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Tablet TALK: ‘Thank-yous’ Are Music to Their Ears

(Photo by Marian Skabeikis)

Members of the music performing groups at Our Lady of Guadalupe School (OLG), Dyker Heights, were recognized for their feats with a mid-year party. Student-musicians, above, were praised for their dedication by Principal Sister Dolores F. Crepeau, C.S.J. Each student received a medallion and thank-you card from the school.

A third of OLG students in grades two through eight belong to the choral juniors, choral group or tone chime choir, and some are in the parish children’s choir. Directed by Janet Cullen, students perform for school concerts and special events, including singing with the Metro Chamber Orchestra in Puccini’s “Turandot” at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral.

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Save the date! Father Patrick Griffin, C.M., special assistant to the president of St. John’s University, will lead a Lenten Mission at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament parish, Bayside, March 2-4.

The theme is “Family, Holy Family and Holy Families,” and sessions will be held twice daily: after 9 a.m. Mass and 7:30-8:30 p.m. in church.

All are welcome to attend. For more details, call 718-229-5929.

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Congratulations to the eighth graders at St. Mark School, Sheepshead Bay, who received their school rings on Feb. 13. Many special events await them as they prepare for graduation.

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State Senator Marty Golden’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is now underway.

The state senator is offering free tax preparation services for residents of his district who earn less than $30,000 annually. His district covers parts of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach and Marine Park.

Appointments will be available at his Bay Ridge district office, 7408 Fifth Avenue, on Sundays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Mondays, 6-9 p.m., through April 15.

Services will be provided by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, or to check if you live in his district, call 718-238-6044.

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Men, make this a life-changing Lent. Sign up for a Men’s Cursillo Weekend, Feb. 26 to March 1 at St. Josaphat Retreat House in Glen Cove, L.I.

Don’t pass up this opportunity to grow in your relationship with God through prayer, reflection, Mass, spiritual presentations and the sacrament of reconciliation in the company of other men who are seeking that same closeness with God.

The cost is $250 for the weekend. To register, contact Rich Grillo at

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Visit the shrines of Italy, May 12-21 with St. Joseph College, Clinton Hill and Patchogue, L.I., faculty members Sister Grace Rowland, C.S.J., and Father Francis Pizzarelli, S.M.M. For a detailed brochure, contact Sister Grace at 631-654-0199 or

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This week’s Tip of the Tablet TALK Top Hat goes to Dr. Dennis Ryan, longtime professor of religious studies and philosophy at the College of New Rochelle, who recently received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Catholic Historical Association for promoting Catholic studies.

Dr. Ryan has his roots in the Brooklyn Diocese. He grew up in Immaculate Conception parish, Jamaica Estates, where his father was a well-known physician.

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And speaking of Jamaica Estates, did you know that the Immaculate Conception Passionist Monastery has a new online newsletter? Check it out at

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Event update: “The Crucifix of San Damiano” presentation by Father André Cirino, O.F.M., at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, has been rescheduled to Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. in Room 4202.

The event is still free and open to the public.

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Father Charles Mangano will lead the first night of the Wednesday Lenten Vespers series at St. Athanasius Church, Bensonhurst, on March 4.

Father John Campoli will celebrate a Healing Mass on March 11. “Trust Magic on Forgiveness” will be the theme when Father Jerry Jecewiz visits March 18. Al Barbarino will share faith and music on March 25.

Services begin at 7:30 p.m. Call 718-236-0124.

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