities that have been given hope. There are victims of a torturous hurricane that have received relief. There are families in our own community that have received our help. These are among the many recipients of our relentless efforts to make their world a better place.

In this newsletter we look back at what we achieved and look ahead at how we can do more and better. Thank you to each of the worthy officers and directors that articulated their thoughts, promoting our purpose and soliciting your help. Thank you to the quiet Knights that volunteered this past year.

Where are you in your life’s journey and have you achieved peace and happiness in your life? Have you reached an achievement of purpose? Reciprocate God’s abundant blessings by making your world a better place. Please read through all that has been written for you, maybe one of the articles will motivate you to learn how and why we need you. Have fun with the word search and read an ageless New Year’s prayer from Billy Graham that concludes this newsletter.


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

K of C Newsletter January 2023