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Fall Festival Time

“Heavy lifting” is an apt phrase both figuratively and literally when describing the Knights’ involvement at the parish’s annual Fall Festival held during the final weekend of September. And that’s nothing new for this group. It starts months before the first hot dog is tossed onto the grill, when the rummage group looks to the…

James Vu

James Vu was a 9-year-old living in Vietnam when he was simply told to “get on the boat,” and his life changed dramatically. James, his mother and four siblings sailed off in the overloaded craft while bombs landed in the water. “I think if I was older then, it would have been more traumatic,” he…

David Briggs

Remembering the Father of Two & the Brother to Many avid Briggs might not have known Pele from Picasso. But when he found himself coaching his two sons’ youth soccer teams, he didn’t leave things to chance. Son Jeff recalled, “He took time to read ‘how to’ manuals and soccer drill books to try to…

Centenarians Celebrate 83 Years of Marriage

by CYNTHIA IZAGUIRRE Reprinted from WFAA.com/news/local/Centenarians-169475766.html Posted on September 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM Updated Wednesday, Sep 12 at 12:06 PM WAXAHACHIE – When Juan and Amelia Rojas say it feels like they have been married for almost 100 years, they actually mean it. September 2012 marked 83 years together. “Since 1930,” Juan said. At…

Billy Callender

BILLY CALLENDER said he joined the Knights for a simple reason: to help people. He displayed that desire selflessly years ago when 4-year-old daughter Elizabeth needed a kidney; Billy donated one of his. “You just do it,” he said matter-of-factly. The kidney lasted 16 years, and Beth lived another six years after that, passing away…

Jack Ramsden

JACK RAMSDEN officially retired June 30 following 24 years running a ma-chine shop in Dallas – and almost immediately found “full time work” joining wife Juanita as regular rummage organizers in advance of the Fall Festival. So he can’t yet say how it feels to be retired. Jack is a graduate of South Oak Cliff…

Doug Karpan

DOUG KARPAN lives close enough to Holy Spirit that he can walk on over. “I love listening to the bells,” he said. He enjoyed a similar experience growing up on the family farm in Rhineland, Texas, near St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, which is called the “Cathedral in the Cotton Patch.” Doug is an Air Force…

James Dean

JAMES DEAN joined his father, Larrie, in the council shortly before heading off for his freshman year at Texas Tech. He graduated from Midlothian High last spring with Distinguished Honors (GPA of 4.79), was on the tennis team’s top doubles pairing and already socked away 12 hours’ college credit. He was a captain of Holy…

Knight of the Month – September 2012

Jim Kowalski If you’re looking to judge the commitment to our order of Jim Kowalski, September’s Knight of the Month, simply check the man’s odometer. He’s usually on the road three or four nights a week fulfilling his duties as assistant diocesan deputy for membership. From Bonham south to Corsicana, Greenville west to Grand Prairie….

Family of the Month – September 2012

A peek inside Holy Spirit’s gym anytime from July to the final weekend of September provides a hint of who was named the council’s Family of the Month for September. Jack and Teddie Anderson are the unofficial first family of the parish’s rummage sale during the annual Fall Festival. Teddie is the chairman of the…

Holy Trinity Seminary Cook-Out

On “Blue Moon” Friday, August 31st, a number of Knights ventured to the Holy Trinity Seminary at the University of Dallas in Irving to cook for the seminarians there.  Those Knights were  Frank Hernandez, Ed O’Brien, Marce and Brenda Tebbe, Mike Fitzgerald (who also baked and brought over 200 cookies), Andy Goza, Pat May, Al…

Lupe Hernandez

LUPE HERNANDEZ mentioned “unity” and “brotherhood” as his primary motivations for becoming a Knight. He and wife Meyela became parishioners shortly after moving from Oak Cliff in the spring of 2010. Lupe grew up there and graduated from Sunset High School in 1994. He then spent four years in the Army before going into various…

Ken Struck

KEN STRUCK is a Chicago native who came to Texas 33 years ago and apparently likes it. Wife Diane similarly traveled south from Wisconsin. They met 30 years ago when working at the same company in Grand Prairie. They’ve operated their own business, “A Beautiful House,” for 17 years. Ken said he enjoys getting to…

Erasmo Zapata

 ERASMO ZAPATA—Business brought him from Minnesota to Texas 14 years ago. But forget trading in a parka for flip flops; he found the bigger transition to be going from small-town Barnesville to big-city Dallas. “I’d always lived in the country,” he said. “but the city has more advantages, more opportunities. I’m used to it now.”…


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