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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.
· 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.
- Council 10354 Knights have always worked well with the Ladies Altar Sodality at both St. Elizabeth and St. Henry. To that end, the Knights assisted the ladies prepare the breakfast food for their donations-only fundraiser on February 26, 2017. The meal was scheduled to begin immediately after the 8:30 a.m. Mass but preparations began much earlier. Knight Doug Homman “organized the cooking” and arrived at 4:45 a.m. Knight Tony Smith cooked about 80 % of the pancakes with Knight Paul Foti completing the other 20 %. Knight Mike O’Laire scrambled the eggs and ladies brought breakfast casseroles and coffee cakes. Approximately 200 people enjoyed the meal and the leftover pancakes were delivered to the Warrior Fire Department.
- Attendance at the Friday Lenten Stations of the Cross varied from week to week but typically averaged at about 60. Participation by Altar Servers from Council 10354 also fluctuated from 2 to 3 at each service. However, Father Johnson Tharayil has used a different format…requiring fewer Servers…than did Father Michael Deering. Father Johnson has eliminated the use of incense and has asked Deacon Tim Vaughn to lead the readings and prayers during the penitential service. Furthermore, the cast and crew of the Last Supper Reenactment were forced to miss the two Fridays in Lent when the performance was hosted by St. John the Baptist in Madison and Sacred Heart in Cullman.
- Council 10354 typically treats the parishioners of St. Henry and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parishes to a meatless pancake supper on a Friday night as a token of their appreciation of the support that the congregations gives to the Council and their causes during the year. Generally, the meal is scheduled for the first Friday following Ash Wednesday. However, in 2017, due to a scheduling conflict, the meal was moved to St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, after the 5:30 daily Mass and the 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross.
Knights Ken Friedrich and Shawn Holly purchased the ingredients and toppings the day before. Other Knights, including Thom Duran, Doug Homman, Dan S. Gardner, Tony Smith, Paul Boike, and Duane Holy mixed, grilled, served the pancakes to the parishioners, and cleaned the kitchen and dishes after the meal. Approximately, 60 people patronized the supper. Extra leftover pancakes were bundled for takeout.
- The All Knights Mass at St. Henry coincided with St. Joseph’s Feast Day on March 19, 2017. During the Mass, all ministerial positions are occupied by members of Council 10354. Father Johnson Tharayil presided over the Mass and was assisted by Altar Servers Ken Friedrich and Joe Holy. David Shaner proclaimed the Scripture readings and announcements as the Lector and was the Cantor for the Responsorial Psalm. The Offertory donations were collected by Ushers Duane Holy, Tony Smith, Paul Foti, and Mike O’Laire. Dan S. Gardner and Mike O’Laire then brought up the gifts to the altar at the Presentation of Gifts. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion consisted of Paul Townes III, Ken Friedrich, Dominick Viruleg, and Josh Stump. Participating Choir members in Council 10354 were Dan Foster, David Shaner, Rob Stump, and Ken Levesque. Knights had been asked to wear their red Council shirts and were easily distinguishable in the congregation. Attending the Mass were Malcolm Fifer, Bob McLeod, Tony DeCicco, Danny Mayfield, Mike Jolly, Cliff Papineau, Paul Homman, Doug Homman, Mason Baldwin, Paul Foti, Tristan Foti, Anthony Bishop, Todd Keeney, Kurt Keeney, Don Rydberg, John Rogers, and Louis Muro (St. Patrick’s Council).
- “Two halves make a whole.” Sometimes that adage is even true with lawn mowers! Deacon Tim Vaughn presented Grand Knight Ken Friedrich with two “crippled” mowers of different brands, different motors, different horse powers, and different problems.
Ken’s mission was to make one functional mower from the two. The worse model was determined to have been the victim of running without sufficient oil. The final solution involved removing the blade shaft and pulley from the one and replacing the damaged parts on the better of the two mowers. Several approaches were attempted including using a hammer, engaging a dent puller, and finally heating the rusty shaft with an acetylene heating torch. Knight Mike Jolly then helped Ken replace the belts and protective covers. Ken also changed the oil in the self-propelled push mower before giving it a test run. The project from start to finish took Ken the better part of a month…off and on (March, 2017).
Deacon Tim picked up the repaired mower and took it home and successfully mowed his entire yard without incident. The Knights donated their time and efforts and Deacon Tim donated the spare mower for parts.
- First Degree Knight Paul Eder has moved away from the Gardendale area to a place in Florida. However, on March 28, 2017, while finding himself in Wisconsin, Paul completed his 2nd and 3rd Degrees. Council 974 in Chippewa Falls, WI hosted the degree ceremonies. No word as yet whether he plans to become a Sir Knight at some future Fourth Degree Exemplification. Congratulations are out to Paul, especially since he made this advancement on his own and with no necessary promptings from the “powers that be.”
- The Knights at St. Henry annually host a Lenten Fish Fry for their parishioners. In 2017, the selected date was Wednesday, April 5th. The complimentary meal followed the weekly Stations of the Cross and was enjoyed by approximately 60 people. Predictions of severe weather did not dampen the attendance nor the enthusiasm of the Knights nor the parishioners. Working the event were Knights Doug Homman, Dominick Viruleg, Duane Holy, Paul Foti, Tony Smith, Mike Jolly, and Rob Stump. The menu included fried and baked Tilapia, French fries, poppers, corn fritters, and pizzas. Cleanup included the washing of all the dishes, cleaning the kitchen, and straightening up the parish hall.
- Little did Knight Fred Arceneaux know about the versatility and resourcefulness of Council 10354 members when he joined the Council. Recall that a Brother Knight donated and delivered a hospital bed for Fred’s disabled wife. In April, 2017, Knight Jim Jernigan, who owns and operates Jernigan Healthcare, learned from Grand Knight Ken Friedrich that Fred had a desperate need for a lift to get his wife in and out of bed. Jim checked his warehouse and determined that he had a used lift in stock and agreed to loan the lift to the Hanceville couple until they no longer had a need for it. The lift was delivered and Fred was instructed on its operation.
- The Last Supper Reenactment began its 18th consecutive year with its first rehearsal on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2017. All the actors and cast were the same as in 2016, with the exception of the Narrator. Knight Mike Shields passed on the narrator role due to health and business problems. Knight Thom Duran attended a couple of practices as narrator but had to drop out at the last minute due to family issues. Knight Mike Jolly stepped into the position with a mere three days’ notice before the first performance.
Preparations before the first performance were rather involved. They included laundering all the costumes and the table cloth; providing scripts for the narrator (and Voice from Above); washing cups and plates; and purchasing pita bread and grape juice; loading all the lights, stools, dishes, boom box, and ladders, etc. Knight William Acevedo also made a couple of attempts at videoing the presentation at two separate dress rehearsals. Equipment malfunction and other contributing factors, however and unfortunately, prevented a flawless copy of the video.
- The first live performance took place on March 24, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Madison, Alabama. This venue is the parish assignment of our own Father Jim Handerhan, who, by the way, portrayed the part of James the Lesser in years past. Father Jim had vigorously promoted the performance, as did Danny Garcia of Council 10232. Approximately 150 people witnessed the presentation that was preceded by Stations of the Cross and KC-sponsored fish fry. Council 10232 treated the cast, crew, and family members to the Lenten supper.
Needless to say, the Reenactment was well received by the audience. One of Council 10232 members took exceptional black-backed (no flash) photos of the individual cast members and volunteered to make them available to Council 10354. Somehow he seemed to catch each of the Apostles in true form.
- Two nights later, the troupe traveled to St. Paul’s Cathedral where they were treated to a pasta supper as part of a fund raiser dinner-theatre. The “play” ironically took place in the “Upper Room” to an audience of about 140. Knight Dan Foster and his grandson provided the sound equipment for the event. He set up four $1000 speakers and was able to remotely control the two wireless microphones. The presentation was near perfect…perhaps the best yet…and was followed by a standing ovation from the crowd. Father Jerabek talked of heavily promoting the Reenactment next year and moving it into the Cathedral so as to better accommodate a larger crowd. Knights Jack Boggan and Harold Gray of Council 9862 were responsible for much of the success and flow of the evening.
- At least 150 individuals attended the performance at Sacred Heart Church in Cullman on April 7th. Some issues were experienced with the sound system, but, as whole, the microphones functioned at a more acceptable level than some times in the past. The date corresponded to the second anniversary of the death of a childhood friend of Ken Friedrich. Two years earlier, Carl had witnessed the Reenactment for the first time and expressed his appreciation after the performance. In his heart, Ken dedicated the 2017 performance in the memory of Carl and unknowingly passed on this inspiration to the entire cast. Everyone was at the “top of his game.” The Reenactment was preceded by the Stations of the Cross and a Knights’ sponsored fish fry. The cast, crew, and the “groupies” were invited to enjoy the Lenten meal free of charge.
- The final performance for the year came home to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Gardendale on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, after a six-year hiatus. Approximately 175 people attended the “play,” which was preceded by a hot dog and hamburger supper offered by Council 10354 and St. Elizabeth. Barbara McCray…Knight Corey’s Mom…had invited a mutual friend and former coworker of Ken Friedrich to St. Elizabeth for the Reenactment. It was quite a touching reunion of Annie and Ken after 38 years!
- Father Johnson Tharayil suggested and requested that the Knights furnish a meal before the Last Supper Reenactment scheduled at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017. Most likely, he saw the supper as an additional draw to boost the attendance at the Last Supper performance. However, the commitments to the Reenactment precluded many of the Knights from planning and preparing the meal. Knight Thom Duran fortunately agreed to do the lion’s share of the work, including purchasing the entrees, condiments, sides, and paper products; grilling the hot dogs and hamburgers; serving the food; and cleaning up the site after the supper. Thom operates the catering service “Two Fat Men Catering,” however, on this day, it would have been more appropriately named “One Man and a Lady,” since Lou Ann supported him all the way. Thanks, Thom and Lou Ann! Assisting Thom and Lou Ann were Knights Doug Homman, Larry Keeney, Jerry Ingram, and Mike Williams. Everyone enjoyed a nice and nourishing supper and it set the stage for an audience of about 175 for the Last Supper Reenactment.
- The statues, especially in the sanctuary, are typically covered before Holy Week to symbolize the dryness of Lent and the absence of Jesus during His three days in the tomb. Knights Ken Friedrich and Dan S. Gardner met at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on the morning of April 11, 2017. They covered all the statues and the crucifix with purple cloths. Accessing the large crucifix above the tabernacle required setting up the big ladder to reach the top. The covers will then be ceremoniously removed at the Gloria during the Easter Vigil.
- A major part of the Good Friday services is the veneration of the cross. Traditionally, the life-size crucifix from the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall is tenderly carried by the Knights to the Church. Arrangements are then made to transport the cross from the vestibule to the sanctuary for veneration by the congregation. On April 14, 2017, Knights Ken Friedrich, Mike Williams, Dan S. Gardner, Earl Kreider, and Shawn Holly transported the crucifix to the church on Friday after the 2:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross. During the actual Veneration of the Cross, Knights Ken, Dan, Mike, Earl, Shawn, Rod Cameron, Donald Hand, and Jaimie Hand alternated in threes holding up the crucifix as individual parishioners kissed the feet of Jesus. It was very moving to see the sea of red Council shirts around the crucifix…especially since they matched the color of the vestments worn by Knights Father Johnson and Deacon Tim Vaughn!
- Holy Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. has always marked the Knights of Columbus annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of and associated with the Parishes at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry. Knight Mike Shields spearheaded the project and ordered and purchased Easter baskets for prizes and stuffed eggs for hunting. Knights came early and hid the eggs for the various age groups. Thirty seven children…and their parents and/or grandparents…participated. Knights who worked the event included Mike Shields, Mike Williams, Allen Belrose, Dan S. Gardner, Earl Kreider, Ken Friedrich, and Father Johnson.
- During a “time-out” at the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 15, 2017, Knights Ken Friedrich, Dan S. Gardner, and Earl Kreider skillfully hung the “Risen Christ” Easter banner over the large crucifix and above the tabernacle at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. At least three men were required set up the tall A-framed ladder necessary to reach the pinnacle of the crucifix. The banner represents the risen Christ stepping out of the tomb and also depicts the stone that had been placed in front of the entrance. Spot lights highlight the image which generally displayed throughout the Easter Season.
- The four pillars of the Knights of Columbus are “charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.” Knights annually contribute thousands of dollars and thousands of man hours to charitable causes and volunteer services. Sometimes these man hours involve volunteering time and talents to deserving individuals in the local community.
The men donated their time and talents with a smile. They charged only for the dump fees and fuel costs…a total of $200…a savings of at least $800. “Charity” is one of the most visible pillars of the Knights of Columbus!
- Knights met for the 114th annual Alabama State Convention in Montgomery at the Renaissance Hotel for the weekend of April 28-30, 2017. The theme was “We are family” and was hosted by State Deputy, Griffin Shreves. When patrons arrived at the hotel, they were informed that the electrical power to the guest rooms had been disrupted because a box in one of the halls had “blown up” and had to be replaced.
Council 10354 won 6 out of 26 possible awards. Award divisions included the best (or Supreme) Award for the best individual activity in a category and the State Deputy Awards which were given as First Place and Runner-Up. Council 10354 was awarded 2 Supreme Awards: Family Service Award for the Last Supper Reenactment and Community Service Award for the North Jefferson Charity. Others were First Place for Community Activities and Runner-Up for Youth of the Year (Drew Capolupo), Youth Activities, and Outstanding Council Over 100 Members. Only Council 10232 at St. John the Baptist in Madison won more awards at 7.
The Convention was adjourned after the awards announcements. Fortunately, the hotel only charged for parking.
- For seven years, Knight Deacon Tim and Penny Vaughn have almost singlehandedly organized and conducted the annual Adult Retreat primarily for the parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry. The planning included not only the scheduling of the retreat master and the lodging and facilities but also involved the hosting and maintenance of fundraisers throughout the year. These fundraisers reduced the overall retreat expenses to the point that the weekend was readily affordable for all families at $75 per attendee. Thirty individuals enjoyed the weekend and it is the consensus of the group that Father Bede did an excellent job as retreat master.
Needless to say, the continuation and success of the annual retreat would not have been possible were it not for the dedication and hard work done by the Vaughns throughout the year. Surely, no one totally appreciates the effort, the love, and the unseen hours that they put into the events each year. Thank you Deacon Tim and Penny! You have made a huge difference in the spiritual lives of our parishioners.
- Several candidates were invited but things just didn’t fall into place. Some of the individuals were out of town and others had other family commitments. The final candidate was eager and ready to attend a First Degree at the residence of Grand Knight Ken Friedrich when the potential Knight came home from work sick. The Degree was rescheduled for May 9, 2017 and only Joseph Homman was again able to participate. Joe is the nephew and grand nephew of Knights Doug Homman and Paul Homman, respecvely.
The electronic version thankfully permits greater flexibility in scheduling the Exemplification into a candidate’s calendar.
- Knight Shawn Holly and his wife, Teresa, coordinated the Confirmation dinner on May 10, 2017 at the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall. They also assisted some the PSR teachers in the food preparation and serving. Individuals invited to the dinner that preceded the 7:00 p.m. Confirmation Mass, celebrated by Bishop Robert Baker and Father Johnson Tharayil included the Confirmands, their parents, their sponsors, and some special friends. Confirmands came from both St. Elizabeth and St. Henry Parishes. Among the other Knights present at the dinner and Mass were Grand Knight Ken Friedrich and Father Jim Handerhan…chaplain of Assembly 2849 and grandfather of Confirmand Collin Handerhan. Shawn and Teresa were also involved in cleanup and served as Sacristans for the Confirmation Mass. The Hollys certainly ensured a smooth and pleasant evening for everyone!
- When a long-time supporter and friend of the Knights needs help, of course, the Knights step in. Vicky, as a single person, had rented a house in Gardendale for 25 years without ever having owned a house herself. This is especially ironic in view of the fact that Vicky has worked for HUD for many years.
- What an advantage it is to be able to volunteer in an area that is one’s personal hobby. Such is the case for new Knight Dee Haynes. Dee volunteers a minimum of 8 hours a week at the Alabama Historical Radio Society…a 501(c)(3) charity that provides an opportunity for men and women of all ages to join together and pursue their interest in vintage radio. In his words: “Our society does many things that pertain to radio and the broadcast industry. My day at the society mostly consists of helping other members or guests repair their antique radios. I am currently working on a teletype from the 1930's for a man who lives in Pensacola, Fl. I also help with presentations about radio to church and civic groups. I help teach electronics to anyone who is interested from preteens to 80 year olds. I am usually there every Tuesday and Saturday for 4 or 5 hours each of those days. I have held the office of president and am currently the recording secretary. We have a board meeting usually 6 times per year.
- Dee Haynes wasted no time getting into the swing of volunteerism as a new Knight of Columbus. For example, in May 2017, apart from his radio and electronics work, he also prepared new numbers for the song and hymn board displayed at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. He then volunteered to be the “official” photographer for Council 10354. He stated that he has a better than average DSLR camera and good professional software for editing the photos. Hired!
- Assembly 2849 Faithful Navigator Allen Belrose ordered approximately 300 American flags and scheduled Knights to place them on the graves of veterans on Saturday, May 27, 2017, in anticipation of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. The cemeteries involved were Oakwood Cemetery in Gardendale and St. Henry’s Cemetery in Warrior where Knights Mike Shields, Allen Belrose, Duane Holy, Mike Wallace, and Joseph Holy tenderly and respectfully positioned small American flags.
- To date, Council 10354 can boast of having three of its members ordained to the Diaconate. One is Deacon Tim Vaughn, who is a Permanent Deacon, and Father Jim Handerhan and now Jonathan Howell, who were or are Transitional Deacons. Bishop Robert Baker administered the Sacrament of Holy Orders at Jonathan’s home parish (Sacred Heart Church in Cullman) on Saturday, May 27, 2017, by the laying on of hands. The Mass and ceremonies were attended by the large Howell family, members of Sacred Heart Parish, and 21 members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, including Council 10354 members Father Jim Handerhan, Ken Friedrich, Anthony Bishop, Grant Mealer, Skip Hall, and Corey McCray. Father Michael Deering (former Pastor of St. Elizabeth and St. Henry) and a number of other priests also were present. Everyone was invited to a reception following the Mass.
- 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 and carefully took down the tapestry on Saturday, June 3, 2017. However, somehow they overlooked the coverings over the upper and lower portions of the crucifix that would have been otherwise exposed beyond the dimensions of the banner. Knight Shawn Holly removed the lower covering that was in his reach on Saturday evening and Ken again setup the ladder on Sunday, June 4, and with a long pole, removed the upper covering. Knight Jaime Hand, who is much taller than Ken, helped replace the lily on the St. Joseph statue.
- June 17, 2017 was a busy day for Kairos Reunions. Knights Doug Homman and Shawn Holly both delivered talks during the Kairos 65 Instructional Reunion that took place from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the reunion is to impress upon the inmates the importance of prayer, share grouping, and listening. Doug participated as both a chaplain assistant and a Kairos team member. He also helped oversee the Death Row Reunion scheduled from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Here inmates themselves deliver 5 to 10-minute witness talks. The inmates and team members were “well fed” and the day was intense but very rewarding for everyone.
- As a Council ages, so does its sponsor parish or parishes. Therefore, it is only stands to reason that recruiting the requisite number of new Council members for Star Council becomes more and more difficult…if not impossible. However, Council 10354 added three new members to its membership during the late 2016-2017 fiscal year. Scheduling complications had prevented the actual exemplification of these members. The new prospective members assembled at the Friedrich residence on June 26, 2017 to witness the electronic version of the First Degree ceremonies. Also present to assist and support the new candidates were Council 10354 members Ken Friedrich, Dan S. Gardner, Doug Homman, and Joel Busby. Welcomed into the Order were Nick Busby, Greg Jones, and Ben Baldwin. True to his commitment, Greg joined the Knights of Columbus as soon as he became eligible as a practicing Catholic! The new Knights enjoyed light refreshments after the Exemplification. OFFICIAL DEGREE DATE = JULY 1, 2017
- Grass never goes faster than during the Spring and early Summer when rain is plentiful. Rex Gill, maintenance director at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, was deeply involved in manicuring the grounds around the Church and Parish Hall, when the wheel spindle on the John Deere mower snapped. He and Grand Knight Ken Friedrich assessed the situation and a new part was ordered. Unbeknownst to the men, the mower proved to be one of 50 such mowers with a faulty weld on the spindle! When it was then discovered that the replacement part didn’t fit the said John Deere model, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, Ken expertly welded the original broken part to better than new to get Rex by until the next replacement part could be delivered.
- As a “rookie” priest, Knight Father Jim Handerhan served as an Associate Pastor (Administrator) at St. John the Baptist Church in Madison, Alabama for one year. His first assignment as a Pastor is located at St. Charles Borromeo in Jacksonville, Alabama.
After saying the 8:30 a.m. Mass, delivering an emotional homily, and making his goodbyes, Fr. Jim drove to Jacksonvile, where he had once spent a summer assignment as a seminarian. The boxes were unloaded and positioned in the appropriate rooms in the rectory and Fr. Jim readied himself to meet with the staff and prepare for the weekend Masses. All our prayers are with him for a rewarding stay in Jacksonville and our congratulations go out to the parishioners of St. Charles and its mission church for welcoming a wonderful, holy, and dedicated priest!
- Knights of Columbus Council 10354 are always sitting on ready when comes to helping out a Brother Knight or even a fellow parishioner “in distress.” When St. Elizabeth maintenance employee, Rex Gill, was away on vacation and a long-time parishioner passed away, the Office personnel called Grand Knight Ken Friedrich for help. The parish hall needed to be set up to host the funeral luncheon. Ken phoned fellow Knight Duane Holy and on July 6, 2017, the men rearranged the tables and chairs to accommodate the family and friends.
- The first Alabama State meeting for the 2017-2018 fiscal year was held on July 8, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery. Renovations at the usual site in Prattville demanded the change in venue. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich represented Council 10354 at the lengthy meeting that, as always, concentrated on retention and recruitment. State Deputy Griffin Shreves conducted the proceedings, which were then followed by the praying of the Vigil Mass, which Ken also attended.
- Scheduling conflicts suggested that the typical quarterly All Knights Mass and the annual Installation of Officers Mass should be combined as one event on July15, 2017. After Mass, the Officers for Council 10354 and Assembly 2849 were duly installed and Knights and their families were invited to a BBQ supper in the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall.
Sir Knights in full regalia also participated in the Fourth Degree Honor Guard, including Fred Arceneaux, Faithful Navigator Allen Belrose, Commander Ken Friedrich, Iggy Lovoy, Mike Williams, Earl Kreider, Mike Wallace, Corey McCray, and Mike Shields.
Preparations for the supper began several days before. Knight Thom Duran ordered the Boston butts and briskets and other supplies were purchased. Knights Ken Friedrich, Duane Holy, Greg Jones, Dan S. Gardner, and Dee Haynes boiled and peeled 20 pounds of potatoes and Linda Boike diced them up for authentic German potato salad. She also prepared a large pot of baked beans. Paul Boike, Ken Friedrich, and Duane Holy smoked the meats for the biggest part of Friday night. Sauces, buns, pickles, and beverages were also provided.
Approximately 45-50 people attended the swearing in ceremonies including most of those Knights present at Mass and Knights Paul Homman, Dee Haynes (official photographer), Doug Homman, Duane Holy, Greg Jones, Roger Ford, and District Deputy Robert Rigsby. Robert Rigsby installed the Council and Past Faithful Navigator Ken Friedrich installed the Assembly Officers.
The food and fellowship were well received and enjoyed by all.
- Knight Dee Haynes volunteers weekly at the Alabama Historical Radio Society. However, the week of July 16, 2017 included his working “overtime” toward that effort and is best described in his own words:
Some of the other things we did last week were: hold our monthly class on radio repair, plus we had guests from one of the local Baptist church senior groups this week. They toured our shops and museum then had lunch in the Alabama Power Co. building where our museum is located.
It was a very busy week for me. I probably have about 24 hours involved for this past week. Normal time for a week is 8 hours.
- The concept began years ago and has finally come full circle. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich has proposed that parishioners from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton bring their aluminum cans to the church campus. Knights would then collect them and recycle them as a fundraiser for their many charitable projects. However, somehow, the ultimate cause for the fundraiser got lost in the translation and the monies were applied to Catholic School tuition and transportation. Albeit a noble cause, Catholic tuition is not the only goal of the Knights and such a dedicated cause eliminates any flexibility in applying the monies towards the greatest need at the moment. Father Johnson thankfully gave Council 10354 control over the fund.
It is the goal of the Council to regularly take the collected cans to the Recycle Center. They only ask their fellow parishioners to refrain from including garbage and other non-recyclable items.
- When the prospect of establishing a St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference was presented in May, 2017 to the parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry, it was welcomed and quickly adopted, because it clearly speaks to the spiritual, economic, and social needs of the community. Many of the people involved in the setup, organization, and management of the Conference are members of Council 10354. Note that the St. Vincent de Paul Society does not conflict with existing charitable organizations and projects, but does its best to compliment and fill in any gaps between these worthy causes.
To date (mid August),
- Work is being done to get a bank account (EIN #);
- A name has been chosen: Society of SVDP......St. Elizabeth Ann Seton/St. Henry;
- A tentative Commissioning Mass has been set for 9/24/17; and
- Purchasing the software necessary to meet all requirements for a charitable organization is in process.
- When Knight Earl Kreider’s mother-in-law required wheel chair access to her home, he petitioned his Brother Knights in the building of a ramp into the front entrance. On Saturday, August 13, 2017, Knights brought their tools and expertise to the residence to assemble the 32-foot ramp from the provided lumber and according to the engineering plans. Assisting Earl and his brother-in-law were Knights Evan Kreider, Ken Friedrich, Allen Belrose, Duane Holy, and Dan S. Gardner. The heat and humidity was overwhelming and some of the workers were forced to leave early in the afternoon. However, the majority of the ramp was constructed and the additional hand rails and other minor “accessories” were added later.
- Knights have always worked hand in hand with the Ladies Altar Sodality at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. The ladies have one major fundraiser during the year...the spaghetti dinner...and use the funds to purchase supplies and requirements for the altar, such as hosts, wine, candles, etc. They also sponsor regular functions for primarily the older members of the parish, such as a special Mass, a meal, and bingo. Frank and Mary Margaret volunteered their time in preparing for the eat-in and take-outs for the spaghetti dinner by serving generous portions to the attendees and participants on August 20, 2017. The meal and the silent auction produced approximately $4000 that will be applied to the altar needs of the parish. Success of the project was made possible by the efforts of the Rohlings and other Ladies and Knights.
- St. Patrick’s Knights conducted the 16th Annual Jerome C. Bradley Memorial Dinner Dance as a charity fundraiser on August 26, 2017. The evening features a reverse raffle or draw down, a buffet-style meal, and post-raffle dance to deejay music. Only 300 tickets are sold and 17 chances are available to win cash prizes. Proceeds from the fundraiser are dedicated to a different and specially-selected charity each year.
Attending the dinner were Knights Roger Harbison, Ken Friedrich, Jerry Ingram, Anthony Bishop, Paul Boike, Dan S. Gardner, Dee Haynes, Joel Busby and Mike Wallace. The menu included chicken, pork loin, squash casserole, mash potatoes, salad, desserts, and beverages. The best part of the evening was, of course, the warm and relaxed fellowship that those in attendance always enjoy.
- Three weeks prior to the Labor Day Holiday, orders were taken from primarily the parishioners of St. Henry and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Knights Ken Friedrich, Malcolm Fifer, Corey McCray, and Shawn Holly made announcements and/or supervised the sign-ups. Preparations were also made for the purchasing of the butts and supplies required for their smoking and delivery after all the Masses at each church. Knights Ken Friedrich and Duane Holy spent an entire Friday morning power-washing the smoker and the preparation area.
Workers were offered fresh chicken salad sandwiches for lunch and enjoyed watching football games and playing pool during the breaks. Everyone seemed to have a great time raising money that will be allocated to the support of seminarians and the Priesthood Scholarship Fund.
Workers involved in the smoking and wrapping of the butts included Ken Friedrich, Duane Holy, Paul Boike, Mike Wallace, Dee Haynes, Dan S. Gardner, Charlie Friedrich, Greg Jones, Earl Kreider, Paul Townes III, and Dominick Viruleg “Ladies of the Knights” Sissy Hampton and Joyce Friedrich gave a hand with the miscellaneous duties. Deliveries were made by Knights Mike Jolly, Doug Homman, Ken Friedrich, and Allen Belrose.
Proceeds are expected to amount to about $1900 for our future priests.
- The first Alabama State meeting for the 2017-2018 fiscal year was held on July 8, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery. Renovations at the usual site in Prattville demanded the change in venue. Grand Knight Ken Friedrich represented Council 10354 at the lengthy meeting that, as always, concentrated on retention and recruitment. State Deputy Griffin Shreves conducted the proceedings, which were then followed by the praying of the Vigil Mass, which Ken also attended.
- Perhaps scheduling the youth car wash fundraiser and the hamburger and hot dog retreat fundraiser on the same Sunday, September 17, 2017, boosted attendance at both events. Deacon Tim Vaughn and his wife, Penny, purchased the meats, buns, and condiments and solicited donations for toppings, chips, and drinks from individual parishioners.
- Knights certainly appreciate the importance and value of family! They helplessly looked on as Knight Father Johnson Tharayil lost his mother to a n extended illness in India. Father has left his family on the other side of the world, in order to serve the families of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry.
Knight Iggy Lovoy designed and framed an appreciation certificate depicting the purpose and intention of the check.Both the check and the certificate were presented to Father Johnson after the XYZ Mass on Tuesday, September 18, 2017 by Grand Knight Ken Friedrich and Knights Iggy Lovoy and Mike Williams.Other Knights in attendance were Roger Ford, Jake Schillaci, and Lawrence Johnson.
Father was astonished and very appreciative.His surprised look was described as a “deer in the headlights!”
- Attendance at the annual Clergy Appreciation Dinner has dwindled in the last several years, but for a good reason. In order to better accommodate the patrons in the northern half of the Diocese, a separate dinner has been scheduled for clergy and religious located north of Cullman. The 24th Annual Clergy/Religious Appreciation Dinner for the Birmingham area was held on September 22, 2017 at Our Lady of the Valley and was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus State of Alabama.
All those in attendance were eligible for a number of door prizes, including among others, red and white wines and restaurant and merchandise gift cards. Attending the event were Bishop Robert Baker, Bishop David Foley, Griffin Shreves (State Deputy), Pete Parrish (Past State Deputy), and Joe Flaherty. Council 10354 members included Grand Knight Ken Friedrich, Father Johnson Tharayil, Father Ray Keiser, and Deacon Tim Vaughn. Present and former pastors of St. Elizabeth and St. Henry, Father Keiser, Father Bill Lucas, Father Michael Deering, and Father Johnson were present. Father Deering typically surrounded himself with the table of St. Rose Academy nuns. The event thus wonderfully promoted the reuniting of old friends and acquaintances, who may only see each other once a year. Everyone had a marvelous evening.
- According to Wikipedia: “In the Catholic Church, a Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of clergy, religious, and laity to bear witness to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, which is an important Roman Catholic doctrine. Congresses bring together people from a wide area, and typically involve large open-air Masses, Eucharistic adoration (Blessed Sacrament), and other devotional ceremonies held over several days.”
The guys cooked and wrapped hot dogs for 2.5 hours and one was heard to say that he never wanted to see another hot dog for as long as he lived!