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

4th Degree Assembly 521

  Council 3797 


October 2018 Newsletter


November 2016






Brother Knights, Vivat Jesus! 

Our October Meeting was well attended and while it was long meeting we covered a lot of material.   There were five handouts at this meeting.  I like handouts and plan to have them at all meetings to keep members informed.  Our 1st  handout was the Minutes from the September Meeting. We ask all attending to read the Minutes prior to the meeting, during the Fellowship Time while enjoying refreshments.  After discussion of the minutes we moved on to the 2nd Handout The Budget. We had discussion with the membership and put the final tweek on the Budget and will vote on the Final at the November Meeting. The 3rd Handout was the Calendar of Events, It was an eye-opener for all to realize all the events we have available for any Knight that wants to step up and get involved.  The “Qualifications” are:  VOLUNTEER, COMMIT & SHOW UP. The 4th Handout was the Rewarding Experience from Consumers Energy, an opportunity to lower your Utilities 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.  The 5th Handout was the Advent Retreat, the K of C is sponsoring their First Advent Annual 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 Lords Blessing. Please give attendance thought and Prayer. Sigh up sheets will be available at the November Meeting.

As you know, Our Meetings are always the second Wednesday of the month.  Food and Fellowship at 6:30 with the meeting starting promptly at 7.

 For those that didn’t attend the October Meeting, please be advised that on November 11th, we are having a Veterans Mass at the Noon Mass at St. Margaret.  Light refreshments will be served after the Mass.   If you are a Veteran and want to be recognized, please contact our Treasurer Fred Kuplicki (586-909-4700) with your information. 

November 18, is our Memorial Mass.  Again it will be at the Noon Mass at St. Margaret, with light refreshments afterwards.    Prior to the beginning of Mass, We will read the names of deceased members from the 3rd Degree, 4th Degree and the Daughters of Isabella. Please plan to arrive early to help with seating and to coordinate the reading of the names.       

 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.  

On October 6 & 7, we had our Fall MI Drive.  I want to Thank the KNIGHTS that Stepped Up, Volunteered & Showed Up:  Paul Desjardins, Joe Baker, Doug Wing, Al Wunderlich, Jim Wietecha, John Kelleher, Gerry Wilczynski, Pete Wilhelm, John Huseltine, Frank Belvedere, Fred Kuplicki.  Standing up and taking Donations for Tootsie Rolls is fun and a great Public Relations opportunity for our Council.

On October 12, Our Council had our 2nd Annual Motown Review.  If you missed it, you missed a BLOW OUT.  We had over 180 people show up to have an absolutely wonderful time.  The Gym was transformed into a Dinner & Dance Hall straight out of the Fifties.  The “Prolifics” do-woped & bebopped us with all the Motown Oldies.  The drinks flowed and the dancers danced and a good time was had buy all. It will prove to be a great fundraiser. Our Council will be making a significant contribution to the new “Endowment Scholarship Fund” in support of Seminarians.  Much Thanks go to all that attended that will make this Contribution possible.   

This Major Event was put on by a number of KNIGHTS that Volunteered, Committed & Showed Up.  Set Up:  Gerry Wilczynski, Paul & Mary Desjardins, Doug & Renee Moeller, Linda Wing, Bob Lamothe, Jerry Harrold, Fred Kuplicki, with Jim Shanahan and Mike Weiss showing up later to set up the Bar. Tear Down:  Paul & Mary Desjardins, Jim & Linda Wietecha, Rich & Renee Moeller, Joe & Debbie Baker, Jerry Harrold, Fred Kuplicki, Jim Shanahan and Mandy.          

Special Thanks go to Past Grand Knight Gerry Wilczynski.  He has been the Chair Person for this event for the past two years and I don’t know if it would happen without him.  Special Thanks to Mary Desjardins & Linda Wing.  They worked many days in advance making the Center Pieces and decorations for the Event. The 50 Chevy, Juke Box and Poodle Skirt Girl were made by Paulette Bryant, .member of St. Margaret Women’s Club.  Special Thanks to Treasurer, Fred Kuplicki who was in charge of ticket sales & seating. Special Thanks to Jim Shanahan, Mandy and Sabrina McCormack Wilczynski.  They were our Bartenders and Waitresses.  And Again:  If I missed anyone please accept my apology and my senior memory.  The Good Lord Knows Your Contribution.              

Our Worthy District Deputy Ken Warzybok wished us greetings from our State Officers. He went on to read “The Code of Chivalry”.  I found it to be very interesting and a great example of what a KNIGHT should be.  It will be a hand out at the November Meeting.  Thank You Worthy. 

            The Faithful Navigator of our 4th Degree John Zelmanski gave his report and invitation for any and all 3rd Degree Knights to join the 4th Degree. This Patriotic Degree is one of the greatest asset of the K of C and as a new Member of the 4th Degree extend an Invitation to all Brother Knights to Join.    

Texas Holdem Chair Person John Kelleher will be looking for a Few Good Knights to Volunteer, Commit & Show up for the December Texas Holdem Tournament on December 12, 13, 14, 15.  Remember:   Showing up is eighty percent of the job. Sign up will be at the November Meeting.  

Still a GOOD DEAL is Holy Cross Services 2019 Calendars.  Everyone needs a calendar and this one can pay you back.  A $50 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 Decade of the Rosary for: John & Barbara Smith, Glen Hardy, Frank Baniszewski, David Wilhelm, Katie Isler, all the Unborn, and our Brother Knights and their Families. 

Brother Knight Mike Bossenbury  won the 50/50 for $22.00 and the Progressive Drawing would have been won by #141 Eric J. Kerr  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.  Just ask a Brother Knight if he enjoyed the last Event he Volunteered for Committed to and Showed Up for.    


Sincerely & Humbly Your Grand Knight Paul Desjardins  Vivat Jesus!