Tablet TALK

A Golden Moment in Astoria

Longtime parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Astoria, Deacon Ruben Mendez and his wife, Consuelo, renewed their wedding vows in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 16. They once again professed their love and commitment to each other at a beautiful Mass, officiated by Bishop Paul Sanchez, and witnessed by parish priests, visiting priests and deacons and over 100 family and friends in attendance. (Photo: Neida C. Martinez)

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Oct. 1 is the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, and Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Queens Village, will honor the Little Flower in a special way. “Therese, The Story of a Soul,” a live drama performed by Audrey Ahern and presented by Saint Luke Productions, is coming to the parish on Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Children under age 10 are free. For tickets, go to theresedrama.com.

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This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to Jorge Dominguez who will serve as “godfather” of the annual Lord of Miracles procession at St. Sebastian Church in Woodside, Oct. 1. Dominguez is the editor of the diocesan Spanish-language newspaper, Nuestra Voz.
The Lord of the Miracles is a Peruvian (and also Colombian and Ecuadoran) tradition that has been brought from Latin America to Queens. This year, more than 1,500 people are expected to participate in the Woodside festivities.
Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros will open the celebration with a 3 p.m. Mass at church, followed by the procession. For details, contact Bertha Newman, 718-440-9250.

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Msgr. Cafiero Columbiettes of Our Lady of Grace parish, Gravesend, are sponsoring a Day Retreat to Our Lady of the Island Shrine in Manorville, L.I., Oct. 7. The cost is $45. For details, call the rectory at 718-627-2020.

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Father Jeffry T. Dillon, and retired teachers: Nancy Lufer, Liz Zullo Carmen Baptiste Mary Jane Finlay will be the honored by St. Clare Catholic Academy in Rosedale, at its Gala Dinner Dance at Antun’s, Queens Village, Oct. 21. The evening begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $80, and include dinner, drinks and dancing. RSVP by calling 718-528-7174.

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The loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. It can be overwhelming and hard to move forward. The Beginning Experience is designed to help individuals journey through the grief process and discover new hope for the future. The next weekend is set for Nov. 3-5 on Long Island. To learn more, call Mary at 516-413-6209 or Jim at 718-474-3779.

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Last chance for tickets. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy, Forest Hills, will hold its 50th anniversary gala at the West Side Tennis Club, Oct. 21. For tickets, call 718-793-2086.

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Students at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Academy, Park Slope, have been praying every day for the victims of the recent earthquakes and hurricanes. They created a prayer wall in their school, seen with first-graders above, and also collected $500 to donate to Catholic Charities for relief efforts. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Taylor)

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