Tablet TALK

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First Vows Professed in Queens Village

Four young women took their first vows as Little Sisters of the Poor at the Sisters’ novitiate in Queens Village, July 21. Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto, above, center, celebrated the Mass of Religious Profession, which welcomed, from left, Sister Andrea Rose Sims, Sister Selina Camille Luamanuvae, Sister Mary Florian and Sister Chiara Therese Tammaro to the religious congregation dedicated to serving the elderly poor. (Photo courtesy Little Sisters of the Poor)

Tablet TALK Event of the Week: Magnificat, the new Catholic Young Adult group at Queen of Angels Church, Rego Park, hosts “Your Purpose In Life – ‘My Soul Magnifies the Greatness of the Lord’ Luke 1:46” on Sunday, Sept. 16  at 1 p.m. in the rectory. Event includes prayer, reflection, praying the rosary and fellowship. Pot-luck brunch. Leader: Juan Rodriguez, pastoral associate / youth minister. If you are 21-40, in college, finished college and have a career, or looking for a community with spirituality, friendship and purpose, then Magnificat is for you. For details, contact 718-937-5174 or

Summer vacation is over now, and while it may have been a great respite for your mind and body, what about your soul? Consider taking a reflective journey the way medieval Christians did — by walking a labyrinth. Sacred Heart parish, Bayside, is hosting Walking the Labyrinth: Meditation in Motion, Oct. 21-25. Morning sessions, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and evening sessions, 7-9 p.m., are available. For more details, contact Sister Kathleen Masterson, R.S.M., at 718-224-5695.

As part of the Living and Leading by Faith formation program for diocesan catechists, the Basic Youth Ministry Course is being offered at St. Margaret School, Middle Village, on Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, 7-9:30 p.m. The instructor is Andy Churray. To register, go to For details, contact Paul Morisi, 718-965-7300 ext. 5556, or

A Taize Prayer Group is forming at St. Charles Borromeo parish, Brooklyn Heights. Based on scripture readings and music, the purpose of this meditative prayer is to reach inner silence, to offer praise and admiration to God and to be receptive to God’s word in our hearts. Anyone interested in the group may leave a message for Tracy Howard at the rectory, 718-625-1177.

Women who have had an abortion and are seeking spiritual healing are invited to attend Forgiven and Set Free, a small-group Bible study program starting Sept. 17. Group sessions are free and completely confidential. For more details, call Rachel’s Helpers at 718-939-6646.

Dr. Deborah Meier, one of the foremost thinkers on education policy in the nation, will  present the annual Founders Day lecture at St. Joseph’s College, Clinton Hill, on Sept. 24, 4:30 p.m. in the Tuohy Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to Brooklyn-born Sister Kathleen Luppens, O.P., who is celebrating 50 years in religious life. Sister Kathleen entered the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary, Sparkill, N.Y., from Resurrection parish, Gerritsen Beach. For many years, she was a teacher and principal in the New York Archdiocese. In 2011, she co-founded a new community of Sisters, called the Sisters of the Curé of Ars in Portland, Maine. Sister Kathleen currently lives in Stockton Springs, serving as a catechetical leader at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bucksport, and attending Mass at Stella Maris parish, Bucksport. Ad multos annos, Sister Kathleen!

A world famous Irish tenor will be in concert at a local parish this fall…Check out next week’s Tablet TALK for all the details.

Happy 90th Birthday Dominic!

Surrounded by his parish family; parish priests, past and present; and Auxiliary Bishop Paul Sanchez, Dominic Byrne celebrated his 90th birthday at Holy Name of Jesus Church, Park Slope. Byrne is a regular at daily Mass, serving as either a lector or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Happy birthday Dominic — and many more! (Photo courtesy Holy Name of Jesus Church)