Students and faculty at St. Patrick Catholic Academy, Bay Ridge, celebrated Easter by hosting the annual Easter hat parade in the school auditorium. As fun twist on traditional bonnets, students custom-made their hats with plastic eggs, marshmallows, flashing lights, religious messages, flowers, stuffed animals, bunny ears and anything else they could fit on top of their heads! (Photos courtesy St. Patrick Catholic Academy)
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If you’re looking to enter or re-enter the job market, don’t miss “Pathways to Job Opportunities: Finding the Job that Works for You,” a free workshop set for Wednesday, April 20.
Presented by the St. Anselm Workforce Ministry, Bay Ridge, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the session will begin at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Anselm Catholic Academy.
Register at stanselmworkforceministry.eventbrite.com or call 718-238-2900 ext. 212. Visit stanselmbayridge.org for more details.
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Have you gotten your ticket for the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns’ Ambassador Gala?
The dinner dance is next Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Flatlands. The honorees are: Father Frank Black, Yvonne Riley-Tepie, Silma Thorpe, the 2016 Kujenga graduates. The evening’s host will be Liz Faublas of NET-TV.
Proceeds from this year’s gala will help send ambassador youth on a mission trip to Jamaica in July. They will work with the poor at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Jamaica, West Indies.
Tickets are $40. For tickets and details, call 718-774-3806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On Saturday, April 23, a walkathon will be held to benefit the OPening Word Program, a literacy program for adults that is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Dominic, Amityville, L.I.
The family-friendly event will take place, rain or shine, at the Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse in Amityville. There will be clowns and face painting. Call 631-842-6000 or email email@example.com.
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As a prelude to the Easter Triduum, one Brooklyn parish observed an often-forgotten tradition.
For the past eight years on the Wednesday of Holy Week, Holy Innocents parish in Flatbush has celebrated the ancient rite of Tenebrae, which means “darkness” in Latin.
Similar to the Liturgy of the Hours, there are readings and psalms, the singing of “The Magnificat” and the chanting of the Lord’s Prayer. Unique to this service, a series of candles is lit beforehand and extinguished following each reading and response. At Holy Innocents this was interspersed with music, provided by Dr. Alfred E. Cresci, music director.
If you missed it this year, include this event in your Holy Week plans for 2017.
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Parishioners of Annunciation Church, Williamsburg, had a special reason to be thankful on Divine Mercy Sunday. In honor of the Holy Year of Mercy, Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius, Lithuania, presented the church with an exact replica of the original Divine Mercy painting, which is installed in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Vilnius.
On April 3, Father Vytautas Volertas, diocesan coordinator of ministry to Lithuanians, blessed and dedicated the painting, assisted by Dr. Algirdas Lukosevicius, sacristan and head of altar servers, who arranged for transportation of the painting from Lithuania, and its mounting at Annunciation.
The faithful recited the Divine Mercy Chaplet after the blessing.
(Photo courtesy Msgr. Joseph Calise)