Fr. Solanus Casey Council 3797
21201 13 Mile Rd St Clair Shores, Mi 48082  586-354-6184

4th Degree Assembly 521

  Council 3797 


September 2018 Newsletter


October 2018






Brother Knights, Vivat Jesus! 

Last night at our September Meeting we had 22 Brother Knights.  We had a Special Guest.  Our State Membership Director, Worthy Larry Frontera.  He is a Veteran and very knowledgeable in United States Flag etiquette.  He noticed that our Flag was a 48 star Flag! and it was not in the appropriate corner of the room.  Motion was made and passed and a new 50 Star Flag will be installed before the next meeting.  With respect to the fact that the existing Flag is 59 years old we plan to get a proper case and keep it in a place of Honor.  He went on to relate to the fact that we have 325 members in our council and only 22 were at the meeting.  Why is that?  Are you a KNIGHT or a Knight in name only?   Did you used to be a KNIGHT and something changed making you a Knight in name only?  Your Council needs your support.  If there is anything we can do to help you get back to being a KNIGHT, please let me know.  (Sincerely Your Grand Knight Paul Desjardins 586-405-0664).  Our meetings are always the second Wednesday of the month.  Food and Fellowship at 6:30 with the meeting starting promptly at 7.  We concluded in an hour and twenty minutes at the September meeting as I know long meetings are a constant complaint.  We covered a lot though.  There were five handouts, 1st was our “Steak Out” on Sunday, September 30. This was a good ole fashioned Cook Out.  Steaks on the Grill.  Was a full menu, fellowship and an all around good time and fundraiser for YOUR council;  2nd was our  2nd Knights Nite Out Dinner Dance / MoTown Review on October 12.  Last year was very well attended and we need your help to insure another success this year.  Tickets are available from Fred Kuplicki (586-909-4700) or Paul Desjardins (586-405-0664).  This event has a “Tin Can Raffle” and we need items for the raffle.  If you have an item you can donate or can ASK a place you frequent, Hardware Store, Restaurant, Car Wash, etc. for the raffle prize please ASK, because we need items for the Raffle.  Our 3rd hand out was a Donor letter explaining our 5401C3 status that make donations tax deductible.  These letters are available upon request.    Our 4th handout was for the K of C First Advent retreat to be held at St. Paul Retreat House on December 7-9.  This will be a good time to get to know your Brother Knights better and receive the Good Lord’s Blessing. The 5th handout was an opportunity to lower your Utility Bill.  Consumers Energy has extended an opportunity to have a Home Energy Analysis done on your home.  At that time they will install “at no cost to you”   high-efficiency shower heads, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, water heater pipe wrap, and more.  They estimate that your annual savings will be around $150.00 a year.  I had it done at my house and was very pleasantly surprised and happy with my new shower heads.   You can call 989-598-1267 use promocode STMARGARET18 and schedule an appointment or come to St. Margaret’s on Wednesday October 3rd at 7pm.  We will have a Representative from Consumer Energy.   Refreshments and Door Prizes. 

St. Margaret Parish Picnic was on September 9th.   The weather drove us into the gym but a good turnout and good time was had by all that attended.        

There will be a Veterans Mass to be held on November 11th.  This will be held at  Noon at St. Margaret’s and will Honor all Veterans both in Our Council, the Parish and the Community. 

The following week, at the November 18th Noon Mass at St. Margaret’s, we will be  celebrating the One Year Anniversary of the Beatification  of Fr, Solanus Casey.  This will also be our Council’s Memorial Mass for the year.  We will be Honoring all Brother Knights that went to the Lord last year.  There will be a light reception after the both Masses.

 NEW SHIRTS:  The new shirts are in. They are the same Brown that Fr. Solanus wore.  Along with Gold Trim and his likeness on the sleeve.  Shirts are $35.00 and can be ordered at any meeting.  

The Budget for 2018 /19 was presented and discussed.  Resolution is elsewhere in the October Knightline and voted on at the October meeting. 

On October 6 & 7, we will be having a MI Drive taking donations for our wonderful Tootsie Rolls.  We will be at all Masses at St. Margaret and at Harbor Freight. Help is always needed.  Call me if you will help.  Paul D.  586-405-0664

Our Worthy District Deputy Ken Warzybok wished us greetings from our State Officers and reported on the State Officer Installation Mass and Dinner.  Over 400 attended and included your Grand Knight and Worthy Advocate.   He went on to edify the 1st K of C Advent Retreat on Dec 7-9 and let us know that our participation will satisfy our Faith in Action requirements.   

I want to thank the Faithful Navigator of our 4th Degree John Zelmanski for his report and invitation for any and all 3rd Degree Knights to join the 4th Degree. This Patriotic Degree is one of the greatest assets of the K of C and I was inducted in September. 

We had our last Car Shows for the year.  Here was another opportunity to get together with your brother KNIGHTS.  We plan to have the Car Shows again next year, middle of May to the end of August. Hope to see you then.

Texas Holdems.  As I have said this Program is one of our Major Fundraisers.  Our next one is on October 17, 18, 19, & 20.  Here again is an opportunity to HELP support your Council.  50% of the proceeds of October will be donated to St. Francis Camp on the Lake. This is a summer camp for the developmentally disabled. This is an “easy lift” program.  Showing up is 80% of the job.   

Still a GOOD DEAL is Holy Cross Services 2019 Calendars.  Everyone needs a calendar and this one can pay you back.  A $50 dollar winner is picked every day and a $500 winner is picked once a month and a $5,000 winner is picked annually.  Just let me know if you want one.  It makes a great Christmas or Birthday Gift.

Under Good of the Order we said a decate of the Rosary for: John & Barbara Smith,  Glen Hardy, Gerry & Beverly Wilczynski, Frank Baniszewski, George Wingert,  all the Unborn, and our Brother Knights and their Families. 

Brother Knight Paul Weiss won the 50/50 for $24.00 and the Progressive Drawing would have been won by #182 Bro. Richard Merling if he had only been there. 

In Closing, I Thank all my Brother KNIGHTS who participate in the many programs and events our Council is involved in.  I continue to invite all my Brother Knights to become more involved in the meetings, many programs and events our Council sponsors.  Give your self a chance and you will be surprised that you will feel better about yourself. 

Sincerely & Humbly Your Grand Knight Paul Desjardins, Vivat Jesus!