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Tablet TALK: Passionists Bless Statue of Founder

tt-IC-Jamaica-PassionistsThe Passionists of Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica, recently received and blessed a statue of their founder, St. Paul of the Cross, which stands on the monastery grounds.

The statue was generously donated by the monastery’s Padre Pio Prayer Group and the parish of Holy Family in the Bahamas.

The occasion for the blessing was the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. (Photo courtesy Father Ted Walsh, C.P.)

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World War II Navy Veteran Howie Dunn, a longtime parishioner of St. Anselm’s Church in Bay Ridge has been named grand marshal of the 148th annual Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade in Bay Ridge on Monday, May 25.

Sponsored by the United Military Veterans of Kings County begins at 11 a.m. and runs along Third Avenue from 77th Street to John Paul Jones Park for a memorial service. Danny Rodriguez will make a guest appearance.

There will be several deputy grand marshals and the Kings County Catholic War Veterans will be the lead veterans organization. For more information, call 347-907-9547.

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Looking for new ways to honor Our Lady this month?

Start by attending the Flores de Mayo Celebration this Sunday, May 17 at Our Lady of the Snows, N. Floral Park. Arrive by 3:30 p.m. for the recitation of the rosary and then enjoy a street procession and Mass. For details, call 718-347-6070.

Next, head to Canarsie, where Sister Ave Clark, O.P., is hosting an “Mary’s Heart: A Beautiful Light of Love,” a mini retreat at St. Jude Church, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. Call 718-428-2471.

Then join the people of Mary, Queen of Heaven, Old Mill Basin, to pray 2,000 Hail Marys on May 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the chapel. Call 718-763-2330.

And close out the month with an Organ and Vocal Concert of Sacred Songs at St. Mary’s Church, Long Island City, May 31. Iris Harris, soprano, renders songs and organ pieces by American and Caribbean composers from the 17th to the 20th century. The concert starts at 5 p.m. and guests may give a free-will offering. Call 718-786-0705.

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The Dillon Child Study Center at St. Joseph’s College, Clinton Hill, will host Sunfest, a family-friendly event for children and families on Saturday, May 30, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The event will be held rain or shine and will feature pony rides, a mini carousel, arts and crafts, face painting, games, music and other children’s activities. The cost is $20 per family.

For more information, contact Susan Shapiro by calling 718-940-5678 or email

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The Artist Forum of the Consulate General of Haiti in New York is hosting an art exhibition for Haitian artists this summer. The exhibit will run Aug. 19 to Sept. 19 and the deadline for submissions is June 1. For entry requirements, call Guetary Roche at 347-671-5307 or email

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tt-army-AwardArmy Honors CK Student, Educators

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to two educators and a senior at Christ the King R.H.S., Middle Village.

The U.S. Army presented awards to Assistant Principal Steve Giusto, far left, and teacher Mike Ouellette for their work as educators that follow the Army’s core values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

Senior Alicia Torres, center, was also singled out among the student body for representing the same values. (Photo courtesy Christ the King R.H.S.)