The Michigan Bureau of Elections resumed the vetting process for the petition drive to end dismemberment abortions. The Bureau set June 1 as the deadline for challenges to the signatures.
It’s been nearly a year since we began collecting signatures to end the violent late-term dismemberment abortion procedure. As many of you know, the petition drive has overcome an exhaustive list of challenges, now including a global pandemic. We are excited to finally see the finish line in the distance.
A sample of 500 signatures was pulled by the Bureau, which will determine the overall validity rate of the submitted signatures. The Michigan Values Life coalition submitted 379,419 signatures on December 23, 2019. 340,047 signatures are needed to initiate the ban on dismemberment abortions in the Michigan Legislature.
Planned Parenthood said they will consider challenging our signatures. They want to continue profiting off this heinous procedure. We went above and beyond our normal process for checking our signatures because of the uncertain 2018 change in the petition drive law. We hope to exceed our previous record of a 97 percent validity rate during our 2004 petition drive to ban partial-birth abortions.
If enough valid signatures remain following the challenge period, the petition will be certified by the Board of State Canvassers and the dismemberment ban will be sent to the Legislature for consideration with a 40-day time limit. Majority votes in the House and Senate will pass the dismemberment ban into law without Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s signature. Initiated legislation that isn’t passed into law is placed on the general election ballot for a public vote.
We’re confident our prolife elected majorities in the Legislature will do the right thing and vote for this ban again, just like they did in May of 2019. This time, it will become law.
Hopefully on June 2 we will have a happy update about the end of the signature stage of this long process, and the beginning of the voting stage!
This June the Msgr. Kohler Council of the Knights of Columbus will begin a Summer Bible Study. For now via ZOOM. We will be using the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. It costs around $9 on amazon.com. The book is not required to participate in the Bible Study, but it will make your experience much better.
This Lenten season we will be studying Bishop Barron’s new book, “Lenten Gospel Reflections.”
Includes the Gospel reading for each day of Lent 2020, brand new reflections from Bishop Barron, reflection questions, journal pages, and Stations of the Cross reflections.
Be sure to come to our February membership meeting to get your copy of the book for only $2.00 per book!
We welcomed two new members, Brother George, and Brother John along with Brother Giovanni to the Third Degree!
Congratulations to Edgar and Adriana on the Baptism of their daughter Elizabeth! We were honored to present her with a Casey KofC Bear!
Our council cleaned up the gravesites of over 50 St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy families.
We were honored to present Eva a Casey Bear on the occasion of her baptist this afternoon at St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy!
We passed out Tootsie Rolls at the 2019 Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Fall Games representing Msgr. Kohler Council of Westland, MI!
How many pizza’s do you want? 1? 5? 10? For only $7, you won’t find a better deal on Hungry Howie’s pizza! And we deliver! Thank you for supporting our council and our Westland community!
We had a great Mass on the Grass and Parish Picnic this year! Thanks to all the brother Knights who helped us all make it happen!
This weekend will be our annual Mass in the Grass and Parish Picnic!
We hope to see you this weekend for Mass on the Grass in the front yard of Saint Mary, Cause of Our Joy! Mass begins at noon with our parish picnic following directly after in our social hall! Our council will be grilling hot dogs and providing delicious watermelons!
The weather is expected to be warm – around 80 degrees! We hope to see you there!