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tt-sjuNov2013SJU Dinner Nets $2 Million for Scholarships


A record 1,247 people attended St. John’s University’s annual President’s Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, Manhattan. Father Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., university president, presided over the event, which raised more than $2 million for the eighth consecutive year. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. Guests included, front row, from left, Spirit of Service Awardees Prof. John P. Clarke; Bill Montgoris, former COO, Bear Stearns; Peggy Montgoris; Robert Kalenka, corporate vice president, Broadridge; back row, from left, Bill Collins, co-chairperson; Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio; Father Levesque; Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre; and Leslie Collins, co-chairperson.

If you enjoyed The Tablet Forum on C.S. Lewis (or if you missed it), save the date for C.S. Lewis: In Memoriam, a special presentation by The Sheen Center and the New York C.S. Lewis Society, Nov. 23, 1-8 p.m. at Cathedral H.S., Manhattan.
Hosted by Msgr. Michael Hull, director of The Sheen Center, the program features several speakers, including William Griffin, Eliane Aymard-Tixier, Michael Travers; a screening of the documentary “Beyond Narnia;” a forum with society members, a question-and-answer session and dinner. James Como will be the emcee. The cost of the day is $35 per person.
To attend, RSVP to Rosemarie Bruno at 646-794-3479 or
Newly ordained Father Raymond Flores will be the celebrant of three upcoming Traditional Latin Masses at Divine Mercy parish, Williamsburg/Greenpoint, on Nov. 9, 16 and 23. Masses will begin at 3 p.m. For further details or information, call 718-387-0256.
Celebrate the feast of St. Andrew Avellino, patron of Naples and Sicily and protector against sudden death, at the only church named in his honor in the U.S.
Auxiliary Bishop Paul Sanchez will celebrate 10:30 a.m. Mass on Nov. 10 at St. Andrew Avellino Church, Flushing, in observance of the parish’s patronal feast day and 100th anniversary year.
Selections will include the hymn, “Great Andrew Avellino,” which was composed in 1943 by the late parish organist Charles Harmon. The lyrics were penned by the late Dominican Sister Helen Whelan, then known as Sister Camillus, O.P. 
A relic of St. Andrew Avellino will be available for veneration after the Mass. Call 718-359-0417.
Tablet TALK Quote of the Week (for Veterans’ Day): “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” — Jose Narosky
Music is in the air this time of year…
Jen Tao, a graduate student at Manhattan School of Music majoring in piano, will present Schubert “Drei Klavierstücke” D. 946, and Brahms’ Intermezzi, Op. 117 at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Forest Hills, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will be used toward the restoration of the piano in the parish sanctuary. Call 718-268-6143
Meanwhile in Bay Ridge, The Rhapsody Players will perform the greatest songs of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s in an intimate cabaret-style setting at St. Patrick Catholic Academy, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25, including pizza, coffee and dessert from Leske’s Bakery. Reservations required. Call 646-335-2710 or e-mail Proceeds will be used to purchase new classroom computers for the parish school.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with the good people of Our Lady of Miracles parish, Canarsie. The parish is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23, 7-11:30 p.m. in the parish center. The cost is $30 per person. Call 718-257-2400 for more information.

tt-hnsNov2013HNS Remembers Its Dead

In observance of All Souls Day, Holy Name Society members from various points in Brooklyn and Queens gathered around Holy Name Square in Greenpoint to pray for and remember deceased members at their annual memorial prayer service.