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Charity

There is no better way to experience love and
compassion than by helping those in need,
a call Knights answer every day.

Unity

Knights banded together can accomplish more
than any of us could accomplish individually
in support of our Church and priests.

Fraternity

Knights socialize together and take care of each other –
we have each others’ back.

Patriotism

Members of the Knights of Columbus are proud
of our devotion to God and country,
and believe in standing up for both.

Family of the Month – August 2012

It was good to see David and Veronica Ybarra, the Family of the Month for August, helping at the Fall Festival. They haven’t been able to make many council functions of late. David was scheduled to ascend from Chancellor to Deputy Grand Knight this past summer. But his KC plans and the couple’s lives changed…

Knight of the Month – July 2012

Allen Reitmeier was named the council’s Knight of the Month for July, following his fifth ultra-successful season of supervising operations of 8157’s concession stands during the Cedar Hill Baseball Association’s spring play. He estimated Knights put in 300-350 man-hours at the stands. Allen does the scheduling and stocking of the stands, duties that he was…

Family of the Month – July 2012

The efforts of the council’s Family of the Month for July, Marce and Brenda Tebbe, were readily seen by many parishioners yet also out of sight from all but a few. The Tebbes planned and constructed most of the props and decorations that made Deborah Garrison’s “SKY” VBS week come alive for the parish kids…

Family of the Month – June 2012

Our June Family of the Month, Russell and Tricia Gully, met in Austin. Tricia was working in Austin and attended a monthly meeting of her parish’s young adults organization. That happened to take place in Russell’s apartment. (The ministry chaplain later celebrated their wedding Mass.) The Gullys have been parishioners since 1986, when they moved…

Knight of the Month – June 2012

John Espree, June’s Knight of the Month, grew up in central Louisiana’s Evangeline Parish and moved to Texas at the age of 18. That’s why his e-mail address includes “cajun56texan75.” John and wife Bonnie started attending Holy Spirit in the early 2000s. John’s hometown is Mamou, hailed as the “Cajun Music Capital of the World.”…

Family of the Month – May 2012

Hector Lopez and wife Letty, the Family of the Month for May, are proud graduates of Falfurrias High School in the small town of the same name located about 80 miles north of McAllen on U.S. Highway 281. They’ve been married for 36 years. “And we dated seven years,” Hector added, “so we’ve been together…

Knight of the Month – May 2012

The camaraderie that Bennie Sikorski, Knight of the Month for May, experiences volunteering for the council reminds him of the bonds that he shared through 23 years of Army life. “You’re quite close to your fellow military,” he noted. His KC activities include a weekly “shift” with the frying unit during fish fry Fridays. Bennie…

Family of the Month – April 2012

Juan and Lupita Chapa, Family of the Month for April, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in March with a trip to Las Vegas. While Lupita enjoyed the slot machines, their itinerary did take them outdoors. Way outdoors: the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. The Chapas met 42 years ago when Juan, who’d moved from…

Knight of the Month – April 2012

Rod Kinard is the Knight of the Month for April. Rod is a native of Abilene, Texas but was off to Lubbock only months after his birth; his father graduated from Hardin Simmons University and got his first teaching/coaching job there. The family’s next stops were in Oklahoma, first to Moore (just south of Oklahoma…

Rectory Fence Expanded

On the morning of March 2, 2012, David Dybala, Ken Rarick, Jorge Barragan, Mike Rumsay, Marce Tebbe, Hector Lopez, Al Alonzo, Bob Lamb and Allen Reitmeier met at the back yard of the parish house and begin the job of moving the backyard fence about 16′ to make the back yard big enough to house…

Knight of the Month – March 2012

Our Knight of the Month for March is Larry Dumais. He’s a handy guy – runs multiple businesses related to construction and home re-pairs. But recently he has also has become much more handy in the kitchen. Wife Cathleen went back to school on top of her job in the Cedar Hill ISD, where she…

Family of the Month – March 2012

Ed and Betty O’Brien are the council’s Family of the Month for March, and March is indeed a busy time for our past Grand Knight from the fraternal years of 2004-05 and ‘05-06. Ed does the purchasing for the weekly Lenten fish fry dinners. It can be a tricky exercise to make sure there’s enough…

Knight of the Month – February 2012

Work ethic has never been an issue with Frank Salazar, our Deputy Grand Knight and the council’s Knight of the Month for February. Frank owned an auto parts export company in Waxahachie for almost 20 years. The business drastically changed following 9/11, and the political climate in one country that was one of his major…

Family of the Month – February 2012

This is sort of a “two Catholics walked into a bar” story that will explain how Brenda and Marce Tebbe, our Family of the Month for February, met in the winter of 1998. Brenda was living in northern Illinois but staying at her mother’s home in southern Illinois while recuperating from surgery. Brenda’s brother, Barry,…

Knight of the Month – January 2012

Al Alonzo has been a member of our council for less than a year. But anyone who has participated in only a handful of 8157 activities since last summer knows he’s willing and able to pitch in just about any time – and he’s probably going to bring along his trusty camera. His interest in…

Family of the Month – January 2012

Frances and Jeff Miller are the council’s Family of the Month for January. Simply put, Frances is the reason that Jeff is a Catholic. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., in an active Catholic home, one of seven siblings. Jeff grew up in a family with little religious emphasis. When they met at Auburn University…

Knight of the Month – December 2011

A man and his pickup: Bob Lamb, Knight of the Month for December, is seemingly always ready to call upon his white F-250 diesel (2000 model year) to haul the council’s traveling grill to a cookout here or there. Bob ordered it direct from the factory. Had two miles on it when he picked it…

Family of the Month – December 2011

It didn’t take Jack Whitacre long to get into the KC swing of things. He joined the council only a few months ago, and he and wife Kay (8157’s Family of the Month for December) have been front and center at a number of council functions. They were among the helpers at the annual cookout…

Family of the Month – November 2011

For the lack of a bowling alley, Pat May found a partner for life. Pat and wife Betty are 8157’s Family of the Month for November. The Duncanville residents have been parishioners since 1997, when they transferred from St. Elizabeth. All four of their grown children – Mary, Teresa, Timothy and Susan – attended St….

Knight of the Month – November 2011

Our Knight of the Month for November is a unique selection given that he isn’t a member of our council. But “drop-in” Mike Mann has exhibited the KC work ethic to the benefit of 8157 and Holy Spirit since he was sent from his home in Maryland early last fall to work in south Dallas…

Family of the Month – October 2011

Al and Sally Alonzo, among the founding families of the parish back in 1974, are our Family of the Month for October. Al joined the council a few months ago along with the couple’s younger son, Allen. Al has become a regular at pancake break-fasts, cookouts and recently joined the Awareness Committee in launching the…

Knight of the Month – October 2011

David Dybala put his Texas A&M engineering degree to good use for the Knights of Columbus recently when he helped Allen Reitmeier map out construction of a wheelchair ramp on a Knight Hands project. Activities like that helped earn David recognition as Council 8157’s Knight of the Month for October. David left Aggieland in 1972…

Family of the Month – September 2011

To learn why Mike and Susan Fitzgerald were chosen as the council‘s Family of the Month for September, look elsewhere in this publication and read how they were major contributors to the Knights‘ efforts for the Fall Festival. Here, you‘ll learn how Susan and Mike came to Holy Spirit. Mike moved to Dallas from his…

Knight of the Month – September 2011

Father-son combinations in a council are hardly a rarity in the Knights of Columbus. But in the case of Josh Estrellas, 8157‘s Knight of the Month for September, the sequence of their memberships is kind of like swimming upstream. Josh, a 20-year-old student at El Centro, took his first degree in June. And now his…