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Scott City Knights looking at ways

to get men more involved in their parish

SCOTT CITY -- With St. Joseph Church on the last leg of a massive renovation project, approximately 25 men gathered Feb. 22 at Shallow Water School for the first of what is hoped will be many gatherings designed both for fun and fellowship.

    The gathering was also meant to kick off an organized effort by the Knights of Columbus to get men more involved with the Church and with parish activities.  
    Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus council 5212, the retreat included a presentation by Eric Haselhorst, stewardship director for the Diocese of Dodge City.
    “Eric touched on a number of topics” said Dan Sattler. “He spoke about ‘ownership’ of our religion, where each of us found ourselves in the ‘circle of God’, and about the importance of having knowledge of our religion, among other topics.”
    The long-range goal of the gatherings, said Knight Virgil Kuntz, “is to have a men’s group meet each week for an hour and talk about certain subjects.” He stressed that the group would not only be open to members of the Knights. “We’ll have programs focus on marriage, family life, work, whatever.”
    Another primary goal is that from those meetings will spawn other, more social events, he said, such as father-son gatherings, husband-wife dinners, and many other events designed not only to provide spiritual enrichment, but a good dose of fun. And through it all will be the underlining design of getting men more involved in their parish.
    “We’re looking at bringing speakers in, for example having someone from the wind generator come out and give us a tour of their equipment. We’ve got a lot of ideas, we just have to implement them.
    “I had been going to events in different denominations that provide these classes and what-not,” Kuntz said. “And we’re missing it. I’m wanting to carry some of that over to our church and get some men involved.”
    Kuntz, who is married to LeAnn and has two adult children, Rachelle and Justin, said that with the nearly completed reconstruction of their church and parish center comes a new energy in the parish.
    “There’s huge excitement going on in our church,” he said, “seeing the building coming together. Everyone’s getting excited to see what can happen.”
    Kuntz is hoping that should more men be drawn into activities with the parish, more men will, in turn, participate in the church – reading at Mass, ushering, becoming involved in CCD.  
    Sattler said that Haselhorst’s visit “was a delight … and he definitely held the full attention of the group throughout the evening. We hope to have him back soon.”
    The group opened the evening with a meal prepared by the Teens For Christ Youth Group, consisting of a potato bar with all the fixings.

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