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Tablet Talk: Rett Awareness in the Rockaways, Richmond Hill Scouts ‘Make a Difference’

Rett Awareness in the Rockaways

Rett Syndrome Saint Rose of LimaAn ocean of purple filled St. Rose of Lima School, Rockaway Beach, when students, faculty and staff participated in a purple dress down day in support of Rett Syndrome last month. Inspired by a little girl living with Rett in the Rockaways, Valentina Priolo, the school raised awareness and funds for this illness. Theresa Andersen, principal, and the school community are grateful to students Gabriella Sodano and Mairead and Aine Harkins for becoming loving advocates of their friend and her struggle. (Photo courtesy St. Rose of Lima School) Supplies are needed for the food pantry at St. Matthias parish, Ridgewood. This month, the items most in demand are flour, rice, dry pasta, tomato sauce, tuna, coffee, tea and hot and cold cereal. Donations may be dropped at the pantry on Nov. 16. Call 718-821-6876 for details. Five years have passed since the Gravesend community laid their good friend Sister Jane Talbot, R.S.M., to rest. But her memory continues at Our Lady of Grace Church, where she long served as a pastoral minister. Recently, a new ambry for storing holy oils was purchased in Sister Jane’s memory. It was made possible by her many friends. Christmas is less than six weeks away! Find one-of-a-kind presents for your loved ones (and maybe yourself!) in Jamaica at Immaculate Conception Church’s Christmas Sale: Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Nov. 22, 12 to 8 p.m.; and Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the parish hall. In Brooklyn, head over to the St. Francis Xaviers Lyceum in Park Slope for the annual Christmas Fair, Dec. 6. Vendors are still wanted and tables are going for $40. Call Peter at 570-319-1390 for more details. The Blood Drive Committee at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Queens Village, reports that 68 pints were donated during the parish blood drive last month. Former New York Giant George Martin will be at St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Flatlands, Nov. 19. Martin will share his amazing story about his walk across the country and sign copies of the book he wrote based on the experience, “Just Around the Bend: My Journey for 9/11.” The two-hour event begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes a presentation, a short documentary film, question-and-answer session and book signing. The requested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children, age 12 and over. For details, call 718-253-4404. This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to St. Mark School, Sheepshead Bay, for its works of charity during October. Under the leadership of teacher Patricia Daly, the fourth grade held a bake sale and raised $102 for UNICEF. Then the entire school participated in a “pink” dress down day and raised $332 for breast cancer research. Way to go! Get ready for Advent with Father Anthony Chanan, who will lead “Spirit of Giving,” a daylong Advent retreat at Ascension, Elmhurst, Nov. 22. Donation: $25. To register, call 718-335-2626 by Nov. 17.

Cub Scout Troop 0177 Holy Child JesusRichmond Hill Scouts ‘Make a Difference’

Cub Scout Troop No. 0177 at Holy Child Jesus parish, Richmond Hill, participated in “Make a Difference Day,” the largest national day of service, by cleaning up their local neighborhood with other Girl and Boy Scouts as well as parish volunteers. Pictured above are JC Mateo and Anthony Bianco after a job well done. At ease boys! (Photo courtesy Tina Bianco)

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