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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.

Knight Hands – many Knight Hands

n the morning of August 2nd (a cool morning for Texas in August), seven Knights set out to help a neighbor in need.  Knight Hands had accepted an application for assistance from Yolanda Sanchez to cut and trim her trees at her residence in Duncanville.  Abel Lugo, Rod Kinard, Jorge Ruiz, Jim Stavinoha, Ray Rivera,…

Corporate Communion & Potluck Dinner

n Saturday July 19 we held the council’s second quarter Corporate Communion Mass and our first and quite successful Potluck Dinner of the year. We had a turnout of over 50 guests who came out to enjoy Mike Fitzgerald’s Famous Beef Brisket and brought with them a smorgasbord of side dishes that ranged from pasta,…

Pro-Life Updates

2014 Duncanville Hike for Life Our second annual Hike for Life in Duncanville will take place on Saturday October 11th at Armstrong Park in Duncanville, TX. We will start promptly at 8:00 am with registration and give out H4L shirts for everyone who raised $20.00 or more. After registration, Fr. Joe Lee will give a…

World Series 2014

ixty-six Knights from Council 8157 volunteered to work at one of the concession stands during the little league World Series tournament completed on Sunday June 29th.   This was, by far, the largest contingent of Knights to work any project in the 30+ year history of this Council.  121 games were played at Valley Ridge Park…

Knight Hand Projects #84-91

ince the publication of the March 2014 Newsletter, Knight Hands completed 8 additional projects bringing the total number completed since inception to 91.  On March 25, Ray Rivera and Allen Reitmeier repaired the screen door of Patricia Carroll (a Meals on Wheels client).  Ray Rivera and Allen Reitmeier spent 6 man/hours on March 25th installing…

Program Change: Regular Mass this Saturday

There has been a change of program for this Saturday’s Award Dinner, the Corporate Communion Mass that had been scheduled will be cancelled, the regular Mass will take place as usual at 5:30 PM. The Awards Dinner will continue as planned, the only change is the Mass so the Installation of Officers Ceremony will begin…

EMT Appreciation Cookout

n Friday, May 23 the Knights of Holy Spirit Council 8157 partnered with Dudley Wilcox, the EMT liaison at Charlton Methodist Hospital to hold a picnic for local Emergency Medical Technicians as a part of EMT appreciation week. Knights from Holy Spirit, including Frank Salazar, Nick Kleinhaus, Leo Mattingly, Andy Goza, Jack Ramsden, Ben Sikorski,…

Moving with Knight Hands

Knights often demonstrate their willingness to help those in need; and this past Wednesday May 28th was a prime example as 12 dedicated Knights worked 52 man/hours to move the household goods of two needy ladies in Duncanville.  Myrna Lazarus and Kate Russell are moving to Washington and had neither the muscle nor the time…

St. Joseph’s Residence Spring 2014 Cookout

    nother successful cookout for the residents of St. Joseph’s Residence took place this past Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by the Duncanville Knights of Columbus Council 8157. Of all our charity events this is always one of the most rewarding. Our goal is to bring a little bit of comfort to the elderly residents who…

Our first Knight in Shining Armor is La’Don Wright

e are proud to announce that our council’s first “Shining Armor Award” has been earned by La’Don Wright.  La’Don not only met the criteria necessary for earning the award but has exceeded it by a mile. Since joining our council, La’Don has been actively attending monthly meetings, participated in several of our service program events…

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Knight of the Year Nominees

The Knight of the Year nominees were announced at the May 6th meeting as follows: Tom Greco Pat May Jeff Miller Jim Richardson Congratulations to all four Knights, they are all worthy of the honor. The award recipient will be announced at the June 14th Corporate Communion and Installation of Officers ceremony.

Pro-Life Ace Wings Award

Pro-Life Ace Wings Award s Catholics, Knights of Columbus have the responsibility to work for the common good of society. Our Holy Father has called us to be Pro Life, from conception to natural death. The Pro Life movement needs witnesses to act through personal involvement and daily actions. We might call this “Pro Life…

Family of the Month – April 2014

Abel and Victoria Lugo Abel is one of multiple Knights who are part of the “vest” platoon – parishioners who serve the vital task of coordinating traffic in the church parking lots during children’s faith formation on Sunday mornings. He also recently jumped in helping on the Lenten fish fries. Abel joined the Knights in…

Knight of the Month – April 2014

Bennie Sikorski Personally congratulating Bennie on being named the council’s Knight of the Month for April anytime soon will require either substantial disposable income or a heap of frequent-flier miles. Bennie is making one of his regular trips to visit his daughter, Belinda, who is stationed in Germany and works for the Department of Defense…

Special Olympics Basketball Spring 2014

ouncil 8157 has a right to be proud. “WHAT A TURNOUT”. First-time volunteers along with seasoned volunteers made the Special Olympics Spring 2014 Basketball Tournaments at Cedar Hill High School and Grand Prairie High School on February 19th and February 22nd, respectively. The competition was attended by 1500 athletes and 28 volunteers 17 from council…

Preparation for Easter Masses

We are called! Brother Knights, in preparation for the Easter Masses at our church, we will be setting up the gymnasium floor with 550 chairs for the Easter Sunday Mass at 9:30 AM. These chairs are rented and will be delivered to the church on Thursday. In addition, we’ll need to set up 300 chairs…

Council 8157 Receives Top State Awards

t the April 1st, 2014 general membership meeting District Deputy Bill Dover presented our Council 8157 with the “Lone Star Award for Excellence with Distinction“, the state of Texas’ highest award. He then amended his previous statement from the March meeting that “… Council 8157 sets the standard for the diocese …” to “Council 8157…

Nominating Committee Named

At the April 1st, 2014 general membership meeting Grand Knight Frank Salazar announced the Nominating Committee members would be: Andy Goza Ed O’Brien Jack Ramsden Their primary responsibility will be to nominate new candidates for council officer positions and to present the Slate of Candidates at the May 6, 2014 general membership meeting.

Play Ball

or the first time in recent memory, the opening day ceremonies and opening day games were not rained out even though the weather was threatening.  And so the season began this past Saturday March 22nd at Valley Ridge Park. Twenty five teams from Cedar Hill will be competing in age groups from 3 thru 14…

Lending a helping hand

pproximately five years ago a young couple escaped the oppressive communist dictatorship in Cuba and was granted political asylum in the United States of America. With her father, Juan Carlos Rivera, already living in Dallas since 1994, Yulema Rivera and husband Lazaro Blanco decided to settle down near their family and make Dallas their new…

Family of the Month – March 2014

Susan and Andy Goza aith is a cherished family activity for Andy and Susan Goza and their 9-year-old daughter, Madison (who is eagerly looking forward to hitting double digits on April 30). Andy is one of three siblings, and all the Goza children attended Mass and religious education willingly. Enthusiastically. Their parents volunteered during class…

Knight of the Month – March 2014

Rod Kinard hen attending or working at any of the fish fry dinners this Lenten season, take a moment to appreciate that Rod took it upon himself a few weeks back to spend twelve hours cleaning the council’s deep fryer by himself. If you’re thinking Rod did that as penance of some sort, there’s a…

Record Turnout

ow!!!   What a huge turnout for the first fish fry of the 2014 Lenten season.  Thirty six Knights of Columbus helped set-up, cook, serve and clean-up starting early in the afternoon and finishing around 7:30pm.  Not only was there a record turnout of Knights (36 – beat last year’s record by 6), there were…

Blood Drive Sunday

espite a flurry of activities and late night events our council had to participate in the day before, Pat Stepniewski, our Health Director made sure our blood drive took place as planned early Sunday morning February 16, 2014. Immediately after the dinner dance the night before, the gym floor was transformed from a dance hall…