S: Brother, Cousin Uncle , Friend Father Joe
FC: 50 Years Of | This Is Your Life!
1: are like quilts: Lives pieced together, stitched with memories, and bound by love. | a year in
3: To: Joe Nic From: Rick Dutmer (Dut) neighbor from kindergarten through 9th grade. Well Nic here goes: 1)Joe Nic had hair so thick there was no brush that could get through it, Momma Rose would try to get a brush through that hair every morning in the front seat of the station wagon as we rolled to St Bernadette’s. It was a sight, seeing Joe cringe as Mrs Nic intensely worked that brush. 2)Mr Nic,( Papa-Cat) was not a very good driver, and having 4 Nics squeezed in the front bench seat and 3 or 4 more Dutmers’ piled in the back of the station wagon didn’t help. Maybe if the defroster would have worked and little Joe was able to be a spotter rather than a victim of the hair brush we could have avoided regularly driving onto the Hinkle’s lawn as we took the left turn a little wide on City View Dr. Joe are you a better driver than your Dad? 3)The neighbor kids, Joe Nic, Rick Dut, Joe Dut and Bill Gridley would always attend the annual Aldersgate Church corn boil. Bill Grid wasn’t Catholic but we supported his church anyway. It was all the corn you could eat. As we finished each ear we would stack the corn cobs like Lincoln Logs, building up the house as high as we could. Joe Nic was great to have along as he had a big appetite and a bottomless stomach, which resulted in a very impressive corn cobb house. 4)The Nicolosi’s used to have prayer meetings in their basement. All us neighbor kids didn’t know what was going on. It was a great mystery. Was it a séance? A revival? Were they speaking in tongues? Having convulsions? Or were they just drinking that dandelion wine Mr Nic used to make and partying? Whatever it was I guess it eventually rubbed off on Joe Nic, or should I say Father Nic. 5)No one knows this but I quit playing tackle football because of Joe Nic. Why? Well picture yourself in 8th grade playing tackle football in our side yard with no pads and trying to bring down Joe Nic. He had thighs bigger than my entire body. Joe Nic was strong, and I was a wimp. Thanks for not damaging me for life Joe, and thanks for ending my NFL dream. 6)Joe Nic had the attention span of a gnat, has this changed? 7)Joe Nic had the best Christmas presents, we had epic battles in his family room with Battling Tops and Rock em’ Sock em’ Robots. 8)The volume was always on high at the Nicolosi’s, and I am not talking about the stereo. Put it this way, you knew when not to go over to see if Joe Nic wanted to play. Joe, I wish you the best on your next 50 years, if you ever get out to Colorado please come by for a visit! Love, Rick Dut | 8 Things You Might Not Know About Joe Nic (from way back)
5: I was eating breakfast in the refectory early one Sunday morning. There were very few people there, so it was easy to notice Joe skulking in by himself. He was half asleep, his hair was sticking out all over the place, and he had pretty heavy stubble. However, what struck me the most was his sweatshirt. I looked at it. I looked again. I then did a third take. I decided to approach him to ask about his choice of attire. I began to walk toward my friend who is so incredibly proud to be 100% Sicilian that one of his fantasy football team names is "Made Men" (as if to suggest that, "if I weren't a priest..."). I was right about what was on his sweatshirt: The emblem from the German flag with the word "Deutchsland" boldly printed underneath the symbol. I asked Joe what was up with the sweatshirt. Joe simply responded, "I got it out of The St Martin De Porres bin." After gathering myself, I replied, "You mean the bin where we donate clothes to be given to the poor?" Without missing a beat (and quite incredulously, I might add), Joe looked at me and said, "I am a seminarian. I'm Poor!" He just walked away to get his coffee and eggs with Louisiana Hot Sauce. Jason Blake | Po' Joe
7: The greatest of these is love. | Faith Hope Love
11: St. Charles Borromeo | LEARN | Saints
15: . . . God is light and in Him there is no darkness. 1 John 1:5
20: Fun Frantic Fearless Friendly inFuriating | Fun-Loving Resilient | 5 Words that Describe Fr. Joe! | Ginny Kissamis | Colleen Nicolosi | Joyful Optimistic Energetic | Honest Quiet Brave Kind Goodhearted | Fillippo Nicolosi
25: It was a late spring Sunday morning near the end of hospitality following the 8 AM Mass. Fr Joe stopped me and asked if I would take the place of a Finance Council member who needed to spend more time with his ailing wife. We talked for a few minutes. I never met the person but knew that he was the chairman of the Council. I agreed to finish his tern but not as a chairman. Later, when I read the Sunday bulletin I found my name listed as Chairman of the Finance Council. Therefore, the printing and distribution of the bulletin occurred prior to me being asked. I still wonder if Fr knew I could not say no. No thanks to the other members of the Council, I did become the acting Chairman at the first meeting and as chairman for the next two years. Don Oomens
27: Upon This Rock
28: LIVE | L A U G H
29: "Flowers look up to the sun: Children look up to their Mothers." - Jamie Bertucci
33: Joe and "DA COACH"
34: Joe and "DA COACH"