December 2021 Newsletter

From the Desk of
the Grand Knight

Council Meeting
Thursday, December 9, 2021 – 7:00 PM

Brother Knights,

December is a time of preparation: the Christmas season is in full swing with everybody preparing the gifts, food, and for celebrations.  It is important for us as Christians to keep Christ at the forethought during this Christmas season.

As we prepare for the things for the material world, we must also take stock of our spiritual world and prepare for the coming of the Christ Child.  A good way to do this is, to begin with, the Advent season and use it to remind us every week that we are getting closer to his birth.  A busy and important time within the church and with our families.  Let us take this time of year to refocus our thoughts toward Jesus Christ and to be thankful for all he does for us.

There are many opportunities available for us to use our talents to help the community.  I would encourage you to get out there and be part of the giving.  Throughout the fall and into the winter we have a number of events that have a wide range of tasks and every task is key to making our organization run smoothly.

If anybody is interested in helping at an event or if you have an event that the Knights of Columbus could be part of, please give me a call, text, or email.  Matt Carlton 231-740-4651 or

Serving our Parish:

  • St. Francis: St. Nick’s Breakfast    December 5th after 11 am mass

Serving our Community:

  • Coats for Kids: drop off coats at club or donation

I hope all Brother Knights and their families are doing well, but for those that are going through tough times please pray for them.  See the members in need on the website and keep them in your prayers.

If anybody would like to get more involved with events, please don’t hesitate to contact me or another member.  We have many opportunities to serve this great Muskegon community.  Thanks to Gary Naperalsky, Ron Friday, Tom Seastrom, Dave Taggart, and Denny Chandonnet for cooking for the Veterans Brunch.

Looking back at the last couple of years, our Council has helped our community with some substantial donations.  With our drive-thru dinners and donations and a break on Per Capita bills (because of the pandemic), your dues have given us chances to donate some of that money too.

Thanks to our Treasurer, Brian Delong, after a quick perusal for the calendar year 2020, we gave $19,410 in donations and in 2021 so far, we have given $19,300 in donations.  That’s not counting the food drive collection, the hygiene items, and the Coats for Kids drive yet this year.  We should be very proud of the work our Council has done for our area.

Ushering at St. Francis:

  • December 5th
  • December 26th
  • January 16th

Please help to usher at Mass on Sunday at 11:00 am.  Please add these dates to your calendar and try to arrive about 20 minutes early to get your instructions.

Vivat Jesus,
Matt Carlton, Grand Knight
Phone: 231-740-4651 – Email:

Special Announcements

December Events:

  • The online Event calendar is up-to-date.  Please check it out at
  • December 3rd – Friday night Fish Fry with all the fixings.  Dine in, drive thru or take out.
  • December 11th – Adult Christmas Party – 5:00 Appetizers, 6:00 Dinner. 7:00 Music by The Zagar’s
  • December 17th – Friday night Fish Fry with all the fixings.  Dine in, drive thru or take out.

November – Council Meeting:

  1. Meeting for November was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.
  2. We are in good standing with State and Supreme.
  3. Please plan to attend the next meeting and see what we are doing in our community.

Membership Goals 2020-2021: 31 new members and 11 new insurance members.
Members needed: 23 now. Please try to always recruit new gentlemen.
New insurance members needed: 11

Building Association News

We will be slowing down on the Wednesday dinners for December.  Hopefully, you will spend more time with your family.  However, that being said watch the Events calendar something may be added.  There are two Fish Fries scheduled for December to keep you fed.  Bring the family down to the hall and enjoy the dinners or do the drive-thru and bring them home to enjoy.  Please try to support these dinners.  Current dinner schedules coming up:


December 3
Fish Fry Dinner
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

December 11
Adult Christmas Party & Dinner
Appetizers and Dinner – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
(Please bring an appetizer)
Music by The Zagar’s – 7 p.m.

December 17
Fish Fry Dinner
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Wings and Fries are also available Wednesdays

Please check the website here – We try to keep it updated to the best of our ability!

As Matt Carlton mentioned in his note, the Building Association has also made donations to the community.  The dinners account for most of the donations we are able to give.  The hall rental has been up this year too and this helps with maintaining the hall and the bills associated with it.  Thanks to all who support the dinners and the hall.

Building Association President
Tim Kordecki,

From the Editors Desk

The news I am able to send out to you via emails is that many of you let me know when things happen to our Brother Knights and families.  Thank you for letting me know.  I may miss a few, but try to keep you all informed.

Please celebrate the Christmas season with your loved ones.  Remember Jesus is the reason for the season.  Merry Christmas to all our Knights, Families, and Friends.  Also, a Blessed New Year, may 2022 be incredible for all of us.

Vivat Jesus,
Denny Chandonnet

Joke(s) of the Month

Politician’s accident

A busload of politicians was driving down a country road one afternoon, when all of a sudden, the bus ran off the road and crashed into a tree in an old farmer’s field.

Seeing what happened, the old farmer went over to investigate. He then proceeded to dig a hole and bury the politicians.

A few days later, the local sheriff came out, saw the crashed bus, and asked the old farmer, “Were they all dead?” The old farmer replied, “Well, some of them said they weren’t, but you know how them politicians lie.”

Financial Foresight

I’d been working on my business degree for about a year when I finally got to take a popular finance course. I went to the bookstore to buy the text and was shocked to find out that it would cost me $96. I asked how much it was worth if I sold it back at the end of the semester.

“You’ll get $24,” said the clerk.

“This is insane,” I protested as I wrote out the check.

“I know,” replied the clerk sympathetically. “I’ve always thought that a person who buys a book for $96 and then sells it back for $24 should fail the course.”

Size of God

A boy asked his father, “Dad, what is the size of God?”

Then the father looked up at the sky and saw a plane and asked his son, “What is the size of the plane?”

The boy replied, “It is very small. I can hardly see it.”

Then the father took him to the airport and as they approached a plane, he asked, “Now, my son, how big is the plane?”

The boy replied: “Wow dad, it’s huge!”

Then the father told him, “God’s size depends on how close or far you are to Him. The closer you are to Him, the Greater and Greater He will be in your life!”

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