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July 23, 2017

posted Jul 21, 2017, 5:30 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend at the 9:30AM Mass we             welcome FR. CANICE, a native son, who was ordained a priest in May at St. Vincent’s                   Monastery.  I invited Fr. Canice to return to his home parish and offer a Mass of Thanksgiving,         allowing any and all parishioners the opportunity to celebrate the gift of his priesthood through the     offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  There will be a small reception in the Activities Center  after his Mass instead of having donuts.  May God continue to bless him and all the priests with many years of happy and successful years in service of the Lord and His people.

And isn’t it wonderful that OUR LADY OF VICTORY has been the home of so many vocations in  recent years.  I think of Fr. Canice and Brother Matthew for the Benedictines.  I think of Peter Crowe ordained for our diocese.  I think of our own Fr. Jonathan who spent a summer with us, growing in his vocation.  How many in the past and how many more to come?  I think that speaks highly of the prayerfulness of our parish and the openness of our young people to respond positively to the call of God.  Please keep praying for more vocations, praying that more young people – men and women- will give their wholehearted YES to God.

Next weekend FR. RALPH will be speaking at all Masses informing us about the great strides that were made in Beyin, Ghana with the school, the church, and bakery and hopefully another project which will benefit the kids of the school.  We can be very proud of the work that is being done        under his guidance, all for God’s children and ultimately God’s glory and honor.  For anyone who would like to help continue his work there will be envelopes available in the baptistery.

I would like to take this time to THANK MR. CHRIS CHIRIELEISON, for his work over the past 4 years in assuming the job of principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.  Chris is leaving us to go to another ministry in the field of education.  Chris has been a wonderful principal, leading the             Academy over the past 4 years.  Under his leadership, the school has grown in number of         students, has been accredited through Middle States, has received local and national recognition and has turned out 100% student enrollment in colleges after graduation.  But, I feel that the most important fruit Chris has produced is overseeing the formation of students as faith leaders in the community, following the gospel values put forth by Jesus. To see these men and women living the Gospel is very heartwarming to me as a pastor.  Chris will be missed, but I am sure that we all wish him well as he begins a new chapter in his life.  May God continue to bless him and his family.



1.  But the doughnut was calling my name.

2.  I felt left out because they were eating.

3.  But it was my birthday, so I had to eat the whole cake.

4.  The kids overseas are starving, so naturally I have to clean my plate.

5. I had to get the bitter taste out of my mouth from eating the so- called dish, so I had an ice       cream.

6.  If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.

7. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are canceled out by the  

    diet soda.

8.  When you eat with someone else, calories don't count if you don't eat more than they do.

9. Food used for medicinal purposes NEVER count, such as hot chocolate, brandy, toast and  Sara Lee Cheesecake.

10. If you fatten up everyone else around you, then you look thinner.