|Msgr. Malone embraces Msgr Scott Friend as he is presented papal congratulations|
“But I can tell you that time and time again he has been called a good priest, a wonderful confessor, a spiritual father to many of our seminarians and a humble priest.”
As I was thinking of words to describe Monsignor Malone, I ran across these from his Nephew Fr. Francis Malone and could think of none better. Many of you know that Monsignor Malone held the first Mass in Hot Springs Village at the Callella Fire Station in 1973, for approximately 15 Village Catholics. He was that big a part of so many peoples lives here, that he played a major role in Hot Springs Village history. To many of you, he was a best friend, and someone to look up to as a way to live a life of Christ in this world.
I felt a need to write this brief article, because he was such a part of my early life as well. You see, Monsignor Malone was the first ParIsh Priest that my brothers, sisters and I were around. Our first real exposure to our Catholic Faith. What better example could anyone get than this wonderful man. He was my father's best friend, and a true friend of all of my extended family. As I lost touch with him in my career, what an amazing surprise for me to see him when I moved to Hot Springs Village!
Monsignor Malone did not treat my family and I in any special way when he was a parish priest at tiny St Mary's Parish in rural Arkansas. It was just the way he treated everyone. He was an incredible role model for everyone he was ever around, regardless of their age. The joy of Christ, a joy that surpasses all of the trials of this life, shone forever on his face and in his eyes.
Monsignor Malone, you will be forever missed. However, you will be forever in the hearts of all of the thousands of lives that you have touched. Whenever we raise a glass of wine in toast, let us all remember Monsignor is right there toasting with us. Forever an example of humility, kindness, and love of others before ourselves.
|FR Bill Elser, Monsignor Scott Friend, and Bishop Anthony Taylor|
There are two aspects to this prayer. The first is to pray for an increase in vocations to priesthood as well as to religious life. The second is to pray for our seminarians as they continue to discern God's call. Finally, we have to believe that God listens to our prayer, and that it is truly an effective part of Christ's ministry of calling men to his priesthood.
The following are other tips for fostering vocations:
- Have a good eye! There are many young men in our parishes that would make good priests. We have to encourage all young men to consider a call to the priesthood, but if we notice someone who seems to us would make a good priest, we should let them know our thoughts about them. Sometimes this might just be the sign a young man is looking for to help him decide to enter the seminary.
- Work with our pastors and parish councils to set up vocation committees in our parishes.We have information at the diocesan Vocation Office on how to set up a parish vocation committee. The important thing is to make sure that the question of considering a vocation to the priesthood or religious life is asked in our parishes of all of our youth. Raising the consciousness of the parish can really help to create an environment that is conducive to hearing the Lord's call to serve.
- Give financial support.Consider contributing to the Diocese of Little Rock Seminary Endowment Fund. The average cost of one year of studies in the seminary is $25,000 for each seminarian. The seminary endowment fund helps the diocese cover the cost of this education.
- As the cost of education continues to rise, we continue to have the need for building our endowment fund. Your contribution goes directly to pay for the education of seminarians for the Diocese of Little Rock. Your contributions at the Seminarian Endowment Dinner go directly to the education of our local Seminarians.
|Bernie and Marilyn Bauers|
Deacon Bernie, we all wish you and Marilyn the peace that belies all understandin, the peace of Christ, all you enter the next stage of your pilgrimage on this earth.
|Awards for Council 10208|
These awards of course as wonderful as they can be to receive, are only the superficial; the much deeper and more meaningul reward are those kind smiles and thank you's of all the lives that this Council touches each year. The lives made so much better by so many works of mercy, genrosity, and love.
A huge salute to Council10208 as they continue to spread Chirsts message to the this community and to the world!
|Sister Isabel Alontaga|
Now enter Sister Isabel Alontaga and her small band of nuns. These brave ladies form rescue operations alongside the roads in a community called Camagayan, a hotbed for the Fillipino sex trade. These rescue teams consist of up to six nuns, trained volinteer lay people and are part of an Apostolate that reach out to prostituted women and girls. They distribute rosaries; phone numbers where the girls can get help. Most of all they distribute love. They distribute hope.
The groups foundress is a lady named Coazon Salazar who started the Apostolate in 1996 as a lay woman. In 2000, it was officially established as Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries by Cardinal (retired) Ricardo Vidal. In 2003, Ms Salazar, was an officially professed Sister and the order was canonically erected as a Public Association of the Faithful.
The Mission of this order is to "seek the lost and fallen by the wayside, and work to bring them back to the bosom of the Father so that there may be one flock under one Shephard",
It seems to me that is exactly what we try to do as Brother Knights. Let us pray that this mission be successful so that all innocence lost will somehow be found again, and that no child shall have to lead a life of prostituion, or indentured labor of any kind.
|Mardi Gras 2017|
Their were two choices of food at this amazing event. Shrimp creole, prepared by Danny, and chicken and sausage jambalaya prepared by Ed Miller. Ed also donated all of the ingredients for his tasty dish. This awesome meal was topped off by red velvet cheesecake!
There was plenty of music and an open bar, so the fun went on well after dinner and into the night. This event raised about $3800 for the Knights of Columbus Council 10208 local charities! Here's to hoping this wonderful event continues for many years to come. A special thank you goes out to all of the Knight's wives, the kitchen crew, and the bartenders for making this a truly spectacular evening.
WHATEVER YOU HAVE PLANNED, DO NOT MISS THIS WONDERFUL EVENT!!
Some 38 volunteers from Council 10208, headed by Fred and Joan Junger, came together to make this event even more memorable for these athletes by once again staging our own Olympic Town. This allowed the participants in these games to enjoy fun and fellowship with other athletes, and the volunteers, outside the field of athletic competition. There was bead making, basketball, ring toss, and bag toss, with prizes given out to everyone who participated.
On Sunday February 26, twelve such men went on to their next step in this wonderful Council as they were Knighted in Hot Springs. Let us all thank God first, and then congratulate them all for giving so freely of themselves.
Pictured above are our twelve new Knights and seven other Council members that attended the ceremonials. Congratulations and best wishes to Jim Sparks, Jim Elser, Tom Conrad, Russell Clark, John Broome, Rick Darnell, Klaus Pawlik, Bob Montgomery, Gary Ruebush, Francisco Gutierez, Jerry Bielinski, and Doug Deligney. Thank you also to the Knights who honored them by attending their exemplifications.
Nothing in Council 10208, the Parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus, or this wonderful community, brings that quote by Mahatma Gandhi more to life than the Brothers that work in our Kitchen staff.
Nothing can be accomplished by this amazing Council of Brothers without the tireless efforts of this outstanding group of men, The meals are always delicious, the service top notch, and they ask for no recognition, no awards for their service.
This is just a small note from Council 10208 to say "Thank you for a job well done". Please fellow Brother Knights, take a moment at our next general meeting to thank these men for their service, knowing that it not only serves us, but every single project that we support.