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Bensonhurst’s Holy Riders











No, Msgr. David Cassato and Father Ronald D’Antonio are not starting their own motorcycle club (not yet, at least), but they did celebrate their 45th and 40th anniversaries of priestly ordination, respectively, riding motorcycles outside of the parish they serve, St. Athanasius in Bensonhurst.

Father D’Antonio’s anniversary Mass of thanksgiving fell on the same day as the parish’s annual blessing of motorcycles, May 21, so he and the pastor had some fun with their parish family. Msgr. Cassato’s anniversary Mass was held the following week. (Photos: Bill Riordan)

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If you like talk radio, especially the inspiring kind, then you have probably already heard of Franciscan Brother Gregory Cellini, who hosts “Thank God For Monday,” a weekly talk radio show on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. on Seton Hall University’s WSOU 89.5 FM. The show inspires listeners to take personal responsibility for their professional satisfaction, and motivates people to search deep inside themselves in the quest for fulfillment.
And on June 24, Brother Gregory’s guest will be Chris Lowney, a Catholic writer, speaker and leadership consultant. He is the author of several books including “Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church.”

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The 130th Giglio Italian Feast spectacular kicks off at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Williamsburg July 5.
The 12-day extravaganza honoring St. Paolino of Nola features a wide array of activities and attractions, including a five-story, hand-created tower carried on the shoulders of local men, parades, music, art, Italian delicacies and souvenirs and Masses in several languages, all of which promises a memorable experience for every visitor. The complete details are available at

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Incarnation Church is celebrating 90 years in Queens Village. Former parishioners, neighbors and friends are invited to join the parish family for its anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m.

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Holy Child Jesus in Richmond Hill is celebrating its 100 years of Catholic education this fall.
The school opened its doors on Sept. 16, 1917 and the school-turned academy will celebrate its centennial anniversary with a homecoming celebration for all alumni and friends on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.
The event is being held at Holy Child Jesus parish and will include a Memorial Garden dedication; an Alumni Mass, concelebrated by past, current and alumni clergy and a reception in the school, auditorium and schoolyard. Tickets are $75 per person, adults only, and that includes dinner, music, beer and wine.
Register in advance by emailing, or contact Patty Novotny Schaefer at 718-843-2083.

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Next weekend, Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood, will celebrate the life of alumna Karina Vetrano, who was attacked and murdered while jogging near her Howard Beach home last year.

Molloy will honor Vetrano with an evening and overnight relay walk/run, June 23-24. The event will also feature a Mass and brunch, and end with the dedication of a memorial to Vetrano. Click here for event flyer.

Proceeds will support the Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship at the school. For details, visit or call 718-441-9210.

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Just Married!

Congratulations to Mark Shapiro of DeSales Media Group’s production department, who wed Yasmine Bettina Gomez at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral, Prospect Heights, June 4. Msgr. Kieran Harrington, rector and DeSales president, officiated at the exchange of vows, which was followed by reception at the Prospect Picnic House. After honeymooning in Hawaii this summer, the happy couple will reside in Sacred Heart-St. Stephen parish, Carroll Gardens. God bless!