Tablet TALK

Tablet TALK: Dio Vi Benedicta Father Pham


The Italian-American Community of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Astoria, honored the soon-to-be retired Father Joseph Pham, moderator, for 34 years of service to the community.

Above, from left, Anthony Carullo, Italian-American Community vice president; Father Pham; Nina Carullo, Italian-American Community president and Msgr. Sean G. Ogle, pastor. (Photo courtesy Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church)

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Thinking about religious life? Spend some time with the Lord and the Religious Teachers Filippini on the Jersey shore next weekend.

The Filippini Sisters are hosting a discernment retreat, Jan. 16-18, for single women, ages 17 to 33, with adoration, Mass and communal prayer experiences. For more information, contact Sister Shirlee Tremont, M.P.F., at

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Some news from Rosedale: St. Pius X Church has a new website. Visitors will enjoy photos, news and a trilingual welcome message, outlining the parish mission. Be sure to check it out:

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It is a new year, a new opportunity to grow closer to God. It is also the Year of Mercy, a time to forgive and be forgiven.

For women holding onto the anguish of a past abortion, the Sisters of Life are hosting two upcoming Days of Prayer and Healing: Jan. 16 in English, and Feb. 27 in Spanish. It is an opportunity to experience the healing love and mercy of God.

For confidential registration, call the Sisters of Life at toll-free at 1-866-575-0075 or email Events for men are also available.

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Congratulations to all of the new altar servers at Our Lady of Miracles Church, Canarsie. Father Jean Delva, pastor, installed the 25 boys and girls, ages eight to 15, last month. The children underwent two months of training to prepare for this ministry.

Sister Doryne M. Bermoy, F.L.P., the director of faith formation, and several teachers and parishioners of helped guide the children along the way.

The new servers are: Michael Alleger, Mikclove Aleger, Medgine Astree, Chelsea Blaisé, Theresa Charlecius, Cedric Delphonse, DeAndre Ferreira, Mirlene Fleurime, Kayla Jaffier, Khiari Jaffier, Alyverson Jean Pierre, Imanie Jean Pierre, Emilie Joseph, Jimmanie Joseph, Joshua Joseph, Ann Krystie Josma, Ayeisha Kenscoff, Emmanuel Kenscoff, Jabary Nelson, Michael PierreLouis, Brithney Roc, Cindy Senat, Michelange Senat, Ness St. Vry and Wideline Tarte.

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Days before Pope Francis traveled to Africa, pilgrims from the parish of St. Therese of Lisieux, East Flatbush, under the spiritual guidance of their pastor, Father Michael Gribbon, traveled to Italy on a 10-day pilgrimage where they were privileged to be a part of a papal audience. Prior to their audience with him, Pope Francis uncharacteristically traveled twice around St. Peter’s Square. The pilgrims were elated.

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This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to the Rosary Society of St. Bartholomew, Elmhurst, for its recent $1,000 donation to the church. What a great way to start the new year!

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New Altar Servers in Flushing

Just in time for Christmas, new altar servers were installed at St. Mel’s Church, Flushing. Back row, from right, Father Gerard Sauer, pastor, and Father JunHee Lee, parochial vicar, with the new servers: Brianna Maher, Miranda Maligno, Adrian Zabala, Anthony Malave, Matthew Ragnauth, Madison Polesovsky, Bridget Jiang, Natalie Florentino, Joseph Pecchinenda, Giada Golia, Daniel Giovaniello, Taylor DeCastro, Victoria Gioeli, Nadia Conelli, Gabriella Gattoni, Alexandra Acquista, Aisling Garry, Natalia Garcia. Maureen Friss assisted in training these young men and women. (Photo courtesy St. Mel Church)