The tradition of gift-giving on Christmas didn’t start with Santa Claus, but instead goes back to the Three Kings who traveled from the east to Jerusalem to give baby Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh.
For Guatemalans in the Diocese of Brooklyn, the feast day of “The Black Christ of Esquipulas” came early this year.
After the Valentine’s Day shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Parkland, Fla., left 18 people dead and provided another grim reminder that school shootings are no longer rare, Msgr. McClancy Memorial H.S., East Elmhurst, decided to take security into its own hands by installing bulletproof doors.
New Year’s Day was extra special for Tamara Darnley, who celebrated the holiday with her parish “family” at St. Margaret Mary Church in Astoria. To understand the significance of Darnley’s day at the church, one must go back to 1995, when she was a newborn.
For Filipinos, the heart of the Christmas season is “Simbang Gabi,” or “Mass at Night ” — a nine-day novena of dawn or evening Masses that ends on Dec. 24.
At Radio City, the Alleluia Choir was scheduled to perform a five-minute medley of Christmas classics, from “Silent Night” to “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
For Donald Hoffman, mental health is nothing to be ashamed of
Hoffman, an Astoria resident, has struggled with bipolar disorder and depression for most of his life, and since 2013, he has received services from Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens’ (CCBQ) mental health and rehabilitation center in Jackson Heights.
The tech lab at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy in Forest Hills has been dedicated in the memory of Michele Renee Tinnirello, a former student who died in 1981 when she was in the fifth grade.
The Tablet’s Bright Christmas Fund has made the Christmas season a little more cheerful for Lauren Barriteau, 16, a parishioner of St. Clare Catholic Church, Rosedale, and a member of the parish’s youth ministry group.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini’s statue will be built in Battery Park City on a spot facing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, a fitting spot for the Italian-American saint, who is known as the “patroness of immigrants.”