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									               St. Kieran KofC KNIGHTLETTER
                             Council # 13983 3rd QUARTER, JULY 2012

From The Grand Knight

Dear Brothers, Officers, Families, Parishioners, and all others who find their way to this article:

        As we begin this new fraternal year, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my brother Knights for once
again entrusting me with the position of Grand Knight. I look forward toward working together with the other
newly-elected and re-elected officers as well as all the members to make this another successful and stellar year
for our Council. It is my hope that we will be able to continue the good works that we are already performing, as
well as to seek new ways to better serve our members, our families, our parish, and the community in which we
        I must confess to you that since our last newsletter my thoughts have been directed toward the
consideration of our American freedoms, especially the freedom to worship as we please and without
government intervention. It seems to me that such thoughts clearly belong between the covers of a history book.
Such events as the situation of Catholics in the England of King Henry VIII and the Pilgrims’ migrations first to
Holland and then to the New World may easily be found in such a book. This book would also remind us of the
exodus of Rev. Roger Williams and his congregation away from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. They eventually
were to found the settlement of Providence (in today’s Rhode Island) as the first place in modern history where
citizenship and religion were separated, a place where there was religious liberty and separation of church and
state. We can also reflect on the very first Amendment to our Constitution, the anti-Catholicism of the 1800s in
America, etc. all of which remind us of the struggles of our forefathers to enjoy the right of religious freedom in
this country. Most of us have taken comfort in the fact that those struggles have been won and are all a part of
our distant past.
        Or are they? Recent events indicate to us otherwise. The newspapers have recently reported a struggle
that took place in a neighboring community to display a Nativity on public grounds. We also have read about the
struggle in Shelby Township to include an invocation at the beginning of each council meeting. We have heard
about our own Worthy Brother Ralph Engler standing up before a Shelby Township Council Meeting this past
month and personally giving the invocation at the meeting’s beginning. This past April, we received a letter
written by the Archbishop of Detroit to the Knights of Columbus in his archdiocese imploring all of us to
likewise take an active part in standing up with all of our strength to the current challenges to religious liberty. I
have received information about a Prayer Service for Religious Freedom being conducted in Saginaw on July 2
by the diocese’s bishop. We have also read about freedom rallies recently taking place in downtown Detroit as
well as in downtown Utica - in Utica! – led together with Trinity Lutheran Church by our brother council, St.
        It has often been said that freedom is not free. It has to be earned. Once earned, it has to be continuously
nurtured and protected. Thus, the struggle for religious freedom must go on, and we as Knights must lead at the
vanguard of that struggle. As we gather each weekend for Mass, let us always remember to thank God for our
right to worship as we please, and also to ask Him for the strength and the vigilance that we need to do all we can
in protecting that right against “all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Vivat Jesus!

Ron Koscierzynski
      1: July 15 Corporate Communion at 08:00 am Mass. Breakfast to follow.
      2: July 10 Officer Meeting
      3: NO JULY Council Meeting!
      4: August 7th Council Meeting
      5: September 9, PARISH PICNIC. Save the date!

         JULY:                        AUGUST:                            SEPTEMBER:                         OCTOBER;
       01 Edwin Zmyslo              06 Bryan Beaubien                   02 John Benincasa                   05 Mike Wood
       09 Jerry Schroeder           06 Paul Bejnar                      08 Chris Doran                      14 Tim Meyer
       12 Ray Modad                 06 randy Schroeder                  08 Kola Gjonaj                      17 Steve Sawchuck
       15 Tony Pellerito            08 Rich Kucharski                   08 Pat Wosek                        24 Joe Vogel
       16 Fred DiCicco              09 John Trompeter                   13 John Koscierzynski
       16 Bob Marrocco              13 Don Watchowski                   22 Ken Whalls
       16 Joe Parrell               15 Joe Kaparal                      27 Scott Suomela
       18 Ron Koscierzynski         19 Paul Arment                      30 Larry Hojna
       29 Pat Ryan                  22 Ray West
       30 Ken Kwasnik               26 John Cimino
                                    31 Sal Mazurco

             JULY:                          AUGUST:                         SEPTEMBER:                    OCTOBER;
14 Paul & Annette Arment            04 Don & Shannon Dziwanowski        10 Fred & Kathy Schroeder      09Al & Rosie Jankowski
20 Jim & Brenda McNichol            08 Joe & Monica Kapral              13 Russ & Elaine Morgan        22Wally & Bev Jakubowski
27 Chuck & Gini Filar               19 Ron & Barb Koscierzynski                                        25 Larry & Lottie Grincewicz
                                    29 John & Jeanette Bieda

      : Members have agreed to support the Chapel with their attendance on Wednesdays from 03:00 pm to
       04:00 pm. This is a great time to reflect and give thanks to the Lord for all that he has blessed us and
       our families with during our lifetime!!

      : All of our active Military and Law Enforcement personnel.
      : Carole, daughter of Ted Corriveau.
      : Ed Zmyslo.
      : The father of Ron Hansinger.
      : Nicole, wife of John Koscierzynski.

: Hearing God’s Call Book;
       Parish Priest: Father Michael J. McGivney and American Catholicism
       Authors: Douglas Brinkley & Julie M. Fenster

          On the shelves of our libraries we often find biographies about great politicians, great soldiers, great American heroes, or even
the lives of great saints. This book is rather unique. It is the biography of a simple parish priest.
          Michael J. McGivney was born in 1852 and was raised in Waterbury, Connecticut. He felt that God was calling him to the
priesthood since he was twelve years old. However, the economy of the times forced him to keep his feelings to himself for the next
four years.
          The book relates the experiences of this young man growing up during a time of anti-Catholicism in America. Catholics in
Connecticut often had to take menial jobs, making money tight. Because of this, few young men were able to attend the seminaries. In
addition, families who lost their husbands and fathers often needed to rely on the sons to take over the support of their families, even to
the extent of their quitting the seminary and going back home to do so.
          How did the young McGivney overcome these difficulties? What was life like for a young priest during these times serving as
an assistant pastor in a debt-ridden parish? What conditions did he find his parishioners facing day after day that inspired him to form
the Knights of Columbus?
          This book has something for everyone’s reading interests. It is a history book about life in New England America during the
late nineteenth century. It is a revelation about the condition of the Catholic Church during that time period. Most of all, it is a tribute
to a young man who aspired to be a priest, his reasons for choosing the priesthood, and his unwavering and timeless efforts in the
service to the Church and to the people who belong to it.
          Perhaps there is more to this simple parish priest than first meets the eye. Perhaps this is indeed the story of a great man,
definitely of a great priest, and perhaps even of a future saint. You be the judge. Meanwhile, happy reading!

This book has been purchased by the St. Kieran Knights of Columbus and donated to the Parish Resource Center for the enjoyment of
all the people of St. Kieran. The above book review was authored by Ron Koscierzynski, Grand Knight, St. Kieran Knights of

:ABOVE Picture is of Chuck Filar as he visited St. Mary Church in New Haven, Connecticut, where Fr.
McGivney is entombed.

: Religious Freedom Rally:
  :: Several Brother Knights and their family members participated in the March for Religious Freedom on June 16th that was organized
by St. Lawrence K of C and Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica. There were 400 – 500 participants that marched from Hall Road & Van
Dyke to Heritage Park where numerous Religious Ministers, Bishops, Preachers, Priests and Lay people spoke about what we as a
“CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY” must do to practice our beliefs and not let the political activists attempt to further reduce the basis of
our AMERICAN and CHRISTIAN beliefs, upon which this Nation was founded.
   :: On June 18th members of St. Kieran Parish, including several Brother Knights, attended the Shelby Twp. Board meeting. The
Invocation was said by Ralph Engler while the attending 30 Parishioners stood behind him during the Prayer. The Township Board is
under fire for having an Invocation Prayer read before their meetings, but are standing FIRM on their position that every meeting will
start with a prayer as it is part of our right as Citizens of the United States of America!!

: Fortnight for Freedom
From The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop | Issued June 8, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As both Catholics and Americans, we have enjoyed a freedom to live our faith that, in many parts of the world, sadly does
not exist. As we approach the anniversary of American Independence this year, my brother bishops and I are asking every
Catholic in the United States to reflect seriously on the state of religious liberty through your own participation in the
Church's Fortnight for Religious Freedom, which begins on Thursday.
Today, we face some alarming circumstances. The freedom we have to believe in Jesus Christ and to live our lives
according to the teachings of His Church is a freedom we are accustomed to having protected by our federal government
and by our states. It is a freedom given by God, that is meant to be protected by government. Today, however, in too many
instances, we are finding it under attack.

Most prominently, Catholic institutions in Michigan and across the country are fighting an unconstitutional health care
mandate that would force Catholic organizations to pay for services that violate our deeply held religious beliefs. That,
however, is not our only concern. As Christians, we give charity and pastoral care to undocumented immigrants – a practice
that is threatened by a number of state laws. We are experiencing the federal government imposing its own definitions on
what a church is, and what a minister is. In several states, Catholic organizations can no longer provide foster care,
adoption services, and vital humanitarian aid – simply because we do so according to our Christian faith. We are seeing
Christian student organizations at college campuses being denied their status in certain states because of their beliefs. The
list goes beyond what I can convey in this letter.

Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday, or to pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we
can live as Christ would have us live – whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans.

In your parish bulletins, and on the website of the Archdiocese of Detroit you will find information on the Fortnight for
Religious Freedom, which takes place from June 21 through July 4. The fortnight entails Masses, rallies, prayer services
and other events. All are welcome to join me for Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 4 p.m. on June
24. I also encourage you to take part in the events and services in your area — and to learn more about this initiative
through our website.

Above all, I ask that you pray for our country, and for its leaders. I invite you to join with Catholics across the country in our
urgent prayer for religious liberty:

                                                 Prayer for Religious Liberty
Almighty God, Father of all nations,
For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1).
We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty
the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties;
By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and
for all those who live in this blessed land.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,
and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Preserving our God-given religious liberty is not a Catholic issue. It is an American issue. If our obligations and duties to
God are impeded or contradicted by the government, then we can no longer claim to be a land of the free and a beacon of
hope for the world. May God bless you, and may God bless our United States of America.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit

:The Rivers Charity Poker event was a success! We earned approximately $1,000.00 that will aid in our continued support of many of
the needy organizations detailed above. Good work Doug Wozniak and his group of volunteers!
Additional Rivers Charity events are being investigated for scheduling our Council. Dates TBD.

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                         2012/2013 OFFICERS

Chaplain                 Fr. H. Thomas Johnson
District Deputy          John Iannotti
Grand Knight             Ron Koscierzynski
Deputy Grand Knight      Larry Hojna
Chancellor               Ken Kwasnik
Recorder                 Ralph Engler
Advocate                 Mark Kicinski
Treasurer                Ron Hansinger
Trustee 3 Year           John Benincasa
Trustee 2 Year           Chuck Filar
Trustee 1 Year           Joe Kaparal
Warden                   John Koscierzynski
Inside Guards            Scott Soumela, Joe Vogel, Darryl
Outside Guards           Chris Doran & Ray Pospy
Financial Secretary      Roger Quitter
Lecturer                 Tom Petz
Program Director         Joe Moore
Church Director          Ralph Engler
Youth Directors          Ron Hansinger & Russ Morgan
Membership Director      Ken Kwasnik
Field Agent              Ted Czarny
Parish Council Liaison   RalphEngler Ron Koscierzynski
Knight Life Editor       Ralph Engler
Family Director          John Dzianowski
Vocations Cross          Pat Wosek
Community Directors      John Churilla & Chuck Filar


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