Tablet TALK

Tablet TALK: Giving Thanks for Parents and Saints

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Msgr. Steven Ferrari, pastor, and the parish of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus, Woodside, celebrated the canonization of SS. Louis and Zelie Martin with a “Holy Hour of Thanksgiving,” Oct. 18. Parishioners were invited to bring photos of their parents, living or deceased. The photos were displayed before the altar, together with photos and images of St. Therese’s parents, now honored as the first married couple with children to be canonized together. Passages from St. Therese’s autobiography, “The Story of a Soul,” were read during the afternoon along with selections from St. Zelie’s letters. (Photo courtesy St. Teresa Church)

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Father Frederick Cintron and the parish family of St. Catharine of Alexandria, Borough Park, are hosting a Mass of Thanksgiving for the 110 years of ministry in education and service of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary on Nov. 28. Mass begins at 1 p.m. and a reception will follow. The sisters will be leaving the parish later this year. All are welcome to pay tribute to the sisters and bless them as they continue their faith journeys.

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Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will be the main celebrant of the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn’s annual Memorial Mass for deceased members on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Visitation Monastery, Bay Ridge.
Following the Mass, a Communion Breakfast will be held at the Bay Ridge Manor. RSVP as soon as possible. The cost is $30 per person. To attend, register with Matt McKeon via matt@cathedralclub.org.

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TT Pick of the Week: Looking for a good road trip? Homemade crafts, baked goods, baskets, raffles and gift items are among the offering at the Ursuline Sisters’ annual Holiday Fair, this Saturday, Nov. 14 at St. Ursula Center in Blue Point, N.Y.
The fair starts at 9 a.m. and continues through 4 p.m. You won’t go home empty-handed, and all proceeds support the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk. For more details, call 631-363-2422 or email info@tildonkursuline.org.

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Update: Last month, a GoFundMe campaign was launched to help Julia Bruzzese, a Dyker Heights girl diagnosed with Lyme disease who is confined to a wheelchair. She was featured in The Tablet after she met Pope Francis in September.
She has also been featured on the diocesan nightly news show Currents: “Blessed by Pope, Brooklyn Girl Has Hope.”
Julia’s friends from the St. Bernadette School community started the “Julia Bruzzese ‘Believe In The Miracle’” campaign to help her family offset medical expenses.
Over $47,000 has already been pledged toward the goal of $100,000.

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Tablet reader Frank DeCostello, who graduated in the Class of 1963 from St. Mary Mother of Jesus School, Bath Beach, is looking to reconnect with his former classmates. Feel free to email him at Frank.Decostello@iCloud.com.

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Speaking of reconnecting, graduates from the Class of 1966 at St. Michael’s H.S., East New York, are organizing a 50th anniversary reunion for June, 2016. If you’re a graduate, or know a graduate from 1966, email Sister Pat Koehler, O.P. at pkoehler@aol.com.

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St. Mary’s, Long Island City, is holding its fourth and final adult bible study based on the doctrinal and scriptural content of the hymn, “Lord of the Dance,” on Nov. 19, 7 p.m. in the rectory. For details, call 718-786-0705.

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St. Francis Catholic Singles will have its annual Christmas party on Dec. 11 at Crown Palace in Staten Island. This is a contemporary circle of men and women in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are single and wish to deepen their Catholic spirituality and build community with like-minded peers. Newcomers are always welcome. To attend the Christmas party, RSVP by Dec. 7. Email sfcssi@gmail.com, visit www.sgspsi.org or connect with the group on Facebook.

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St. Basil once said the unused coat in the closet is the one that belongs to the poor. With that in mind, the St. Vincent de Paul Group at St. Robert Bellarmine parish, Bayside, is having a clothing drive, Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Gently used coats, clothes, shoes and linens are welcome.

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As you begin making preparations for your Thanksgiving feast, consider donating a turkey or ham to aged and infirm at Queen of Peace Residence, Queens Village. The residence will be accepting donations, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for residents’ Thanksgiving dinner. For details, call 718-464-1800.

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St. Luke’s School in Whitestone will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its school building next year. Extensive work has been done on the building and on Nov. 23, Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto will bless that work at a prayer service with the school and parish community. Stay tuned for full coverage in an upcoming issue of The Tablet.

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