Downriver K of C Diamond Jack River Cruise Fundraiser 2024 – Wednesday, July 17th

Wednesday, July 17th – 7PM
Bishop Park in Wyandotte to the Bridges (North route)
$30 per person or 2 for $50 (What a Bargain!)
Pizza and Snacks Provided – Cash Bar – 50/50

This is open to ANYONE! ALL ARE WELCOME!

Contact Ray Bilyk by email or text to 313-247-2110 to get tickets!


Council 3956 May Newsletter

To my fellow Brother Knights, friends and family,

God has a plan.
Life can face us with challenges we could not have expected and can be at times overwhelming. As PGK Bill Robert so eloquently expresses in his article this month. Deacon Chuck addresses “Winds of Change” is his message this month and DGK Dave Kudla in his letter to the editor expresses his thoughts of Fr. Suresh’s unexpected upcoming departure from our St. Pius x parish. Each article was written independent of the other, but the message is common…change is a part of life.

There is well a change to our monthly council meeting day and location. We are meeting this Tuesday, April 30th. Still beginning with social hour at 6:00 and business meeting at 7:00. Note that if the Social Hall is in use, we will meet in the school Activity Center.

I conclude my forward to this newsletter with a sentiment from our own SDRR Ray Bilyk, well deserved recipient of Family of the Month: I paraphrase…The challenges we face and the crosses that we bear are little compared to the sacrifice of his own life that Jesus Christ gave up for us and our salvation.

Happy Mothers Day to our moms. Remember them in thoughts and prayers. They were the first to love us.

Have a blessed month.


Anthony (Tony) Chirco,
Newsletter Editor and proud Brother Knight

K of C Newsletter May 2024

Council 3956 April Newsletter

Brother Knights and Friends,

It was so nice to see a packed house on Easter Sunday. I mentioned to Fr. Suresh that we should remind people to treat each Sunday as if Easter were to get more people to celebrate the mass. After all, like Easter, each Sunday is a day of renewal, beginning a new week.

Speaking of new beginnings, our meeting this Wednesday, April 3rd in the Social Hall, we will nominate officers for the new K of C council officers. Grand Knight Mark Garcellano in his address to the council provides detail for each position of officers and directors. Please take the time to read what each position entails and give some thought about possibly seeking a position.

Deacon Chuck article this month is entitled “New Beginnings” Great minds think alike. As Take to heart his message that “Catholic gentlemen and Knights we are called to have that Spirit of rebirth”.  Regarding the deacon, April 1 is his birthday! Come to our meeting on Wednesday and wish him personally a Happy Birthday. Like so many of our officers, he is a golly good fellow. 

As you read through the newsletter, check out the calendar of events, which summarizes a busy month full of enrichment opportunities: Our Knights of Columbus council host not one, but two Christian based concerts in April, local favorite Mike Carey and popular artist Jon Troast bring their talents to St. Pius Parish. Next Sunday is a fraternal outing to cheer on the Detroit Red Wings as they set their sights on the NHL playoffs. More camaraderie as we host Donut Sunday, support the St. Pius School Auction, offer free financial and retirement related webinars, and participate in Third and Fourth Degree exemplifications. 

My best wishes as always to each of our Brother Knights and your families. Spring is here and there is no better time than the present to find your purpose. As my daughter tells her class, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” 

Anthony (Tony) Chirco
Proud Brother Knight and Newsletter Editor

K of C Newsletter April 2024

Council 3956 March 2024 Newsletter

Brother Knights and Friends.

My prayers and best wishes go out to each of you and your family as we reach the half-way point in Lent. Please pay special attention to our prayer list towards the back of the newsletter. You will notice that some close family members of our board members are listed. If you have members of your own family in need of your prayers, please share that information with us and we will include them. I can attest to the power of prayer firsthand.

This month we welcome Program Director Ryan Daw to the newsletter. He is an example of being the best version of ourselves. Thank you to his wife Julie for sharing him with us. More thanks to our regular contributors SDRR Ray Bilyk, GK Mark Garcellano, DGK Dave Kudla, Deacon Chuck and Brian Batko. Dave has always been generous with sharing his thoughts. This month we shared his best. Thank you to Dick Gregoire for his thoughtful writing.

Please sign up for our upcoming Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner of March 9th and the very popular Brunch with the Easter Bunny which supports our St. Pius X school. Much help will be needed.

Our newsletter concludes with a must-read reflection from co-newsletter editor Robert Park and a prayer to St. Patrick. Have a blessed month and hope to see you and your family at our upcoming events.

Anthony (Tony) Chirco
Proud Brother Knight and Newsletter Editor

K of C Newsletter March 2024

Corned Beef and Cabbage or Rueben Sandwich Dinner – Saturday, March 9th at 5pm (after 4pm Mass)

Come join us for a Corned Beef and Cabbage or Rueben Sandwich Dinner!!!
Saturday, March 9, 2024 after the 4:00 PM Mass (5:00PM)
Dinner/Beverage- $15
Rueben Dinner/Beverage- $15
Proceeds benefit K of C Charities
Pre-orders encouraged!

Council 3956 February 2024 Newsletter

Fellow Brother Knights and friends of the council,
February is like the hump day of winter. Winter which got a late start this year should be on the down side now. Before you know it, Spring planning will begin. Well, we are getting a head start. Begin by treating yourself to Shrines and Steins this Saturday, February 3rd.
Also in February is Donut Sunday, after Sunday masses on February 11th and the Annual Desert Meal for Seminarians on Sunday, February 18th at Crystal Gardens in Southgate. Then as the weather begins to warm up, we prepare for the return of our Corn Beef and Cabbage meal after Saturday mass on March 9 and making plans for Brunch with the Eater Bunny and Egg Hunt on March 17th after 11:00 Mass.
Deacon Chuck not only writes his thought provoking article, but submits a letter “to the editor” that is a must read. Co-Editor Robert Park’s reflection  is again worthy of your time. As the newsletter concludes, we announce our Knight of the month and add in a word search for the Lord’s Prayer.  Finally, learn more about St. Valentine and his feast day, February 14th. 
Tony Chirco 
Editor and Brother Knight

Upcoming Special Events for January and February 2024

There are some SPECIAL upcoming events and we wanted to share them with YOU!

Men’s Scripture Club (Cor) – Starting January 20th in the Social Hall. 7:30 to 9:00am. We will meet once a month to start off. We will discuss that weeks Sunday readings and reflect upon them. Arrive a little early for coffee/donuts. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS TO ATTEND! OPEN TO ALL MEN!!! Please see Brian Batko after Mass if you have any questions and would like to join us.

Shrine and Stein Bus Trip – We’ve rescheduled this to Saturday, February 3rd . Bus leaves at 8:00am sharp to go to the Our Lady of Consolation Shrine in Carey, OH. Self-guided tour of the Shrine with a Healing Mass at 11:00am and blessing afterwards with a relic of the True Cross. We will then stop at the Patron Saints Brewery in Toledo, a Catholic owned brewery. Food truck available or you can bring your own lunch. $50 per person and includes one beverage at the Brewery. Non-alcoholic Craft Root Beer available. We will return about 5:30pm. See Brian Batko after Mass starting next weekend to sign up.

Annual Desert Meal – Sunday, February 18th at Crystal Gardens. Come meet and support the Seminarians for their trip to the Holy Land or possibly Rome this year. It’s always a great event and meeting our future priests is sure to strengthen your faith with their vocation stories. Full meal with 2 meats, pasta, potatoes, vegetable, salad, rolls, coffee, tea, and dessert. Cash bar available. Tickets are $20 and are available in the Parish office or after Mass starting on the 21st.

If you have any questions about any of these events, please contact Brother Knight Brian Batko at or text/call him at 313-550-1330.