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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.
- Funds collected from the annual Tootsie Roll Drive are distributed between Nazareth House and the Burkett Center. These funds are dedicated to the assistance of the mentally challenged and 80% of the net funds stay in the State and are therefore donated to those facilities designated by the Council. A check in the amount of $300 was mailed to Nazareth House and one for $1,300 was hand delivered to the Burkett Center in Morris. Knights Larry Keeney and Mike Frugoli presented the check to Principal Dan Roth on January 8, 2016. These funds will be used to purchase needed equipment for the multi-handicapped center. Additional funds from the State Council are available upon request.
- The old saying goes: “What goes up must come down.” Christmas decorations at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church are certainly no exception. Knight Larry Keeney and his wife Linda disassembled all of the trees, most of the banners, and the nativity scenes with experienced proficiency. The “Madonna and Child” banner over the tabernacle took another expertise and was handled by Brother Knights on January 17, 2016 during the transition time between the Christmas Season and Ordinary Time…that is, on The Baptism of the Lord. Knights Ken Friedrich, Joel Busby, Anthony Bishop, and Jaimie Hand setup the ladder and tenderly removed the banner and carefully stored it in its cardboard tube until next time.
- It certainly takes a special, caring person to dedicate themselves to prison ministry. Knight Shawn Holly is just such a person. He has selflessly ministered to prison inmates, including those on death row, for many years. The particular approach is known as “Kairos” and shares its format with the Cursillo Movement.
- Grand Knight Ken Friedrich escorted four Second Degree Knights to Prince of Peace in Hoover to attend the Third Degree Exemplification on January 16, 2016: Iggy Lovoy, Mike Williams, Duane Holy, and Eric Townsend. The men were joined by 15 other candidates and were pleased and impressed by the ceremony, which was followed by a pizza lunch. All fees for the Degree and the lunch were covered by Council 10354.
- Customarily, the January District Meeting of the Alabama State Councils takes place at St. Paul’s Cathedral. However, the venue was moved to St. Patrick’s in Adamsville on January 20, 2016 when the space could not be reserved at the Cathedral.
Events scheduled for 2016 were discussed including the Special Olympics campaign, Culture of Life Activities, the February Fourth Degree Exemplification, proposed blood drives, St. Rose Convent projects, Squire Circles, and the 2016 Alabama State Convention. Activity reports, etc. for the Convention should be submitted by February 22, 2016.
All in all, it was a very productive and informative meeting and should get 2016 off to a good start.
- The Sixth Annual Adult Retreat was chaired by Knight Deacon Tim Vaughn and his wife, Penny, on the weekend of January 29-31, 2016 at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman. It was attended by some 70 people, including Knights Father Michael Deering, Roger Ford, Paul Foti, Eric Kent, Joel Busby, Corey McCray, Jim Jernigan, Bill Ellis, Skip Hall, Doug Homman, Ken Friedrich, Harold Gray (Council 9862), Frank Rohling, and Dan L. Gardner. Father Deering and Ken Friedrich drove the St. Elizabeth church vans to and from the retreat center and between events.
The group also toured the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, including the Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Center. Here they were presented with a most moving presentation by Brother Julian, who zealously traced the origins of the Eucharist through the Bible history and through human history. The “pilgrims” also passed through the Holy Doors of Mercy at the church and were afforded the opportunity to attain a plenary indulgence for themselves or a deceased family member or friend.
Needless to say, it was a very meaningful, peaceful, and uplifting weekend. The food and accommodations were exceptional and someone was even heard to say that the fellowship was remarkably abundant and satisfying this year. The many hours of planning and fundraising done by the Vaughns were certainly well worth it to everyone involved.
- Preparations for a Boston butt fund raiser get into high gear during the week preceding the Saturday smoking marathon. Supplies are purchased including zip lock bags, aluminum foil, non-stick spray, and paper plates. Provisions are also made to supply lunch for the “yellow submarine” crew, a name affectionately assigned to the workers because the smoker itself amusingly resembles a mini-sub. Sign-ups for the “big, beautiful, bodacious, blessed, Boston butts” began three weeks ago and quickly reached 112!
The “yellow submarine” crew included career members and Knights Ken Friedrich, Duane Holy, Paul Boike, Mike Wallace, Dan S. Gardner, Derrin Gaudet, Charlie Friedrich, and Newbies Jerry Ingram and Godfrey Chryssoverges. Non-Knights included Joyce Friedrich, Sissy Hampton, and Debbie Lambert.
The Boston butts were smoked, wrapped, and packaged for delivery after the Masses at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry Churches. Making the deliveries were Knights Allen Belrose, Doug Homman, Paul Townes III, Ken Friedrich and Ladies Debbie and Sissy.
Proceeds from the fund raiser are expected to net approximately $3,000 due to the generosity of many individual “customers.” The monies are dedicated to support the Council seminarians and the Alabama State Priesthood Scholarship Fund.
- Cenacolo is a diocesan rehabilitation community of former alcoholics and/or drug addicts. The men, from every walk of life, voluntarily commit themselves for as much as three years to a life of prayer and work. They are not felons and may leave at any time. The rules require that they rely on God’s providence for food and clothing.
On Monday, February 8, 2016, Knights Ken Friedrich and Frank Rohling delivered the barbecue to the Cenacolo residence in Hanceville. In a similar fashion, the Parishes of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry contributed two smoked butts to the friars at EWTN. The simple gesture was a “thank you” to the friars who often substitute for Pastor Father Michael Deering when he is out of town.
- Kingdom Kids Consignment Sale is a children’s consignment sale that is held semi-annually at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church to raise monies for Missions throughout the world. Consignors receive 70% of the proceeds and 30% goes to support the Missions. The project was started in 2008 by Knight Jake Schillaci’s daughter, Tara, and gets bigger and better every year. February, 2016, raised more than $35,000 for the missions over a span of 5 days.
- A Lenten tradition embraced by Council 10354 has been to act as Altar Servers during the Friday Lenten Stations of the Cross under the guidance of Knight and Pastor Father Michael Deering. Typically, five or more Knights serve as cross bearer, candle bearers, incensor, and boat bearer. On February 12, 2016 these Knights included Deacon Tim Vaughn, Ken Friedrich, Corey McCray, Mike Wallace, Shawn Holly, and non-Knight Zane Hodges. Knight Dan Foster sang in the choir. The congregation, which includes a number of Knights and their families, varied from about 50 to 100. Also, Father appropriately selected a different version of the Stations each week. Attendees were invited to top off the evening in the Parish Hall with a light meatless supper.
- The First Friday of Lent is marked with a family pancake supper hosted by Council 10354 for the parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry Parishes. The supper took place on February 12, 2016 and was presented as a token of appreciation for the support that these Parishes have given Council projects throughout the year.
- Some 40 Third Degree Knights were elevated to the level of Sir Knights at Our Lady of the Valley on February 20, 2016. Among the new Fourth Degree Knights were Council 10354 members Iggy Lovoy, Mike Williams, and Jake Schillaci. They were escorted to and accompanied at the Exemplification, Mass, and banquet by Faithful Navigator Allen Belrose. Allen and Brother Knight Shawn Holly served on the Fourth Degree Team.
Judging from the smiles on their faces in the photo that was taken after Exemplification, one would certainly say that they enjoyed the ceremonies and are proud to be Fourth Degree Sir Knights!
- 2016 marks the 17th consecutive year that members of Council 10354 have produced and performed the Last Supper Reenactment. The “play” has evolved through the years as have the “actors.” The theme of the program is based on the famous Leonardo Da Vinci painting of the same name. During the presentation the individual Apostles “step out of the painting” and give a short soliloquy about how they met Jesus, how He has changed their lives, why must He die, and who could betray the Messiah.
The 2016 cast included Allen Belrose (as Andrew), Anthony Bishop (James the Greater), Jack Boggan or Dennis Dearing (Simon Peter), Deacon Tim Vaughn (Philip), Dan S. Gardner (James the Lesser), Ken Carpenter (Thomas), Mike Wallace (Nathaniel), Shawn Holly (Matthew), Malcolm Fifer (Judas), Jared Clark (John), Ken Friedrich (Simon), Paul Townes III (Thaddeus), and Evan Kreider (Jesus). The flood lights were manned by Earl Kreider and the spot light by Duane Holy. The group was invited to five different parishes during the Lenten Season. They caravanned to each location with their props and equipment at no cost to the host parish.
- On March 4, 2016, troupe and their “roadies” travelled to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Madison, where they were treated to a fish fry. The reenactment then followed the Friday Stations of the Cross. Approximately, 100-125 parishioners stayed for the presentation.
- On March 6, 2016, St. Patrick Catholic Church in Adamsville was the host parish. Approximately 100 people, including former Council 10354 members Bryant Collins and Rob Walker, witnessed the presentation in the church itself. As a rule, the individual performances were improved since the first-day jitters had passed. Dennis skillfully portrayed the part of Simon Peter. A light reception and much fellowship followed the performance.
- The third performance was scheduled as a return visit to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cullman on Friday, March 18, 2016. True to form: If anything can go wrong, it will happen in Cullman. Recall the tornado warnings, traffic jams, etc. The latest complication involved equipment failure. The A/C was in disrepair and the microphone system…yes, the entire system…failed in the middle of the performance. The heat in the church was especially telling on the cast in layered costumes (especially with the flood lights) and the spotlight guy (Duane Holy) stationed above in the choir loft. Maybe it was a blessing that the crowd was rather sparse at about 85-90. However, the fish fry that preceded the performance, the Mass, and the Stations, was out of this world.
- St. Teresa in Leeds hosted the fourth performance after the Palm Sunday Vigil Mass. Attendance was by ticket only and was at or about half capacity. Extra props were required to support the width of the Last Supper table in the small sanctuary area. Furthermore, the presentation went well and was followed by a very nice reception and a love offering.
- The season finale took place on Palm Sunday evening, March 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Grace Point Methodist Church on Mt. Olive Road in Gardendale. The troupe was well received by approximately 110-120 spectators. The Pastor offers two services each Sunday to the relatively small congregation and apparently the majority chose to see the Last Supper Reenactment, which they billed as the “Living Last Supper.” A nice reception followed.
- Council 10354 Knights and the Ladies Altar Sodalities at St. Elizabeth and St. Henry have always worked well together. Therefore, when the Ladies Sodality at St. Henry scheduled a donation-only breakfast fundraiser, several of the St. Henry Knights volunteered to lend a hand. They included Doug Homman, Mike Shields, Mike O’Laire, Eric Townsend, and Tony Smith. Needless to say, the pancakes they prepared were golden, tasty, and plentiful. About 100 people stayed after the 8:30 a.m. Mass for the breakfast on February 28, 2016 and contributed to the purchase of a new incensor, holy water sprinkler, and incense boat for the parish.
- Knight Danny Johnson and his wife, Norma, are a disabled couple who have made their home at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for the last 39 years and have depended on the parish for many of their needs, since they no longer have family members in the area. In early March, 2016, they will relocate to Nixa, Missouri to be near their families.
The Knights of Columbus and the Ladies Altar Sodality at St. Elizabeth planned a Bon Voyage party for the Johnsons on February 21, 2016. The Knights furnished the custom smoked barbecue pork, buns and BBQ sauce and the Ladies brought the side dishes. Approximately, 150-175 people were in attendance including employees from the North Jefferson Women’s Center, where Norma frequently did volunteer work. The Johnsons also volunteered at area churches particularly after natural disasters.
The logistics of the big move were handled by Ken Friedrich: he reserved a local moving truck and assembled a moving crew of Council members to load the truck with the Johnson furniture and furnishings. The movers, including Ken, Tim Friedrich, Duane Holy, Joe Holy (future Knight), Tony Smith, David Shaner, Anthony Bishop, Jaimie Hand, Eric Townsend, Frank Rohling, and Dan S. Gardner, arrived at the Johnson residence on the morning of March 5, 2016. In just over an hour, the job was complete…including breaking down the bed frames and loading the boxes from the garage. Tears were shed but suffice it to say that Council 10354 did their part to send Danny and Norma to their new home in Missouri. May God ensure that they quickly adapt to their new surroundings and continue to have happy and blessed lives near loving family.
- The objective of the All Knights Mass is that members of the Knights of Columbus occupy all the ministerial positions during the Mass. The Knights Mass is prayed quarterly and alternates between the Parishes of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry Catholic Churches. This special Mass took place at St. Henry on the morning of March 6, 2016.
- Knight George Gerson passed away at his home on March 6, 2016 at the age of 85. Usually when a person of an advanced age dies, most of his friends and many of his family have gone before him and his funeral Mass is not well attended. Such was not the case for Brother Knight George Gerson: more than 130 mourners were in attendance at the Mass of Christian Burial and family and friends filled the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall for the reception that followed.
Over 130 mourners, including four priests! What a testimony on how much George was loved and respected. He would have been so proud and yet humbled.
- Traditionally, the statues and crucifixes are covered with red or purple veils in the days prior to Holy Week. Those at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry Catholic Churches are covered before the Mass(es) on the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Practice must make perfect because the veiled statues, especially the main crucifix above the tabernacle at St. Elizabeth, never looked better!
- Knight Eric Townsend is next in line to become a Fourth Degree Knight. However, he is as yet only Third Degree. Perhaps then the patriotism that Eric displays resides at least partially in his distinguished military background.
- The youth of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and St. Bernard Prep School combined forces with Knights of Columbus Council 10354 and families in a peaceful, prayerful, pro-life march on the grounds of the mini-storage in Fultondale during rush hour on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Knights in attendance were Ken Friedrich, Roger Ford, Corey McCray, Lawrence Johnson, Father Michael Deering, Mike Williams, Harold Gray (Council 9862), Grant Mealer, Andy Hollis, Jim Jernigan, Deacon Tim Vaughn, and Dan S. Gardner. The group of 45 to 50 carried “Support Life,” “Women Regret Abortions,” and “Men Regret Lost Fatherhood” signs, sang, and prayed the rosary. Passersby were quite responsive: many waved, gave a thumbs-up, and honked their horns in support of the cause. Pizza and drinks were served after the “demonstration.”
- St. Joseph’s Altar is popular with the Italian community and generally is celebrated near the patron’s feast day on March 19. The tradition was duplicated on March 13, 2016 at St. Henry’s Parish and on March 20, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Knights were commissioned to carry and process with the statue from the church to the altar in teams of two or four. Tony DeCicco and Jeremy Adams led the procession at St. Henry and Allen Belrose, Mike Wallace, Mike Williams, and Ken Friedrich took on the responsibility at St. Elizabeth.
- The annual Parish Appreciation Lunch, which was catered by Jim ‘n Nicks BBQ, coincided with the St. Joseph’s Altar at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on March 20, 2016. Jim ‘n Nick’s furnished the barbecue and sides and donations were accepted by the Ladies Altar Sodality for desserts and breads. Knights assisted the Ladies in their fund raiser for the XYZ luncheons for retired parishioners by serving beverages to the attendees and assisting with cleanup after the lunch. Those Knights included Joel Busby, Joe Kimbrough, Ken Friedrich, Shawn Holly, and Allen Belrose…to mention a few.
- An eye for interior design and general “decorating” is certainly a gift. Linda Keeney, wife of Knight Larry Keeney, has that gift and elaborately showers her talents on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church especially during the holidays. At her side is Larry, ever eager to assist. Easter lilies and various other flowers adorned the sanctuary area of the church and added to the scents and fragrances of the season.
- The Kairos Group conducts a reunion at Draper Prison each quarter. Knight Doug Homman was one of the 15 “free world” men who ministered to 50 prison “residents” on March 26, 2016. Everyone had a profitable experience and enjoyed the food and drink, as well. During the session, Doug learned that 3 or the residents will be leaving the prison in 4 to 6 months.
- Traditionally, the Knights of Columbus has sponsored an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of St. Elizabeth and St. Henry Parishes on Holy Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall. Some confusion was generated when the time was changed to 9:00 a.m., but nothing that couldn’t be quickly and gracefully resolved. Knight Mike Shields was in charge of the activity and was assisted by Knights Allen Belrose, Eric Townsend, Duane Holy, Dan S. Gardner, and Mike Williams.
- It seemed like a good idea at the time! Inquiries were to be made at EWTN to determine the feasibility of filming the “Last Supper Reenactment” in a professional setting. Therefore, when the regular performance season was completed, the “actors” kept their costumes and the props trailer was left intact. The props included the scaffolding, the table and chairs, the spot lights, and the flood lights.
As it turns out…with the approach of Holy Week and the passing of Mother Angelica at EWTN…the video sessions were, for the most part, put on the back burner. On Saturday, March 26, 2016, the trailer was unloaded and the props were put back into storage at St. Elizabeth. Participating in the project were Knights Allen Belrose, Ken Friedrich, Duane Holy, Eric Townsend, Dan S. Gardner, and Mike Shields.
To date, most of the costumes are still at large.
- When Knight Eric Townsend retired from the Air Force Reserve, it freed up some of his time for more volunteer work. For example in April, 2016:
- April 1st: Financial Advisor for Junior Achievement's Finance Park in Atlanta
- April 5th: Volunteered at the Southern Company Services PEER support Job Fair as a greeter and Corporate Security Representative.
- April 7th and April 14th: Sorted donated food and toiletries at the Atlanta Food Bank's Product Rescue Center.
- What an honor to be hand-selected to serve in the Fourth Degree Honor Guard at the Mass of Christian Burial for Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation of EWTN! However, that is where Knight Fred Arceneaux and seven other Sir Knights (including former Assembly 2849 Knight Jack Boggan) found themselves. Although Jack sent his son in his stead, Fred represented Council 10354 and Assembly 2849 to millions of viewers on television or the internet at the Funeral Mass on April 1, 2016. He also posed for photos with Past Supreme Knight, Virgil C. Dechant, “The Passion of the Christ” actor, Jim Caviezel, and EWTN television hosts Marcus Grodi and Johnette Benkovic.
- When a wild cherry tree with a ten-inch diameter partially fell and hung up among a group of smaller trees, St. Henry maintenance man and Knight Paul Homman called on the resident “expert” for a safe solution. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich drove to the backyard of one of the far St. Henry rent houses and cut down and cut up the trees on April 4, 2016 with both his large and smaller chain saws.
- Perhaps Council 10354 set a record on April 13, 2016. Eight candidates were recruited by current members of the Council to become First Degree Knights. The Exemplification took place at Ken Friedrich’s Man Cave in Gardendale and was followed by a light reception of chips, dip, cookies, nuts, and beverages and much comradery.
The First Degree Team was comprised of Doug Homman, Paul Townes III, Ken Friedrich, Dan S. Gardner, Jerry Ingram, and Mike Wallace. Spectators and witnesses included State Deputy Pete Parrish, District Deputy Robert Rigsby, Insurance Agent Leo Romanick, Allen Belrose, Frank Rohling, Mike O’Laire, Iggy Lovoy, Mike Williams, and Duane Holy (Joe’s Father).
Welcome, New Knights! Council 10354 has only grown stronger!
- At first announcement, the task sounded quite formidable: bury about 115 grave markers for future residents of St. Henry Cemetery. However, when the workers arrived on Saturday morning, April 16, 2016, Maintenance Man, Paul Homman, had lined off the grid and marked the proper positioning of the markers at each site. Two gas augers and shovels were available to dig the eight-inch holes and level the markers with the ground and in a straight line. Because of the abundant help, the job was completed in a mere hour and fifteen minutes! These efficient laborers included Knights Paul Homman, Duane Holy, Joe Holy, Tony Smith, Charlie Burch, David Shaner, Tony DeCicco, Mike O’Laire, Ken Friedrich, and potential future Knights George and George Mendiola and Ben Baldwin.
- Kairos Prison Ministry Weekend 63 took place at Donaldson Prison on April 14-16, 2016. The experience is probably best described by Knight Doug Homman who calls it the experience of a lifetime. Paraphrasing of his report follows: On April 14, 2016, 32 men went into Donaldson Prison. Three of these men included Knights Doug Homman, who chaired the cookie distribution to the discussion tables; Shawn Holly who was an Assistant Table Leader; and Dan Foster, who provided guitar accompaniment for the musical portion. These men for the next 3 days were taking the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to 42 prison inmates. “It is amazing to watch the transformation between Thursday, when we first meet the residents, and Sunday, smiles and laughter and joking and the love you see between the team and residents. Friendships are made and lives are changed…and not because the team did it…the Holy Spirit also came to KAIROS and put in some overtime and changed some lives. The team receives as much as the inmates receive.”
- The Youth Retreat for 5th, 6th, and 7th Graders took place on the weekend of April 14-16, 2016 at Camp WorldSong. The “story” is best reported by an eye-witness, Knight Dan S. Gardner:
In order to feed 41 hungry kids and 9 adults, you need a lot of food and have it ready on time. For Saturday morning, we cooked more bacon than I have ever seen at one time, sausage, and eggs to go with the muffins and other sides that the “inside help” had ready. As the youth activities got started, we cleaned up and started to prep for lunch. We cooked hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings. Again, it was timing and team work. Before you know it, it was time for dinner. For that meal, we presented a “make your own” taco bar. We were able to extend the quantity of beef by chopping the left over hamburgers and mixing that in with the ground beef. We chopped onions, lettuce and tomatoes. Again, our inside help did a great job of providing the cold items and beverages. The fresh donuts that followed proved to be a real hit.
Saturday night we helped to gather wood and build a camp fire. I’m not sure what they made there, but I saw marshmallows, graham crackers, and Hershey bars. This all led to a “fireside chat” conducted by Knight Father Michael Deering.
Trying to get a little sleep proved to be difficult because the kids had free time in the room next to my bunk!
On Sunday morning cooking started at 6:45 with the same crew. This time the bacon and sausage came with eggs, pancakes, and French toast and hash browns.
Being in the great outdoors gave us opportunity to attend an outdoor Mass prayed by Father Deering.
As we started to prep for a “left overs” lunch, we were told we had run out of time and would not be cooking lunch. After a good cleanup on the grill and chuck wagon, we packed the leftover food for transport back to St. Elizabeth for another day. We all departed about 1:00 P.M. for Gardendale.
- Winning is certainly nice, but it is not the only reason to attend a fundraiser draw down. On April 23, 2016, Knights Paul Boike and Ken Friedrich (and Joyce) drove to Hoover to enjoy the festivities in the gym at Prince of Peace. Funds from the raffle are dedicated to financing the activities of Council 11537.
Prizes included cash and bottles of wine. Everyone had a good time meeting old friends, Father Vernon Huguley, and Bryant and Vita Collins, and making new ones. Needless to say, we were not winners. However, the $200 donation supported the cause.
- The 2016 Alabama State Knights of Columbus Convention took place from April 29-May 1, 2016 in Huntsville at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich, accompanied by Joyce, represented Council 10354 during the weekend. He attended meetings, voted on resolutions, and elected the new Officer in the position of Warden. Old friendships were rekindled and new friendships were forged.
Plaques were presented by State Deputy Pete Parrish. After Ken had made several trips from his table at the back of the dining room to claim the plaques, Pete stated “Ken, looks like that marathon training is paying off!”
Knights and Ladies alike attended the banquet. The precision of the Fourth Degree Color Guard was unprecedented! Each diner was served pork loin, rice, green beans, salad, bread, and cheese cake. The Mass for the conventioneers was concelebrated on Sunday morning by Bishop Robert Baker, Monsignor Wall, Father Leonard from EWTN, and the Pastor of St. Mary of the Visitation Church.
A short meeting on Sunday morning completed the 2016 Convention. Everyone enjoyed the weekend of work and fun and couldn’t have had better accommodations or service.
- First Holy Communion was held at Sacred Heart Church in Cullman for some 50 young people on May 15, 2016. In honor of the special occasion, a Knights of Columbus Honor Guard was assembled in the otherwise packed house. Joining the Honor Guard was Assembly 2849 Sir Knight, Derrin Gaudet. His participation was especially eventful in view of the fact that his young niece, Philomena Gaudet, was one of the First Communicants, as was Jayden Friedrich, grandniece of Ken Friedrich and granddaughter of Paul Townes III. Sir Knight Dennis Dearing, Jayden’s godfather, was also present.
- Apparently a leaky gutter caused the deterioration of some of the fascia boards onthe house rented by a single parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Knights Ken Friedrich and Duane Holy assessed the situation and prepared for minor repairs. On May 17, 2016, Ken returned to the residence and replaced the damaged boards. He also cleaned out the gutters “at no extra charge.” That added feature brought the total “bill” to zero!
- Pentecost ends the Easter Season after 50 days of liturgical celebration. Therefore, it is appropriate to remove the “Risen Christ” Easter banner that covered the crucifix at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church as we proceed into Ordinary Time. Knights Ken Friedrich and Dan S. Gardner setup the shorter ladder in front of the tabernacle on the following Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Due to Dan’s height, they were just able to reach the top of the tapestry and loosen each fastener on either side. The banner was then carefully rolled and inserted into its storage tube for safe keeping until next Easter.
- Knights are ever ready to answer the call of someone in need, especially if that person is physically or mentally challenged. Such was the case when Knight Mike Jolly received a distress call from the man who had served as his best man at his wedding many years ago. Therefore, on May 24, 2016, Mike and fellow Knight Ken Friedrich travelled to Pell City to remove six gum trees and two water oaks to make room for a building and new swimming pool. The trees were cut from the property and then sawed up for easier disposal. Of course, there was no charge.
- The Knights of Columbus motto is: “All for one and one for all.” Therefore, Knights readily lend a hand to a “Knight in Distress.” Knight Jose Rodriguez found himself with a deadline to finish a tree cutting job when his skid steer, which is a track-based frontend loader used for limb removal and disposal, malfunctioned. The dash was full of blinking warning lights and the machine would not run for more than four seconds before it totally shut down. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich phoned St. Henry Parishioner, Frank Horton, at Knight Mike Jolly’s suggestion, and the men diagnosed the problem as a bad alternator on May 27, 2016. Ken removed the alternator, had it tested, and purchased a new replacement part. The warning lights still flash but the battery now stays charged and otherwise the skid steer operates normally.
- Assembly 2849 has recognized our deceased veterans for Memorial Day for many years. On May 28, 2013, members of the Assembly and/or Council 10354 reverently placed over 200 small American flags on the graves in the Veterans section of Oakwood Cemetery. The project was organized by Faithful Navigator, Allen Belrose, and was received by the members. Assisting Allen were his son, John, and Knights Deacon Jim Handerhan, Mike Shields, Mike Wallace, Dan S. Gardner, Danny Mayfield, Shawn Holly, Eddie Jones, Jerry Ingram, Duane Holy, Joe Holy, and Mike O’Laire. This large crew made short work of the task.
- What a whirlwind weekend! It started on June 4, 2016 with the priestly ordination of Council 10354 and Assembly 2849 Knight, Deacon Jim Handerhan! The Rite of Ordination took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral through the laying on of hands by Bishop Robert Baker and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Orders was administered in the setting of Holy Mass concelebrated by no less than 25 priests, including Bishop Emeritus David Foley, Abbot Cletus Meagher, Father Ray Keiser, and Father Michael Deering.
The ceremonies were followed by a nice reception and the opportunity to receive a priestly blessing by the newly ordained. The lines never stopped until Father Jim had to leave in just enough time to arrive at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to baptize his infant great granddaughter, Clary.
Oh happy day!
- Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it does! Knight and newly ordained priest, Father Jim Handerhan, prayed his first Mass on June 5, 2016 at his home parish of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. An estimated 350 people, including many Knights and their families, were in attendance. Among these were Father Jim’s son, daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, one great grandchild, and two sisters. The Altar Servers were personally selected by Father Jim and included Knights Ken Friedrich, Mike Wallace, Shawn Holly, Beau McMinn, and Grant Mealer and future Knight, Ezra Bishop. Fourth Degree Honor Guard members included Paul Townes III, Faithful Navigator Allen Belrose, Corey McCray, and Derrin Gaudet. Knights Father Ray Keiser and Father Michael Deering concelebrated.
After the Mass, Father Jim described three traditions to the attentive congregation. 1. The cloth, the manutergium, used to wipe the excess chrism oils used to anoint the hands of the new priest are presented to the priest’s mother. When she passes, her hands in turn are wrapped with the cloth that demonstrates that one of her sons is a priest. She then presents it to God at her judgement. Since Father Jim’s mother was unable to attend, he will give her the manutergium for safe keeping at a later date. 2. The purple stole that the new priest wears when he hears his first Confession is similarly presented to the priest’s father. However, Father Jim’s father passed away several years ago. Therefore, he instead presented the stole in an olive wood box to the man who “drug him to Cursillio,” supported him during his six years of training, and convinced him that he was “smart enough.” Ken Friedrich accepted the gift with an emotional embrace. Needless to say, there was not a dry eye in the church! 3. Father Jim finally dedicated his priesthood to the Blessed Mother as Joyce Friedrich was honored and privileged to sing Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”
A warm reception followed in the Parish Hall where the majority of the congregation attended and congratulated Father Jim. What a whirlwind weekend.
- After a two-year hiatus, Knights and Kairos participants, Doug Homman and Shawn Holly, were given permission to assist in conducting a death row reunion at Donaldson Prison. They ministered to 21 inmates during an open mic session on June 18, 2016. The 15-man team was open to any topic and discussion initiated by the prisoners during the six-hour encounter. All the men thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent together, as well as, the music and the “great food.”
- The Installation of Officers for Council 10354 and Assembly 2849 is a multi-faceted experience. The events began with food purchases and food preparations. Knights Paul Boike, Ken Friedrich, and Duane Holy smoked brisket and two large Boston butts and assisted Paul’s wife, Linda, in the making of 25 pounds of authentic German potato salad. Ken’s wife, Joyce, prepared cucumber salad and tangy Cole slaw. After the Knight’s Mass and group photo on Sunday, June 19, 2016, the Knights assembled in the Parish Hall at St. Elizabeth for the lunch that was completed with buns, baked beans and beverages. The food and fellowship was exceptionally good!
Attending the ceremonies were about 35 individuals, including other Knights Joe Holy, Duane Holy, Mike Wallace, Fred Arceneaux, Paul Boike, Dan S. Gardner, Roger Ford, Doug Homman, Ken Friedrich, Paul Townes III, Raymond Vaughan, Eric Townsend, Corey McCray, Allen Belrose, Anthony Bishop, Mike Williams, Rod Cameron, Joe Kimbrough, Father Michael Deering, and Justin Ward, seminarian.
- Two First Degree ceremonies were performed in the month of June: on the evenings of June 20, and June 23, 2016. On Monday night, three men sponsored by Knight Jose Rodriguez, joined the order: Arturo Garcia, Henrry Alvarado, and Andes Aguilera. Knights Ken Friedrich and Father Jim Handerhan joined Jose in witnessing and supporting the new Knights. The DVD presentation was followed by comradery and snacks, including drinks, bean dip, chips, and cookies. Great friendships were formed in a short time of Brotherhood. Father Jim especially made the new Knights feel welcome and comfortable. On June 23, 2016, the twelfth “new recruit” joined Council 10354: Patrick O’Bryant. This DVD presentation was also held in Grand Knight Ken Friedrich’s “Man Cave” and was witnessed by Father Jim. Patrick was very receptive and proud to finally make his First Degree.
- Perhaps it was because we had the usual “Yellow Submarine” crew, who are veteran Boston butt smokers, and some new recruits who were quick to learn. Whatever the reason, the Fourth of July Boston butt fund raiser couldn’t have gone more smoothly! Preparations for the smoking were rather extensive, but were done efficiently and timely. Knights Ken Friedrich and Paul Boike thoroughly power washed the “Yellow Submarine” smoker and cleaned the surrounding work area. Ken’s wife, Joyce, ordered and purchased supplies for the wrapping and packaging of the butts and Ken ordered the 112 butts from the Gardendale Foodland, who promised to sell them at cost. Signups at St. Henry and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parishes were taken about three weeks prior with the option of paying now or paying at pickup. Ken prepped the smoker with hickory logs the night before and got up on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 5:00 a.m. to give sufficient time to get the fire started and the smoker sterilized prior to loading the butts on the trays at about 7:30 a.m. The butts were wrapped in aluminum foil and slow cooked to the proper temperature during the day. They were then packaged for delivery after the Masses at St. Henry and St. Elizabeth on Saturday and Sunday. Delivering the butts were Knights Allen Belrose, Doug Homman, Ken Friedrich, and Mike Jolly. Sissy Hampton and Knight Joe Kimbrough helped distribute the butts and take in the monies.
Proceeds from the fund raiser will be applied to purchasing vestments for our own Father Jim Handerhan, our seminarians, and the Priesthood Scholarship. It doesn’t get any better than this!!
- The kick-off meeting of the Alabama Knights of Columbus Councils took place in Prattville on July 9, 2016 and was attended by Grand Knight Ken Friedrich. Newly-elected State Deputy, Griffin Shreves, was unable to attend after fracturing his foot. Therefore, the meeting was chaired by Jason Esteves. Traffic to and from the meeting required a travel time of an unprecedented 2-3 hours! The meeting was run very efficiently and was adjourned after 2.5 hours.
- Sixty years of experience certainly goes a long way! Knight Mike Jolly hauled two aging window air conditioners on July 12, 2016 from his Warrior shop to Good Hope to seek the diagnostic and repair assistance of the “Appliance Man,” fellow Knight Paul Boike.
- The water supply at the rather remote Camp Tekawitha relies on a well to furnish water for the buildings as well as the large swimming pool. Water is therefore dispersed throughout the facilities by way of a submersible pump. Historically, the pressure switch on the water pump would occasionally refuse to kick on when the water pressure dropped. “Appliance man” and Knight Paul Boike previously applied a “Band-Aid fix” and ordered a new part. However, when he and fellow Knight Ken Friedrich travelled to the site to make the repair, they realized that the fittings did not match.
- The timing proved again the inevitability of “Murphy’s Law:” “If anything can go wrong, it will…at the most inopportune time.” The AC went out at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall just in time for Knight Father Johnson’s Welcome Reception that was attended by most of the St. Elizabeth and St. Henry Parrish families!
- One pivotal requirement for the 8th Grade PSR classes at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry is attendance and participation in the Confirmation Retreat conducted at World Song Retreat Center. Knight Andy Hollis and his wife, Laura, supervise the content and the presentations and are compensated for their time. Other Knights, older youth, and parents donate their time and efforts to make this experience both spiritual and fun. Knights thus serve as cooks, chaperones, drivers, and luggage loaders and unloaders.
August 26th was like any other Friday afternoon with most people making their way home to wind down and relax. However at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the preparations were underway for the 8th grade confirmation retreat. Hats off to Andy and Laura Hollis and the group of parents and adult helpers! By 4:00 they had the coolers packed with cold drinks and food items and boxes packed with snacks and other needed items. I met up with Knight Anthony Bishop and Scarlett and a group of high school leaders and began loading the "blue van" and several pickup trucks. As the parents brought the youth, we loaded their luggage and bed items into the back of the 2 church vans. After eating pizza and sweets, we called "all aboard" and lined up for the caravan drive to World Song Retreat Center. I drove one of the church vans carrying 11 sugar induced excited 8th graders.
Upon arrival about 1 hr. later, we reverse the process and unload. Knight Mike Jolly had already set up the famous "chuck wagon" and the cooking griddle. By midnight, we all tried to get to bed, but the boys had other plans. It sounded like they were having tag team wrestling matches in the hall. After Anthony had a little talk with them they settled down. I did not hear the girls .... l'm sure they were all angels!
At 6:00 AM it was time to cook. Anthony and I along with a few other adult helpers fired up the grill. Andy Hollis read off the menu: Bacon (not packs, but a full case), sausage, eggs and hash browns. The ladies inside set up the serving tables and set out the juice, milk, pastries and all the trimmings.
After a couple of hours of rest, it was time to start lunch. The hamburgers and hot dogs were cooked on the flat top grill and then finished off over charcoal. The inside crew prepped the tables with the cold items and drinks. While the grill was still hot; we cooked the ground beef and chicken for the "taco" dinner planned for this evening.
I have reported mostly on the cooking since that was my focus. Between these meals, Andy and Laura conducted all sorts of lessons and learning skits. Father Johnson and another priest come in to help with confessions and say Mass.
Sunday Morning and were back to cooking. This time the bacon and sausage was served with pancakes and all the toppings.
After eating, we all went to the woods for team building games. This looked more like boot camp, but everyone enjoyed it. Climbing the "Great Wall" and zip lining were tops. After showers, we cleaned the facility and packed the vans for the trip home. As we pulled in, we were met by Andy and Laura's parents and other parents for the unpack job. There will be a lot of leftover food for the next youth meeting!
- Council 10354 has supported St. Patrick’s charity fund raiser for many years by both helping sell their raffle tickets as well as attending the event. As a matter of fact, Grand Knight Ken Friedrich sold 14 tickets which permitted attendance of 28 individuals for the catered meal of ham, fried fish, salad, sweet potato casserole, bread, drinks, and beer and wine beverages on August 27, 2016. Attending and or buying tickets were Council 10354, Knights Ken Friedrich, Paul Boike, Father Michael Deering, Roger Harbison, Tony DeCicco, Joel Busby, Donald Hand, Anthony Bishop, Derrin Gaudet, Paul Townes III, and Mike Jolly.
- Surprisingly, certain individuals closely or remotely associated with the Sons of Italy and/or the Columbus Day of Discovery came into some funds to revitalize the parade float, the Santa Maria, a replica of Christopher Columbus’ mother ship. Knight Paul Townes graciously researched and purchased new axles, wheels, and tires for the aging structure. On Saturday, August 28, 2016 he, Ken Friedrich, and Paul Townes IV removed the old mobile home undercarriage and replaced it with safer, new, and structurally more sound axles, one of which has brakes. The axles were fitted with shiny, new wheels and tires. The price for the upgrade to date is approximately $900. Much work and expense is yet to be met, including replacement of the vinyl siding and Velcro strips used to attach decorations and adornments. The apparent goal is to get the “ship” ready for the Columbus Day Parade in October.
- It was not a job that any of the Knights wanted to do, but it was something that had to be done. That being the case, they wanted to be the ones to do this last favor for departing Pastor Father Michael Deering. Father had pastored St. Henry and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parishes for the last 12 years and he has been assigned to Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tuscaloosa as of July 1, 2016. On August 30, 2016, a number of men, including Knights Ken Friedrich, Father Johnson, Jim Deering (OLS Council), Shawn Holly, and Jim Jernigan assembled at the St. Elizabeth Rectory on August 30, 2016 and loaded the 24-25-foot U-Haul truck with boxes of books, pictures, and other belongings. More items were stored in the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall, Jim Jernigan’s storage unit, and at Jim Deering’s residence. Also assisting in the packing were two Jernigan employees and Rex Gill, Campus Manager and Maintenance Man at St. Elizabeth.
- The Diocese of Birmingham requires that all employees and volunteers who might be involved with the children and youth of the parishes and community attend a Child Protection Workshop every 3 years. Classes were conducted by Don Scharzhoff, Child and Youth Safe Environment Coordinator, on August 30, 2016, at the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall.
Mr. Scharzhoff presented film clips, PowerPoint presentations, discussion, and questions and answers concerning how to recognize all forms of child abuse and when and where to report an incident or valid suspicion. The atmosphere was very informative and friendly and attendees were treated to 3 flavors of pizza and soft drinks.
- The parade replica of the Columbus ship the Santa Maria had been on moth balls…”dry docked”…for several years. Consequently, she had accumulated a lot of dirt and other “barnacles.” The Velcro that attached the decorative bunting had also deteriorated and badly needed replacing.
Oh what a difference! With the new axles, tires, Velcro, and cleanup the float looks like new! She is finally “see-worthy!”
- As it turned out, the Regional KC Meeting at OLV on Sunday, September 11, 2016, was the first chaired by new State Deputy Griffin Shreves. The reader may recall that Griffin had fractured his foot and was unable to attend the January State Meeting.
Discussions relative to the workings of the local Councils of the Knights of Columbus were entertained. Also, Knights were encouraged to register and/or vote in the upcoming Presidential election.
Ken was able to purchase 50 Alabama State pins to distribute to interested Knights and others at the cost of $2 per pin. He also inquired about the annual Clergy Appreciation Dinner that is hosted by the Knights at OLV.
The meeting was adjourned at about 11:15 a.m.
- The rectory at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is probably at least 40 years old and in dire need of repairs and renovation. Construction work is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 19, 2016 and is expected to take about 3 weeks.
- The quarterly All Knights Mass was prayed at St. Henry Parish on the morning of September 18, 2016. Attendance by Knights was at best a record number or at least a close second. It was also the first celebrated by newly appointed Administrator…and new transfer to Council 10354… Father Johnson Tharayil. Knights participating as lay ministers during the Mass are as follows. Altar servers were Ken Friedrich and Joseph Holy. David Shaner served as the Lector and Cantor of the Responsorial Song. Other choir members included Rob Stump and Dan Foster. Ushers were Mike Shields, Allen Belrose, and Duane Holy. Joe Kimbrough and Earl Kreider brought up the Gifts. Joe Kimbrough, Josh Stump, Dominick Viruleg, and Dan S. Gardner were Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Members present in the congregation included Paul Homman, Mike Jolly, Bob McLeod, Mike Williams, Bill Ellis, Tony DeCicco, Cliff Papineau III, Paul Foti, Mason Baldwin, Doug Homman, Mike Keeney, Don Rydberg, Kurt Keeney, John Rogers, Jake Schillaci, Danny Mayfield, Corey McCray, and Nick Vaccaro.
- It seems that many projects grow between their planning stages and the actual completion of the assignment. Such was the case, when Knight Dominick Viruleg requested that Grand Knight Ken Friedrich cut down a few, relatively small trees from the future yard of his daughter’s house still under construction. They drove to the site on September 22, 2016.
- Knight Doug Homman has been active in the prison ministry, Kairos, for many years. On the weekend of September 23-25, 2016, he served as the Team Leader. The Team Leader has all the responsibilities of setting up and organizing all the weekend’s activities, including lining up speakers and table leaders, making name tags, and soliciting refreshments. Assisting Doug during the weekend was Knight Shawn Holly.
- October is the month of the Holy Rosary…a most effective weapon against darkness and the evil of the world. On October 2, 2016, Bishop Robert Baker was joined by a group of people from around the Diocese to pray the Rosary for Vocations and for advancement of the Culture of Life. Among those in attendance at the Lourdes Grotto located on the grounds of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament were Knights Mike Williams and Rod Cameron. Both men proudly wore their red Council 10354 shirts.
- The callingpost went out but only three First Degree Council members took the opportunity to advance to the Second Degree on October 16, 2016 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Birmingham. These candidates were Andres Aguilera, Arturo Garcia, and Henry Alvarado who had made their First Degrees on June 20, 2016. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich drove the men to the ceremony and they were accompanied by Brother Knight Jose Rodriguez.
- Kairos 64 weekend took place at Donaldson Prison from October 13 to October 16, 2016. Knight Shawn Holly served as an active clergy member and Knight Doug Homman was the cookie chief and distributed homemade cookies to the tables. Forty inmates were ministered to during the retreat with positive results. Several professed dying to the old self and being reborn as a new self. They were also eager to recruit new Kairos members by telling them how the Kairos weekend helped them.
- Grand Knight Ken Friedrich and St. Elizabeth Campus Coordinator, Rex Gill, transported the remaining furnishings for the rectory after the renovation project. These items included various kitchen utensils and appliances, electronics, rugs, the washer and dryer, and a new mattress. The heavy mattress required the use of a hand truck and a new hose had to be purchased for the washing machine. An enclosed trailer was used to move the furnishings from the storage building or the parish hall on October 21, 2016.
- When Knight Father Ray Keiser returned from a trip to the Gulf, he discovered that the heating system in the condo, which he shares with his sister, was not working. The air worked, but not the heat. Brother Knights Paul Boike and Ken Friedrich travelled to the Vestavia home to diagnose, assess, and repair the malfunction. On October 26, 2016, Paul determined that three wires were burned in the heat transfer unit. Luckily, he had a replacement in his truck! Another job well done at no charge!
- Attendance at the 23rd Annual Clergy/Religious Appreciation Dinner was quite good on October 28, 2016. The event was hosted by the State of Alabama Knights of Columbus and was set at Our Lady of the Valley in Birmingham. Individual Councils and Assemblies brought and/or sponsored their own Pastors, Administrators, and Deacons and contributed to a fund to purchase tickets for other priests and religious.
The meal consisted of a green salad, ham, fish, sausage, mixed vegetables, huge dinner rolls, banana pudding, and tea. During and after the meal, donated door prizes were awarded to the attending clergy and religious.
Also in attendance were Bishops Robert Baker and David Foley, as well as, past State Deputy Pete Parrish. Deacon Dan Whitaker skillfully emceed the event.
- Mike and Mary O’Laire organized and conducted the St. Henry Annual Halloween Party on the early evening of October 30, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on the campus of the Warrior church. They were certainly assisted by a number of other parishioners to make the party the success that it was. Approximately 300 people, of all ages, enjoyed the scheduled festivities. Halloween costumes were worn by about 50 % of the attendees, including Administrator and Knight Father Johnson Tharayil.
- If memory serves correctly, the 2016 Tootsie Roll Campaign to benefit individuals with intellectual disabilities has raised more money than any of its predecessors…$2,500! A near record number of Knights also got involved and served one or more three-hour shifts at the Gardendale Walmart Superstore passing out special Knights of Columbus Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations.
Ten boxes of Tootsie Rolls were dispensed to the Walmart patrons. Mike wisely decided to not solicit the contributions of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry parishioners after the Masses due to other fund raisers at the parishes. Proceeds from the fund raiser will be distributed to area facilities that serve the intellectual disability community.
Obviously, Mike Jolly is the perfect ID Campaign Chairman! The old adage must certainly be correct: “If you do a job right the first time, it is yours for life!” Thanks for your efforts, Mike. Your success also reminds us that sometimes people will often participate if you only but ask.
- The North Jefferson Charity has gradually evolved in the last 28 years since its modest beginnings in Gardendale… just prior to the formation of Council 10354 in 1990. It started as the Gardendale Charity Run and was expanded to the North Jefferson Charity Run. With the lessening of the running craze and the increase in gasoline prices, the Run became barely profitable and was replaced by the North Jefferson Charity Golf Tournament….aka Birdies and Bogies for Bread. In a similar fashion, the Golf Tournament diminished in popularity and practicality. Both sporting events had also been subject to inclement weather situations. As of late…for the last couple years…the North Jefferson Charity has totally abandoned the event aspect of the fund raising campaign and has relied exclusively on letter and announcement appeals to potential corporate and private sponsors. The community response has always been phenomenal and incredibly generous.
From its beginnings, the North Jefferson Charity has proudly adhered to the philosophy that “Charity begins at home.” In fact, charity not only begins at home, it stays at home! Thanks to our numerous local sponsors, to the Gardendale Foodland, and to the members of Knights of Columbus Council 10354. Success of this fund raising campaign certainly would not be even remotely possible without you!
- They always say that practice makes perfect. Obviously this adage is born out with regards to the delivering of holiday food baskets to the Catholic Center of Concern by the members of Council 10354 and friends. Knights Ken Friedrich, Allen Belrose, Earl Kreider, and Duane Holy and non-Knights Rex Gill and John Belrose arrived at the Gardendale Foodland at 9:00 a.m. on November 21, 2016…the Monday prior to Thanksgiving. They loaded 100 food baskets consisting of frozen turkeys, side items (such as potatoes, cake mixes, celery, brown and serve rolls, and stuffing), and a collection of non-perishable goods donated by Foodland patrons in the covered trailer owned by Rex. The food items were then driven to the Catholic Center of Concern for distribution where they were unloaded for the awaiting and appreciative Consolata nuns. The trailer was returned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton shortly after 11:00 a.m.
- The potential problem was first realized when the family’s household desktop automatically and continuously shut down just moments after boot up. At least the cable company employee had diagnosed the problem as a wiring-grounding inadequacy.
Therefore, the origin of the computer power issue must reside in the desktop itself. Reseating of the memory cards seemed to be the necessary fix!
- One of the perks for agreeing to attend the Cursillio weekend, is that a Cursillista provides the transportation to and from the retreat location. On December 1 and December 4, 2016, Knight Ken Friedrich was honored to drive Knight Cliff Davis to Cullman and back for the life-changing weekend. The men also had the opportunity to dine at Cracker Barrel on Thursday evening before the 6:00 p.m. check-in at Sacred Heart Monastery. Only 10 candidates were able to attend the Cursillio and Knight and Deacon Tim Vaughn served on the Team. Cliff brought along his guitar and helped with the music portion of the program.
- The parish at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton put on and enjoyed probably their largest and best attended Christmas Party ever on December 11, 2016. Knight Mike Wallace’s wife, Donna, coordinated the event but most everyone had a unique part to contribute. The Knights volunteered to put up the 20 x 20 rented tent that would become the “North Pole” and house Santa, Mrs. Claus, and all the wide-eyed children of the parish. The job included transporting the tent and accessories from the Great Tent Company to the front parking lot of the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall, assembling the roof and sides, and stabilizing the structure with water-filled barrels. Three hours later the “North Pole” was ready for decorating and occupancy and was completed on December 7. The crew included Knights Ken Friedrich, Duane Holy, and Earl Kreider, and non-Knight Rex Gill.
- Members of Council 10354 decided to try a new twist to their annual family Christmas party. Instead of travelling to an area restaurant, such as Jim n’ Nicks or Nicki’s West, Thom Duran, who operates Two Fat Men Catering, volunteered to cater the party at cost. He estimated the cost at $300 for a crowd of 60.
A few minor business transactions were decided, but for the most part, the evening was festive and enjoyable for all.
- Rex Gill, the Campus Coordinator and Maintenance Man at St. Elizabeth, needed a hand setting up the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall for the Christmas Party on December 11, 2016 because of the anticipated over-flow crowd. Knight Ken Friedrich volunteered to help him set up long tables and chairs for about 250 parishioners on December 8. The men configured the room to accommodate as many people as possible and still allow access to the stage area and the food tables.
- The first combined Knights and Youth Mass was celebrated at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on the morning of December 11, 2016. The Knights and youth shared the duties of all the lay ministers.
Attendance at the Mass was judged as a record crowd of about 360. Knights were also present in record numbers at 33. Anticipation of the unprecedented Parish Christmas Party surely contributed to the remarkable participation at the first Knights and Youth Mass!
- Stairs and steps can be hazardous for any age, but become of even greater risk for older family members. Such was the case for Knight Paul Homman’s wife, Claudia, who apparently tripped down the three steps between the family’s den and living room. The fall caused her to hit her head and produced a now resolved brain bleed.
Knights are always available to aid others…especially their own.
- Complications often and usually crop up when you least expect them. Plans were to deliver 100 food baskets to the Catholic Center of Concern on the Monday before Christmas, December 19, 2016. However, on Saturday, December 17, Foodland informed Grand Knight Ken Friedrich that there was a snafu and the turkeys for the baskets would not arrive in Gardendale until Tuesday, December 20! Delivery to the Catholic Center of Concern would be postponed until Wednesday morning. Ken was unable to contact the Consolata Sisters at the Center until Monday but quickly notified all other food basket contacts.
The crew then assisted Rex Gill at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall disassemble the stage used for the Parish Christmas party and store it away for next year.
· When Knights get into an unforeseen bind, they always know they can turn to their Brother Knights for on-the-spot assistance. Such was the case on the morning of January 5, 1017 when Knight Paul Boike was notified that his younger daughter had been involved in an auto accident on her way to her new job in Tuscaloosa. He gave Grand Knight Ken Friedrich a call and Ken immediately hooked up his 20-foot trailer to his Duramax GMC truck and gathered together ratchet straps and a come-along winch. The men loaded the totaled car on the trailer and transported it back to Cullman. Fortunately, Paul’s daughter was not badly injured.
Ken refused any pay for helping out a Brother Knight “in distress.”
· The old saying goes: “What goes up must come down.” Christmas decorations at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church are certainly no exception. Knight Larry Keeney and his wife Linda disassembled all of the trees, most of the banners, and the nativity scenes with experienced proficiency. The figurines, trees, etc. from the sanctuary and vestibule were disassembled and carried up the stairs for storage in the back of the choir loft. At one point, Larry became a little over zealous and removed a picture from the wall of the vestibule that has a permanent position throughout the year! He then had to dig through to the back of the decoration stockpile and re-hang it once his error was discovered!
· Kairos team members ultimately concern themselves with the spiritual future of area prison inmates. Their dedication does not end with the intense Kairos retreat weekend. On the contrary, Kairos retreats are followed up with one or more one-day reunions. The idea is to replant the seed first sowed during the original retreat. Such a reunion was conducted at Donaldson Prison on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Knight Shawn Holly, one of a 20-man team, ministered to some 80 inmates. He served as a table leader and delivered one of the instructional and inspiration talks.
· Knight Cecil Morgan was a beloved Brother Knight of Council 10354 in many respects. Cecil was the father-in-law of Knight Jaimie Hand and the grandfather of Knight Nick Hand. He also may be the last remaining Council 10354 WWII veteran.
The family requested a Fourth Degree Honor Guard for the wake service on January 23, 2017. Fourth Degree Knights, Mike O’Laire, Corey McCray, Ken Friedrich, Iggy Lovoy, Mike Williams, Allen Belrose (Faithful Navigator), and Jake Schillaci stood guard over the closed casket during the visitation period. The Sir Knights dressed in tuxedoes and ceremonial baldrics. Other Knights were also in attendance.
The visitation was preceded by a family rosary of the Glorious Mysteries and was led by Grand Knight, Ken Friedrich, at the request of the family. Visitation was followed by the Mass of Christian Burial with Father Bill Lucas presiding and the Hand grandsons serving. The Honor Guard also assembled at the cemetery for the interment and to say a final farewell to their Brother Knight. Cecil was preceded in death by his identical twin brother, Billy. May they both rest in peace.
· Second Degree Knights Arturo Garcia and Andres Aguilera were elevated to the Third Degree during an Exemplification at Prince of Peace on January 28, 2017. They were among a class of 24 candidates and were accompanied by Grand Knight, Ken Friedrich, and Sir Knight Jose Rodriguez. Former Council 10354 Knight Bryant Collins witnessed the same Exemplification of his two grandsons.
The ceremonies were followed by a pizza lunch. The new Council 10354 Third Degree Knights expressed their enthusiasm about continuing to the Fourth Degree in February.
· Council 10354 smoked 112 Boston butts on February 4, 2017 as a fund raiser in support of our sponsored seminarians, Council 10354 Knight Jonathan Howell and Justin Ward, and for the Knights of Columbus Priesthood Scholarship Fund. However, the “process” spanned several days before and after the barbecue event. Pre-orders for butts from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, St. Henry Parish, and various other individuals were accepted beginning three weeks prior to Super Bowl Weekend. On January 24, 2017, Knights Ken Friedrich and Paul Boike spent the afternoon power washing the interior and otherwise preparing the smoker and the surrounding area, including wrapping tables and storage coolers.
On February 1, 2017, necessary supplies were purchased. These included paper plates, jumbo zip-lock bags, spray canola oil, “groceries,” and beverages. Two grades of aluminum foil had been previously acquired in commercial grade rolls. Gloves and aprons were laundered and readied for the smoking workers, affectionately dubbed the “Yellow Submarine Crew.”
Ken braved 26-degree weather at 5:00 a.m. on February 4, 2016 to light the starter wood and ultimately sterilize the interior and the trays at elevated temperatures. By 7:00 a.m. the temperatures were equilibrated for slow cooking over freshly cut pecan wood. The smoker was charged with 113 Boston butts and the well-tested process began. The Yellow Submarine crew of trained and recruit “cooks,” included Knights Ken Friedrich, Paul Boike, Derrin Gaudet, Duane Holy, Larry Keeney, Mike Wallace, Dan S. Gardner, Charlie Friedrich, Earl Kreider, Mike Williams, and Jerry Ingram. In the wings as sellers, distributors, and otherwise supporters were Knights Shawn Holly, Doug Homman, Allen Belrose, Mike Jolly, Dee Haynes (near future Knight) and others…Rex Gill, Joyce Friedrich, and Sissy Hampton.
The lunch break featured two crock pots of beef stew and home-made white yeast rolls and raisin bread. Two servings remained after the crew of 17 had their fill!
Deliveries were made after each of the Masses at St. Henry and St. Elizabeth on Saturday and Sunday surprisingly without a hitch. Fathers Johnson Tharayil, Jim Handerhan, and Michael Deering were designated to receive complimentary butts. Six roasts were assigned to Cenacolo and two to another charitable cause. The 113th butt was smoked for the head of meat department at Foodland who supplies the raw product at cost plus 10%.
Approximately $3,500 is anticipated from this fund raiser once expenses have been subtracted from the gross proceeds.
· Council 10354 conducted a unique First Degree Exemplification in the man cave at the residence of Grand Knight Ken Friedrich on February 4, 2017. During a break in the otherwise hectic schedule around the Super Bowl Weekend butt smoking event, when the guys usually chew the fat, play pool, and watch television, it was decided that the time could be better spent in administering the First Degree to the candidate, Dee Haynes. Dee had earlier expressed his desire to become a Knight and joined the Yellow Submarine Crew to witness some of the Council activities. Ken appropriately arranged the room, setup the DVD player, expelled non-Knights, and hosted a unique First Degree Exemplification. Most of the “cooks” were in attendance at the ceremony.
· Faithful Navigator Allen Belrose of Assembly 2849 started a tedious phone campaign to offer the advancement to the Fourth Degree to current Third Degree members of Council 10354. Several individuals indicated their interest in becoming Sir Knights but only one candidate was able to follow through the process to its end. Allen escorted Knight Earl Kreider to Our Lady of the Valley for the Fourth Degree Exemplification on February 18, 2017. Earl was joined by 33 other candidates including Father Leonard of EWTN.
Fourth Degree team members from Council 10354 included Shawn Holly, Doug Homman, Allen Belrose, and Mike Williams, as well as former Council and/or Assembly 2849 members, Jack Boggan and Dr. Jim Fox. The formal ceremonies were followed by a pasta bar banquet. Earl’s wife Linda joined Earl at the meal to celebrate his elevation to the highest Degree in the Order.
· Some say that there is no such thing as a coincidence. Good things are rather the result of God’s loving plans for his children. You be the judge.
Knight Iggy Lovoy “inherited” a complete hospital bed when his son moved into his neighborhood. Iggy called Grand Knight Ken Friedrich in hopes of discovering a Knight who might have use of the bed. He then thought of Knight Fred Arceneaux whose wife is disabled and temporarily in the nursing home.
Arrangements were made to transport the bed from Morris to Hanceville and set it up for Fred’s wife. On February 23, 2017, Knights Iggy, Ken, Duane Holy, and Dan S. Gardner hauled the bed in Iggy’s pickup truck, made space for the bed in the house, and set it up to Fred’s delight. The bed was certainly a God-send and one of His “coincidences.”
· Eighty percent of the funds raised by the Tootsie Roll Campaign are dispersed to qualifying agencies in this area and the remaining twenty percent is returned to the Alabama State Knights of Columbus. These extra funds are combined from all the participating Councils and are available by request for special projects. All the funds ultimately support organizations that minister to mentally challenged children and adults.
A check in the amount of $300 was mailed to Nazareth House and another in the amount of $1,700 was personally delivered to the Burkett Center in Morris. Knight Ken Friedrich and “retired” Tootsie Roll Chairman, Larry Keeney, met at the school on February 24, 2017 and left the donation with the Principal’s Office. Both institutions were advised that they may request additional funds for a special project, such as computers, software, etc.
· The standing joke is: When in trouble, who do you call: 1-800-CALL-KEN! St. Elizabeth maintenance man, Rex Gill, phoned Grand Knight Ken Friedrich, on February 24, 2017, when the water valve inside the ice maker in the Parish Hall suddenly sprang a leak. Ken diagnosed the problem and called Knight Paul Boike, the appliance fix-it man, for a replacement part he had in stock in Good Hope. Ken picked up the valve and repaired the ice machine.
Who do you call? The Knights of Columbus, of course… who are always willing and able to help others who are in a jam or in “distress.”
· Knights Doug Homman and Shawn Holly take their roles in the Kairos prison ministry very seriously. On Saturday, February 25, 2017, they participated in a Kairos reunion at Draper Prison. The reunion is a follow-up of the Kairos weekend and reinforces the weekend prayer share, akin to the grouping of the Cursillio Movement. Nine chapel workers ministered to 35 prison residents. The program included Scripture readings, witness talks, and singing.
At lunchtime, each inmate was served 4 sandwiches, chips, and cookies. Any leftover meat and cheese were left to the prisoner’s disposal. Often food serves initially as a draw, but participants in the Kairos Movement take “home” much more.