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

NOTICE – Council 3956 Business Meeting MOVED to Wednesday, November 8th and Memorial Mass on Sunday, November 5th at 9:30AM Mass

My Brother Knights,

As I’ve mentioned for the past 4 months, our November Business Meeting has been moved from November 1st to November 8th because Wednesday, November 1st is All Saints’ Day, a Holy Day of Obligation.

Also, on Sunday, November 5th, we will be holding our Council Memorial Mass and Corporate Communion at the St Pius X Parish 9:30AM Mass. Dress for this event is coat and tie. (Please arrive at least 15 minutes earlier so that we can process and sit together.) We hope that all of you can attend, as we have lost some amazing people over the past year!

Fraternally,

Ray Bilyk
Grand Knight #3956
raybilyk@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

Council 3956 July 2017 Business Meeting Notice – NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION (St. Pius Latchkey Room)

My Brother Knights,

VIVAT JESUS! Due to the continued construction in the St Pius Social Hall kitchen, the location of our August 2017 meeting has changed.
The date will still be Wednesday, August 2, 2017 starting at 7PM, but the location will be in the St. Pius School Latchkey Room. You can enter the St. Pius Parish Office doors to get to the Latchkey Room. (Yup, we’re staying on the parish campus!)

We have A LOT to discuss, especially the St. Pius Parish Festival as well as the Council Family Picnic and Downriver K of C Family Picnic (CLICK HERE FOR FLYER), so I hope that you call can attend.

If you have any questions, email me at raybilyk@kofc3956.org . Hope to see you all there!

Fraternally, Ray Bilyk, Grand Knight

Council 3956 July 2017 Business Meeting Notice – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND LOCATION

Due to the construction at St Pius X Parish, the date and location of our July 2017 meeting has changed.
Our meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 7PM. The meeting will be held at TechShop Detroit, 800 Republic Drive, Allen Park, MI (behind the Detroit Lions practice facility).
Maps from St. Pius X Parish to this location will be found in the Ushers Room (PDF map here) and at both of the following links –
https://www.kofc3956.org (this post)
https://goo.gl/maps/HfhCos4hg232

Fraternally, Ray Bilyk, Grand Knight

NOTICE – JULY 2017 BUSINESS MEETING POSTPONED!

My Brother Knights:

VIVAT JESUS! Due to the construction throughout the St. Pius X Parish campus (including the Social Hall kitchen remodel), our July 2017 Business Meeting (originally scheduled for July 5, 2017) has been POSTPONED!

As soon as we have secured a night and location for the meeting, you will all be notified.

Also, attached HERE is information about the Downriver K of C Diamond Jacks River Cruise fundraiser. We only have 4 tickets left right now, and tickets are selling fast, so please contact me by email at raybilyk@kofc3956.org or by phone at 313-247-2110 (leave message) to get your tickets! Get them fast before we are unable to get more!

Keep your eyes open on the date and location for our July meeting. God bless you all, and God bless the Knights of Columbus!

Ray Bilyk
Grand Knight
https://www.kofc3956.org

1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree Exemplifications THIS SATURDAY at St. Pius X Parish in Southgate!

My Brother Knights,

We have a VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY in that we are HOSTING a District 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree ceremony (one of the last in the State of Michigan) AT OUR PARISH of St. Pius X in Southgate THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 24th, which doesn’t happen often. THIS IS A ALL-HANDS ON DECK event for our Council!

Here are the details:
There will be exemplifications of Admission Degree (1st Degree), Formation Degree (2nd Degree) and Knighthood Degree (3rd Degree) on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at St Pius X Parish, 14101 Superior St, Southgate, MI.

Schedule of events:
* Mass celebrated by our Council Chaplain Fr. Bob McCabe at 8AM
* 1st Degree Registration at 9:30AM – Degree begins at 10AM
* 2nd & 3rd Degree Registration at 11:15AM – Degree begins at 11:30AM
* Light Luncheon follows immediately afterwards (around 1:45PM)

Dress code is coat and tie to match the dignity of this event.

Since we are hosting this, I want to make a good showing from our Council. If you can attend this event, please contact me IMMEDIATELY by email at raybilyk@kofc3956.org or by calling 313-247-2110. We need this so that we can reserve a spot (and food) for you.

Officers and Chairmen/Directors are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend this in order to make this event a success!

3rd Degree Brother Knights who sponsored someone should attend with their candidates or 1st Degree Brothers.

3rd Degree members are also encouraged to attend these exemplifications not only to welcome our new Brother Knights, but to see the updates that have been made over the past year or two to the degree work. It really hits at the strengths of who we are as Knights of Columbus!

Our Supreme Council Field Agent, Tom Jackson, will also be on hand if you have any annuity or insurance questions or needs.

Again, I need to know IMMEDIATELY if you can attend!!!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I really hope to see you this Saturday to help me welcome our Brothers as FULL Knights of Columbus!

Fraternally,
Ray Bilyk, Grand Knight
Bernard P. O’Brien Council 3956 – Southgate, MI

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