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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 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…

Mark your calendar for Movie showing

On Thursday April 3, 2014 at 7PM the Pro Life committee will present the film “BloodMoney” in Holy Spirit’s dining room. This informative and powerful documentary was created to help women in crisis make a better choice and to expose the truth behind the abortion industry. Watching this movie will satisfy the requirements for the…

The 2014 Council Appreciation Dinner

hat a day it was. Saturday Feb 15 started out with a our council hosting its second Major Degree and culminated with our Annual Appreciation Dinner Dance event. We’re talking marathon day here to be sure, but just in case we needed a real challenge to test our Knight-worthieness, it was followed the next morning…

Family of the Month – February 2014

Jim and Mary Russell Faith Formation’s annual “Breakfast With St. Nicholas” held in the community center gym in early December was an occasion to see Jim and Mary Russell doing what they so often do individually and collectively – devote time and talent to Holy Spirit. Jim worked the serving line, and Mary directed the…

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Knight of the Month – February 2014

  Art Senato Maybe we should retire the February Knight of the Month award for Art Senato since he has repeated in earning that distinction for the second consecutive year. Any month would likely be a fitting month to honor Art, a Knight since 1974 and a Holy Spirit parishioner since 2005. In his capacity…

Serving the Community

The Duncanville Knights and Meals on Wheels early every man who joins the Knights of Columbus states that they “want to give back to the community” or “want to help people in the community”.  According to the Visiting Nurses Association of Texas’ Volunteer Handbook, Meals on Wheels began in London, England in World War II…

Winter Welcome 2014

ore than 200 parishioners were treated to another enjoyable Winter Welcome celebration in the community center gym on Friday night, Jan. 31. Knights were again front and center in providing assistance wherever warranted for the organizer of the annual western-themed barbecue, Community Life director Doug Karpan (a Brother Knight himself). Council members served the brisket,…

Catechists

Eleven Knights were in attendance at the recent Catechist Appreciation dinner to cook (warm actually) and serve a wide variety of appetizers and a full Mexican/American dinner with all the side dishes to the catechists and their teen helpers.  The gymnasium was decorated with a Southwest motif with sombreros, cactus and other reminders of the…

Family of the Month – January 2014

La’Don and Ivonne Wright La’Don joined 8157 in late November and was busy recruiting new members only a few weeks later while helping out at Children’s Faith Formation’s “Breakfast With St. Nicholas.” No big deal for La’Don, who was a recruiter for four years when he served in the U.S. Navy. “That was simple,” he…

Knight of the Month – January 2014

Jesse Radillo Jesse followed a family tradition when he took his First Degree in October. His father, Eduardo, was a Knight in the 1950s, when the Radillo family lived in Mexico. Jesse was glad to step forward when recently invited and has seemingly been busy with KC activities ever since. He participated in the VA…

Three New Awards Earned by Council 8157

At the January 2014 general membership meeting District Deputy Bill Dover presented our council with the following awards:   Diocese Award to Degree Team Presented award on diocese’s behalf to council’s Degree Team for efforts unmatched throughout state …   Quick Start Honor Roll Award Presented on behalf of State the Texas State Charities Quick…

Our Deepest Sympathy for Alonzo Family

Brothers: It is with deepest regret that we inform you of the passing away of Mrs. Sally Alonzo, BK Al Alonzo’s wife. Sally passed away at 4:00 PM Sunday, December 29th, 2013 in California. Al wanted us to let every Knight know that he appreciated all the prayers and was resolved to accept  that God had…

NEW! Council Polo Shirts

Introducing our new Polo shirts: “Sport-Tek” by Port Authority® We’re starting the New Year in style. These Polo style shirts are elegant enough to wear to a dinner social gathering and practical enough to wear while cooking the dinner. They’re made of 100% Polyester for easy breathing and quick drying. Easy to care for, wrinkle-resistant…

Breakfast With St. Nick

Another “season” of KC breakfasts came to a successful close on Sunday, Dec. 15 as more than a dozen brother Knights stepped forward and served more than 350 guests in the annual “Breakfast With St. Nick” held in conjunction with the parish’s Deborah Garrison, Lisa Estrada and Devin Buschow. With parishioners asked to either bring…