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Queens Pastor Leads Prayers in D.C.


Father Joseph T. Holcomb, pastor of St. Andrew Avellino parish, Flushing, delivered the opening prayer as guest chaplain at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, as pictured above. In his prayer he said, “May our deliberations in this, the United States House of Representatives bring about understanding, tolerance and peace in our great nation and the world.”
His appearance was sponsored by Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng who praised the Queens pastor for his service to the people of Flushing and the surrounding communities.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can work for a cure for your mother, your sister, your wife, your daughter or yourself by supporting the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The walk is next Sunday, Oct. 19 at 8 a.m. in Brooklyn at The Nethermead in Prospect Park and in Queens at Flushing Meadows Corona Park by the Unisphere. To participate, volunteer or to make a donation, visit

October is also Respect Life Month and the month of the Most Holy Rosary. Bishop Frank Caggiano will be the celebrant and homilist of Rosary for Life’s Annual Mass, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, Marine Park. Call 718-377-6920 for details.

Professional and amateur artists alike are invited to express and share their faith through art by participating in an exhibit under the theme: “Varying Paths of Faith.”
The exhibit is sponsored by St. Rose of Lima, Parkville, and the deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 7. For details, visit and click on the “Art Exhibit” tab or call 718-434-8040.

Celebrated author-editor-publisher Robert Ellsberg will be the featured guest at an event sponsored by the Sacred Heart Justice and Peace Committee at Sacred Heart, Bayside, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Ellsberg will explore themes of social justice and a broader concept of sainthood. Free and open to the public. For full details, call 917-670-8140.

Msgr. Charles Fink will discuss “The Building of the Kingdom of God in J.R.R. Tolkien” at the next Fall Book Talk, Oct. 19, 2-4 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, L.I. To attend, call 631-423-0483 ext. 141 or email

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to Gabriella Fusco, a sixth-grade student at Resurrection Ascension School in Rego Park, who has been selected to appear on the popular game show, Jeopardy! She was in California this past week taping the show, which is set to air in December. The results are under wraps until then, but one thing is certain: Gabriella, you have already made your family, friends and school community proud!

Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, diocesan vicar for development, is one of the grand marshals for the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade this Saturday, Oct. 11. Festivities open with 10:15 a.m. Mass at St. Athanasius, Bensonhurst. The parade begins at 1 p.m. from 60th Street and 18th Avenue.

Our Lady of the Angelus parish, Rego Park, is hosting a one-day pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Jude in Baltimore, Md., Oct. 25. Call Barbara, 718-592-9329 for full details.

tt_OLGuad_PrincipPrincipal For a Day in Bensonhurst


Principal Phoebe Midttveit has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? The third-grader had the distinction of serving as co-principal of her elementary school, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bensonhurst, last Wednesday, Oct. 8.
Midttveit joined full-time principal, Sister Dolores F. Crepeau, C.S.J., right, in welcoming students as they arrived, offering morning prayers, conducting the Pledge of Allegiance and making morning announcements. She visited classrooms with Sister Dolores, met with staff to learn how they help the school run, shared lunch with Sister Dolores and closed the day with prayer and dismissal.
Midttveit won the chance to be Principal for a Day at the Home School Association’s Back-to-School Bash last month. (Photo © Marian Skabeikis)