Knights service to the Catholic community comes without any expectation of congratulations. We’ve come to expect an appreciative group at the St. Joseph’s Residence Home in Oak Cliff, and the reaction to our regular spring cookout on Saturday, May 9 was no different. But there was an aspect of the thanks this time that was particularly gratifying.
We heard from a son of one of the residents, a gentleman who is a Knight in Council 10245 at St. Ann’s parish up in Coppell. He told us that his mother has been a resident at St. Joseph’s for about a year and a half. He raved about our cookouts as if had learned of the KC commitment to service. He expressed what we’ve often heard from residents, their families and guests, how much they look forward to our visits.
“God bless you for doing this,” he said.
We likely served more than 100 people thanks to the direction of community activities director Dan Murphy. The residents, families and guests enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, Fitzgerald-recipe baked beans, Fitzgerald-baked cookies (there’s a pattern here), chips and plenty of cold drinks.
Joining Dan were Al Alonzo, Allen Alonzo, Billy Callender, David Dybala, Rey Estrellas, Mike Fitzgerald, Andy Goza, Tim Hart, Jeff Miller, Mario Ramos, Jack Ramsden, Jim Richardson, Daniel Rosales, “Junior” Rosales, Frank Salazar, Art Senato, Bennie Sikorski, James Smith, Rolando Sobalvarro and Patrick Stepniewski. And special thanks to Paul Fehmel from the diocesan KC office for pitching in, too.
The weather was threatening, but there was nothing but blue skies emanating from 330 West Pembroke Avenue.