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PARTNERS IN GIVING Development Office of the Salesian Sisters • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His kindness endures forever.” It is a joy to pray these words with the Psalmist. There is very little of our known world that will endure forever. God’s kindness touches us and is reflected in our own lives when we reach out to one another in charity and compassion. Look at the face of the child on our cover, participating in Camp Auxilium’s Christmas Parade, and you’ll know what I mean! As we reflect on 2011’s accomplishments, we recall . . . • New ministries have been opened. • New candidates to Salesian religious life have arrived (see page 15). • Summer Camp Programs were filled to capacity with happy youngsters. • New technology arrived at Mary Help of Christians Academy (see page 3). • An Infant/Toddler Program was opened at Camp Auxilium in Newton. • A new Provincial Superior, Sr. Karen Dunn, took office in August (her new column is on page 13). • We received, for the second year in a row, a $50,000 matching gift for children in need.

Snow! In New Jersey! On Halloween! Winter came early to the Northeast and we lost electricity for three days over Halloween weekend. Despite the inconvenience, the beautiful snow provided some fun for our Novices, including (l-r) Sr. Alaina Zachman, Sr. Merissa Loucks, Sr. Elfie DelRosario, Sr. Keri Cole, Sr. Jennifer Kane, and Sr. Sydney Moss. Could a White Christmas be next?

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And we look forward in the New Year 2012 to . . . • Securing financial aid for even more students. • Celebrating Villa Madonna School’s 75th Anniversary in Tampa. • Securing funding for all our “Out of School Time” programs. • Funding the Resident/Dorm Program for at-risk youth. • Providing for the care of our elderly Sisters. • Securing support for new Vocations. In the name of all the Salesian Sisters, I send prayerful wishes for a Christmas filled with peace. You, our family and friends, are held on the wings of prayer. May the New Year 2012 fill your life with blessings!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012 celebrating the Feast of St. John Bosco 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon, NJ Join us for brunch, open gym for the kids, Bosco Bingo and Trivia, prizes and more! For more information, contact Harolina Estupinan: or (973) 790-6200, ext. 187, or follow us on Facebook: and on Twitter:

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Mary Helpers Bridge the Digital Divide!

Mary Help of Christians Academy students Shiann Hernandez, Chrystal Donayre, Emily Homler, Danielle Parks and Erin Lynch pay close attention as their teacher, Sr. Antoinette Cedrone, instructs them in Italian class, now using the latest language software on their brand new laptops, made possible by your generosity!


s Catholic Schools throughout our country are closing, we realize more than ever before the value of a Catholic education and the gift it is to our young people today. The 21st century has become a challenge to educators to prepare our young people to face the challenges of today’s rapidly changing society. Facing this educational challenge head-on, we reached out to our supporters to help us assure a competitive edge for the young women

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at Mary Help of Christians Academy, preparing them for academic success in both college and career endeavors. We received a matching challenge to raise $300,000 and are happy to report that we were successful. A very special donor made our vision a reality by providing laptops for each of our 380 students and improving our computer network infrastructure. The “Digital Divide” has been crossed!

We, the Salesian Sisters, in collaboration with our lay staff, remain committed to Catholic education. But we also recognize that we cannot do this alone and depend on our collaborators and generous supporters in this task of empowering our young women to make a positive impact on their families, local communities, and the global society. You are part of the good we do. On behalf of the Salesian Sisters and all of our students, Thank you!

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A True “Goodfella”!

Joe Pesci invited ten Salesian Sisters to his New Jersey waterfront home for pasta and meatballs! Enjoying the view are: Sr. Josiane Phanord, Sr. Ramona Beltre, Sr. Lise Parent, Sr.Antoinette Cabrera, Sr. Guerline Joseph, Sr. Phyllis Neves, Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin, Sr. Mary Jackson, Sr. Gemma Extremo, and Sr. Mary Rinaldi.


one of his movies!

n preparation for the 2011 fundraising Gala for Mary of Christians Academy (on the following pages), gift items for our auction were arriving. There were holiday home goods, electronics, toys, etc. . . but we were still hoping for that extra-special item – one that could not be found in a store.

To make the encounter even more special, Joe invited ten Salesian Sisters to return on a Sunday afternoon for pasta and meatballs with his family. After supper, he picked up the guitar and sang hymns to Our Blessed Mother.

We found a big one: Academy Award-winning actor and our new best friend, Joe Pesci! Joe lives in New Jersey, and Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter and Sr. Mary Rinaldi approached him for what they thought would be a simple autographing of a movie DVD and an imitation “Director’s” chair. “The meeting produced much more,” Sr. Mary recalled. “We encountered a real-life ‘good fella,’ a man devoted to his family, his country, and his God.”

Joe Pesci gave Sr. Mary Rinaldi a real Director’s chair, signed by him, for our Gala auction.

Joe signed our one movie selection and then added FOUR more movies from his personal library. As for our fake “Director’s chair,” he switched it for an authentic chair from the set of

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“What a magnificent person Joe is,” Sr. Phyllis Neves observed. “Sometimes we make judgments about a person based on what we see on the screen but, truly, they are persons with real lives, real homes, real love for family, and who are truly in touch with God. Joe is an inspiration to us all.” The Salesian Sisters have truly found a good friend in Joe Pesci. Welcome to our family, Joe!

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At Gala, Help “unmasked” for Mary Help!


n October 26, the Dames of Mary Help hosted their 10th annual gala, “A Black and White Masquerade Evening,” at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ.

from the comfort of their own seats using special iPhones. The Gala was filled with great people who deeply care about the young women of Mary Help of Christians Academy and their futures. Thank you to all for helping make the evening a success – we raised more than $200,000!

This year’s Gala honored Rosemarie D’Alessandro and The Hartgers Family of Hartgers Jewelers for their long history of actively supporting nonprofit organizations and, especially, Mary Help of Christians Academy. We had the pleasure of having Della Crews and Rick Holmes, two New Jersey News 12 TV anchors, serve as the Mistress and Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The night included a live and silent auction along with on-the-spot sponsorship in order to raise scholarship funds for Mary Help. Long gone are the days when you wrote in your bid by hand. Guests were given Bid Pal devices which allowed them to bid and donate

Gala guests were greeted by a mysterious black-and-white “masquerade” theme décor, which set the mood for the wonderment that awaited them! At right, Patricia Poldori of Haledon, NJ, and Marsha Stimola of Wyckoff, NJ, enjoyed their masks!

The Blue Jay, the Mary Help Mascot, made a special appearance, lifesize (above) and as a Beanie Baby (right). These Blue Jays were auctioned off to support student scholarships. (PHotos By lorraine corsale)

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Robert Harkins of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and Rodger Rohde of Saddle River, NJ.

News 12 New Jersey Anchor Della Crews, one of the evening’s emcees, and Sr. Phyllis Neves with Dames of Mary Help Bobbie Dawson, Beverly Rohde, and Sr. Mary Rinaldi.

Sr. Lise Parent, Principal of Mary Help, with Dr. Vincent and Dottie Bagli of Chatham, NJ.

Gala Honoree Rosemarie D’Alessandro of Wyckoff, NJ, with Mr. and Mrs. Michael Peyko of Paramus, NJ.

The Hartgers Family of Hartgers Jewelers accepts their Gala award: (l-r) Bobby, Dave, Ellen, Eva, Jack, Kristy, Alicia, Robert, Sr., Tracey, and Dave.

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Pat and Bill McLaughlin of Franklin Lakes, NJ.

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Kay Math, Diva Muller, Rosanne James, and Moira McBride Murphy, all of Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Peter and Linda Christiansen of Greenwich, CT.

Alexander Diaz and Jaclyn Ingoglia wow the crowd with their vocal renditions!

Sr. Rosemary Kean, SSJ, Tony and Phyllis Chernalis, Richard and Alice Brady, and Bob Harkins enjoy the party!

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Our well-dressed ladies wore black and white to our Black-and-White Gala!

Dick and Rosalie Stanton of Franklin Lakes, NJ.

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Beverly Rohde visits with Tony and Hilda Marmo of Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Deirdre McDermott and her sister Ann Doherty, both of New Rochelle, NY, with Sr. Anna Ragogna and Sr. Agatha Cosentino.


News 12 New Jersey Weekend Anchor Rick Holmes with Mary Help students.

Lorenzo and Carol Bevilacqua-Gentile of Hawthorne, NJ.

hank you, Dames of Mary Help! This group of women volunteer their time, energy, and talent in actively educating the local community about the importance of Mary Help of Christians Academy through special events, such as our annual Gala and public relations. Here, the Dames gather with their Chairwoman, Beverly Rohde (in front at right), Sr. Lise Parent, Principal, and Sr. Mary Rinaldi, Director of Development. The Dames include: Janet Arias, Susan Benson (not pictured), Carol Bevilacqua, Lisa Cammarota, Linda Christiansen, Maria Colangelo (not pictured), Bobbi Dawson, Rosemary DePinto, Diana Dolling-Ross, Fiona Duffy (not pictured), Patty Franzetti (not pictured), Elizabeth Harkins, Maryann Harkins, Marie Hess (not pictured), Hilda Marmo, Christina McAleer (not pictured), Pat McLaughlin, Ariane Nagrosst (not pictured), Twinkie Polizzi, Maryann Riordan (not pictured), Debbie Rohde, Rosalie Stanton, and Deirdre Ward.

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new Members! Shown in RED

There are nine levels of membership, starting at $500, and these are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group in our 20th Anniversary Year? Please call us today: (877) OuR-NuNS. Thank you!

Partners Circle “Stewards” Annual gift of $10,000 FLORIDA Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Ekonomou

NEW JERSEY Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society: Major Bequests CALIFORNIA


Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot


Tony Amato Family The Carini Family Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. Anthony Petrocelli Ms. Roberta Ruocco Ms. Celeste Tripi

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



NEW YORK Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson

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Annual gift of $5,000

The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of Philip & Josephine Sabatine



Mr. & Mrs. James Millar

Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr. Mrs. Betty Turner


A Friend


Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins

Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Weiner

NEW YORK Mr. John Cassara

PENNSYLVANIA Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

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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 annual contribution to this fund empowers the Sisters to continue their mission.

SALESIAN SISTERS’ PARTNERS CIRCLE Welcome New 2011 Members in Red!

Partners Circle “Friends”

OuR MISSION The Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle provides Financial Assistance and Volunteer Services to the Salesian Sisters and the Young People in their Care for the Advancement of Education, Vocations, and Community Life.

Annual gift of $3,000 FLORIDA Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor

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

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

CALIFORNIA Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

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

FLORIDA Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Clark Dr. & Mrs. Rod Jurado Mr. & Mrs. H. Tyson Lykes, II Mr. & Mrs. Jim Major Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf Mr. David Murphey Mr. & Mrs. John Oliva, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Hon. Judge & Mrs. A. Rodnite


Mr. & Mrs. Pete Barna Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer


Ms. Bernice Bednarz Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Mr. Alfonso Daloisio Mr. Al De Vincenzo Mrs. Rose Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell In Loving Memory of Mrs. Emily A. Hines Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mr. & Mrs. Mario Monaco Mrs. Diva Muller Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Palladino Weaver Marine Agencies

NEW YORK Ms. Lea Battiato Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. & Mrs. John W. Lombardi Msgr. William T. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. Matt Sabatine


Mrs. Janis Boyd Dr. Idalia Lastra Mr. Fredy Padovan

MASSACHUSETTS Ms. Patti Gauthier

NEW JERSEY Mrs. Pat Brizzolara Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Mr. Anthony Gulino Ms. Ida Gulino Ms. Nancy Gulino Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Laudone Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Mrs. Kathleen Medore Ms. Antonia Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone


Mr. & Mrs. Michael Aquadro Mr. Robert Reiter

Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

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




Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

Mrs. Rosaline Klaben



Mr. & Mrs. Richard Badenhausen

Dr. Allyson & Mr. Kevin Hardy

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SOUTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

Annual gift of $500 ARIZONA


Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy


Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

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

CONNECTICUT Mrs. Suzanne Kremheller Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mosey A Friend Anonymous

FLORIDA Mrs. Pilar Alonso Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Bernardo F. Arenas Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Carlos A. Baldor, Jr. Bianco & Mansfield, P.A. Mr. James J. Burrowes Mrs. Yoli Buss Dr. & Mrs. Robert Cano Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Capitano, Sr. Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro Mr. James J. Deignan Mr. & Mrs. J.C. De Lotto Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria Drs. Andrea & Sean Farrier Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia Mrs. Rose Graziano Mrs. Elsa GutierrezJanulionis Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Rene Rodriguez Mr. & Mrs. Rick Russo Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines Mrs. Peggy Theis Mr. Joseph Tomaino Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri


NEW JERSEY Dr. Tiziana Anello Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Mr. & Mrs. Larry Condit Ms. Elizabeth Crovella Dr. & Mrs. Frank De Maria Ms. Debi Debiak Dr. & Mrs. Louis Gambetta Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Captain & Mrs. Victor Goldberg Mrs. Teresa Gutto Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lechner Mr. & Mrs. Doug Leonard Mr. & Mrs. Michael Losurdo Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi

Partners Circle “Associates” Annual gift of $750

Mrs. Christine Peragallo Mrs. Ann Petrocelli Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Mrs. Amanda Rodriguez Mr. & Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart TD Bank

NEW YORK Dr. & Mrs. Michael Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Charles Brown Mr. & Mrs. kevin Clair Mrs. Rose Mary Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Ms. Claire Dell Mr. Edward DeLuca Ms. Maria Rinaldi Gasparro Mr. Joseph Hill Ms. Carol Martindale Ms. Elizabeth Nardone Mrs. Joan Oliver Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri Mr. & Mrs. John Weaver A Friend

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

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. Dan Clair

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

NEW JERSEY Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra Mr. & Mrs. Edward Korn Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Stimola

NEW YORK Mrs. Helen Leahy Mr. John Lombardi & Family

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

SOUTH CAROLINA Mrs. Sandra M. Freeman

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

VIRGINIA Mrs. Dominique Faust

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Please Give Us This Day for Christmas!


he season of giving is upon us! What better gift to give than a day of prayer? Do you have a happy occasion you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you. Is it a time to commemorate a less-thanhappy occasion? Let the Sisters help. Have you someone to thank? All of us will help multiply this gratitude to that special person. So, 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 on your special day. All the Sisters, on that day, will pray for that person/event and for the person who requests prayer for the day. Our Lord has assured us, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, I am among them.” What better assurance can we have?

Sr. Monique Huart, Sr. Fran Da Grossa, Sr. Emy De Filippi show they “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” as Sr. Mary Anne Zito eggs them on!

Let this exchange of prayer be an example of our concern

and love for one another. God bless you during this holy Christmas Season!

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 2012 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

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

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Christmas Longing Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight . . .” – J. Booth, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”


hat’s the matter? What do you want?” Without a certain sophistication, experience, and vocabulary, a frustrated and tearful child, confronted by a sometimes equally frustrated adult, will often stutter to express the inner turmoil.

The Infant in the manger brings us the remedy to all our yearnings. As St. Augustine wrote, “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You!”

When my adult world is rattled, when a day suddenly goes south, or when I sense an inner restlessness, I often pose the same question to myself, “What’s the matter? What do I really want?” Or sometimes just, “WHAT matters?” I, too, will scramble to name the agitation within.

This Infant God who entered human history enters also into our personal history. He brings the goodness, the grace, and the fullness of life and meaning to each of our days.

The Christmas cards, carols, stories, trimmings, and themes we love put us in touch with this longing. We sing of “home,” we breathe in beauty, the innocence of children, and all the wonder of the season.

May you find Him who came to heal, restore, and fill every corner of your heart with His unspeakable Presence and Peace!

Like the shepherds and kings, we follow our life’s hopes and dreams and longings. Their presence The answer, of course, “We long to touch God. at the crèche reminds extends beyond an obvious He is WHAT matters. He is the us that we will only be quick-fix solution of the “home” when we pause to moment. It reaches into the complete answer to the aches and contemplate this God who heart and soul. longings of our heart.” is within us and Who loves us infinitely. What we all long for, what really matters, is answered simply for each of us: It is an uncomplicated yet deep reality. It does not It is God. We long for that God who created us require sophisticated vocabulary, just the silence of in His Likeness, that God Who is Infinite Love, awareness, the faith and simplicity of a child. Boundless Goodness and Beauty, and Who dwells within us. We yearn to fill in that “God-shaped We long to touch God. He is WHAT matters. He hole” left in each of us that only He can fill. is the complete answer to the aches and longings of our heart. “Why do You let us wander, O Lord ? . . . Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down May this season allow you to touch and embrace with the mountains quaking before You while You the yearning for God within you. May your Christwrought awesome deeds we could not hope for . . .” – Isaiah 63:17; 64:1-3 mas be filled with all the beauty of the Season.

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between October 1 and December 2, 2011

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 joins your loved ones to the prayers of we Salesian Sisters and supports our good works. 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

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Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for Name – LIVING

Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to: Name Address My Name Address

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Maria Dolores Bastianelli Mr. Tito Bastianelli, Jr.

Yolanda Ottaviano The Guarnieri Family

Fr. Clement Cardillo Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sprich

Hope Paddock Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Bertani

Magnus J. Fields, Jr. Ms. Alice R. Fields

Charles A. Saggese Mrs. Elizabeth H. Saggese

Magnus J. Fields, III Ms. Alice R. Fields

Angelo Santorella Mr. & Mrs. Gus Santorella

Helene Guella Mr. & Mrs. John Ditzel Ms. Noreen Saywell

Annette Vallejo Cañalejo Diana Almeida Angelia Antinori Tina Fink Mr. & Mrs. Dan Tedrick

Ruth Hardy Ms. Grace Aquino Luz Maria Jimenez Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Joseph F. Kennelly A Friend Mr. & Mrs. John J. Carroll Mr. & Mrs. Nathan McClintic Mr. & Mrs. John J. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Noone Salesian Sisters Eastern Province Ms. Joan Weinmann Mr. & Mrs. Mark Woerner Catherine Mansfield Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Walsh

Tributes Received between October 1 and December 2, 2011 Rev. Alfred Kowalski Mrs. Millie Galasso Maryann Patire Ms. Kathy Adamczyk Bob VanZanten Ms. Kathy Adamczyk


he Salesian Sisters extend their deepest condolences to Sr. Teresita Teran on the passing of her mother, Esther, in Paterson, NJ, on November 27. She was 85. Dear wife of Sequndo Teran, Esther (née Viejo) was predeceased by her daughter, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Esther’s memory to the Missionary Society of the Salesian Sisters, 655 Belmont Ave., Haledon, NJ 07508, Attn: Sr. Suzanne Dauwalter.

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he Salesian Sisters extend their deepest condolences to Sr. Clare Kennelly on the passing of her father, Joseph, on September 16. He was 97.

Joseph F. Kennelly was born in 1914 in Seattle, WA, to the late John and Anna Vondersaar Kennelly. He was a long-time member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, a member of Toastmasters International, and a member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Old Timer’s Club where he was the last living Indianapolis 500 Riding Mechanic and the last living pre-World War II race participant.

Joseph was the widower of Rosemary Joan Kennelly, to whom he was married 67 years. He is survived by his children, Joseph “Ford” Kennelly and his wife, Jane; Glenda Kennelly; Kevin Kennelly; Sr. Clare; Brian Kennelly and his wife, Stacy; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his sister, Joan Woerner; and brother, Robert Kennelly. “Something that always made Dad very happy and grateful was when I would let him know that the Sisters and I were praying for him and the family,” Sr. Clare said in her eulogy. “He’d say, ‘Oh, that’s great. Tell them I said, Thank you!’”

Auto racing people tend to puff out their chests, but Joseph “was very down-to-earth,” said Donald Davidson, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s historian. “He didn’t have a swagger.”

Memorial contributions may be made to Fishers YMCA Active Older Adult Programs or to the Salesian Sisters’ Retirement Fund.


n October 7, seven young women – two from the Western Province and five from the Eastern Province – were joyfully received into the Postulancy (the first official commitment before the Noviciate) and they received their medals of Don Bosco and Mary Help of Christians. This day marked the next step in their journey towards religious life and their willingness to seek God in every aspect of their lives by becoming a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians. In doing so, they have committed to follow the Salesian charism in the footsteps of St. John Bosco and St. Maria Domenica Mazzarello on a path so clearly marked and guided by the gentle hand of Our Lady, Immaculate Help of Christians. Ana Ramos (East), Ashley Kleist (East), Lindsay Durham (West), Megan Zeugner (East), Marianne Giovingo (East), and Theresa Khong (West), joined by Stephanie Donham, already a Postulant of the East, entrusted this year of their lives, with big hearts and open arms, to Mary, to their Provincials (Sr. Karen Dunn,

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The new postulants from the Eastern and Western Provinces offer grateful words of thanks after receiving their medals, as they take their first official steps in their Formation as Salesian Sisters.

Eastern Province, and Sr. Patricia King, Western Province), and to the Salesian Family. The ceremony was marked by the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and took place during Evening Prayer at St. Dominic Savio Church in Bellflower, CA. Beautiful hymns were sung to Our Lady as various members of the Salesian Family gathered to celebrate this wonderful occasion.

“We are so blessed to have so much loving support and inspiring examples to guide us on our journey of holiness, which each of us is called to,” says Megan. “It is with hearts full of genuine love for God that we began. We hope, God-willing, to continue to First and Final Profession, answering God’s call with the same ‘Fiat’ as Mary did.” God bless you all!

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Salesian Youth Report

IMMACuLATA-LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL – October 13 marked the first annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction ceremony for Immaculata-La Salle High. These deserving individuals were not only exceptional athletes in their high school careers but are upstanding citizens in our local and global communities today. Our inductees, who gathered for a group photo, include: 1963, Gaston Arellano; 1964, Bob Koziol; 1966, Tom Koziol; 1964, Roberto Espin; 1965, Maximo Alvarez; 1968, Robert Chisholm; 1970, Tom Vrabel; 1973, Wilbert Johnson; 1973, Mary Anne Lukacs; 1974, Bill Balanag; 1975, Dino Galardi; 1975, Manny Fernandez; 1976, Alberto Carbonell; 1976, Mario Carbonell; 1976, Charles Ferguson; 1977, Carlos Abaunza; 1977, Bill St. Pierre; 1978, Mercy Valdes; 1979, Marti Acosta; and 1979, Lucy Iglesias-Del Toro. On November 20, Immaculata-La Salle High celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the opening of La Salle. Originally, Immaculata Academy (opened in 1958) and La Salle High (opened in 1961) were for girls and boys, respectively. The Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski (left), was attended by current students, alumni, faculty, and members of the community. The Mass was followed by the dedication of the original La Salle building in honor of Msgr. Bryan Walsh, the “father” of the “Operation Peter Pan” movement from 1960 to 1962 when children left Cuba without their parents and came to Miami to escape the new regime. Some of these children studied in the first La Salle class in Miami. The building will be renamed the Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh Humanities Pavilion.

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Salesian Youth Report St. Theresa School, Kenilworth, NJ – The Student Council recently organized a collection of clothing for the Lupus Foundation. The organization sells the clothing and donates all proceeds to the Foundation. Below, Sr. Emy DeFilippi, Principal, congratulates the organizers (l-r): Student Council President, Conchetta Aronowitz; Treasurer, Alexa Karp; Secretary, Mark Liberal; and Vice President, Ulysses Reyes.

ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, Marrero, LA – The Academy’s Right to Life organization, along with some junior and senior students, joined together to pray for the end of abortion during the 40 Days of Life campaign held on campus during the months of October and November. On November 4, students and their moderator, Mrs. Doris Bridges, attended a day-long prayer vigil at an abortion clinic in Metairie. From the early morning until after lunch, the group marched and prayed in solidarity for an end to abortion. Praying the Rosary are Academy seniors Brianna Melanson, Erica Ranson, and Shelby Leonard.

St. Anthony School, Hawthorne, NJ – Students and faculty participated in “Well Read Day” as part of their Red Ribbon Week anti-drug program. Tying into the school’s year-long focus on good reading practices and literacy, students in grades Pre-K3 through 8th engaged in independent and buddy reading activities. The children also donated gently-used books to Read Now. Joining in the fun were (l-r) Victoria DiIenno, Lia Struck, Aniella Morgan, Angie Oscanoa, Katarzyna Petelski, and Clara Peer.

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Giving Thanks for a “Basket” of Love!


ovember 5th was an exciting day at the Salesian Youth Center Gymnasium in Tampa, FL. The eighth annual Thanksgiving Basket honored two very important founders of the Salesian Youth Center, Msgr. Laurence Higgins and Sr. Theresa Kelly. It was a great evening full of food, wine, and Flamenco dancing donated by Columbia Restaurant. Prize baskets and silent auction items were donated to add to the fun for the

evening, as well as Home Depot and Publix gift card sweepstakes drawings, both of which were won by Mrs. Natalia Penella! Thank you to everyone who supported the Thanksgiving Basket once again by being a sponsor, donating items, and attending this wonderful event. We appreciate your helping us to raise over $87,000, all of which will go to the Salesian Youth Center and Villa Madonna School!

Maria Cacciatore, 7th grader at Villa Madonna School, performs with the Flamenco dancers of Columbia Restaurant. At left, Sr. Theresa Kelly expresses her love and gratitude for being honored. At right, good friends Sophia Montero and Colleen Duffy of Tampa check out their winnings!

Mario Quevedo Jr., Zenaida and Roger Abreu, and Richard and Natalia Penella, all of Tampa, are ready for the party to begin!

Chairlady of the Thanksgiving Basket, Dr. Andrea Farrier, enjoys the party with her daughter Lauren and Sr. Danielle Gonzalez.

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Sr. Maryann Schaefer enjoys the party with her Adopters, Gus and Courtney Santorella of Jensen Beach, FL.

Joe Garcia (center) shares a moment with Honoree Msgr. Higgins and Richard Gonzmart of the Columbia Restaurant.

Thank You to Our Thanksgiving Basket Sponsors! Matching Challenge Middendorf Family Foundation Event Sponsor The Columbia Restaurant

Sylvia and Carmen Mohai of Spring Hill join Jamie McGrogan, Liz McGrogan, and Dr. Bill McGrogan of Tampa for the party.

Ray and Marlene Prendes, of Odessa, FL, with son Daniel and friend Natalia Artz, of Tampa.

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Platinum Sponsors In Loving Memory of Ana Maria Baldor-Bunn Tony & Diana Ekonomou Corporate Sponsors Anonymous Jim Deignan Fee & Jeffries PA Kinney Fernandez and Boire, PA Joe & Anne Garcia Beth Ingram Therapy Services Dr. Rod and Aida Jurado Dr. Bill and Jamie McGrogan Table Sponsors Barbara Byars Farrier and Cano Families Franco & Franco PA Cookie Garcia Kiwanis Club of Tampa/Joe Tomaino Brigid and Jason Merenda In Loving Memory of Alice Oliva US AmeriBank

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The Joy of Teaching in a Salesian School

What a Gift Our Children Give Us!


t is a privilege to educate God’s youngest children in the faith at Camp Auxilium in Newton, NJ. The Salesian Sisters minister to children ages one to six years, and are blessed to be able to lay a strong foundation in their faith lives. Each morning I have the pleasure to share the Good News of God’s love with the Pre-K children. Once a week I open the chapel doors so they can greet Jesus in the tabernacle. They look at the tabernacle with wonder and rapt attention, probably trying to imagine how He fits inside! I tell them we know Jesus is home because the candle near the tabernacle is lit. They fold their hands in prayer and whisper such prayers as, “I love you, Jesus. Take care of my mommy and daddy. Thank you for my dog.” We wave good-bye to Jesus and blow Him a kiss just before the chapel doors are closed. It is truly an experience of their great trust and faith in God. One mother told me when she took her little four-year-old girl to Sunday Mass, Madison pointed to the tabernacle and said, matter of factly, “Look Mom. That’s Jesus’ house. They’re lighting the candles. That means Jesus is home.” The faith of small children is real and trusting. They don’t question the mysteries, but readily accept them. They know God lives in their hearts, His favorite house. They know God loves them as wide as their arms can spread, and then some. They know they can help God take care of poor children, and so they bring canned good for the Thanksgiving Food Drive, toys for the Christmas toy drive, and lots of pennies for victims of natural disasters. It is with great

Sr. Theresa Samson with one of her happy students at Camp Auxilium.

the prayer before meals, and since then have made it their nightly ritual.

pride and joy that they say their names and tell the assembly what they brought to share with those in need.

The natural goodness and innocence of children make them receptive to the things of God. They can imagine His tremendous love, and allow it to touch their hearts. When they learned that Mary is the Mother of Jesus, they pretended to rock Him in their arms like she did, with great tenderness and care. They looked at a picture of Mary Help of Christians holding little Jesus, and smiled, because they know how their own mothers love them. This easily helped them accept Mary as their mother. A child said, “I have two mothers. My mother, and Mother Mary.”

As we prepare for our Christmas program, the children learn the songs, “I Love You, Lord,” and “Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus.” Parents come to watch them practice, and many are deeply touched by the warmth and sincerity on the little ones’ faces as they sing and use sign language. Many parents tell us they know what the children are singing in pre-school because they sing the songs over and over again at home. As the school year began, the children learned the prayer before meals. Several parents said their child would not let the family eat dinner until everyone prayed. One child told her family, “We can’t eat yet. We have to say prayers first.” And so the whole family joined the little girl in saying

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What a gift the children at Camp Auxilium receive! And what a gift these little ones give to all of us! Truly we are all on the journey of life together, helping one another walk to Jesus, day by day. – Sr. Theresa Samson, FMA

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ST. PATRICk’S CHuRCH, ST. CHARLES, IL – Congratulations to Sr. Carmen Morales (below), who was given the Bishop O’Neill Award for Catholic Excellence! Sr. Carmen was selected for her love and dedication to spreading the Good News in English and Spanish to the children, teenagers and adults of St. Patrick’s Church for the last two years.

VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – On November 22, the sixth grade participated in a class service project. They went to Metropolitan Ministries, which is an organization that cares for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in our community. The day the class went was a day of food distribution, when families come to shop for Thanksgiving. The students helped by sorting food that had been donated, stocking shelves with food for the shoppers, sorting clothes in the thrift shop, and preparing food in the kitchen. They worked in the spirit of St. John Bosco as “good Christians and honest citizens” helping the poor. I am so very proud of our students. I believe that many returned with a deeper appreciation of the gifts that God has given them. – Mrs. Rita McNeil, Religion Teacher

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Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club, Tampa, FL – On October 28, 30 members of the University of South Florida Track and Field team raced over to the SYC to volunteer for the SYC Fall Festival. Under the leadership of Coach Lissa Olson, the USF students led the SYC children in fun activities like games and face painting. They even used their cell phones to look up any designs the kids asked for! It was the best party ever in true Salesian Spirit. Thank you, USF, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Immaculate Conception School, Marrero, LA – Fifth graders took time after the first nine week exams to introduce the kindergarten students to the Accelerated Reader program, a school-wide program that monitors a student’s reading comprehension and encourages the students to read. Students read to the kindergarteners and helped them take an online comprehension test for their selected book. Above, Ismael Reyes assists his younger brother, Bryce, at the computer.

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very year, Pat and John Connors (the turkey and the Pilgrim, respectively, at right!) and Terry and Joe Laudone (she’s the Indian in the middle), all of Wyckoff, NJ, bring the holiday spirit to St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Haledon, NJ, with costumes, Halloween Bingo (above), and tasty treats! This year, all the Salesian Sisters got in the spirit, and a grand time was had by all! Thank you, Pat, Terry, John, and Joe!

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Christmas 2011 issue of Partners in Giving Magazine, the bimonthly publication of the Salesian Sisters Eastern Province

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