Prayer Requests

Please include those identified below in your prayers. These prayer requests have been submitted by brother Knights.

Requests From Our Councils

From Council: 14489
Submitted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 for:
Brother Eugene Ramirez

Brother Eugene is having heart surgery on Friday August 18th. Please pray for our Brother.
GN Ed Thomas

From Council: 13908
Submitted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 for:
Tim Walters

From Council: 5067
Submitted on Monday, July 31, 2017 for:
Steve and Cindy Vertin Family

From Council: 5067
Submitted on Monday, July 31, 2017 for:
Jill Smith

From Council: 5067
Submitted on Monday, July 31, 2017 for:
Michael P. Harris

From Council: 5067
Submitted on Monday, July 31, 2017 for:
Bernie Nash

From Council: 5067
Submitted on Monday, July 31, 2017 for:
Francis Cobb

From Council: 5067
Submitted on Monday, July 31, 2017 for:
Bobby Guardado

From Council: 5067
Submitted on Monday, July 31, 2017 for:
Mildred Ottinger

From Council: 5067
Submitted on Monday, July 31, 2017 for:
Dennis Garreth

From Council: 12022
Submitted on Monday, July 31, 2017 for:
Bruce D. Thompson SR.

Dad has late stages of Alzheimer's .. Not expected to live much longer.
Thank you
Bruce Jr.

From Council: 10794
Submitted on Saturday, July 29, 2017 for:
Brother Phillip Walker, father of District Deputy SK Bob Walker

Walker, Phillip A. of Des Peres, Missouri, was born March 13, 1930 in Saint Louis, Missouri, to Phillip A. and Bertha (nee Volz) Walker, and entered into rest, Saturday, July 29, 2017, at his residence in Des Peres, Missouri, at the age of 87 years, 4 months and 16 days. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Elvera (nee Fabry) Walker and sister Dorothy (Frank) Hines. He is survived by, eight (8) children, Diane (Mark) Walker, David (Joyce) Walker, Bob (Sue) Walker, Dennis (Claire) Walker, Daniel (Rosa) Walker, Jeanne (David) Fugale, Patrice (Keith) Barnhart and Mary Moore. seventeen (17) grandchildren, thirteen (13) great-grandchildren. Phillip was a member of Holy Infant Catholic Church. He enjoyed working on cars and spending time with family. Phillip will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Services: Mass services will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 11:00 a.m. @ Holy Infant Catholic Church, 627 Dennison Dr., Ballwin, Mo. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Association or Kindred Hospice. Family and friends can review and share stories, photos and condolences online at and follow details of this event and others in the community at

From Council: 12022
Submitted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 for:
Dennis Smith

Recovery from cancer surgery.

From Council: 12022
Submitted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 for:
Wynn Butts

Recovery from illness. Please pray for him and his family.

From Council: 14745
Submitted on Sunday, July 23, 2017 for:
David Bruns and his family

Brother Knights, please pray for our departed Brother Dave Bruns and for his family in this sorrowful time.

From Council: 10794
Submitted on Saturday, July 22, 2017 for:
Brother Mark Donovan

Donovan, Mark Charles, Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Mark passed away on Wednesday, July 19, after suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was 65. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, he will be missed by many people. To meet him was to love him and he never shied away from a good time or a good beer and he has many, many friends.
The son of Charles and Lorraine Donovan (nee Simmons), he grew up in South County on Susan Road (off of Telegraph) in Saint Francis of Assisi Parish where he went to grammar school and later served as, up to that time, the youngest member of their parish council. As a boy he spent many days working on the grounds of the School Sisters of Notre Dame motherhouse on Ripa Ave. since his grandfather had been the caretaker there for numerous years. He is survived by his loving wife Theresa, sons Gregory, Andrew (Lisa), and David (Laina) Donovan and his daughter Maura (Jon) Carter. He was blessed to welcome into this world seven grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Sarah, Bryan, Scarlett, Anna, Caleb, and Cecilia. He is also survived by seven of his nine siblings, Judy (Bob) Keller, Charlotte (Tom) Ruzicka, Matt (Cathy), Mary, John, Luke and Robert (Kristi) Donovan. He was predeceased by his brother Dan (Jayne) and sister Bridget Donovan.
Mark graduated in 1969 from Bishop DuBourg High School and from the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy in 1974. He was a member of the Phi Delta Chi fraternity. He worked his entire career at Walgreen's as a pharmacist.
He has been a faithful parishioner of Holy Infant since 1976 and during that time he was President of the Parish Council, a member of the Athletic Association and the Men’s Club. He coached teeball, soccer, basketball and baseball, he was a Knight of Columbus, and most devotedly, a member of the choir and a cantor. Under his leadership at the Parish Council he worked with Monsignor Buchheit to build the new church and gymnasium. He also started up the Men’s Club fish fry and even had his uncle come out and install the gas lines and the fryers. Mark was a Catholic through and through and devoted a lot of time, talent and treasure to Mother Church. Holy Infant was our second home, after his parents’ house on Susan Road where we went nearly every Sunday for dinner and the Rosary (at 3pm - Grandma Donovan always had enough rosaries for everyone to pray along).
He loved singing… he was always singing. Simon and Garfunkel were his favorite. He loved records, and would always offer his children a dollar if we could name the artist on the radio when we would take road trips to the country. He knew almost all the songs recorded in the 1960’s and who performed them. We would sing Yellow Submarine, Grandma’s Featherbed, the Battle of New Orleans in 1814, and many others when driving in the car. The Music Man was his favorite musical and movie, followed up by The Quiet Man. When Mary Pancella formed the choir at Holy Infant in the 1980’s Mark signed up and sang every year until his illness took his singing voice away. On Christmas and Easter he sang with the choir, often at both of their Masses in addition to cantoring the early morning Mass on the Feast Day for Fr. Monahan.
He also loved the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Blues. He was very proud of the fact that he caught two foul balls on the fly at Busch Stadium. He also very happily skipped school his senior year at DuBourg to go to the the 1968 World Series (his mom ratted him out to the school who made him paint four of the classrooms as punishment… but he didn’t care) his only regret was that his beloved Cardinals didn’t win. He would play baseball by himself in the backyard and as he would hit and run he would call the game in the style of Harry Carey, his favorite Cardinals announcer. Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, and Kenny Boyer were his favorite players.
He met the love of his life, Theresa Centunzi, at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy and they were married at the age of 20 and celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in May 2017. They were absolutely devoted to each other.
He loved fishing, spending time with his friends - he had an annual float trip with his buddies and not a year (40+) was missed until he got sick, although some of those years ended up being a golf trip as they got older. He spent many a Friday night at the bar with his pals talking sports, pharmacy and politics. He longed for the day when he could spend all week fishing, going to the casino with Theresa, mowing the lawn and sharing a drink with his pals.
Tragically, as he was preparing to retire, he was diagnosed with ALS for which there is no viable treatment or cure. Thanks to the devotion, courage, and strength of his wife, he was able to spend his entire illness at home under her constant and loving care. The disease did give us the opportunity to prepare as best we could for his passing and while we don't know why he had to suffer in this way and go home to the Lord so soon, we trust in a God who does. We recall that His own Son was not spared suffering in this life. We trust too in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection and that his suffering was not in vain but allowed him to pass swiftly into the Paradise that God promises all His faithful.
We would like to thank all of those who came to visit and spend time with Mark during his illness, you have a special place in our hearts. There are far too many people to list who we owe so much to over the last year and a half. Mark had many visitors, some who came weekly or even more often to see him and to help Theresa take care of him. We couldn’t have done it without you. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Many thanks as well to the Knights of Columbus, Holy Infant support groups, the Wellspring Journey Project, the ALS Foundation and everyone who provided food, services, and support to Mark and Theresa during his illness.
One of Mark's favorite ways to answer the phone was "Empty Arms Hotel, Fred Friendly speaking!" Well, Dad, we trust that the arms of our Lord Jesus and His Blessed Mother are wide open for you. Safe travels home and we look forward to seeing you again... we'll look for you by the lake, have a rod and reel ready to go will you? and a few blue minnows (Busch Beer) to pass the time? We'll listen for your song: O show me the way to go home...
Services: Funeral from the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Monday, 9:45 a.m. to Holy Infant Catholic Church, Ballwin for 10:00 a.m. Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wellspring Journey Project, 3284 Taylor Ave., Bridgeton, MO 63044, ALS Assn. St. Louis Regional Chapter, 2258 Weldon Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63146 or the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 320 East Ripa Ave., St. Louis, MO 63125. Visitation at the FAMILY CENTER at SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, Sunday 3-8 p.m. Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at

State Council Requests

There are no State Council Prayer Requests so far this month.