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Tablet Talk: Williamsburg Classes of ’54 Reunite, St. Bart School Alumni Return for 90th Anniversary

Williamsburg 60th reunionTwelve members of the Class of 1954 from Our Lady of Consolation School and St. Vincent de Paul School, both Williamsburg, celebrated their 60th anniversary during a luncheon at Karczma Restaurant, Greenpoint. Graduates came from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Long Island and Queens. About 40 classmates have kept in contact and gathered for 50th and 55th reunions through the years. Pictured at the reunion, standing, from left, John Yaegel, Mary Ann and Frank Boysa, Adrith Nieroda, Carol Godek, Joe and Rose Zawadzki, George Nieroda and Edward Edele, and sitting, Helen and Charles Crum and Virginia Obarowski. (Photo courtesy John Yaegel)

Make this Advent season a fruitful one by signing up for “Advent Reflections with Father Robert Barron.” Father Barron, author of the book “Catholicism,” will send daily Advent reflections, in either English or Spanish, via email through Dec. 24. You will also receive exclusive videos, discount codes for new products and find out about special DVD, CD and book giveaways. The reflections are free and you can sign up

During this season, St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Flatlands, invites Tablet TALK readers to visit its Advent Prayer Room. The room offers multisensory prayer stations through which you move at your own pace as you discover and dialogue with God. Located in the parish’s Aquinas Center, the room will be open Dec. 11-14 at various times. For details, call 718-253-4404 ext. 16.

The all-girls Visitation Academy, Bay Ridge, is proud to announce that the school will offer a Parent-Daughter Playgroup next September, 2015, through January, 2016. Girls turning two by the end of this month are eligible to enroll. For more information, call 718-680-9452 or visit

The Filipino-American Ministry of St. Adalbert Church, Elmhurst, invites neighbors near and far to join in the Simbang Gabi Novena of Masses, Dec. 15-23 at 7 p.m. For further details, call 718-369-0212.

Immaculate Conception parish and school, Astoria, will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a gala celebration on Sunday, Jan. 18, at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. To attend the gala, call the parish rectory at 718-728-1613.

A belated Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat to everyone who worked hard to make the international food festival at St. Matthias, Ridgewood, a great success. Not only was a wonderful time had by all, a total of $2,349.74 was raised and donated to the parish. That donation was also followed up with a $100 gift from the Holy Spirit Group and a $200 donation from the Grupo San Lucas.

Headed to Manhattan to take in the sights and sounds of the season? Be sure to pass by Columbus Circle, near Central Park West, where the Sisters of St. Elisabeth Convent all the way from Minsk, Belarus, are selling crosses, vestments and religious items. Proceeds will benefit the Sisters’ ministry with mentally challenged. The market is open through Christmas Eve.

Neufeld Hall renamingSt. Bart School Alumni Return for 90th Anniversary

Hundreds turned out to make the 90th anniversary alumni reunion of St. Bartholomew School, Elmhurst, a huge success! During the festivities, it was announced that the school gym will be renamed “Neufeld Hall” in honor of the Neufeld family, which has been part of the parish since it was founded, and also in memory of Father Raymond Neufeld, who served the parish as pastor from 1935-46. The hall will be officially dedicated in October, 2015. (Photo courtesy Jeanette Charles)