On Sunday, October 19th our council held our annual communion breakfast with over 60 people in attendance. We all enjoyed the breakfast which was prepared by volunteer Knights. After the meal our council presented certificates of merit to two individuals who through their contributions of time and talents have helped to make our faith community more caring and meaningful; Sheila Gossen and Murray Goodfellow.
Sheila Gossen, a long-time member of the Catholic Women's League (C.W.L.) has served her community and our parish for most of her adult life. While raising her seven children, mostly on her own, she found the time to volunteer at the Alton Legion serving at weddings and other functions. She assisted in many fund-raising activities that the C.W.L. including knitting and donating items for their annual bazaar. In 1961, when St. Peter School opened as the first catholic school in our area, she was one of the first people to enroll her children at the school. For several years she was a lector at our week-day masses and continues to support and donate to catholic and humanitarian causes.
Murray Goodfellow, joined the Knights of Columbus in 1957 and received his 4th degree in 1976. Since joining the Knights he has served in many capacities. He has served as Grand Knight, District Deputy, Faithful Navigator, Chairman of the Diocesan Association and Regional Chairman. Murray has also served in executive positions on various councils and assemblies. To this day at the age of 88, he is a lector, an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and a member of one of our parish choirs.