Family of the Month – October 2012


If there was a Holy Spirit decathlon, our Family of the Month for October – Jack and Juanita Ramsden – would at least be among those worthy of earning a gold medal. It’s almost difficult to get a grasp on the number of ministries and parish activities that they take part in regularly. There’s Community Life’s Zone Shepherds, Social Committee and coffee-doughnuts volunteers; Adult & Family Ministry’s commission board and special dinner preparations; Fall Festival rummage helpers from the time the tables are first set up to the Sunday evening takedown afterward; women’s and men’s spirituality classes; Little Rock scripture study; Marriage Enrichment sessions; helping with decorations for the Easter celebrations. And they “break away” once a month to help with Meals on Wheels. They’re interested in just about anything that can improve their knowledge of Catholicism and increase their faith. Jack, who joined the Knights a few months ago, was busy at pancake breakfasts last fall and the St. Nick breakfast. He officially retired last June after 24 years operating a machine shop in Dallas. Juanita retired about four years ago following 34 years with the Army-Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). In her capacity as a merchandise manager, she was assigned to Baghdad for six months during 2003-04.The Ramsdens, who live in Duncanville, went through RCIA together in 2009 (and have helped out there, too).