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May 2014

St. John Paul on life and love

We live in interesting and challenging times. The devil seems to be working overtime to attack and undermine the sacred dignity of human life and human sexuality. Thankfully, as we celebrate in this Easter season, we worship a God who sent his only begotten Son to save us from our sins and to defeat death.


Larry Kindig, grand knight for Knights of Columbus Council 7034, talks with Father Lloyd Gnirk, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Valley, outside the church next to a 2½-ton “Life Rock” the Knights installed last fall.

Knights donate pro-life monument to Valley parish

VALLEY – It’s a powerful image reflecting God’s protection and the sanctity of life: a baby cradled in a hand, engraved in 2½ tons of glacial granite.


Formed in 2008 to augment the Life Teen program at St. Mary Parish in West Point, the LT Band recently recorded a CD featuring songs they have played at Masses over the last 5 ½ years. All are members of St. Mary Parish unless noted. Back row, from left, Bill Kreikemeier (a member of St. Leo Parish in Snyder), Dan Birchem (a member of St. Boniface Parish in Monterey), Bernie Manley, Lisa Manley, Greg Kreikemeier; front from left, Mike Knobbe (a member of St. Boniface), Deena Woods, Judy Perry, Jim Perry and Charissa Steffensmeier. Not pictured: Lisa Hunke.

West Point band finds family in music

Members of a long-running band at St. Mary Parish in West Point are finding family, faith and friendship in a simple, fun and spiritual way: singing and playing together at Masses and other events.

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