Tablet TALK

NIAF Golf Outing Supports Catholic Education

Photo courtesy John Heyer II








The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) held its 13th annual golf outing on Monday, Aug. 14 at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club to benefit the foundation’s scholarship and educational programs. Among those in attendance were Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, diocesan vicar for development who was there to represent Futures in Education, and two sisters from St. Bernadette Catholic Academy, Dyker Heights, who through the support of NIAF and the golf outing will receive scholarship from Futures in Education for the 2017-18 academic year.

Our Lady of Grace is back. The name everyone knew and loved returns this year as Ave Maria Catholic Academy becomes Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Howard Beach.

All are welcome to celebrate this new beginning with a special Mass, ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Sunday, Sept. 17, starting at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church.

Dynamic Catholic – a movement dedicated to re-energizing the Catholic Church in America – will present “Passion and Purpose for Marriage,” at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral, Brooklyn Heights, Sept. 8.

Guided by Dr. Allen Hunt, the evening will feature humorous commentary and real-life stories to help couples discover how to fill their relationship with a passion and purpose that will change their lives.

This event also features live music and includes a free bag of resources for every attendee.

Tickets are $25 each. Order tickets online at or call 859-980-7900.

More than 800,000 people take their own lives every year, and up to 25 times as many people attempt to do so, according to the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

World Suicide Prevention Day is Sunday, Sept. 10. On that day, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Div. 6 in Greenpoint are sponsoring “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.

Proceeds will go to Pieta House in Long Island City, which provides a free, therapeutic approach to help people at risk of suicide or self harm.

The walk will be held in Greenpoint’s McCarren Park at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Registration opens at 9 a.m. The donation is $35 for adults; $20 for teens.

For details, call Mary at 917-699-9290 or email her at

A new school year begins Sept. 6, so this week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to the teachers, administrators and staff who minister in the Catholic academies and schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. Providing children a solid foundation in academics is a great responsibility; passing on the Catholic faith is even greater.

St. Joseph’s College, in partnership with the Greenlight Bookstore, will welcome some highly regarded writers to its fall Brooklyn Voices lecture series.

Nathan Englander presents “Dinner at the Center of the Earth,” in conversation with Jonathan Safran Foer on Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. on the Clinton Hill campus.

Tickets are $30. For tickets, go to

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, Holy Family parish, Flushing, is planning a trip to the Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Washington, N.J., Oct. 13. To register, call 718-969-2448.

North Floral Park Parish Honors St. Rocco 

Photo courtesy Father Jeremy Canna

Our Lady of the Snows parish celebrated the feast of St. Rocco with a street procession, Mass and by venerating a relic of the 14th-century saint, who is known as the patron of the sick and suffering. Organized by parish’s San Roque Devotional Group, the Aug. 13 procession included floats of both St. Rocco and Our Lady of Antipolo.