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tt mca ring dayFun-Filled Catholic Schools Week at MCA


Midwood Catholic Academy enjoyed an active and fun-filled Catholic Schools Week by playing its own version of Family Feud, holding a classroom door-decorating contest, hosting a living museum and having a laser light show. Students wore their wackiest socks on Crazy Sock Day, and each child donated a pair of socks to St. Michael’s Soup Kitchen and CHIPS, Sunset Park. Eighth graders, above, received their school rings, and Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros celebrated Mass for the school community.

TT-CRohmLove, passion, jealousy – “I Pagliacci” has it all, and Regina Opera Company will bring Leoncavallo’s lurid tale to the stage in Our Lady of Perpetual Help auditorium, Sunset Park, on March 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 3 p.m. Although the opera will be sung in Italian by some first-rate actors, including Christina Rohm, right, in the role of Nedda, English supertitles ensure you won’t miss a word. Admission is $25; senior citizens and college students, $20; and teens, $5. For tickets and further details, call 718-259-2772, e-mail or visit

Tablet TALK Quote of the Week: “The most delightful surprise in life is to suddenly recognize your own worth.” — Maxwell Maltz

Hayden Nichols, a student at St. John’s University, Jamaica, was critically injured after a four-story fall last October. Currently, he is in a rehab facility in his hometown of Galveston, Texas. Needless to say, he has a long road ahead. St. John’s Biology Honors Society is trying to raise $10,000 to help the Nichols family offset the costs of Hayden’s medical expenses. A fundraiser dance was scheduled for Feb. 21, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. in Marillac Terrace on the Jamaica campus. The honors society is also hosting an online fundraiser at (search for “Hayden Nicols”). If you can’t make a monetary donation, prayers are always gratefully accepted. For more details, e-mail

Singles, the Bay Ridge Singles Club of Our Lady of Angels parish, invites you to Sunday brunch at a fine local eatery on March 9 at 1 p.m. RSVP is required. Contact Mike Riccio, 718-833-1257 or e-mail

Also, St. Francis Catholic Singles, a contemporary circle of men and women in their 30s, 40s and 50s, invites local singles to its next meeting, Feb. 27, 7:15 p.m. at the St. Francis Friary, 500 Todt Hill Road, Staten Island. For more information, visit or e-mail

Young adults, save the date for a Day of Reflection, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, L.I. The day will be led by Father Fred Marano. For details, or to register, contact Paul Morisi at 718-965-7300 ext. 5556 or

How much do you really know about Vatican II? Retired Auxiliary Bishop Guy Sansaricq wants to teach local Catholics what he says “everyone should know about the Second Vatican Council.” Join him for a daylong retreat on Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church, Crown Heights. The cost is $10 per person for materials and lunch. All are welcome. To attend, call Elreta at 718-774-3806.


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Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 177 celebrated Scout Sunday, Feb. 9, at Holy Child Jesus Church, Richmond Hill, by attending Mass, celebrated by Father Francis Colamaria, administrator, and then helping with an open house at the parish school. The Cub Scouts (ages seven-10) meet at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the school cafeteria. The Boy Scouts (ages 11 and up) meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. New scouts are always welcome to join.

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