From Adrian Rusch: K of C Field Agent:
We are putting together a Retirement Seminar for all Catholic Men in the State of Alabama, which will be presented by well renowned speaker Tom Hegna. See the above PDF flyer for the meeting that is scheduled on the 29th of October.
This will be open to all Men, not only Knights.
Here’s the link to registration for the event. Its free, just requires registration before hand.
A. The Council will continue using callingpost.org to notify members of upcoming meetings & events. Let us know if you aren't receiving these phone calls.
B. Council Red Shirts with the Knights of Columbus logo and Council number may be ordered by contacting Ken Friedrich at 631-8768. Cost depends on the size of the order and the shirt size, but usually approximates $25-30.
ZELDA'S COLE SLAW
Shred 1 large head of cabbage. Shred 2 medium onions.
Put in Large bowl and alternate layers. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Bring following to a boil:
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups of vinegar
I teaspoon of celery seed
1 teaspoon of prepared mustard
1 teaspoon of salt
After boiling above ingredients, add about 1 cup of Wesson oil; stir and pour over cabbage.
Cover tightly immediately. Store in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Mix occasionally.
Keeps up to 3 months in the refrigerator.
- The first Alabama State Knights of Columbus meeting for 2019 took place on January 12, 2019 at Holy Spirit Church in Montgomery. Grand Knight and Family Program Director Ken Friedrich attended the meeting that was chaired by State Deputy Jason Esteve. As usual, emphasis was made concerning recruitment and retention. Ken went prepared with a sample of the Family of the Month nomination and a Council 10354 Family of the Month certificate. The meeting was scheduled for 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 or 4:00 p.m. Ken was the only State Director in attendance.
- A Second Degree Exemplification took place on January 14, 2019 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Hoover. Faithful Navigator Allen Belrose escorted and accompanied First Degree Council 10354 Knight Dee Haynes to the degree event that stresses “Unity.” Dee had been a Knight for almost a year and eagerly awaited advancement. He attended the Exemplification in a class of six candidates. Food was provided after the ceremony but Allen and Dee elected to cut the evening short and return home.
- Two weeks after attending a Second Degree Exemplification, Knight Dee Haynes was elevated to a Third Degree Knight on January 26, 2019 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Hoover. Accompanying Dee was again Faithful Navigator Allen Belrose. The Third Degree class was made up of 15-16 candidates. Allen and Dee opted out of the food that was provided after the event that typically stresses “Fraternity.
- Knight Derrin Gaudet of Hanceville has formed a special bond with an autistic 5-year-old boy in Crane Hill. The two have interacted on limited basis by video chatting. When Derrin discovered that the child had an affinity toward dinosaurs, he zeroed in on this connection. Derrin purchased dinosaur pajamas and a stuffed brontosaurus for the boy, but more importantly, he personally hand-crafted a dinosaur jigsaw puzzle for Isaiah. The mom declared that the boy refused to put the puzzle down and even took it to bed that night.
- Three or four weeks prior to the Super Bowl, announcements and sign-ups were made at St. Henry and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Churches for the purchase of smoked Boston butts. Proceeds from the fundraiser are dedicated to support diocesan seminarians, the Priesthood Scholarship Fund, and the Tootsie Roll campaign benefitting the area mentally challenged.
On Friday, February 1, 2019, Knights Ken Friedrich and Duane Holy cleaned the smoker and the surrounding prep areas. They also filled the wood box in readiness for initially firing up the grill to approximately 400 oF to totally sterilize the cooking areas.
At 5;00 a.m. Ken fired up the smoker and finally adjusted the temperatures to the optimum smoking and cooking range. At 7:00 a.m. a trip was made to the Gardendale Foodland to load and pick up some 11 boxes of Boston butts. The butts were smoked, cooked, and wrapped twice with aluminum foil under the direction of “Master Chef,” Knight Paul Boike. The “Yellow Submarine” crew were treated to a lunch of ham chowder and corn bread and played pool and watched tv during the slow times.
The remainder of the crew included non-Knights Rex Gill and Joyce Friedrich and Knights Charlie Friedrich, Dee Haynes, Mike Wallace, Dan S. Gardner, Jerry Ingram, and Larry Keeney. Knights Doug Homman, Paul Townes III, Ken Friedrich, Earl Kreider, William Acevedo, and Allen Belrose delivered and/or distributed the warm butts after the Saturday and Sunday Masses at St. Elizabeth and St. Henry. Some butts were delivered to as far as Cullman and Tuscaloosa! Five butts were donated by the Council and Knight Fr. Ray Keiser to the Cenacolo rehab center in Hanceville!
After accounting for all of the expenses, the Knights expect to net almost $2,500 for their aforementioned causes. Thank you St. Henry and St. Elizabeth parishioners and others for your support!
- Three Council 10354 Knights, Dee Haynes, Jim Jernigan, and Jerry Ingram, joined a group of 45 Knights who made their Fourth Degree on February 16, 2019. The exemplification took place at Our Lady of the Valley and included Mass and a banquet for the new Sir Knights and their families. The new dress code for the Fourth Degree Exemplification no longer requires the purchase and the wearing of a tuxedo. Working and/or attending the ceremonies were fellow Fourth Degree Knights Doug Homman and Allen Belrose. Congratulations, new Sir Knights! Thanks, Allen, for escorting the three men to the Exemplification, honoring Joe Flaherty, the State Secretary.
- Facilities Director, Rex Gill, purchased new white boards for three PSR classrooms in the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall. However, due to their bulk and weight, he was not able to hang the boards without help. Knights Ken Friedrich and Earl Kreider gave him a hand on February 18, 2019 and they successfully installed the new boards without incident. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the boards were defective, leaving ghostly shadows upon erasures. Ken helped remove the boards at a later date.
- The powers that be at Supreme “upgraded” the submission forms for reporting knightly activities as well as modifying the classifying categories. Council and Youth categories were totally eliminated and Church became Faith. Requests were made to submit activity reports online instead of by e-mail directly to the State Program Director.
Completion of the online reports was extremely time-consuming. Unfortunately, at first glance, it appears that the same situation will be faced each year the week before the reporting deadline!
- Another time-honored and treasured tradition at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry is the quarterly All Knights Mass. As such, Knights serve all the priestly and lay ministerial positions at the Mass. Other Knights participate as members of the congregation. On the First Sunday of Lent, March 10, 2019, the All Knights Mass took place at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth.
Positions served by Knights included Father Johnson Tharayil as the Presider, Altar Servers were Ken Friedrich and Mike Wallace, and the Lector was Jim Jernigan. Larry Keeney and Jake Schillaci brought up the Gifts at the Offertory. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were Jim Jernigan, Mike Brasher, Allen Belrose, Ken Friedrich, and Mike Wallace. Joe Dziok and Dee Haynes played and/or sang in the Choir. The Ushers were Larry Keeney, Jerry Ingram, Anthony Bishop, Allen Belrose, and Jaimie Hand. Members in the congregation included Jay Handerhan, Jeremy Smith, Corey McCray, Huel Carter, Nathan Munson, Thom Duran, Jared Clark, Greg Day, Shelby Dockery, and William Acevedo.
The lack of sufficient time prevented the assembly of the usual Fourth Degree Honor Guard. However, everyone appreciated the “leadership” shown by the Knights.
- Lenten Stations of the Cross are prayed on Wednesday evenings at St. Henry and on Friday evenings at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. For a number of years, Council 10354 has assisted with these prayers. Such was the case for the first Friday of Lent, 2019, on March 8, as well as each subsequent Lenten Friday. For example, Knights Ken Friedrich, Shawn Holly, Corey McCray, and Mike Wallace, dressed in cassocks and surpluses, carried a crucifix and lighted candles around the church and stopping at each station. The prayers were recited by various readers and the congregation throughout the season.
- Knight Father Johnson Tharayil graciously scheduled a Lenten Mission with retreat master, Father John Paul Mary of the EWTN, for the parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St Henry’s Churches. As a last minute inspiration, he requested the incorporation of a light supper half way through the mission…on Tuesday night.
- Traditionally, statues and crucifixes are covered in the sanctuary, vestibule, and chapel, etc. after the Fifth Sunday of Lent and remain covered until the Gloria during the Easter Vigil Liturgy. Knights Ken Friedrich and Jose Rodriguez and non-Knight Rex Gill took on this task as a preliminary preparation for Easter on April 9, 2019. Included in the preparations was the changing of the high ceiling light bulbs in the vestibule of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. The height required the tall A-frame ladder. Six bulbs were replaced from the chandelier area and the entrance area. At that point, the men ran out of new bulbs.
- Campus Manager Rex Gill monitors the level of collected aluminum cans at St. Elizabeth and notifies Grand Knight Ken Friedrich when the cans reach the point for blowing out of their containment and into the parking lot. On April 10, 2019 Ken quickly organized a work crew consisting of Rex Gill, himself, and Knights Allen Belrose, and Mike Wallace.
- Lenten fish fries generally are scheduled on Fridays during Lent. However, due to Friday scheduling conflicts at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Henry moved the event to Wednesday on April 10, 2019. Knight Doug Homman chaired the fish fry and organized and coordinated the cooking and serving for some 60-70 parishioners. Working the supper were Knights Doug Homman, Tony Smith, Mike O’Laire, Duane Holy, Danny Mayfield, and future Knight Chase Jordan. Tony was the head fry cook and Duane, Mike and Chase were prep cooks and servers. Then menu included Tilapia (fried and baked, hush puppies, corn nuggets, Jalapeño poppers, and French fries. Pizza was also prepared for those individuals who do not like or cannot eat fish. The parish meal was available to everyone and was enjoyed by all.
- The Last Supper Reenactment reached its 20th year in 2019! This year’s schedule includes five venues: St. Charles Borromeo, St. John the Baptist, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Holy Spirit, and Sacred Heart. Knights Ken Friedrich, Mike Wallace, and Jerry Ingram drove to Holy Spirit Church in Tuscaloosa to check out the sanctuary space for its ability to accommodate the greater than 20-foot table. Knights Ken Friedrich and Paul Townes III made a similar trip to the “Upper Room” on the premises of St. Paul’s Cathedral to investigate the compatibility of the Council’s lapel microphones with their sound system and to again ensure the necessary length and depth of the assembled stage.
The first performance for the season took place on March 23, 2019 at St. Charles Borromeo in Jacksonville to an eager crowd of parishioners. The Church is pastored by Council 10354 member and former actor Father Jim Handerhan. However, due to a recent surgery and the subsequent rehabilitation, Father Jim was regrettably unable to attend the performance. A number of contributing factors resulted in the transportation of Ken Friedrich (Simon the Zealot) to the Regional Medical Center in Anniston after he became faint and nearly collapsed while performing his part. The troupe completed the performance and supported the adage that “the show must go on.” Simon the Zealot agreed to avoid Lenten fasts in the future.
St. John the Baptist Church in Madison hosted the Reenactment on March 29, 2019 after Stations of the Cross and a Lenten Fish Fry. The absence of a loft in the theatre area required the assembly of a scaffolding platform for the overhead positioning of the spot light. The performance was well-received. The maintenance man once again came to the rescue…recall that he furnished a missing bolt for the spotlight last year. This year he supplied a soldering gun to repair a broken part on the flood lights control box.
A short drive (for a welcome change) brought the actors and crew to the “Upper Room” on the campus of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Reenactment was the highlight of a fundraiser “dinner theatre” held on Laetare Sunday, March 31, 2019. Many of the actors stated that perhaps this performance was the best ever in spite of the fact that a podium microphone was not available. The Cathedral itself was under renovation…new pews and floor restoration…and therefore unavailable too. Knight Jaimie Hand served as a stand-in for Deacon Tim Vaughn who had an unavoidable pre-commitment. He did not give Philip’s testimonial, but was an excellent “understudy” for “the pose.”
On Saturday afternoon, April 6, 2019, the cast, crew, and “groupies” of the Last Supper Reenactment travelled to Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tuscaloosa to present the “play” for the first time at that venue. After a personal invitation by Father Michael Deering, former Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry Parishes, the men cheerfully made the 1.25 hour trip in spite of impending foul weather. Most of the visitors attended the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass and enjoyed the hot dog supper after the Liturgy. The meal thankfully mostly covered the waiting period from the Mass until full darkness at 8:00 p.m. The feet of the table and chair legs were protected with pads to prevent any chance of scratching the marble floor in the sanctuary area of Holy Spirit Church. Everyone agreed that this particular presentation was probably the best yet…in 20 years! Little or no effort is required to “get up” to performing before a new and eager crowd.
The last performance of the season took place at Sacred Heart Church in Cullman on April 12, 2019. The event was preceded by a fish fry, Mass, Stations of the Cross, and Benediction. However, the performance was well-received and appreciated by the observers and Pastor Father Patrick Egan. Knight Paul Boike, a member of the Sacred Heart Parish, again gave the cast and crew the benefit of his expertise during the organization, logistics, and setup and breakdown of the props, etc. Especially enthusiastic about seeing the “play” for the first time was Heather…a daughter of Spot Light Guy, Dee Haynes…and her husband. Heather eagerly inquired about potentially hosting the performance next year at her First Baptist church in Cullman. The new site was also appealing since it was decided to omit Sacred Heart from the 2020 schedule.
Overall, the Reenactment was seen as a tremendous success in 2019 in spite of the fact that it just finished its 20th year. Scheduling new performance sites is seen as a priority for 2020.
- The privacy fence between the properties at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and the neighboring residential properties was built in one day by the Knights of Columbus under the supervision of Father Ray Keiser. Some 25 years later, some portions of the fence have started to deteriorate and required removal to prevent any danger to the neighbors, especially the children. On April 15, 2019, Knights Ken Friedrich, Allen Belrose, and Duane Holy “pruned” the fence with a chain saw and hauled off the “dead” parts. The future of the privacy fence will be determined at some later date.
- A significant part of the Good Friday service is the veneration of the cross. During this
Due to the size and weight of the statue, a number of men is required to carry it from the Parish Hall to the church, and back. Knights Ken Friedrich, Shawn Holly, Earl Kreider, Anthony Bishop, Jamie Hand, Jared Clark, Jerry Ingram, and Donald Hand took on the task on April 19, 2019, following the 2:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross. These also supported the crucifix in an upright position during the veneration itself.
- Prior to the Easter Vigil Celebration, the church is transformed from a dry, penitential atmosphere to one of light, joy, and exuberance. To that end, Knights Dan S. Gardner and Ken Friedrich removed the purple cloths that hid the statues and crucifixes in the sanctuary and vestibule of St. Elizabeth on Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019.
Hand-held candles in the vestibule awaited each entering worshipper on Easter Vigil. The lighted candles thus symbolize the “Light of Christ.” He is risen. Alleluia! Alleluia!
- Tradition has it that the Knights-sponsored Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry Parishes occurs on Holy Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Thankfully, the actual arrival of the children at 10:00 a.m. gave the weather a chance to warm up a little on April 20, 2019
In spite of the wet and cool weather, 36 children and their parents and/or grandparents attended the competition. Cookies and Hawaiian Punch were served after the “free-for-all.”
New baskets were purchased on Easter Monday at 50 % off. Good job getting the jump on Easter 2020 and saving money to better sponsor our children!
- The 116th Annual Alabama State Convention was held at the Hilton Birmingham at UAB during the weekend of April 26-28, 2019. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich attended on all days except for Sunday. Ken represented Council 10354 and the Family Program Director for the State of Alabama. Most of the business meetings and individual talks occurred on Saturday.
As Family Director, Ken reported on the process and results of submitting monthly reports on a council’s Family of the Month. He also updated all concerned on the current status of Father Jim Handerhan who remains hospitalized after major surgery.
During the course of the convention, awards were announced and plaques were presented to the winners. Competing categories and levels of recognition included: Faith, Family, Community, and Life categories at three levels, Supreme Award (best single activity eligible for further competition on national and international stages), First Place State Deputy Award (best collection of activities in the category), and Runner-up State Deputy Award (second best collection of activities in the category). During the day, Council 10354 won 4 awards: First Place State Deputy Awards for Faith, Family, and Outstanding Council of over 100 members, and Runner-up for State Deputy Youth of the Year. Winning of the Outstanding Council of Over 100 Members implies that Council 10354 ranked first among the larger of 85 Councils in State. Congrats Council 10354 and thanks for all your hard work!
Saturday evening featured a banquet that was attended by Knights and their wives. Joyce joined Ken at the supper. The menu included chicken breast, potato wedges, green beans and carrots, salad, cake, and tea and water. Family, Knight, and Youth Awards were announced at this gathering as well as drawings were done for the State raffle and the Ladies Auxiliary raffle. Monies were also presented to the Alabama bishops from the State Council and from the Ladies Auxiliary.
- Knights Shawn Holly and Doug Homman have been actively involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry for many years. The program can serve as a last-ditch effort, in many cases, to reach out to a hardened criminal and convince him that God loves him and that he still has worth. That Jesus died to take away his sins and that His mercy is greater than any sin. This love and mercy should then be shared with his fellow inmates. The movement is much like the Cursillo movement that is experienced in the outside, free world.
Forty one of the forty two men “graduated.” Sometimes the inmates agree to attend Kairos just for the food and the homemade cookies and never really get the message. As a whole, however, Kairos is a great success for the prisoners and is, time and time again, just as rewarding to the Kairos team.
- Numerically, the April Kairos was Kairos 69. The follow-up to Kairos 69 was the Instructional Reunion presented on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Donaldson Correction Facility. The event was attended by 28 “free world” team members and 39 (of 41 graduates) inmates and consisted of six talks about the importance of grouping and prayer sharing. Knight Shawn Holly delivered the first 45-minute talk and Knight Doug Homman observed as chaplain. Attendees enjoyed pizza and muffins for lunch. Leftovers were shared with the infirmary and death row inmates.
- Cataract surgery patients are instructed to avoid exposure to dusty environments for two weeks post-surgery. Therefore, Rex Gill, the groundskeeper at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, called on the Knights for assistance. Knights Ken Friedrich and Allen Belrose have previously volunteered to cut the grass at the rectory, church, and parish hall in Rex’s absence. However, on May 14, 2019, Allen was forced to decline and Ken took up the job single-handedly. He rode both the X-Mark zero turn mower, the new John Deere tractor mower, and the push mower and completed the job in about 6 hours.
- It has been a long-standing tradition that Knights of Columbus Assembly 2849 place small American flags on the graves of veterans at Oakwood Cemetery in commemoration of Memorial Day. The gesture is certainly in line with the patriotic theme that is the core of the Fourth Degree.
- June 1, 2019 was a special day, indeed. Deacon Justin Ward, who served as a seminarian at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry Parishes and who was since supported by Council 10354, was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Robert Baker at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The moving rituals and ceremonies were attended and appreciated by the majority of the priests from the diocese, family members, and many friends.
Also in attendance were Knights Father Jonathan Howell, Joel Busby, Anthony Bishop, John Wicker, Grant Mealer, Jared Clark, Larry Keeney, and Rod Cameron. St. Elizabeth and St. Henry Parishes were otherwise well represented in the congregation.
The ordination was followed by a luncheon for all attendees and the opportunity to receive a first blessing by Father Justin. What a journey traveled by Father Justin from a Baptist background to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ! It goes without saying: “All roads lead to Rome!” Congratulations and all the best, Father Justin.
- Frequent, if not daily, spring rains eventually rerouted the drainage ditch on the hill behind the Parish Hall at St. Elizabeth. The result caused drainage to come across the parking lot behind the Parish Hall. On June 7, 2019, Knights Ken Friedrich and Jose Rodriguez brought Jose’s skid steer to the site and made the necessary and appropriate rechanneling to the drainage grid and pipe. Continuously wet grounds had similarly caused sink holes behind the rectory. Some of the dirt that they “liberated” from the upper ditch was repositioned to fill in these holes. Needless to say, leveling of the rectory yard will certainly improve the ride when mowing the grass!
- When individuals retire from the work force after years of employment, they often devote significant amounts of their new-found free time as volunteers. Knight Jerry Ingram recently retired from the Birmingham City School System. However, he is also retired from years of military service. Hence it is no surprise that his attention was soon turned toward his fellow veterans.
- Grand Knight Ken Friedrich scheduled a First Degree Exemplification at his man cave for June 12, 2019. The new First Degree Knights, Jack Cousins and George Mendiola, witnessed a video version of the degree ceremonies and eagerly became members of Council 10354. Supporting the new Knights were Brother Knights Duane Holy, Ken Friedrich, Jerry Ingram, and Doug Homman.
- Council 10354 Knight Deacon Tim’s wife, Penny, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor a little more than a year ago. She survived the surgery and the initial chemo treatments but finally succumbed to the disease during the last couple of weeks. Prayers for healing and a miracle came from everywhere, since Penny was so involved in Church functions, Cursillo, the Diaconate ministry, and adult religious retreats. Unlike us, God sees the whole picture, and the greater good, and called her home on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Attendance at the wake was the greatest in recent memory and only reinforced the idea that Penny and Deacon Tim had touched so many lives.
- The Funeral Mass for Penny Vaughn, wife of Knight Deacon Tim Vaughn, was prayed at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Saturday morning, June 15, 2019. The presider was Father Bede from St. Bernard Abby and two or three other priests concelebrated including Knights Father Johnson Tharayil and Father Ray Keiser. At least 250 individuals were present.
Father Bede gave a wonderful homily and Father Ray Keiser shared a moving talk about the Holy Spirit at the finish of Mass. Penny was clearly well-loved and will be sorely missed.
The body was buried in the St. Henry Cemetery and Knight Doug Homman joined his Brother Sir Knights at the graveside in full regalia. The interment was followed by a luncheon at St. Elizabeth under the leadership of the Ladies Altar Sodality.
- The All Knights Mass is a special Mass in which all the ministerial positions are filled by Knights. Council 10354 alternates these services between St. Henry and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parishes. The latest All Knights Mass took place on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019 at the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Henry. Knight Father Johnson Tharayil was the Celebrant and Knights Ken Friedrich and Dominick Viruleg were the Altar Servers. Mike Jolly was the Lector and Dan Foster, Rob Stump, Jack Cousins, David Shaner, and Cliff Davis sang and/or played guitar in the Choir.
Ushers Duane Holy, Mike O’Laire, and Kurt Keeney took up the offerings and brought up the gifts at the Offertory. Dan S. Gardner, Paul Townes III, Paul Foti, and Allen Belrose served as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Knights noticed in the congregation included Josh Stump, Bill Ellis (also the Master of Ceremonies), Bob McLeod, Tony Decicco, Cliff Papineau, Anthony Bishop, Dee Haynes, Todd Keeney, Shelby Dockery, Jake Schillaci, Danny Mayfield, and George Mendiola.
Father’s Day did not hinder participation during the All Knights Mass!
- Knights help each other. After all, their moto is: “All for One and One for All.” When Doug Homman realized that his large desk in his apartment had some stability issues, he called on Grand Knight Ken Friedrich for assistance. Clearly the job would require more than one person.
- Brother Knights frequently call on one another when they encounter a job that is too big for one man. Such was the case for Knight Paul Townes III when he decided to expand his home driveway and parking area. His project involved widening the one-lane drive and adding a parking space for a third vehicle, as well as, paving an adjoining section extending into the back yard.
- The first State Knights of Columbus Meeting took place in Prattville on Joly 20, 2019 at the Marriott Legends. The meeting began with a light lunch at 11:00 a.m. and closed with Mass at about 4:30 p.m. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich represented Council 10354 and presented a report as State Family Director.
The closing Mass was prayed by Father Vernon Huguley.
- Sometimes fate can deal a difficult hand and usually at the worst possible time. Shortly after the passing of his dear wife, Penny, Deacon Tim Vaughn found himself with chest pains and related health issues. After his stay in the hospital where his heart issues were resolved, Knight Mike Wallace and his wife, Donna, opened their home to him. There they rendered tender and loving care and support. Deacon stayed with the Wallaces for about a week during July, 2019, until the critical recovery time had passed. They strictly followed his heart-healthy diet and followed up with additional meals when he returned home. Knights are always there for their Brother Knights, especially during their most needy and vulnerable times.
- August 21, 2019: It was a sad day. It was a glorious day! Sir Knight and priest, Father Jim Handerhan came to his parish home for the last time. Father Jim had succumbed to a short but excruciating bout with a brain tumor and all the many complications that arose during his rehabilitation. His earthly priesthood had only lasted for just over three years, but his impact on the lives and spirituality of those to whom he ministered and otherwise encountered will live forever.
With the retirement of the traditional Fourth Degree regalia, many of the Knights participated in a special “Honor Guard” and stood watch over the casket during the visitation and rosary. All Knights were included and were asked to wear a Council shirt (if available) and a dark jacket. During the service, Father Johnson invited Ken Friedrich to say a few words on behalf of Father Jim.
The Funeral Mass was prayed the next day at St. Paul’s Cathedral by Bishop Baker and some 30 other priests, including Father Bill Lucas, Father Justin Ward, Father Jonathan Howell, Father Michael Deering, and Father Ray Keiser. Again, the memorial was well attended. Knights Ken Friedrich and Mike Wallace read the readings during the Mass. Father Michael Deering delivered a personal, moving homily that highlighted Father Jim’s journey to the priesthood after losing his wife of 28 years some 20 years ago. Interment took place at Oakwood Cemetery in Gardendale where Father Jim was buried in his Marian Chasuble next to his wife Marlene. The Bible states that there will be no marriages in heaven. However, Father Jim is a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. We already miss you, Father. Please guide us home to be with you and Jesus for all eternity!
- St. Patrick’s and Knights of Columbus Council 10567’s annual draw down or reverse raffle fndraiser is always a huge success. The 18th Annual Jerome C. Bradley Memorial Dinner Dance was hosted at the Bessemer Civic Center on August 24, 2019. The highlighted charity for this year’s event was an organization that supports women recovering from forced prostitution at the tender ages of 12 to 14.
The charity event was highly supported by Council 10354. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich sold his usual fifteen $100 tickets….plus one. Each ticket makes the purchaser eligible to win 17 monetary prizes with the first place winner potentially taking home $5,000. Each ticket also admits two for the dinner and dance portion of the night. The menu included chicken, hamburger steak, mixed vegetables, salad, sweet potato casserole,
Among the ticket purchasers were Council 10354, Ken Friedrich, Rex Gill, Vicky Gill, Father Michael Deering, Roger Harbison, Kathy Stafford, Anthony Bishop, Jerry Ingram, Mike Wallace, Paul Boike, Thom Duran, Joel Busby, Mike Jolly, Pat Persall, and Jim Jernigan. In attendance were Rex Gill, Dave and Kathy Staford, Jim and Vicki Jernigan, Ken and Joyce Friedrich, Paul and Linda Boike, Sissy Hampton, Debbie Lambert, Jerry and Thuy Ingram, Mike and Donna Wallace, Scarlett Bishop, Donna Mealer, and Pat and Jennifer Persall, No one in our group won any money but everyone seemed to have a pleasant evening. Mike and Donna Wallace were celebrating their 45 wedding anniversary and Paul and Linda’s 58th anniversary was on the following day.
- Preliminary preparations for the Boston Butt fundraiser began about 3 weeks prior to Labor Day weekend. Purchase of cooking and wrapping supplies, including two grades of aluminum foil, paper plates, zip lock bags, cooking spray, etc., are made and pre-order signups are conducted at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry Parishes. About a week before Labor Day, Knights Ken Friedrich and Duane Holy power washed the smoker and cleaned the coolers and preparation area around the smoker. The day before Labor Day Saturday, the fire box was charged with charcoal and various types of wood, including green hickory.
Lunch was provided and included a turkey-vegetable sauce over noodles, Cole slaw, and homemade yeast rolls. Between smoking duties, the men played pool and watched football in the Man Cave. Hot Boston butt pork roasts were delivered to awaiting parishioners after each Mass at St. Elizabeth and St. Henry. Proceeds from the sales are dedicated to the support of seminarians, the Priesthood Scholarship Fund, and the Tootsie Roll campaign that benefits mentally challenged adults and children.
Council 10354 also donated 3 butts and Knight Father Ray Keiser donated 2 to 4 butts to the Cenacolo Community, a Diocesan-sanctioned rehabilitation center for the voluntary recovery of alcohol and drug addicts.
- It is certainly an understatement to say that Knight Paul Boike knows appliances and repairs, especially anything to do with refrigeration. He has spent more than 60 years in the business and now is “semi-retired.” However, one wouldn’t recognize his “retirement” status based on his work load: He now dedicates much of his time and attention to charitable organizations. For example, on Wednesday, September 5, 2019, Paul arrived early at the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall before the KC meeting.
The ice maker in the Parish Hall had not been functioning correctly and was trying to make one big sheet of ice instead of ice cubes. Paul quickly diagnosed the problem and gave the ice maker “a shot in the arm,” that is, a small shot of Freon, and skillfully fixed the problem. Needless to say, there was no charge.
- The All Knights Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the 11:00 a.m. service was much the same as the ones that preceded it on an semi-annual basis. (Semi-annual Knights Masses at St. Henry have also been prayed). During these Masses, all the ministerial positions are served by members of the Knights of Columbus. In this case, Father Johnson Tharayil was the presiding priest and Ken Friedrich was the Altar Server. Mike served as the Lector and Joe Dziok (organist) and Dee Haynes (bass) participated in the Choir. Dan S. Gardner and Jim Jernigan brought up the Gifts at the Offertory and Jaimie Hand and Joel Busby were Ushers. The congregation included Knights Jerry Ingram, Nathan Munson, Raymond Vaughan, Thom Duran, Donald Hand, Grant Mealer, Evan Kreider, Travis Ramey, Don Rydberg, Huel Carter, and Jared Clark. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were Jim Jernigan, Dan S. Gardner, Earl Kreider, Allen Belrose, and William Acevedo. The new nuance to this particular All Knights Mass is that William made his debut as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. What a great job that he did too! No one would ever realize that this was his first time to serve and it couldn’t have happened at a more appropriate time! William has also asked to be added to the Lector list, as well.
- When the regular “yard guy,” Rex Gill, is unavailable, Knights of Columbus Council 10354 always steps in to take up the slack. In mid-September, Rex took a trip to Pennsylvania to visit family and realized that the grounds at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton would require attention during his absence. Therefore, on the morning of September 19, 2019, Knights Ken Friedrich and Allen Belrose and Non-Knight John Belrose traveled to St. Elizabeth to mow the yard and do the trim work. Ken and Allen ran the two lawn mowers and John manned the weed eater. The yard was thus was expertly readied for the weekend Masses.
- On September 20, 2019, several members of Knights of Columbus Council 10354 attended the 26th Annual Clergy and Religious Appreciation Dinner held at Our Lady of the Valley on September 20, 2019. The happy hour and banquet were sponsored by the Alabama State Council. The menu included filet mignon and fish, salad, mixed vegetables, baked potato, and bread pudding. Attending the dinner, were Bishop Robert Baker, State Deputy Jason Esteve, Joe Flaherty, Deacon Dan Whittaker, as well as, Knights Father Johnson Tharayil, Father Ray Keiser, Deacon Tim Vaughn, Ken Friedrich, Dan S. Gardner, and Mike Wallace. The Knights were accompanied by Joyce Friedrich, Paulette Gardner, and Donna Wallace. Ken Friedrich and Joyce picked up Father Johnson and Father Keiser at their residence and visited with Father Michael Deering and Father Bill Lucas at the event. Priests, deacons, and religious also enjoyed winning a number of door prizes primarily donated by area restaurants. It was a very pleasant evening and everyone enjoyed the food and the fellowship.
- Council 10354 previously scheduled a family Knights of Columbus picnic on an annual basis. However, when its popularity declined after some years, the Council discontinued the practice. In 2019, a special request was made to reschedule a family picnic and the invitation was extended to parishioners of both St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry Parishes. The event was planned for September 21, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the newly renovated Camp Tekawitha.
Knight Mike Jolly graciously accepted the responsibility of planning and purchasing the food for the picnic when Grand Knight Ken Friedrich had to step aside due to a family accidental injury.The menu included hot dogs, with condiments, kraut, and relish, and potato chips, baked beans, and cookies.Mike did all the setup, cooking and cleanup.Kudos to you, Mike!
Attendees enjoyed swimming, dining, and chatting among themselves. Everyone loved the facilities and appreciated the hospitality of the Knights who promoted the event and picked up the tab for all the expenses. Next year is expected to be bigger and better!
- Doctor’s visits can sometimes be rather intimidating. The situation becomes even more intense when the patient must communicate in a second language. When Knight Jose Rodriguez saw the necessity to acquire a family physician, he asked Grand Knight Ken Friedrich’s assistance. The men located a local doctor who was accepting new patients and whom they decided would meet the Rodriguez family’s needs. Ken then agreed to accompany Jose to his routine appointments, follow-ups, and surgical hospital outpatient visits. He provided Jose with moral support as well as explaining medical terms with which Jose was familiar. Ken’s support helped alleviate the stress felt by a “Brother Knight in Distress.”
- October might seem to be an odd time to work on an air conditioning system…but not for Knight Paul Boike, especially since autumn had not yet set in and the temperatures were still in the 90’s. Rex Gill, the maintenance man at St. Elizabeth, had noticed that two fans were not running on the system at the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall. Paul traveled from Cullman and diagnosed the problem: One fan motor was repairable, but the other had to be replaced. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich assisted in removing the one fan motor, which Paul took home to his shop to repair. Paul also ordered another replacement motor. He then returned the repaired fan motor and installed it and the new one…just in time for the weather to turn cooler!
- Knight Doug Homman, one October day, found himself in a predicament when he permanently broke his only set of eye glasses. Now what? He was not able to see well enough to drive and certainly would not be able to get to work! Who do you call? Instinctively, he phoned the residence of Grand Knight Ken Friedrich! Learning that Ken was not available, he next phoned Knight Dan S. Gardner. Dan graciously accepted the challenge: He travelled to Doug’s apartment in Oneonta and then drove him to his Cullman optometrist for an emergency appointment. Fortunately, the office had the ability to prepare the glasses while you wait. On the other hand, the job and return travel back home took most of the day.
- Kairos is a prison ministry that closely parallels the Cursillo movement in the “free world.” During the retreat weekend, team members strive to convince the prisoners that, in spite of their past crimes, they are still of worth and that Jesus never stopped loving them.
Kairos and Cursillo alike can have a profound effect on attendees if they only open their minds and hearts and let God’s love in.
- Kairos retreat weekends at Donaldson Prison are always followed up by a one-day Instructional Reunion one week later. On October 26, 2019, Knight Doug Homman joined 17 other team members and 36 of the 39 graduating inmates at Donaldson Prison. The men listened to eight ten-minute inspirational talks. The prisoners were further instructed to practice spiritual listening, like the free world does at accountability groups. They were thus urged to group on Wednesday mornings in the chapel from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
- Grand Knight Ken Friedrich and Faithful Navigator Allen Belrose got an early start on Sunday morning, October 27, 2019. They left Fultondale at about 6:30 a.m. so as to arrive at Prince of Peace in time for the 7:00 a.m. Mass. Council 11537 treated all attendees at the Regional meeting to a nice full breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. The meeting was then scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. and finish at about noon. The Regional meeting was chaired by State Deputy Jason Esteve and included the usual topics and discussions among State Officers, Program Directors, and Chairmen. They also mentioned recruitment numbers ad incentives and faith, community, family, and life programs.
- Several years ago, Council 10354 Knights built customized handicap ramps for Knight Allen Belrose’s mother-in-law. After her passing, the ramps were disassembled and stored at the Friedrich properties.
- The plan included Knights Allen Belrose, Ken Friedrich, Earl Kreider, and future Knight Rex Gill’s meeting at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall to remove the children’s Christmas stage from storage and setting it up for practices and the performance. The project was to begin at about 3:00 p.m. on November 19, 2019, after Ken finished escorting his sister to her doctor’s appointment St. Vincent’s Andrew’s Clinic. Unfortunately, the scheduled appointment took longer than predicted. In the meantime, while Earl awaited Ken’s call to meet, Allen arrived at St. Elizabeth. When the time passed and the other 2 Knights did not show, Rex and Allen completed the job by themselves! They carefully slid down the parts to the floor and loaded them onto dolly. The stage parts were transported to the appropriate site and reassembled. It wasn’t easy for the two men to do the job themselves, but never underestimate the capabilities of a determined Knight and future Knight!