March 23, 2016 ~ Year 7, No. 120


A nice crowd attended the St. Paddy’s Celebration on Sunday afternoon at the Home Merc, with music by the talented Texas Tech University students playing in the Caprock Ceili, and the fine footwork of the dancers who convinced several locals to join in on some jigs and reels!




Over the course of the past two weeks at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, one lamb made the sale, two steers made the sale, twelve barrows made the sale, and the dairy cattle judging team won third.
The success began in the lamb show with Hallie Kleman. She won her class with her medium wool lamb and made the sale. Four students did well with their Hamp barrows and all made the sale. Tye Schulte placed third, Bradyn Bullard placed third, Tate Schulte placed sixth, and Tucker Huseman placed sixth. The students ended first round of the barrow show with four more students placing high enough to make the sale. Sara Kleman placed ninth with her cross, Garrison Kleman placed ninth with his Berk, Faithe Huseman placed fifth with her Berk, and Caitlin Kleman placed eighth with her Berk.

In the following days, the show team added even more placings and spots in the sale. Jett Ramaekers placed seventh with his Chester barrow and made the sale. Hydie Dyer won her class with her cross barrow, making the sale, and then went on to win reserve light weight division. Chandler Schulte won her class of cross barrows to make the sale and ultimately win the middle weight division. Kari Schulte placed fifth with her cross barrow and made the sale. In the steer show, Caitlin Kleman placed third with her shorthorn, and Lexi Huseman placed fifth with her limi steer, putting them both in the sale.

The dairy cattle judging team finished up the show last weekend by earning third place out of the 64 teams that competed. Lars Schilderink led the team placing 9th high individual followed by Mike Schilderink in 11th and Ellen Schilderink in 25th. Other members of the team were Lexy Ethridge and Emily Heitschmidt. There were over 200 students participating in the competition.

Congrats to all of these students on a great job!!!

Picture3 Lexi Huseman


Lars Schilderink, Emily Heitschmidt, Lexy Ethridge, Ellen Schilderink, Mike Schilderink



On Monday, Larry Cunningham and workers from Amarillo began work on refurbishing the wood floor in the main section of the Home Mercantile building.  The job is expected to take 2-3 weeks, with floor repair where needed, sanding and leveling, and sealing coats as a finishing touch.


Larry Cunningham



The Sacred Triduum (three days) that commemorate the last days of our Lord before His Resurrection, will be celebrated locally at Holy Family Church, with special emphasis on this Year’s Jubilee of Mercy and three special liturgies. Everyone is invited to join the parish for praise and worship our Risen Lord Jesus.

Holy Thursday — March 24th, 7:00 pm,

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper reflects upon the Sacrificing Lord who washes the feet of His Apostles as an example of serving love, and then shares with them the Sacrament of His Body and Blood as a Perpetual Memorial. During the “Gloria” Hymn, our church bells will ring out across Nazareth in praise of God for the last time until Easter Vigil. The Holy Communion challenges us to share Christ with brothers and sisters around the world who are in agony – as we process the Eucharist out from our church to a symbolically distant altar in the Holy Family Inn, where prayerful adoration is encouraged until 10 pm.

Good Friday – March 25th, at 3:00 pm, we will pray the Way of the Cross (hopefully out of doors) as we recall the passion and crucifixion of Jesus. Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available in the church.

At 7:00 pm, A Good Friday Liturgy is offered with the Reading of the Passion in John’s Gospel, veneration of the Cross, and communion consecrated from Holy Thursday. The grace-filled day is invitational for prayer, meditation, and honoring the death of Jesus our Savior. Many families do acts of kindness for those in need.

Holy Saturday – March 26th, at 8:15 pm, we will begin in the darkness of the church, listening prayerfully to the story of salvation leading up to the death and resurrection of the Lord. Blessing of a symbolic New Fire and Pascal Candle honoring the “light that cannot be extinguished” – Jesus Risen and Glorified – brings us to the joyful proclamation “Jesus Christ is Risen From the Dead”. Sacraments for new members are celebrated, along with the Mass of the Resurrection. A newcomers reception follows will at the Senior Citizens Center.

Easter Sunday – March 27th, at 9:15 am, joyfully continues the faith celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection from the Tomb. Bells will peal out the “Gloria” as we listen to the Proclamation of the Good News of Christ’s Resurrection and our participation in it. The Mass will include the Renewal of our congregation’s Baptismal Promises of Faith, and lead us to Easter Communion with the Risen Lord.



The Swifts had a great turnout for their yearly baseball tournament last weekend with the games beginning on Thursday and finishing up on Saturday.

Teams from many schools participated in the tournament including Plainview JV, Tulia, Friona, Kress, Slaton, Clarendon JV, and Lubbock JV.

The Nazareth team defeated Plainview JV in the first game 6-5 with a comeback win in the bottom of the 7th inning. However, they fell short to Friona 0-2. The other half of the bracket competed on Friday, leading to the Swifts third place game against Lubbock JV. They lost a hard fought game 4-8.

The team of Friona won the tournament with a victory over Slaton in the championship, 9-4.

The Swifts will have their next showing on Friday, March 25. This game will be their district opener against the Kress Kangaroos at 12 p.m..


PHOTO: Logan Schulte



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