July 26, 2017~Year 9, No. 50

Teens Attend Steubenville Retreat

On Thursday July 20, thirty-five high schoolers and eleven adults left Nazareth to travel the almost nine hour drive to Springfield Missouri for the 2017 Steubenville conference. Held at Missouri State University, the conference lasted from July 21-23.

Thursday was spent visiting with each other on the long bus ride and enjoying the scenery. On Friday, the group visited Fantastic Caverns and rode trailers inside the cave. That night was the first night of the conference. The next day and Sunday morning was spent at the conference listening to speakers, praying, singing, attending mass and spending time in adoration.

On Saturday, there was morning mass for Saint Mary Magdalene and a boy’s and girl’s session talk. After lunch, the group listened to more speakers and prepared for adoration. Adoration began after dinner and was very powerful for many of the teens. There was mass and a session about continuing the faith on Sunday. The weekend was a wonderful experience for everyone who attended.

On behalf of the youth group and those who attended, I would like to thank the community for their support and prayers.


2017 Steubenville retreatants and sponsors


Boys enjoying the rock wall on Missouri campus


Teens at the Fantastic Caverns


Adults serving on the retreat


Tour of Fantastic Caverns


2017 Steubenville conference


Community Meal

The Wednesday meal takes place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month and starts at noon. It is sponsored by the Senior Citizens and is held at the Senior Citizens building in Nazareth Texas. For each meal, someone volunteers to serve as chairman. This person is in charge of getting everything organized for the particular week. So far, the chairman for each week has been a member of the Senior Citizens.

Anyone can attend the Wednesday meals. However, visitors must bring a dish for all of the guests or pay $7 to eat. The next Wednesday meal will be held on July 26.

Community Announcements

Canned Food Drive

Starting July 22, the We Care Food Pantry will be having a canned food drive. The food drive will go on for three weeks, July 22, July 29 and August 2. Throughout these weeks, we ask for canned foods and also peanut butter jars. There will be boxes in the back of church to place the items in. After the three weeks are over, the cans and jars will be brought to the food pantry to be distributed there. Thanks in advance!

CCD signup

For all parents interested in registering their children for CCD classes, there will be signups in the back of church for the next two weekends. For more information, contact Gladys Fortenberry.

Need More of German Fest?

There are leftover sausage and t-shirts for sale from German Fest. Sausage is $12 per two pound bag and shirts are $20. Contact any hall committee member to order!

Server Appreciation

Saturday August 5 the servers at Holy Family Parish will travel to the Canyon Aqua Park after the 5:30 evening mass. Servers from grades 4-12 are encouraged to attend. Hamburgers served by Parish Council members at 6:30 p.m. We will leave at 7 p.m. for The CAP. We have the park exclusively from 8 – 10 p.m. If you are able to drive, please let a Parish Council member know.

Theology of the Body Adult Training

There will be theology of the body training for parents and teachers at St. Hyacinths church in Amarillo on August 26. The deadline to register is August 2. Contact Gladys to sign up.

School Registration

Registration for upcoming junior high and high school students has been moved to August 10. A schedule for registration times will be announced soon.

14th Annual Nazareth Buyers Club Supper

The Nazareth Buyers Club supper will be August 12, 2017 at the Nazareth Community Hall. There will be a reverse drawing raffle, a $25,000 credit giveaway, a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament and Entertainment by Mason Kleman and Carl Huseman. Tickets are $150 and admit 2 people for a catered steak supper. Meal is at 5:30 p.m. the drawing begins at 6 p.m. and the winning ticket will be drawn around 11 p.m.

Castro County Fair Booths

If you are interested in a booth at the Castro County Fair / Harvest Days on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 in Dimmitt, TX, please contact Donna at 647-2243 or dsr60@windstream.net.  Remember it is first come, first served, and booths inside the Expo go fast.  Booths range from $30 to $45 depending on where they are, and if you need electricity.

7th Grade Parent Meeting

All 7th graders who are interested in playing in the band and their parents please come to the band hall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27. If you are unable to attend, but would like to be in band please email angela.fulkerson@nazarethisd.net or call (806) 344-8304.

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July 19, 2017~Year 9, No. 49

Change in School Calendar

This year, a few of the mandatory state-wide STAAR tests are scheduled for May 14-17. On the previously adopted schedule, May 14-18 was the last week of school. In order to avoid having students testing on the last week of school, the school year has been moved back a week. The first day of school will be August 23, and the last day will be May 25.

We will get out early on December 22 to start Christmas break and return January 8. Another change from last year is that all home football games will be on Thursdays instead of Fridays. Homecoming is September 7, and the homecoming pep rally will be on Wednesday. That week, CCD classes will be on Tuesday, September 5.


23 Attend State Convention

On July 8, twenty-three high schoolers from the Nazareth FFA chapter traveled to Corpus Christi to attend the State FFA Convention. The convention was filled with awards, music, dancing and service.

Aside from the regular meetings and activities, the convention held many opportunities for the teens. Monday, July 10, the chapter earned community service hours by helping to clean the beach. They enjoyed an Aaron Watson concert on Tuesday and a dance on Thursday night with over 7,000 FFA members.

On Wednesday, twelve from Nazareth received their Lone Star Degree. The Lone Star Degree is the highest award at the state level. To earn this degree, applicants must follow a set of guidelines, such as be an active member for two years, have twenty-five community service hours and invest money and time into an FFA activity, among other requirements. Recipients from Nazareth were Riley Durbin, Hydie Dyer, Anna Huseman, Faithe Huseman, Caitlin Kleman, Garrison Kleman, Ellen Schilderink, Tate Schulte and Eric Heitschmidt. Three others who earned their degrees but were absent include Alee Christian, Shelby Espenson, and Mike Schilderink.


Emily Heitschmidt and Aaron Watson


The Nazareth Chapter



Lone Star Degree Recipients


Community Announcements

Canned Food Drive

Starting July 22, the We Care Food Pantry will be having a canned food drive. The food drive will go on for three weeks, July 22, July 29 and August 2. Throughout these weeks, we ask for canned foods and also peanut butter jars. There will be boxes in the back of church to place the items in. After the three weeks are over, the cans and jars will be brought to the food pantry to be distributed there. Thanks in advance!

Faith Formation Conference

The annual faith formation conference will be held August 5. The deadline to sign up is July 20. All catechists and church leaders are urged to attend this informative and spiritual meeting on discipleship following Christ. Please call Gladys at (806) 945-2519 to get registered.


Summer Band Schedule

Summer band will begin August 1. Please note the practice times below that will affect you.

August 1, 2, 3

Marching                                               8:30-10:00 a.m.

Full Rehearsal                                      10:30-11:30 a.m.

Sectionals              Low Brass                                             11:30-12:00

Saxophone/French Horn                   12:00-12:30

Trumpet                                                12:30-1:00

Percussion                                             1:00-1:30

Clarinet                                                  1:30-2:00

Flutes                                                      2:00-2:30


August 8, 9, 10

Sectionals              Low Brass                                             11:30-12:00

Saxophone/French Horn                    12:00-12:30

Trumpet                                                 12:30-1:00

Percussion                                             1:00-1:30

Clarinet                                                  1:30-2:00

Flutes                                                     2:00-2:30

Full Rehearsal/Marching                                                   2:30-4:00


August 17, 18

Full Rehearsal/Marching                    1:00-3:00


August 21

Meet the Swifts (Performance)         8:00 p.m.


New T-ball Field

This summer, a new t-ball field was built for the summer league baseball players. Pre-kindergarteners through first graders use the t-ball field.

The land was donated by the estate of Leroy and Dorothy Pohlmeier and fencing materials were donated by People’s Bank. There was enough land to build a t-ball field and a little league field in the future. The park was built by members of the ball park committee and community members: John and Vanessa Welps, Marcus and Celina Brockman, Shane and Tanya Ethridge, Kit and Kira Schulte, and Mitchell and Lindsey Brockman.


Children on the new t-ball field

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July 12, 2017~Year 9, No. 48

Highlights of German Fest and Suds & Sounds

The 2017 German Fest and Suds & Sounds was filled with memories and laughter. The community and visitors enjoyed a German sausage meal, live music, crafts and other activities.

At Paige’s Biergarten, festival goers had live music, food and shade. In the Home Merc, artists in the area had paintings and other art work displaying around the room. Volunteers in the senior citizen’s building scooped homemade ice cream for sundaes and other snacks.

Suds & Sounds had several bands, including local Mason Kleman & The Ace of Spades. Those in attendance were able to enjoy food, drinks and dancing.



Indoor Crafts Show


Art Show


Bob Fisher and Betty May Acker


Outdoor Crafts Show



Children Waterslide


Paige’s Biergarten


Ralph and Sharon Brockman


Car show

Picture10Car show

Picture11Mason Kleman & The Ace of Spades


Live band at Biergarten


Canned Food Drive

Starting July 22, the We Care Food Pantry will be having a canned food drive. The food drive will go on for three weeks, July 22, July 29 and August 2. Throughout these weeks, we ask for canned foods and also peanut butter jars. There will be boxes in the back of church to place the items in. After the three weeks are over, the cans and jars will be brought to the food pantry to be distributed there. Thanks in advance!


Summer Library Fun

For five years, Felice Acker has lead an afternoon of reading and crafting every Tuesday during June and July at the Dimmitt library. Every week, children who attend listen to a book reading, complete a craft and enjoy a snack that relates to the book.

This Tuesday, Felice read the book Stone Soup. The children were given a plastic version of the foods in the book and made the soup as they read the book. Afterwards, they split into groups and were given a grocery store sales ad and a paper with a pot printed on it. They cut foods out of the sales ad and glued it into the pot to make the soup that their group wanted. Before they left, they were given a cup of “stone soup” to try and a pot of herbs to grow.

King’s Manor Auction Items

There’s something for everybody—men, women, and children—at the big fund raising auction that’s a vital part of the 39th annual King’s Manor Founders Day Barbecue coming up Saturday (July 15) at the Hereford ISD Administration Building.

Prior to the evening’s entertainment, an exciting array of trips, events and items will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

A local favorite is a steak dinner for eight couples graciously served by Steve and Sharon Hodges in the back yard of their Hereford residence. This rare medium, well done, has prompted spirited competitive bidding for a number of years.

If fishing is your game, this year’s auction provides the chance to float away on an adventure. A guided float trip for fly fishing for two on the productive Gunnison River with Dragonfly Anglers of Crested Butte, Colorado includes all necessary instruction, gear, and lunch on the river, along with a $500 gift card to cover accommodations for two nights.

There are several items just for kids—or maybe their grandparents—among auction offerings.

Classic pedal toys head the list, including a vintage cast iron John Deere 4020 diesel pedal tractor with a wagon, in pristine condition, and an equally pristine pedal-powered raging red fire truck replete with ladders and a hose reel.

A fold-closed sandbox custom made by Scott and Missie Wilcox will afford good clean fun in the sand for the children or grandchildren of the winning bidder.

Other auction items include a WTAMU sports experience package, a chain saw, diamond necklace, Swiss watch, and horseshoe art from Ted Ray and Janet Coleman. An array of items from art to automotive will also be available at the silent auction.



Safe Environment Training

Gladys Fortenberry will have a safe environment training for adults who need it next Wednesday, July 19, at 6:30 at the CCD building.

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July 5, 2017~Year 9, No. 47

Making History

For the first time in the school’s history, Nazareth High School won the Lone Star Cup in the 1-A division. The Swiftettes were basketball state champions, and cross country state runners-up. The swifts were regional finalists in basketball. The school had the most match wins at the state tennis meet and were academic state UIL champions.

Nazareth ISD had a total of seventy-six points. In second place, Gail Borden County had sixty-six points, and Happy had fifty-six points in third place.

Congratulations to all athletes and academic competitors on a fantastic school year!

Nazareth at the Birth of Basketball

While Springfield, Massachusetts is the birth place of basketball, it is also the home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall holds many exhibits of facts, teams and stories from various places.

One of these exhibits features the Nazareth Swiftettes. It includes a brief overview of the history of the program and names a few Swiftettes for playing at the college level.

While the facts need to be updated, it is nice to know that the Swiftettes’ hard work is acknowledged even outside of Texas.


Weekend of Memories

This weekend, Nazareth hosted three different reunions, the Acker reunion, the Schacher reunion and the Class of 1982.

The descendants of Val and Margaret Acker met at the Legion Hall for the first time since 1989. Around one hundred family members  were able to attend. The reunion included a mass at Holy Family Parish for all living and deceased family members of Val and Margaret Acker.

The Schachers met at Benny and Brenda’s house on July 1-2. Over three hundred people attended. The reunion was held to commemorate one hundred years at the Schacher homestead. On Saturday evening, Father Ken held a special mass for the Schachers in attendance.

The Class of 1982 had their 35 year reunion held on Friday and Saturday. They met at Joe Kleman’s house and later had a meal at El Camino.


Nine Nazareth teenagers attended the Teen ACTS retreat this past weekend in Amarillo, Texas. There were a total of 25 retreatants. The teens from Nazareth included Cambrie Heiman, Blakely Gerber, Jake Gerber, Brady Robb, Jacob Moroney, Amy Schilderink,Briana Huseman, Hallie Kleman, and Tate Schulte.

There were also eleven people from Nazareth who served as team members for this retreat. These members included Abby Schmucker, April Schmucker, Laci Backus, Garrison Kleman, Landon Robb, Garrett Annen, Eric Heitschmidt, Tommy King, Tausha Schacher, J.C. Pohlmeier, and, Deacon Bob, who willingly stepped in at the last minute to help Monsignor Waldow.

The retreat started on Thursday evening, June 29, when the retreatants arrived at the Bishop Defalco Retreat Center.   It lasted through Sunday morning, July 2, and ended with a closing mass at Our Lady of Vietnam church in Amarillo. Throughout the weekend, everyone experienced various ways that would strengthen their relationships with Christ.


Nazareth Teens at Retreat

King’s Manor Barbeque and Auction

The King’s Manor barbeque and auction will be held on July 15 starting at 6:30. The fundraiser will be at the Hereford ISD building at 601 N. 25 Mile Avenue, Hereford Texas.

The tickets are $35 a person and include the meal, auction and concert.  Call King’s Manor at 806-364-0661 for more information or to reserve seating.

The music for the evening will feature Larry Gatlin, who will sing All the Gold in California, Broken Lady and other gospel favorites.

The auction includes many items, but will feature two trips. The first is a helicopter hog hunt for two with Cedar Ridge Aviation. It includes a two hour flight, firearm, ammo, a night at the lodge, steak dinner and ranchers breakfast. The second is a road trip for four to the Magnolia Markets. It includes a behind the scenes tour of Chip and Joanna Gains’ Magnolia Markets at the Silos, two nights at a country bed and breakfast and a gas/meal card.

All proceeds from this event go to the Benevolent Fund at King’s Manor and are used to the benefit of residents who may have exhausted their resources, so they may continue to have a home at King’s Manor.


Larry Gatlin


Magnolia Market

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June 28, 2017~Year 9, No. 46

2017 German Fest and Suds & Sounds

This year, German Fest will be held on July 8. The festival starts at 9:00 with a playa tour and continues to 5:00. Activities include an arts a crafts show, children’s games, a flag retirement ceremony, a German sausage dinner, wine tasting and a car show. Plates for the sausage dinner are $8 for children and $12 for adults. The meal will include sausage, German potatoes, sauerkraut, green beans, fresh fruit and German chocolate cake.

The live music at the Biergarten will begin at 1:30 p.m., and will include performances from C.R. Beedy, Logan Robb, Steven Birkenfeld and Tom Kern and family. Barbeque sandwiches will be served at 5:30 and will benefit the Future of Nazareth fund.

Suds & Sounds will be held at the Nazareth Ballpark, and the gates open at 5:00. Entrance fees are $30 per person. There will be live bands and a 2400 square foot wooden dance floor. The two headliner bands are Shane Smith & The Saints and Flatland Cavalry. Other bands performing include Nazareth’s own Mason Kleman & The Ace of Spades Band, Drake Hayes and the Tommy Gallagher Band.

The music will start at 6:00, and trailers and campers are welcome. However, the ballpark needs to be cleared by 8:00 a.m. the next morning for cleanup. There will be a 3:00 a.m. in-vehicle curfew enforced.

Lodging in the area for visitors include the Yellow Rose Inn in Nazareth, the Executive Inn in Tulia and the Executive Inn in Dimmitt.


Shane Smith & The Saints


Flatland Cavalry


Swiftettes Start the Summer Strong

On June 22-24, the 2017-2018 junior varsity and varisty Swiftette teams attended a basketball tournament at Lubbock Christian Univeristy. They played six games on Thursday and Friday. The varsity and junior varsity teams both went undefeated into the overtime tournament.

The junior varisty advanced to the second round in the overtime tournament before losing and being eliminated. The varsity lost in the first overtime round.

On Saturday, the teams competed in another tournament against teams in the division. The junior varsity defeated Lubbock High but lost to Friendship in the semifinals. The varsity played against the TCA Titans and Seminole and won the championship game against Roosevelt.

Picture3Members of the Swiftette team

Summer Reading

Every Monday and Wednesday during the summer, students can listen to a story and complete an activity. The program starts at 9:00 and goes to 11:30. The meetings will continue until the end of July.

This year, Abby Schmucker is in charge of the library reading program. Volunteers read to the students and Abby creates activities that correspond with the books.

On June 26, students read the books “What Do You Do With a Problem?” and “My Name is Not Alexander”.  They then used their problem solving skills to find the best way to blow up giant balloons with one breath.

When students complete the necessary steps, such as book reports, they receive an ice cream sundae.



Summer Basketball Camp

Coach Eric Schilling will be hosting a small group basketball camp for 2nd-7th graders on July 17-20. Forms can be found on the Nazareth Athletics facebook page, and are due by July 14th. Everyone in these grades are encouraged to attend.


Celebrating Years of Service

Dora Espinosa, Banking Officer and Teller Supervisor at Nazareth, has been an employee of People’s Bank for eleven years. This week marks her anniversary of joining the company.

Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to serving our community.


Nazareth’s Little League Baseball

The start of June marked the start of the summer baseball league for students going into pre-kindergarten to sixth grades.  There are three different leagues, t-ball, coach pitch, and kid pitch. The t-ball teams include pre-k to first graders. Coach pitch is second to third grades, and kid pitch is fourth through sixth grades.

Sponsors for the teams include various businesses in the area, and the coaches are volunteers from around Castro County.

There are games every Tuesday and will continue until July 3.

This year, the program built a new t-ball field for the players. People’s Bank donated the fencing for the new field, and the donations to the program will be used to pay for the dirt, bases and equipment for the new field as well as paying for the new lights that surround the baseball field.


Tanner Wethington

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June 21, 2017~Year 9, No. 45

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School took place this summer on Monday, June 12, through Thursday, June 15. It started each evening at 5:45 pm and lasted for three hours. Incoming Pre-K up to incoming 6th grade kids could attend. This year 115 was the total count for the number of kids. Many adults along with teens helped all week long with a variety of roles. Each day the kids went to five different stations around the CCD building and the church. These include music, games, crafts, bible story, and snacks. The theme for this year was Maker Fun Factory, and so all week the kids were reminded that God created them. Throughout VBS the kids made crafts such as bracelets and picture frames, learned new songs along with dance moves, and listened to stories about Jesus’ life on earth. At the end of the week, all of the kids performed their dances to the certain songs they were assigned.


Former BOE Trustee, Jody Huseman, recognized at the Regular Board Meeting on June 12, 2017 for her six years of service from May 2011 to May 2017.  Glen Waldo, Superintendent, thank her on behalf of the board and staff of Nazareth ISD along with the community of Nazareth for working and serving so humbly, but effectively on the Team of Eight.  The desk plaque with a red star and blue tennis shoe recognized her for “Going the Distance for Children.”


Three Attend Girls State

June 11-17, Katherine Fulkerson, Shailee Whilhelm and Natalie Schulte attended the 2017 Girls State session. Six hundred soon-to-be senior girls from various areas in Texas gathered at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin to learn about the government process and run for offices. They were each assigned a city and a party and were put into either the House of Representatives or Senate.

While there, they had to opportunity to run for offices, create laws and ordinances and submit bills to debate. On Friday June 16, all the Girls State citizens visited the Texas State Capitol building. They were able to have debate sessions in the House and Senate chambers.

Throughout the week, they made new friends, created their own government and learned the necessary procedures to submit and create bills.

“I had so much fun at Girls State,” Fulkerson said. “I really hope I am chosen to go back as a staff member.”


Rose Mary Ramaekers, a 1951 Nazareth High School Valedictorian, died on Friday, June 09, 2017.  She was born on March 12, 1934 in Groom, Texas to Leonard and Alma (Herzog) Conrad. They moved to Nazareth, Texas in July of 1948. She married Vincent Ramaekers on September 16, 1952 and moved to Umbarger where they raised their 5 children. She attended West Texas State University where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Education. She taught a variety of classes at the elementary level for Canyon ISD from 1969 – 1994, after which she was an instructor of music methods classes at WTAMU and taught private piano lessons. She was involved in music ministry at Catholic churches in Nazareth, Littlefield and Umbarger for more than 60 years.

Her life was celebrated Wednesday, June 14, at services in St. Mary‘s Church in Umbarger and Holy Family Church in Nazareth.  Burial beside her husband, Vincent, was in Holy Family Cemetery

Rose Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Ramaekers, her parents, grandchild, Nicole Scott, and grandson-in-law, Kendrick Powell. Survivors include her children, Henry Ramaekers and wife, Linda Jo; Debbie Wieck and husband, Kenneth; Elaine Scott and husband, John; Sharon Rainwater and husband, Randy; and Linda Byrd and husband, Robert; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Mitzie Brockman and husband, Cyril; Ted Conrad and wife, Jeannie; Colette Hoelting and husband, LeRoy; Suzie Bacon and husband, Howard; Tom Conrad and wife, Brenda; and Angie Venhaus and husband, Clyde; and many in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be made to the WTAMU Catholic Student Center, 2610 4th Ave. Canyon, TX 79015.


Rose Mary Ramaekers

2017 Baseball Honors

1A Pitcher of the Year                                    1st Team Outfielder              

Tate Schulte                                                       Nathaneal Van Dijk

1st Team Catcher                                             1st Team Utility               

Jake Waldo                                                         Garrison Kleman

1st Team Infielder                                           2nd Team Infielder

Traytan McLain                                                 Tristan McLain

2nd Team Outfielder                                      Honorable Mention

Jacob Moroney                                                  Tristan Nelson

Congratulations to all these athletes!

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June 14, 2017~Year 9, No. 44

Interns Attend Retreat

Four of the five Nazareth interns attended a retreat held June 6-7. The four high schoolers met other interns from several different states including South Dakota, Colorado, and Texas.

The retreat included ice-breaker activities, presentations about different aspects of an internship, and traditional food from the different areas the interns came from.

“I like the commonwealth fair because we got to learn in an interactive way,” April Schmucker said. “My favorite booth was Leisure and Recreation because it was fun and had some props with it. It looked really good and was easy to understand.”

Interns at retreat

April Schmucker, Blakely Gerber, Leilanni Cordova, and Katherine Fulkerson


Community Announcements

Support for the Home Merc

The Home Merc Board is selling t-shirts as a fundraiser to offset some recent unexpected expenses at the Home Merc. We had a window broken, sewage issues, and roof repairs. We value this building in our community and want future generations to enjoy its benefits all while keeping the rent affordable to everyone.

You can email Karen Wanjura at kwilhelm@hotmail.com with your order, and she will send you an invoice via PayPal. You can also call Karen at (979) 255-3794 or Ann Nelson at (806) 647-9003 to place an order.

Shirt #1 (navy) is a traditional cotton t-shirt and can be ordered in sizes from youth small to 4X. Shirt #2 (brown) is a soft blend crew-neck shirt that can be ordered in sizes XSmall to XXLarge. Shirt #3 (black) is a soft blend v-neck and can be ordered in size XSmall to XXXLarge.

Shirt #1 is $20 and #2 and #3 are $25. We will also gladly ship to you if you are out of town!! We will just add a $5 shipping charge to your invoice.

Thank you SO much for helping us out with this effort. We and the community appreciate it greatly.


Nazareth City-Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, June 17

8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Stop by city hall and put your name on the list so you will be added to the map.

Thank you!



Valedictorian Speech: Abby Schmucker

The Nazareth Class of 2017 would not be here today without each and every one of you, so I say thank you. Thank you for helping us along the way, pushing us to be the best versions of ourselves, and ultimately, thank you for always believing in us.

Sometime around fifth grade, we were playing in the championship game of a basketball tournament with the score tied in the last minutes. Overlooked by the refs in spite of our parents yelling, the opposing team sneaked six players on the floor and scored to win the game. I was so upset at their cheating to win. Later, grandma Raelene’s house listened to my complaining and with no sympathy said “if you just scored two more points earlier in the game, it wouldn’t have mattered.” These words have been inspiration in my life. In a deep sense, she was saying “life is tough, it’s not always going to go your way, there will be bumps in the road, but eventually you have to learn to overcome those adversities.”

These past years at Nazareth school our class experienced countless obstacles in sports, UIL events, and FFA. At times, we lost, and were disappointed. But, these times may be foundational in our lives. The ability to rise above defeat, to step up to the next challenge, and to move past difficulties, these prepare us for the future in college and the real world.

So today, I quote from Erin Cummings, “At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.”

Fellow classmates, for years, teachers, parents, and coaches helped us succeed by pushing us to be better in the classroom, at home, or on the court or field. Guiding hands helped us improve through Nazareth ISD. But now, in the coming years of greater independence, we are in charge of ourselves and our decisions to be great, work hard, and make a difference. Blank pages are ahead and we hold the power to decide what to write. Just as Cummings said, we are now responsible for our success or our failure. As the 15 of us travel in 9 different directions to the colleges of our choice, I have confidence in each one of you because of our strong foundation here at Nazareth. We have learned many lessons, grown as individuals, and developed the life skills that we need to go out into the world.

These past four years, our class has proven its dedication and willingness to succeed despite setbacks and difficulties. Now, for ourselves and for our family, community, teachers, and school we set out to pursue our wildest dreams, and we will not let them down. My final advice: seize every single moment with great attention. Each moment shapes us, so make it your own, and enjoy every second of the future.

I end with a biblical reference from John 1: 46. “Nathaneal said to him, ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’ Philip said in reply, ‘Come and see.’” Watch us and see what good can come from Nazareth.  Thanks to all of you and congratulations guys, we made it!


101 Birthday Blessings Celebrated at Mass

On Wednesday, June 7th, Brigitta Dobmeier celebrated her 101 birthday at a Mass offered for her by Fr. Ken Keller in the Dining Room of the Castro County Nursing Home.   Dozens of Nazareth friends joined residents and staff of the home to pray and celebrate with her on this special day.  When Brigitta Dobmeier was born, the First World War was being fought, Woodrow Wilson was president, Pancho Villa’s revolutionaries raided Columbus, New Mexico, and Charlie Chaplin began his movie career.  Modern American history, as well as local Nazareth history, are realities from her life. We honor this centenarian who wheels herself in her chair to activities in the Home such as Mass, rosary, welcoming visitors, and her much enjoyed hair appointment.


Brigetta Dobmeier

Brigitta Dobmeier

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