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Scholastic and DMCA Deliver Sweet Dreams

In conjunction with Scholastic Inc., the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, students from Divine Mercy Catholic Academy in Ozone Park collected more than 100 pairs of pajamas for children in shelters this winter. Scholastic donated a book to go with each set of pajamas. Above, DMCA Student Council members and their moderator, Helen Langone, display some of the pajamas that were collected. Pajamas will be distributed to children through Nazaire’s United-Family and Children Exceptional Support Association in Queens. (Photo courtesy Divine Mercy Catholic Academy)

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Deacon Philip Franco will be the featured speaker at Theology on Tap on Feb. 22 in Brooklyn. “Walking by Faith” is the topic and the talk will begin at 7 p.m. at The Vanderbilt Restaurant and Bar. To register, contact Sister Maria Amador, P.C.M. at mcamador@stjosephs-brooklyn.org.

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As football fans know, Feb. 5 is Super Bowl Sunday. But did you know that it’s also Souper Bowl Sunday. The Souper Bowl of Caring utilizes Super Bowl weekend in America to empower and mobilize people, especially youth, to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities.
At St. Fidelis Church, College Point, young people will be at the doors of church after the 9 a.m. Mass and before the 10:15 a.m. to ask for donations to the parish food pantry. St. Fidelis’ Food Pantry assists an average of 65 families every month. To make a donation, contact the parish at 718-445-6164, or make a donation to a food pantry in your area this Sunday.

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If you have suffered the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation, the Beginning Experience is a graced-filled weekend to enable you to move on and experience a sense of peace and hope for the future. The Beginning Experience is a Catholic ministry that has been helping people in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island for more than 30 years. The next weekend is Feb. 24-26 at the Montfort Spiritual Center in Bay Shore, L.I. To register, call Mary at 516-413-6209, Jim at 718-474-3779 or John at 516-822-0635.

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Making its Queens’ debut, “Don’t Judge a Play By Its Title: A Funsical,” is the title of an upcoming production planned by St. Gregory the Great Theater Group, Bellerose. This one-of-a-kind theatre event will offer everything from Seuss to Shakespeare, including popular songs and original pieces.
Show dates: Feb. 23-25 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Oak Room. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for students and seniors and $7 for children age 12 and under. Visit www.sgtg.org or call 718-989-2451 for tickets.

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Congratulations to Carmen Pacheco, Esq., a Class of 1977 graduate of St. Saviour H.S., Park Slope, who was sworn in as president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association on its 60th anniversary last month.

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Bayside Knights Aid Women In Need

Members of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 8964 at St. Robert Bellarmine parish in Bayside, recently raised funds to support the efforts of Providence House, a non-profit dedicated to transitioning women who are homeless and recently released from prison back into their families and communities. Grand Knight Anthony Ciora, right, and Knight Richie Realmuto, center, give a check to Sister Janet Kinney, C.S.J., executive director of Providence House, at a presentation attended by more than 20 Knights.

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