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Ste. Anne Feast Day Mass July 26, 2021

All photos were taken at the Mass of Thanksgiving at the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit on September 20, 2020. Archbishop Alan Vigneron presided.
These two photos are from the Detroit Catholic website, Valaurian Waller photographer (I credit these on my websites as © Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic, 2020, all rights reserved:

St. John Neumann K of C Assembly 478 Supports Vets Returning Home

             The Knights of St. John Neumann Assembly 478 invited the residents of Vets Returning Home to attend as special guests the Assembly’s Christmas Party.  Twelve veterans attended as a result.  A catered dinner was served to the vets that evening.  They also enjoyed free refreshments, fellowship, and a duet providing live seasonal music. A check for $500.00 was also presented to Vets Returning Home to assist the shelter with its operating expenses. 

            The Knights had also invited the residents of Vets Returning Home to attend as special guests the Assembly’s annual picnic in August 2019.  Twelve veterans attended as a result.  A steak dinner was prepared and served to the vets that evening. 

            Vets Returning Home is a homeless shelter for military veterans located in Michigan’s southeast Macomb County.  Its mission is to provide the veteran with a stable, sober living environment, employment readiness training, aid with job placement, legal support, and life skills training.   St. John Neumann Knights of Columbus Assembly 478 in Utica has been active over the past year in supporting not only the shelter, but also the veterans themselves as they seek to transition into society.

            The Assembly donates a total of $2,000.00 to Vets Returning Home throughout the year to assist the shelter with its operating expenses, as well as usable household items for the veterans’ use as they graduate to apartments of their own.


Vets Returning Home residents gather for a picture with one of the carolers

Master William Howe presented the Supreme Council Civic Award and
Star Assembly Award to Victor J. Paul Assembly. Also, SK Bernie
Czarkowski was presented with the Ohio District One, as well as the
Fr. Louis Hennepin Province Sir Knight of the Year Awards at the
Assembly’s annual Christmas Party on December 14. Pictured above
(Left to right):  Lady Mary Lou, Master Howe, Lady Judy, Faithful Navigator
Mike Pallotta, Lady Bev and Sir Knight Bernie Czarkowski

Mark Brezenski, Michigan District One Master and Cliff Wasmund, Hennepin Province Vice Supreme Master standing guard with the St John Vianney Relic Exposition at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

William Howe, Master of Ohio District One presents Fourth Degree Charter to SK Anthony Pondillo, FN Our Lady of Mt.Carmel Assembly #3760, newest Assembly in Ohio District One, at a banquet on 11/24/2018. Looking on from left is Monsignor Robert Siffrin, District Friar, Ohio District One and Monsignor Michael Cariglio, Rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Assembly Friar.  Thank you.

The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Color Corps was invited to participate in the 9-11 Patriots Day parade in Lansing, which was followed by a memorial presentation. We were honored to attend. The mangled piece of steel in front of Old Glory is from the World Trade Center. Todays weather was similar to the weather on this day in 2001. Never forget!

Victor J. Paul Assembly hosted veterans from the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center at the Akron Rubber Ducks baseball game. 120 veterans, knights and families attended. Prior to the game everyone was treated to hamburgers and hot dogs. Navy veteran Lott Mix threw out the the ceremonial first pitch.  It was a beautiful night, Akron won. A good time was had by all. This event was sponsored, in part, by the donation from the Ohio Masters' Assm.

April 2018 Ohio District 2 Exemplification Class picture & Ladies program

Michigan State Convention May 25, 2018         Living Rosary Launch

Class Honoree S.K. Robert F. Collins, Jr., Immediate Past State Deputy William F. Howe, Master
District 4 Exempt 4/18 Ladies program and Class Picture

Opening Ceremony of the Winter Special Olympics.  Color Corps from 4 Assemblies within the Gaylord Diocese and thNational Guard Troops from the Grayling Post participated in the opening ceremony and the posting of the Colors.


 Assembly #2599 Wreaths Across America.



Ohio District 2, September 30, 2017 – A full weekend of activities in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati welcoming in 61 new Sir Knights and their Ladies.  Wonderful ladies luncheon and program in the Atrium Terrace with beautiful music from local musicians on their dulcimers.



Michigan District 2, October 18, 2017 – Top picture - New Ladies of Michigan District #2.  Wives of Masters of Michigan District 1, 4 and Vice Supreme Master attended to support Monica Balderson, First Lady of Michigan District #2.  Between the two evening Exemps, (something new they tried) they welcomed in 82 new Sir Knights.


Michigan District 1, September 16, 2017– While the men exemplified 69 new Sir Knights, First Lady
Elizabeth Hundiak planned a vintage hat style show for the Ladies Program.

Michigan District 3, October 28, 2017 – Top left – center pieces on each of the tables at the banquet. 
MI District #4 Master Barry Borsenick, VSM Cliff Wasmund and Former Master of MI District #2
George Walrath in attendance supporting MI District #3 Master Michael Stanchina and the 22 new Sir Knights.

Michigan District 4, November 4, 2017 – While the Masters, VSM and MI State Deputy and Secretary were busy exemplifying 26 new Sir Knights, the ladies were entertained by Robbie Waclawski, Deputy Grand Knight of Council #1297 Sacred Heart Parish (Mt. Pleasant) who spoke about the Special Olympics (top left).  Top right – Joe Kaczynski was a gold medal winner at the Special Olympics World Games and spoke of his wonderful experiences with Special Olympics and his medal winnings.