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t holiday time, students at Salesian Schools remember those less fortunate in their communities. At Saint Theresa School in Kenilworth, NJ, the Student Council collected food for the church food pantry. During the month of November canned goods and other non-perishable foods were brought into the school and donated to help those in need. Third-grader David said, “I think that it is great that our school is helping the Church towards the food pantry. It is very helpful to the community.” Packing the food for distribution with Sr. Emy DeFilippi (left) and Sr. Theresa Samson are students Calli Scheuermann, Megan Stotz, Caitlin Gniazdowski, and Christine Coppola. Partners in Giving • Christmas 2007

It’s Not Too Late for Year-End Gifts!

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter


Dear Friends, As we prayed the blessing over the Advent wreath, I was particularly struck by the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone” (Isaiah 9:1-2). This Light, this Christ our Savior, born on Christmas day, fills every nook and cranny of our lives. From our little corner of the Salesian Sisters’ Development Office, we experience His love through you. Because of your generosity and love we have been able to bring His Light to countless children thoughout our Province. My gratitude is in more than words – it is in prayer that never ends! The year nearly past was more than a “lucky” year – 2007 was a year of blessings! In particular, we have new members in Partners Circle, more students sponsored in our Salesian Schools, and hundreds of children in summer and after school programs! And perhaps, best of all, new women are joining the ranks of Salesian Sisters. We look with hope to 2008, our centennial year, which is just around the corner. In this issue we are offering a special way for you to participate in the celebration by dedicating one of our 100 years and supporting our history book project. See pages 6-7. Grants from the Eleanor Beyer Foundation, the Theresa and Edward O’Toole Foundation, and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County have helped immensly in our service to youth in New Jersey and Florida. We give thanks for continued blessings as the foundation community comes to know the work of the Salesian Sisters among the young. Receive good wishes and greetings from all the Salesian Sisters who pray each and every morning for YOU, our benefactors, who are a very real part of our mission to the young. Peace,

id you know that by making a gift at year-end you may lower your tax burden? At the same time you, too, can assist the Salesian Sisters and their works through the following options below. Please know that your support is vital to perpetuate the works of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, as they rely on Divine Providence and special friends like you to continue their works; especially for the poor. Giving Opportunities include: • Cash/Credit Card • Appreciated Stock, Bonds, or Mutual Funds • Set up a Matching Gift Fund • Life Insurance/Retirement Fund Distribution (If you are age 70.5 and are required to take annual minimum distributions, tax-free giving may be available. Contact your accountant or attorney for more details.) • In-kind Gifts • Memorial Gifts/Gifts in Honor • Property

If you wish, you can designate your year-end gift to one of the following funds: • Education • Vocations • Retirement • Partners Circle For more information, please contact: • Sr. Mary Rinaldi, Salesian Sisters’ Director of Development: Toll-free (877) OUR-NUNS or e-mail: • Christina McAleer, Salesian Sisters’ Director of Advancement: (203) 921-9224 or e-mail:

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Thanksgiving Was Time to Give Thanks!


ur 4th annual Thanksgiving Basket Party in Tampa, FL, on November 3 more than lived up to its name! Friends old and new gathered in support of the Salesian Sisters’ works and to honor two special friends, Mrs. Nancy Cushing and Mr. Riley Hogan for their tireless dedication to the children of Tampa Heights. The unforgettable event included a delicious dinner and beautiful prize baskets, all donated by members of the community. Congratulations to our 2007 Sweepstakes winners: Aurelis Zambrano of Tampa won a $300 gift certificate to Publix Supermarket, and Karen Orihuela of Tampa won a $500 gift certificate to Home Depot. It was truly an evening of THANKSGIVING, which raised more than $70,000 for Villa Madonna School and the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club, thanks in

The Thanksgiving Basket Event could not have been a success without the support of the Planning Committee, who worked tirelessly to secure basket donations and helped organize the event from start to finish. Show above are Dr. Andrea Farrier; Denise Cano; Theresa Anderson, Director of Development; Christine Franco; and Melissa Barile, all from Tampa, FL. Not pictured: Yoli Buss. Thank you everyone!

part to a generous matching gift from the Middendorf Family Foundation out of south Florida! Our grateful

thanks to the very dedicated planning committee and to all who participated! See y’all next year!

From Our Salesian Family to Yours,

a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a

Happy, Healthy New Year! God Bless You!

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We Had a Ball at the Partners Circle Ball!


he fourth annual Partners Circle Ball, held on November 8 at the Westmount Country Club in West Paterson, NJ, was a tremendous success! With more than 350 in attendance, new and old friends alike came to celebrate the great work of the Partners Circle and its support for the Salesian Sisters. All proceeds raised that night benefit the financial aid fund at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ.

Tom V. Ford, EVP, Bank of New York Mellon, accepting the Partners Circle Award for his support of the Business Connections Program at Mary Help. Alumna Christine Montero’s speech brought home what the evening was all about – making a difference in the lives of others through the gift of education!

The Dames of Mary Help, the women’s auxiliary fundraising and public relations arm for Mary Help, hosted and planned the incredible night that included entertainment by the Peter Lawrence Orchestra, a silent and live auction, dinner, and dancing. Special highlights from the evening included: Siblings Peter McBride, Moira Murphy, and Kitty Kruckel of Franklin Lakes, NJ, accepting the Partners Circle Award for their late mother, Mary Kay McBride; and

A magical ice sculpture anticipates 2008, our centennial year!

Heartfelt thanks to the Dames of Mary Help; our Emcee, Chairman of the Partners Circle Board of Trustees, Michael Guarnieri; our Live Auction Emcee, Partners Circle Trustee and past Chairman, Bill McLaughlin; our Auctioneer, Jill Doherty; and our many Sponsors and Underwriters: The Bank of New York Mellon; Phyllis and Anthony Chernalis; Maria and Thomas Ford; JoAnn and Joseph Granatell; Maryann and Robert Harkins; the McAleer Family; the McBride Families, the Rohde Families; Aleta and Rich Taylor; TD Banknorth; and Maggie Waitts.

Above, this year’s Partners Circle Ball Honoree, Thomas V. Ford, EVP of the Bank of New York Mellon, with his wife, Maria, of Howard Beach, NY. Left, Members of the McBride family proudly gather in honor of their late mother and this year’s Partners Circle Ball honoree, Mary Kay McBride: (l-r) Mary Kay’s son, Peter, and daughters Moira McBride Murphy and Katherine Kruckel, all of Franklin Lakes, NJ.

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Above, Enjoying the ball are Joseph and JoAnn Granatell and Robert and Eileen Scavone, all of Franklin Lakes, NJ. The “Mystery Tree” fundraiser was a huge success! Thanks to Deborah Rohde (right) of Franklin Lakes, NJ, a Dame of Mary Help; and her friend, Rosemary DePinto of Pompton Plains, NJ.

Left, Maggie Waitts of West Caldwell, NJ, our amazing Dames of Mary Help chair, with Sr. Mary Rinaldi.

Right, Mary Help of Christians Academy alumnae speaker Christine Montero at the podium with her former principal, Sr. Margaret Wilhelm.

Above, Dame of Mary Help and chairwoman of the Partners Circle Ball auction committee, Beverly Rohde, with her husband, Rodger, of Saddle River, NJ. Right, Former Partners Circle Ball honorees Maryann and Robert Harkins of Franklin Lakes, NJ, share a special moment with their sponsored Mary Help students, Sheryne Nevers and Carolina Mussenden.

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Join the Celebration! Support Our Centennial History Book by Dedicating a Year Dear Friends, We Salesian Sisters have just completed 99 years of service to the young in the United States. On the threshold of celebrating our Centennial, I invite you to invest in the Salesian Sisters by dedicating a year or years to honor or memorialize a loved one, couple, family, or institution. The name(s) will be inscribed in a beautifully-bound Centennial History Book that is to commemorate the Salesian Sisters’ presence in the United States. Your one-time gift of $1,000, per year selected, will help underwrite the cost of this important Salesian treasure, and your honored name(s) will forever be a part of the legacy of St. John Bosco here in America. In gratitude, you will receive a complimentary copy of the Centennial history for each person’s name inscribed, and your memorial will be published in the book itself. On the opposite page is a list of years and examples of dedications we have already received. There is no limit to the number of honorees per year. Please join us for this once in a lifetime event! With gratitude and prayer,

Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA


I/we would like to forever be a part of the legacy of St. John Bosco here in America by dedicating ____ year(s) for the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial History Book Project. Please write down the name of your loved one(s) and your name (how you would like it to appear) beside the year of your choosing in the form on the opposite page and return the form along with this. Cost per dedication: $1,000.

My gift of $____________ is to be paid q now q monthly q quarterly q over 2 years by:

q Check (payable to Salesian Sisters) q Discover q VISA q MasterCard

q Please charge my card automatically

Credit Card No. ___________________________________ Exp. Date ______ / ______ Name(s) ________________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________________ State ____________ Zip ____________ Telephone _________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________ P LEASE




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Dedicate a Salesian Year! Year Honoree 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957

Dedicated by

Jerry Rizzuto

Joanne & Geraldine Rizzuto

Theresa Rizzuto

Joanne & Geraldine Rizzuto

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Year Honoree

Dedicated by

1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Immaculata-La Salle, FL

Faculty, parents,

Henry F. Roman

Maryann Roman

Academy of Our Lady, LA Faculty & Students

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Welcome New ‘07 Members in Red!


Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of




Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino




Ms. Patti Gauthier Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Vincent Cagnetta Mrs. Joseph Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Mr. Edward DeLuca Mr. John Lombardi & Family Ms. Carol Martindale Mrs. Joan Oliver Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Roncallo Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri Mr. & Mrs. John Weaver A Friend

Mr. Ian H. Graham Mr. & Mrs. Robert Obenberger A Friend

CONNECTICUT Mr. Frank & Ms. Clara Merenda Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mosey Mr. Daniel Tomaselli A Friend

FLORIDA Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Bernardo F. Arenas Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor Bianco & Mansfield, P.A. Mr. James J. Burrowes Mrs. Yoli Buss Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro Colonial Bank of Florida Mr. & Mrs. Ted Couch Mr. & Mrs. J.C. De Lotto Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia Dr. & Mrs. Reynaldo Geerken Mrs. Rose Graziano Dr. & Mrs. Jack Guggino Mrs. Elsa Gutierrez-Janulionis Dr. & Mrs. Hernan Leon Mr. & Mrs. H. Tyson Lykes, II Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mace, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Philip Rinaldi Mrs. Peggy Theis Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate Mr. Bob Zurek

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

KENTUCKY Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

NEW JERSEY Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Mr. & Mrs. Richard Badenhausen Mr. & Mrs. Robert Boland Mr. & Mrs. Larry Condit Ms. Elizabeth Crovella Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davies Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra Dr. & Mrs. Frank De Maria Ms. Debi Debiak Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fox Mr. & Mrs. David Fusacchia Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Captain & Mrs. Victor Goldberg Mrs. Theresa Gutto Mr. & Mrs. Chris Layton Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lechner Mr. & Mrs. Michael Losurdo Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi Mrs Moira McBride Murphy Mr. & Mrs. John Peragallo Jr. Mrs. Ann Petrocelli Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Mrs. Amanda Rodriguez Mr. & Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. Joseph Spinelli Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart

Partners Circle Trustee and past Chairman, Bill McLaughlin of Franklin Lakes, NJ, joined Jill Doherty to emcee the Live Auction during the Partners Circle Ball on November 8.

TD Banknorth Mr. & Mrs. Asterio Velasco

NORTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liotard Mr. & Mrs. Chester Michewicz, Jr.

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. Albert Klaben, Sr.

PENNSYLVANIA Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock Mr. Paul I. Sheaffer, II

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

VIRGINIA Mrs. Dominique Faust


Annual gift of $1,000 ARIZONA A Friend

Annual gift of $750 CONNECTICUT Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer

FLORIDA Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield

NEW YORK Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leahy

NEVADA Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Murray

CALIFORNIA Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto


Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mrs. John McMahon Mr. & Mrs. Mario Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Jim Muller Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Palladino Mr. & Mrs. Jack Ramsey Weaver Marine Agencies



Dr. Braulio Alsonso Mrs. Pilar Caso Ms. Judith Cataldo/ The Handmaiden Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Rod Jurado Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee Dr. & Mrs. Hernan Leon Mr. & Mrs. James Major Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Judge & Mrs. A. Rodnite Mr. & Mrs. Mark Spada

Dr. & Mrs. Michael Altamura Ms. Lea Battiato Msgr. William T. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. Matt Sabatine

NORTH CAROLINA Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

PENNSYLVANIA Dr. Allyson & Mr. Kevin Hardy

TEXAS Ms. Theresa C. Rauber

NEW JERSEY Mr. Alfonso Daloisio Mr. Al De Vincenzo Mrs. Joseph Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hofmann Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino


he Partners Circle was founded in 1991 to provide unrestricted funds for urgent needs of the Salesian Sisters and their mission. These include support for capital needs, scholarship assistance, technology upgrades, and funds for those unforeseen situations that require immediate attention. Your donation to this unrestricted fund empowers the Salesian Sisters to continue their mission – the education and evangelization of today’s children. There are seven levels of membership, starting at $500, and these are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group? Please call us toll-free today: (877) OUR-NUNS.

Welcome New ‘07 Members in Red!

Partners Circle “Benefactors”


Partners Circle “Associates”

Welcome New ‘07 Members in Red!


Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society Major Bequests to the Partners Circle CALIFORNIA


Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson

FLORIDA Dr. & Mrs. Vincent Bagli Mr. Ray Campo Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Garcia Angel Oliva Family Mrs. Ann Murphey Dorothy Thomas Foundation

Mr. Anthony Petrocelli Ms. Celeste Tripi



Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

NEW JERSEY Tony Amato Family The Carini Family Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman

“Stewards” Annual gift of $10,000

Partners Circle “Partners” NEW JERSEY

Annual gift of $5,000 CALIFORNIA Ms. Doriana Sobek


Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. Stephen Papetti Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Ms. Roberta Ruocco



Dr. & Mrs. Nelson Castellano Mr. & Mrs. James Millar Mr. & Mrs. Lee Pallardy

Mr. John Cassara



Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

NEW YORK The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of Philip & Josephine Sabatine

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.

Mrs. Betty Turner Mr. & Mrs. Ray Wooldridge

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis

Partners Circle “Founders”: Annual gift of CONNECTICUT Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

FLORIDA Mrs. Janis Boyd Mr. Ernest “Cookie” Garcia Dr. Idalia Lastra

NEW JERSEY Mr. & Mrs. Marco Brizzolara

Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Mr. Anthony Gulino Ms. Ida Gulino Ms. Nancy Gulino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Edward Korn Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Mrs. Kathleen Medore Ms. Antonia Meola Ms. Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer


Mr. & Mrs. Mark Swartzberg

NEW YORK Ms. Jordon Carroll Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Scala, Jr.


SOUTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

Save These Dates and stay tuned for more details in the New Year!

Partners Circle Gala Saturday, March 1, 2008 Tampa, FL


Opening of the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial Exhibit Saturday, March 8, 2008 Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ


Opening Mass for the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial Celebration Saturday, March 8, 2008 St. Michael Parish, Paterson, NJ

Sisters Honor a Future Salesian Saint


oliness is at home in our Salesian Family,” affirms Sr. Helene Godin. November 11 was a very special day that made this statement come alive. A young Mapuche Indian from Chimpay, province of Rio Negro, in Patagonia, Argentina, was beatified on this memorable day, and the entire Salesian Family throughout the world joined in the celebration. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, represented Pope Benedict XVI for the beatification of Ceferino Namuncurá (1886-1905) at his birthplace. Beatification is the final step on the road to sainthood. Blessed Ceferino’s birthday, August 26, will become his liturgical feast day. Blessed Ceferino (right) was a student of the Salesian Society in Argentina. “We give thanks to the Lord for the extraordinary testimony of this young, 19-yearold student who, inspired by his devotion for the Eucharist and love for Christ, wanted to be a Salesian and a priest to show his fellow Mapuche the path to Heaven,” Pope Benedict said. “With his life, he lightens our path to sanctity, inviting us to love our brothers with the love with which God loves us.” In Haledon, NJ, the Community of the St. Joseph Provincial Center marked the occasion with a dramatization of Blessed Ceferino’s story. Sr. Helene eloquently personified Blessed Ceferino. Sr. Gerard Barattino joined in as his mother, while Sr. Antoinette Cedrone portrayed a professional news reporter.


Sr. Helene shared the highlights of Blessed Ceferino’s life. Knowing that He was deeply loved by God and the Salesian family who were his educators, Blessed Ceferino responded with the gift of his life for his Indian tribe, which was on the verge of extinction. Instead of having his desires for the priesthood fulfilled, he stole Heaven at the age of 18.

Friday, April 11, 2008 Roseto, PA

Now all of Argentina and all the Salesian world rejoices as we ask Blessed Ceferino to help us on our own journey of faith to have the same courage and audacity, and love for Jesus and Mary.

Gala Honoring Salesian Sisters

– Sr. Virginia Dickey, FMA

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Leave a Legacy for the Salesian Sisters while providing for your heirs!


haritable gifts made through your estate are a wonderful way to provide lasting support for the Salesian Sisters. It can be possible to make such gifts while you minimize taxes and/or settlement costs and conserve more of your estate for loved ones.

Here are some points to remember: •

Estate gifts can be funded with cash, securities, real estate, or other property.

A gift of all or a portion of the “residue” of your estate refers to property remaining after all distributions to family and others have been satisfied.

Gifts may also be stated in terms of a percentage of an estate, thereby allowing gifts to increase or decrease with the value of one’s estate.

Gifts may also be directed to the Salesian Sisters from insurance policies, retirement plans, and bank and brokerage accounts.

It is possible to designate how you would like your gift used when it is received. You may provide that funds be used to meet the immediate needs of the Sisters, or you can designate that they be used for a specific purpose, such as education of at-risk youth, summer camp programs, the Salesian Sisters’ retirement home, or vocations.

Memorial gifts are often received through an estate. A memorial can serve as an enduring and loving tribute to one or more individuals while contributing a gift of hope to the Salesian Sisters.

As you can see, with a minimum of planning, it can be possible to support the Salesian Sisters in the future while first providing for your heirs in ways that can change with circumstances over time. If you would like to leave a legacy, our legal title is Missionary Society of Salesian Sisters, Inc., and our federal tax ID # is 22-6043753

Required to Take an IRA Distribution? If you are over the age of 70 & 1/2 and you are required to take taxable distributions from a traditional or Roth IRA, you may be interested in a special opportunity for tax-free giving to the Salesian Sisters. Please check with us or your advisor for more information. For more information, please call: •

Sr. Mary Rinaldi, Director of Development: (877) OUR-NUNS

Christina McAleer, Director of Advancement: (203) 921-9224

Salesian Sisters • 659 Belmont Avenue • North Haledon, NJ 07508-2301

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Christmas Light Sr. Phyllis Neves’ Letter


t has been said, and rightly so, that if Jesus is born in Bethlehem a million times, and walks the roads of Palestine for a million years, but has never really been born in your heart, then what difference does Christmas really make? At Christmas, people extend warm greetings and offer presents to family members and friends. At Christmas, there is an outpouring of caring and affection by many people. At Christmas, the suffering of the sick and the condition of the lonely seem less acceptable than on other days. At Christmas, it seems that almost everyone wants to contribute to the success of the festive holiday.

Christmas Eve, by the Grace of God, Scrooge discovered new life. When he opened the window in the morning, the face of the world had changed. He thought it was a beautiful day. Casual passersby on the street greeted him with a smile, called forth by his own radiant manner. And this is only the beginning of what happens when the love-lesson of the Light of the World enters and dominates the core of one’s being!

“The world needs us to make love visible.”

At Christmas, more than on any other day it seems, people need the kind of festive spirit that brings peace and light into their lives. Indeed, at Christmas, more than at any other time of year, something comes to life deep within us and gives us light – not in the form of easy answers to our anxious questions about violence and suffering and injustice, but in the form of an Infant, born in a stable, in a town called Bethlehem, two thousand years ago.

“God is Love.” It’s not meant to be a lovely phrase or a pious slogan. It’s meant to be the guiding light toward living with meaning. It’s meant to be the basis for an intimate relationship with the Teacher who came from God and identified Himself as the “Light of the World.” It’s meant to be the supreme expression of the reality that the Power that holds the stars in their places, the power that keeps the entire Universe in running order. That power is Love. What happens when the words “God is Love” enter and impact the core of a person’s being? Charles Dickens gave us an indication through his famous Christmas Carol character, Ebenezer Scrooge. On the day before Christmas, the financier Scrooge was in a particularly bad mood. He was not interested in what human beings were actually worth, but only in what they were worth to him. Everyone who encountered him was chilled and uncomfortable. Yet Scrooge was more unhappy than they. They could escape from him and his atmosphere; he could not escape from himself. But in a dream on

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At Christmas, God stooped low and became flesh in the form of an Infant, in a stable, in the Town of Bethlehem. There, God became one of us to tell us how much He loves us . . . to tell you how much He loves YOU. Are you willing to:

. . . stoop down and consider the needs and the desires of little children; to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much our friends and family love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough? . . . bear in mind the struggles that other people have to endure in their lives; to try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really need, without waiting for them to tell you? . . . believe that love is the strongest thing in the world, stronger than hate, stronger than violence, stronger than death, and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem two thousand years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? If the answer is yes, then let us not allow love to transform our hearts only for today. Let it be the light and sign of God’s love alive in us today and always. The world needs us to make love visible . . . to make Jesus visible. A Blessed Christmas to all!

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between September 26 and November 16, 2007

You can honor a cherished relative or friend with an everlasting gift of love – a memorial. Our Partners in Giving Memorials & Tributes give you the opportunity to comfort those who have lost a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion. This gift lives forever. It supports the works of the Salesian Sisters & joins your loved ones to the prayers & works of the Sisters.

Sr. Gisella Bonfiglio, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Neven Pandza

Carmine Natale Ms. Irene Natale

Angela Crane Mrs. Marilyn Bonfiglio

Mario J. Rizzo Mrs. Patricia Rizzo

Donna Crump Miss Annette Keyser

Charles Saggese Mrs. Elizabeth Saggese

Lorenza “Laurie” DeLuca Ms. Helene Boag Ms. Judy Nigro

Sr. Catherine Sforza, FMA Mrs. Antoinette Trotto Lorna Modic Mr. Frank Modic

Lorraine Dougherty St. Jude Thrift Shop Ellie Foreit Mrs. Elizabeth Spaldo

The name of your loved one will appear in our Partners in Giving magazine – a priceless gift to those you love.

Nicholas Lacovara The J&P and C&T Families

Give the gift that lasts forever.

Mary Lanzellotto Mrs. Antoinette Trotto

Enclosed is my Memorial/Tribute Gift of:

James Marchese Mr. & Mrs. Roger Marchese





Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for Name – LIVING


Detach & mail to Sr. Mary Rinaldi 659 Belmont Ave l North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Please make checks payable to SALESIAN SISTERS

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Carl E. Williams Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez

Ovidio Mendez Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez Peggy Mezey Mrs. Antoinette Trotto

ou may adopt a Sister to pray for your deceased friend and family member for one year. The certificate (shown above) will be sent out immediately. It is a one-time gift; the suggested donation is $160. Adoption forms are posted online at:, or call us to arrange: (877) OUR-NUNS.


Margarita A. Nadal Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez


My Name Address

Special Intention Ms. Grace Aquino

Virginia Markowski Mrs. Patricia Carrao

Please send an acknowledgement to: Name

Mary Sommariva Mrs. Theresa Zuccaro

Norbert LauKaitis Wendolowyn Bingham Claudia “CC” Cinelli & Sid Weihs Ms. Alice LauKaitis Nassau County Police Dept. Fourth Precinct Flower Fund Valley Stream School District

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We Miss Our Dear Friend, Vern Smith

Received between Sept. 26 and Nov. 16, 2007

Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Thomas McNally Fr. Andrew C. Mr. & Mrs. Peter K. Kim Samuel DeVincent Mrs. Ann E. LaGuardia Peter Fazio Mr. Paul J. Gamba Patrick La Malva Mildred C. Valletutti Ruth Marchese Mr. & Mrs. Roger Marchese Ellen B. Nadeau Ms. Sandra M. Nadeau Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA Mrs. Ilene B. Nelson Special Intention Mr. & Mrs. Donald Kasprzyk


n August 7, a day after his 80th birthday, the Salesian Sisters lost a great friend and benefactor, Professor Vern Smith. In 1991, Vern was introduced to us, and for all these sixteen years he was the smiling face and dedicated worker, together with Eugene Phillips, who made the annual Salesian Sisters’ Christmas and Spring Parties a tremendous success. As a professor, Gene testifies that Vern was “a very gentle man and humble, never thinking he did anything special. Yet, he had many art shows where his oil paintings were displayed throughout the world. He took a lifelong interest in his students, becoming their friend after they graduated.” God bless you and rest in peace, dear Vern, and may you be blessed for all the good you accomplished for your Salesian Sisters!

Help Others While You Help Yourself, Too


f you are over the age of 70 1/2, you are eligible for a special IRA donation that can help you and the Salesian Sisters. For this tax year and the next, you can roll over up to $100,000 annually from your IRA to charity. These gifts can be made tax-free and may help you meet your required IRA distribution levels. And, as always, a gift to the Salesian Sisters will go far in helping us continue to meet the needs of the children we serve in our ministries all over the country. Simply direct your custodian to transfer a portion of your required minimum distribution on or before December 31, 2007, directly to the Missionary Society of Salesian Sisters, Inc. Thank you!

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Adopters Offer Thanks y mother, Mary, had a stroke on October 21, and passed away on November 1. She had a long history with the Salesian Sisters. I remember Sr. Adelina and Sr. Mary from my childhood. I know my mother knew the Sisters when I was born, and I will be 60 years old this month. It was my mother’s wish that the Sisters have the check that I am sending today. Thank you for always praying for us! Clifton, NJ


r. Carmen has been a true blessing. My natural sister loves her, and Sr. Carmen is really more like family. I wish I could travel to New Jersey and visit but I can’t afford to because of health. She gives me hope and joy. It’s all your efforts, the letters, and the newsletter that help so much. Thank you for all the prayers and thank you to all the Sisters for writing, calling, and doing what God calls them to do – SERVE. Naperville, IL


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Millennium Meditation Waiting


his may seem like an odd topic, but the action of waiting is one that often fills our lives. We wait in traffic, often impatiently. We wait at the doctor’s office, often with trepidation. We wait in line at the supermarket, as our minds run rampant with the million things still left on our ‘to do’ list. We wait for the weather to improve, for a muchneeded vacation, for a sale, for more time to do what we really like to do. With all this waiting for what comes next, it can happen that we lose sight of the preciousness of the present moment, of living it intensely, being fully present to what we are doing and what is happening around us. A wise person once said to me, “Do what you are doing.” I must confess, it took me a while to figure out just what she meant. But gradually it sunk in. I noticed that often I was “absent” from the moment, thinking of the future, waiting for what was coming next or mulling over the past, so that the present was being lived, almost mechanically. Gradually, I learned to be present to the present, to do what I

be watchful, to be expectant, but not at was doing here and now. It might be the cost of losing the treasure of the writing an article without thinking of present moment. whatever else I had to do after. Or translating the Word of the Day, a There is another aspect to this Biblical reflection that we send out “presence,” and it was articulated by daily via e-mail based on one of the Liturgy readings of the day. It may be one of our early Sisters. She was kneeling before the taberspending quality time with nacle in the chapel when the Sisters or talking with she heard these words: guests. It may be just “Learn to be “Live the present moimmersing myself in the present in ment and live it in love.” eloquent silence of our Looking around, she saw House of Prayer. the present.” no one. She knelt again; the words were repeated. I must say that life takes a quality leap when the present moment She knew they came from Jesus. is lived in fullness. I have come to believe that this is what contemplation Perhaps, in our frenzied and confused times, Jesus is whispering these words is all about, presence to the here and now. It is definitely not waiting. Jesus to us, drawing us away from anxiety, praised Martha’s sister Mary for sitting restlessness. He is telling us that the only thing we have is the present with Him and listening to Him, fully moment. He gifts us with this grasped by that moment. He revealed moment, here and now. He asks us to the reality of who He was to the live it “in love,” to treasure it. Love Samaritan woman, who paused at the well with Him, carefully following His gives value to everything, even the words. Jesus tells us to look at the wild waiting that can become gifted moments of prayer, of communion flowers of the field, to contemplate with Him and with ourselves. their beauty, to notice the birds who “neither spin nor reap,” to read the – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA signs of the times. Yes, He tells us to

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“Give Us” One Day, We’ll Pray for 30!


o you have a happy occasion (like a wedding) you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you for an entire month. Is it a time to celebrate a less than happy occasion? Our prayer for thirty days will celebrate this event in your life. Have you someone to thank? All of us will help multiply this gratitude to that special person. Is there a special person or event to bring to the attention of your friends? Then please “Give Us This Day!” Any and every event or person or situation that merits special attention will be publicized on a bulletin board outside our chapel. All the Sisters will pray for that person, event, and/or situation and for the person who requests prayer for the day. The Sisters enjoy taking part in your family’s joys and sorrows. You have become part of our family, and that is a wonderful exchange of love and concern for each event. The Lord has assured us, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, I am among them.” What better assurance can we have than the Word of God? Let this exchange of time be an example of our concern and love for one another. Know that you are special to us and our prayers rise daily for you and your dear ones. Thank you!

Sr. Carmen Morales’ adopter writes from Chicago, IL, to all the Salesian Sisters: “I have two special requests for extra prayers: 1) I ask for prayers for my daughter, Monica, and my new son-inlaw, married on September 22, that they have a great future; and 2) Please pray that my son has a safe business trip. Much thanks and love.” Yes, we did pray!

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Salesian Youth Report

ARCHBISHOP SHAW HIGH SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – Father Pascual Chavez (above, right), Rector Major of the Salesian Order – the topranking Salesian priest in the world – continued his tour of our St. Philip the Apostle Province with a visit to Archbishop Shaw, where he was welcomed by the marching band (left). During a tour of the school, students Byron Broussard and Jarell Mackey (above) showed the Rector Major the homework they’re working on. The Rector Major also blessed a new crucifix (right) donated by the Retif family in memory of Mickey Retif and in thanksgiving for 75 years of Salesian ministry on the West Bank.

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ImmaculataLa Salle High in the news!


ongratulations to ImmaculataLa Salle High School in Miami, FL, for making headlines in El Nuevo Herald. The front-page story on October 17 by Juan Carlos Chavez called the school “one of the most important and well-respected educational institutions in South Florida” as it celebrates its 50th jubilee “with its continuous commitment to the personal, moral, and intellectual growth of the student body.” “The past 50 years have lead us to our final goal,” Sr. Pat Roche, Principal, shared with El Nuevo Herald. “That goal is the education of the whole person, preparing our girls and boys to become honest and decent individuals to best serve God and the community.” Past pupils, now community leaders, shared their memories and gratitude. “Our school was a market for innovation,” expressed Armando Chapelli, a well-known businessman, class of 1961. “All that I am, I owe to the school. The ethical values that I learned were life-changing, a compass for my future.” “I have unforgettable memories. Not only was I taught by exceptional teachers at Immaculata-La Salle, but what I learned taught me to differentiate between right and wrong,” added Carlos Alvarez, Mayor of Miami-Dade.

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ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL, HAWTHORNE, NJ – St. Anthony’s students, with Sr. Marisa De Rose, finish a great day of learning with smiles on everyone’s faces!

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Salesian Youth Report POPE JOHN PAUL II SCHOOL, CLIFTON, NJ – Recently, Emilio Magasin (holding the ball), Pope John Paul’s physical education teacher, announced how pleased he was with the huge turnout for the basketball clinic tryout for 3rd through 8th grades. The students will be doing fundamental skills like passing, dribbling, shooting, offense, and defense. “Mr. M.,” as he is fondly called, expects all students to display 100 percent teamwork and good sportsmanship. Demonstrating their basketball skills are José Mercado and Raymond Ribot.

ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Eighth-grade students celebrated National Young Readers Day with the entire school. The day began with children wearing their pajamas to school for an afternoon of comfort reading. Eighth graders were assigned to classes from Pre-K to 7th grade. Each student read a story to the class and then created a project pertaining to the story. Above, eighth-graders Kelly Hunter and Ashly Seby and the third-grade class smile after reading the book, Strega Nona.

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Holocaust Survivor Brings History to Life


n interdisciplinary project at the Academy of Our Lady in Marrero, LA, brings together theology and English classes to make valuable use of the lessons to be learned from Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II. The project links literature studies and social justice issues to give the Academy’s seniors a comprehensive understanding of the massive genocide perpetrated in 1930’s and 1940’s Europe. Chris Collins, English IV teacher, explained that his students began the project by reading Night, Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical book about Nazi persecution of Jews. Students also learn about the social issues occurring during the time of the story. In addition, Collins’ students also create a three-dimensional representation of a scene from the text. At the beginning of the second quarter of school, students select a topic related to the Holocaust and start work on a research paper that builds upon their classroom learning and expands their understanding of the political and social situations surrounding the event. While students work on the Holocaust projects in English classes, they simultaneously study genocide and other social justice issues in theology classes. One especially poignant aspect of the project is a visit to the Academy by Shep Zitler, a 90-year old local resident and Holocaust survivor. Zitler has visited the campus for many years and recounted his experiences during the Holocaust. He was a soldier in the Polish Army and spent five long years in forced labor

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Shep Zitler takes questions from the Academy of Our Lady’s senior class following a lecture on his Holocaust experiences. Mr. Zeitler lectured to the seniors in Immaculate Conception Church, which is located near the Academy’s campus.

Collins said that Mr. Zitler’s participation in the Academy’s Holocaust studies provides a profound, real-life dimension to the project.

camps after he was captured by the Nazis. In his recent visit to the Academy, Mr. Zitler told an assembly of the school’s seniors that every one of his relatives, except for a sister who had emigrated to Palestine, disappeared during the Nazis’ massive genocide. After his liberation at the war’s end, Mr. Zitler left Europe for the United States, where he landed, he said, with little more than $3 in his pocket. He took up a career as a traveling salesman, and in his retirement he has spoken at many schools about his Holocaust memories. He has also shared with his experiences with Attorney John Menszer, the director of an Internetbased project, Holocaust, that documents memories of Holocaust survivors.

“I consider it an honor that Mr. Zitler takes time to visit with our students,” Collins says. “It appears that students are more interested in the research paper for the English class after speaking with Mr. Zitler. They now have a direct connection to the events through the shared experience of Mr. Zitler.” In addition to Collins, other Academy of Our Lady teachers who have joined together on this project are Senior Theology teachers Bonnie Collins and Sr. Michelle Geiger, FMA; and English teachers Dorinda Coleman and Doris Fettet. – Joseph Bordlee

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Salesian Youth Report ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Seventh-grader Rosa Cuppari has a story to tell! Rosa was one of only 33 children in the United States chosen for the “People To People Ambassador Program.” The summer program offers children the opportunity to broaden their horizons through international travel. Rosa headed Down Under to Australia! After a 20-hour flight the group of 33 students and three chaperones found themselves in Sydney for 19 days. There they learned all about the native culture.

The journal Rosa kept was filled with exciting days traveling and eating exotic foods, such as shark! Her time spent traveling all around the country offered many new experiences, such as how soft a baby penguin can be, how to hold a koala (left), and how to pan for gold! She also enjoyed learning all about the Aborigines’ culture and their unique drawings and dances. “I have changed because of this trip. I have become much wiser to the world and cultural knowledge, and I have also learned to be more patient,” Rosa says.

POPE JOHN PAUL II SCHOOL, CLIFTON, NJ – Students love science! At right, students in Ms. Roscoe’s 7th grade class, including Gianni Nolasco and Vanessa Octaule, recently made a dynamic statement, combining fashion and science. Ms. Roscoe assigned each student a different element from the Periodic Table. The students researched information and sketched unique t-shirt designs that incorporate all the information. They then used a variety of materials including paint, non-washable markers, feathers, and foam balls to convey their designs. After the designs were completed, the students sported their newly created fashion statements on their way down the hall to the 6th grade classroom, where they introduced themselves as their periodic element and taught the 6th graders about the importance, uses, and properties of each element. How creative! Well done, everyone! It’s alive! It lives silently, breathing, living, consuming, and dying in your kitchen cabinet. It is, of course, yeast! Mrs. Fergesen’s 5th grade class (left) at Pope John Paul examined the mixture and brought it to life. After adding warm water and sugar to the yeast, they placed the mixture into a bottle and stretched a balloon over the opening. Within minutes, the balloon was inflated. The yeast was a living thing! Alive and alert, the fungus reproduced and grew, going through a million tiny lifetimes, all the while producing carbon dioxide gas. It was this gas, a waste product that we, too, expel, that inflated the balloon. A major scientific discovery took place right here in our science lab!

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