IMPORTANT Council 3956 Meeting Reminder – Wednesday, April 4th at 7PM

My Brother Knights,

VIVAT JESUS! This is just a reminder that there is a Regular Business Meeting on Wednesday, April 4th starting at 7PM in the St. Pius X Social Hall.

We will be opening nominations for Council Officers at that time. If you are interested in helping our Council by becoming an Officer, please attend this meeting. If you would like to know more about a specific position, feel free to attend the meeting or email me (raybilyk(at)kofc3956.org). If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested in running for a position, please email me as well. (A great PDF pamphlet with descriptions of the Officers and their responsibilities can be found HERE.) After tonight, nominations will be tabled until the May 2nd Regular Business Meeting, where we will ask for nominations once more, close nominations and elect Officers.

A VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER… There are at least 2 Officers (Deputy Grand Knight Dave Sajdak and myself) that will NOT be running for those offices again! We REALLY NEED Brother Knights to step up and run for offices this year. I am serious when I say this: If I can do it, you can also!

NOTE: You must be a 3rd Degree member by June 30th in order to become an Officer. (Don’t worry… there are still 2nd and 3rd Degree Initiations being held before then, including one we are hosting on Sunday, June 24th.)

We will also be discussing our Coffee & Donuts/Membership Drive on Sunday, April 8th, our Charity Family Breakfast and Tootsie Roll Drive on Sunday, April 15th and other upcoming events.

Hope to see you all there! God Bless!

Ray Bilyk – Grand Knight
raybilyk(at)kofc3956.org

St. Pius Parish Festival THIS WEEKEND and Business Meeting next Wednesday, September 6th

My Brother Knights,

VIVAT JESUS!

THANK YOU to those of you Brother Knights that have already signed up to help with our Dime Toss Booth. We are looking for more people to assist there and with the Craft Beer Booth that we are handling on Sunday ONLY. To sign up, please follow the link below:
https://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409084BAAAE29ABFF2-2017

If you still have any glasses/cups/mugs for our WORLD FAMOUS Dime Toss Booth, you can bring them in person this weekend. We can always use more!

I’m attaching a flyer for the festival so you know the hours and what’s happening. Our WORLD FAMOUS Dime Toss Booth will be in the Game Tent, and we’ve also been asked to help on Sunday in the new Beer Garden.
Festival flyer
Festival Parking flyer
Craft Show (during festival) flyer

This festival is very important for us because this is also our MEMBERSHIP DRIVE WEEKEND! We can use EVERYONE who attends to assist in asking eligible Catholics to join us in our good works… that they can see with their own eyes! I’ll make it interesting… FOR EVERY PROPOSER WHO BRINGS IN A NEW MEMBER (and they join us), I WILL GIVE THEM A $5 GIFT CARD FOR LITTLE CAESARS (or a $5 donation in your name to St. Pius)! (No, I don’t get a discount on the pizzas… I wish!) Ask anyone and everyone to join us in the Knights of Columbus!

Next Wednesday, September 6th at 7PM, we will be holding our monthly meeting in the St Pius Social Hall. Please attend if you can. We have a lot to discuss, so we would really like you to know what’s going on.

Hope to see you at the festival this weekend and/or at our meeting next Wednesday!

Fraternally yours in Christ,

Ray Bilyk, Grand Knight
Bernard P. O’Brien Council 3956
Southgate, MI
raybilyk@kofc3956.org

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

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

Charity Family Breakfast and Tootsie Roll Drive THIS WEEKEND to Assist Michigan Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities

This weekend after all of our Masses, we will solicit donations as part of the Michigan Knights of Columbus ‘MI Drive’ (more commonly known as the Tootsie Roll Drive). We need the help of every member to make this a success!

Along those lines, we are holding our last Charity Family Breakfast of the season this Sunday, April 23rd with the proceeds also going toward this drive! We hope that all of our friends and supporters will come and enjoy a delicious breakfast, all for just a small free-will offering. (We need the help of every member to make this a success as well.)

The charities we will support this year include:

  • St. Louis Center
  • Special Olympics Michigan – Area 23 (Wayne)
  • The Arc Downriver
  • Angel’s Place
  • St. Francis on the Lake
  • Archdiocese of Detroit (for Intellectually/Developmentally Impaired)

With your help, we can help others! Hope to see you all this weekend! God bless!

SPECIAL NOTICE – K of C Council 3956 Meeting on Wednesday, March 8th at 7PM (NOT ON ASH WEDNESDAY)

VIVAT JESUS! This is just a reminder that due to our Regular Meeting night being on Ash Wednesday, our Regular Business Meeting has been moved to Wednesday, March 8th starting at 7PM in the St. Pius X Social Hall.

We have a lot of activities coming up (Charity Family Breakfast, Tootsie Roll Drive for Mentally Impaired Citizens, etc.), so I hope that you can join us!

If you can’t join us, consider signing up early for the Charity Family Breakfast:
Charity Family Breakfast signup (get the good jobs early) – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084BAAAE29ABFF2-kofc2

I’m attaching a copy of the flyer for the Tootsie Roll Drive for Mentally Impaired Citizens. Please print and hang it up at locations where we can get some visibility. We’re also looking for volunteers. Please considering helping us break our record from last year!

Hope to see you all at our Business Meeting on Wednesday, March 8th (not March 1st)! God Bless!

Ray Bilyk – Grand Knight
raybilyk@kofc3956.org