Tablet TALK

Tablet TALK


Suite Success for OLM Theater Group


The First String Players, a young adult theater group at Our Lady of Mercy, Forest Hills, put on a production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite at the parish in mid-January. Paul Morisi, diocesan coordinator of adolescent and young adult faith formation, directed the comedy, which was produced by Christine Breviaro. Above, Morisi and Brevario pose with the costumed cast, along with Msgr. John McGuirl, pastor, back row, center. (Photo courtesy Paul Morisi)


February is Black History Month and all are welcome to celebrate the history and contributions of the black American family during the diocesan Black History Month Mass of Thanksgiving, sponsored by the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns, Feb. 19, 4 p.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Church, St. Albans.
The theme is “We Are the Church” and retired Auxiliary Bishop Guy Sansaricq will be the main celebrant. For more details, contact Elreta Fowler, 718-774-3806 or

Get ready for a night of revelry when you attend the Mardi Gras Dinner Dance at St. Thomas the Apostle parish, Woodhaven, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.- 12 a.m. in Mulz Hall. Enjoy fun and fancy beads, raffles, music, food, beer wine and soda. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple and must be reserved by Feb. 11. For tickets, call 718-847-1353.

Running here, running there, running out of time for yourself?  Schedule some “me time” to participate in a special Lenten event just for people like you. Mary, Queen of Heaven Church, Old Mill Basin, is hosting a Busy Person’s Retreat, Feb. 27-March 1.
Early bird? Try the morning sessions beginning after 8 a.m. Mass. Free time after dinner? Evening sessions begin at 7 p.m. Retreat facilitators are Father Jude Siciliano, O.P., and Sister Patricia Bruno, O.P. For more details, call the rectory, 718-763-2330, or e-mail

Picture yourself in sunny Las Vegas! You won’t have to only imagine that vacation if you’re the big winner at the Spring Fest Raffle Night, March 23 at St. Columba Church, Marine Park. You are guaranteed a good time and the chance to win great prizes, a split-pot raffle and even that trip to Vegas. Tickets are $15, which includes chips and soda, coffee and cake. For tickets or a table, call Rose at 718-627-4247.

Quote of the Week: “The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.” — Lewis Grizzard

To acquaint students with various professions and careers, Sacred Heart School, Bayside, instituted a Career Day Program and Dr. Ramon A. Franco, Jr., visited the sixth-grade class.
Dr. Franco is director of the laryngology division and medical director of the Voice and Speech Laboratory at Harvard University. Students enjoyed his engaging talk and visual presentation on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the throat.

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to the Spanish Community at St. Matthias, Ridgewood. Following the Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day celebration, the group made a $10,577.65 donation to the parish. ¡Muy bien!


Visitation Principal Named

Educational Leader


Arlene Figaro, principal of Visitation Academy, Bay Ridge, for the last decade, was recently honored with a Leadership in Education Award, presented by the Brooklyn Real Estate Board. Founded in 1855, Visitation Academy is a Catholic, faith-centered community providing a unique learning environment for the education of young girls from nursery through eighth grade. Figaro, center, was congratulated by Renee Dorsa, right, president, Brooklyn Real Estate Board, and Effie Maldari. (Photo courtesy Visitation Academy)