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PARTNERS IN GIVIN G Development Office of the Salesian Sisters Daughters of Mary Help of Christians www.salesiansisters.org

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t has arrived! Our Centennial Book is here!” This joyous refrain reverberated throughout North Haledon, NJ, as we got our first peek at The “Yes” Lives On (left), the magnificent new official book telling the fascinating story of the first 100 years of the Salesian Sisters in the United States. Above, Sr. Catherine Altamura turns the pages as alumnae of Mary Help of Christians Academy join Sisters (l-r) Sr. Cecilia Besi, Sr. Ana Palacios, Sr. Catherine Novo, Sr. Marisol Guzman, Sr. Antoinette Cabrera, and Sr. Kim Keraitis as they flip through the beautifully illustrated pages.

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Dear Friends, As we brought 2008 to a close and Christmas decorations were being taken down, the sounds of Edmund H. Sears’ 1800’s hymn resounded: It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth, to touch their harps of gold. Peace on earth, good will to all, from heaven’s all gracious King. Our New Year’s prayer and wish for all of you remains the same: Peace from Heaven’s all gracious King! Some news to report: • The “Yes” Lives On, the longawaited 100-year story of the Salesian Sisters in the U.S.A., is

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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter finally here! To all those who have ordered a copy (or two!), thank you! It’s a magnificent coffee table book which will remain timeless. On the opposite page, there’s an order form for your convenience. As an additional gift to you, shipping is free, which means your entire donation goes directly to the Sisters. • The Centennial Homecoming Celebration at Mary Help of Christians Academy starts on Friday, January 30. For more information, please visit us online at www.salesiansisters.org; e-mail Melissa Esposito:

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m.esposito@salesiansisters.org; or simply give us a call: (973) 904-0102. • The Centennial Gala is on Saturday, April 25. There’s a teaser below. We hope to see you aboard the World Yacht! • For a receipt for your 2008 donations, call toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS (687-6867), or send us a note in the attached envelope. Finally, a huge THANK YOU to all for your love and support. We are truly humbled by your generosity. Know that each and every gift makes a difference in the lives of the children we serve. God bless you! Peace,

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Book of the Year? It’s Our 100 Years!

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he long-awaited Salesian Sisters’ Centennial History Book, The “Yes” Lives On, is here! Have you ordered your copy yet? Have you bought copies for your family and friends? Written by the late Sr. Josephine Carini, this 252-page full color, lavishly illustrated book tells the incredible, poignant, utterly human story of the Salesian Sisters, from the first four who arrived in 1908, to the hundreds of Sisters who spread the mission of service to young people and the Church across the continent. Read all about it! All proceeds support the Salesian Sisters’ mission to young people. Thank you!

YES! Please send me ___ copy/copies of The “Yes” Lives On at just $25 per copy, including postage & handling. Total enclosed: $ __________ Please make check payable to: Salesian Sisters Name Address

Telephone E-mail Please mail this form in the enclosed envelope.

Credit Card Orders Welcome! Please call the Development Office: weekdays, 9 am-5 pm: (973) 904-0102 or toll-free (877) OUR-NUNS

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Giving Thanks for Helping Tampa’s Kids!

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t Villa Madonna School and the Salesian Youth Center in Tampa, FL, “thanks’ took on a special meaning this year. Nearly 300 friends came together on November 15 to pay tribute to the two welcoming faces in the front office of Villa Madonna for the past 30 years: Grace Lafferty and Linda Crosby. In the name of all the students past and present, fourth-grader Kaia Floyd exclaimed, “When Miss Linda and Miss Grace came to Villa, Richard Nixon was president – that's history. Miss Linda and Miss Grace are still with us today, and that is history!" To Linda and Grace, thank you for all you do. God bless you!

Yoli Buss (seated, second from left), Salesian Youth Center Board member, and her family enjoy the Thanksgiving Basket Party to benefit SYC and Villa Madonna School.

The Thanksgiving Basket Party raised $70,000, which included a matching gift from the Middendorf Family Foundation. Thank you, one and all for your generous support!

Above, Villa Madonna School staff members Vicki Fabiano, Courtney Lopez, Carmen Garrison, and Angela Artz are excited over Carmen’s win! Right, having a ball are Felicia White, Pamela Perhosky, and Rosemary Telese.

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Above, Judge E.J. Salcines, Joe Garcia, Anne Garcia, and Anita Fernandez are hoping their numbers will be called to win a basket!

Kaia Floyd, a fourth-grader at Villa Madonna School and a member of the Salesian Youth Center, wowed the crowd with her speech!

Left, Thanksgiving Basket Honorees Grace Lafferty and Linda Crosby each has given more than 30 years of service to Villa Madonna School. How can we ever thank you, dear ladies?

Above, Janet Arias-Rodriquez of the Salesian Sisters’ Development Office hands Mark Anderson a basket he won! Right, enjoying the party are Dr. Andrea Farrier, Sr. Helene Godin, and Kathy Pedrero

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Ho! Ho! Ho! A Merry Christmas Party!

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n December 7, the Salesian Sisters hosted their 19th annual Christmas Party in North Haledon, NJ, to benefit the financial aid fund at Mary Help of Christians Academy. The event raised $70,000 to support deserving young women from inner-city Paterson and beyond.

Above, enjoying the annual Salesian Sisters’ Christmas Party (and all the raffle baskets! ) are Sr. Arlene Rubino and her family and friends. Below, Sr. Danielle Gonzalez and Sr. Mildred Zanetti with family and friends.

Event Co-chairs Pat Connors and Terry Laudone led the magnificent charge by securing countless donated items that could be used for our gift baskets as well as items for the large, super, and mega-raffle tables. More than 600 guests Special thanks to our from the trifabulous auctioneer, state area and Jill Doherty! beyond joined in the fun and enjoyed the usual superb Market Basket lunch. Heartfelt thanks to Pat and John Connors and Terry and Joe Laudone for their friendship and steadfast support. You are a blessing to us and to the young women of Mary Help! Thank you, thank you, thank you for ALL you do! Thank you, too, to the many friends of the Salesian Sisters who attended and who donated an item or two – and helped us make this our best Christmas party yet. See you on March 29th for the Spring Party!

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Above, Christmas Party co-chair Terry Laudone (center) joins volunteers Bettie Bielefeld of Staten Island, NY, and Anne Michaels of Pocono Pines, PA.

Below, all smiles at the Christmas Party are Deirdre and Joseph Ward and their daughter, Maeve, of Glen Rock, NJ.

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Above, the Colangelo Family of Morris Plains, NJ, with their Adopted Sister, Sr. Theresa Lee.

Left, the Christiansen Family of Greenwich, CT: Peter, Jennifer, Linda, and Jordan. Linda sits on the Partners Circle Board and is active in the Dames of Mary Help.

Above, Santa’s helpers take a break from their work: Sr. Cecilia Besi, Peggy Corcoran of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, and Fred Michaels of Pocono Pines, PA.

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SALESIAN SISTERS’ PARTNERS CIRCLE Welcome New ‘09 Members in Red!

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Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of ARIZONA

MASSACHUSETTS

Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

CALIFORNIA 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 Anonymous

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 Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Philip Rinaldi Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines Mr. & Mrs. Mark Spada Mrs. Peggy Theis Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate Mr. Bob Zurek

NEW JERSEY Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Mr. & Mrs. Robert Boland Mr. & Mrs. Larry Condit Ms. Elizabeth Crovella Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davies Dr. & Mrs. Frank De Maria Ms. Debi Debiak Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fox Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Captain & Mrs. Victor Goldberg Mrs. Theresa Gutto Mr. & Mrs. Chris Layton Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lechner Mr. & Mrs. Doug Leonard Mr. & Mrs. Michael Losurdo Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi 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 TD Banknorth Deacon & Mrs. Asterio Velasco

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Mr. Charles Brown Mr. Vincent Cagnetta Mrs. Joseph Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. Edward DeLuca Mr. Joseph Hill Mr. John Lombardi & Family Ms. Carol Martindale Ms. Elizabeth Nardone Mrs. Joan Oliver Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Roncallo Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri Mr. & Mrs. John Weaver A Friend

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

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

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

VIRGINIA Mrs. Dominique Faust

WEST VIRGINIA Mr. Guy Bucci

NEW YORK Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

KENTUCKY Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

MARYLAND Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino

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he Salesian Sisters and the Partners Circle are proud to announce a new membership level, “Visionaries,” with the inaugural gift of $25,000. The Visionary level has been established by a cherished friend and supporter of the Salesian Sisters in loving memory of her late husband.

Partners Circle “Associates”

Partners Circle “Benefactors” Annual gift of $1,000 ARIZONA A Friend

CALIFORNIA

Annual gift of $750

Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

FLORIDA

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Christiansen Ms. Mary Gaine Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer

Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield

NEVADA Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Murray

NEW JERSEY Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

NEW YORK Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leahy

CONNECTICUT

FLORIDA Dr. Braulio Alonso Ms. Judith Cataldo/ The Handmaiden Foundation Ms. Caroljeanne Harkins Dr. & Mrs. Rod Jurado Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee Dr. & Mrs. Hernan Leon Mr. & Mrs. H. Tyson Lykes, II Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mace, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Major Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf Mr. & Mrs. John Oliva, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Hon. Judge & Mrs. A. Rodnite

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Michael Aquadro

NEW JERSEY Mr. & Mrs. Richard Badenhausen Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Mr. Alfonso Daloisio

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Mr. Al De Vincenzo Mrs. Joseph Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hofmann Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino 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

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

NORTH CAROLINA Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. Albert Klaben, Sr.

PENNSYLVANIA Dr. Allyson & Mr. Kevin Hardy

TEXAS Ms. Theresa C. Rauber Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Wooldridge

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 eight 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 today: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

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

ILLINOIS

Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson

Ms. Celeste Tripi

NEW YORK

INDIANA FLORIDA

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

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

Tony Amato Family The Carini Family Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. Anthony Petrocelli

NEW JERSEY

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

Partners Circle “Stewards” Annual gift of $10,000

Partners Circle “Partners” Annual gift of $5,000

NEW JERSEY CALIFORNIA

NEW JERSEY

Ms. Doriana Sobek

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Ms. Roberta Ruocco

CONNECTICUT A Friend

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

TEXAS

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

Partners Circle “Founders” Annual gift of $2,000 CONNECTICUT Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

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

MASSACHUSETTS Ms. Patti Gauthier

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 Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Mark Swartzberg

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NEW YORK

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

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he Gambetta Family of Denville, NJ, is investing in the future of the Salesian Sisters – literally – by “adopting” a Postulant, Bridgette Hanley (center), who is studying to become a Sister. Joining Bridgette are Dr. Louis Mary Judith Gambetta and their sons, Matthew and Joey.

Looking for the perfect gift for a birthday, anniversary, Baptism, First Holy Communion, wedding, – any occasion?

Then how about Adopting a Sister? It’s the gift that keeps on giving! For more information, visit www.salesiansisters.org or call toll free today: (877) OUR-NUNS!

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Millennium Mystery Making Creation New “Look! I am making the whole of creation new!” Book of Revelation 21:5

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New Year . . . a new page . . . a new beginning. Hope for better things, for better times, for a better world. “Look! I am making the whole of creation new!” This is God speaking to us.

our community that the transformation takes place. When God speaks to us of “a whole new creation,” He is speaking to us individually, beckoning us to collaborate in this awesome vision where “My chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity . . . the wolf and

Yes, we are in a new era of history and hopes are high, not only in our country, but throughout the world that this newly-elected President will set a different course, one that will lead us to be a nation of justice and peace. Many expectations have been placed in his regard and we often have many expectations . . . of others. Sometimes we may forget that justice and peace begin with each one of us, wherever we may find ourselves. It can be that we mirror the mindset of immigrants to this country at the turn of the last century. They often envisioned our streets paved with gold. However, on their arrival, they soon learned the falsity of this notion. Not only were the streets not paved with gold, they often weren’t paved at all! And, actually, they were the ones who would pave them! And this is precisely the point. Yes, our leaders have the possibility of bringing us ahead, but they cannot accomplish anything without the good will and the elbow grease of each of us so-called “little people.” The justice and peace we long for is built brick-by-brick in the humdrum of our daily lives, in the sometimes numbing routine where we live and work and “have our being.” It is in our family, our workplace, our parish,

bearers of our times. Listening to the news can be overwhelming! Evil seems to be having the upper hand everywhere. This is how it appeared to the Apostles when Jesus died and to the first Christians as well when persecutions broke out or they had to go against the negative currents of their times. Thus it has seemed in every age, and ours is no different except for the fact that the world’s suffering is fodder for the daily news we can read and hear and see right in our homes. So is God “making the whole of creation new” or not? Don’t look far and wide. Look into your own heart, your own life, your choices, your attitudes, your relationships, your business dealings. Are you letting Christ transform you? Is He living in You? Is He acting in you?

the lamb will feed together . . . They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain” (cf. Isaiah 65:23). How can this happen? How is it already happening? By enfleshing Jesus once again in our own humanity, letting Him be re-born in us. Often we hear of the heroism of ordinary people like us who forgive terrible injustices done to them or their loved ones, who return good for evil, who live lives of fidelity and perseverance, who suffer a daily martyrdom for their faith. The media gives them no publicity or notoriety. They make no headlines. Yet, these are the true builders of a new and kinder world. They restore our hope in humankind. They are the Christ-

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I close with this hope-filled, Native American prayer: The world before me is restored in beauty. The world behind me is restored in beauty. The world below me is restored in beauty. The world above me is restored in beauty. All things around me are restored in beauty. It is finished in beauty. It is finished in beauty. It is finished in beauty. It is finished in beauty. It is finished in beauty. – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

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Happy New Year! Sr. Phyllis Neves’ Letter

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appy New Year 2009! It seems that we just got used to writing 2008 on letters, checks, or other documents. Now we will need to train ourselves to change the eight to a nine. However, we are well aware that this is not the most difficult thing we will need to face as we walk into a new year. As Christians, we challenge ourselves in each new year that the Lord gives us to grow as a better person and to make our lives more meaningful. None of us wants to get stuck in a rut where our need for God and need to help others falls to the bottom of our priority list. We are aware of our responsibility to nurture: A spirit of concern for our environment, A spirit of respect for others, A spirit of generosity and love in our lives, A spirit of openness to see God at work, A spirit of truth to see ourselves as we really are – and then to accept the forgiveness God offers, so that we can make a new start, and not be burdened by the weight of the past. Over this past year we have reflected over the issues of Presidential candidates; we have consoled friends or family members who lost their jobs; we have made decisions as families to avoid unnecessary expenses so that we might share with others who have greater need.

in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:12-17). The well-remembered Erma Bombeck, in writing about how to approach a new year, asked why a baby in a diaper is the symbol for the New Year. Maybe little New Year, she writes, is supposed to be a symbol of innocence, freshness and optimism. And perhaps it is reasonable to believe that this baby in a diaper is a reminder to shed some of the baggage and old clothes of the last year. Maybe we shouldn’t have any pockets holding names of old adversaries to whom we are not speaking – and can’t even remember why. No shirts of self-pity that we’ve worn too many years without cleaning. No glasses that allow us to see all of our differences but none of our likenesses. Maybe we shouldn’t have any shoes that have walked in the same ruts of old ideas and stubborn resistance to change for too many years. No luggage to kick along that holds years of yellowed and crumbling prejudices toward people no longer alive. No neckties or scarves to choke out laughter or joy or words of forgiveness. Maybe we should be like a baby who has just entered the world ready to celebrate and live life on its own terms. Maybe this child represents newness, another chance to grow, to develop, and to learn.

“May we remember that each day of life is a gift.”

In this New Year, how do I want my life to be a sign that gives hope and courage to others? How can I be a light that dispels the darkness and fear of those whose faith is wavering?

Our world needs more than well-articulated New Year’s resolutions – it needs people who have the courage to be committed to the Good News of Jesus: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as

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May 2009 be an opportunity to recognize that the greatest gifts of life cannot be bought: the certainty of God’s love, the treasure of family and friends, the beauty of fresh fallen snow or a clear blue sky, the blessing of a New Year. May we remember that each day of life is a gift. May we be grateful for whatever God sends to us each day, and may we take time to live with meaning and purpose . . . one day at a time.

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Memorials

A Love That Lasts Forever

Sr. Mary Carone Mr. Dennis Rauchet

You can honor a cherished relative or friend with an everlasting gift of love – a memorial.

Maria Suzette Lopez Dr. Braulio Alonso

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.

Ann Marciano Mr. Arthur F. Marciano

This gift lives forever. It supports the works of the Salesian Sisters & joins your loved ones to the prayers & works of the Sisters.

Larry Orem Mr. & Mrs. Jefffrey Quinn

Received between November 5, 2008 and January 5, 2009

The name of your loved one will appear in our Partners in Giving magazine – a priceless gift to those you love. Give the gift that lasts forever. Enclosed is my Memorial/Tribute Gift of: __ $25

__$20

__$15

Sr. Philomena Martorana Mr. & Mrs. John Polletto

Joseph Parrino Mr. & Mrs. Eric Angle Mr. Michael DeLucia Mr. & Mrs. Ken Henriquez Miss Jane F. Leone Mr. & Mrs. Mark Lenker, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Parrino Ms. Mary Parrino & Ms. Rose Marie Parrino

Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Ragan Mrs. Tina Sanchez Ms. Angelina Valenti & Ms. Angela Valenti Mr. Sergio Roces Motorola, Inc. Mrs. Roxanne Marinos Mr. Matthew Poskozim Charles A. Saggese Mrs. Elizabeth Saggese Mr. Felix Sanchez Mr. Richard Alvarez Mr. & Mrs. Bob Austin Ms. Lydia Friscia Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Parrino Dr. & Mrs. Luciano Prida Hon. Judge E.J. Salcines Mary P. Sommariva Mr. Peter W. Fiero

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Tributes

Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Received between November 5, 2008 and January 5, 2009

Tribute for Name – LIVING

Occasion

Sr. Esther Cruz, FMA Mrs. Marilyn Karlich

Sr. Rosalie DiPeri, FMA McAleer Family

Please send an acknowledgement to: Name Address

My Name Address Detach & mail to: Sr. Mary Rinaldi 659 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Please make checks payable to SALESIAN SISTERS

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ou may now adopt a Salesian Sister to pray for your deceased family member or friend for one year. It is a onetime gift; the suggested donation is $160. Adoption forms are posted online at: www.salesiansisters.org, or please call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS.

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There are 365 Days to “Give Us” This Year!

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ow here’s a New Year’s Resolution: Please give us one, two, or three days out of the gift of 365! Won’t you consider it?

Yesterdays are looked upon with fondness for many reasons, being referred to not only as old but also as good. The passage of years possesses the enchanting power to erase the hardships and illuminate the happiest times. Please give us one day of the coming 365. Think of one day when you remember a person for good, old memories. We will make a special day become even more meaningful by encircling the day with prayer and special remembrance. When each day is greeted with prayer, it is affirmed as good. Saying YES to God’s plans in your life, asking for a loved one, remembering an anniversary or a birthday, a special meeting day, or a special day of grace, can all be given to the community who join in thanks, prayer, and special thoughts of you. Which one of the 365 days which God gives to us will you share with us? Thank you!

Sr. Danielle Gonzalez (right), one of our newest Salesian Sisters, enjoys spending time with Sr. Virginia Dickey and Sr. Amelia Callegarin.

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 2009 in honor of my special intention to support the Endowment for the Saint Joseph Provincial Center for our retired Sisters:

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Day

Day 1 (Month, day):

Significance:

Day 2 (Month, day):

Significance:

Day 3 (Month, day):

Significance:

Total enclosed @ $100 per day: $ ____________ Please make your check payable to: Salesian Sisters

Name Address

Telephone

Please detach & mail this form to: Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA, 659 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508

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t is often said the God works in mysterious ways. At times this is the case, but there was no mystery in our path to Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL. Our daughter, Lauren, was in the beginning of the fourth grade at another school in town when I had a long conversation with my very dear friends, Bobby and Denise Cano. They had enrolled their girl at Villa Madonna, and were tremendously enthusiastic about their choice. The Canos knew that my husband, Sean, and I had come to feel that the school where our daughter had been since kindergarten was not the best place for her formation as a young Catholic girl, nor was it fulfilling educationally or socially. Since it was already into the new school year, I decided to look into it for the next year. Sometimes making a change is difficult, even if the change is for the better. So, as the school year went on, and I had not yet investigated Villa, I was invited by another friend to a “Women’s Evening of Reflection.” In turn, I also invited a friend. The night came, and I was tired to the core that night, wanting to put on my pajamas and turn in early. However, I really felt the need to attend that night – I’m not sure why, exactly. Maybe I just felt the need for some quiet time. It did not take long for the reason to become apparent. In the social time before the Evening of Reflection began, I saw some old friends, and met a new one – Alyce Mathias. Alyce told me that night about the decision she and her husband had made to move their kids to Villa. Here again, another set of parents equally as enthusiastic about this school! Honestly, it was like God sent me there that night so Alyce could

N EWS FROM O UR M AILBAG remind me of what I had to do. In short order, Lauren and I toured the school. Every single person we passed or encountered on our tour with Linda Crosby stopped, introduced themselves, and welcomed us. Even the kids, completely unsolicited, told Lauren how great Villa was and that she should come to Villa. Neither of us had ever experienced anything like Villa in all the years Lauren had been in school. I met with Sr. Kim Keratis, the principal at the time, hopefully expecting maybe a spot for the following school year. Sean and I accepted Sr. Kim’s offer to start her right away at Villa.

most impressive group of women I have ever met. They are Villa. They are strong, kind, joyful, tireless, unstoppable women of faith that share a mission: the education and spiritual formation of children. In my eyes, they are heroes, and unparalleled role models for our children. One particular morning when we were new at Villa stands out in my mind, that I would like to share. After morning drop off, I was waiting in line to exit the property, and could hear Sr. Kim over the speakers talking to the children assembled outside. Her words were simple and straightforward, but I was so struck by them because I had never heard anyone ever address a group of school children with such kindness and directness, with such a clear set of instructions for their day. Sr. Kim said, “Children, be respectful of yourselves, be respectful of each other, and be respectful of your teachers. Be kind to each other.” Simple, right? But we should all have in our lives a “morning announcement” that reminds us of these basic principles of respect and kindness.

“Enrolling our daughter was the best decision we have made as parents.”

I can say with 100 percent certainty that enrolling Lauren in Villa was the best decision we have made as parents and, clearly, we had Divine Guidance. In the two-and-a-half years since, my husband and I have been so thankful every single day for Villa Madonna, as has Lauren. Because I believe so strongly in the Sisters’ mission, I became active in the PTC and, subsequently, the Salesian fundraising event, the Thanksgiving Basket, and have enjoyed every minute of it. In our time at Villa, we have been privileged to know and work with both the resident and visiting Salesian Sisters. The Sisters are singularly the

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Sean and I have had the joy of watching our daughter become a young lady in an educational environment that actively promotes respect, tolerance, kindness, love, and service. As I watch her grow, I see that it is with joyfulness, confidence, faith, love, and friendship. I know that she will carry these gifts with her long after she has been graduated from Villa and journeys through her life. Andrea Farrier, Tampa, FL

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It’s Time for Catholic Schools Week!

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atholic Schools Week, January 26-30, is observed all across the U.S. as a celebration of Catholic education. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Service.” Salesian schools in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Louisiana will commemorate the week with a variety of activities and Open Houses. To locate the school near you, visit our website: www.salesiansisters.org.

IMMACULATA-LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL – On November 8 the faculty and staff of Immaculata-La Salle and their families gathered for a family picnic. One of the many highlights was the Bounce House, as the smiling faces of these kids show!

In Clifton, NJ, Pope John Paul II Elementary School, with grades pre-K through 8, looks forward to a special week. On Monday, January 26, Catholic Schools Week will be launched with a prayer service where a wall globe will be surrounded with traced children’s hands, each proclaiming a different service. On Tuesday, Pope John Paul will celebrate “Service in the Community at Large” with talks given by different community service members: police, fire, nurses, and the military. On Wednesday, there will be “Crazy Socks and Shoelace Day” and an exciting game of volleyball (teachers/parents vs. grade 8), cheered on by staff and students. On Thursday, students will “Celebrate Service” by donating $1 to buy phone cards for our U.S. troops overseas and other servicemen. It all wraps up on Friday with a Mass of St. John Bosco and a special blessing for faculty, staff, and volunteers. Even the bus drivers will get a special treat!

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Salesian Youth Report ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCHOOL, PENSACOLA, FL – It is a tradition at St. John’s that the third grade class puts on a program for All Saint’s Day, November 1. The students each choose a saint to research and dress up as. Each year we have, of course, a St. John the Evangelist. There’s always a little girl who wants to portray the Blessed Virgin Mary. This year, something special happened when choosing the saints. A boy named Isaac wanted to be St. Dominic, since he was reading a book about him. When all the saints had been chosen, Isaac said to his teacher, Sr. Bettyann Martinez, “Hey! We’re Salesians now. Somebody has to be St. John Bosco!” Isaac (at right) volunteered, and he became St. John Bosco! – Mrs. Patti Wabnitz

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Academy Students Put Faith Into Action

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tudents and staff at the Academy of Our Lady High in Marrero, LA, are putting their faith into practice through service projects in the New Orleans area. The Student Council and National Honor Society worked together to help local residents in need with food and toy drives during December. The Student Council guided a drive in which students donated thousands of food items, and the National Honor Society led a drive to collect toys and clothing. Donations were given to residents of the nearby Lafitte and Barataria communities that suffered significant flooding due to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Also, the school received an $8,000 grant from the Joe W. and Dorothy Brown Foundation, a New Orleans organization that supports charitable and community projects in southeastern Louisiana. Grants support service learning projects by students who put into practice knowledge and skills learned in their classrooms. Academy projects include the making of blankets for the homeless by our Home Economics classes, and the

Accepting a symbolic oversized check from the Joe W. and Dorothy Brown Foundation on behalf of Academy of Our Lady High are: Sarah Breaux, Amanda Usey, Amy Savoie, Sr. Michelle Geiger, Stacy Thompson, and Alexandra Stoufflet.

purchase of supermarket gift cards as part of our Thanksgiving Food Drive. Thanks to the Brown Foundation grant, the 600-plus Academy students will hold their first school-wide “Week of Service” project. Needs that students will address include hunger, the environment, the sick and dying in

hospice care, housing, and the plight of abandoned animals. Truly, the entire Academy family continually answers Jesus’ call to lend aid and compassion to those who are in need. – Joseph Bordlee

Above, ninth-grader Amber Durel works on a fleece blanket. Funds from a Brown Foundation grant will produce 50 fleece blankets and pillows for homeless citizens in the New Orleans area. At left, Tina Nguyen, an Academy junior, finishes wrapping a toy for distribution to a household outside of New Orleans that was impacted by hurricane-caused flooding.

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IMMACULATA-LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL – Teachers at Immaculata-La Salle never know what to expect at their monthly faculty meetings. In November, they had a lesson in Mandarin Chinese. In December, the English Department shared outcomes of a student survey through a rousing game of “Family Feud.” The findings of the survey helped teachers understand how students best learn and what are their major concerns. Above, Stan Wexler and Monica Orelle compete as Milly Beltran cheers them on.

POPE JOHN PAUL II SCHOOL, CLIFTON, NJ – Would you like to be my pen pal? Mrs. Jennifer Melone’s first grade class recently started their Pen Pal Club. They are writing to other schools across the United States, inviting them to join “The Great Mail Race.” Students have the opportunity to learn about different cities, states, and zip codes. The first graders are using www.publicschoolreview.com to locate their special pen pals. Above, first graders Kevin Rivera, Kayla Proano, and Ruth Perez share their letters. Below, two sisters attending Pope John Paul got a jump on making delicious desserts for the holidays. Denise Gonzalez (Grade 7A) and Jonelsy Gonzalez (Grade 3A) both love cookbooks, but especially enjoy baking cakes, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. Denise and Jonelsy have many cookbooks and make sure they follow each recipe to a “t.” Here they make a “Triple Layer Coconut White Cake” from scratch, following a recipe they found in the school library. Yum!

SACRED HEART SCHOOL, DOVER, NJ – Congratulations to seventh-grader Sean Olaso, who received three awards for a poem he entered in a contest sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. The title of the poem was “Jesus, The Light of The World.” Sean won first place in the local court division; first place in the New Jersey division; and second place in the national division. Above, Bonnie Deboney, Regent of Court Dover #881 of the Catholic Daughters, presents Sean with his awards.

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Salesian Youth Report ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Sixteen students from St. Theresa School attended the Scholastic Olympics, competings with more than 10 other schools in all subjects. At the end of the day, four students (right) won prizes! Amanda Ritter took second place in Social Studies; Kristine Rivera won third place in Math, one of her hardest subjects; Rosa Cuppari won first place in Religion; and Nicholas Walker took third place in Math. Congratulations to everyone who participated! Below, St. Theresa’s Parish sure has a lot to smile about when it comes to serving the Lord. This year, there are a total of 150 altar servers, and 56 are from St. Theresa School, from grades 4 to 8. Children can train to become altar servers in high school, and there are well over 30 students who will make that transition this year. Altar servers take part in Mass on Saturdays, Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. Children even get to serve Mass sometimes twice a month. Pictured with the new servers are St. Theresa’s Principal, Sr. Theresa Samson, and the parish priests, Fr. Joseph Bejgrowicz and Fr. José Erlito Ebron.

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Centenary Calendar Save these dates! Friday-Saturday, January 30-31 Mary Help of Christians Academy Homecoming & Centennial Celebration! North Haledon, NJ Saturday, February 28 Florida Centennial Mass & Celebration St. Joseph Catholic Church Tampa, FL Sunday, March 29 Salesian Sisters’ Spring Party North Haledon, NJ Saturday, April 25 Grand Centennial Mass & Celebration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, & Gala aboard the World Yacht New York, NY Saturday, May 16 Tri-State Centennial Celebration for all Salesian Schools, Alumni, & Friends North Haledon, NJ For more information on these events, to attend, or to get involved, please call us toll free: (877) 687-6867, e-mail fmadevt@aol.com, or visit www.salesiansisters.org. We hope to see you!

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MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Siobhan Cronin, Jessicalyn Garcia, Marie Leskauskas, and Amanda Falciglia are “flipping out” over aluminum tabs and making their way to Spain! They are among 24 young people and adults who are getting ready for the next World Youth Day, to be held August 15-21, 2011, in Madrid, Spain. For many, this is a dream and once-in-a-lifetime experience. They’ve begun a huge undertaking to raise funds for the pilgrimage and making friends at the same time. They are asking neighbors, places of business, and their own parishes to save those little aluminum tabs found on soda cans, cat/dog food, etc. Then, they recycle them, making their contribution in saving the earth. Want to help them in this endeavor? Please call Sr. Maryann at 973-790-6200, ext. 140, for details on how you can help. Already, a seventh-grader, Ashley Grassia, at St. Mary School in Pompton Lakes, NJ, has joined our efforts in saving one full garbage can of tabs. Also, employees of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wayne, NJ, have contributed to the endeavor. With everyone’s help, this dream can become a reality! Thank you!

Fathers Honor Sisters!

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he Salesian Sisters received the 2008 President’s Award at the annual gala hosted by the Salesian Priests at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ. The Sisters were honored on celebrating their 100th anniversary of serving the young in the United States through grammar schools, high schools and camps. Thank you so much, Salesians!

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A New Year’s Resolution: Help A Child!

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ere’s a New Year’s Resolution to keep: please give a quality, faith-filled, Salesian School education for a child in 2009. You can make it happen by supporting one of our Endowed Scholarship Funds! Please check one (or more) on this page, fill in the details below, and mail this page with your donation in the enclosed envelope. God bless you! The Josephine Campo Scholarship Fund, est. by her daughter, Diana, to aid Villa Madonna School students, Tampa, FL.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Sr. Wilma Sanchez Scholarship Fund, est. by her brother, Arsenio Sanchez, benefits students of St. Joseph’s School in Tampa, FL.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Corrado Scholarship Fund, est. by the children, to aid a freshman at Mary Help of Christians Academy.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Rose La Malva Scholarship Fund, est. by her children, gives financial aid to freshmen at Mary Help of Christians Academy.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Robert R. Waitts Scholarship, est. by his wife, Maggie, for students at Villa Madonna School and at Mary Help.

__ Yes! I want to help!

The Joan Cullinan Scholarship Fund, est. by her husband & friends, memorializes the beauty & spirit of a September 11 victim.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Clair/Militello Scholarship Fund, est. by the Clairs, in honor of their parents, & by Fr. Benedict Militello, for Mary Help.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Frances Evelyn Grandoff Endowment, est. by her daughter, Betty, aids students with high academic potential.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Hope M. McAleer Scholarship Fund, est. by her family, will enable young women to attend Mary Help of Christians Academy.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Joseph J. McAleer Vocations Fund, named for the Partners Circle founder, est. by his family, will foster Salesian vocations.

__ Yes! I want to help!

The Dr. Leigh Grieco Cascarilla Scholarship, est. in her memory by friends so young women can pursue higher education.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Ana Maria Auxilium Award, est. by the Baldor family, to benefit students at Villa Madonna School and at Mary Help.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Mary Santa Cruz Trout Endowment, est. by her family, was the first fund to aid students at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Rev. August P. Bosio Scholarship Fund, est. to honor this Salesian priest by his friend, benefits Mary Help students.

__ Yes! I want to help! The Dolores & Victor De Lucia Scholarship, for students at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ.

__ Yes! I want to help!

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