June 29, 2016 ~ Year 8, No. 45


Forty-two teens from the Holy Family Youth Group attended a three day catholic conference called Steubenville of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado. The group consisted of outgoing freshman through graduated seniors, and they were led by 8 team members as well as Deacon Bob Birkenfeld.

The bus left Thursday morning with a long drive ahead including a stop at the Stations of the Cross Shrine in San Luis, Colorado. The conference started Friday evening and lasted until Sunday. It all took place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and was hosted by the Archdiocese of Denver for the 19th year in a row. With over 2,500 participating youth from all over the United States, the conference was a faith-filled weekend with lots of learning and excitement led by a team of speakers and worship group.

A big thank you goes to all who made the trip possible and gave the group the opportunity to experience such a special weekend. It would not have been possible without the outpouring of support from not only the fundraiser dinner but also the continuous prayers and other donations. Please continue to keep the group in your prayers as they bring their renewed faith back to the community and their families and friends.



Last weekend, when the Amarillo Globe News released their baseball super team, recently graduated senior Logan Schulte and junior Jake Waldo were two of the few small school athletes to be given an honor. Schulte and Waldo, along with 18 other local athletes were named as honorable mention players in addition to the 15 who were named to the super team roster. Logan was recognized for his success as an infield player and Jake was acknowledged for his work as the catcher.  Congratulations to both of these boys for earning this great honor to recognize their hard work.


Jake Waldo


Logan Schulte


Picture4This past weekend a few members of the Nazareth Community attended the 19th Teen ACTS retreat at the Bishop DeFalco retreat center in Amarillo. Derrick Schacher, Tausha Schacher, Garrison Kleman, and Tommy Russell were all on team, and they spent 13 weeks with meetings on Sunday afternoons preparing for the weekend. There were 22 total teens who attended the retreat and Eric Heitschmidt was the only retreatant from Nazareth. The group spent four days with other teens and adults learning about their path to God and ways to grow closer to Him. The amazing faith-filled weekend started on Thursday evening with sendoff, continued Saturday to the candlelight service with the community, and finished with a mass and hamburger dinner on Sunday. The theme for the weekend was Joshua 1:9. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.”



As the Texas FFA Convention approaches, the Nazareth FFA chapter has earned a number of awards and honors and will soon be recognized for their great success and hard work.

The Nazareth FFA was recently ranked the 3rd best single teacher ag program in the state of Texas. The award measures chapter involvement and achievement in all areas of the FFA competitive structure. There are over 700 single teacher ag departments across the state of Texas. This is the 8th year in a row that Nazareth has been ranked in the top 5 best chapters in the state of Texas.

Lars Schilderink won the Dairy Cattle proficiency through his record book. His book, Supervised Agricultural Experience or SAE, includes working at the dairy and keeping records on what he does and learns. He won a $1,000 scholarship and will compete at the National FFA convention in October for an additional scholarship.

Nazareth FFA has four students earning their lone star degree at State FFA Convention: Teri Burnett, Tucker Huseman, Morgan Nelson, and Lexy Ethridge. The lone star degree is the highest honor and degree that a student can earn through FFA.

Through many application and interview processes, Roxanne Wilhelm earned a $10,000 Texas FFA scholarship sponsored by Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation. She will also receive this award at the Texas FFA Convention next month. In total for the 2015-2016 school year, the Nazareth FFA earned $47,000 in scholarship money for the members.


Roxanne Wilhelm and Ag teacher Austin Heck


Please consider donating your child’s backpack to our Recycle for Caring, we will distribute these through the “We Care” Food Pantry in August. Bring your used backpacks to Mrs. Birkenfeld at school, or place in the Church foyer.

2016 College Graduate

Derek Schulte, son of Roger & Deanna Schulte recently graduated from Texas Tech University. Derek is the grandson of Clyde Hoelting and the late Bea Hoelting and Floyd and Dorothy Schulte. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering. Congratulations Derek!


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