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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.

Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos

he small town of San Juan de los Lagos is one of the top 4 most visited pilgrimage shrines in Mexico. Between the early 17th century and the middle of the 19th century a pilgrimage fair was held each year on November 30 to celebrate the original installation of the statue in the shrine. In…

Strong Right Arm

The strong right arm of the church – the Knights of Columbus – was on full display during the Holy Spirit Fall Festival which concluded this past Sunday September 29th, 2013.  Beginning with the set-up of the gymnasium for the rummage sale in July until the final pieces were taken down and stored for next…

Knight Hands Update

Since the last Newsletter of June 2013, Knight Hands completed 9 additional projects bringing the total number of projects since Knight Hands inception to 73.  We installed curtains rods and hung drapery.  We installed safety rails.  We replaced the siding on the chimney walls on a Duncanville resident.  We built a spinning wheel for the…

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Family of the Month – October 2013

Peter and Bimbo Perta Peter and Bimbo met when he was a season-ticket holder at Syracuse University and she helped out in the school’s concession stand. How fitting that they have worked together at the council’s Cedar Hill baseball concession stand. Peter joined the Knights in June 2011 and took his major degree later that year….

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Knight of the Month – October 2013

David Dybala Hands-on leadership was displayed admirably by David, our Knight of the Month for October 2013, during the parish’s recent Fall Festival. He served as the parish’s operations chairman for the event, coordinating the manpower needed to get most of the infrastructure up and running and taken down at the conclusion of a busy weekend….

Knight of the Year 2012-2013

Andy Goza – Knight of the Year 2012-2013 he 2012-13 fraternal year was an historic one for Council 8157, from A (Juan Acuna, Ivan Alonso) to Z (Sande Zander, Erasmo Zapata) in terms of adding new brothers to our membership. The council added 41 members, 27 of them recruited by Andy Goza. By meeting our…

Knights cook for the Catechists

Catechists’ Breakfast Knights of Columbus Council 8157 prepared a fabulous breakfast for the Catechists of Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Approximately 200 people were expected to be served.  

Holy Trinity Seminary Cookout

This past Friday, Sep 13, the Knights of Council 8157 visited Holy Trinity Seminary in our annual showing of appreciation with our classic hamburger & hot dog cookout for the young catholic men enrolled there. Presently at Holy Trinity there are 74 under graduate students who come from all over the United States, this number fluctuates…

Fall Baseball Begins

The sound and sights of little league baseball could be seen and heard this past Saturday September 7th as the fall 2013 regular season began.  There were 8 games played with all of them the young age groups – always a “hoot” to watch.  The fall season consists of 5 regular season games for each…

Focus On Fall Festival 2013

ALL HANDS ON DECK The Holy Spirit Church Fall Festival is just around the corner and we are calling all Knights to lend a hand. Keep in mind that our council is committed to help make this event happen every year and that includes working out the logistics of setting up and taking down everything…

Knight of the Year 2011-2012

Frank Salazar was in Florida when it was announced at the annual Awards Banquet that he had been elected as the 2012 fraternal year Knight of the Year.  He was quite emotional when phoned during the awards ceremony and expressed his gratitude for everyone’s support.  Frank was the 23rd winner of the Knight of the…

WANTED: Donations for Rummage Sale

Donations Needed With the Holy Spirit Fall Festival 2013 just around the corner, the Rummage Sale committee is asking for donations to be brought in as soon as possible. Now is a good time to clean out the attic, garage or workshop and see what you can find to give. Donated items can be brought…

Family of the Month – September 2013

Frances and Jeff Miller Frances and Jeff joined Holy Spirit Parish soon after they moved with their four young children to DeSoto from Jacksonville, Fla., late in 1987, when Jeff was hired by The Dallas Morning News. They met in the mid-1970s while attending Auburn University in Alabama and were married in 1978. Frances earned…

Double Star Council Award

Double Star Council 2012-13 At the council’s general membership meeting on Sept. 3, Grand Knight Frank Salazar announced that 8157 earned the rare distinction of Double Star Council for the 2012-13 fraternal year.   The contents of the letter sent by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson:  Worthy Grand Knight: I would like to congratulate you and Council…

Al Alonzo is discharged from Hospital

Update on brother Knight Al Alonzo According to Sandi Chalko, who spoke with Sally Alonzo, our brother Al Alonzo has been discharged from the Hospital and they are now back in their timeshare condo in Phoenix, Arizona. Al is starting to walk but has to see his doctors regularly for a while. No word yet…

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Our Summer Blood Drive

ed by our Health Program Director Pat Stepniewski, this past Sunday our Council sponsored our annual summer Blood Drive with services provided by Carter BloodCare, and in doing so offered the opportunity for members of our community to help save lives. Andy Goza manned the reception desk and greeted donors with his usual quick wit…

Prayers for Brother Knight Al Alonzo

Dear Brothers, Please keep our Brother Knight Al Alonzo and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers from heart bypass surgery he underwent yesterday in Phoenix, Arizona. The Alonzo family was vacationing in Phoenix, so our brother Al is in the company of his wife Sally and his son Allen. We pray…

Family of the Month – August 2013

Bill and Cindy Dover The Dovers appear nearly inseparable, whether serving as ushers at 5:30 Mass on Saturdays, working together in his optometry office in Duncanville or – as was the case in late June – teaming together in the Valley Ridge baseball concession stand. They met in August 1971 while stationed together at Fort…

Our thoughts and prayers are with Fr. Joe

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Fr. Joe Lee’s father, Mr. Benedict Lee, who passed away on Sunday afternoon July 21, peacefully with family at his side. Our thoughts and prayers are with our pastor, Father Joe Lee and his family during this difficult time in their lives. May God grant them…

Cookout for Cedar Hill FD

Francisco Hernandez helped coordinate this year’s council cookout lunch for members of the Cedar Hill Fire Department, which took place on Friday, July 19 at the main station on Belt Line Road west of downtown (where all those communications towers are). Francisco is a familiar face at the station because he has long been involved…

Let’s Get Ready to Rummage!

Come on Rummage Sales, we are ready for you! Thank you brother Knights for making our work of setting up the gymnasium floor for the upcoming rummage sales this past Saturday morning feel like a walk in the park. So many of you showed up with tools and tool belts, gloves and even knee pads, ready…

Knight of the Month – July 2013

Jim Russell It wouldn’t be a stretch to declare the council’s monthly general membership meetings NEW AND IMPROVED as of July. That’s because, for the first time in many years, the office known as the lecturer has been filled – by Jim Russell. Jim is a long-time parishioner (he and wife Mary began attending Masses…

A Grand Slam Home Run

A Grand Slam Home Run s in past year, the highlight of the little league spring baseball season was the annual World Series.  The concession business was brisk, to say the least, throughout the 5 day event from June 26th through June 30th, 2013.  And as in past years, many Knights contributed hours and hours of…

Knight Hands Update

During the fraternal just completed on June 30, 2013, Knight Hands completed 29 projects in the community helping take away a little of the stress from those being served.  All of the projects had a sponsoring Knights and while none of the projects were “major” or expensive, all those who were served expressed their appreciation…