Tablet TALK

Prayer Warriors for the Unborn in Ozone Park

In honor of the International Day of the Unborn Child on March 25, parishioners of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary-St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr parish in Ozone Park gathered for the parish’s annual night of prayer and adoration. Father Paul Palmiotto, pastor, presided.

Although the evening was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council No. 12675, Knights from various councils attended the service. Among those present, from left, Rubin Martinez, commander of the Stephen Moylan Assembly, Knights of Columbus; Father Palmiotto; Cathy Donohoe, president of the board of directors, The Bridge to Life; Patricia Kistner, president of the Columbiettes Council No. 12675 and Grand Knight Kevin Brand of Council No. 12675.

(Photo: Jennie Stuart)

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The Grammy-award winning a cappella ensemble Chanticleer is set to perform at the Oratory Church of St. Boniface in Downtown Brooklyn, April 29. They will present “My Secret Heart,” a program of sacred and contemporary songs of love, including poetry from the biblical Song of Songs.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. For tickets, go to, and type in “Chanticleer at the Oratory.”

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“Southern Hospitality” will be the theme of the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns’ annual Ambassador Program Fundraiser Dinner-Dance on Saturday, April 29. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Flatlands. Tickets are $50 per person.

This year’s honorees are Father Edward Mason, pastor, Our Lady of the Presentation-Our Lady of Loreto, Brownsville; Liz Faublas, news anchor for NET-TV’s Currents; and the Black and Indian Mission.

Proceeds from this year’s dinner-dance will help send 25 youth ambassadors to the National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando, Fla., this July, and prepare for the vicariate’s third annual Ambassador Mission Trip to Africa in 2018.

For tickets, call Father Dwayne Davis, 718-253-4404, or visit St. Thomas Aquinas’ rectory.

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The 56th annual Reunion Dinner for Brooklyn Prep H.S., Crown Heights, will be held Thursday, May 4.

A Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, Manhattan, and dinner will follow at Xavier H.S., Manhattan. For tickets, visit

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This fall, join Fathers Michael Gelfant, Patrick Keating and Peter Purpura on a nine-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Oct. 20-29. Nazareth, Cana, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, Jericho, the Mount of Olives and the Wailing Wall are the places pilgrims will visit. For a brochure and more details, call Prestige Worldwide Tours at 718-738-2601.

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World-renowned organ virtuoso Jaime Hitel will present a recital at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Astoria, on May 7 at 3 p.m. on the church’s historic pipe organ, newly restored by Meloni and Farrier Organ Builders.

The recital will include selections from “L’Ascension” by Messiaen, and works by Bach, Buxtehude, Franck, Vaughan Williams, Widor and others. For tickets, call 718-278-1834.

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This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to Emily Boyer, a seventh grader at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy, Windsor Terrace, who was recently named a Gold Key Winner in the 2017 New York City Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her short story, “Winter’s Wrath.”

Her work, along with the other winners, is currently on display at The Met’s Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. The exhibition features more than 600 original works of art and writing from students in grades seven through 12 attending more than 300 schools in all five boroughs.

This special exhibition is free and open to the public during regular museum hours through May 29. For details, visit

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St. Francis Xavier Church in Park Slope is proud to welcome the choir from St. Brigid’s Church in Richmond, Va. to sing at the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April 22. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.

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Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy will present her lecture, “The Camera Doesn’t Lie: Social Change through Documentary Filmmaking,” as part of the 2017 Presidential Lecture Series at St. Joseph’s College’s Clinton Hill campus, April 25 at 1 p.m.

One of America’s most prolific documentary filmmakers, award-winning director and producer, Kennedy’s work deals with poverty, political corruption, domestic abuse, drug addiction, human rights and mental illness. She has made over 30 highly acclaimed documentaries, including the Academy Award-nominated “Last Days in Vietnam,” and her films have appeared on HBO, PBS, Lifetime, A&E, Court TV, The Oxygen Network and TLC.

Along with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus, she is co-founder of Moxie Firecracker Films in New York. To attend the lecture, contact Vicki Irwin at or 631-687-2675.