NAZ REUNIONS ARE LIKE NONE OTHER
The population of Nazareth doubled at the Friday and Saturday, July 25-26th, reunion of the descendants of Joe Albracht (1877-1961)and his wife Anna (1883-1974).
Starting on Friday with an honoring of the late Art Albracht, the family spent the weekend reminiscing and reuniting around food and fun.
The Mass at Holy Family Church on Saturday evening was marked by the singing and praying of this faith-filled family as they celebrated both their history and their future challenge of sharing love and life for many years to come.
Boys only!!!! Craft day.
Reported by Felice Acker of AgriLfe Extension Office and 4-H the day was a crafty success and lots of fun. The all-boys group made bouncing balls 2 ways, “built” pillowcases, and played on “building” machines. Also, the boys made slime and ended with pool-noodle Pom-Pom shooters!! Acker commented: “I had a blast and hoped they did as well.”
We Care” Food Pantry
A food pantry, hosted by Holy Family Parish and the Nazareth Scouts, is now serving the community by donating food. Saturday, July 26, was the first day for clients to pick up food. So far, the pantry has seven approved clients. To qualify, forms need to be filled out; they can be found with any Catholic secretary in Dimmit, Hart, or Nazareth. The pantry will be open August 9 and every other Saturday after from 1:00-3:00 at the Boy Scout Center. To donate food or for more information, contact Cyril Brockman at 945-2246, Bruce Schulte at 945-2225, or Ronnie Hoelting at 945-2247.
* A 60th Wedding Anniversary celebration for Donald and Katy Wright is scheduled for Saturday Aug.2nd at First United Methodist Church in Dimmitt from 2-4pm. No gifts please…your presence is enough.
* R U Laboring on Labor Day Weekend? August 31th, Sunday, is the Labor Day Picnic and we need all able-bodied help we can use – so please, let Vera know if you will be unavailable as worklists are being prepared on Monday, August 4th.
* Nazareth ISD Open House and Meet the Teachers, is Thursday, Aug. 21st, from 5-7:15 p.m. followed by food and “Meet The Swifts and Swiftettes”
Thirty-six Nazareth Youth Attend Arizona Conference
DEACON BOB BIRKENFELD RETREAT REFLECTION:
On the morning of July 17, the 2014 Steubenville West Catholic Youth Conference began for our thirty-six Nazareth high school retreatants with their eight adult sponsors as we finished our morning Scripture Service in Holy Family and loaded the bus for Tucson, Arizona.
The theme for this year’s retreat was Isiah 12:2, God is… Friday’s speaker focused on who God is in our lives: joy, love, freedom, and much more. Saturday morning opened with the celebration of Holy Mass. The different sessions on Saturday consisted of “Finding God in Suffering,” “God is in the Media,” “Finding God in Service,” “God in the Day to Day,” and a special session for the graduating seniors. The day ended with Holy Mass followed by Eucharist Adoration, which is always a very special time spent in prayer and adoration of our Lord.
On Sunday, there was a men’s session and women’s session on “God is Writing Your Story,” followed by the wrap up remarks and blessing from Fr. Lewis from Haiti. Wow, what a fast three days, but also a great “spiritual recharge” for the summer. Thanks so much to anyone and everyone who made this retreat possible for our young people.
MASON KLEMAN RETREAT REFLECTION:
First, let me tell everyone that Tucson, Arizona, the site of our Steubenville retreat, was extremely hot! However, the Retreat, with its major theme, still comes to my mind: “God Is…”
I realized my understanding of God can change. They didn’t answer what God is because God is something different for everyone at different times. Both at the beginning of the conference and at the end, we were asked who God was for us – and surprisingly, it differed. At beginning of conference, I said “forgiveness”, and at the end, “God is Love and Trust”. You can’t put God into a box or one single category because God is too great and awesome!
I quickly came up with a challenge for myself: Wake up every morning and ask myself: “Who is God today?” God isn’t going to be the same in my mind and heart today as He was yesterday or He will be tomorrow — so each day I will ask myself “who is God for me today?”.
I also remembered a cool part of the conference for me: watching Deacon Bob from our Nazareth church be the deacon of the Mass for all 2,500 teens.
Thanks to everyone who supported our youth in attending this retreat: raising the money at our fish fry, bringing food to our monthly meetings, and praying for us while we were in Arizona.
NAZARETH YOUTH GILD WONDERLAND
Wonderland-Amarillo was colored “Nazareth Gold” on Sunday, July 27, as dozens of youth from High School Seniors to Third Graders descended upon Thompson Park for the annual “Altar Servers Appreciation Picnic” hosted by Holy Family Church. With hamburgers and hot dogs, and plenty of water and pop for the “warmish” day, the church’s parish council treated these young people to a day of lots of fun, games, rides and food.
The Coming Good
Deep feelings of Nazareth on the demolition of the Vergie Gerber Home and removal of some trees may be assuaged by the knowledge that the spirit and legacy of this block continues as it becomes a place of caring and safety for Senior residents who choose to stay here in the village near their families, Nazareth Senior Citizens Center, Community Hall, and Holy Family church. Marilyn Birkenfeld was moved to repurpose this corner when she realized her peers were facing tough safety and financial decisions that might entail leaving Nazareth. Four two-bedroom dwellings, with a separate central commons area, are being built on the present property to serve the housing needs of our Senior Citizens.