Tablet TALK

Tablet TALK: Mill Basin Knights Support Catholic Education


In June, St. Bernard Knights of Columbus Council No. 14269, Mill Basin, proudly sponsored its annual scholarship and awards program, open to students in the schools and religious education programs at St. Bernard and Mary Queen of Heaven parishes. Started in 2010, the program, which includes an essay contest, grows in numbers and prizes each year. Through the council’s fundraising efforts and members’ personal contributions, the council has awarded a total of $21,750 in cash and tuition stipends in the last six years, including $4,350 in scholarships and awards presented last month. Above, St. Bernard’s eighth-grade awardees, from left: Nikko Lontok, Andrew Faillace, Francesca Martino and Michelle Loforte. (Photo by Helene Cirrincione)

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Have you seen the Hill Center at St. Joseph’s College, Clinton Hill?

Well, here’s a reason to go check it out – the new 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, located on Vanderbilt Ave., was selected for a Building Brooklyn Award by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for architectural excellence in the education category.

Named after the college’s sixth president, Sister Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., the center has a 270-seat, NCAA-regulation basketball and volleyball court; full cardiovascular and weight training room; conference rooms; a dance studio, an outdoor terrace and a fully-equipped sports medicine suite.

College representatives will accept the award at the 15th annual Building Brooklyn Awards ceremony at Kings Theatre on July 21.

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Ladies, this one is for you: If you’re looking to build your faith life, consider attending a Women’s Cursillo Weekend Retreat, Aug. 13-16 at St. Joseph’s Retreat House, Brentwood, L.I. To register, or for details, contact Beth Barker by phone at 631-831-6074 or email

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After a successful year-long French Film Festival, Msgr. Steven Ferrari, pastor of St. Teresa’s Church, Woodside, is now starting up a monthly Italian Film Festival to celebrate 50 years of Italian cinema. The film series begins Aug. 8 with “Rome, Open City,” a 1945 drama directed by Roberto Rossellini. Running time is 105 minutes.

Films will be shown on the second Saturday of every month at 6 p.m. in the parish center. The film series is free and open to everyone. For more details, call 718-784-2123.

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This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to generous hearts at St. Matthias Church, Ridgewood. The Polish School of St. Jadwiga contributed $6,000 to the parish, and the Polish School Parent-Teacher Association gave $1,000. Way to go!

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Don’t miss Dora the Explorer and Johnny Thunderbird’s special visit to Catholic Charities Queens Community Center’s 7th annual Kids Fun Day Street Festival, Aug. 7, along Newtown Ave., between Crescent and 23rd St. in Astoria. The fun begins at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Call 347-472-5043.

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tt-inclusion-mass-psInclusion Mass in Windsor Terrace

On June 28, a regional Mass of Inclusion was celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church, Windsor Terrace. American Sign Language and closed captioning was offered. At the reception in the parish hall, above, are Father James Bradley, seated in the center, who heads disability services in the diocese; parish administrator, Father Lawrence Ryan, back row, fourth from left; and parish advocates for persons with disabilities, who represented parishes in the local deanery, including: St. Patrick, Our Lady of Angels, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Francis Xavier and St. Andrew the Apostle. (Photo courtesy Virginia-Barbara Grande)