Justin Brannan, director of communications and legislative affairs for Councilman Vincent Gentile, installed new officers for the Commodore Barry Club at the Irish Haven, Sunset Park, Feb. 6. They are: Mary Nolan, president; Mary Lennon and John Houlihan, vice presidents; Lucy Wussou, recording secretary; Carol Lally, corresponding secretary; Bridget Gregory, financial secretary; Maureen Donohue, treasurer; John Murray, sargent-at-arms; Joseph Ferris, historian and Dennis McMahon, council. The club will celebrate Commodore Barry’s birthday at Commodore Barry Park on March 4. To learn more, call 718-833-3405 or at commodorebarryclubbrooklyn.org. (Photo courtesy Brian Kassenbrock)
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Students and teachers at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Gravesend are passionate about finding a cure for blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
This month, they’re collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters – and yes, dollars, too – as part of a Pennies for Patients campaign to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society find a cure. If you’d like to help, bring your donation to the school, or mail a check written out to the academy. For more information, call 718-375-2081.
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In Hollis, 42 people donated blood at St. Gerard Majella Church’s blood drive on Jan. 29.
If you’d like to donate, blood drives are being held at sites around the diocese, including: Our Lady of Mercy Church, Forest Hills, Feb. 26, 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.; St. John’s University (Donovan Hall), Jamaica, March 2, 1-7 p.m.; Our Lady of Grace, Gravesend, March 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Immaculate Conception, Jamaica, March 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; and St. Kevin, Flushing, March 5, 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
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Soprano Carami Hilaire, right, will portray Tosca in Regina Opera Company’s “sneak peek” performance of Puccini’s eponymous opera.
This free, “sneak-peek” performance with piano will be staged Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Italian (English supertitles) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sunset Park. For details, visit reginaopera,org or call 718-259-2772.
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Looking for a meaningful way to spend your summer vacation? The Frassati Fellowship of NYC is planning an 11-day mission trip to Lima, Peru, Aug. 3-13.
Missioners will serve the community of Laderas de Chillon, and spend time visiting and serving at Hogar Francisco de Asis, a home for sick and destitute children. Missioners will also have time for a city tour of Lima with Mass at the national cathedral, and visits to the co-cathedral and the convents of St. Dominic and St. Francis where relics of St. Martin de Porres and St. Rose of Lima are housed.
The cost of the trip is $2,000, including round-trip airfare from JFK, in-land transportation, meals and accommodations. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit tiny.cc/frassatiperumission.
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This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to parishioners of St. Fidelis Church in College Point, who donated $1,800 as part of the parish’s Souper Bowl of Caring effort on Super Bowl weekend. The funds will be used to assist families who visit the parish food pantry.
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Students were asked to donate cans of soup to the parish food pantry, and those who did were given a football to decorate and display in the school lobby.
At left, students hold up some of their donations as they wear their favorite sports teams’ jerseys. (Photo: Carl Ballenas)