June 17th~Year 7, No 23

Special Blessings

Honor Monica Mote

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   Friday evening’s storm knocked out the electricity for Holy Family Church where the Funeral Vigil for Monica Mote was about to begin.  The grace of the moment shone though in the darkness as nearly fifty candles in the sanctuary were lit and doors were opened to let the setting sunshine enter. Relatives remarked this befitted a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend of many in Nazareth and Tulia. Saturday’s Funeral Mass of the Resurrection also seemed graced, and as the mourners entered the cemetery a light rain began to come down – it had been Monica’s prayer many times.  Fr. Ken Keller noted that “the truest Holy Water of blessing came from God sprinkled on this coffin and family”.  Monica Mote, 67, of Nazareth, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015, having been born on May 22, 1948 in Dimmitt to Arnold and Katy Brockman. She grew up in Nazareth and graduated NISD in 1966. She attended cosmetology school in Amarillo, then moved to Tulia in 1968 with Cecil Kirbo Beauty Shop. She married Felix Mote on August 4, 1969, and  worked for Tulia ISD Cafeteria and El Camino Restaurant. She was a longtime member of the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, Tulia, until moving to Nazareth in 2000, and became active in Holy Family Church and Christian Mothers Society. She joined VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother: Virgil Brockman and one sister-in-law: Jeanette Brockman. She is survived by her husband: Felix Mote of Nazareth, one daughter: Felice Acker and husband Dwight of Nazareth, one son: Chad Mote of Claude, one honorary daughter: Shea Barbee of Ennis, three brothers: Ralph Brockman, Dale Brockman and Art Brockman, all of Nazareth, two sisters: Naomi McGrath of Kansas City, Kansas and Joyce Gutierrez of New Fairfield, Connecticut, and five grandchildren.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Castro County 4-H.

Jackie Dobmeier Remembered

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   Jackie Dobmeier, 60, died June 12, 2015 following a long courageous battle with leukemia and COPD. Funeral Mass is Thursday, June 18, 2015 at St. Clement Catholic Church in Grygla, MN. Jackie Marie Guggemos was born on March 8, 1955 in Pryor, OK the daughter of Vincent and Josephine (Hoffman) Guggemos. She graduated Nazareth High School class of 1973. On April 20, 1974, Jackie married Gene Dobmeier at Holy Family Catholic Church in Nazareth, TX. As Jackie’s children grew, she began a craft and hobby business, worked at Polaris Industries in Roseau, MN, and became a farm advocate. She also enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, and was active at St. Clement Catholic Church in Grygla. Survivors include her loving husband of 41 years, Gene of Grygla, MN; children, Jason Dobmeier of Roseau, MN, Tiffany (Ryan) Moe of East Grand Forks, MN, Bryan Dobmeier of Roseau, MN and Chad Dobmeier of Bemidji, MN; 5 grandchildren; and her sisters, Jo Ann Patton of Houston, TX, Jane (Mick) Gerber of Nazareth, TX and Dorothy Guggemos of Nazareth, TX; and her mother-in-law, Brigitta Dobmeier of Dimmitt, TX.

Memorials are suggested to the Altru Cancer Center in Grand Forks, ND.

VBS helps children seek God

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Working on a craft project, Michael Fulkerson drops rubbing alcohol on the ceramic tile to finish his design.

This week, the church is loud and alive in the mornings with groups of children gathering for Vacation Bible School. The theme throughout the four days is SonSpark Labs where scientific concepts are related to God and us. Through different stations, the children learn God’s plan for them. The classes rotate each day through six stations: music, bible story, bible games, outdoor games, snack, and crafts. Each day the children are encouraged to memorize a bible verse, and they also learn a bible story and a song. Closing ceremonies will be held on Thursday in the church starting at 11:30.

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During the opening skit, Tanner Birkenfeld volunteers as a lab assistant to help Kari Schulte, Tye Schulte and Ryan Heitschmidt with an experiment.

Graduation Address by Deacon Bob Birkenfeld

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   The senior class of 2015. I know you thought you’d never get here. I’m not going to surprise you with a long list of statistics about the failures and successes of graduating seniors from small communities – with classes of 15 students. The 15 of you make up an exceptional group of young men and women. I’ve been watching you. Your interests and your accomplishments during these 4 years of High School prove that without a doubt. So I just have one bit of advice to offer you. Remember where you came from. I want you to think back over the 12 plus years that you’ve spent in the Nazareth school system. What did you learn in Pre-K, and what can you still learn from Pre-K kids? Honesty, innocence, how to be real – how to be genuine, to be yourself rather than what everyone wants you to be – or what anyone else expects you to be. Think about the teachers who shaped you through the years, the lessons you learned from friends – the bad experiences you had. All of these got you here this evening. Remember all the things that mom and dad harped on over and over and over and how those worn out clichés kind of start making sense here lately – how respect and good manners, determination, and a positive attitude, a good work ethic and sheer common sense have been modeled and exemplified by your teachers, your parents and grandparents, and by all those who make up the community. Remember all of these and don’t ever forget. Whether you go off to college, go off to work for a living, or even go into business for yourself, the average classmate or those “run of the mill” people could care less about respect or determination and common sense. That can’t be taught at any college, yet it is more valuable than any degree you could ever earn. It is engraved in you by good people, good families – those who are with you in good times and in bad – that’s why there is a little of it in our world today. Don’t lose all the goodness within you – don’t compromise your character. But even more important than all of this, remember where you came from. Not only this community, but from God himself, the one who betrothed into you the very breath of life. In the next few months, each of you will have a tremendous amount of new freedom. You’ll become your own boss in lots of ways. You’ll make personal choices that will have a big impact on who you are. Tremendous freedoms, but more importantly, tremendous responsibilities – most of all to yourself and to God. As each of you go forth from this graduation ceremony, know this for sure: It’s all about how we are to each other, what we do to and for each other each day. You cherish, you remember, and you apply all that you have gained in these years at Nazareth ISD and from every person of this community – knowing that in those times when all the people are not around – when you struggle with assignments and exams – when you’re tempted to give into the crowd – when choices that you know are bad start to look good – when impossible situations stare you in the face – God who gave you life and continues to give you life every day, will be right there. Nothing in this life is more precious than the soul that God placed in your being at birth — No degree, no career, no dream – no matter how breathtaking. As for us, we will pray for you and offer you every ounce of support we can, praying that you remain faithful to your call in life. So we send you forth on this day. Remember where and from whom you came from and where you are going.

   Congratulations and may God be with each one of you.

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