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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.
New friendships were formed and old friendships were renewed during the long weekend.
- When St. Elizabeth Ann Seton campus administrator/maintenance man, Rex Gill, became suddenly and unexpectedly ill, Father Johnson Tharayil requested that the Knights of Columbus and the Ladies Altar Sodality step in and take up the slack during his absence. On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Knights Ken Friedrich and Allen Belrose arrived at St. Elizabeth to cut the grass and do some minor repairs.
The men then brought out the three mowers (a zero turn, a regular tractor, and a push model) and cut the grass around the parish hall, the church, and the rectory. Due to the heat, the humidity, and the duration of the event, the project was quite taxing on the Grand Knight and the Faithful Navigator.
- Knight Joe Dziok (St. Elizabeth Choir Director and Organist) arranged a Country Dance Social for St. Elizabeth Parishioners for Saturday, May 19, 2018. Council 10354 Knights were asked to cook the hot dogs and hamburgers for the event. Purchasing the food and supplies was shared between the Council and the Ladies Altar Sodality. The Knights and the Ladies have always had a good working relationship and enjoy the joint projects. Reimbursement for expenditures was to be made from the Church Office.
Knight Mike Jolly borrowed the St. Henry gas grill and delivered it to St. Elizabeth the day before the party. Both grills were fired up to grill the burgers and dogs on that afternoon. Cooks included the usual suspects, Ken Friedrich, Allen Belrose, Dan S. Gardner, Dee Haynes, and Mike Wallace.
The Ladies did a marvelous job setting out the food and otherwise keeping every thing flowing smoothly! They also prepared take-out plates so that nothing was wasted.
Approximately 75 parishioners and guests of every age attended the social. The band included a caller, Joe (of course) on the keyboard, a fiddle player, and a hammered dulcimer. They were well beyond excellent and played by ear. The caller encouraged dancers of all ages and skillfully instructed everyone in the simplified square dance moves. It is certainly a tossup who enjoyed the night more: the children, the adults, or Father Johnson!
- On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Grand Knight Ken Friedrich proudly presented the Knights of Columbus Youth of the Year plaque to Drew Hollis after the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Drew had been selected to represent Council 10354 as their Youth of the Year at the KC Alabama State Convention. He was voted as Runner Up for the State for 2017out of some 80 Councils.
- When St. Elizabeth Ann Seton maintenance man, Rex Gill, fell ill with heart issues, many members of the Ladies Altar Sodality and the Knights of Columbus stepped in to help when ever possible. For example, when Rex had no one else to drive him to his doctor’s appointments at the Kirklin Clinic on May 21, 2018, Knight Ken Friedrich volunteered to accompany him to his two appointments, where he was tested for heart and lung issues. Rex is a new convert to the Church…baptized in the hospital on May 7….and was proudly adopted into the full St. Elizabeth family. His fellow parishioners cheerfully agreed to take up the slack during his recovery and time of need.
- On May 24, 2018, Knights Ken Friedrich and Allen Belrose again volunteered to mow the grass at the church and rectory yards at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. The work day went pretty much the same as the week before except that Allen’s son, John, made it a threesome and did much of the push mowing. They also finally got the weed eater started and tidied up the hard to reach areas with it. Knights agreed to take on the project as a temporary measure while the usual maintenance man, Rex Gill, recovered from an episode with his heart.
- The main concern of Fourth Degree Knights is the theme of “Patriotism.” Therefore, American veterans, both living and dead, are near and dear to the hearts of the Sir Knights. Traditionally, American flags are placed on the graves of deceased veterans on Memorial Day. May they always be remembered for their patriotism and their supreme sacrifice for preserving our beloved freedoms. Assembly 2849 Faithful Navigator, Allen Belrose, spearheaded the Memorial Day Flag project. He ordered the flags and assembled a crew to place them on individual veteran graves. In his own words
Allen also gave a requested flag to a family member during a funeral that was taking place at the time at Oakwood Cemetery. Allen also travelled to St. Henry Cemetery in Warrior to place flags on the veteran graves but arrived after Wendell Cox had already completed the project.
Plans were made to order 500 flags for next Memorial Day so that the entire Oakwood Cemetery could be scanned for veteran graves.
- On May 31, 2018, Knights Allen Belrose and Ken Friedrich, as well as, Allen’s son John, continued their third week of grass mowing at the St. Elizabeth campus, which includes the Parish Hall yard and the rectory yard. The Knights have agreed to help with the yard work until the caretaker, Rex Gill, returns from his sick leave or until someone else is hired for the project.
- Certain members of Council 10354 committed to maintaining the grounds at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton when the Facilities Manager, Rex Gill, was side-lined with heart issues on or about May 4, 2018. For the most part, two or three Knights assembled on Thursday afternoons or mornings and trimmed the shrubbery and/or mowed the grass in the yards of the rectory, parish hall, and church. Knights Ken Friedrich and Allen Belrose and Non-Knight John Belrose took on the project on June 7, 2018. Knight Jerry Ingram was added to the group on June 14, 2018.
- One of the many duties of Facility Manager, Rex Gill, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is diagnosing and making minor repairs at the rectory, Church, and Parish Hall. When Rex fell unexpectedly ill, these responsibilities fell on members of Council 10354. With his history as a ship fitter in the Navy, Grand Knight Ken Friedrich inherited the plumbing repairs. On June 12, 2018, Ken plunged an overflowing toilet in the Church and on June 15, 2018, he disassembled and repaired a constantly flowing urinal in the Parish Hall. On June 20, he began assembling a small swimming pool acquired by Father Johnson Tharayil.
- During the sick leave absence of St. Elizabeth caretaker, Rex Gill, the Knights typically cut the grass on the campus of St. Elizabeth each Thursday. However, they doubled up on their projects on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, because the weather forecast predicted rain for Thursday. Knights Ken Friedrich and Allen Belrose, the Grand Knight of Council 10354 and the Faithful Navigator of Assembly 2849, met at 12:30 p.m. and, with the assistance of John Belrose, cut the grass before the arrival of children attending the VBS at the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall. Let it be said, that the leadership of Knights in Gardendale is the first to step in when called by their priest and/or Church.
- Vacation Bible School was conducted at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for the children of St. Henry and St. Elizabeth Parishes on June 18-20, 2018, under the direction of St. Elizabeth DRE, Mary McMinn. Mary solicited the assistance of many of the members of the Ladies Altar Sodality to design programs, artfully decorate the Parish Hall, and prepare music and art sessions. The theme of the Vacation Bible School was the Papacy. Knights participated, as well. Council 9862 Knight and Last Supper Reenactment St. Peter, Jack Boggan, beautifully portrayed St. Peter, the First Pope on June 19. He was photographed with the children and with a Swiss Guard, Ezra Bishop…a future Knight…and was he spitting image of the displayed picture of St. Peter! Great eye for detail, Mary!
- His timing was perfect. Knight Tom Townes, retired maintenance man at St. Elizabeth, arrived at St. Elizabeth for a visit and volunteered to repair a toilet in the upstairs ladies restroom of the Parish Hall. Replacing the broken flapper stopped the constant running of water into the tank.
The day was otherwise uneventful until Ken got the zero-turn mower stuck on the back property and experienced a flat tire.
- Knights Ken Friedrich and Allen Belrose resumed their volunteer work at St. Elizabeth on July 5, 2018. Joining the Knights and John Belrose was Knight Dan S. Gardner. Dan volunteered his mower and his personal participation in the grass cutting project. Ken provided the trailer for transport and they began by moving the other tractors from the storage shed. However, the John Deere mower would not crank even with a “jump-off” from the other mower battery and required a new replacement battery from Walmart.
- As much as a year ago, Knight Ben Doss donated an acquired family headstone with the name “Vaughn” inscribed on it to Brother Knight Deacon Tim Vaughn. Pledges were made to move and setup the stone at St. Henry Cemetery at some future date. After all, there was really no hurry.
- The first Alabama State Meeting of the new fiscal year is customarily an organizational meeting where Officers and Directors are reminded of their duties and expectations by the incoming regime. On July 7, 2018, newly-elected State Deputy Jason Esteve skillfully conducted the meeting, according to a pre-determined agenda at the Prattville Marriot Hotel.
The meeting was one of many attended by Ken Friedrich through the years but was a first for Allen Belrose. Working together has forged a strong bond between the two local KC leaders!
- Last week’s mowing session was at first thought to be the last since initially Rex Gill was expected to return to work on July 9, 2018. However, when an additional medical procedure was scheduled for the following Friday, the Knights agreed to cut the grass on the St. Elizabeth campus on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Knights Ken Friedrich and Allen Belrose and non-Knight John Belrose manned the three lawn mowers and weed eater, etc. and readied the grounds for the weekend Masses.
After Rex returned to his duties on the following Monday, July 16, 2018, Father Johnson made the decision to hire the retired groundskeeper, Knight Tom Townes, to assist Rex for a few hours, two days a week.
- Traditionally Council 10354 and Assembly 2849 Knights are installed into their newly elected officers in first month of the fiscal year, July. In 2018, the installation began with an Installation Mass on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church at 5:00 p.m. Many of the Fourth Degree Knights wore their tuxedos and social baldrics to the liturgy. Father Johnson Tharayil was the Celebrant and Sir Knights Ken Friedrich and Mike Wallace were the Altar Servers. Other Knights took up the duties as the Lay Ministers and Deacon and Knight Tim Vaughn was an additional Ordinary Minister. New State Deputy Jason Esteve was also in attendance.
Council 10354 Officers were ceremoniously installed in their respective offices by Past District Deputy Mike Wallace and State Deputy Jason Esteve installed the Assembly 2849 Officers.
- For many people, the charismatic healing and deliverance service sponsored by world-renowned priest, Father Dominic Valanmanal, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on July 24, 2018, was a new spiritual experience. The afternoon began with confessions and Holy Mass. The 2:00 p.m. Mass was celebrated by Father Dominic and seven priests welcomed penitents to the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the afternoon in both the church and in PSR classrooms in the Parish Hall. The retreat group brought their own singer, keyboard, and a separate speaker system. Lyrics were projected on the wall and uplifting songs were beautifully sung by the cantor and the spirit-filled congregation. The final segment of the service involved hands-on prayers by Father Dominic for each person seeking healing or deliverance on behalf of themselves or others named on petition slips of paper.
Approximately 500 people, including many Knights and their families, attended the service and a surprising percentage of parishioners and visitors “fell out” during the blessing. The healing service ended after 6:30 p.m. Undoubtedly, everyone benefitted to varying degrees from their attendance and participation.
- Once the confusion was settled in the potential reassigning of the grass cutting duties at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, it was determined that facilities manager, Rex Gill, still needed a bit of help catching up with his work log after returning to work after 2.5 months. Grand Knight, Ken Friedrich, travelled to St. Elizabeth on the afternoon of July 26, 2018 to run one of the lawn mowers. Rex had already completed the front lawns and the men then jointly cut the grass in the backyard areas of the St. Elizabeth campus.
- Two firsts occurred at St. Henry Church in Warrior on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Bishop Robert Baker made his first visit to St. Henry during his tenure as Bishop of the Birmingham Diocese. Knight Father Johnson Tharayil and St. Henry parishioners could not have been any more excited! Bishop clearly was impressed from his tour of the facilities and happily celebrated Holy Mass and eloquently delivered the homily. He was accompanied by former Pastor and Knight Father Ray Keiser, as well as, Knight Deacon Tim Vaughn.
An elaborate brunch was provided for all attendees after the Mass. Group family pictures with the Bishop were also scheduled during the late morning.
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Facilities Manager, Rex Gill, took vacation time when his daughter, Lisa, and her family came to visit from Nebraska. One item on their to-do-list was a trip to the beach on the Alabama coastline. On August 9, 2018 Knights Ken Friedrich and Allen Belrose volunteered to cut the grass on the St. Elizabeth campus. The work continued until they ran out of gas…the mowers, not the men!
- Knight Dee Haynes has a distinctive and unique appreciation for old-time radios and other electronics as evidenced by volunteering about 8 hours every week at the Alabama Historical Radio Society (a 501-C3 charity). However, occasionally he has the pleasure of presenting a program and/or tour to area church groups and other interested groups. During two days in mid-August (2018) he provided a review of radio history to Alzheimer patients at the Canterbury United Methodist church in Mountain Brook.
- St. Patrick’s and Knights of Columbus Council 10567’s annual draw down or reverse raffle fundraiser is always a huge success. The 17th Annual Jerome C. Bradley Memorial Dinner Dance was hosted at the Bessemer Civic Center on August 25, 2018. The highlighted charity for this year’s event was 3 Hots and a Cot which benefits homeless veterans.
Knights who purchased raffle tickets were Council 10354, Ken Friedrich, Paul Boike, Dan S. Gardner, Anthony Bishop, Thom Duran, Joel Busby, Mike Wallace, Mike Jolly, Father Michael Deering, and Roger Harbison. Filling in for “absent’ purchasers were Knights Paul Townes III, Paul Homman, and Jerry Ingram. Various friends of the Knights also purchased tickets. Only Scarlett and Anthony Bishop won a prize ($200) but everyone enjoyed the night out. The food was also very tasty and the menu included baked chicken , chopped steak, grilled mixed vegetables, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, salad, rolls, desserts, and beverages.
- The date for surgery for the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton maintenance/facilities coordinator/landscaper, Rex Gill, finally arrived and he was required to spend the night at the hospital for observation. The doctor then required that he stay home from work for a week to recuperate. Knights Ken Friedrich and Allen Belrose volunteered to cut most of the grass at St. Elizabeth on Friday, September 7, 2018, to ease Rex’s transition back to his normal routine. Rex was heard to say that they did an excellent job! It goes without saying: Practice makes perfect!
- When Knight Paul Homman and his wife, Claudia, put their Hayden house up for sale prior to their planned move to Kansas, Knight Doug Homman began searching for an affordable apartment and suitable employment. He then called upon his Brother Knights to assist him in moving his furniture from the house into the Oneonta apartment. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich phoned prospective “moving crew” members and arranged for Knights Shawn Holly, Earl Kreider, Mike Jolly, and Dan S. Gardner to meet him at the Friedrich residence on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Mike Jolly brought his van and they hooked up the dump trailer and made their way to Hayden. The move went without a hitch except that some disassembly of the bed frame was required to set it up in the apartment bedroom. Doug then treated the movers to lunch at an Oneonta diner. Knights always support their Brother Knights in need.
- Previously, Knight Ken Friedrich welded a part involved in the steering mechanism on the front of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton John Deere riding mower and returned it to “factory condition.” However, that repair was short lived and Rex Gill called on Ken again. Ken and Knight Tom Townes disassembled the tractor and removed the broken part. Ken is affectionately known as “Never-over-do-it-Friedrich” and this time the weld job was done to the max. Ken commented that if the part broke again it certainly wouldn’t be at the this reinforced weld!
- Apart from his usual volunteer work for the Alabama Historical Radio Society, Knight Dee Haynes also attended a New Horizons meeting in late September, 2018. According to Dee, a group of retired professionals get together regularly at Shades Valley Presbyterian Church in Mountain Brook.
- Knight and Administrator of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry Churches Father Johnson Tharayil, contacted Grand Knight Ken Friedrich concerning trimming the limbs from the large oak tree in the backyard of the rectory. His concerns pertained to those limbs that hung over and potentially threatened the roof of the residence. In turn, Ken commissioned Brother Knight Paul Townes III and Paul Townes IV to complete the project while Father Johnson was away on vacation. The Townes men were able to access the necessary limbs from the roof itself by using a pole chainsaw on September 22, 2018. They, needless to say, performed the gratis service expertly and placed the removed limbs on the side of the residential road for removal.
- Knight Paul Homman and his wife, Claudia, have lived in many parts of the country as they followed Paul’s job opportunities through the years. To that end, they have lived in Alabama for the last 15 years and Paul served as the maintenance guy and contact for St. Henry’s Parish after his “retirement.” However, when their health started to fail and they decided to REALLY retire on a permanent basis, they decided, as many do, to go “back home.”
- September 21, 2018: Loaded belongings in the majority of the U-Haul trailer.
- September 22, 2018: Finished loading the truck; cleaned the out-buildings; attached the truck to the trailer and drove to the Jolly farm in Warrior.
- September 23, 2018: Met at the farm and began the trip to Council Grove, Kansas. Twelve hours later, arrived in Little Rock, Arkansas.
- September 24,, 2018: Left Arkansas and after 12 more hours, arrived in Council Grove, Kansas.
- September 25, 2018: Rested!
- September 26, 2018: Met eight Knights from St. Rose Catholic Church in Council Grove at the storage facility and unloaded the truck and trailer. Returned the rental truck.
- September 27, 2018: Caught a flight from Manhattan, Kansas to Birmingham and were home in Gardendale by 2:00 p.m.
The highlight of the trip was knowing that, even as strangers and in another state, Knights are always too eager to step up to help a Brother Knight “in distress.”
- The State of Alabama Knights of Columbus Council sponsored the 25th Annual Clergy/Religious Appreciation Dinner at Our Lady of the Valley on September 28, 2018. Once again, Assembly 2849 and Council 10354 gave their financial support of $50 and $75, respectively, to pay ($25 each) for some unnamed, unsupported clergyman or religious. Council 10354 also paid for Father Ray Keiser (retired), Deacon Tim Vaughn, and Penny Vaughn (in the absence of Father Johnson Tharayil). Council 10354 Grand Knight Ken Friedrich and his wife, Joyce, accompanied Father Keiser to the event. They were all joined at the dinner table by another previous Pastor of St. Elizabeth and St. Henry, Father Michael Deering! Bishop Robert Baker, State Deputy Jason Esteve, Advoacate Joe Flaherty, Treasurer Danny Garcia, and Past State Deputy Pete Parrish…to name a few.
It was a very rewarding evening and particularly satisfying to participate in the public thanking of our deserving priests, deacons, deacons’ wives, and religious for the unselfish work that they do and have done for our Diocese.
- Preparations for smoking Boston butts as a Council fundraiser begin well in advance of the actual cooking day. Announcements and butt orders began three weeks before the date and supplies, such as aluminum foil, paper plates, grill spray, and zip-lock bags, etc., were purchased in bulk. Knight Corey and Barbara McCray solicited orders on Saturday evenings at St. Elizabeth, Knight Mike Jolly on Sunday mornings at St. Henry, and Grand Knight Ken Friedrich at St. Elizabeth after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Ken and Knights David Shaner and Malcolm Fifer took care of the general announcements. Days before the big day, October 6, 2018, Knight Duane Holy power-washed the inside of the smoker and the surrounding work areas. After the cooker, affectionately known as the “Yellow Submarine” dried, Ken and Duane stoked it with hickory firewood. The fire was then lit at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday to sanitize the entire smoker. Ken, Duane, and Knights Earl Kreider and Paul Boike hauled 106 Boston butts from the Gardendale Foodland at 7:00 a.m. and the butts were strategically positioned on the wire trays for smoking and slow cooking. Other workers included Knight Charlie Friedrich, who maintained the desired and constant smoker temperature, and Knights Mike Wallace, Larry Keeney, Dee Haynes, Dan S. Gardner, Earl Kreider, and Dominick Viruleg. Duties included wrapping the meat in aluminum foil, draining the excess liquids, and finally packaging in zip-lock bags.
Proceeds estimated at $2,000 were applied to the support of two seminarians, the Priesthood Scholarship Fund, and the Tootsie Roll Drive (Intellectual Disabilities Campaign).Donations of smoked Boston butts were made to the Cenacolo Community and the Gardendale policemen who have served to protect St. Elizabeth parishioners.
- Some families prefer not to collect and recycle aluminum cans for themselves so they “bring their cans to church” and donate them to the Knights of Columbus. Knight Roger Ford crushes many of them and oversees their accumulation and eventual removal to the recycling center. On October 12, 2018, Knights Ken Friedrich, Allen Belrose, Dan S. Gardner and Mike Wallace met at St. Elizabeth and filled the dump trailer to two-thirds capacity…380 pounds equal to $190. The monies will be applied to various Council 10354 charitable projects.
- October is the month of the Holy Rosary. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishioner Annette Sanders organized a public rosary to be prayed in Mary’s Garden on the west side of the church. The prayer service was scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2018 at noon and was open to everyone. In preparation for the outside event, Rex Gill and Knight Ken Friedrich set up 25 folding chairs. Twenty to twenty five individuals participated in the service and included Knights Father Johnson Tharayil, Roger Ford, and Shawn Holly and, of course, Ken Friedrich.
- During the month of October, Father Johnson Tharayil’s Indian Bishop, Bishop Pauly Kannookadan of the Diocese of Irinjalakuda, toured the United States and visited his priests assigned to American parishes. On October 17 and 18, 2018, Bishop Pauly met the parishioners of St. Henry and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Churches.
Bishop Pauly and Father Johnson concelebrated the XYZ Mass on Thursday, October 18, 2018 for a crowd (almost 60) of primarily seniors and the office staff.Knights Ken Friedrich and Mike Wallace served the Mass…or according to the Bishop were his “Altar Boys.’Participants were then treated to a catered meal and bingo.
Everyone gave Bishop Pauly a warm welcome and indicated their appreciation of his loaning us Father Johnson.The Bishop speaks very good English and demonstrated a very sweet and friendly personality.
Ken stated that in his 70 years of serving Mass that these were the first times that he had the opportunity to serve for a Bishop! Furthermore, this occasion proved to be the second visit of a Bishop to St. Henry Parish in less than 3 months!