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Tablet Jan. 19

Brooklyn, Queens in the Holy Land

Father John Francis of St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Jamaica, and Father Anthony Chanan of St. Ephrem’s Church, Dyker Heights, led pilgrims from Brooklyn and Queens to the Holy Land. Photo courtesy Maria Gochuico

With assisted suicide gaining political and cultural favor, Sacred Heart parish, Glendale, will host a talk on End of Life Issues from a Catholic perspective Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m., in the lower church. Lisa Honkanen, M.D., will speak on these issues through her extensive experience as a practicing physician specializing in the care of the elderly.

“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.

“It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society.

“It has portrayed the greatest of gifts – a child – as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered domination over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters.” – Mother Teresa, in a letter to the Supreme Court

Jan. 22 is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.

Are you a person that leads others to Christ? If you think you may have a vocation to follow the Risen Lord as a priest, deacon, brother or sister, contact the Vocation Office at 718-827-2454, or

Our Lady of Mercy in Forest Hills offers a gentle way to exercise every Wednesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. The Feel Great and Look Great class focuses on gentle movements of muscles and joints. It’s $2 per session. All ages are welcome. Call 718-268-6143.

Have you suffered an abortion? Experience God’s love and mercy and begin the journey of healing. Call the Sisters of Life at 866-575-0075 or send an email to For men, contact Theresa Bonopartis at Lumina, 877-586-4621 or

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New Servers in Forest Hills

Our Lady of Mercy parish in Forest Hills welcomed 11 new altar servers. The boys and girls are pictured above with Deacon Dean Dobbins, on the left, and Father Grzegorz Stasiak, parochial vicar, on the right. Photo © AnnaMarie Prono

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