Tablet TALK

Tablet TALK: Best Wishes Elizabeth

Purnell is wished well by Mary Kay Rail, director of human resources for DeSales Media.
Purnell, right, poses for a picture with Mary Kay Rail, director of human resources for DeSales Media.

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to Elizabeth Purnell, who retired from DeSales Media Group, parent company of The Tablet and NET-TV, on Feb. 26.

Purnell has been an esteemed member of the company for over 15 years, serving most recently at the reception desk. She considered her work “a ministry,” and approached every responsibility with the utmost love, following in the footsteps of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Purnell’s dedicated service and prayerful presence will be missed. Colleagues wished her well during a Mass and luncheon at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, Prospect Heights.

As she starts this new chapter in life, Purnell plans to spend more time with her husband Harry, their sons and grandchildren. (Photo by Jorge Dominguez)

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Tickets are now on sale for the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns’ annual Ambassador Gala, April 16, starting at 7 p.m. at Msgr. King Hall at St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Flatlands.

The dinner dance will honor Father Frank Black, Yvonne Riley-Tepie, Silma Thorpe, the 2016 Kujenga graduates, and will be hosted by Liz Faublas of NET-TV. Tickets are $40, and all proceeds benefit the Ambassador Program.

For tickets and details, call 718-774-3806 or email

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Ladies, do you want to have a closer relationship with God? Are you looking for more meaning to your life? Are you craving some change?

Consider attending the next Women’s Cursillo Retreat, May 12-15 at St. Josaphat’s Retreat House in Glen Cove, L.I. For more information, or to register, contact Beth Barker 631-831-6074 or

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Sister Briege McKenna, O.S.C., who is internationally known for her ministry of healing, will be the featured speaker at the 11th annual Divine Mercy Conference, April 16 at Cardinal Spellman H.S. in the Bronx.

Other speakers include Msgr. James Lisante, Father Pio Marian Hoffman, C.F.R., Father Dan Cambra, M.I.C., Msgr. Thomas Nydeggar, and Father Joe Roesch, M.I.C.

For registration, go to or call 1-800-462-7426.

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The Servants of the Holy Spirit Prayer Community at Our Lady of the Angelus, Rego Park, is sponsoring a healing Mass at St. Kilian Church in Farmingdale, L.I., on March 14. Arrive for confession at 6:45 p.m. and to pray the rosary at 7 p.m., before Mass begins at 8 p.m. Call Barbara Johnson at 718-592-9329.

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The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, led by acclaimed maestro Dong-hyun Kim, returns to Mary’s Nativity Church, Flushing, on Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m., for a beautiful concert of music from the Late Romantic period.

Classics to be performed are Gustav Mahler’s “Titan” and Cecile Chaminade’s “Flute Concertino,” featuring soloist Kojima Ayaka. The admission will be a free-will offering. Call 718-359-5996.

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In Brooklyn, St. Patrick Church, Bay Ridge, presents “Three Voices,” an evening of music and comedy on March 13, featuring Daniel Rodriguez, Karl Scully and Cris Groenendaal, with pianist Sue Anderson and musical guest Donal Nolan in the academy auditorium.

The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $50 per person. Call 718-238-2600 ext. 155 for tickets.

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Married couples, this one is for you. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter will present its first parish-based, non-residential weekend at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School auditorium, Forest Hills, April 30 – May 1.

The weekend is designed to help married couples communicate more intimately in order to deepen and enrich their relationship. A series of presentations will be given by three married couples and a priest.

To register, go to For more information, contact Richie and Karen Roginski at 877-697-9963.


TT_OLG_ServersGravesend Parish Grateful for Servers

Congratulations to the newest altar servers at Our Lady of Grace Church, Gravesend.

They are: Isabella Cartelli, Andrew Langschultz, Kendra Mitacek, Anthony Snyder and Nicholas Velazquez. They were installed by Father Vincent Chirichella, pastor.

The servers are coordinated by Father Chirichella, parish Deacon Philip J. Siani and parishioner Joseph Lanzarone.

(Photo courtesy Mary Ann DeLuca)