October 22~Year 6, No. 54



Joann Starr of Nazareth talks with Clay Stribling of the Amarillo Area Foundation

The Amarillo Area Foundation leaders held an open meeting on Thursday morning, October 16th, at the Nazareth Home Mercantile Building to share information and discuss future plans for county development.  Led by Clay Stribling of the AAF, the meeting focused participants of Castro, Deaf Smith, and Swisher counties on partnering opportunities, community philanthropy, and needs for the future of this area.   This was the fourth “Fall 2014 Regional Community Meetings” held by AAF; the others have been held in Dalhart, Wellington, and Panhandle.  Representatives of the Future of Nazareth Community Foundation, Marcus Brockman and Ralph Brockman, joined other Nazareth residents, as well as folks from Dimmitt, Hereford, and Tulia, in discussing common development plans that could be addressed with the resources of the Amarillo Area Foundation.




Sister Mary Hawkins, OSB, is wished a Happy 95th birthday by her younger brother Robert of Hart.


“It says it all for Sr. Mary Hawkins”

Sister Mary Hawkins, a Benedictine nun from this area, was honored at a birthday party Sunday, October 19th, hosted by the Nazareth Senior Citizens.  Still the active leader of the St. Benedict Monastery, just south of Amarillo on Western Street, Sister Mary celebrated her 95th birthday with her family members from the Hart area and her many friends in Nazareth.  Keith Birkenfeld spoke about Sr. Mary being his teacher of English and religion back in the 70s and noted that her caring ways with the students and her excellence in teaching grammar has helped him many times over.  Sr. Mary’s brother, Willis, is also celebrating his 90 birthday this week also.  In closing remarks, Sr. Mary thanked all who helped her in this celebration and noted that she still appreciates greatly her time in our community.



1) “Castro County Cares” will be sending boxes to our soldiers again this year.  The Naz 4-H will be helping.  Please get your soldier’s name to Felice Acker, 683-8111 by Nov. 9.

2) The Castro County Library is hosting a “Displayer of the Month” in a lighted display case.  Anyone in Castro County that has a collection of art work, photographs, etc. is invited to have their items displayed for a month.  The display and the donor will be featured in the Castro County News.  For more information, contact Gaye Reily 647-3532 at the Dimmitt Library.

 3) “Halloween Carnival”– Sponsored by Nazareth ISD Band

Saturday, October 25 — Nazareth School Cafeteria

Come dressed in your Halloween best!

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mexican Stack-Up Meal

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Carnival Games (10 & under)

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt

8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Music / Dance

Meal Only ……………………………………………………………. $10.00

5 & Under Meal & Games …………………………………   10.00

Games / Scavenger Hunt / Dance …………………..   5.00

All proceeds will benefit the Nazareth ISD Band.

Your support is very much appreciated!


4) “LOVE’S PLAN”– A Seminar on Understanding and Lovingly Planning the Inevitable

Sunday, November 2, 2014 — 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location:  Nazareth Senior Citizens Center in the heart of Nazareth, TX

Sponsored by:  Holy Family Catholic Church and Colonial Funeral Home

RSVP:  806-945-2616

Join us for refreshments at this FREE workshop; relax with your friends and neighbors; invite a family member, hear from knowledgeable speakers, and get some practical answers to your questions! This prepares us for acts of “love planned” now around the  funerals of loved ones.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. — Catholic Funeral Rites — Father Ken Keller and Deacon Bob Birkenfeld

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. — Advance Funeral Planning — Rex Johnson, Pre-arrangement Specialist

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. — Legal Tools — Robert Hands, Robert Hands Law Firm,

We look forward to seeing you at one or all of these presentations in our FREE seminar!

To insure we have enough material, please RSVP:  806-945-2616

Art Club Present Art Work at Home Mercantile Building

By: Carly Wilhelm

The Nazareth High School Art Club does many projects, the latest of which is the Bug Collaboration Project that club members participated in with the Kindergarten class.

The kindergarteners drew a bug (they could be real or made up) and then members copied it onto a sheet of drawing paper and added color, shading, a background, and other elements to enhance the scene. Members could use paint, oil pastels, or chalk to adorn the fantastic bug drawings. Sara Kleman, Art Club Secretary, said, “It was interesting to see what kind of bugs that the kids came up with and it was challenging to create a scene to go with what they had drawn.”







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