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Regina Pacis, Bensonhurst, celebrated the installation of four new extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion on the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 8. Sister Anna O’Brien, M.F.I.C., pastoral ministry director, far left, and Father Vincentius Do, parochial vicar, third from right, congratulate the new ministers, from left, Salvatore Friscia, Mary Gambale, Kathleen Dunn and Linda Merone.
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Tablet Talk Pick of the Week:
Art enthusiasts, you don’t want to miss From Here to Haiti’s Art Show Fundraiser, this Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. in Whitestone. View and bid on the works of over 30 Haitian and international artists, including Patricia Brintle, parishioner at St. Luke’s, Whitestone. Proceeds benefit the people of Haiti (www.fromheretohaiti.org) by repairing Catholic and Christian churches and structures. For show details and directions, call 718-746-3012 or 646-209-2891, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date: The Fourth Annual Dinner Dance sponsored by the Kathie and Chris Lawler Endowment Fund for Senior Priests of the Brooklyn Diocese will be Feb. 3, 6-10 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston. This event honors Msgr. Vincent Keane and will be held in memory of Msgr. Thomas Donovan. Tickets are $75 per person; $700 table of 10. Enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing for a great cause. For reservations, call Tom, 718-839-5413.
Here’s some uplifting news for the new year: The elevator fund at Our Lady of the Snows, N. Floral Park, recently received a boost from the parish’s Ladies Craft Group, which donated $600 toward the campaign!
All are welcome to attend a Faith and Film Festival at St. Matthias Church, Ridgewood, on Sunday, Jan. 15, 6:15 p.m. This month’s featured film is A Christmas Carol starring Alistair Simms. Discussion will follow. Light refreshments will be served. For details, call 718-821-6447.
If you’ve ever thought about pursuing your master’s degree in theology or pastoral studies, consider enrolling at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington. Registration closes on Jan. 25 and the spring semester begins Jan. 30. For more information, call 631-423-0483 ext. 112 or 147, or visit the website, www.icseminary.edu.
The Passionists are inviting men between the ages of 18 and 40 to learn more about their way of life during a Come and See weekend, Jan. 20-22. There is no charge. For information or to register, contact Father Chris Cleary, C.P., at 718-739-6502 or Ccleary@cpprov.org.
The Social Justice Committee of St. Boniface Oratory Church, Downtown Brooklyn, will host “Prisoner as Person,” a presentation and panel discussion on Jan. 20, 7 p.m. at 111 Willoughby St. Event will feature experts regarding incarceration and the experience of societal re-entry. Speakers include the Hon. Alex M. Calabrese of the Red Hook Community Justice Center; Sister Marion Defeis, former Chaplain for Women at Riker’s Island and founding member of Providence House; and Rev. Stephen Chinlund, former N.Y.S. Commissioner of Corrections, and founder of The Network. For more details, visit www.oratory-church.org or call 718-875-2096.
This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to St. Mark’s Church, Sheepshead Bay, for bringing the joy and cheer of Christmas to their neighbors at Sheepshead Bay Nursing Home. Just before Christmas, Kathy Cash and her third-grade faith formation class visited residents to sing carols, spread cheer and deliver 90 cards made by the first- through seventh-grade faith formation classes. Students also distributed 30 handmade blankets from St. Mark’s Golden Age Society, equally well known as The Good Ladys. Ronnie and Linda Brigando, both extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at St. Mark’s, also distributed communion to residents. The visit was coordinated by Maureen Genoversa of St. Mark’s Homebound Ministry and parishioners Tom and Geraldine Kubat.