December 3rd~Year 6, No 60

Waldo wins $1,000 in Entrepreneur Fair


After receiving his first cash prize of $1,000 last week, Jake Waldo immediately sat down with People Bank employee, Tanya Ethridge, to open an account in order to save his money to by that riding lawn mower that he needs to grow his business or a car. Gaining a better sense of financial literacy is another benefit that comes with competing in the Youth Entrepreneur Fair.


Benedictine Monastery of Subiaco AR. Photo taken by Christena Stephens.

Thank You from Stephens

“Being thankful is something I take seriously all year long.  However, it seems this time of year we become publically thankful for all the good in our lives.  My heartfelt thanks goes to the Holy Family Church and Nazareth community for giving me the opportunity to work with Fr. Ken with the church and community’s history.  Researching and uncovering unknown history of the church and community has been an incredible experience for me.

Traveling to Fort Smith and Subiaco, Arkansas, earlier this year increased my appreciation for your community and the church.  Subiaco Abbey made the journey worth it in so many ways.  It was by far my best experience during this research process.  Visiting the Abbey where the early priests who served Nazareth came from was spiritual for me on many levels; especially walking the cemetery that Fr. Conrad Herda built for the Subiaco priests was humbling.  Meeting Fr. Hugh, the archivist at Subiaco Abbey made the trip!  He had continually filled my post office box for over two months with materials on the early priests who served the Nazareth church during its formative and early years.

Thank you again for the opportunity to research and write about your history.  I hope each of you is looking forward to reading the forthcoming books.  Special heartfelt thanks to Fr. Ken for being the best boss I have ever had.  How many scholars can say they have had a Priest for a boss?  Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!”

-Christena Stephens

“In Sickness and In Health”: Faith Witnessed

Bea Hoelting

Bea Hoelting, 74, of Nazareth died Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Dimmitt.

Reception of the body at the church will be at 5 p.m. followed by the Rosary.

Vigil will be said at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Holy Family Catholic Church of Nazareth. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church with the Rev. Ken Keller and Deacon Bob Birkenfeld as concelebrants. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Arrangements are by Colonial Funeral Home of Dimmitt.

Bea was born Nov. 29, 1940, to Joe and Amy Schmucker. She graduated from Nazareth High School. She married Clyde Hoelting on June 7, 1960. She was a homemaker for a large part of her life. She enjoyed gardening, baking and her grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a son, Jason Hoelting; her parents; and a brother, Jimmy Schmucker.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde Hoelting of Nazareth; a son, Kent Hoelting and wife Lora of Bushland; three daughters, Deanna Schulte and husband Roger of Lubbock, Cheryl Presnall and husband Jeff of Muenster and Kelly Buchanan and husband Cary of Canyon; three brothers, Dan Schmucker and Ray Schmucker, both of Nazareth, and Gene Schmucker of College Station; two sisters, Mary Ann Schulte and Janet Schmucker, both of Nazareth; and 11 grandchildren, Joshua Schulte, Jason Schulte, Derek Schulte, Reagan Schulte, Blake Hoelting, Shane Presnall, Landon Presnall, Brittany Buchanan, Brooke Buchanan, Sarah Hoelting and Haley Hoelting.

The family suggests memorials be to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001.


*** Christmas Card Project

Send Christmas greetings to friends and neighbors in

Castro County by participating in our


1) Write your name or your family’s name on the outside of an envelope as you would like it to appear in the Castro County News.

2) Place your donation (amount normally spent on sending out Christmas cards) inside the envelope, and drop the envelope in the designated box at the Naz Stop, in the church collection basket, or bring to the Parish Office.

3) All donations will benefit WE CARE FOOD BANK


Deadline to submit names is Monday, December 15!


*** A “Come & Go 80th Birthday Party” for Evelyn Hill will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.  Everyone is invited to come & wish Evelyn a happy birthday!

***Santa Claus will make an early visit to Yellow Rose Inn on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. All children are welcome to come and visit—bring your own camera for photographs. Refreshments will be served.

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