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Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends, The magnificent stained-glass window on the cover of this first edition of Partners in Giving for 2010 depicts Mary, the Mother of God and Queen of Peace, who was celebrated in a special way on January 1, New Year’s Day. The window is located in St. Patrick Church in St. Charles, IL, where three Salesian Sisters are working hard to express our charism: to serve and educate young people. You can read more about our outpost near the Windy City on page 16. Reflecting the cover, this is a particularly colorful magazine, filled with news and events: • Once again, our friends and benefactors came through for us in a big way at our annual events in Florida (the Thanskgiving Basket Party) and New Jersey (our Christmas Party). Read all about these and share in the fun on pages 4-8.

way to communicate, sharing news, photos, and stories. See page 3. • We were blessed to welcome Mother Yvonne Reungoat, the Superior General of Salesian Sisters across the world, on her official U.S. visit. See page 12. • Need a 2009 annual giving receipt for tax purposes? Please call (973) 904-0102 or (877) 687-6867, or e-mail Believe me, the Salesian Sisters’ deepest gratitude is expressed in daily prayer. In the entire Salesian world of Sisters, we 15,000 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians offer a prayer for our friends and benefactors each and every morning. God bless you all, and a Happy, Healthy, New Year!


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Hey, Look At Us: We’re on Facebook!


he Salesian Sisters’ Development Office has launched a Facebook fan page for our growing network of alumni, friends, volunteers and benefactors to connect and keep up-to-date on happenings of the Salesian Sisters family. This page offers news updates, a calendar of upcoming events, photos, and discussion boards for you to share your memories about your experiences with the Salesian Sisters. View our fan page online at: salesiansistersdevelopment, or log on and look up “Salesian Sisters Development.” Get back in touch! See you online!

Sr. Danielle Gonzalez checks out the Salesian Sisters’ online presence on Facebook.

The Salesian Sisters’ Facebook page (above) offers news updates, a calendar of upcoming events, photos, and discussion boards for you to share your memories about your experiences with the Salesian Sisters. Get back in touch today on

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Thanksgiving Means Helping Tampa’s Kids


n November 13, the Salesian Sisters hosted the sixth annual Thanksgiving Basket Party at the Salesian Youth Center gymnasium in Tampa, FL. More than 300 guests gathered for an evening of delicious food, warm camaraderie, and exciting prizes, raising close to $70,000 to support Tampa’s kids!

Honoree Deacon Bill Diaz and family.

Most importantly, the Thanksgiving Basket Party is the occasion where we take time to honor special members of the community for their support and dedication to the Salesian Sisters and their works. Truly, 2009 was a banner year, as we were privileged to have six honorees, all of whom truly exemplified the Salesian family spirit throughout the years: Phil Alessi, Adriana Colina, Deacon Bill Diaz, Guido Maniscalco, Marco Williams, and Ray and Josie Campo (posthumously). Thank you, one and all!

Sr. Mary Rinaldi delivers her remarks about the contributions of each of the honorees to the Salesian Sisters and their works. Present are the five honorees (l-r): Marco Williams, Guido Maniscalco, Deacon Bill Diaz, Adriana Colina, and Phil Alessi. The Salesian Youth Center Teen Lounge was dedicated in honor of two dear friends of the Salesian Sisters, Ramon and Josephine Campo. Their children, Diana and Daniel (at right), accepted the award on their late parents’ behalf.

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Thank You! Margaret and Fernando Noriega of Tampa, FL, enjoy the party. Salesian Youth Center Board Members Dr. Tony Castro, Joe Garcia, and Dr. Hernan Leon.

Sr. Florine Lagace with Kathy Pedrero of Tampa, FL.

Left, Villa Madonna School students, always ready and willing to help!

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the following event and table sponsors for our 2009 Thanksgiving Basket Party. Thanks also to our supporters who contributed items throughout the year, and to those who were able to share the evening with us. We could not have done this without you! Matching Challenge Middendorf Family Foundation Platinum Sponsors Baldor Family Tony & Diana Ekonomou Maggie Waitts

Right, honoree Phil Alessi of Alessi Bakery in Tampa, FL, with his wife, Linda. Below, enjoying the party with Sr. Helene Godin are Tony Ekonomou, Lynn Wiekert, and Ed Meredith, of Brandon, FL.

Corporate Sponsors Jim Deignan Joe & Anne Garcia Dr. Rod & Aida Jurado Lee Pallardy Table Sponsors Phil Alessi Beth Ingram & Associates Barbara Byars Farrier & Cano Families Fee & Jeffries, PA Angeles Ferlita Brigid & Jason Merenda MGQ & Associates Also, congratulations to the winners of the Thanksgiving Basket Party Challenge Sweepstakes! Publix $300 Gift Card: Glenn Permuy, Sr., Tampa, FL Home Depot $500 Gift Card: Larry Lavacca, Tampa, FL

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Our Christmas Party: A Towering Success!


n December 13, the Salesian Sisters hosted their 20th annual Christmas Party in North Haledon, NJ, to benefit the financial aid fund at Mary Help of Christians Academy. The event raised $90,000 to support deserving young women from inner-city Paterson and beyond. Once again, co-chairs Pat Connors and Terry Laudone secured 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 from the tristate area and beyond joined in the fun and enjoyed the usual superb Market Basket lunch. Thank you to all our volunteers and the many friends of the Salesian Sisters who attended and donated items, helping make this our best Christmas party yet. See you on April 18 for our annual Spring Party!

Standing before the Tower of Tickle-Me-Elmos are the “elves” who make our annual Christmas Party a HUGE success: Pat Connors, and Donna and Terry Laudone.

Above, Mary Massood (center) of Wayne, NJ, brought her family and friends to the Christmas Party. Right, Alma Curcio of Commack, NY, and Peggy Corcoran of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ Left, Sr. Colleen Clair with her mother, Rose Mary.

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A happy group! Nick and Darlene Kuren and family from West Paterson, NJ.

Sr. Claire Perino, Novice Sr. Christine Scott, and her family from Edison, NJ.

Ladies who party! Rose Rinaldi, Samantha Butter, and Elizabeth Rinaldi from Union, NJ.

All smiles are the Mirra Family: Rose Marie and Albert from New Rochelle, NY, and Connie from Bronx, NY.

The Lombardi Family of Woodbury, NY, was one of many families who sponsored a party table.

Partners Circle Board Member Maggie Waitts (right) enjoys the party with Crown Roll Leaf employees and family.

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Enjoying the Christmas Party are Kevin and Allyson Hardy and their children, Ryan and Trevor, of Cresco, PA.

Thank You! A resounding THANK YOU goes out to the following event and table sponsors for our 2009 Christmas Party. Thanks also to our friends and supporters who contribute items and volunteer hours throughout the year, and to all those who braved the elements to attend our event.

Tony and Joseph Schilieri of Toms River, NJ, were among the 600 guests at the Christmas Party.

Table Sponsors Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. John W. Lombardi & Family Dr. Joseph J. McAleer Event Sponsors Anonymous Ms. Jordon Carroll Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Mr. Peter J. Garrity Ms. Toni Giordano Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Laudone & Mr. Rich Picerno Mr. Michael S. Guarnieri James Construction Co., Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Reiter Mr. & Mrs. David C. McAleer Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Papetti Dr. & Mrs. John H. Samson Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri The Sunshine Foundation

At left, the Salesian Sisters Development Office’s loyal “Tuesday ladies,” Sofia Stuart and Marge Hnath. Below, a big help at the Christmas Party were students from Mary Help of Christians Academy – proceeds benefit their school!

And congratulations to our Party Sweepstakes Winners! Nintendo Wii Console: Pete Curcio, Commack NY $1,000 Amex Gift Card Frank Mazza, Philadelphia, PA

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Partners Circle “Associates”

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

Arizona A Friend


Annual gift of $750

Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

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

Florida Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield Mr. & Mrs. Mark Spada

Nevada Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Murray

New Jersey Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

New York Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leahy Mr. John Lombardi & Family

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. Jim 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 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 Mrs. Diva 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

Partners Circle “Visionaries”


he Salesian Sisters and the Partners Circle are proud to announce a 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.

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Welcome New 2010 Members in Red!


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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Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of $500 Arizona Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

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 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 Mrs. Elsa Gutierrez-Janulionis Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Philip Rinaldi Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines Mrs. Peggy Theis Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate

Massachusetts Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Mr. & Mrs. Robert Boland Mr. & Mrs. Larry Condit Ms. Elizabeth Crovella 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. & Mrs. William Stuart TD Bank Deacon & Mrs. Asterio Velasco

New York Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Charles Brown

Mrs. Joseph Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. Edward DeLuca Mr. Joseph Hill 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

Georgia Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

Illinois Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

Kentucky Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

Maryland Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino Salesian Youth Center Board Members – and Partners Circle Members! – Dr. Tony Castro, Joe Garcia, and Dr. Hernan Leon.

Major Bequests to the Partners Circle



Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson



New York

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

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

Ms. Roberta Ruocco Ms. Celeste Tripi

New Jersey

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

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

New Jersey California

New Jersey

Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

Ms. Doriana Sobek

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

The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of Philip & Josephine Sabatine

Connecticut A Friend

Florida Mr. & Mrs. James Millar Mr. & Mrs. Lee Pallardy

New York

Texas Mrs. Betty Turner

Texas Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.

Partners Circle “Founders” Annual gift of $2,000

Connecticut Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

Florida Mrs. Janis Boyd

Mrs. Diana Campo-Ekonomou Mrs. Pilar Caso Mr. Ernest “Cookie” Garcia Dr. Idalia Lastra

Massachusetts Ms. Patti Gauthier

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

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

Pennsylvania A Friend

South Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

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Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society

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Our Mother General Pays A Special Visit


ccording to the “job description” for Mother General, she is the bond of communion and the center of unity in our Institute. She carries out her task of animation, formation, and guidance, taking as her inspiration St. Mary Mazzarello, who was a mother for each and every one of her Salesian Sisters. She is, in short, the official representative of our Institute. That Mother Yvonne Reungoat takes her “job” seriously was evident as she arrived in the United States to visit the two Salesian Sisters’ Provinces of the East and the West. From November 9-23, she was on a whirlwind tour that took her to New Jersey, New York, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, and California. She met with Salesian Sisters (FMAs) and Salesian Above, in Marrero, LA, Mother Yvonne Reungoat twirls a traditional purple, green, and gold umbrella as she marches through an ocean of blue-shirted students from Salesian Schools at a huge outdoor assembly. Left, Mother Yvonne greets Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial, and Michael Guarnieri, President of the Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle. Right, students at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, gave Mother Yvonne a colorful welcome!

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Priests (SDBs), schoolchildren from pre-school through high school, candidates, youth groups, and members of the Salesian Family in the person of Cooperators, teachers, parents, and friends. Mother conquered all with her open and affectionate way of being one with the people she met. As she moved through crowds, she was attentive to each person. She has the gift of being a listener, and everyone felt that they had encountered a new friend. Her visit, though brief, gave her a view of the U.S. that she had always yearned to visit. Wherever she went, the girls and boys were open and ready to extend helping hands in the form of donations to the missions around the world. She was unflagging in her dedication and concern for all. – Sr. Louise Passero, FMA

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Keeping Christmas Sr. Phyllis Neves’ Letter


recently found myself standing in line in the local Post Office. It was a cold and windy day, and each time another customer opened the door, there was a general flutter and shudder of packages and winter wrappings. In the background could be heard a traditional version of Silent Night. The familiar phrase from the first verse kept repeating itself in my mind and heart: “All is calm, all is bright.” I looked around at people standing in silence, shifting their weight from one foot to the other as they balanced parcels and stacks of Christmas mail. Suddenly the elderly woman standing behind me joined in with the carol that was playing, singing with all her heart. As soon as her singing reached the ears of the other customers, they began to turn and smile at one another. It was not exactly a Susan Boyle kind of voice, but it had the same sort of effect. Someone was sharing the song in her heart that had the power to drive a message home that “All is calm, all is bright.” Sometimes we try to separate the actual celebration of Christmas from all the things that are going on around us. We seem to try to protect it and to keep it from getting messy or less than perfect. Let’s just think for a moment of those Shepherds who were there for the first experience of Christmas. It is easy to remember how they left their flocks and came to the manger at the invitation of the angels. When they returned to their fields that night, and all the days that followed, they told everyone about their experience. It wasn’t about one special moment on Christmas Eve. It was about Jesus reaching into their lives with a peace and warmth that flooded their hearts and that needed to keep overflowing into the lives of others, day after day after day. Yes, all was calm and bright – because Jesus was there.

Christ has changed us somehow? Can we open our eyes to recognize the Jesus who has come to make His abode in our lives: Emmanuel, God with us? To recognize Jesus born among us is not just the experience of Christmas – it should be the experience of every day. “But there is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas . . . Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people and to remember what other people have done for you; to ignore what the world owes you and to think what you owe the world . . . to see that your fellow men are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy; to know that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life; to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe and look around for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness – are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas.

“To recognize Jesus born among us is not just the experience of Christmas – it should be the experience of every day.”

So what are we going to do, now that the Christmas holidays are over? Will we forget about Christmas when the music is no longer playing and the sales are over? Or, will we instead decide to do what the Shepherds did? Can we return to the ordinary stuff of our everyday lives, believing that the experience of the birth of

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“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 your friends love you and ask yourself whether you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts . . . are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas. “Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world, stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death – and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem . . . is the image and brightness of the Eternal love? Then you can keep Christmas. And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?” (In A Family Christmas by Caroline Kennedy) All through the New Year, go and tell everyone you meet what this Christmas celebration is all about.

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between November 3 and December 15, 2009 Kay Aquino Ms. Grace Aquino

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.

Robert Bagli Mr. & Mrs. Joseph D’Amario Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli Mr. & Mrs. Donald A. Gallo Mrs. Diva Muller Ms. Christina Garip Janet Ann Bullock Ms. Laura Bullock Helen Capinas Mrs. Lydia Grau

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

Sr. Virginia D’Alessandro Nellie Sanfilippo

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

Judith Rosalind Filson Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Joe Neal Dr. & Mrs. Robert Cano

Give the gift that lasts forever.

Arlene Permuy AAA Auto Club South Boys & Girls Clubs of America Boys & Girls Clubs Government Relations Team Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic, Inc. Mr. Robert Bach The Baldor Family Mr. & Mrs. David Bartelt Ms. Yoli Buss Ms. Peaches Clark The Conza Foundation Ms. Lourdes Cortez Ms. Denise Feser Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. Irene H. Garth Mr. John Glazebrook Mr. & Mrs. John Goslin Mr. Ronald Gidwitz Mr. Clyde Hackney Mr. & Mrs. Gary Hall Mr. & Mrs. Don Harbaugh Mr. James Hurley Mr. Len Krichko & Ms. Heather Rindels Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Kozo Marlene Maseda Lee Ms. Maureen Marfell Ms. Josephine Nabti & The Nabti Family

Enclosed is my Memorial/Tribute Gift of: ____ $25

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Memorial for Tribute for


Occasion 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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Mr. & Mrs. Donald Mills Mr. Nelson Peri Mr. & Mrs. Frank Permuy Mr. & Mrs. James Reid Mr. David Reid Mr. David Roark Ms. Phyllis Rodriguez Mr. & Mrs. Ken Rubin Mr. & Mrs. James Schwab Mr. Vincent Sciortino Seminole Tribe of Florida Mr. Tim Sheahan Mr. Glen Staron Roberta “Bobbie” Ruocco Ms. Florence Ames Ms. Rose M. Burik Ms. Madaline Holahan Mr. & Mrs. Henry Momary Ms. Pat Sisti Edward Sanger Mr. & Mrs. Larry Kaalund Mrs. Dalila Sanger Adriana Schettino Mrs. Roseanne M. Schettino Flo Scialla Ms. Grace Aquino Wilhemina Sidney The Akshar Family Marie Wenthen, First Anniversary The McAleer Family Mary Zambito Ms. Marlene M. Lee

Tributes Received between Nov. 3 and Dec. 15, 2009 Sr. Esther Cruz Mrs. Marilyn Karlich Zeno and Georgette Jacquet’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Mrs. Ann E. LaGuardia

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This New Year, Please Give Us This Day!


o you have a happy occasion you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you. Is it a time to celebrate a less than happy occasion? Our prayer for you on your special day will celebrate this event in your life. Have you someone to thank? All of us will help multiply this gratitude to that special person. Then please “Give Us This Special Day”! Any and every event or person or situation that merits special attention will be publicized on a bulletin board outside our chapel on your special day. All the Sisters, on that day, 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, also, 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? Let this exchange of time be an example of our concern and love for one another. God bless you!

At the Salesian Sisters Christmas Party, Sr. Mary Winterscheidt and her new friends enjoy the festivities.

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 2010 in honor of my special intention to support the Endowment for the St. Joseph Provincial Center for our retired Sisters:



Day 1 (Month, day):


Day 2 (Month, day):


Day 3 (Month, day):


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

Name Address


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

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Salesian Youth Report

St. Charles, Illinois, Here We Come!


ast August, three Salesian Sisters set out for St. Charles, IL, a quiet suburb of Chicago. They were bound for St. Patrick Church, a lively parish with a strong Catholic youth presence, where they were invited to come live and serve the young. True pioneers in the spirit of the first four Salesian Sisters who arrived in New York Harbor in 1908, Sr. Loretta DeDominicis, Sr. Carmen Morales, and Sr. Liz Ryan took their first steps into Illinois in faith that the Blessed Mother would guide them as they embarked on a new adventure. There are 4,500 families in St. Patrick Parish, with 500 children in the elementary school (of which Sr. Liz is vice-principal), and 2,000 children in the parish religious education Taking in the sights of Chicago aboard a water taxi are Sr. Loretta DeDominicis, Sr. Carmen Morales, and Sr. Liz Ryan. At left, the Sisters receive a warm welcome from the priests and staff of their new mission, St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles.

program, with instruction in both English and Spanish (Sr. Carmen is keeping very busy!). The Sisters have also launched a ministry for young adults, headed by Sr. Loretta. It’s a big challenge, but one the trio has accepted with enthusiasm! One month after arriving, the Sisters wrote:

“We are really pioneers out here in God’s beautiful country. The scenery is a marvel every day. We were warmly welcomed by the parish and have been very busy with our convent, cleaning, organizing, and making it homier every day. Pizza parties and barbecues have been shared with workers and helpers.

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“The school principal, Mr. Joe Battisto, the teachers, parents and children are thrilled to have Sr. Liz. Sr. Carmen is involved with Spanish Religious Education both for youth and parents in the R.C.I.A. as well as in the English religious education classes. Sr. Loretta is connecting with several adult formation groups, planning parish talks, teaching in the R.C.I.A., forming an adult retreat team, teaching Bible study on the Acts of the Apostles, and starting a faithsharing group on the Sunday readings. She is also starting young adult ministry in the parish.” By the second month, more good news arrived from Sr. Loretta:

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“I just wanted to share with you an inspiring experience we had yesterday, October 3. Our youth minister, Mr. Mike Zak, organized a trip to Holy Hill in Wisconsin. To our surprise, it was the 10th annual “St. John Bosco Youth Day,” organized by the Diocese of Milwaukee, WI, the former diocese of Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who is now in New York. It is held at Holy Hill, the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians. “In a spirit of pilgrimage we traveled by bus with our youth to Holy Hill. The Salesians from Chicago also had a bus of youth and we joined with 2,000 other youth in an outdoor tent for a day of music, prayer, talks, games, Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass. The Sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians is on the property, and we climbed the 178 stairs to the top to see the magnificent autumn landscape of the Wisconsin area. It was amazing! The sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians has our Madonna outside the church. Inside is a beautiful shrine of the Help of Christians, with Mary wearing the crown and Jesus as a boy standing before her as she, with her arms, encourages Him to go forward. “As we shared the day, we continually heard clergy and lay people speaking of Don Bosco and Mary Help of Christians. It was a realization that both Mary Help of Christians and Don Bosco are gifts to the whole Church. There is no ‘Salesian’ who organized these St. John Bosco Youth Days, but an Archbishop (Dolan) who loves Don Bosco and brought him forth as a friend for young people. We came home deeply grateful for the gift of our Salesian Charism in the Church. We are indeed blessed and reminded of our call to keep this incredible charism alive and vibrant in our Church.”

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Ministry to young people is at the heart of the Salesian charism, and teenagers at St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles, IL, have warmly welcomed the Salesian Sisters. St. John Bosco is never far from the Salesian Sisters’ hearts. The beautiful shrine at left is in St. John Bosco Church in Chicago. At right, Sr. Liz Ryan in her school office.

The Sisters hosted an Open House in their convent for St. Patrick families. The tabernacle and statues above are from St. Mary Convent in Paterson, NJ – reminders of home!

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Salesian Youth Report Villa Madonna School, Tampa, FL – The eighth graders of Villa Madonna put together a tribute to the Veterans who attended the November 11th event. For a month before, they met every day during lunch time, after school, and before school, and designed floats which signified the different branches of the services. To open the ceremony, the newly-formed “Bell Choir” of Villa Madonna performed three patriotic songs. During the presentation, those present from the different branches stood at attention. The ceremony was closed with the “Marines’ Hymn” by Villa Madonna’s Band.

Academy of Our Lady, Marrero, LA – Students from the Academy of Our Lady High School helped local families in need with a food drive prior to Thanksgiving. They filled up a flatbed trailer with cases of nonperishable food items to conclude a two-week food drive sponsored by the Academy’s National Honor Society. The food was given to the local St. Vincent de Paul Society for distribution to needy individuals in the Marrero area.

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Camp Auxilium, NEWTON, NJ – Smiles aplenty as students, parents, and Sisters participated in the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Parade. Above, Sr. Mary Louise Mazzocco waves to the crowd on the Camp Auxilium float, featuring the Nativity, which won second place in the “Best Float” category.

SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER, TAMPA, FL – Sacha Alvarez joins baseball legend Hank Aaron after receiving the “Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship – Tampa Bay,” which will pay $2,500 per year for her dance lessons and activities. Shelton Jones nominated Sacha for this scholarship through the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club. Sacha, 14 years old and in the ninth grade, started at the Salesian Youth Center when she was 9 years old. She attended Villa Madonna School from the age of 4. She currently attends Blake High School in the Performing Arts Magnet Program.

Sr. Theresa Samson and Camp Auxilium friends enjoy the parade!

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Sasha started her classical ballet training under Elsa Pardo at the Elsa Pardo Dance Center in Tampa when she was seven years old. She has attended the American Ballet Theater (2007 and 2008) and the Orlando Ballet (2009) summer intensive programs. Sasha has performed in various ballet productions such as Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker (for the Miami City Ballet), and, most recently, performed as Coppelia in the ballet production of Coppelia. She has been recognized with solo awards such as first place overall and “Hall of Fame Inductee” at Hall of Fame Dance Challenge at age 12; second place overall at StarQuest at age 12; and second place overall at Starpower and first runner up for Miss Teen at Starpower at age 13. Congratulations, Sacha! You are truly “Dancing with the Stars”!

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Salesian Youth Report ST. Theresa School, Kenilworth, NJ – St. Theresa’s hosted and was one of seven schools which participated in the Union County Catholic League’s Forensic Reading Competition. St. Theresa’s team consisted of six students (gathered at left): Sarah Ferreira, Stephanie Cabrera, Michael Batkiw, Elizabeth Tramontana, Joshua Riley, and Katelyn McCarthy. All are eighth graders, except for Joshua, who is in the seventh grade.   Three of the six participants advanced to the final round. Michael and  Katelyn were both awarded honorable mention ribbons, and Joshua was awarded second place. Well done all!

ST. Theresa School, Kenilworth, NJ – Mrs. Gorombey and Ms. Pakulsi’s eighth-grade classes at St. Theresa School held their annual Mission Fair on Halloween and raised $2,000 to help with the Salesian Missions around the world. The children were responsible for setting up carnival-like booths and running the haunted house. Much fun was had by all!

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Salesian Youth Report St. Anthony School, Hawthorne, NJ – A new elective program has brought an explosion of excitement to St. Anthony School! On Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., the announcement comes: “You may now go to your elective classes!” There is an excited hustle of movement throughout the school. Italian, chess, bowling, home economics, no-bake baking (demonstrated, at left, by these budding Julia Childs and Jacques Pepins), computers, book writing, under the sea crafts, scrapbooking, learning study skills, soccer – for one hour and 15 minutes each week, the children are enjoying an extracurricular activity that they choose. Truly, learning really can be fun at St. Anthony School! St. John the Evangelist School, Pensacola, FL – Cheering on their team was not the only thing the St. John the Evangelist cheerleaders wanted to do this past football season. The young ladies and their coaches wanted to take part in the “40 Days for Life” campaign. They made a commitment to pray at each practice for the dignity of all human life, born and unborn. They also realized that, along with prayer, they could provide their brothers and sisters in Christ with the “necessities of the body” (James 2:15-17). They decided that collecting baby food for the Alpha Center, Inc., in Pensacola would be a great way to fulfill their commitment to this cause. The young ladies were busy collecting baby food at the gates of the Catholic high school football stadium every Saturday morning. Families responded generously by donating hundreds of jars of baby food, boxes of baby cereal, and formula. Those that came without food dropped money into the boxes which amounted to $212! Coach Kristin Burke was very proud of the young ladies for thinking of their community while they participated in their sport. Three cheers, girls!

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Millennium Mystery Tripping the Light Fantastic


emember ten years ago, as the centuries reached 2000 A.D.? Predictions, prophecies, forebodings of catastrophes, computer crashes, and the end times screeched across the media, books, and sermons. Each turn of the century produces its superstitions, so curious are we to know when the world will end. Yet, here we are. The sky did not fall. The computers did not crash. The earth is still spinning and we are still on it. What continues to happen is the new beginning of each day, of each year lived in the fulfilled prophecy of the coming of the Redeemer. Jesus happens. He never ceases to happen, to be enfleshed among us. We continue to live the changeless event of a Virgin giving birth to the Divine Human Son of God, the Light of the

World. Our faith happens, that faith abounding in truths too fantastic to have been invented by the human imagination. It is 2,010 years after His coming among us, as one of us. Now, as then, the godless have not succeeded to make Him disappear from the hearts and minds of believers. Yet, each day and in every corner of the world, ordinary believers endure suffering and death to remain faithful to the God they know and trust.

for believing in God, in Christ! The blood of martyrs still flows copiously. There is another martyrdom that is not so conspicuous. A form of persecution that subtly spreads through our highly-developed nations, through our mass media, through “civil” trials, ridicule, insane laws. Hidden, powerful messages that seek to erode faith and relegate it to the sidelines, if not make it disappear altogether. Yet in this quest to make God “die,” it is we human beings who die instead.

“Jesus never ceases to happen.”

How appalling it is to know that, in this day and age of the “triumph of science and technology,” of reason and intelligence, people are persecuted

Salesian Sisters’ Business Spotlight

Eckerd Family Foundation


he Eckerd Family Foundation of Tampa, FL, founded by Jack and Ruth Eckerd, it is committed to improving the lives of vulnerable and disconnected young people so that they may become successful adults. The Foundation has invested more than $40 million over the last 10 years in Florida, North Carolina, and Delaware to enhance foster care, juvenile justice, and education programs. For over ten years, the Salesian Sisters have been truly blessed to count the Eckerd Family Foundation and its President, Joe Clark, among their friends and benefactors. In 1999, the Foundation stepped forward to help construct the Salesian Youth Center Education Building. Since then, it has supported the Salesian Youth Center as it has expanded its educational and recreational programs to serve the youth of Tampa Heights. To the Board and Staff of the Eckerd Family Foundation, thank you for your support! For more information, visit

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We are living the year 2010, another gift of time to be unwrapped, another role to act out on the stage of our life. We have another chance to give, to be, to share, to love, to witness. The Light still happens, still comes tripping into the world, illuminating our path, brightening our way. Christ assures us that we are not alone on the labyrinthine journey to keep the faith, to do good, to be Jesus for others. Jesus calls us as He did so long ago on that shore, to follow Him. He gives us the courage and strength to do so. Let us cry out with the Psalmist: O search me God, and know my heart. O test me and know my thoughts. See that I follow not the wrong path and lead me in the path of life eternal! All our strength does, indeed, come from the Lord. We are never alone. Let us “Carpe diem,” seize the day, seeing what others cannot see, dreaming dreams others cannot imagine, continuing to “trip the light fantastic” with our God! – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

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An Ideal New Year’s Resolution


t’s a New Year, filled with the promise of hope. Would you make a resolution to help a child receive a quality, faithfilled, Salesian School education? Please support one of our Endowed Scholarship Funds. Please check one (or more), 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! Sr. Wilma Sanchez Scholarship Fund, est. by her brother, Arsenio, benefits students of St. Joseph’s School in Tampa, FL.

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The Corrado Scholarship Fund, est. by the children, to aid a freshman at Mary Help of Christians Academy.

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The Rose La Malva Scholarship Fund, est. by her children, gives financial aid to freshmen at Mary Help of Christians Academy.

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The Robert R. Waitts Scholarship, est. by his wife, Maggie, for students at Villa Madonna School and at Mary Help.

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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 for their parents, & by Fr. Benedict Militello, for Mary Help.

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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.

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The Joseph J. McAleer Sr., Vocations Fund, named for the Partners Circle founder, est. by his family, will foster Salesian vocations.

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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.

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

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The Rev. August P. Bosio Scholarship Fund, est. to honor this Salesian priest by his friend, benefits Mary Help students.

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The Dolores & Victor De Lucia Scholarship, for students at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ.

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Friends at first sight, Julie Araskog of Beverly Hills, CA, and Sr. Marta Norori, a Salesian Sister from Nicaragua, shared a lovely winter afternoon in New York City, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Christmas season. In a beautiful twist of our Adopt a Sister Program, Sr. Marta even wanted to “adopt” Julie as her prayer partner!

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New Year 2010 issue of Partners in Giving, the bi-monthly publication of the Salesian Sisters Eastern Province

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