The aroma of omelets, sausage and biscuits filled the air Sunday morning in the St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish Center in Harker Heights during the Knights of Columbus Council 9930 monthly breakfast fundraiser.
Knight member Charles Fitzpatrick said the organization holds the event every first Sunday of the month and about 200 people participate.
“What we want to do is help our community and help our church,” Fitzpatrick said. “This is a great way to get the parish to sit here and have breakfast and have a good time.”
The funds collected from the breakfast flow into charities such as to the Killeen Food Center.
“We use the money for other charity events if people need money or when other things come up,” he said.
Council 9930 started 25 years ago in Harker Heights. Fitzpatrick said it started with a small church group that had a focus and a mission to help the community. Each member is at least 18 years old and a practicing Catholic.
He said the breakfast fosters camaraderie between members after morning Masses.
“Families and church members are here talking, and a lot of new members that joined the church,” Fitzpatrick said. “This is a good time for them to come and meet other families and they get acquainted with the church.”
Attendees enjoyed a low-priced meal that included scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and fruit.
Knights member Alfred Ponze fired up the portable burners and cooked omelets Sunday morning.
“The significance is the fellowship and the charity which is very special,” he said. “There’s different types of charities...and there are also some ... ministries that we support.”
Participants look forward to monthly meals.
“There is definitely some socializing and our kids get to experience it,” said Harker Heights resident Jen Gutierrez. “It teaches them show respect to others, community center and to help others.”
“It brings a community together after they worship and come and meet one another,” said Rev. Richard O’Rourke, priest at St. Paul Cong Hasang Catholic Church. “It’s good to meet as many people as much as possible, as they can bring the children and they can run around as well. But the food and company is excellent.”
The Knights of Columbus monthly breakfast is held e from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. every first Sunday of the month.