April 9th~Year 6, No.28

Peoples’ Promotion of Popular Person

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Peoples Bank CEO and Chairman of the Board, Larry Allen, announced the promotion of Tanya Ethridge as Banking Officer.

Ethridge has been with Peoples Bank for six years and currently serves as a lending assistant at our branch in Nazareth.

Allen stated, “Tanya has a great work ethic and amazing customer service skills.”

Ethridge was born and raised in Nazareth and graduated from West Texas A&M. She and her husband, Shane Ethridge, have three children, Lexy (15), Tripp (5) and Rhett (4).  In her free time she enjoys supporting Nazareth High School Sports, home decorating, and Italian food.

Peoples Bank has two locations in Lubbock, and other banking    facilities in Slaton, Shallowater, Lorenzo, and Nazareth.  The bank’s most recent location is in Post. Currently Peoples Bank serves the Post customers out of a temporary banking location, while the permanent facility is being built.  Peoples Bank has total assets of more than $330 million.



Sister Mary Michael Lange, OSB


Sister Mary Michael was one of the early vocations from Nazareth that joined the Benedictine Sisters in Jonesboro Ar., because of their influence here in Nazareth as the first order of Sisters that taught here before the group  from Ft. Smith joined us.  She lived from November 2, 1912 to April 2, 2001, and was born in Nazareth, Texas to Joseph and Olive Lange, the third of nine children.  She came to Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro, AR, in 1925, made her first vows on July 2, 1931, and her final vows as a religious sister on August 15, 1936. Sister Mary Michael received her B.A. degree in Math and Education. Sister Mary Michael taught in many Arkansas parish schools. She also taught in Muenster and Rhineland, Texas. From 1965 to 1969, she was involved in hospital work one year in St. Bernard’s Hospital in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.


Community Intern Carries Nazareth History to Odessa

     Christena Stephens spoke at the 90th meeting of West Texas Historical Association in Odessa on April 4, on “Thou art a priest forever… The Early Priests that Shaped Nazareth”.

Thirty historians attended and one offered this positive response: “we were anticipating a dry story on these priests, but the paper touched on the topics of weather patterns, Nazareth during World War I, life of a monk, and unfortunate accidents, as well as the general life of the priests.”

The WTHA may publish the work and there was also interest from the Panhandle Plains Historical Review, Panhandle Plains Museum, Canyon, Texas to publish the paper or publish the story on Father Conrad Herda.

The book that is planned for publication this year about our Nazareth history has three basic sections: the early pastors, the Benedictine sisters that taught here in our school, and the lay organizations that worked so strongly for this community.

REST IN PEACE: Leona “Oma” Maurer, 82, of Nazareth died Friday, April 4, 2014.

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Leona was born Aug. 11, 1931, in Nazareth to F.P. and Lucille Schacher, and graduated from high school in 1949. She married Alfons “Al” Maurer on Jan. 7, 1953, and ministered alongside her husband after he became a deacon for the church here. She was an active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, a member of Christian Mother Society and an avid prayer warrior for anyone who needed help. She volunteered as an election clerk and was a huge Dallas Cowboy and Texas Ranger fan.  She was preceded in death by her husband, deacon Alfons “Al” Maurer; her parents, F.P. and Lucille Schacher; a brother, Eugene Schacher; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Maurer; and a son-in-law, Virgil Brockman.

Survivors include her six children, Lucy Pohlmeier and husband Walt of Tulia, Stanley Maurer and wife Tina of Dimmitt, Duane Maurer and wife Donna of White Deer, Shirley Brockman of Dimmitt, Paula Acker and husband Frank of Amarillo, and Allen Maurer and wife Melinda of Albany; two brothers, Edwin Schacher of Nazareth and Robert Schacher of Tulia; four sisters, Catherine Hochstein and Margie Albracht, both of Nazareth, Georgianne McCormick of Amarillo, and Rosalie Davis of Los Altos, Calif.; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be to Tulia Health and Rehab, 714 S. Austin St., Tulia, TX 79088; or Area Community Hospice 4300 Olton Road., Plainview, TX 79072.


Nazareth Youth Hold Benefit Fish Fry

     The Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, April 4th, was a success as more than 300 people came to the Nazareth Community Hall to enjoy the crispy entrée with delicious side dishes.  The attendees also joined in bidding at the silent raffle and in the ever-more exciting “Work-A-Day” auction of teens.

Each of the teens going to the Steubenville Retreat in Tucson AZ this summer offered a day of work to the highest bidder (oddly, the grandparents seemed most interested in gaining some work and some time with their grandchildren).

Alison Kleman, youth coordinator for the teens, and for this benefit, along with the youth ministry team and the Knights of Columbus volunteers, had their hands full with cooking and serving — and twice had to run for more fish even though they had already increased this year’s order of fish.

Rough estimates on the benefit’s success financially to help fund the nearly five- day retreat for 37 teens and 8 adults were in the range of $18,000.

The youth express their deep gratitude for all those who attended and those who helped them put on this event.

Youth at Fish Fry


Above: Teens who will be attending the Retreat, 

line up for the work-a-day auction.

Below: Boston (center), granddaughter of

Roger and Sherry Jones (left) , smiles as she gathers up her fish plate.  Becky Book (center rear) follows Mark and Judy Kleman in the serving line with daughter Sara.

boston and family

NISD Notes


The Junior High Cheerleaders are selling Geraniums and invite you to order some by going to their Nazareth School Facebook page or by checking with the school.


Go Swifts Baseball Team — Keep Up the Spirit

Tuesday’s baseball game found the Swifts a little short up against the Hale Center Owls — It was 12 to 7 in the final but it was a well played game.

Confirmation Retreat Gathers Youth,

Parents, and Sponsors for Spiritual Faith-Lift

Confirmation retreat

 Twenty-seven 7th graders preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, a rite of maturing faith, took Saturday afternoon and evening, April 5th, to grow in understanding and living of their faith.

Many parents joined their children in this journey of faith led by Fr. Ken Keller and Deacon Bob Birkenfeld.  Also, those who will be the youths’ companions or sponsors from now until the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in January of 2015 came to support the young people. Bishop Patrick Zurek of the Amarillo Diocese will be the main celebrant in this ritual and Mass next year.  Meanwhile Deacon Birkenfeld will be teaching classes on the growth of faith put into daily action.









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