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It’s the Great Pumpkin Giveaway in Bayside

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(Photo: John Limberg) Click to enlarge.

Parishioners at American Martyrs Church in Bayside were treated to the annual pumpkin giveaway by parish Knight of Columbus John Limberg and his wife Linda, on Sunday, Oct. 16.

The Limbergs filled a trailer and pickup truck with 350 bright orange pumpkins from their 435-acre farm upstate and brought them to church.

Members of the parish were then able to choose their pumpkins from the abundant harvest, which came from fields blessed with old chrism oil.

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The Little Sisters of the Poor are looking forward to their annual turkey and ham collection to benefit the senior citizens in their care at Queen of Peace Residence, Queens Village. The donations are used for holiday meals, lunches and dinners.
Hams and turkeys may be dropped off on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. For more details, call 718-464-1800.

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Priests at St. Bartholomew Church saw a need in the Elmhurst community – and they’re responding. Starting on the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, a new 6 p.m. Sunday Mass in Spanish will be celebrated in the main church. This Mass is being instituted especially for parishioners who work weekends.

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Gravesend will be home to a St. Teresa of Calcutta Memorial Garden in 2017. Our Lady of Grace parish is creating a memorial rose garden with a bronze statue of St. Teresa. Memorial plaques are still available for purchase. For details, call the rectory at 718-627-2020.

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This fall, the diocesan Office of Victim Assistance Ministry is launching Sharing the Cross, a support group for spouses of childhood sexual abuse survivors.
Facilitated by a licensed social worker, this group will provide a safe, confidential space for the husbands and wives of survivors to share their experiences, discuss communication and coping techniques and support each other as they journey with their spouses toward healing and wholeness.
If you are interested in attending, contact Jasmine Salazar in the Victims Assistance Ministry Office at 718-623-5236 or, before Nov. 16.

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Director Daniel DiSilva will present an exclusive viewing of his film, “The Original Image of the Divine Mercy,” at Visitation Monastery in Bay Ridge on Nov. 20, the feast of Christ the King and the last day of the Year of Mercy.
The day begins with 9 a.m. Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel. Meet and listen to a talk by DiSilva before viewing the film. After the screening, attendees will have a chance to dialogue with the director, view exhibits and venerate the relics of Blessed Michael Sopocko, who was St. Faustina’s spiritual director.
It is an all-day event but people can participate in any or all of the scheduled events. Admission is free. Free-will offerings will be accepted.
To attend, RSVP via email or call 718-745-5151.

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Our Lady of the Snows, N. Floral Park, will host a Year of Mercy Night of Sacred Art and Music, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. with Dr. Francis Greene. Call 718-347-6070.

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St. Rose Students Raise Cancer Awareness in Rockaway


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Again this year, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy in Rockaway Beach went pink for breast cancer awareness. Students, faculty and staff paid $1 to dress down in pink. The school community will donate the funds to breast cancer research in memory of loved ones who lost their battles: Kim Klein, mother of Jennifer Klein, fourth-grade teacher; Amelia “Cookie” LaLima, Principal Theresa Andersen’s sister and Mrs. Duffy, mother of board chair Bernard Duffy. (Photo courtesy Theresa Andersen)

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