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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.
- Due to scheduling factors and other complications, the annual Tootsie Roll Drive took on a different course than the typical candy giveaway fundraiser. Private donations, contributions from Council 10354 and Assembly 2849 (each $200), and a generous donation from the account of the defunct St. Vincent de Paul Society ($400) brought the sum to $1500
- Thanks primarily to the year-long efforts of Deacon Tim and Penny Vaughn, the annual adult retreat took place at St. Bernard Abbey on the weekend of January 19-21, 2018. The retreat master was Father Paschal May of EWTN. The topic for the weekend was the “Seven Words of Mary.” One often hears of the seven last words of Christ, but rarely of Mary.
Of the 29 or 30 attendees of the retreat weekend, ten were Knights: Deacon Tim Vaughn, Doug Homman, Ken Friedrich, Frank Rohling, Mike Wallace, Jim Jernign, Corey McCray, Donald Hand, Jerry Ingram, and Cliff Davis. Everyone enjoyed four well-planned and tasty meals in the Braham Room just off from the regular dining room. The setting was very cozy and friendly.
Many beneficial rewards can be reaped from a get-away, spiritual weekend. Not least of which is the making of new friends and the cultivating and deepening of old friendships.
- Father Johnson Tharayil (Chaplain of Council 10354) has a different take on the Stations of the Cross than what has been promoted in the past. His philosophy is to get as many people actively involved in parish functions as possible. Therefore, he has asked different individuals to lead the Stations at the two parishes. The services are held on Wednesdays at St. Henry and on Fridays at St. Elizabeth, immediately following Mass, throughout Lent.
- Council 10354 annually hosts a Lenten pancake supper generally on the first Friday in Lent. The meal serves as an appreciation dinner for all the parishioners of St. Elizabeth and St. Henry for their generous and consistent support of Council activities and projects throughout the year.
Knights Doug Homman, Mike O’Laire, Dan S. Gardner, and Duane Holy arrived early at the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall on Friday, February 16, 2018, to mix and grill the pancakes. Three varieties were made available: plain, pecan, and chocolate chip. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and milk were provided, as well.
Approximately 85 parishioners enjoyed the light Lenten meal. The “pancake crew” did an exceptional job cooking and serving the pancakes and toppings. They also did most of the cleanup afterwards. Many of the patrons stayed and socialized and played games or started a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle of the Last Supper.
- Probably no one is more acquainted with the preparations required for putting on the Council’s annual Last Supper Reenactment than Grand Knight Ken Friedrich. The “play” is in its 19th year and many activities take place “behind the scenes” before the actual performances take place. For example, each year the actors and crewmembers must be reassembled, scripts sometimes adjusted but always reprinted, rehearsals scheduled, and presentation sites arranged and scheduled. Costumes and the tablecloth have to be laundered and supplies purchased. More detailed preparations are certainly required for new venues. This year requests were made from St. Charles Borromeo in Jacksonville and Our Lady Queen of the Universe in Huntsville.
On March 6, 2018, Knights Paul Townes III and Ken Friedrich drove to Huntsville to visit and assess the facilities at Our Lady Queen of the Universe for the upcoming Last Supper Reenactment scheduled for March 16. They chose the auditorium over the church since the podiums and the altar would have to be moved from the sanctuary area. However, the stage area of the auditorium will be tight and will somewhat restrict movement around the Last Supper table. This setup is workable and only one tier of scaffolding for the spotlight will fit in the low ceiling. The sound system will require the use of the troupe’s private microphone system. Hopefully, the Knights have addressed and solved all the potential complications at both new sites.
- Transfer Knight Joe Dziok, music director and organist at St. Elizabeth, commissioned Grand Knight, Ken Friedrich, with assembling a crew of men to assist him in upgrading the sound system at St. Henry. Ken arranged for Knights Dan S. Gardner, Earl Kreider, and Duane Holy to meet him at the church at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018. They replaced the mixer, amplifier, and speakers. They added four new speakers to the Parish Hall area and moved the previous four speakers from the Parish Hall area into the addition. They also replaced two microphones in the choir area and added two more. The project included cutting holes and running wires to speakers and mikes.
- Stations of the Cross have been prayed on Wednesday nights at St. Henry’s Parish during Lent for many years. Knight Father Johnson Tharayil decided to add Holy Mass and a light supper to the services. On March 7, 2018, Knights arranged for a Lenten pancake supper for attending parishioners. Doug Homman traveled to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall and picked up the remaining ingredients, such as pancake mix and pecans, left from the February 16th supper. He and Mike O’Laire prepared pancakes for about 50 people. Everyone had a great time and the leftovers were available to take home.
- The Knight’s motto is: “All for one, and one for all.” Knight Jose Rodriguez put the motto into effect when he and a friend hauled furniture for needy families. A different family at Prince of Peace was moving from Alabama to Florida and had living room and bedroom furniture that they no longer needed. The donated furniture was transferred to two different families. Most of the furnishings was transferred from Gardendale to Huntsville and three couches and a bed were delivered to a second needy family.
- Knights of Columbus Council 10354 is in its 19th year of presenting the Last Supper Reenactment for area churches during the Lenten Season. The theme for the presentation is that each of the Apostles steps out the Leonardo da Vinci painting, the Last Supper, and proclaims how his life has changed since meeting Jesus. Who could betray the Messiah, and why does He say that He must die? During the meal, Jesus changes the traditional Jewish Passover meal into the first Mass!
Four venues were scheduled for 2018, the first two are new:
- On March 9, 2018, the troupe travelled to Jacksonville, AL to St. Charles Borromeo, where Knight Father Jim Handerhan is the Administrator. The situation was furthermore special since Father Jim once portrayed James the Greater for several years! Somewhere between 100 and 150 parishioners enjoyed the “play,” that followed a fish fry and Stations of the Cross. Many of the viewers were mesmerized by the presentation and especially the children stared in awe. All the cast and crew did a superb job and the Upper Room practically came alive as each actor skillfully stepped out of the da Vinci painting. One lady was observed making a close examination and comparison between “the pose” and the painting depicted on the printed program. One 12-year girl requested a personal photo with Simon to the delight of the charter cast member! At the completion of presentation, Father Jim said, “Now, wasn’t it as good as I told you it would be!”
- On March 16, 2018, the group journeyed to Our Lady Queen of the Universe in Huntsville, AL. The play again followed a fish fry and Stations of the Cross. Approximately 125 people were again mesmerized by their first viewing of the Reenactment. With the exception of some sound system and podium microphone issues, the program went off without a hitch. One could have heard a pin drop as everyone hung on every word. The play was described as “excellent” and “fabulous,” and “better than I even expected.” The parishioners were very welcoming and additional chairs had to be put out to accommodate them all!
- The presentation on March 18, 2018 was performed at the home parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Threats of an impending storm perhaps prevented some parishioners and visitors from attending the event. Also, the play was the last link in a long chain of opportunities already made available that day at the church, including St. Joseph’s Altar and the annual Parish Appreciation Dinner. Approximately 65 individuals braved the storm threats and enjoyed the play. These included three nuns from St. Rose Academy. One of the nuns shared her evaluation and appreciation of the Reenactment, thus, emphasizing the “witnessing’ of the Apostles at their First Holy Communion. Father Johnson described the performance as “Excellent.”
- Sacred Heart Council 1484 in Cullman hosted the Last Supper Reenactment after their fish fry and Stations of the Cross. Again, attendance (65) was lower than hoped. However, Live Stations of the Cross at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville drew some viewers away from Cullman on March 23, 2018. Council 10354 Knight Paul Boike helped with setup and organization of the performance.
Weekly rehearsals and years of experience certainly paid off for the crew and the cast. The performances in all cases were nearly flawless. The audiences were truly inspired by the unique peak into the Upper Room and into the hearts of each of the twelve Apostles.
- Knight Father Johnson Tharayil has encouraged the hosting of suppers after Lenten events in an effort to increase attendance and promote socializing among parishioners at St. Elizabeth and St. Henry. On Wednesday, March 21 2018, after the Stations of the Cross and Holy Mass, Knights served a fish fry to the 60 attending parishioners. The menu included fried and baked fish, French fries, corn poppers, Jalapeno poppers and hush puppies. Cole slaw was prepared by Annette Cox and Knight Doug Homman made his “signature specialty,” Dumb Dumb salad. Other Knights preparing and serving the meal were Duane Holy Mike O’Laire, and Paul Foti. Doug described the meal as a “five star meal” and stated that “if anyone went home hungry, it was their fault.” St. Henry Parish absorbed the cost of the supper.
- Viewing the campus at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Jacksonville was reminiscent of the tornado damage in north Alabama in 2012 and looked more like a war zone. Two trees fell on the church itself, the office building was nearly split in two by another tree, and the parish hall and rectory were also damaged. Few trees remained standing and the trees behind the buildings were either snapped off or uprooted. Luckily, no one was badly injured including Council 10354 Knight and Administrator Father Jim Handerhan who was home at the time.
- Traditionally, all the statues are covered with purple cloths during the latter part of Lent to signify the absence of Jesus from this Earth after His death and before His resurrection. Crucifixes are included. On Tuesday of Holy Week, March 27, 2018, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton maintenance and campus coordinator, Rex Gill, and Grand Knight Ken Friedrich took it upon themselves to cover the statues, crucifixes, and votive candles in the sanctuary and vestibule of the church. The process of reaching the top of the crucifix over the tabernacle required only the step ladder and, therefore, only two men. Keep in mind that there is a narrow line between covering the statues in such a way that silky cloth does not slide off and anchoring to the point of pulling down the statue when the cover is removed! The guys did a marvelous job! The results were effective and yet still ascetically pleasing to the eye.
- The Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Council 10354 was chaired by Knight Mike Shields, “the stand-in Easter Bunny.” As per usual, the hunt took place on the grounds of St. Elizabeth at 10:00 a.m. on Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018. Bunny helpers who hid eggs and ran crowd control were Knights Doug Homman, Allen Belrose, Michael Wallace, Josh Shields, Joel Busby, Benny McDonald, Andy Hollis, and Jaimie Hand. Andy’s wife and son, Laura and Drew, also worked the event.
All the eggs were found and some of the children began eating the contents just as soon as they returned to the parish hall. Refreshments included cookies and Hawaiian Punch. Everyone, including the attending adults, had a blast!
- Hanging the “Risen Christ” banner over the tabernacle crucifix in the sanctuary at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church is not for the faint of heart. The job takes at least 3 men to handle the tall A-frame ladder and someone brave enough to climb to the top to attach the banner and cover the remaining top of the crucifix with a white purificator. The job was accomplished by Knights Ken Friedrich and Earl Kreider with the assistance of Rex Gill on the morning of Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018. Ironically, it was the oldest of the trio who braved the heavenly heights atop the ladder!
- 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. Gold banners accentuated the “Risen Christ” banner hung in the sanctuary. In addition, special flowers flanked the tabernacle and Easter lilies further decorated the vestibule. The Keeneys have the talent to take the most humble items and magically and artistically transform them into an unbelievable piece of beauty!
- Good or bad, a reputation tends to stick to the individual who bears it. St. Henry Knights Doug Homman and Tony Smith are widely known for their expertise in grilling very tasty pancakes. Therefore, St. Elizabeth requested their assistance for their Pancake Brunch Social on April 8, 2018 following the 11:00 a.m. Mass. The men mixed and grilled the pancakes to feed the 70 to 80 parishioners at the social event. The brunch was not a fundraiser but rather a social to give St. Elizabeth attendees an opportunity to mix and get to know each other better. The menu also included egg casseroles. Everyone enjoyed the break from their usual routines.
- Knights Doug Homman and Tony Smith did a “repeat performance” on April 15, 2018 of their cooking for St. Henry after a similar event at St. Elizabeth on April 8, 2018. The breakfast consisted blueberry and plain pancakes, scrambled eggs, several egg casseroles, biscuits, sausage gravy, pies, muffins, and ham. Doug mixed the pancakes and scrambled 9 dozen eggs. Tony was busied with grilling the pancakes. Approximately 100-120 people enjoyed the meal. Leftover pancakes were donated to the Warrior Fire Department
- Knight Doug Homman worked the Kairos 67 weekend of April 19-22, 2018 at Donaldson Correctional Facility as an Assistant Chaplain. He was asked by another team member to read the Sunday and Wednesday schedule on the calendar to the 42 attending inmates. He also made a statement at the conclusion that went something like the following:
Thirty eight of the 42 inmates graduated Kairos 67.
- It is sometimes surprising what young people will decide to steal for their “personal collections” or some other unforeseen reason. After the purchase of a manhole cover for the drainage system between St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and the rectory, the maintenance man, Rex Gill, asked Grand Knight Ken Friedrich about securing the cover. The men decided that the most effective and efficient method would be to weld the cover to the metal opening.
- The Knights of Columbus requires that Grand Knights, among others, participate in the Child Protection Program. The training consists of an online course and concluding quizzes and requires repeating every two years. Ken completed the two refresher programs and answered all but a couple of questions correctly on Aril 24, 2018. The presentations consisted of do’s and don’ts for the protection of children, as well as the protection of the adults who work with them.
- When Brother Knight Paul Boike asked long-time friend Ken Friedrich about helping him to drive to Pasadena, Texas to attend the memorial service for his nephew, of course, Ken said “yes.” Driving with a partner is clearly more pleasant and much safer. The men left early on Wednesday morning, April 24, 2018 and returned on the following Saturday during the witching hour. They had the opportunity during their trip for Paul to visit with two of his brothers and many nephews and nieces. The journey was taxing but worth the effort to assist a “Knight in Distress.”
- A Kairos Instructional Reunion is always scheduled for the Saturday following the original Kairos weekend. The Kairos 67 Reunion was held on April 28, 2018 at Donaldson Prison and was attended by 38 Graduates and 19 Team Members, including Knight Doug Homman.
The team brought Little Caesar Pizza which they shared with everyone in the Chapel and about 6 other prison locations. Kairos members clearly understand the utility of “greasing the wheels of cooperation” and setting a good knowledge and appreciation of and for the Kairos movement. The reunion was beneficial and enjoyable for all.
- On May 3, 2018, Knights Ken Friedrich, Allen Belrose (and son John), Mike Wallace, and Roger Ford made a “can run” from St. Elizabeth. Aluminum cans collected and deposited by St. Elizabeth parishioners had accumulated to the point that warranted a trip to the recycle center. Ken transported the dump trailer to the site and the men transferred the cans for delivery. The recycle project netted about $194 that will be applied to unspecified Knights’ charitable programs.
- The 115th Knights of Columbus Alabama State Council Annual Convention occurred on the weekend of May 4-6, 2018 in Orange Beach. The theme was ‘We are a People of Hope.” Grand Knight Ken Friedrich (and wife Joyce) attended the weekend and represented Council 10354 at the meetings and activities. Other attendees included Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile and Bishop Robert Baker, Supreme Representative Dave Tebo, and members of the Ladies Auxiliary.
On Saturday, Council 10354 received three awards for the 2017 year: Runner-up for Outstanding Council for Members over 100, the State Deputy Award (First Place) for Family Activities, and Runner-up for Youth of the Year for Drew Hollis. Competition was stiffer this year because thankfully more Councils became involved. Ken was appointed as the State Family Director by incoming State Deputy, Jason Esteve. He will be responsible for promoting participation in the Family of the Month program and other family-related campaigns.
New friendships were formed and old friendships were renewed during the long weekend.