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Year of Faith Retreat


Ladies of the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception from Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Brooklyn Heights, recently participated in a “Year of Faith” retreat at Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, Garrison, N.Y. They were accompanied by Msgr. James A. Root, cathedral rector, center.

Photo © Marleine Aflak

Our Lady of Grace parish, Gravesend, would like to thank and recognize parishioner Rosalie Bruno for her donation of an American flag and stand to be displayed in the school cafeteria — a reminder to the boys and girls that they live in one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. More than 107,000 New Yorkers are living with HIV. New York City’s AIDS case rate is almost three times the U.S. average, and HIV is the third leading cause of death for N.Y.C. residents age 35 to 54.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, Williamsburg, will host a section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt as it commemorates the vigil of World AIDS Day on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to join in the prayers, listen to speakers and participate in a candle-lighting memorial. Call 718-384-0223.
St. Augustine, Park Slope, will mark the day with a memorial prayer service and candle-lighting ceremony on Dec. 1, 7 p.m. in the church. Call 718-783-3132.

PICK OF THE WEEK (a little early so you can get your ticket for next weekend!):  Windsor Terrace Supports Breezy Point Fundraiser, sponsored by Farrell’s Bar and Grill, Dec. 1, 7-11 p.m. at Bishop Ford H.S., Park Slope. Donation: $50, includes wine, beer, soda, light fare. Guest bartenders from The Sugar Bowl, Kennedy’s, The Blarney and The Bayhouse. DJ Kevin Conlon. Live bands: Anthem and John Rafferty and Comany. For reservations, call Holy Name Church, 768-3071.

Lumina/Hope and Healing after Abortion will be holding a fundraising banquet at the Mansion On Broadway in North White Plains, N.Y., Dec. 6, 6-9:30 p.m. The evening’s guest speaker is Allan Parker, Esq., of The Justice Foundation, and the honoree is Msgr. Philip Reilly, founder and executive director of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. Tickets are $75. For tickets, call 718-881-8008 or e-mail

If you or someone you know has a problem with alcoholism, drug abuse or gambling, help is a phone call away. Call 1-877-846-7369.

Tablet TALK Quote of the Week: “We are called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.” — Unknown

Troupe Eclat, the choir of St. Jerome Church, East Flatbush, will release its debut CD — “Nos chants de prieres et de louange” (Our prayers and songs of praise) — in St. Jerome School cafeteria, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.
Founded by Father St. Charles Borno, Troupe Eclat embraces a diversity of musical styles, ranging from classical to contemporary, under the direction of Carlo Balthazar. The group’s motto is Briller Pour Servir (Shining Brightly to Serve).
All are welcome to attend the CD release party. The donation is $20, and all guests will receive a free CD. For details or more information, contact Sherley Lamothe, 347-932-1165 or

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to everyone who contributed to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive at St. Francis of Assisi parish, Astoria, right.
Volunteers met to sort, pack and deliver two truckloads of donations from parishioners to the hurricane victims in the Rockaways.


Broadway Visits Woodside

Broadway actors with big hearts recently performed for a crowd of 300 people at Corpus Christi parish, Woodside. Local resident Nathan Scherich gathered other Broadway actors to put on the show as a benefit for the church. The participating actors, seen above, include Scherich, Matthew LaBanca, Allie Scherich, Eddie Schnecker, Katie Bruestle, Michael Jablonski, Kim Sava, Shane Saldivar, Courter Simmons and Matthew Simpkins. They have been on Broadway in shows such as Jersey Boys, Book of Mormon, White Christmas, Cry-Baby, Young Frankenstein and West Side Story. A portion of the proceeds from the benefit show went to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Photo courtesy Father Pat West


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