Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 10, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 8, 2007 Page: 4 of 24
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4A Thursday, March 8, 2007
Port Aransas South Jetty
, " .1 ..F'SHiNG
So much art!
Patrons enjoyed all types of art at the fifth annual All Member Show on Friday, March 2, at the monthly
First Friday reception held at the Art Center for the Islands. Member art will be displayed for viewing
and for the public to vote for their favorites through Friday, March 30.
Fun, inspiring describe Laughing Bird
Laughs and inspiration describe
the Laughing Bird Music and
Comedy Show to be held Sunday,
March 18. The program is pre-
sented by the Joint Effort Leisure
Ministry (JELM) and will be at the
Pollock Center, 129 S. Alister St.,
behind the Community Presbyte-
Tickets are $7 each and may
be purchased at the JELM Center
or at the door. Doors will open
at 6:15, and the show starts at 7
Laughing Bird is the husband
and wife folk-rock team of Tu-
pelo and Janey Kenyon. The duo
spends most of the year perform-
ing on the road, living out of a
The Kenyons also have a place
in the Pacific Northwest where
they retreat for respite.
"The show is full of love and
inspiration as well as enough belly
laughs to exercise your gut, your
lungs and your spirit. JELM is
delighted that they are returning to
Port Aransas and that we were able
to contract with them for another
delightful evening of entertain-
ment," said JELM director Kate
Passion flower: Meant for Lent?
a bit early for
blooms, vines of
our native passion
flowers may well
be spotted along
fence rows and in
brushy areas. At
least four species
of passion flower
might be found in the Coastal Bend,
but on the island you'd most likely
encounter Passiflora foetida var. gos-
sypifolia commonly called Corona
de Cristo. Found primarily in tropical
and sub-tropical areas, more than 600
species of passion flowers have been
identified throughout the world, but all
belong to the one and only genus in the
First discovered and named by a
monk, Jacomo Bosio in the 17th cen-
tury, the passion flower in bloom was
considered by early Spanish explorers
to be a sign their expeditions had di-
vine approval. This evolves from the
religious significance assigned to the
various flower parts: The 10 whitish
to violet "petals"(actually five sepals
and five petals) are the 10 apostles,
less Judas the betrayer and Peter the
denier; the 72 purple corona filaments
represent the crown of thorns; the
five stamens, the five wounds; and
the three stigmas, the nails piercing
Christ's hands and feet. In some spe-
cies, 30 spots on the underside of the
petals represent the 30 pieces of silver
paid to Judas. The varietal name,
gossypifolia, refers to its three-lobed
leaves that resemble those of cotton.
With the attribution of this lore to its
bloom, it's little wonder the Spanish
explorers associated the divine with
the passion flower.
Descending to more earthly at-
tributes, the passion flower has an
impressive record in the folk and herbal
medicine sphere. Extracts of passion
flower leaves, along with several other
herbs, have been used to treat alcohol-
ism, depression, nervousness, asthma
and insomnia. Certain alkaloids found
in passion flower have been effective in
ufj- : :
Courtesy photos by Dr. John Fucik
Passion for flowers
Displaying a section of passion flower vine is Ryan Brown, a
kindergartener at H.G. Olsen Elementary School. Ryan is the 5-
year-old son of Jim and Windy Brown of Port Aransas. Insets show
close-up views of a passion flower leaf and bloom.
reducing arterial pressure and slowing
respiratory rates. Isolated from its tis-
sues, the organic compounds harmine
and harmaline have shown activity
in the body's sodium and potassium
chemistry and have been used to treat
Finally, aqueous extracts of leaves of
Passiflora incarnata, a related species
found in the Coastal Bend, have shown
activity in repelling tobacco budworm
and controlling some fungal and bacte-
For the sake of impartiality, on the
down side it should be mentioned that
the species namz, foetida, is the botani-
cal equivalent of stink. Perfumed like a
rose, our passion flower is NOT.
Dr. John Fucik is a horticultural!1st
retired from the Texas A&M Agricul-
tural Extension Service.
DAYS GONE BYE!
Downtown Aransas Pass
* excludes some merchandise
HOURS THRU MARCH 9TH
356 S. Commercial • Downtown Aransas Pass • 361-758-7372 • Closed Saturday & Sunday
Moving to historic downtown Victoria
Priest from India now at St. Joseph
The new priest at St. Joseph
Catholic Church in Port Aransas
shares one thing in common with
his predecessor - they're both from
Father John Xaviour Ameppa-
ramdil replaces Msgr. Rory Deane,
who was pastor here for more than
50 years. Deane is from Ireland;
Amepparamdil is from India.
However, Father Xaviour, as he
likes to be known, doesn't intend to
try to fill the shoes of the long-time
"You can never step into some-
one's shoes," he said.
He said he grew up with the
Catholic Church at his birthplace in
"I always grew up with the church
and was active in organizations as a
Father John Xaviour
Staff photo by Judy K. Krantz
Line Dancing (Beg.)
Line Dancing (Adv.)
Body Toning/Stretching Pollock Center
Tai Chi Pollock Center
Blood Pressure Checks JELM Library
Dominoes/"42" JELM Welcome Rm.
Golden Oldies Jam Pollock Center
Mugs & Muffins
Brown Bag Lectures
Card Game: 500
Texas Hold 'em For Fun
JELM Welcome Rm.
Line Dancing (Beg.)
Line Dancing (Adv.)
Pinochle-Really! 719.429.1704 JELM Library
Golden Oldies Jam
March 12: Shopping rip to San Marcos Outlet Malls.
Make reservations by calling Call (361) 749-5321 stopping by the
JELM Center, 113 S. Alister St. next to
Community Presbyterian Church.
boy," he said.
From that, going into the priest-
hood was a natural step for him.
"I don't know that I've ever
wanted to be anything other than a
priest," he said.
He didn't start out by leaving In-
dia, however. Instead, he was sent as
a missionary to the northern part of
that country, where he said churches
are much less organized than they
are in the south.
He wound up in South Texas
because his home diocese has a
contract with the Diocese of Cor-
pus Christi. He was sent first to the
church in Tivoli, in Refugio County.
From there he went to Flour Bluff
for two months, and arrived here in
"Sending you (to the United
States) is a sign of gratitude for con-
tributions the churches there have
made here," he said his bishop told
him before he left India.
Though he's only been here for a
few weeks, Father Xaviour already
feels that he has Port Aransans
"It's a very warm community," he
said. "That makes (my job) easy."
He said he plans no changes from
the way St. Joseph operates here,
although, he added, "If I see some-
thing, and my talents apply, I'll try
to enrich it."
"Being here is an enriching expe-
rience for me," he said, "and I hope
it will be a good experience for the
community as well."
Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with an
art-buying spree that includes savings
of 10 to 50 percent.
Art aficionados will be treated to
art work at a lower price at the Third
It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
March 17, at the Art Center for the
Islands, 323 N. Alister St.
The monthly sale is held to encour-
age the public to view local artists'
While shopping, the public may
vote on the member pieces displayed
through Friday, March 30. The votes
will determine which artists will
display pieces in the August group
HOURS TO MARCH 9th
CHURCH OF CHRIST
James Bruster, Minister
Sunday Bible Class 9 a.m.
Worship 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Wednesday Class 7 p.m.
749-5498... .361 -563-8232
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
OF LATTER DAY SAINTS
Paul Campbell, President
Sacrament Meeting: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:45 a.m.
Primary: 10:45 a.m.
Priesthood and Relief Society:
3035 Hwy 35 N.
Richard Safford, Pastor
Sunday Worship: 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m. Sun.
Bible Study 4:00 p.m. Wed.
113 S. Alister 749-5319
11TH STREET CHRISTIAN
John Pritchett, Minister
Sunday School: 10 a.m.
Worship: 11 a.m.
11th & Nelson Ave.
James Sturgis, Pastor
938 W. Lott Ave., Aransas Pass
Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m.
William Campbell, Pastor
Study - all ages 9:45 a.m.
Worship: 8:30 a.m. - Traditional;
11:00 a.m. - Contemporary
Evening Worship: T.B.A.
Wed. Prayer Service: 7 p.m.
200 N. Station 749-6479
(Disciples of Christ)
Rev. David Dear, Pastor
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.
Worship: 11 a.m.
337 W. Nelson & Rife
Sea Isle Village Condominiums
1129 S. 11 th St. Jessica Torres
Pt Aransas, TX General Mgr.
Apartments & Motel
Advertise in the
ISLAND IN THE SON
Rev. Dixie L. Robertson
Sunday Service: 8:45 & 11 a.m.
Sunday School at 9:50 a.m.
12 miles so. of Port Aransas
on Hwy 361... 361-438-2337
ISLAND WORSHIP CENTER
Sabrina Grubbs, Pastor
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
Wed. Bible Study - 7 p.m.
1801 S. 11th 749-5772
ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC
Father John Xaviour
Rosary 7:45 & Mass 8 a.m. daily
Sunday Mass: 9 & 11 a.m.
Saturday Mass: 5 p.m.
Holy Days 8 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Confession: 4 p.m.
100 N. Station 749-5825
Rev. Al Leveridge, Vicar
10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Adult and Youth Christian
Education: Sunday 6 p.m.
Wed. Eucharist: 9:30 a.m.
433 Trojan St 749-6449
the Church of
100 E. White
Mora Marine Service
ISO W. Cotter
710 Alister 749-5666
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