Herald JournalHerald Journal, Sept. 15, 2003

Mass brings urban and rural together

By Julie Yurek

Once a year, folks are reminded of a simpler time when rural life was a part of everyone's life, where food for the kitchen table came from the local area.

The Rural Life Mass remembers farmers and brings urban and rural people together to give thanks.

The Mass is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus (KCs) of Winsted council 8253.

The KCs is a male, Catholic, volunteer group that is committed to charity, giving aid to those in need, serving the church, and acting for the good of their country.

The Mass took place at the Greg and Heidi Otto farm north of Lester Prairie Aug. 27.

More than 140 people attended the Mass and potluck. Attendees also listened to a guest speaker after Mass.

Lester Prairie native Dr. Peter Smyth was the guest speaker. He spoke about faith, perseverance, and how life goes on after life-changing events.

"It was a good mix of ages," said Grand Knight Charles Weber of rural Winsted.

Weber handed out glow sticks to the children so they could play after Mass.

This is about the 20th year the Mass has taken place, he said.

The Knights of Columbus

The Rural Life Mass is only one of about 30 events the KCs sponsor.

Events that the KCs participate in or sponsor include:

· the servers' trip

· San Lucas mission trip

· the memorial Mass

· the pro-life breakfast

· a circus once a year

· Relay for Life fundraiser

· Holy Trinity marathon

· free-throw contest

· donation to the biology room at Holy Trinity

· Little League sponsor

· Polka Mass

· clothing drive

· bloodmobile support ­ helping set up and provide lunch every other drive

· Worn-a-bit donations

· McLeod County Food Shelf

· fish fry

· saying the rosary at KCs members' wakes and presenting plaques at funerals

· fifth Sunday Masses

· the tootsie roll fundraiser

New members welcomed

The KCs organization began in 1882, 121 years ago. Its founder is Father Michael McGivney of New Haven, Conn.

The KCs organization raised and donated a record $128.5 million to charity and a record 60.8 million hours of service, according to KCs web site www.kofc.org.

The Winsted council currently has 260 members, Weber said.

To become a member of the KCs, one must be at least 18 years old.

Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month at Holy Trinity Church social hall at 7:30 p.m.

Anyone who is interested in joining may contact Weber at (320) 485-2566, Roger Guennigsman at (320) 485-2680, or Walter Kerber at (320) 485-3877.

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