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Youth Views: What was your experience at the 2014 March for Life?

Andy Munoz, 16
SS. Peter and Paul parish, Williamsburg

I am thankful I was able to go to the march. I was not going at first, but for some reason, God had a plan for me and continued to place my sisters to annoy and beg me to go. I realized I was missing out on something that was destroying people. I hope that my friends can go to the march next year.

 

Jarisa Santiago, 23
SS. Peter and Paul parish, Williamsburg

Joining the March for Life was very rewarding. It allowed me to understand the true meaning of life and the importance to value life. It led me to see that God has a plan for each one of us starting at conception. From hearing testimonies from women who had abortions, I was able to see that abortion marks people’s lives forever. I hope that next year more youth can join us to march against the injustice of abortion and the negative impact it has on society.

 

Karisa Munoz, 11
SS. Peter and Paul parish, Williamsburg

My experience was sad and a great suffering. It was sad to learn about the real truth of abortion. I knew it was going to snow and be cold, but I noticed that I didn’t come for me. I came for the babies that suffer and didn’t have a chance at life. I pray for the babies and all the women that have suffered from this pain. I pray that workers in abortion clinics come to see the truth of what they are doing.

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Online Exclusive: Auxiliary Bishops Visit Catholic Schools

 

Auxiliary Bishops Raymond Chappetto, Octavio Cisneros and Paul Sanchez visited Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens during Catholic Schools Week.

Bishop Chappetto, vicar general of the Diocese, visited two schools in Bensonhurst on Tuesday, Jan. 28: Our Lady of Guadalupe, at 9:15 a.m., and St. Athanasius, at 10:30 a.m.

Bishop Cisneros held an assembly on Friday, Jan. 31 at Our Lady of Trust Academy, Canarsie, at 8:45 a.m. He also celebrated Mass that same day at Midwood Catholic Academy, Flatlands, at 10:30 a.m.

Bishop Paul Sanchez visited St. Mary Gate of Heaven, Ozone Park, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday, Feb. 5, he celebrated Mass at St. Edmund’s, Sheepshead Bay, at 10:30 a.m.

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Obituaries

Bill Kresse, cartoonist for The Tablet, died Jan. 21 at the age of 80.

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Mr. Kresse

A retired artist for the New York Daily News, he had also worked for the now-defunct New York Herald Tribune, the Asssociated Press and Terrytoons.

He was an active member of St. Joan of Arc parish, Jackson Heights, where he had been active with the Ushers Society and the Holy Name Society.  He also belonged to Kearney Council of the Knights of Columbus. His activities with his parish and the K. of C. often found their way into his cartoons.

Msgr. Otto Garcia, pastor of St. Joan of Arc, said Kresse “was a very pleasant man who remained active in the parish and was always faithful to his commitment to the church.”

His work currently also appeared in The Queens Courier.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 28 at St. Joan of Arc Church. He is survived by Lorraine, his wife of almost 60 years.

Mary Ellen Maguire, a former guidance counselor at Bishop Kearney H.S., Bensonhurst, and Fort Hamilton H.S., died Jan. 7 at her home after a battle with cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 10 at Precious Blood Church, Monmouth Beach, N.J.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Donald, a former advertising executive for The Tablet.

She is survived by her sons Robert D. and James M. Maguire; her sister Marjorie T. McManus; and her brothers, Paul M. McManus, Robert W. McManus and Stephen McManus (Karen); and grandchildren Jack H., Matthew R. and Addison G. Maguire.

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Mrs. Falvey

Eileen V. Falvey, who served as secretary of Incarnation parish, Queens Village, for more than 20 years, died Jan. 6 at the age of 94.

She and her late husband, Hugh, were very active in parish life since moving there in 1952. She also worked closely with the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 13 at Incarnation Church. Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto presided.

Immediate survivors include her children Thomas, Ellen and Kevin; her sister, Mary Enersen of Bay Ridge; and five grandchildren.

Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village.

 

Sister Constance Horan, S.C., (Sister Constance Marie) died Jan. 20 at the Convent of Mary the Queen, Yonkers, N.Y., at the age of 100.

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Sister Constance

Born in Manhattan, she entered the Sisters of Charity in 1932 and made her final profession of vows in 1938. She earned a bachelor’s in history at the College of Mount St. Vincent, a master’s in history from Fordham University and a master’s in home economics from N.Y.U.

In 1949, she helped open the home economics department at both Bishop McDonnell M.H.S., Crown Heights, and Cathedral H.S., Manhattan.

In 1961, she began teaching at Grace Institute, where she served in many departments of adult education: fashion merchandising, clothing construction and tailoring. Her remarkable talents were especially recognized in the day and evening sessions of the merchandising department, where she supported many immigrants in their choice of career.

In 2003, she retired to the Convent of Mary the Queen.

She was chairperson of the Sisters of Charity Habit Committee in the years following Vatican Council II, when each sister was free to choose her own mode of dress. She made arrangements with David Chrystal Manufacturers to design outfits for those who chose to dress in simple, contemporary style.

Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers.

Joseph P. Quinlan, a retired pubic school principal and past president of the St. Patrick’s Society of Brooklyn and the Men’s Club of Bay Ridge, died Jan. 24.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 29 at Our Lady of Angels Church, Bay Ridge.

He is survived by his wife, Maureen, and their children, Eileen Quinlan and Elizabeth McMurray. He was predeceased by his daughter, Erin Patricia Quinlan.

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Youth Views: How do you speak to non-believers or people of other faiths?

Paul Mai

Paul Mai, senior
St. Francis Prep

To relate to others of different faiths, I would invite them to do charity work because one mutual aspect in any faith is providing services to others.

 

 

 

Gregory Lozano

Gregory Lozano, senior
St. Francis Prep

I relate to them exactly how I relate to people who adhere to my own belief: respectful and understanding of their belief. Like my religion and my strong faith, they also have their religion and strong faith, which is a very good quality of a dedicated person!

 

 

 

Marta Ryan, freshman St. John’s Prep

Marta Ryan, freshman
St. John’s Prep

Speaking about Christianity and believing in God to others can be a challenge, especially if they don’t want to be forced to do it. Believing in God is a choice – people are free to believe in who they want. I speak about God like He is a light, someone who brings good in all people.

 

 

 

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Racquel Ryan, junior
St. John’s Prep

Although not everyone has the same faith I do, I try to let them understand that I believe in the values that come with being a Christian. I would like others to know that I believe in God, and with that I feel being a good person and respecting the faith of others is important. We need to be supportive of one another in our beliefs.

 

 

 

Jason Culhase, freshman St. John’s Prep

Jason Culhase, freshman
St. John’s Prep

Speaking or acting in a way to reflect God to others is a really challenging thing to do. I would try and say to them if they are having problems at school or at home, God is always there for you even if you don’t believe He is near.

 

 

 

 

Lauren Martinez, senior St. John’s Prep

Lauren Martinez, senior
St. John’s Prep

Since God granted us free will, no one can be forced to believe. We, as Christians, can speak highly of God. But we can only try to guide them, with our faith, into the loving family of our Holy Father.

 

 

 

 

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Teen News Flash: Feb. 1

CONTEST FOR POLISH YOUTH IN H.S.
H.S. youth of Polish descent are invited to participate in a contest in honor of Blessed John Paul II. The first-place winner will be awarded a trip to Italy to tour the Vatican, Rome and Assisi. The contest will take place from March 1 to June 1 and is composed of three parts. For more information contact: Ela Serdak, 347-302-9426 or elaserdak@yahoo.com.

IRISH-AMERICAN HISTORY
The Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn invites undergraduate college students to submit a five- to eight-page research paper on the theme of the accomplishments of Commodore John Barry. Entries must be submitted electronically to www.commodorebarryclubbrooklyn.org, now through Feb. 26. The first prize will be $500, and the second prize will be an all expenses paid trip for two to the dedication of the Commodore Barry Memorial in Annapolis, Md., on May 9-10. The researchers of the top two selected papers will be asked to deliver their papers at ceremonies on March 11. For more information, call 718-833-3405.

YOUTH PAGE ITEMS
Submit items to the Youth Page by contacting Antonina Zielinska, azielinska@diobrook.org or 1712 Tenth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215. For more information, call 718-517-3132.

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Youth Reflection: The Boy Who Woke The Rooster

by Alex Martin

You’re probably familiar with the scene of the sun rising early in the day and the rooster crowing to wake everyone up, but have you seen the little boy who goes out to wake up the rooster?

Alex_Martin PhotoThat was me when I was 4 years old but not in Brooklyn, of course. I may have been born and raised in Brooklyn, but a good part of my life has been spent on the beautiful island of Jamaica. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time in hotels, but I am in no way a tourist there. I am one of the few members of my family who was born in the U.S.

I’ve been visiting my family in Jamaica almost every summer since I was 2 years old. Most children that age can only remember people they see constantly. So when my parents sent me alone to a land that was still very foreign to me, to live with relatives that I saw as strangers, I thought my parents had decided to give me up. I cried almost every day, each time I looked at a family photo my parents and I took shortly before my arrival. It was so bad at one point that my aunt just took away the photo, and I didn’t get it back until the night before I went home. I still remember Aunty Madge on the phone with my mother one night: “Stop calling the house all the time! He was fine all day till he heard your voice.”

I didn’t cry for the rest of the summer.

My days always started the same, a morning run with all the dogs my aunt had. She had about seven of them, and I learned for myself that dogs are man’s best friend, especially when there were barely any other children around to play with.

I remember teaching my one human best friend, Tedroy, how to use a Gameboy, while he taught me how to climb trees and spot the fire ants before they got close enough to bite. I remember catching rain water in huge containers to use daily because water wasn’t always running in the pipes; at least twice a week, I had to bathe outside in a basin of water. I remember setting up and packing away the chairs for Sunday school each week because my aunt agreed to have Sunday school taught at her house. Thinking back now, I almost miss the itchy mesh net I lay under to protect myself from mosquitos as I slept.

My parents decided to raise my sister and me as close to the way that they were as possible. We never left the house in the morning without a cup of tea, and that itself was the remedy for every cough, ache and pain. We went to church every Sunday. Good grades were never rewarded nor did they have a spot on the refrigerator; success was supposed to be normal, and anything else meant filling our schedule with more time for studying.

When I think about Jamaica, the words beauty and strength immediately come to mind. Jamaica isn’t as picturesque as postcards make it out to be; it has many rural and poor areas to it. But the areas in which I saw my Aunty Madge’s smile are among the brightest I’ve seen in my life.

I think about my parents and their siblings, who were raised there, and then I look at where they are now – and that just gives me motivation. It makes me grateful for the good start in life I was given.

One of my friends pointed out to me that I’ve never gone a day without mentioning something Jamaican to her, but looking back now, can you blame me?

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Dominican Youth Help Rebuild the Rockaways

by Sister Gina Fleming, O.P.

During the week of Jan. 5-9,  nine young adults, who are members of the Dominican Young Adults Chapter at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, L.I., came together to participate in a service project in the Rockaways.

dominicandThe project was sponsored by Friends of Rockaway and the St. Bernard Project, which have teamed up to continue the rebuilding of homes devastated by superstorm Sandy.

Joining the young adults from Molloy were five associates from our own congregation as well as four of their friends.

The week began with arrival on Sunday evening, settling into bedrooms, a short tour of the house, dinner and an overview of the plan for the week.

This was followed by an opening prayer service to begin our week.

Much to their dismay, the students had to rise each morning (sometimes with some prompting) at 6:15 a.m., prepare their breakfast, make their lunch (which they needed to bring to the site each day) and be ready to leave by 7 a.m.

That was quite a challenge, but they were real troopers and were ready to go. Because of the large number of students and others in our group, we had to split up and work at two different sites. This was a challenge as far as transportation, but once again, we survived.

At the work sites, the students had the opportunity to engage in all types of work.dominicanb

They cleaned, mudded, sanded, and primed the bare walls. There was much to do, but we were determined to do what was necessary to speed up the resettling of the families that once lived in these homes.

The young people working alongside those of us who are a bit older hit it off right away, and the work, though exhausting at times, was done in a wonderful spirit of laughter and fun.

One of our groups had the opportunity of meeting the woman who owned the home they were working on.

With tears in her eyes, she spoke of her gratitude to these young volunteers. She told them she would pray for them and ask God to bless them for their hard work and for making her dream of finally “coming home” a reality.

To make the service project more meaningful and to have opportunity to reflect on our daily experiences, our Dominican House of Hospitality housed 12 of the volunteers for the entire week.

This was a challenge of great proportion. Each evening, the core community of the house, along with our Dominican Volunteers and other helpers, had dinner on the table ready for us when we returned home.

We are truly indebted to their generous spirit of hospitality and service. After dinner, the young people gathered to pray and speak about their day: what or who touched them and where might they have encountered God in their experience.

As you might guess, the prayer and reflection were powerful each night.

This experience was a true expression of what we mean by “Dominican Family.” Different parts of the family (vowed religious, associates, Dominican volunteers and Dominican young adults) all worked together to make this week work.

No one of us did it all, but all of us did our part.

Soon it was time to say goodbye. Our week of volunteering was over, and we prepared to leave the sites. It was a good feeling knowing that we left the houses in much better shape than they were in when we arrived. It was also a good feeling knowing that all of us (the entire group mentioned above) in our own small way assisted in “Continuing the Preaching” in our own lives and the lives of those we met in the Rockaways.

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Youth Reflection: Working to Free 27 Million Modern Slaves Worldwide

By Lauren Dorvil

Eyes.

A pair of beautiful brown eyes. I had never seen an image so vivid or a message so striking.

After a few seconds, the scene changed, and another young girl appeared on the projector screen with the same solemn expression and a pair of sad, lonely eyes. It was then that all the information I had ever learned about human trafficking had fleshed out and stared me dead on.

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These girls could be anyone: my sister, my friend, myself. It was at that moment, sitting in the middle of The Mary Louis Academy auditorium, Jamaica Estates, on a beautiful Saturday morning, that my life had changed.

Human trafficking is defined as “the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of (but not limited to) sexual slavery, forced labor or for the extraction of organs or tissues.”

Currently, there are more than 27 million slaves in the world – more than tripling the amount of slaves that existed when slavery was legal.

This is a social epidemic, a moral plague and an ethical disease. Young girls (and surprisingly boys too) who exhibit signs of vulnerability are targeted.

Because I aspire to become a clinical psychologist, it is very likely that I will counsel and treat these victims.

Traffickers are brilliant at manipulating the minds of troubled teens, and as a result, the victims develop a loving/emotional attachment to their owners. Not exactly the  “daddy dearest.”

However, as always, there is hope. Project Stay Gold is a student-based organization committed to abolishing modern day slavery. They are a proactive group of young people with fantastic connections and a passion for good. Their efforts and accomplishments are incredible. With groups like them in existence, I see slavery abolished in my lifetime. One of their platforms is the power of education.

“To expose something is to kill it” was one of the points made on several occasions.

I strongly agree, and I made sure to bring all that I had learned back to St. Saviour H.S., Park Slope.

Last year, I was able to start a female empowerment club, “Inner Glow,” and the young women are currently thinking of ways to combat human trafficking.

Slavery will end one day.; We won’t rest until each pair of sad eyes is free.

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Youth Views: How do you spend your money?

 

Pierangelo Licata, senior St. Francis Prep

Pierangelo Licata,
senior St. Francis Prep

I like spending money on things I know I will be using for years to come, like an iPod, a pair of shoes, etc. – not something I’ll get over in a week or two. I’m not saving money because I don’t see the point in saving up when you don’t know why you are.

 

 

 

Danny Lin

Danny Lin,
senior St. Francis Prep

I try to save up as much money as I can. You will never know when something significant might happen, when you actually need money desperately.

 

 

 

 

Emily Houton

Emily Houton,
senior St. John’s Prep

I spend money on food mostly – Chinese food and pizza are my life source, me and my friends like junk food like that.

 

 

 

 

Michael Viola

Michael Viola,
freshman St. John’s Prep

I enjoy saving my money to take care of my pets because they are very important to me, and it makes me happy to see them happy. I also donate money to charities for animals.

 

 

 

 

Yassmine Issa Yassmine Issa,
junior, St. John’s Prep

Most of the money I have goes to a little jar I have. Senior year, I hope to go to London. And to try to show my parents that I have grown up, it would be nice to pay for it with my own money.

 

 

 

 

 

Holly Grell

Holly Grell,
freshman St. John’s Prep

I like to spend my money on books because I get to relax and escape to another world.

 

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