Church Activities

In service of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Jim Stavinoha

Church Activities Director

Jim coordinates with the Community Life Director of the parish to obtain access to and use of facilities as needed by the Council. This is usually done a year in advance. Jim also schedules Corporate Communion - a quarterly celebration of the Eucharist by Knights as a group. Jim makes sure the Council is involved in the RSVP Program that supports seminarians. Jim wasted little time becoming involved after joining the council in April. He worked the concession stand counter during the youth baseball World Series, cooked during both the parish’s 40th anniversary picnic and the Vacation Bible School finale and helped with the set-up for the Fall Festival rummage operation. Jim is in his second go-round as a Knight. He initially joined years ago when he was a student at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He’s retired following 20 years in the U.S. Army and another career that culminated with him working for a manufacturer of scientific lab equipment. He retired from the Army in 1989 as a major. Jim grew up just south of San Antonio in the small town of Jourdanton. He met his wife of 45 years, Sharon, on a blind date at a fraternity party. Sharon works as a nurse for a neurological practice in Mansfield. They have three grown children – Jennifer, Tracy and Corey along with four grandchildren – Tracy’s Ethan, Madeline and Eli plus Jennifer’s Addison. The Stavinohas live in Cedar Hill.

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Parish staff appreciation luncheon – October 2017

About a dozen Knights participated in the council’s first appreciation luncheon for Holy Spirit’s parish staff on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The luncheon was the brainchild of our director of church activities, Jim Stavinoha. Fr. Joe Lee and Fr. Eugene Okoli and most of the parish staffers were treated to a luncheon of roast beef, chicken,…

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Fall Festival 2017

s the Fall Festival for Holy Spirit Catholic Church kicked off again this past September 23-24th, early on Saturday morning Rod Kinard and Jorge Barragan could finally breathe a huge sigh of relief. Their largely behind-the-scenes efforts serving as Operations Committee Co‐Chairs began early in June but now they could finally sit back and for a…

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Council Sponsors 2017 Church Picnic

Council Sponsors 2017 Church Picnic For the first time ever since our council was formed, this year the Knights sponsored the Holy Spirit Annual Parish Picnic in full. On Sunday June 4, under the leadership of our Church Activities Director Jim Stavinoha (and at his request), the Knights of council 8157 provided all the food for…

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Rosary Rally Honoring Our Lady of Fatima

Join us for a Rosary Rally honoring the 100th Anniversary of Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at Noon Duncanville Armstrong Park Amphitheater 100 James Collins Blvd. Duncanville TX 75116 (parking available off of James Collins Blvd or Wheatland Rd at City Hall) Please invite others to join us in prayer.

Free-throw contest – January 2017

The council’s annual free-throw contest was held in the gym at St. Elizabeth School in Oak Cliff on Tuesday evening, Jan. 10, with nine boys participating. Since the council event doubled as the District 109 competition, the five age-group winners all advanced directly to the state contest. That will be held at nearby Bishop Dunne…

Breakfast with St. Nicholas

The annual Christmas celebration for which the Knights provide the culinary manpower for the parish’s Children’s Faith Formation held on Sunday morning, Dec. 11, was another example of how math works for Council 8157. The call went out for “about 10” volunteers to work the event, with two hours of preparation preceding the serving hours…