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Farewell and Greetings at Greenpoint Parish


Last weekend was bittersweet in Greenpoint as members of St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus parish bid farewell to one priest and welcomed another. Father Jilson George, C.M.I., a parochial vicar who served the parish for more than two years said goodbye as he moves to his new assignment as director of the Carmelite Chapel in Peabody, Mass. Joining the parish family is Father Antony Vadakara, C.M.I., who was appointed as the new parochial vicar. Prior to his arrival to Brooklyn, Father Vadakara served on three continents, Asia, Africa and Australia. Above, from left, Fathers Vadakara, George and Kavungal Davy, C.M.I., pastor. (Photo courtesy Father Kavungal Davy, C.M.I.)

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Collecting spare change in a jar, can or couch somewhere? Put it to good use: Support the youth group at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Flatlands.

Bring loose change to TD Bank on Flatbush Ave. and Ave. H this Friday, Sept. 2 to benefit the youth group through the Bring Change Campaign. TD Bank will match the sum of any money donated that day, and on top of that, will make a donation to the youth group.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Astoria, is celebrating its 175th anniversary with a dinner/dance on Oct. 8 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Riccardo’s by the Bridge.

Tickets are $70 per person, and available in the rectory office. For more information, call 718-278-1834 or email

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A novena to Our Lady of Velankanni (Our Lady of Good Health) will be prayed Aug. 31 to Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes, Queens Village. There will also be a recitation of the rosary and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The celebration of the feast will culminate on Sept. 11 with a 4 p.m. street procession followed by 5 p.m. Mass and fellowship. Call 718-479-5111.

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cagg-smBrooklyn-born Bishop Frank Caggiano, now of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., will be the main celebrant and homilist of the annual Rosary for Life Mass, Oct. 3 at Good Shepherd Church, Marine Park.

The rosary will begin at 7 p.m. followed by Mass and investiture in the brown scapular. This year’s honorees are Audrey Mullins, Judy and Frank Chiarchiaro, Marta and Deacon Jaime Cobham and Msgr. Kevin Noone.

For more details, call 718-377-6920.

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Maronite Catholics and friends from all over the U.S. will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the presence of a Maronite bishop in the U.S. on Friday, Oct. 7.

The celebration will begin with a 6 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lebanon, Brooklyn Heights, with Bishop Gregory Mansour, followed by an 8 p.m. dinner at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Tickets are $150 per person/$2,500 for a table of 10, and journal ads are still being accepted. For tickets, call 718-624-7228 or email

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As part of the Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Brooklyn invites young adults, ages 18 and up, to a Walking Pilgrimage of Brooklyn Churches on Oct. 15.

The pilgrimage begins at 9 a.m. at Diocesan Offices in Park Slope, and will continue onto eight parishes, including the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, Prospect Heights, and conclude with Mass at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn.

Contact Paul Morisi at 718-965-7300 ext. 5556 or email

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St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, will host the Brother Urban Gonnoud, O.S.F. Memorial Golf Classic for Sept. 20 at Dyker Beach Golf Course, Dyker Heights.

To participate, or support this event, contact Dennis McDermott. Call 718-489-5362 or email

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The auxiliary members of the Little Sisters of the Poor are hosting a Garden Party on Sept. 17, on the grounds of Queen of Peace Residence, Queens Village.

Enjoy a luncheon buffet, wine and a relaxing piano trio as well as raffles and a Chinese auction. The attire is business casual and the cost is $65 per person. Proceeds benefit the Little Sisters’ ministry.

Reservations must be made by Sept. 13. Call 718-464-1800 or email