Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus were organized as a fraternal benefit society in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882 by the Rev. Michael McGivney.  The purpose of this fraternal order of laymen is to support the Church and country by means of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.  The order works tirelessly to reach out to widows and orphans, to defend the unborn and aged, to provide assistance to the hungry, homeless, physically and mentally  challenged, and to support vocations to ministry within the Church.  Membership is open to men 18 years or older who are practicing Catholics.

St. Jane Frances Parish is home to local Council #13340.  Men interested in joining the Knights of Columbus can contact the Parish Office or Joe Nida at 586-219-2964.


Knights of Columbus Programs


Coffee House
The Coffee House is a dinner program for adults with intellectual disabilities that are held six times a year.  It is the only Knights of Columbus program of its kind within the state.  The dinner is open to adults with intellectual disabilities from the tri-county area.  The program offers a dinner and there is a DJ who provides musical entertainment for the evening.  Each dinner event generally serves about 200-250 guests.

Traveling Chalice
The Traveling Chalice program started by our council gives the parishioners of St. Jane's parish the oppportunity to take home the chalice and continue to pray for vocations on a family or personal level.  All a parishioner needs to do is sign up in the Gathering Space at church and they will receive the chalice during the Mass that they attend on a weekend of their choice.

Seminarian/Postulant Support
In support of vocations and religious life, our council gives financial assistance to two seminarians and two postulants each year to help offset schooling costs as they pursue their call to the church.

Family Rosary
This is a prayer program led by our council.  It is held in the chapel following the 9:00 am Mass whenever a fifth Sunday occurs in a month.  All are welcome to attend this devotional prayer for vocations.

Baby Bottle Drive
The Baby Bottle Drive is an annual council fundraising activity held in October during Respect Life month.  In July 2008, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council instituted the Ultrasound Machine Program.  The funds that are collected go towards the purchase of ultrasound machines which are given to pregnancy clinics that are in financial need and are located in low-income areas.  For each new machine purchased by a Knights of Columbus Council, District, or State Council, the Supreme Council will pay half of the cost of the machine.  This particular program is very important to our council.  It has been proven that when an ultrasound machine is used in pre-natal care, it dramatically aids in the protection of unborn babies by reducing the risk of abortion.

College Scholarship Award
Each year the council awards a college scholarship to two students from our parish who are in the process of earning an undergrad degree.  The only requirement is that the applicants are members of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish or a son/daughter of our Council's Knights.

Blood Drive
The Blood Drive is a council program that helps the community.  The council works with the American Red Cross and assists them in the blood donation process.  We hold three blood drives each year.

Charity Poker
Charity Poker is a vital fundraising program for our council.  The council hosts four of these events each year as allowed by state regulations.  The funds that are raised go towards the many charities that the council supports.

Parish programs and events that the Knights of Columbus council supports

Right To Life

Fisherman’s Fund

St. Jane’s Youth Group

St. Vincent De Paul

Stations Of The Cross

Wedding Anniversary Mass and Dinner

Lenten Fish Fry’s

Charity Car Show


Trunk Of Treats

College Scholarship Awards

Hot Dog Roast


Charities that the Knights of Columbus council supports 

Missionaries of Charity

Holy Cross Children’s Service

King House

Coats For Kids


Tootsie Roll Drive

Special Olympics

Play Place For Autism

Arc Of Macomb County

Challenger Baseball

Catholic League Athletics

St. Louis Center

St. Francis Camp

Wreaths Across America

Archdiocese For The Military Services, USA




Upcoming Events


Upcoming Meetings:  
    September 12, 2019
      October 10, 2019
      November 14, 2019
      December 12, 2019
      January 9, 2020
      February 13, 2020
      March 12, 2020
      April 2, 2020
      May 14, 2020
      June 11, 2020    

Coffeehouse Dates:
      September 25, 2019
      October 23, 2019
      December 4, 2019
      February 12, 2020
      April 15, 2020
      June 3, 2020


September 8, 2019 - Pancake Breakfast Pancakes and Sausage Breakfast - Digital Vintage Art Illustration
Come and join the Knights of Columbus for a delicious pancake breakfast following the 9:00 AM Mass.  It is a free will donation.  Enjoy breakfast with you
r friends and family while helping the Knights help others!

September 29, 2019 - Family Rosary
Join us to pray the rosary for Vocations after the 9:00 AM Mass.
This is done any month there is a 5th Sunday.  Whether you pray the rosary all the time or have never experienced this devotional prayer, please feel free to join us.

October 12-13, 2019 - Tootsie Roll Drive
Our members will be handing out Tootsie Rolls after each Mass.  Please be generous in your donations.  All donations are used to support charities for those with intellectual disabilities.  

October 19-20, 2019 - Baby Bottle Drive
The St. Jane Frances de Chantal Knights of Columbus Council is having a drive to raise money to purchase an ultrasound machine.  The weekend of October 20th & 21st we will be giving out "Baby Bottles" to our parish brothers and sisters to fill with their offering and return them within a three week period.  Please help us to make this program a success.  

November 9, 2019 - Spaghetti Dinner
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus to continue the good works of the Knights with proceeds going to the charities they support.  Tickets (Adults $10 | Children (12 & under) $5)

August 2020 - Hot Dog Roast
Our Knights of Columbus, here at St. Jane Frances de Chantal, would like to invite you to attend a FREE Hot Dog Luncheon following the 11:30am Mass next August (date TBD).  This event is our K of C Council's way of saying THANK YOU!  for all of the support throughout the year.  The luncheon will consist of Hot Dogs, Chips and a beverage.  The Knights of Columbus will announce the winners of the 2020 Scholarships at this event.  Come join us! 








Brian Finn

Grand Knight

Officers 2019-2020


Rev. Anthony Sulkowski

District Deputy

William Ibianski

Grand Knight

Brian Finn

Deputy Grand Knight

Raymond Sroka

Financial Secretary

Jerome Ortmann


Robert Rucinski


Dennis Lichocki


Julius D'Ambrosio


Robert Brent

One-Year Trustee

James Duncan

Two-Year Trustee

Jakub Shonka

Three-Year Trustee

Robert Bielinski


Erdrick Swinciki


William Meyer

Inside Guard

William Bishop

Inside Guard

Walter Kronner

Outside Guard

David Shultz

Council Insurance Programming Director

Jakub Shonka