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Tablet TALK: Record Year for Johnny’s Angels Dinner


St. John’s University’s 18th annual Johnny’s Angel Awards Dinner, honoring people who help St. John’s Bread and Life, Bedford-Stuyvesant, in its mission to alleviate hunger, raised a record $335,000 this year. Held on the Jamaica campus, the dinner honored Eileen Dillon, managing partner, Goldman Sachs; Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, senior pastor, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and Jennifer Stephen, Bread and Life’s volunteer coordinator. Above, from left, Samuel G. Freedman, award presenter; Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, university president; Rev. Dr. Youngblood; Stephen; Father Donald J. Harrington, C.M., president emeritus of the university; Dillon and Anthony Butler, executive director of St. John’s Bread and Life. (Photo courtesy St. John’s University)

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If you attended St. Edmund Elementary School in Sheepshead Bay over the last 46 years, chances are you sat in Milly DiLorenzo’s classroom at some point.

At the 11 a.m. Mass this Sunday, June 12, the school and parish community will pay tribute to DiLorenzo, who will be retiring later this month. Alumni, neighbors and friends are welcome to express their gratitude and good wishes to this pillar of the community by attending Mass and the reception that will follow. Call 718-648-9229 ext. 24 for details.

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Holy Child Jesus Teen Drama Group, Richmond Hill, is planning a production of “Grease,” this summer.

All teens, ages 13-19, are welcome to audition as actors, dancers and singers. Set designers and stage crew members are also needed. Auditions will be held June 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. in Msgr. Murray Auditorium. The show is set to take the stage Aug. 4-7. For more details, call 718-847-1860 or email

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Our Lady of Victory parish in Bedford-Stuyvesant is hosting an Ecumenical Gospel Concert, this Sunday, June 12, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the New Life in Christ Charismatic Prayer Group, the concert will feature Revelation 23, Johnathan Sims, OLV Junior Praise Dancers, Royston Williamson, Imani Scott, Kingdom Builders, Nathan Warner, Miriam Josiah and Everett Wilson and Aldwyn and Antonia.

The donation is $20 for adults, $10 for children. To reserve tickets, call Bernice, 919-4422, or Antonia, 347-596-3549.

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Bellerose residents can almost hear the music and smell the food they will be enjoying at the 37th annual Gregorian Festival, June 16-26 at St. Gregory the Great parish.

The 11-day event features amusement rides for all ages, gourmet dishes and traditional fare, live entertainment, theme nights and family fun. Stop by for the opening parade, June 16, or catch the closing Mass, June 26, 12:30 p.m. in honor of St. Gregory. Italian food and music follows.

Festival hours are 7-11 p.m. every night.

For more details or sponsorships, call 347-3707 or visit

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Sister Lucy Celebrates Palindrome Birthday

Sister Lucy
Sister Lucy

Belated birthday wishes to Sister Lucy Daigle, D.W., who turned 101 in April. She is the oldest Daughter of Wisdom in the USA Province, which is based out of Islip, L.I. She is 81 years professed.
Fellow sisters, family and friends celebrated Sisters Lucy’s palindrome birthday at the Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood, L.I.

Formerly known as Sister Maxine de la Ste. Famille, she was born in Daigle, Maine, and attended novitiate in Ottawa, Canada. She worked over 30 years at St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, L.I., as a physical therapy aide in the days of the polio epidemic, and then as a nurse. She later worked at St. Mary’s Home for the Disabled, Norfolk, Va.

(Photo courtesy Daughters of Wisdom)