On Sept. 11, 2012, the students and faculty of St. Francis of Assisi School, Astoria, gathered together in the schoolyard to salute the American flag and pray for peace in remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (Photo courtesy St. Francis of Assisi School)
So which world famous Irish tenor will be in concert at a local parish this fall? Ronan Tynan is scheduled to perform a Classic Tenor Concert at Blessed Sacrament Church, Jackson Heights, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. Following the concert, a festive cocktail reception will be held, and the admission fee is $20. Tickets are going quickly so make your reservation today. Call 718-639-3888.
And dear Brooklynites, we have a special treat for you too. Regina Opera Company is presenting its Opera and Pops Concert on Sunday, Oct. 7 at its new venue, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Sunset Park. The two-hour show, which will feature arias and ensembles from operas and Broadway plays, begins at 3 p.m. Sing along with soprano Patricia Vital, pictured, and her fellow performers. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for teens and children are admitted for free. For tickets, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-259-2772.
Tablet TALK Quote of the Week: “Have great confidence in God’s goodness and mercy, and He will never abandon you; but don’t neglect to embrace His holy cross because of this.” — Padre Pio in honor of his feast, Sept. 23.
Voting is one of the great rights and responsibilities of being an American citizen. If you’re not registered to vote, you can register online or download a registration form at www.vote.nyc.ny.us. Forms must be delivered to the Board of Elections Office in your borough at least 25 days before the general election on Nov. 6. To learn more, call 212-VOTE-NYC (868-3692).
This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to Arlene Figaro, headmistress of the all-girls Catholic elementary school, Visitation Academy, Bay Ridge, who will serve as grand marshal for the 46th annual Children’s Ragamuffin Parade on Sept. 29. The parade is set to begin at 1 p.m. from 76th St. and Third Ave. and will continue along the avenue to 92nd St. Children who attend area public, Catholic and private schools will march in the parade, which was founded in 1967 by Father James McKenna, then-associate pastor of Our Lady of Angels parish, Bay Ridge. Colleen Golden, wife of State Sen. Marty Golden, serves as president of the parade committee. Be sure to wave to Figaro and the children marching!
The Newman’s Own Foundation recently awarded a $200,000 grant to Calvary Hospital, which has campuses in the Bronx and Sunset Park, to expand the hospital’s bereavement support programs for school-age and teenage children in the Bronx and Brooklyn. One of those programs is Camp Compass, a unique summer camp offering hope and healing for children, ages six-17, who have lost a parent or loved one. Last month, Camp Compass hosted its 15th annual session, which was held for the first time at Kingsborough Community College, Manhattan Beach. Seventy-five campers, like Jonathan, above, enjoyed swimming, fishing, basketball with the Harlem Wizards and making memory videos and boxes honoring their deceased loved ones. (Photo courtesy Calvary Hospital)