May 7th, 2014~Year 6, No. 31

Queen and Family Lead Community in Prayer Devotion

Crowning of Mary

Brynli Schilling presents the crown to May Queen, Kyla Acker


Kyla Acker, a Senior at Nazareth High School was elected by her classmates to be this year’s May Crowning Queen for 2014 and have the honor also of being the 70th Queen in this historical pageant of prayer and devotion that took place Sunday, May 4th, at Holy Family Church.

Although this event began in 1942 with the Children of Mary Sodality and its choice of Florene Stork Leinen as the first queen, a few years were missed in the 1960s as the Holy Family CYO Youth Ministry took over the organization of this spiritually enriching experience.  This year, approximately 30 of the past queens were present for the festivity that also included a community meal in Nazareth Hall for around 400 people.

Community members are led in prayer, procession, and song, each year by the Queen, assisted by her family.  Kyla’s parents are Cary and Leona Acker.  Along with the Queen, a court composed of other youth and children take part as official attendants as well as past queens, and all the children of the Christian Formation Program who march also in prayer and in procession of flowers for the altar.

This year’s event was celebrated with Eucharist by Fr. Ken Keller and Deacon Bob Birkenfeld.  Fr. Ken asked the group to consider that the first celebration in 1942 occurred in World War II and the loss of so many people’s lives.  He challenged the community to stay faith-filled even in the face of any difficulties, just as they had in 1942 and in the seventy years since then, even in drought conditions.

May Queen

Alvina Gerber, Queen in 1946 and oldest attendee at this year’s coronation, shares a view of the original hand-made queen’s robe with Jane Albracht Roberts, queen in 1950.





The Nazareth Nine after a Sunday game, 1937

Front: Nub Hoelting (pitcher), Clary Schulte (catcher). Back: Albert Gerber (outfielder), Joe Schmucker (outfielder),Phil Dietz (first baseman), Florence Heiman (second baseman), Paul Venhaus (third baseman),Walter Schulte (outfielder), Joe Schulter (shortstop).

Not in photo: Ray Schulte (manager).

Standing: Henry Lange. Sitting on car: John Heinman (“official” scorekeeper). Sitting in car: Charlie Heck.


Christena Stephens, our community intern for last summer’s exhibit, is working on the three part history book on Nazareth and has continued to collect items for the coming history, She recently came across a most interesting photo given Nazareth’s love for sports (above photo of Nazareth Nine).  Continuing her research, she will also take on soon the work for a new cemetery book and archive more detail for  the Display Panels in New Jerusalem Oratory.

Taylor Damron, (photo below with Fr. Ken) has agreed to be our Junior Community Intern and will do a number of major projects this summer.  Working with Jeanie Birkenfeld and Brenda Schulte on some aspects of the school history, especially in UIL successes and in girls state championships, seems right down her field of expertise, plus her  computer and design layout skills will be well used here in Swift Kicks.

Taylor Damron and Ken Keller

Taylor Damron and Ken Keller



Dustin Schulte



Idalou didn’t have to look far for their new boys’ head basketball coach since he was on the sideline the whole time. The Wildcats have hired Dustin Schulte, formerly the assistant boys’ basketball coach. Even at 25, he is no stranger to success, helping lead teams to four state appearances, including a state championship in 2010. Best of Luck to you as you take Naz championship spirit with you.

ShaniaShania Schacher, daughter of Bennie and Brenda Schacher, and a freshman at Nazareth High School, will compete in the State Track and Field in Austin on May 10th Saturday in the 400 M Run.

Best Wishes for success and safe travel as she is accompanied by family and friends




Both the community of Nazareth and the school board of Nazareth Independent School District are holding elections this Saturday, May 10 from 7 am to 7 pm in the Senior Citizens Center.  Running for mayor are

Marlin Durbin,

  Stephen Anderle. 

For the three positions on the school board there are five individuals running:

Mitchell Brockman,

Marty Gerber,

Jody Huseman,

Ashley Kleman,

Leroy Schulte


~Nazareth Community Pictorial Directories available now. Free for families with photo in book and $10 for others, contact Holy Family Office.

~Nazareth has a Facebook page to help communication for all of us – search it, or also follow events on Twitter @cityofnaz. To get info placed on the media, contact Troy Ramaekers, Nikki Wethington, or Ricky Backus.

~NISD Booster Meeting: Wednesday, May 7, 6 p.m. in Cafeteria.

~Nazareth City Meeting: Wednesday, May 7, 6 p.m. in City Hall to discuss budget, election, wells, repairs to pipes on St. Mary’s street, and seeking part-time help.

~Home/School Meet, Thurs, May 8, 4 pm, Cafeteria

~Mark your calendar: May 20th,Tuesday, for Blood Drive in Community Hall from 3-7 pm.




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