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BIG Production In Bellerose

If you loved the movie starring Tom Hanks, then you don’t want to miss BIG, The Musical, presented by the St. Gregory the Great Theatre Group, Bellerose, above, in Gregorian Hall. Show dates and times: Aug. 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., and Aug. 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. Advance tickets: $18, $15 seniors, $7 children. For tickets, call 718-989-2451 or go to


*PICK OF THE WEEK: Father John Cush is hosting Woody Allen Fest, a four-part film series at Holy Name of Jesus Church, Park Slope, Aug. 6-10. The schedule is as follows: Aug. 6, Love and Death; Aug. 7, Crimes and Misdemeanors; Aug. 9, Shadows and Fog; and Aug. 10, Matchpoint. Film begins at 7 p.m. in Shepherd’s Hall. Discussion follows. All welcome.

Faithful Tablet TALK readers, the food pantry at St. Gerard Majella, Hollis, needs your help! Supplies are low and Father Josephjude Gannon, parish administrator, needs help restocking the shelves. Non-perishable goods, such as rice, pasta, beans, tuna, canned vegetables and peanut butter, are in high demand. Consider adding one or more of these items to your shopping list — it’ll only cost an extra buck or two at the checkout counter, and you’ll be making a big difference in the lives of your neighbors. For drop off times and location, call 718-468-6565.

Tablet TALK Quote of the Week: 
“The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail.” — Sri Ramakrishna

Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Consider taking part in the next Retrouvaille, a guided weekend retreat for married couples looking to renew their marriages. Learn practical tools to improve your relationship and communicate more effectively. There are no group discussions, and privacy is paramount. The next Retrouvaille weekend is scheduled for Sept. 7-9 at the Montfort Retreat House, Bayshore, L.I. To learn more, contact Jimmy and Kathleen, 516-305-5781 or

Embrace the last remnants of summer on the beautiful grounds of Queen of Peace Residence, Queens Village, when the Little Sisters of the Poor host their Annual Garden Party, Sept. 8, 2-5 p.m. The cost is $60 per person and includes food and beverages. Reserve your tickets by calling 464-1800 or e-mailing

The Catholic Club of Good Shepherd, Marine Park, will host its annual golf outing on Aug. 17 at Riis Park Pitch and Putt. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Rosary Hill Home (formerly St. Rose’s Home). For reservations, call Jimmy, 802-310-8076.

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to Dr. Simon Moller, professor of biological sciences at St. John’s University, Jamaica, on receiving a $900,000 grant from the Research Council of Norway to further his research into Parkinson’s disease. Born and raised in Norway, Dr. Moller has dedicated many years to studying this disease. His work incorporates the use of zebra fish and mammalian neurons as well as plants, which possess all but one of the genes that cause Parkinson’s in humans. At SJU, this grant will enable him to employ four postdoctoral researchers, underwrite the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, create opportunities for research-based education and hopefully discover more effective ways of diagnosing and treating this degenerative disorder in its earliest stages.

Jackson Heights Youth

Serve God and Others

Altar servers from Blessed Sacrament parish are being trained to serve at the Altar of the Lord and to serve the Jackson Heights community. This summer,  the boys and girls who normally serve on the altar donned work gloves and picked up brooms and dustpans to clean up the neighborhood under the guidance of their pastor, Father Patrick Burns, above, left.



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