Several dozen people gathered at the gravesite of the Servant of God Msgr. Bernard J. Quinn, Westbury, L.I., to mark the 76th anniversary of his death. Msgr. Theophilus Joseph, a priest from St. Lucia, West Indies, celebrated Mass in St. Brigid’s Church. In his homily, Msgr. Joseph credited the intercession of Msgr. Quinn for receiving a kidney from a donor at a critical stage of his illness. For prayer cards and other information about Msgr. Quinn, call 718-341-1018. (Photo courtesy Msgr. Paul Jervis)
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Josephite Sister Karen Cavanagh will lead “Opening the Door of Mercy,” a morning of recollection at St. Matthias parish, Ridgewood, on April 30.
Sister Karen is a respected retreat leader and an occasional Sunday’s Scriptures columnist for The Tablet.
The day will begin with 8:30 a.m. Mass, followed by refreshments and then Sister Karen’s talk. There will be time for quiet reflection and sharing on the topic of mercy. To register, call 718-821-6447 by April 25.
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Parish families at Our Lady of Hope Church, Middle Village, are getting ready to “Bring Mary Home.”
Each Sunday during the month of May, a parish family will receive a statue of the Blessed Mother at the 9:30 a.m. Mass to take home for one week. Host families promise to “pray for vocations and family needs” that week, and to invite friends over to pray the rosary with them.
The endeavor is aimed at encouraging households to pray regularly for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, consecrated life, single life and married life.
And speaking of praying for vocations… Father Jeremy Canna, parochial vicar of Our Lady of the Snows parish, North Floral Park, will lead a Holy Hour for Vocations at Incarnation Church in Queens Village, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and pray before the Blessed Sacrament for more laborers to tend the vineyard.
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If you have a devotion to Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini or to St. Francis of Assisi, then a visit to St. Gerard Majella Church in Hollis is in order.
Two parishioners recently gifted relics of both saints to the parish. The church is already home to relics of St. Gerard Majella, St. Gianna Molla, and Venerable Father Michael McGivney.
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This Sunday, April 24, St. Fortunata Church, East New York, welcomes Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria.
He will celebrate a 1:15 p.m. Mass and then give a talk in the parish basement about the issues facing the faithful of Nigeria, who live under the constant threat of Boko Haram. All are welcome to attend.
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On May 4, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bay Ridge, will host its annual Fleur de Lys Dinner Dance.
This year’s honorees are: Michael Case, Maria Capetanakis Grigos ’86, Msgr. Michael Hardiman, Laura Longo, James McKeon, Marie Marrone Moriarty ’81, and Gloria Musto ’71.
For tickets and details, contact Carol Bedrossian Fell at 718-748-0047.
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The results are in: Fiona Costello of St. Patrick Catholic Academy, Bay Ridge; Agnes Keough of Visitation Academy, Bay Ridge; and Diane Stoupakis of P.S. 186, Bensonhurst, were the winners in State Senator Martin J. Golden’s inaugural “Don’t Drop It” anti-litter essay contest this year. Awards were distributed at Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge.
The senator’s office received over 500 entries from third, fourth and fifth graders attending public, private and Catholic schools within his district. There were also 21 finalists.
Essays were judged by representatives involved in community relations.
At left, the senator is pictured with, from left, Stoupakis, Costello and Keough. (Photo courtesy John Quaglione)