Tablet TALK

Tablet Talk March 9, 2019

At the Altar of the Lord in Mill Basin

Photo courtesy Rita Damato

Nine children joined the service of the altar at St. Bernard parish, Mill Basin. They are pictured with Father Michael Tedone, parochial vicar, and Deacon Frank D’Accordo.

On Friday, March 15, St. Francis Prep’s vaunted Music department in Fresh Meadows will present its annual Jazz/Pop concert. Originally a vehicle for the school’s Jazz Band, the concert now features Prep’s top ensembles – Jazz Band, Honors Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Choir, and Chamber Orchestra. The Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy, led by Anthony Russo, will open the show.

Highlights of the concert will be the premiere of a Sonic the Hedgehog medley, arranged by the ensemble’s director, Dr. Marc Silvagni.

The concert begins at 7:45 p.m., with doors opening at 7:15 pm. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Corbino, chairperson of music, 718-423-881, x255, or

St. Sebastian Church in Woodside will offer a Lenten parish retreat in Spanish on March 23, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. It is hosted by the Brotherhood of the Lord of Miracles and will include live music and reflections on the Passion. A $10 donation is requested from each attendee. Call Bertha 718-440-9250 or Rebecca 646-739-3340.

The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Douglaston will offer a free seminar, “Emily Dickinson Called Back,” on March 31 at 2 p.m. at the library. Dr. Beverly Lawn will separate myths from facts about the poet and explore themes of death, time and immortality in her poetry. No registration is required. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 631-423-0483 ext. 141 or visit

“The world is full of people who preach water and drink wine.” – Giovanni Guareschi.

Guareschi was an Italian author who lived from 1908 to 1968 and penned “The Little World of Don Camillo.”

What’s going on in your corner of the diocese? Who are the people who are building up the kingdom of God one spiritual brick at a time? Let us know by sending submissions to Antonina Zielinska for Tablet Talk. Email or fax 800-683-6602. For more information, call 718-517-3132.

Knights of Columbus Grow in Queens

Photo courtesy Francis Boccabella

The new Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in South Ozone Park, the Msgr. Fynn Council #17153, which was founded on Nov. 15, 2018 and already has 37 chartered members, installed their first set of officers on Feb. 17. They are Father Thomas Ahern, chaplain; Tony S. Harilall, grand knight; Francis Boccabella, Jr., PST.- financial secretary; Nyron M. Kahn-DGK; George Tingling, chancellor; Jay Rakhar, recorder; Giuseppe Fiorito, treasurer; Juan Campoverde, advocate; Prakash P. Sirriram, warden; Matthew J. Michel and Soorjbally, guards; and Michael Aufiero, Chad Dearing and Joseph Drago, trustees.