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Youth Views April 13

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Rockaway Beach Caminata with slide show

Over 500 diocesan Jornadistas embarked on their yearly Holy Saturday Caminata bringing their march of faith to Rockaway Beach. This year’s theme, “Go and Make Disciples of All People That No One Should Be Left Behind,” was brought to life as the Jornadistas continue to support their brothers and sisters whose lives were devastated by superstorm Sandy. The Hispanic youth and their mentors started their journey at St. Rose of Lima Church. Father Wladyslaw Kubrak, parochial vicar, thanked the youth for bringing their ministry to the peninsula. “We thank you, for you truly are the faces of the disciples of Jesus Christ,” he told those gathered, ready for a four-hour procession through neighborhoods still visibly suffering Sandy damage. Pictured on the bottom right are Deacon Carlos Garcia, Father James Kuroly and Msgr. Perfecto Vazquez leading the procession.

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Youth Views: Reflect upon the following: “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and halleluja is our song.” -Blessed John Paul II

Youth Views: Ashley Kelly, sophomore, Fontbonne Hall Academy; John Yavaldakis, junior, St. John’s Prep; Jannie O’Hara, senior, Fontbonne Hall Academy; Michael O’Malley, junior, St. John’s Prep; Angela Cerulli, sophomore, Fontbonne Hall Academy

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Up for the Math Challenge

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Five students from St. Saviour H.S. in Park Slope participated in the 2013 Moody’s Mega Math Challenge.  The Challenge posed a relevant and ambitious applied math problem to nearly 5,800 high schoolers in 29 eastern U.S. states. The five young women from St. Saviour are pictured. From left to right are: Imani Greeves, Chelsea Miller, Jessica Hall, Melina Roberts and Kerri Gill.­­

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Smoking Drains Life Charge

Above, Kristen Walsh is pictured after the assembly with her winning poster and, left to right: Sister Thomasine Stagnitta, C.S.J., Kearney’s principal; Jason Campbell, manager for marketing and special events, ENT & Allergy Associates; Sister Mary P. Hurley, C.S.J., Kearney’s Fine Arts department chairperson; Richard Effman, director of marketing for ENT & Allergy Associates; and Dr. Sheldon Palgon from the Brooklyn office of Allergy Associates. 

Above, Kristen Walsh is pictured after the assembly with her winning poster and, left to right: Sister Thomasine Stagnitta, C.S.J., Kearney’s principal; Jason Campbell, manager for marketing and special events, ENT & Allergy Associates; Sister Mary P. Hurley, C.S.J., Kearney’s Fine Arts department chairperson; Richard Effman, director of marketing for ENT & Allergy Associates; and Dr. Sheldon Palgon from the Brooklyn office of Allergy Associates.

Using her artistic talents to spread a positive message, Kristen Walsh, a junior at Bishop Kearney H.S., Bensonhurst, won the Great American Smokeout print advertisement contest for New York State.
The contest, sponsored by ENT & Allergy Associates and the American Cancer Society, is a peer-to-peer anti-smoking effort.

Walsh’s winning entry is titled: “Your Life is Running Out.” It clearly portrayed a dying battery, with the caption: “Each cigarette burns away 11 minutes of your life… You can’t recharge that.”

Walsh received a check for $2,000. Half of the amount will be given to her school. She was presented with the check at a Bishop Kearney school assembly.

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Students Honor St. Patrick, Ireland

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Students from throughout the diocese celebrated the feast day of St. Patrick in various ways. Above, students from St. Saviour H.S., Park Slope, show their green during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan on March 17. The school also participated in the Park Slope Parade the next day. Below: Aimée Coyle, senior, Meghan McGill, senior, and Lauren Martinez, junior, perform an Irish Step Dance for their schoolmates at St. John’s Prep, Astoria. Students at the Prep also heard a live performance of traditional Irish songs.

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Youth Views: Where were you when you heard we had a new pope?

Youth Views: March 23, 2013

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The Head of the Irish Gov. Visits Breezy

by Antonina Zielinska

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, along with the Irish Catholic community of Breezy Point welcomed the Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny, on St. Patrick’s Day.

Taoiseach Kenny serves as lector of the first reading during Mass at St. Thomas More Church on St. Patrick’s Day. Photo by Greg Schmitz, Catholic News Service

Taoiseach Kenny serves as lector of the first reading during Mass at St. Thomas More Church on St. Patrick’s Day. Photo by Greg Schmitz, Catholic News Service

Taoiseach Kenny, who is the head of government in Ireland, joined Blessed Trinity parish for Mass at St. Thomas Church, a worship site of the parish. He served as lector and joined the community of faith in receiving the Eucharist.

“I think it’s important to be able to demonstrate solidarity with a people who have come through a difficult time,” he said. “We hope that the community in Breezy will continue with its heart and soul and that in years to come it will rebuild even stronger than ever before.”

Professional athletes from the Gaelic Athletic Association, in collaboration with the Irish government, traveled from Ireland to Breezy Point in order to help with recovery from Superstorm Sandy. In less than 10 days, the athletes completely renewed the Msgr. Connelly Parish Center.

This allows parishioners to have a clean and modern place to gather for social events. It affords them a sense of normalcy as they struggle to restructure their lives after Sandy.

Parishioner Jennifer Lineghan, who is still unable to return to her home, said the athletes have given the community more than just a physical building. They also brought a reassuring and caring presence.

“We were hurt over seeing our community so badly destroyed that it was nice knowing ­­­­that they came to help,” she said.

It was, in part, for this great generosity that Msgr. Michael Curran, pastor, was honored to welcome Taoiseach Kenny, who is also referred to as prime minister.

The Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny, inspects damage from Superstorm Sandy left in Breezy Point. Photo by Antonina Zielinska, The Tablet.

The Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny, inspects damage from Superstorm Sandy left in Breezy Point. Photo by Antonina Zielinska, The Tablet.

“It was an honor for the prime minister to come so we can welcome him and through him to thank all the people from the Irish community in Ireland who have been so generous to us,” he said.

Bishop DiMarzio said he also was grateful to the Irish government for its generosity.  Aside from serving as main celebrant at the Breezy Point Mass, he also reviewed the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan to show his gratitude to the Irish people and their faith.

“The faith of the Irish people is inspirable from their national identity,” he said. “It defines them as a people.”

It is on that faith that parishioners like Maryellen Barnes rely to get­­ through the aftermath of Sandy. Barnes lost her home to the fires caused by Sandy.

Taiseach Kenny gives a thumbs up with children from Blessed Trinity parish in the hall that his government helped rebuild.

Taiseach Kenny gives a thumbs up with children from Blessed Trinity parish in the hall that his government helped rebuild. Photo by Antonina Zielinska, The Tablet

“We are a strong people and we have been through a lot,” she said. “We are together in good times and in bad times. And it is our faith that gives us our joy in our life and it is our faith that gets us through the hard times.”

Serving as a symbol of hope, the now famous statue of Mary, which survived the fires at a neighborhood residence, now rests in the sanctuary of St. Thomas More Church.

Msgr. Curran said he looks toward the future with hope because the Breezy Point parish has a strong foundation of faith and community.

“We are coming back slowly but surely,” he said. “Whatever it looks like physically, the soul of Breezy Point will be what it always has been: a place of faith, neighborliness and generosity.”

Msgr. Curran said evidence of recovery is readily visible. Mass is celebrated daily at all three worship sites of Blessed Trinity parish  and most other parish activities have resumed.

­­­­­­“God bless you all,” Taoiseach Kenny told those gathered at the hall his countrymen helped restore. “Keep your courage up. Keep your spirit up. You will never be beaten when you do that.”

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is the main celebrant at Mass in St. Thomas More Church, worship site of Blessed Trinity parish, on St. Patrick’s Day. Msgr. Michael Curran, pastor,­­ ­­is standing to the far left. In front of the altar is the statue of Mary that survived the fires caused by superstorm Sandy. Photo by Antonina Zielinska, The Tablet

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is the main celebrant at Mass in St. Thomas More Church, worship site of Blessed Trinity parish, on St. Patrick’s Day. Msgr. Michael Curran, pastor,­­ ­­is standing to the far left. In front of the altar is the statue of Mary that survived the fires caused by superstorm Sandy. Photo by Antonina Zielinska, The Tablet

 

Professional Irish athletes work to help rebuild Blessed Trinity parish. Photos courtesy Blessed Trinity Parish.

Professional Irish athletes work to help rebuild Blessed Trinity parish. Photos courtesy Blessed Trinity Parish.

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Slide Show: Mass of Christian Burial for Bishop Catanello

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Slide Show: Mass of Transferral for Bishop Ignatius A. Caggiano

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