Youth Activities

Larry Dumais

Youth Activities Co-Director

Today's youth, the leaders of tomorrow, are looking for a challenge, for responsibility, for faith and trust.  Yet, despite their commitments and dedication, the youths of the world are often condemned because of the uncontrolled action of the minority of the young people.   As Knights of Columbus, it is our responsibility to provide youth with the means and opportunity to become personally committed and involved in meeting the challenges of our times.  To this end Larry and his co-director Art Senato sponsor the annual free throw contest to get youth in the community involved.   In addition each year Larry accompanies youth of the parish community on an annual trip to Washington D.C. to "March for Life.  Each year in December Larry participates in the "coat drive" by sleeping along with youth of the parish in a cardboard box in the church courtyard to show their support for the homeless, in addition to collecting coats for the needy.  Larry and Art are also instrumental in organizing the "breakfast with St Nick" held each year in the gymnasium at the Community Center.

Art Senato

Youth Activities Co-Director

Art is a New Yorker by birth and north Texan since the Air Force sent him to Carswell AFB in 1955. Art participates in many council activities including the free-throw contests, catechist dinners and the winter blood drive to name a few. He was front and center for the spaghetti dinner on Feb. 23 2014 that helped the youth fund their mission trip to Chattanooga, Tenn., later that summer. He’s also part of our Degree Team, serving as the Outside Guard. Art served in both the Air Force (1952-56) and the Army (1958-77) as a helicopter and airplane mechanic. His main stops abroad were Germany and North Africa. He retired as a sergeant E-7 and decided to continue to make his home in north Texas. He has lived in Arlington since 2001 and became a Holy Spirit parishioner (and member of our council) in 2005.

Recent Articles

Volunteer For Special Olympics

This is why we “DO WHAT WE DO”. Charity, the 1st. principle of our order is not of alms giving alone. It is the giving of time, effort and committment along with care of the less fortunate. Where better can this be done, than as a Special Olympics volunteer. Pictured is an excited David Arriga,…

Breakfast with St. Nicholas

  he small army of council elves provided an encore performance in preparing scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon and hash browns for what was an estimated 300 guests during the annual Children’s Faith Formation “Breakfast with St. Nicholas” for three hours on Sunday, Dec. 14. The KC brothers had finished fixing all of the eggs…

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…

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.  

Youth Ministry Spaghetti Dinner – Feb. 23, 2013

Following the lead of Italian chef Art Senato, council members prepared and served a bellissimo spaghetti dinner to a gathering of 190 people on Saturday evening, Feb. 23 to help the parish’s youth ministry fund a mission trip to Tennessee next June. It was Art and his fellow co-director for council youth activities, Larry Dumais,…

St Nick in the House

On December 9, 2012, St Nick (played by Marce Tebbe) made his appearance in the gymnasium at the Community Center at Holy Spirit Church for the annual “breakfast with St Nick” celebration.  Deborah Garrison, in collaboration with Chris Edwards, spearheaded the affair with the Knights of Columbus doing their part as “chief cook and bottle…