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Empowering Youth to Help Heroes


Five eighth graders from Ave Maria Catholic Academy took top prize in a recent competition for creating Helping Heroes, a military care-package program. The Howard Beach crew beat 10 middle-school teams from across the city to win a yearlong partnership to expand their program with Project Empower, contest sponsor. The competition invited students to design and implement a nonprofit-style initiative addressing a real-world issue. Helping Heroes raised over $400 and sent more than 40 shoeboxes of toiletries to active duty military overseas. The winners, from left, are Gabriella Guida, Daniella Pepa, Katie Hennessy, Peter Barretta and Gaetano Modica. (Photo courtesy Gail Donovan.)

The Little Sisters of the Poor will host a Divine Mercy Conference, April 10, 6:30 p.m. in the chapel at Queen of Peace Residence, Queens Village. The conference will be conducted by Brother Thaddeus Lancton, MIC, from the Divine Mercy Shrine, Stockbridge, Mass. To attend, call 718-464-1800.

Congratulations to the newest parish ministers at St. Mel, Flushing. Father Gerard Sauer, administrator, recently installed Raymond Mooney as a lector; Beverly Ilchert, Margery Manly and Eileen Ryan as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion; and Gina DeMarinis, Sabrina DeMarinis, Jae Woo Kang, Lindsay Shaheen and Ethan Suarez as altar servers. Best wishes in your new ministries.

If you or a loved one use Medicare, then don’t miss “Knowing Your Medicare Benefits,” a free seminar at St. Joseph’s College, Clinton Hill. Hosted by the college Center for Outreach, Research and Education, the seminar will be April 19 at 12:40 p.m. and 4 p.m. in St. Angela Hall. Expert Frank Winters, partnership manager, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, will explain in plain language Medicare’s components, how to access benefits, changes to the benefit structure and how to secure assistance for premium payments.

Bishop Guy Sansaricq, seminarian Dwayne Davis, and Marilyn Jones will be honored at the 2012 Youth Ambassador Gala, sponsored by the diocesan Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns, April 21, 7 p.m. at the Baron de Kalb Knights of Columbus, Sheepshead Bay. Donation: $60. For tickets, call 718-774-3806.

St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, welcomes artist Edward Hillel for a special Yom HaShoah presentation, “An Artist’s Dialogue with the Holocaust,” April 19, 11 a.m. in the Maroney Forum, located on the seventh floor. The event, part of the college’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration, offers attendees the chance to listen to Hillel speak about the meaning of his work, which includes video, drawings and sculpture. Event is free and open to the public. 

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to the Holy Thursday Midnight Run team from Holy Cross H.S., Flushing. The volunteer team sorted through students’ donations of toiletries and made comfort packages. They distributed these packages to the homeless on the streets of Manhattan on Holy Thursday night, in cooperation with the volunteer group Midnight Run. Hats off to Holy Cross for observing Holy Week in this meaningful way.

St. Pancras Students Present Living Stations

Students from St. Pancras School, Glendale, presented Living Stations of the Cross for their entire parish community on Friday evening, March 30. Boys and girls retraced Jesus’ final footsteps on the path to His crucifixion. Eighth graders Peter Warzecha and Emilie Hryszko portrayed Jesus and the Blessed Mother. (Photos courtesy Catherine Murawski)