Tablet TALK

Tablet TALK

SJU Students Serve CCBQ Seniors

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’ Sheridan Senior Residence, Astoria, and St. Louis Senior Center, Crown Heights, hosted St. John’s University volunteers on Sept. 29, as part of the university’s 11th annual Day of Service. At Sheridan Residence, left, volunteers helped seniors clear weeds and debris from their rooftop garden and replant seasonal mums, donated by The Home Depot.


Auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggiano will be honored by the Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation at Hopefest 2012 this fall. The Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation, established in memory of a Brooklyn teen who lost his life to cancer in 2007, is a nonprofit serving children fighting cancer and severe illnesses. Hopefest 2012 will take place Oct. 26, 7 p.m. at Gargiulo’s Restaurant, Coney Island. Tickets are $125 apiece. Being honored along with Bishop Caggiano are Dr. Bruce Garner, Lutheran Medical Center’s chief of rheumatology and brother of Tablet columnist Dr. Steven Garner; Janet Malpaso, community activist; and Jalissa Carson, pediatric cancer survivor. For tickets or details, e-mail or call 917-496-7534.

October is Respect Life Month, and the Vicariate of Hispanic Affairs and the diocesan Guadalupano Committee are offering two afternoons of faith formation on the patroness of the unborn, Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Brooklyn, at St. Joseph, Prospect Heights, Oct. 13, 1-5 p.m., and in Queens at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Astoria, Oct. 20, 1-5 p.m. Both sessions will be conducted in Spanish. For more information, call 718-916-6568 or 347-531-5448.

Consider taking a reflective journey the way medieval Christians did — by walking a labyrinth. Sacred Heart, Bayside, is hosting Walking the Labyrinth: Meditation in Motion, Oct. 21-25, with sessions in the morning, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and evening, 7-9 p.m. For details, contact Sister Kathleen Masterson, R.S.M. at 718-224-5695.

Mark Z. Danielewski, author of Fifty-Year Sword, will read his latest work with musical accompaniment by pianist Christopher O’Riley, on Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. in Tuohy Hall at St. Joseph’s College, Clinton Hill. Event is free and open to the public.

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to the boys and girls at St. Rose of Lima School, Rockaway Beach. On the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, patron saint of charity, students donated $300, which they raised through a dress-down day fundraiser, and various foodstuffs to the parish food pantry. Children could have directed their generosity toward any charity, but they chose to help families in their local community. Way to go!

Join Reaching-Out Community Services, Brooklyn, for its annual Walk-Run Against Hunger, Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. at Archbishop John Hughes Knights of Columbus Hall, Dyker Heights. For details or to register, visit 

The Msgr. Dillon Knights of Columbus Council No. 5872, Whitestone, will have its second annual Choice for Life Fundraiser, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. at Verdi’s of Whitestone. Proceeds will benefit EMC-FrontLine Pregnancy Centers and the Sisters of Life. Tickets are $75 per person. For tickets, call Edward, 917-667-2835, or Dennis, 718-541-5467.

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St. A’s New Altar Servers

Congratulations to the new altar servers at St. Anastasia parish in Douglaston. Surrounded by family and fellow parishioners, these boys and girls, above, were installed to the ministry of altar server on Sept. 30 at the 10 a.m. Mass. Pictured with the new altar servers are, back row, from left, Brian Payne, altar server coordinator; Msgr. Anthony Sherman, pastor; and Father Dariusz Strzelecki, altar server moderator.