Tablet TALK

Tablet TALK: The Gift of Music for 25 Years


Music teacher and choral director Janet Cullen celebrated her 25th year of teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Dyker Heights. Each class presented Cullen with a spiritual bouquet, and she received a poem, gifts and flowers from the parish and school. In addition to teaching music, Cullen directs the choral group, the choral juniors, the tone chime choir and the parish children’s choir. The woman of honor is pictured surrounded by her students; Sister Dolores F. Crepeau, C.S.J., principal, back row, left; and Msgr. Robert J. Romano, pastor, right.

(Photo courtesy Marian Skabeikis)

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Giglio 2016 is less than two weeks away. This spectacular Italian festival honoring St. Paolino kicks off July 6 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Williamsburg. Faith, food, music, culture and parades are the highlights of this 12-day extravaganza, which has it roots in Naples, Italy.

Residents and visitors from all over gather to see the five-story tower featuring St. Paolino’s statue and a 12-piece brass band danced through the streets on men’s shoulders. Vendors sell Italian-themed souvenirs, fresh zeppoles and braciole, while youngsters enjoy rides and carnival games.

For the latest details, including the updated entertainment schedule, visit

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“Revival, Healing and Restoration” will be the theme of a trilingual prayer breakfast in honor of the Year of Mercy at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Queens Village, on Saturday, July 2.

Event begins at 9:30 a.m. in Stewart Hall with guest speaker Msgr. Joseph Malagreca. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 per child. Call the rectory at 718-479-5111 to reserve seats.

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Going away on vacation this summer? Don’t miss Mass. For nationwide Mass times and locations, call 1-858-207-6277 or visit

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All are welcome to join the Traditional Latin Mass community at Our Lady of Peace parish, Gowanus/Park Slope, for 9:30 a.m. Mass followed by a Communion Breakfast, this Sunday, June 26. The cost is $16 per person. For more details, call Joan, 718-238-7280.

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Brooklyn’s 111th Annual Independence Day Parade, the oldest Fourth of July Parade in New York City, steps off on Saturday, June 25, at noon.

Sponsored by the L.I. Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, the parade begins on Bergen St. and proceeds along Court Street to First Place, then swings down to Summit Street.

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Discover the benefits of solitude by spending a silent day at Bishop Molloy Retreat House, Jamaica Estates.

On June 29, the retreat house is offering a Hermit Day from a 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is a chance to turn off your phone and take a break from life in peaceful seclusion.
Read without interruption, take a nap or just reflect on life. Spiritual direction is available for those who request it in advance. To attend, call 718-739-1229.

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tt-Sherman-shaversSherman Shavers: Bald Heads, Big Hearts

The Knights of Columbus from Msgr. Sherman Council No. 5103 in Glendale recently raised more than $6,000 for the St. Baldrick Foundation, which benefits childhood cancer research. Knights were sponsored by family and friends to bravely shave their heads for this charity. The event was organized by Knight Gerry O’Callaghan, front row, center, and Grand Knight Bill Kuil, front row, second from right, who encouraged fellow Knights to support the cause. Among the participants was Deacon Peter Stamm, second row, center, from Sacred Heart parish, Glendale.

(Photo courtesy Msgr. Sherman Knights of Columbus)