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AROUND CAL CITY: Witnessing joy and wonder at St. Victor
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AROUND CAL CITY: Witnessing joy and wonder at St. Victor

Well, it was pretty cool.

Being a part of a first communion… several really.

Not mine. That was in the early 50s. Nor any of my immediate family, though some will be coming up.

I was privileged to be communion minister Sunday at St. Victor church in Calumet City.

There were seven young people who received the Catholic sacrament in which believers take consecrated bread and wine as the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

I was a cup (wine) minister and several of the first communicants came to me and I offered them the cup with the words “Blood of Christ” to which they answered “Amen”.

I saw on their faces looks of… joy and wonder, and fear and seriousness and pride, and angelic beauty and innocence all bound together in that moment. And there were looks of pride on the faces of parents who accompanied them.

Pretty cool.

Although Catholic numbers have been declining nationally, there were 73 first communions at the various masses at St. Victor and Our Lady of Knock. It’s a good omen.

And though many baptized Catholics who made their first communions end up not being regular church attendees, I think that some of the Catholic/Christian precepts remain part of their lives.

Some passings

Two deacons of the Catholic Church connected to St. Victor passed recently.

Leonard Delisi early this month. Leonard owned a travel agency and was in the travel business for over 40 years. He arranged many trips for church groups. My wife was group leader on a trip to Savannah and Charleston. Just a few days before the trip, Leonard died.

A true Cal City character, he will be missed.

Tom Kreidler was also a deacon at St. Victor where he also played in and led the St. Victor Glory Choir during its hay day. Tom was also a hospital chaplain. He and his wife, Kathy, who taught at St. Victor and Thornridge, were retired and living in Florida.

The two St. Victor deacons died within two hours of each other.

Rest in peace…and peace to the families.


I’ll be hosting a Trivia Nite Out at St. Victor on June 2. Contact me for details. It’s a fun time.

Thanks for reading.


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