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Tablet TALK: Christian Unity in Howard Beach


The Christian churches of Howard Beach joined together on Jan. 19 in celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. St. Helen’s Church hosted a service in which the parish youth choir, left, joined with the youth choir of Our Lady of Grace Church. In addition, leaders from Assembly of God and St. Barnabas Lutheran Church led in prayer as all gathered from the four congregations. Photo courtesy Steven Eriquez

Tuesday, Feb. 2 is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, commonly called “Candlemas Day.” It is the custom for candles to be blessed on that day for use in church and at home. Bring candles to Mass that day for a special blessing.

Tickets are on sale now for when Maggie’s Little Theater, Middle Village, presents Ken Ludwig’s farce “Lend Me a Tenor!” in St. Margaret Church’s parish hall.
Performances begin Feb. 27 and run through March 13. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 senior citizens and $12 for children under age 11. For show times and tickets, call 917-579-5389 or visit

Catholic Schools Week officially opens this Sunday, Jan. 31. At St. Rose of Lima, Rockaway Beach, Msgr. James Spengler, pastor emeritus, will be honored at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. All are welcome to attend.

As part of its Catholic Schools Week festivities, St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy, Greenpoint, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of its brand-new, state-of-the-art STEM Lab on Feb. 1.

John O’Brien, principal of Good Shepherd Catholic Academy, Marine Park, will be the speaker at a Lenten Evening of Reflection, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston. The evening is being sponsored for the diocesan School of Evangelization for youth ministers in the diocese. Register by Feb. 8 by emailing Christine Georgi at

Plans are underway for a Valentine’s Dinner Dance, Feb. 13 at Our Lady of the Angelus, Rego Park. Enjoy food, live music and more. Tickets are $25 per adult. Call 917-769-1903 for details.

St. Francis Catholic Singles is planning Valentine-ish Movie Night, Feb. 18, 7:15 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 366 Watchogue Rd. in Staten Island. Open to men and women in their 30s, 40s and 50s, who are single or single again. For more information, email or visit

Join Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Astoria, and Msgr. Sean Ogle, pastor, on a 75th anniversary Jubilee Pilgrimage to Italy, Nov. 9-19. For details, call 718-278-1834 or email

Snow Scenes at Our Lady Of the Snows, N. Floral Park

Photos by Father Jeremy Canna