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Scout Sunday in Glendale

St. Pancras Church in Glendale celebrated the gift of Catholic scouting at Mass last month. Members of the parish’s Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack attended the Mass in full uniform with their leaders. A few of the boys received their “Light of Christ” awards, marking their success and growing in their Catholic faith. (Photo courtesy Father Francis Hughes)

The Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Imani Nia Scholarship. This scholarship award is open to high school seniors in Brooklyn and Queens who are active parishioners in their parish community, show high academic achievement/promise, good character and leadership abilities. Applicants must submit an application form, an essay and be available for a personal interview. For application forms and more details, call 718-574-5772 or email ImaniNiaScholarship@ Applications are due March 31.

Congratulations to Ray Silvery on becoming the newest extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at Our Lady of Grace Church, Gravesend. He was installed by his pastor, Father Vincent Chirichella. Ray and his wife Roseann have lived in the parish for 34 years.

Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, Prospect Heights, is holding its annual fundraiser on Thursday, March 16 at Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus. This event is an opportunity to meet BJP students and supporters. A BJP student will give a musical performance and a parent will speak about what BJP has done for her child. The evening runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and will include an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, raffles, a silent auction and music from the Xavier H.S. Jazz Ensemble. For tickets, visit, or purchase tickets at the door on the night of the event.

St. John Vianney, Flushing, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in June. Do you have old photos or memories you’d like to share for a commemorative journal? Email or call 718-762-7920.

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes out to St. Teresa Church in Woodside, where books have turned into bucks to help hungry families. With an initial donation of several hundred books from the estate of the late Lorraine Wieda-Miles, St. Teresa Church started hosting parish book sales four years ago. Since then, hundreds of books have been donated to the book carts in the main lobby of the church. The parish is proud to report that between Feb. 24, 2013 and Feb. 24, 2017, a total of $8,902.45 has been donated for books. All proceeds of the sales go directly to the parish food pantry, which feeds dozens of families every week.

Adults who are on a journey of healing from childhood sexual abuse meet monthly for prayer and reflection at parishes in Brooklyn and Queens. To learn more, or to join this confraternity of survivors, contact Jasmine Salazar, L.M.S.W., diocesan victim assistance coordinator, at 718-623-5236 or

Mill Basin Parish Celebrates Its Scouts

Scouting families at St. Bernard Church, Mill Basin, celebrated Scout Sunday with Mass and a Communion Breakfast. For the first time, Boy Scout Troop 76 was joined at Mass by the Girl Scouts. Father Mike Tedone, parochial vicar, invited all of the scouts onto the altar. (Photos: Rita Damato)