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School was back in session for several Frassati Fellowship members Aug. 23 as the young adults received a crash course in home building and sweat equity during a Habitat for Humanity project.

The Frassati members didn’t let the steamy dog days of summer deter them from hammering, caulking, wielding a nail gun … or sweating as they worked to create a new home for Jennifer Paul, who contributed her own sweat equity in renovating a craftsman style home in North Knoxville.

Members of the Frassati Fellowship of young adults have been helping build a house for a Knoxville family. The Diocese of Knoxville group includes, from left, Cozette Sanders, Caleb Scrobak, Alvine Manabat, Angela Strong, Elijah Martin, Mariclair Tan, and Andrew Giminaro. Photo by Stephanie Richer

Members of the Frassati Fellowship of young adults have been helping build a house for a Knoxville family. The Diocese of Knoxville group includes, from left, Cozette Sanders, Caleb Scrobak, Alvine Manabat, Angela Strong, Elijah Martin, Mariclair Tan, and Andrew Giminaro.
Photo by Stephanie Richer

“We are ready to make this house a home,” she said, one that she will share with her son, Javon, who just started kindergarten. “I appreciate everyone out here helping us out.”

The Frassati builders included Cozette Sanders, Angela Strong, Mariclair Tan, Alvin Manabat, Andrew Giminaro, Elijah Martin, and Caleb Scroback. They installed cabinetry, baseboards, and molding under the guidance of skilled builders with Habitat for Humanity.

“Well, you know, Jesus said, ‘Faith without works is dead,’” said Dr. Martin, leader of the Frassati Fellowship. “So today, we are doing good works for other people, and so we are enriching our faith by spreading the love of Christ.”

He noted that although she could not be present, Jess Mearns was the member who arranged for the Frassati Fellowship to partner with Habitat for Humanity on the project.

The project also gave Frassati members an opportunity to develop their skills.

“I have a lot of handy-man skills, being an engineer,” said Andrew Giminaro. “It’s a good fit to be here.”

But more important was the fact that it was an opportunity to provide service to others.

“I think it’s important for us to give back to the community,” Mr. Giminaro said. “That’s why I’m here today.”

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By Bill Brewer and Jim Wogan

Notre Dame High School battled rival Knoxville Catholic and the clock Friday night as the Chattanooga Fighting Irish’s hopes for a last-second tie or victory fell short in the teams’ first football game of the 2014 season.

Knoxville Catholic scored 15 points in the first quarter and held off a tough Notre Dame squad to win its second straight Irish Bowl 15-12 at NDHS’s Jim Eberle Field.

Bishop Richard F. Stika presents the Irish Bowl Trophy to Knoxville Catholic High School football coach Steve Matthews following the Fighting Irish's 15-12 win over Notre Dame High School on Aug. 22. Photo by Bill Brewer

Bishop Richard F. Stika presents the Irish Bowl Trophy to Knoxville Catholic High School football coach Steve Matthews following the Fighting Irish’s 15-12 win over Notre Dame High School on Aug. 22.
Photo by Bill Brewer

The Fighting Irish from Knoxville was led by quarterback Zac Jancek, who had a career night by completing 21 of 35 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown. Jancek connected with Jordan Anderson on a 44 yard touchdown pass and Amari Rodgers scored on a 25-yard run as KCHS racked up 427 yards in total offense.

Notre Dame was able to intercept Jancek twice and stay within striking distance to the Knoxville rival.

Notre Dame quarterback Alex Darras, who had been sidelined following surgery on an injured leg three weeks ago, was given the go-ahead to play and entered the game after halftime with the Irish trailing KCHS 15-6. He sparked Notre Dame, leading drives that put the Chattanooga Irish in field goal range twice.

After closing the gap to 15-9 in the third quarter and then 15-12 in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame’s defense held Knoxville Catholic and took over possession in KCHS territory. With less than five minutes remaining in the game, Notre Dame’s offense took over and began a final drive sustained by key Darras completions and rushes that led to first downs.

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