Knights of Columbus – Beginning the Fraternal Year

Msgr. A.X.M. Sharpe, Council #600 of Knights of Columbus kicked off the start of the 2020-21 year on July 28 with a dinner and general meeting at Pontiac Yacht Club on Cass Lake. Food from Princess Grille was enjoyed in the beautiful summer evening. Fellow knight, Kenny Ibrahim, owner of Princess Grille has provided meals to local hospital workers, police, and firefighters. Our council has helped to support that effort.

We started out the year welcoming in two members Gerald Arter, PGK transferring in from another Council and Seminarian Danny Whalen who recently completed his exemplification online. During this meeting the Msgr. A. X. M. Sharpe Council presented Seminarian Danny Whalen a check for $500 by newly elected Grand Knight Greg Zawalski. The Knights of Columbus launched the Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) in 1981. Under this program, local councils or assemblies can make an annual contribution of $500 or more to an individual seminarian to help with his seminary expenses.

Knights of Columbus – The End of One Fraternal Year and Beginning of Another

The 2019/20 Fraternal Year ended with our June Membership Meeting held virtually with our members.

The Fraternal Year was another great year of accomplishments for our council. Pending review of our program accomplishments this year with the Supreme Office, MSGR. A. X. M. Sharpe is in position to be awarded Star Council for this year! This is a great accomplishment under the current quarantine circumstances when the world seems to have turned upside down. Due to the pandemic, Supreme reduced the quotas to achieve Star Council. It is the hard work of all the members who are witnesses to the strength and brotherhood of the council by their good works and actions. Congratulations fellow Brother Knights on a job well done!

New officers were elected to guide the council through our next fraternal year as we strive to achieve our goals and continue the mission of our Order. Thank you to those who accepted their nominations and stepped up to serve our council. Our new officers are:

Council Chaplain – Msgr. McEnhill
Grand Knight – Gregory Zawalski
Financial Secretary – Jason Fry
Deputy Grand Knight – Nick Greiwe
Chancellor – Daniel Schneble
Recorder – John May
Treasurer – Carl Godell
Advocate – Patrick Devine, PGK
Warden – Robert Harper
Inside Guard – Paul Schmidt, PGK
Outside Guard – Brad Leblanc
One Year Trustee – Gerald Arter, PGK
Two Year Trustee – Oscar Mittelstaedt
Three Year Trustee – Greg Harris, PKG

There are still great opportunities to join MSGR. A. X. M. Sharpe council with us, and it has never been easier. Supreme is now offering virtual online exemplifications during the pandemic. It is no more than a half hour in front of your computer monitor. If you want to be a part of this great organization and you are a Catholic male over 17-1/2 years old, think about joining our council. Please contact Grand Knight Greg Zawalski, gk600@mikofc.org or Membership Director Greg Harris, PGK, 586-719-6302 / eskygreg@gmail.com to learn how to register and become a MSGR. A. X. M. Sharpe Knight online!

Farewell Message from Paula Dawson

It is time for me to move on. I want to thank all my commission members for your hard work and dedication to Christian Service all these years. It has truly been my pleasure to work with each and every one of you. Please know I will miss you all.

Thank you to all our St. Vincent de Paul members who have been dedicated to helping those who are in need. You are a fantastic group of kind, generous, and loving people, I have been so lucky to work with you all. To all the members of our Knights of Columbus and Fellowship groups who have always come through for Christian Service when needed, I am so grateful to you all, thank you.

To all of you who have stepped up whenever needed whether it be a funeral luncheon, soup kitchen volunteers. Giving tree helpers, blood drive workers, and all those behind the scenes, all who have donated financially throughout the years in support of Christian Service projects, your thoughtfulness and generosity has been so amazing. I am so very, very thankful, I couldn’t have asked for more. For 16 years I’ve met and worked with so many amazing parishioners, and you will forever be in my heart and prayers.

God Bless you all!
Paula Dawson

Blessing Of Our New Pieta

Welcome to Our New Pieta

Many of you are wondering where this amazing sculpture came from. An anonymous donation provided the funds to have her created in Italy with the base specifically constructed for our narthex from fruitwood here in the United States. God was participating throughout this process too as we strive to bring more of Our Holy Mother’s beauty into Our Lady of Refuge Parish! Monsignor knew of the arrival of our Pieta and hopes of enhancing our spirituality and relationship with our Lord and Mother Mary. She was to arrive for Holy Week.

Monsignor Mc Enhill in his Ash Wednesday homily requested our parish at large to pray more. He mentioned in particular Intercessory Prayer. We have had a very dedicated group of people praying monthly in our parish chapel but we can do better! We should need more space! We are suggesting that when our doors can once again be opened without restrictions that we gather in the church. We have so much to prayer for!!

In the future you will be provided with a very special prayer card with the photo of our Pieta.

Lisa Marie

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