"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace".
                                                                                                                        1 Peter 4:10

Answering the call of serving others

Through our baptism, the Church tells us that our lives become hidden in Christ's.  But what does that mean?  It means that through our participation in the sacraments, we are formed in the image of Christ. We are gradually filled with the Holy Spirit and are guided to be Christ's eyes, hands, and feet and heart in the world.  We are gradually drawn into the mind and heart of God, to see the poor, and sick and struggling among us as our brothers and sisters, as a Christ himself!  Service, or charity, like the inhaling and exhaling of our breath, is our natural response to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. 

​Service to others is at the heart of what it means to be a Knight of Colombus.  Through a variety of works of charity in our parishes and in the local community, Knights constantly seek ways to discover the joys and power of giving of ourselves to help those in need.  We make ourselves available to our parish priests to help build up our parishes as vibrant evangelizing communities of faith, hope and charity.

Bible Quotes on Service

Connecting the dots: 
Serving, Fundraising, & Charitable Giving

For knights, these three things - serving, fundraising, and charity giving -are all interwoven.  Much of what we do revolves around raising funds so that we have the opportunity to make significant donations to important local charitites.  Without our important fund-raising projects - like our Lenten Fish Fry Dinners and Tootsie Roll Drives - we would not have the ability to impact the causes we support.  We realize, however, that nothing can take the place of contributing our own time to serving.  So we strive to balance all three.  We are confident that you will find the place to contribute generously!
How much do we give?
For example, in 2015 the Knights of Columbus set a new all-time record for charitable donations and service hours with $177,500,673 in donations and more than 75 million hours of service, with each member donating nearly the equivilant of a full workweek on average.
There are many ways to serve
We understand that different service projects may interest different guys. In Council 8659 we try to offer something for everyone. Pick and choose. Or participate in all of them
Remember, you don't have to be a Knight to help out!

Tootsie Roll Drive

Annual Drive to Help the Mentally Impaired

This annual fundraiser, traditionally done on Palm Sunday, is held at local businesses to help fund local non-profit agencies that serve those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Councils around the U.S. participate in this public event that many have come to know the work of the Knights of Columbus through. 
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John Allisio

Coats for Kids

Helping needy kids with a warm winter coat

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Dan Heath

Once a year our council  donates to purchase warm winter coats for local kids. This past year, 1,700 coats were distributed by different area Knights' councils and donated through St. Damien of Molikai parish in Pontiac. This is a small gift that makes a big impact.

Lenten Fish Fries

Many hands are needed for this annual event

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Chuck Kemler

The Lenten Fish Fries of Council 8659 are "world famous." Every Friday in Lent delicious fish dinners are served up and people come from miles around.  This is our major fundraiser for the year that allow us to do much of  charity work.  It requires many hands to be a success.  There is a part to play for everyone!  Come on down!

Pro-Life Projects

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​Barry Doherty

Defending life at all its stages

From conception of life to its end with those who are dying, the dignity of life is under attack in our country.  Our council takes the defense and promotion of life very seriously.  From praying at area abortion clinics, to donating to purchase ultra-sound machines, to supporting Mary's Mantle, a home for unwed mothers, we strive to put our faith into action.  Put yours into action too!

Adapt a Road Clean-Up

Spring & Fall Clean Up of Adams Road

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Ken Schack

Every Spring and Fall a crew gathers for early morning bagels and coffee before heading out to clean up trash along Adams Road from South Boulevard to Walmart at M-59.  The time goes fast with many hands. It is good exercise and you can immediately enjoy the fruits of your labors by seeing a clean roadside. Join us!

Family Movie Nights

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​Mike Merlo

Knights serve up food for the movie watchers

For some four Mondays from Fall to Spring, the Knights join with the Religious Education Program at Sacred Heart to help host Family Movie Nights. Great movies with spiritual themes are shown, and the Knights make sure everyone enjoys a good meal and great pop-corn.  Come enjoy the food and the movie!

Liturgical Ministries

Serving to make our liturgies great

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Mike Merlo

There are a variety of ways to serve in the Mass. Readers, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, and Choir members are always needed.  Many Knights find this is a powerful way to serve and feel involved in the parish community. Unfortunately, many of us hold back from serving in this way. No need to wait. No experience needed. Only faith!
?Need some inspiration
"Looking to what the secular world holds up as “manly” is in fact to look at shadows – or even at outright counterfeits – of masculinity. No athlete, no matter how many awards; no political leader, no matter the power he wields; no performer, business man, or celebrity, no matter how much adored; no physical attribute or muscle mass; no intelligence or talent; no prizes or achievements can bestow masculinity on a man. The idolatry of celebrities at this time is a particular temptation, but to build one’s masculine identity on such fleeting models is to build an identity on sand. My Catholic sons and brothers, we can only build a certain foundation for masculinity on the rock, Jesus Christ. We look to our Savior to be transformed in Him, to be the men we are called to be, and to let others see Him in us."

Bishop Olmsted, Into the Breach