Tablet TALK

Tablet TALK: AMCA Welcomes Visit from Religious Sisters


Just before the Year for Consecrated Life closed Feb. 2, Ave Maria Catholic Academy in Howard Beach received visits from religious sisters representing four congregations: Sister Margaret Anne Meyer, M.M.M.; Sister Niky, C.S.J.B.; Mother Bendita, S.S.V.M. and Sister Peace, S.S.V.M.; and Sister Mary Lou Tressy, O.S.U., also known as Sister Jerome, a former teacher and principal at Our Lady of Grace School.

Above, fourth-grade students show off the crafts they made with Mother Bendita and Sister Peace which frame photos from the many countries in which the Matara Sisters serve.

Below, Sister Mary Lou receives a tour from the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls.


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Do you desire to serve those less fortunate? Are you willing to be transformed by compassion? Women, age 21 and older, are invited to apply for the St. Joseph Worker Program, a one-year volunteer opportunity coordinated by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, L.I.

Volunteers serve 35 hours a week at sites that provide social service, education, health care, advocacy and systematic change. Room and board and a monthly stipend are provided. The program runs from August, 2016, to June, 2017.

There will be an open house with information about the program on Saturday, March 12, 2-4 p.m. at The Mary Louis Convent, Jamaica Estates. Call Sister Tesa at 718-433-4724 ext. 312 or visit

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TT Pick of the Week: Good food, good music and a good cause: Irish Night with the Little Sisters of the Poor, Queens Village, March 3, 7-11 p.m. at Antun’s, Queens Village. Tickets: $55 in advance. Live music: Alex Basile and Irish Mist. Golden School of Irish Dance. Raffles. For tickets, call 718-464-1800 ext. 2544.

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Jesuit Father Thomas Scirghi, an associate professor of theology at Fordham University, the Bronx, will lead a Lenten Retreat on March 5 at St. Sebastian Church, Woodside. “We Dwell Within the Word of God” is the theme for the day, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the school auditorium.
The suggested offering is $20-$40, and registration closes Feb. 29. Call 718-899-3341 ext. 143.

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Next month, Regina Opera Company will present a fully staged performance of “Lucia di Lammermoor” at Our Lady of Perpetual Help auditorium in Sunset Park. The show dates are currently set for March 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 3 p.m.

Heejae Kim
Heejae Kim

This tuneful tragedy, presented in Italian with English supertitles, tells the story of a bitter feud between Scottish clans that leads to misfortune for a young girl and her lover, Edgardo, who will be played by Heejae Kim, pictured, on March 6 and 12.

Tickets are $25 for general admission; $20 for seniors and college students under 25; and $5 for teens. Children are admitted free. For tickets, call 718-259-2772 or visit

Shhh! A free sneak-peek performance with piano is set for March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

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St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Flatlands, will once again host a Lenten Prayer Room, a multi-sensory experience that encourages participants to reflect more deeply on the meaning of Lent, Holy Week and the Resurrection.

Located in the Aquinas Center, the room will be open March 11, 1-9 p.m.; March 12, 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and March 13, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Father Joseph Gibino, pastor of Holy Trinity, Whitestone, will offer a retreat over the weekend. Guests are also welcome to avail themselves of the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist, as well as walk through the church’s Holy Doors.

For complete details, call Elizabeth Mathew, pastoral associate, 718-253-4404.

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tt-anselm-math1St. Anselm Catholic Academy, Bay Ridge, is buzzing about fifth grader James Schmidt’s recent win at the school’s math bee. The competition, organized by teacher Janet Batista for grades three, four and five, was attended by school parents and families, Principal James McKeon and members of the board of directors.

At right, Schmidt stands with his father, far right, as he is congratulated by John Quaglione, academy board chairman, and Lynne Savage, board secretary. Schmidt is now preparing to represent his school in a regional math bee event.

Below, Schmidt and his proud family, along with math bee coordinator, Janet Batista, and Principal James McKeon.