|Pictured (l-r) Youth Director Walter free and Counselor Jennifer Coats along with two students.|
Purchasing and delivering eight boxes of coats satisfies all four Columbian Award requirements for the Youth category. Since Jessieville Schools did not need coats this year, Youth Director Walter Free reached out to the Cutter-Morning Star Elementary School in Hot Springs. It happily accepted the offer.
Sales of Wisconsin cheese coordinated by Ed Miller will once again be the primary source of funds for this project.
|Pictured (l-r): Tim Burke, Ted Giraud, and Jim Schmitz|
Of the three new knights, Jim Schmitz went on the fast track, as he was exemplified into the 2nd and 3rd degrees on October 4 at Conway along with Ed Aucoin.
|Larry and Jan|
The event was sponsored by the Parish Life Commission with JoAnn O'Brien as coordinator. Following social time, members of the several choirs under the direction of Lynne Border took the stage and sang a "Thanks for the Memory" parody to Larry. The lyrics were written by Maureen Morgan from ideas suggested by choir members. It follows:
"Thanks for the Memory" parody for Deacon Larry
Thanks for the memory
Of seventeen wonderful years, the laughter and the tears,
The Masses and the classes and your heart we hold so dear.
How lucky we are!
Thanks for the memory.
Your pilgrimage to Rome, so very far from home.
The Holy Land was very grand.
Your presence made us one.
How lovely it was.
Many the sermon delivered and many the treasures arranged.
So many banquets attended.
You tend our flock, you’re like a rock.
So thanks for the memory
Of tennis on the courts, you sure look cute in shorts.
But any time you’re needed then for duty you’d report.
How loyal you are.
Thanks for the memory
You taught us how to do our service just like you.
Ministers and servers really learned your point of view.
You showed us so much.
Many the missals you’ve carried
And many the bells you have rung.
Weddings, baptisms and blessings,
It’s lots of work, but now you’re done!
So thanks for the memory
Of Jan, your loyal spouse, the Mistress of the house.
Her head’s in a spin that you can sleep in.
Just quiet as a mouse!
Dear Larry, thanks much.
|Action on the Alleys|
Including those who volunteered their time at the camp, there were 18 Knights, nine spouses and one granddaughter representing the Knights of Columbus Council who gave 210 hours of their time. Also, nine members from the Lion’s Club helped with the bowling.
Bowlling volunteer coordinator Mike Frantz received a “Thank You” from many of the bowlers and volunteers alike. Mike offers "My sincere appreciation to each and everyone who contributed to this successful event."
The following knights and spouses volunteered this year: Bob Bowman, Bud & Rose Campbell, Tony, Marilyn & Madison Cifelli, Tom Donnelly, Father Bill Elser, Mike & Chris Frantz, Dub & Geri Green, Father. Mike Hinken, Tom Impellizzeri, Wayne & Dee Kapple, Gerald Krawczynski, John & Mary Lucas, Rick & Karen Meyers, Bill Nosek, Del & Agnes Scheid, Ken Silvers, Dennis & Joan Sisson, and Terry Theisen.
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District 10 Deputy Jimmie Rogers conducted the council installation with help from Lloyd Cambre of the Benton Council. A state representative conducted the 4th degree installation. Deacon Larry Lipsmeyer took Father Bill's place, as he was on retreat at Subiaco.
For Council 10208, Grand Knight Gary Wolfer and Deputy Grand Knight Jimmie Rogers are supported by officers: Bob Bowman, Bud Campbell, Tom Conrad, Ed Doyle, Mike Frantz, Dave Johnston, Gerald Krawczynski, Bill Ligon, and Gordon Wilson. Dick Breckon, Bob Honzik, and Bill Roe are trustees and Father Bill Elser is chaplain.
The following directors led by Tony Cifelli will be responsible for implementing the many activities of the Council: Al Bilgischer, John Bodensteiner, Tom Donnelly, Walter Free, Jim Goodson, Jeffery Silk, and Ken Silvers.
For Assembly 2316, Faithful Navigator Mike Kerwin will lead the following elected officers: Ray Ambrozich, Lloyd Cambre, Larry Cruz, Mike Garstecki, Bob Heisler, Dave Johnston, Sam Justus, and John Lucas. Ron Boudreaux, Ed Miller, and Bill Welch are the trustees, and Father Bill Elser is friar.
In other business at the meeting, family of the year Bob and Mary Anne Honzik and knight of the year Milt Spaniel were recognized, as well as May family of the month Bob and Renee Steinpries and knight of the month Mike Miller.
The dinner of fried chicken, rice, beans, and roll with a cake dessert was prepared by Danny with help from Johnna. There was a 50-50 drawing and the Pennies from Heaven bucket was passed.
|Olympic Town Volunteers|
Olympic Town, totally funded by the Arkansas Knights of Columbus and staffed primarily by Council 10208, is an area where athletes, chaperones, coaches and families can participate in free fun games in between their athletic events. There were 1,967 special athletes at this year's games. Activities include seven games where participants get prizes whether or not they win the game, nail polishing, wash-off tattoos, and a hand-eye coordination activity wherein they create one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets using plastic beads or hand-painted wooden beads.
On Thursday evening, nine 4th Degree Honor Guard members from several Councils, outfitted in their regalia, led approximately 3000 athletes plus their chaperones, coaches, and some family members onto and around the track of Harding football stadium for the Opening Ceremonies. Arkansas Special Olympics is divided into areas and, as a sign of unity, all the athletes wore red shirts. However, during their competitive events, area athletes wore various-colored shirts specifically designed for and selected by them, creating a colorful scene.
The Honor Guard posted Colors throughout the ceremonies until after the athletes had taken their Olympic oath, the Olympic Torch had been lit and the games declared open. To the delight and loud cheers of the athletes, over 200 motorcycle riders, representing clubs which had raised monies for Special Olympics, followed the athletes into the stadium. Then the dramatic entry of the Olympic Torch followed, carried into the stadium by law enforcement officers whose journey took them from Fort Smith, Pocahontas and Texarkana, through various cities and towns (including Hot Springs Village), culminating at Little Rock to run the torch the remainder of the route to Searcy. The final lap and the Olympic Torch lighting were conducted by several Arkansas special athletes who qualified for the International Olympic games to be held in California later this year. What a memorable and emotional ceremony!
Founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe, CRS is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. It works closely with Caritas and a number of other agencies. It is typically first on site to offer help after disasters and the last to leave. For example, it only recently completed its work in Haiti.
At the suggestion of Bishop Anthony Taylor, Chris Arthen recently visited Sacred Heart of Jesus. Chris is the Southeast U.S. Regional Development Director for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and his area includes Arkansas. His former position with CRS was Global Programs Manager. Both Bishop Taylor and Arthen have a common goal of informing Arkansas Catholics about the mission of CRS in the hope of gaining their support for the work of this agency.
Pictured (l-r): Bob Honzik, Chris Arthen, and John Bodensteiner
With a global staff of 5,000, the agency provides assistance to 100 million people in 93 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. Its mission is to save lives, address the root causes and effects of poverty, promote the sacredness and dignity of human life and help build more just and peaceful societies outside the United States. It maintains strict standards of efficiency, accountability and transparency. More than 93% of its revenues go directly to programs that benefit the poor overseas. Its operating revenue comes from: public support and revenue – 70.62%; private support and revenue – 29.04%; and, other – 0.34%.
|Photo of Special Guests and Nelson Rubio's Gift|
Among the 248 diners in attendance were special guests Bishop Anthony Taylor, Msgr. Bernard Malone, Msgr. Richard Oswald, Fr. Ruben Quinteros , Fr. Bill Elser and the 11 seminarians currently residing at the House of Formation. Following the dinner, one of those seminarians, Nelson Rubio from Venezuela who was recently adopted by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, presented Fr. Elser and the parishioners with one of his own wooden mosaic art creations depicting the Blessed Mother. It has been placed prominently in the church’s narthex.
Council 10208 thanks all of the knights and the parishioners who continue to support its House of Formation fundraising efforts. Funds raised in previous years include: 2012 - $3060; 2013 - $11,020; and, 2014 - $12,499.
|Janie Smith, Jackson House Exec Dir|
Its mision statement reads, "Eleanor Klugh Jackson House for Crisis Intervention Services Inc, commonly known as Jackson House, is an interaith community crisis center which provides short-term emergency assistance for basic needs - food, clothing, shelter, medicine - without regard to race, creed, gender, or nationality - and without imposing our values or beliefs upon those we serve."
She cited an Arkansas statistic that one in four seniors lives in poverty as does one in four children. Every 42 minutes, a child is born into poverty in Arkansas.
For every dollar that Janie receives at Jackson House, she can purchase $3 worth of basic food items. The food that is received from Sacred Heart of Jesus and other churches as well as businesses provides a bit of variety that can be offered to clients.
She referenced two recent situations that, unfortunately, are all too common: 1) after receiving her lunch bag,a girl stuffed a whole sandwich into her mouth at one time, because she had not eaten for several days; and, 2) a lady was discharhged from a Hot Springs hospital one afternoon with the hospital gown she wore as her only possession (her apartment had been cleaned out and leased to someone else). Janie got personally involved in both situations until resolved, including having the lady set up in another apartment that was fully furnished by nightfall.
|Retreat Participants and Father Ron Boudreaux, Director|
Retreat coordinator Tom Yerina is currently seeking feedback from this year's attendees to determine if they prefer the Subiaco or the Montserrat site for future retreats.
The retreat began on Sunday afternoon with check in 4:00 - 5:30, and it concluded with the noon meal on Tuesday. Father Ron Boudreaux SJ, Director of Montserrat, was the retreat master, and he gave six prayer conferences - one on Sunday, four on Monday, and one on Tuesday. Conference titles included: God's Dream; Who Do You Say I Am; Power of the Holy Spirit to Re-Form Human Nature; Conscience as Moral Guide; God is Accepted by Some, Rejected by Others; and, Contemplation to Learn to Love Like God.