[dropcaps] T [/dropcaps] he annual celebration of the good works performed by the Knights of Columbus Council 8157 throughout the past year was held on Saturday, January 23, 2016. This is the Council’s way of showing gratitude and appreciation to all the Knights and their spouses who keep contributing their valuable time and efforts to our community. An Italian dinner was served consisting of Lasagna, Fettuccini Alfredo, a green salad and Italian bread with a delicious cake for dessert. There were also plenty of adult beverages to go around. The Emcee of the evening, our Council Activities Director Andy Goza truly put on a great show for us this year and even provided live entertainment with not one but two singers whose repertoire included classic country songs to romantic Sinatra ballads.
Throughout the year 2015, the Knights of this Council have lived up to the mandate of the four core principles of Knighthood, those of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Through our tireless efforts running the concession stands in the Spring and Fall baseball seasons for Cedar Hill’s Little League Baseball Association, year after year our Knights continue to raise funds that we use in turn to support the ministries in our own Holy Spirit Catholic Church as well as for helping those who are in need in our community at large.
Our very active Knight Hands program taps into the talent, skills and generosity of our handy Knights and we offer our help to needy members of our community with projects around the house they cannot get done themselves.
Our Council sponsors Seminarians at Holy Trinity Seminary of Dallas and cooks and serves a meal for all the seminarians twice during the year. We also provide meals twice a year for the elderly residents, their families and the staff of St. Joseph’s Assisted Living Residence in Oak Cliff, and for our needy veterans at the VA Hospital in south Dallas. Our First Responders and EMT’s are also recognized with annual meals we cook and serve for them. Our council gave out scholarships last year to help two young adults with some college expenses. Four times per year we gathered in a show of Fraternity to attend mass as a group in our Corporate Communion Mass, usually followed by fellowship and a light meal. The council is well known in our parish for providing pancake breakfasts and our famous Lenten Fish Fry’s. But where the impact of our presence is most strongly felt has got to be during our church’s annual Fall Festival when through the participation of so many of our Knights, including some in the most crucial roles of the festival, we truly earn the moniker of “The Right Arm of the Church”.
Lifetime Achievement Award certificates were presented to three of our valued Knights whose long service to our council was deservedly recognized, they were: Les Migala, Leo Mattingly and Francisco Hernandez (not present).
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