I knew from the moment I met Monsignor Moreton, he was literally a cool person. Monsignor’s first order of business when he began his ministry at Our Lady of Victory in 1998 was to put in air conditioning in all the classrooms. This was the first of many long- term commitments Monsignor made to our school and our church.
Monsignor knew our school was a second home for families so he did everything he could to make Our Lady of Victory inviting and comfortable: classrooms were painted and carpets installed. And when the time came to expand, Monsignor oversaw the creation of the pre-school, playgrounds and Mary’s Grotto.
When he wasn’t restoring our school, he was restoring our souls at church. His homilies were interesting, easy to follow and often humorous. After each mass Monsignor celebrated, I left with a plan to be a better person the next week. He also taught his fellow priest! Father Avila called him “a priest’s priest.” Everyone could learn from him!
What I loved most was Monsignor’s sense of humor. It did not matter how low we felt or how hard the task was, Monsignor was able to inspire and uplift us with his many, many stories. Someone recently shared with me this quote from Monsignor, “Animals and children love me, the rest not so much.”
Monsignor’s funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday March 3rd at 10:30am. Because he loved our school so very much, his family has asked that our school children attend the service if possible. If you choose to bring your child please have them wear their formal uniforms so that they will be visible to the Moreton family.
On a final note…I will always remember how Monsignor made everyone feel important. Regardless of their station in life, job or circumstance Monsignor noticed and appreciated everyone he met. I will miss him very much and continue to use what I’ve learned from him in my daily life. Have a blessed week. Go in peace and don’t run in the halls.
Deborah J.V. Nettell
Saint Dominic (1170- 1221) St. Dominic was the founder of the Order of Preacher, who put great importance on poverty, both of the individual and the community. The Dominicans altered the course of intellectual history by making a well-thought-out response to the new learning of the times.
Special Thanks To – Molly Garcia, Betty Kempen, Amy Hirata and volunteers for the organizing the Father Daughter Dance. The event was wonderful in every way!
Pray For: Monsignor Moreton’s family to find peace during their time of grief.
Congratulations– to the Chipps family on the birth of their son Scott Darren Chips Born February 20th. He weighed in at 8 pounds 10oz. and 20.5 inches long.
Prayers of the Day – Lord Jesus, baptize me with love.
Mark Your Calendars!
NO SCHOOL– March 3rd, Monsignor Moreton’s Funeral Mass @ 10:30am OLV Church
Book Fair – March 4th – March 7th
Tahoe Joe Fundraiser– March 4th
Ash Wednesday Mass – March 5th at 9am – students must wear formal uniform
End of 2nd Trimester – March 7th
Third Grade First Reconciliation – March 8th at 9:00am
OLV School Mass – March 9th @ OLVChurch 9:30am
Parent Club Meeting – March 11th @ 6pm
Peach Blossom – March 14th FresnoState
Report Cards Go Home – March 14th
School Rally– March 17th at 2:15pm
Noon Dismissal- March 19th
Optional Parent/Teacher/Student Conference– March 19th. More information to come.
Yearbook Ads DUE – March 20th See flyer in Family Envelope.
Golf Tournament– March 28th
No School– March 28th. Going golfing!