Scouts Honored in Howard Beach
Congressman Bob Turner recently helped honor the Cub Scouts of Troop and Pack 139 of Howard Beach who received the Arrow of Light Award — the highest honor a Cub Scout receives — and crossed over into the Boy Scouts. Back row, Lisa Forgione, cubmaster and webelos den leader, and Miguel Hernandez, assistant webelos den leader, watched as Turner, center, presented congressional certificates to seven scouts, front row, from left, Elijah Ramirez, Nicholas Perez, Michael Horton, Alessandro Alesci, Raymond Stehle, Joseph Campisi and Daniel DeMatteis at St. Helen’s School.
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Spring is coming and now is the time to say goodbye to those jeans that are two sizes too small and that dress taking up space in the back of your closet.
Next Saturday, March 3, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Brendan’s parish, Midwood, will collect your new and gently used clean clothing from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
These Scouts are no strangers to service but this is their first clothing drive — something they hope to make an annual event. Clean out your closets and support the Scouts. For more details, contact Boy Scout Master Vincent Manguael at 347-374-3037.
But when you’re cleaning those closets, don’t throw away any old yarn or unfinished knitting projects you find! Donate remnants, along with partial or full skeins, wool or acrylic, to the Arts and Crafts Group at Our Lady of Grace, Gravesend, during regular rectory hours. Artists and crafters can create something beautiful out of your unwanted scraps.
Speaking of repurposing and reinventing, how about you?
Reinvent Yourself: Creating a Blueprint for Your Future is the theme of the 16th annual Focus on Women Symposium, which will be hosted by Brooklyn Women’s Services, an affiliate of Maimonides Medical Center, March 10, 9 a.m. at Sirico’s Restaurant, Dyker Heights.
The cost is $10 per person and includes a continental breakfast, take-home writing journal and valet parking. For tickets, call 748-1234 or visit www.bwsnyc.com.
This Lent, focus on your spiritual growth and learn more about the faith. American Martyrs, Bayside, invites you to a Lenten Mission Retreat: Based on the Seven Sacraments, March 11-14, 7 p.m. in church. Presenter: Father Michael Sullivan, O.S.A. For details, call 718-464-4582.
Holy Family parish, Flushing, invites locals to a begin their Lenten journey with a very special presentation: The Shroud of Turin, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. Presenter: Donald H. Nohs, associate general director of the Confraternity of the Passion International, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Shroud of Turin and Jesus’ Passion. Nohs will share his knowledge of the Passion of Jesus and answer thought provoking questions. All are welcome to attend. For further details, call 718-969-2448.
Last week, we promised details on an upcoming visit to the diocese from Mother Dolores Hart. Here’s the scoop faithful readers: Mother Dolores will be the special guest speaker at a Communion Brunch at Corpus Christi, Woodside, March 18. Arrive for 12:30 p.m. for Mass followed by a full brunch. Tickets are just $15. Reserve your seat by March 12. Call 718-278-8114.
Attention alumni, former faculty and friends of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Windsor Terrace/Kensington, you are invited to Celebrate IHM School, which will close in June. (A new academy will replace IHM and Holy Name schools this fall.) Come back to see the school one more time, reconnect with friends and former teachers, exchange memories, attend Mass and share dinner on June 2. An organizing committee has been formed but volunteers are needed. If you’d like to volunteer, or if you have photos to share, contact the parish at 718-871-1310.
In honor of Black History Month, this week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to the black Catholic clergy, seminarians and laity who minister and serve in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens.
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The Boy Scouts of America observes the anniversary of its founding on Feb. 8 and annually designates the entire month of February to celebrating Scouting. Scouts and leaders of Cub Scout Pack 312, sponsored by St. Stanislaus Kostka Holy Name Society in Maspeth, were recognized for their contributions to the parish and larger community at a Scout Sunday Mass on Feb. 5. Father Paul Wood, pastor, above, celebrated the special Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, and posed for pictures with scouts and their leaders.