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

4th Degree Assembly 521

  Council 3797 


 August 2018 Newsletter


September 2018






Brother Knights, Vivat Jesus! 

With the Summer Months coming to an end, vacations and the talk of “Back to School” in the air, I can only hope it is this that keeps our Brother Knights from our Meetings. Remember, 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 fifteen minutes last night as I know long meetings are a constant complaint.  We covered a lot though.  There were five handouts, 1st was our upcoming  “Steak Out” on Sunday, September 30.  Our Council will be hosting a good ole fashioned Cook Out.  Steaks on the Grill.  It’s a full menu, fellowship and an all around good time and fundraiser for YOUR council.  Please plan to attend. 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 Lords Blessing. The 5th handout was an opportunity to lower your Utility Bills.  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.   Just call 989-598-1267 use promocode STMARGARET18 and schedule an appointment.  Any questions about the handouts just give me a call.

Additional things covered included St. Margaret Parish Picnic on September 9th. We will again be handing out Popsicles and have printed materials all about the Knights. So come to the Picnic and enjoy all the festivities.   There will be a Veterans Mass to be held on November 11th.  This will be held at the Noon Mass at St. Margaret’s and will Honor all Veterans both in Our Council, the Parish and the Community.  The following week, 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 Mass.  NEW SHIRTS:  We have decided to go with the same Brown that Fr. Solanus wore.  Along with Gold Trim and his likeness on the sleeve.  A Dozen Brother Knights ordered shirts so far so come to the next meeting and see them.  

Our Worthy District Deputy Ken Warzybok wished us greetings from our State Officers and reported that the month of July yielded the State of Michigan 158 new Brother Knights.  The best July in quite some time.  There are many Catholic gentlemen in your sphere that are just waiting for someone to ask them to join.  Step in to the Breach and JUST ASK.  He asked our Council to again be part of the Advertising for our District (25).  Our $250.00 annually gives us exposure at many Golf Outings, State Function Books and more.  He went on to edify the 1st K of C Advent Retreat 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 asset of the K of C.    

I want to Thank two of our Newer Brother Knights, (Frank Belvedere, Carl Giordano) for attending our meeting.  I hope we didn’t overload you with all the programs and opportunities to get involved. 

The Car Shows which have now ended for this year is an opportunity for all you Brother Knights to come out and support our Council’s Programs.  We get together every Thursday afternoon / evening to share a Burger or Hot Dog and enjoy each others company and reminisce about the vehicles we all owned in the past. I know that many Brother Knights have collectable cars and it would be good to see them. 

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 Knighthood.  50% of the proceeds of October will be donated to St. Francis Camp on the Lake. This is an “easy lift” program.  Showing up is eighty percent 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 Fifty dollar winner is picked every day and a $500 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.

MSGR James Stapleton Council #3191 is hosting an Elvis and Tom Jones Show on October 26th at the Century Banquet Center in Sterling Heights.  Tickets are $45 which includes a Catered Dinner and open bar. Contact Paul Desjardins or Joe Gomez (586-773-9896)  

Under Good of the Order we said a Decade of the Rosary for: Fr. Ron DeHondt, Louis Caloia, John & Barbra Smith, Carolyn Johnson, Glen Hardy, Gerry & Beverly Wilczynski, Trudy Podeszwik, Don & Betty Grosfield, all the Unborn, and our Brother Knights and their Families.   

Brother Knight Carl Giordano won the 50/50 for $22.00 and the Progressive Drawing would have been won by #67 Bill Cucinello 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!