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Only in Print: Tablet Artist John McAlinden | November 16, 2019

Father Tony Mendes, pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux parish, East Flatbush, presents a symbol of appreciation to John McAlinden, who has lived his entire 90 years in the East Flatbush parish. He is shown with his niece and nephew, Theresa and George Rau. (Photo: Ed Wilkinson)

EAST FLATBUSH — A family luncheon and parish Mass of thanksgiving was celebrated at St. Therese of Lisieux Church, East Flatbush, to honor former Tablet artist John McAlinden as he turned 90 years of age.

Mr. “Mac,” as he is known to generations of parishioners at Little Flower, was a staff artist for The Tablet for more than 40 years. He is best known for his annual Christmas cover artwork that used more than a thousand names to construct a manger scene…


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