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Summer Pilgrimage to Fatima

Photo courtesy Father Mark Matthias

Fifty parishioners from the Diocese of Brooklyn made a summer pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, in honor of the centennial anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s apparitions there. Father Mark Matthias, parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Bayside, served as spiritual director for the pilgrimage, which was organized by A&G Peace Tours. En route to Fatima, the group visited Catholic sites in Porto, Braga, Coimbra, Santarem, Nazare, Lisbon and Santiago. They also learned about saints who have made a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, shared Mass, and had the sacrament of reconciliation available to them along with opportunities for private prayer and free time to explore.

The relics of Padre Pio – on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of his birth and the 15th anniversary of his canonization – are visiting the United States.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan has been blessed to welcome the relics for veneration Sept. 17 and 18, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

The relics include one of his blood-stained gloves and his personal mantel cloak.

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In honor of the Year of Vocations, St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Flatlands, is inviting parish families to take turns hosting a traveling chalice in their homes each week. The family will gather around the chalice to pray for vocations to priesthood, religious life and married life.

One evening during the week, Father Dwayne Davis, parish administrator, will also visit the family’s house to pray with them and bless their home.

This fall, Our Lady Help of Christians parish in Midwood is marking it’s 90th anniversary.

Join the parish family on Sunday, Oct. 15 for 11 a.m. Mass, followed by a 1 p.m. luncheon at Buckley’s Restaurant.

Tickets are $90 per person.

Reservations due: Sept. 17. Call Mary Dory, 718-338-8149, or Peggy Fiorello 718-258-3143.

Holy Child Jesus, Richmond Hill, is marking 100 years of Catholic education with a homecoming celebration, Sept. 16.

Alumni and friends are welcome to an alumni Mass, Memorial Garden dedication and reception. Tickets are $75, adults only, and that includes dinner, music, beer and wine. Register by emailing, or call Patty Novotny Schaefer at 718-843-2083.

Save the date: Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy, Forest Hills, is having a 50th anniversary gala on Oct. 23 at the Westside Tennis Club in Forest Hills. Call 718 793-2086 for tickets and details.

What should you expect from a home care nurse or home health aide?

As part of an ongoing Aging-Well Series at Sacred Heart Church, Bayside, registered nurse Margaret Greeley will discuss this aspect of care on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7-8 p.m. in the church hall.

To learn more or attend, contact Sister Kathleen Masterson, R.S.M., at 718-224-5695.

Maria Necci and Loycent Gordon will be honored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) Educational Center, Woodhaven, at its annual Harvest of Wine and Cheese event on Sept. 24.

Necci, a customs broker, and Gordon, owner of Neir’s Tavern, are longtime supporters of the SSND Educational Center, a nonprofit that helps educate women so they can reach their full potential and break out of the cycle of poverty.

The event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and tickets may be purchased by calling 718-738-0588.

A men’s ministry is forming at St. Mark Church, Sheepshead Bay. Father Michael Panicali, parochial vicar, is organizing this prayer and fellowship group for men age 18 and older. If you’re interested, leave your name and phone number with the rectory, 718-891-3100.

This fall, Immaculate Conception parish, Astoria, presents Saints and Sinners, a video presentation and discussion, on Wednesdays, Sept. 20 – Oct. 25, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Nazareth Center. Admission is free.

Ozanam Hall, Bayside, hosts its 18th annual Golf Classic at North Hills Country Club, Manhasset, N.Y, Sept. 14. The honoree is Peter Reali, Royal Waste Services, Inc. For more details, call Gail D. O’Donovan at 718-971-2020