Well, we did not have the live German Band (the music was piped in) nor did we spend 3 days in prep, but the Meadow Hall Chapter of the Family of Man celebrated Oktoberfest on Friday, the 9th, in SK Tom Carter’s back yard. Grilled Brats on pizza rolls, German potato salad, sour kraut, fest bier and Maggie Carter’s delicious homemade apfelstrudel were served. It was not our usual annual gemutlichkeit but it was fun. Brother Joe Skowronski, and SKs Tom Carter, Tom Zorne and Bob Balog tried their best to keep the tradition alive!
On October 3, 2020, Pope Francis went to Assisi for the fourth time during his pontificate. There he signed his new Encyclical Fratelli tutti, before the tomb of St Francis of Assisi, after celebrating Holy Mass. The Encyclical on fraternity and social friendship was inspired by St Francis, as was the Pope’s second Encyclical, Laudato si’, on the care of our common home, published five years ago.
Eddie Byrne’s family have been parishioners at Saint John Neumann since 1988, and Eddie became a Knight and joined the Family of Man Council in 1994. Our council wants to recognize Eddie and his family’s contributions to a very successful food drive that the council conducted for the Cornerstones food bank. Eddie initiated, planned and coordinated the operation, and his daughters, Kerianne and Irelynn, promoted it on social media platforms, which greatly increased the number of donations. The council collected and delivered more than 2,800 pounds of food and supplies to the food bank.