“Habemus papam!” was the expression learned by the pre-kindergarten class at Our Lady of Hope School, Middle Village, as they celebrated the election of Pope Francis by creating their own white paper miters with the words: “God Bless Pope Francis,” under the direction of their teacher, Jennifer Basandella, center.
The Cursillo Movement is gearing up for its Diocesan Ultreya at Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona, on April 26, 7 p.m. All are welcome. For more details, call Alex Gonzalez, 646-773-9810, or Clara Rodriguez, 917-482-8904.
Celebrate life with The Bridge to Life, Flushing, at its 21st anniversary Gala Dinner Dance, April 21 at Leonard’s of Great Neck. This year’s honorees are two Knights of Columbus: Salvatore Restivo, state deputy of the N.Y.S. Council, and Martin Ryan, state Respect Life chairperson. Cocktails begin at 12:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 1:30 p.m. The deadline for purchasing tickets is April 9. For tickets, call 718-463-1810.
St. Vincent Ferrer parish in East Flatbush is marking its 90th anniversary with a special celebration at Glen Terrace Caterers, Mill Basin, on Friday, April 19. Get your dancing shoes ready because the party starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. Past and present parishioners, clergy, school alumni and neighbors are welcome. For tickets and details, call the rectory at 718-859-9009.
Molloy College, Rockville Centre, is hosting its Spring Open House on April 28 at 1 p.m. For more information, call 516-678-5500 ext. 6230.
Tablet TALK Pick of the Week: Troupe Éclat celebrates its faith in the Risen Lord at the group’s 18th annual Easter Concert, this Sunday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. at St. Jerome Church, East Flatbush. The donation is $20. For more information, see the group’s Facebook page, or contact Mairy Letang at 347-866-6425 or Sherley Lamothe at 347-932-1165.
Auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggiano will give the keynote talk at an April 20 conference, Taking It to the Streets: The New Evangelization at Fordham University, Rose Hill. Sponsored by the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, this free event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Other speakers include Dr. Harold Horell and Father Claudio Burgaleta, S.J. The event is open to the public. To register, visit www.fordham.edu/gre or call Jodi Hunt, 718-817-5966.
After his talk at Fordham (see above), Bishop Caggiano is heading to Bay Ridge, where he will be the guest speaker at St. Patrick’s Men’s Club’s annual Communion Dinner, April 20 at Hunter’s Restaurant. Tickets are $50 and include dinner, beer and wine. Evening begins with 5 p.m. Mass. For tickets, call the rectory at 718-238-2600.
Support the Path of Literacy Walk-A-Thon, which benefits an adult literacy program for women sponsored by the Sisters of St. Dominic, Amityville, on April 13, 1-3 p.m. at the Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse. All are welcome. For details, call Sister Kathleen Finan, O.P. at 631-842-7866.
Baskets and bags in hand, children toddled and ran through the fragrant green grass collecting brightly colored eggs outside Christ the King R.H.S., Middle Village, which hosted its second annual Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt for community children last week. Little ones had the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny, hop on inflatable bouncers, play games and devour sweet treats.