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

Wyandotte Council 1802 Euchre Fundraiser to support Pallottine Fathers on Friday, February 24th

Our sister council, Wyandotte Council 1802, is hosting a euchre fundraiser this Friday, February 24th, to support the Pallottine Fathers. Their Chaplain, Fr. Noel, has informed the Grand Knight, Ron Thoms, that the money will be used to support seminarians becoming Pallottine Fathers. See THIS FLYER (click for flyer – PDF) for details.

Charity Family Breakfast THIS SUNDAY to support St. Vincent dePaul and Downriver Food Pantry

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On Sunday, November 13, 2016, Council 3956 will once again hit the grills and ovens to make a delicious FAMILY BREAKFAST. This month’s recipients are St. Vincent dePaul and the Downriver Food Pantry. Both of these charities need help to feed our Downriver families during this holiday season.

Come by after Mass to the St. Pius Social Hall and join us for eggs, pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, coffee and/or tea. It’s a free-will donation, so bring the whole family. Even if you can’t afford to pay anything, stop on by… we have you covered!

We will also have tickets for sale for our 4th Annual CHRISTmas Concert featuring the Michigan Catholic Choir for only $10 each!

For my Brother Knights, we can use your help! We still need more volunteers for the breakfast. Please click on the link below and sign up:
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409084BAAAE29ABFF2-kofc1
(If you have time for two spots, please feel free to do so.)

K of C Council 3956 Meeting Reminder – Wednesday, November 2nd at 7PM (St. Pius X Social Hall)

VIVAT JESUS! I hope that you’re joining other Brother Knights and families in this country in praying the nine day Election Novena. If you are not, learn more about it here:
https://www.kofc.org/en/news/releases/nine-day-novena-2016.html

This is just a reminder that there is a Regular Business Meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd starting at 7PM in the St. Pius X Social Hall.

We have a lot of activities coming up (Christmas Concert, Charity Family Breakfast, HCCC/Boysville sweatshirt donations, etc.), so I hope that you can join us!

If you can’t join us, consider signing up for the following activities:
Charity Family Breakfast signup (get the good jobs early) – http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409084BAAAE29ABFF2-kofc1
Selling Christmas Concert Tickets after weekend Masses – http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409084BAAAE29ABFF2-signup

I’m attaching a copy of the flyer for the Christmas Concert. Please print and hang it up at locations where we can get some visability. We’re also looking for sponsors from area businesses. We have a letter that you can use to solicit sponsorships. We are also looking for Brother Knights to take and sell tickets to friends and family (10 to start per Brother Knight). Contact me for details on both.

Hope to see you all there! God Bless!

Ray Bilyk – Grand Knight
raybilyk@kofc3956.org

Tootsie Roll Drive on Palm Sunday Weekend – Need your help!

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On Palm Sunday weekend (March 18, 19 and 20) throughout Michigan, Knights of Columbus Councils will be out on the streets and at Church entrances soliciting donations to help people with mental impairments. Bernard P. O’Brien Council #3956 will be one of them… and we NEED YOUR HELP!

On Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th, we will be out at pre-approved street intersections in Southgate soliciting donations, and on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th after every Mass at St. Pius X Parish, we will will be asking for donations (and passing out Tootsie Roll candies of course).

We are asking all of our Brother Knights to take an hour or more this weekend and live in practice one of the pillars of our Order: Charity! Please come out and help us solicit donations, especially on Friday and Saturday. We are allowed to solicit donations from just after sunrise until just before sunset.

If you can help or have any questions, please email our Chairman Ron Wagner at TootsieRoll@kofc3956.org – Any time you can give us will be appreciated… not just by me, but by those with intellectual disabilities.

Thank you, and I hope to see you all this weekend!!!

Ray Bilyk, Grand Knight
raybilyk@kofc3956.org

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