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Tablet Talk Fe. 16

No Bullies Allowed at Immaculate Conception

Photo © Carl Ballenas

For the last six years, the sixth graders at Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy in Jamaica Estates have teamed up with St. John University students who are studying to become social workers and teachers. University students have designed lectures, videos, advice and lessons to share with the sixth graders about dealing with bullying. The university students gave an hour-long presentation at their campus and designed T-shirts for the younger students and created games with lessons on anti-bullying techniques.

Narrows Community Theater presents its 2019 Winter production “Lend Me A Tenor.” Performances will be March 8, 8 p.m.; March 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and March 10, 2 p.m. at St Patrick Church auditorium, Ft. Hamilton. $25 for adults, $20 for seniors/students (21 and under), and $15 for children 12 and under. Call 718-482-3173, email, or visit

Forgiven and Set Free, a program for women who have had an abortion and are seeking a spiritual healing from this experience, will be held on eight Mondays, Feb. 25 to April 15. Sessions are 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Meetings are strictly confidential and there are no fees. Call 347-702-2352.

It is a time to begin healing by sharing with others in a small group with Scripture readings and reflections in a sensitive manner.

St. Paul’s Singles Week Retreat will take place on March 29 at St. Josaphat Retreat House, Glen Cove. The theme is Live, Laugh and Love – Finding Joy in the Moment.

This is a weekend for reflection and a time for finding more joy in your life. There will be a Mass, free time, game night, insightful talks and a meditation. It’s also a time to also meet new friends. For more information contact: Rachel Calantjis, 347-738-7398

This week’s Tip of the Tablet Talk Top Hat goes out to all our readers, especially Vincent Pancauk.

This Queens denizen is 86 years old and a lifelong reader of The Tablet.

Thank you, Vincent! Without people like you, our efforts would be meaningless. Thank you for sharing your support.

Christian Unity in Howard Beach

Photo courtesy Steven Eriquez

The four Christian churches of Howard Beach celebrated the Week of Christian Unity Jan. 23 in a particularly memorable way. For the first time ever, 80 choristers comprised of the adult and youth choirs from both St. Helen and Our Lady of Grace, along with a soloist and the pastor’s wife from the Assembly of God Church, joined together to provide the service’s music. The pastor of St. Barnabas Lutheran Church preached the sermon. The church was standing-room-only as the congregations celebrated what brings them together as Christians. The fellowship continued with refreshments in the gym and a chance to mingle and bond the four congregations closer together.