Tablet TALK

Tablet Talk Jan. 26

Diocese Visit Our Lady of Ocotlan

Father Francis Asagba of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Astoria, led a spiritual retreat to Mexico. Pilgrims from throughout the diocese visited the place where Mary revealed herself to Juan Diego Bernardito (no relation to Juan Diego of Guadalupe fame). Photo courtesy Maria Gochuico

Calling all men of good faith for a spiritual retreat with Our Lady of Light parish in St. Albans, Feb. 22-24 in the Graymoor Retreat Center in Garrison, NY.

The cost is $175. Call Dwayne Taylor, 917-903-9423.

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” – St. Francis de Sales.

St. Francis de Sales, whose feast day is Jan. 24 is the patron saint of journalists and DeSales Media Group, the parent company of The Tablet.

Learn about Irish Catholic writer Alice McDermott during a book talk series at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. Dr. Tom Petraino will speak about her and her book “The Ninth Hour,” which movingly depicts what Pope Francis calls “the middle class of holiness.”

The talk will take place on Feb. 27, 2-4 p.m. at the seminary’s library in Huntington.

For directions or other information, call 631-423-0483 ext. 141 or send an email to

Young married couples: you are invited to a retreat at the Bishop Molloy Retreat House, Jamaica, Feb. 1-3. The theme is “Encountering Christ as Husband and Wife in Love, Faith, and Family.” Join more seasoned couples for a weekend to pray, rest, and spend time with each other apart from the usual daily distractions. Suggested offering: $400 per couple. Call 718-739-1229.

Gifts From the Heart at St. Anselm

During Christmastime, St. Anselm Catholic Academy, Bay Ridge, teachers and children from Pre-K3, kindergarten, first and second grades joined Principal Kevin Flanagan in donating children’s toiletries and accessories to their peers living in shelters run by Safe Horizon, an organization that provides a secure space for victims of domestic violence. The annual event provides special stocking stuffers for around 400 children who are currently in the eight shelters run by Safe Horizon. Photo © St. Anselm Catholic Academy