Tablet TALK

Tablet TALK: Stations and Fish Fry Prepare for Holy Week


In preparation for Holy Week, seventh and eighth graders from St. Pancras School, Glendale, above, presented the Stations of the Cross in church on Friday evening, March 18, following a parish fish fry sponsored by the Msgr. Sherman Knights of Columbus Council No. 5103. (Photo: Catherine Murawski)

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Our Lady of the Snows parish, North Floral Park, is planning a pilgrimage to the national Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., April 23. Participate in shrine activities: adoration, confession, Holy Mass, Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and veneration of St. Faustina’s relic. Cost: $60 per person, includes bus transportation and lunch. Call 718-347-6070.

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The Sisters of St. Joseph are hosting a Spring Liturgy and Luncheon at their Brentwood, L.I., home on April 24. Join the Sisters for Mass at 12:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel followed by a buffet luncheon. All proceeds will go toward supporting the Sisters’ ministries.

Call Tara Rogers for details and reservations at 631-273-1187 ext. 126.

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The Sheen Center, Manhattan, will present “The Original Image of Divine Mercy,” a documentary screenign and discussion on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.  A team of documentary filmmakers traveled through Europe and the United States to uncover the untold story of the little-known original image of Divine Mercy, based on the mystical vision of St. Faustina.

The documentary features key witnesses to the mysterious case of this miraculous painting that survived the Soviet occupation of Lithuania, with exclusive commentary by Bishop Robert Barron, George Weigel, Harry Connick Jr., Jim Gaffigan, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn of Vienna, Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz of Kraków, Immaculee Ilibagiza, and special footage with Pope Francis.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Daniel DiSilva.

Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased online.

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As part of her Heart to Heart Ministry, Sister Ave Clark, O.P., is conducting an Alleluia Women’s Retreat at American Martyrs parish in Bayside, next Saturday morning, April 2. This mini brunch retreat runs from 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will incorporate the blessings of Easter as well as the Year of Mercy. The space is wheelchair accessible.

To register, call Sister Ave at 718-428-2471.

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Ruth Watt

This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to Ruth B. Watt, from St. Clement Pope Church, Jamaica, on receiving the “Celebration of Life Award,” this Easter Sunday, March 27 following the 9:30 a.m. Mass. She’s being honored by the Traditional Choir as part of its 43rd anniversary festivities.

A longtime parishioner of St. Clement Pope, Watt supports the many activities and ministries in her church, especially the choir. She is also very active in the diocesan Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns.

“She is a marvelous lady,” said the choir’s music director Exie Gaffney, who will help present a plaque to Watt for shining her light so brightly and generously in the world. Keep shining, Ms. Watt.

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Open your heart to the gift of the Divine Mercy in this Year of Mercy at St. Ephrem parish, Dyker Heights. The Divine Mercy Devotion runs from March 28 to April 2, with exposition, reflections of St. Faustina and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy each day at 2:45 p.m. On the Feast of Divine Mercy, April 3, recite St. Faustina’s Praises of the Divine Mercy and the Chaplet at 2:30 p.m., leading into the 3 p.m. Mass celebrated by Father Richard Bretone.

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bridget-obrienParade Honors for Queens CEO

Hats off to Bridget O’Brien, a parishioner at Holy Trinity, Whitestone, who represented Queens County in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade as an aide to the grand marshal. She was selected for this honor by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) and the gentlemen of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

She is the CEO and founder of Bridget O’Brien PR and Events, a Whitestone-based public relations company.
A member of LAOH Div. 15 and the LAOH County Board, she belongs to the parents’ association at Holy Trinity, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and the American Humane Society. Her biggest supporters are her husband Frank, and children Fallon and Desmond. (Photo: Dominick Totino)