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Partners in GivinG Development Office of the Salesian Sisters • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter

Save The Dates! Salesian Sisters’ Jubilee Celebration Sunday, July 8, 2012

Dear Friends, Can you believe Summer is here?! The end of another wonderful, enriching Salesian School year brings new excitement among the Salesian Sisters as the Summer Camp season is upon us. The young camper on our cover has no problem balancing and keeping 7 hula hoops in perfect motion – just like our Sisters and Camp counselors who will keep 8 Summer Camp programs in perfect motion, through the goodness and generosity of friends like YOU! We look forward to a joy-filled summer. Some news to report:

11:00 a.m. Mass St. Joseph’s Chapel North Haledon, NJ 12:30 p.m. Dinner The Tides North Haledon, NJ For more information and tickets, please call the Development Office: (973) 904-0102

• Speaking of Camp, we have been given a $50,000 Matching Gift Challenge again this year. Will you help us meet this, so that even more boys and girls can have a fun summer? See page 3. • It’s time to celebrate our 2012 Jubilarians with a Mass of Thanksgiving and Dinner on July 8! Please join us to honor our six Sisters, who are featured on page 4. To RSVP, call (973) 904-0102. • There has been a steady growth in our Partners Circle membership. Thank you one and all! Because of the Circle’s unrestricted funds: • We have new windows in the 1960s children’s cafeteria at Mary Help of Christians Academy (Now all we need is a cool summer breeze!). • A pilot classroom at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, using iPads for math class. • Funding for the Vocation office supporting our young candidates in formation to become Salesian Sisters. For more information on how to join the Partners Circle, see page 9. Please receive heartfelt thanks for your faith-filled support of our Sisters and our mission to the young. Wishes for a safe and blessed summer! For more information, please call the Development Office: (973) 904-0102

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$50,000 Matching Gift for Summer Camp!

As we were going to press, I received the call from a certain family foundation in Florida. I am ecstatic to report that, once again, we have a matching challenge to double each gift for kids up to $5O,OOO! This is truly our summer miracle! Please help us reach this goal because, when we double the gifts, we double the blessing. Thank you, Sr. Mary - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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ast forward to Sunday, July 8, 2012, the day we will dedicate to our dear Sister Jubilarians. We are proud of them and of their joyful, serene perseverance. They are shining examples that faithfulness and promises kept are a reality possible, even today! Thus we sound the trumpet for Sr. Claire Perino’s 65 years; Sr. Jeanette Puglisi’s 65 years; Sr. Mary Palladino’s 60 years; Sr. Anita Durocher’s 50 years; Sr. Helene Godin’s 40 years; and Sr. Eileen Tickner’s 25 years. Their fidelity adds up to 305 years of loving service and continued “Yes” to God’s call in our Congregation and in the Church. Look for their stories and photos in the next Partners in Giving. – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior (left), and Sr. Pauline Joss, Animator (right), gather with the 2012 Jubilarians in the Chapel of St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ: Sr. Claire Perino, Sr. Jeanette Puglisi, Sr. Mary Palladino, and Sr. Anita Durocher. Missing from the photo: Sr. Eileen Tickner and Sr. Helene Godin.

News from Adopters Like You!


Sr. Mary Anne Zito with her Adopter, Ann Gilbert of Scottsville, VA.

on’t you consider Adopting a Sister? Join our friends of all faiths who have experienced the transforming power of prayer and loving friendship every day of the year. Whether the Adopted Sister is for yourself, a family member, or a friend in need of spiritual strength, you will find comfort knowing that intentions will be remembered each day by your spiritual prayer partner. Please complete the form below, or to learn more, visit us online at or call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you, and God bless you!

Tim, Christina and Alexis Noonan of Beverly Hills, CA, love their Adopted Sister, Sr. Mary Rinaldi!

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Smiles Galore at Our Annual Spring Party!


n Sunday, April 22, over 500 friends of the Salesian Sisters came together to join in the fun at the annual Spring Party, which raised over $70,000 in much-needed financial aid for the students of Mary Help of Christians Academy. Emcee, Sr. Mary Rinaldi led the festivities that included raffle baskets of all sizes, a live auction hosted by guest auctioneer Michael Losurdo, and a delicious lunch catered by The Market Basket of Franklin Lakes. Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Spring Challenge Sweepstakes! $250 VISA Gift Card: Andrea Casale of Wyckoff, NJ, Mary Help Class of 1970! Apple iPad: Kathleen Dubbels of Clifton, NJ.

Above, joining Sr. Domenica and Sr. Rosalie Di Peri are Helen and Anthony Santoro and friends, Mrs. Rosemary Clair, and Joseph and Toni Scillieri. Left, our guest auctioneer, Mr. Michael Losurdo of Saddle River, NJ.

Special thanks to our tireless planning committee, our volunteers, and all who helped make the day a success for the students of Mary Help of Christians Academy. See you next time!

Below, congratulations to Marsha Campbell-Young & Family, winners of one of our “Super” prizes, a 46” flat screen TV!

The winner of the 50/50 raffle is . . . Sr. Anna Ragogna! Celebrating with her are friends Darlene Laino-Kuren, Linda Laino, and Nick Laino.

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“And the winner is . . . !� Joined by Mary Help of Christians Academy students and Salesian Sisters Candidates Laura Boden and Julie Watts , Sr. Mary Rinaldi commands the stage!

At right, Sr. Arlene Rubino and her family enjoyed the party! At left, Sr. Mary Anne Zito with Joanne Rinkus, Irene Portali, Ro Oliveri, Clare Ledwith, Rose Kauvlich, and Annette Ledwith.

Gathered around a table at the Spring Party are Segundo Teran, Sr. Teresita Teran, Sr. Mary Louise Mazzocco, Catherine Hogel and family, Sr. Antoinette Cabrera, and Fr. Richard Bay.

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“Dames” Honor Women of Distinction


owerful women, positive energy, and a touch of retail therapy can make for a very productive and happy Tuesday! Such was the case on May 1 at the inaugural “Women of Distinction Luncheon,” hosted by The Dames of Mary Help of Christians Academy, which took place at The Brownstone in Paterson, NJ. Featured guest speakers, CBS News Anchor

Kristine Johnson, Table to Table’s Claire Insalata-Poulos, and Dean and Associate Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Lisa M. Dolling, gave riveting talks about striving to attain goals, the power of education, and the importance of giving back to the community. The first-time venture proved to be a successful endeavor in an effort to

Our three guests of honor: Dr. Lisa Dolling, Kristine Johnson, and Claire Insalata-Poulos.

introduce the Mary Help junior class to “women of distinction” and open an extensive network of possibilities. Among the vendors who participated were Mango Jam, Town & Country Apothecary, and Pizzazz Jewelry and Accessories. It was both fun and fulfilling for all present! – Deirdre Ward

Diva Muller of Franklin Lakes, NJ, visits with Mary Help of Christians Academy students.

Above, Sr. Lise Parent, Dottie Bagli, and Sr. Mary Jackson. At left, our fabulous Dames of Mary Help, who organized the Women of Distinction Luncheon. Thank you, ladies!

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new Members so far in 2012! Shown in RED


There are nine levels of membership, starting at $500, and are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group in this, our 21st Year?  Please call us today: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society Major Bequests California

Dorothy Thomas Foundation

Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Illinois Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson



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

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

New York

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

New Jersey Tony Amato Family

Partners Circle “Visionaries” Annual gift of $25,000 New Jersey In memory of Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Church, Jr.

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

New Jersey 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

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Welcome New 2012 Members in Red!

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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: To Provide Financial Assistance and Volunteer Services to the Salesian Sisters and to the Young People in their Care for the Advancement of Education, Vocations, and Community Life.

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle

Welcome New 2012 Members in Red!

OUR MISSION: The Partners Circle provides Financial Assistance and Volunteer Services to the Salesian Sisters ...

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


A Friend

Mr. & Mrs. James Millar

Partners Circle “Friends”

Marianne O’Doherty

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

Missouri New Jersey 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. Anthony J. Carroll Mr. John Cassara

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 Frank & Pat Middendorf Mr. David Murphey John & Lydia Oliva Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Hon. Judge & Mrs. A. Rodnite

Georgia Mr. Robert Reiter

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

New Jersey Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Mr. Alfonso Daloisio Mrs. Rose Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mr. & Mrs. Mario Monaco Mrs. Diva Muller Weaver Marine Agencies

New York Ms. Lea Battiato Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. & Mrs. John W. Lombardi Msgr. William T. Rodgers The Sabatine Foundation

Pennsylvania Allyson & Kevin Hardy In Loving Memory of Sr. Adeline Salvetti

Partners Circle “Founders” Annual gift of $2,000 California Mrs. Maryann Roman

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

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

New Jersey 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 Kathleen & Vic Medore Ms. Antonia P. Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone

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

Pennsylvania A Friend

South Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

Partners Circle “Members” Annual gift of $500 Arizona


A Friend

Mr. John Keller



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

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


Dr. Tiziana Anello Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Ms. Bernice Bednarz Larry & Mary Anne Condit 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. Michael Losurdo, Sr. Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Goin Mrs. Suzanne Kremheller Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Mosey A Friend Anonymous

Florida Kenneth & 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 Gutierrez-Janulionis 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 Jones Theis Mr. Joseph Tomaino Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate

Georgia Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

Illinois Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

New Jersey

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 Michael & Jeanette Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Charles Brown Kevin & Kathy Clair Mrs. Rose Mary Clair Terence & Patricia Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Ms. Claire Dell Ms. Maria Rinaldi Gasparro Mr. Joseph Hill Mr. Walter Lazarcheck 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. Chester F. Michewicz, Jr.

Ohio Mr. & Mrs. Dan Clair

Florida Mr. Declan Mansfield Fred & Anne Michaels 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 Anonymous

Texas Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

Virginia Mrs. Dominique Faust Mr. Michael Maurer

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Welcome New 2012 Members in Red!

... and to the Young People in their Care for the Advancement of Education, Vocations, and Community Life.

Please Give Us A Special Summer Day!


s the summer months begin, the Salesian Sisters’ thoughts turn to retreats, camps, change of occupation, and some relaxation time. Always our friends are included in the plans we make. The Sisters would like to share one day of the summer remembering a special occasion in your life. Not only will you receive the prayers of the Sisters’ community for one whole day, according to your intention, but your particular intention will be displayed on the bulletin board in front of the chapel. Choose a special summer day when you ask the Sisters to remember a significant event that happened on a summer day and for which you thank God in a special manner. We join in the celebration with prayer, love, and gratitude for you and your remembrance. Thank you, and God bless you!

Dick and Barbara Grady of Westwood, MA, made a surprise visit to see their Adopted Sister, Sr. Claire Perino, at the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ.

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 2012 or 2013 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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The Trained Eye Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


ime, agendas, and calendars. Sometimes they push out over a four-year period. They can also push us along a superficial road of appointments and events. We might find ourselves wrapped up in an “unexamined life” that Socrates once bemoaned as “not worth living.”

you came into the world I consecrated you to the Blessed Virgin Mary. When you began your studies, I taught you this devotion. Now I want you to belong completely to her. Take as your companions those who are devoted to Mary,” she advised him.

In big and little projects, with children who had The heart sees rightly. And the trained eye in the playground issues, or with schools with big problems, heart knows that life is not a linear string of causeDon Bosco continued his practice of acknowledgment and-effect events. There is an infinite and gratitude by referring them always depth in every life; and there are no to the loving heart and help of Mary. “There is an infinite “coincidences.” The Divine is everAfter signing the contract for the depth in every life, present and ever-intervening. Each Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, moment and each day are part of the he made his first payment. To the and there are no great story of God gathering me – and bewilderment of the builder, his hands ‘coincidences.’” all of Creation – to Himself. opened to reveal just a few cents. “Don’t be alarmed; the Madonna In a world that has little patience for reflection, the will see to the payments for her church. I am just her Little Prince reminds us to look at our everyday instrument – her cashier,” he said. Success? It was happenings with the heart, so that the essential beauty Mary’s. Donations for this enormous project came in and the Presence of the Invisible God is revealed to us. as friends asked for prayers, graces, and favors. “We can truly say that every stone is a grace of Mary Help How does one teach the eye of the heart to see these of Christians,” Don Bosco added. divine realities? St. John Bosco might suggest this: though prayer and gratitude. To his friends and to the young, Don Bosco would urge: “Be devoted to Mary most holy; frequently call on Don Bosco trained himself to an awareness of the Her. Never was it known that anyone who confidently presence of the invisible God and the Madonna. His had recourse to her was not promptly heard.” mother, Margaret, taught him early on the Catholic tradition of praying the Angelus. In this “lifting up of During the last months of his life, Don Bosco was the mind and heart to God” at regular stops in the to break down in tears several times while saying his day, Johnny also learned the prayer of awareness. Mass at another great church that he struggled to “God sees you and loves you,” Margaret reminded complete, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Rome. him. Each night as he said his prayers, he linked the “In time you will understand everything,” Mary had day’s work, issues, challenges, and activities to God’s said to him in that childhood dream. At that moment and Mary’s intervening hand. They were the invisible, in his advanced age, he saw more profoundly the but very real, Presences always near him. whole picture. The trained eye within him understood. And as John grew, we might say he learned to “give credit where credit is due.” In the dream he had as a child, which helped give direction to his entire life, Mary was his teacher. Taking his lead from Mamma Margaret, he trained the “eye of his heart,” always acknowledging Mary’s presence in his life. “When

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Prayer and gratitude. This basic training of the eye within us brings fullness of life. As we might recount the day or year’s events, or map out our appointments and vacation days, we will see rightly. We will know the joy of being accompanied by the Divine. Let’s not miss the Essential!

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Memorials Received between April 6 and June 1, 2012

Jean Altamura Mrs. Madeline Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Leonard J. Altamura & Family: Zia Rina, Anna, Antoinette, Dean, Michael, Janette, Pat, and Pattie Mr. & Mrs. Louis A. Cassella Mr. & Mrs. Ira Goldklang Mrs. Kathrine Crane & Children The Setzer Family The Lorencz Family Mr. Paul S. Barbire The Staff of Councilman Altamura at Wood Ridge Boro Mr. & Mrs. Robert Thompson Ms. Eleanor Redden & Mr. Patrick Curran Sr. Gerard Barattino, FMA Ms. Josephine Petrillo Ms. Francine & Mr. Frank Rigolioso Mrs. Dorothy Corriere Ms. Nancy Corriere Dr. Joseph McAleer Ms. Louise Roberge Ms. Joan Oliver Mrs. Madeline Lami Mr. & Mrs. William Corriere Jr. Mr. Francis Caradonna Anna Cords Mrs. Theresa Kielar Rosario Coscia Salesian Sisters Ana Maria Cuttle Mrs. Christina Weldon Mrs. Dorothea Barcelo Mrs. Cynthia B. Burns Mrs. Yvette K. Reyes Mrs. Joanna D. Henriquez Mrs. Mary Lee Oldenburg Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church Early Childhood Center Ms. Julie T. Brantley Mrs. Margaret Hearne Mrs. Margot O’Neill

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Sr. Christine Hellen, FMA Ms. Sarah Sweet Mr. Charles H. Spatz Mr. & Mrs. Henry Dombrowski Mrs. Bilhidis Burns Ms. Carol Koss Ms. Nancy Corriere Mrs. Dorothy Corriere Ms. Louise Roberge Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffman Mrs. Rosemarie Christopher-Mason Mr. & Mrs. Vince Ramunni Mr. James Van Voorhis Mrs. Barbara Hedgecock Mrs. Lorraine Markowski Mrs. Catherine Burzynski Mr. Ted Borrillo Mr. Joseph Caspary The Monahan Family Mr. & Mrs. Michael Losurdo & Family George A. Krause Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jacobs Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ozga Michael C. Lehron Mrs. Doris Lehron Rose & James Marchese Mr. & Mrs. Roger Marchese Josephine Ruta Ms. Amalia & Ms. Gloria Perez Lucy Sapione Mr. & Mrs. Martin Zwirn Ms. Marcia G. Burke Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bernstein Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Isleib Ms. Karen Isleib Ms. Michele O’Connor Ms. Marie Rienstra Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Crivaro Mr. & Mrs. James Strausler Ms. Phoebe Shields Mr. & Mrs. Bob Smolinsky Sr. Rose Segarini, FMA Mrs. Diane Morrison Casmere Stelmack Mrs. Penny Roberts

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Tributes Received between April 6 and June 1, 2012

Robert & Agatha Vorsanger Mr. & Mrs. Jay Hamelburg Ms. Iris Grubler Mr. & Mrs. Myron Levine Ms. Beth Levine

Eric & Shannon Large Mr. Leif Anderson Ms. Brooke Anderson Don Bosco Mr. & Mrs. Robert Walling

Helen Stelmack Mrs. Penny Roberts


he mother of Sr. Carmen Palacios and Sr. Ana Laura Palacios, Agustina Palacios, passed away on March 30, 2012, at the age of 90.

Agustina began her special relationship with God since she was a child in Mexico. She learned her religion from her mother, Trinidad Nieto, and from the priests of her parish where she attended catechism. It was in those classes that her love for Christ the King grew, and she learned how to endure the difficult things in life with the motto, “That You May Reign,” as she would tell Jesus. In her adolescence, “Tinita” was part of the parish choir. It was there where she met Francisco, lovingly called Panchito. They were married in Nuevo Laredo and started a family. God arranged the circumstances of their life so they would move to the United States. In 1957, Tinita and Panchito found the Salesian Sisters! There began a new phase of her life, enjoying the family spirit, and discovering that St. John Bosco connected holiness with always being cheerful. Tinita was preceded in death by her husband, Francisco; her mother, Trinidad; and brother, José Refugio Nieto. She is survived by her children: Rosa Maria (Guadalupe) Escamilla, Sr. Carmen Palacios, Frank Palacios Jr., Jose Luis (Margarita) Palacios, Edmundo Palacios, and Sr. Ana Laura Palacios; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives. The Salesian Sisters offer their deepest condolences and prayers to the Palacios Family.

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Rest in Peace, Sr. Gerard Barattino Sr. Gerard Barattino, FMA, passed away on April 29, 2012, at the age of 98. She had professed 74 years as a Salesian Sister. At her funeral Mass on May 1, attended by Sr. Gerard’s family, friends, Adopters, and her fellow Sisters, Sr Mary Anne Zito, FMA, delivered the following eulogy.


r. Gerard was born in New York City on July 12, 1913, one of 10 children. The family later moved to Yonkers where they settled for over 50 years. Sr. Gerard would often lovingly recall her childhood and youth in her beloved Yonkers. Being raised in a sound Christian family, she began to love the things of God at a very early age. She would witness her mother rising early each morning for daily Mass. It seemed the most important event in her life which gave strength and energy to raising her beautiful family. After high school, Gerard wanted to go into nursing. Already having learned how to make sacrifices from her parents, she decided to join the work force instead. You see, she had three brothers who were called to service, the three older sisters were married, and Gerard was the oldest girl left at home to help with her younger sister. While all this was going on, Sr. Gerard speaks of a budding desire to become a religious. She was invited one Labor Day to spend the weekend at our camp in North Haledon. She had planned to enter elsewhere, but changed her mind after she spoke to our beloved Mother Antoinette Pollini who set her entrance date on December 8, 1935. What followed was very difficult. When the day arrived, Gerard went to Mass with her mother, as usual, but could not yet bring herself to tell her or her father that she was entering the Salesian Sisters that very day. She entrusted that news to her older sister to tell her parents later, after she was gone. No doubt about it, her parents felt this sudden departure keenly. They gradually accepted God’s will when they realized Sr. Gerard was very happy in her vocation. Happy? A persevering YES! Working towards her perseverance as an FMA was certainly the root of her fortitude and dedication when pressed by strong moments of homesickness for the company of her parents and her brothers and sisters. Knowing this fact, we understand so much better her many moments, even in her 90’s, when she would remind us all that she came from Yonkers. I first came to know of Sr. Gerard when I shared community life with her at St. Anthony’s in Easton, PA. It

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was 1960. I was newly professed, fresh out of the Novitiate and beginning my ministry as a fourth-grade teacher. Sr. Gerard, already a seasoned Salesian Sister and educator, taught the sixth grade. Although we were all busy about many things, there was always a reason for me to be with Sr. Gerard. I guess you could call it a special practicum in Salesian life. She was the one who first taught me how to write a Lesson Plan. I didn’t get up to that college course yet and her method was much clearer than what I heard later. Every Sunday was Oratory Day. There was no-nonsense in her classroom, but she balanced the week with lots of fun with the children on Sundays. There was work to do in the convent. Sr. Gerard was the first at it, taking the harder jobs for herself. I will never forget St. Anthony’s Convent storm windows. They were the 1950’s stainless steel kind, very hard to pull up and down, wash, and transfer the storm window to the screen section. As we worked together, I’d notice her hands cut and bleeding – but not a word otherwise. This is just a glimpse of Sr. Gerard’s energy. Sometimes we thought her strength must come from God Himself because constant physical ailments affected her eating. Where we find Sr. Gerard at her best is with people. While she had the possibility to do so, she lovingly took care of her sick Sisters, brewing teas and heating soups as the need required. And just to mention one particular couple, how can we forget the numberless hours she would give to tending the Krauses, former benefactors of the Salesian Sisters who were in need of her kindness and company when both became ill. Though she may have suffered her own aches, you’d never know it. Sister, Visitor, Friend, Relative, Student, Benefactor, Worker always received of her GIVING. I don’t think “gimme” was ever part of her vocabulary. I’m sure everyone here could add numberless incidents profiling Sr. Gerard’s goodness. For these we pause a moment in grateful silence. Well, dear Sr. Gerard, the time is here when you RECEIVE the reward of your 74 years of Salesian Fidelity and almost 99 years of Christian life. May Jesus, the Good Shepherd Whom you loved dearly, and Mary Help of Christians, your Comforting Mother, welcome you with ETERNAL GIVING, just for you.

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Salesian Sister One Step Closer to Sainthood

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n May 10, Pope Benedict XVI approved a miraculous cure attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God, Sr. Maria Troncatti (1883-1969), the next step in this Salesian Sister’s road to becoming a Saint. Blessed Maria Troncatti, as she will now be called, requires one more miracle to be declared a Saint. The beatification will take place in Macas, Ecuador, on November 24, 2012, where Sr. Maria is buried. Maria Troncatti was born in Italy in 1883, and made her first profession in 1908. During World War I, Sr. Maria took a course in health care and worked as a Red Cross nurse in a military hospital. This experience was to prove very valuable in the course of her long missionary life in the Amazon forests of Ecuador. Sr. Maria left for Ecuador in 1922 and was sent to work among the Shuar people where, together with two other Sisters, she began the difficult work of evangelization. They faced dangers of every kind, including those caused by the beasts of the forest and by fast-flowing rivers that had to be waded through or crossed on fragile “bridges” made from creepers or on the shoulders of Indians. Sr. Maria was nurse, surgeon, orthopaedist, dentist – but, above all, catechist and evangelizer, rich in the wonderful resources of her faith, patience, and fraternal love. Her work for the promotion of the Shuar woman bore fruit in hundreds of new Christian families formed, for the first time, on a free personal choice on the part of the young couple. Sr. Maria died in an air crash at Sucúa, Ecuador, in 1969. “Let us accept this gift of Blessed Maria as a special sign of the love of God for the whole Salesian Family and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians,” said Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Superior General of the Salesian Sisters. “The holiness of the family gives honor to all groups who share the Salesian spirituality of Don Bosco. It is an encouragement to live the charism with passion and transmit it to the young generation in a world full of challenges, but also full of signs of hope. We want to re-awaken passion for that simple yet demanding holiness which belongs to our Salesian life and, before that, to a life lived according to the Gospel with constancy and total self-donation.”

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Making Headlines Around the Province

Sisters Attend U.N. Conference on Women


his year, the Salesian Sisters and the Volunteers International for Development Education Solidarity (VIDES) attended the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York City. The 2012 theme of the Commission was “The Empowerment of Rural Women, Their Role in the Fight Against Poverty and Hunger, and Promoting Rural Development.”

agricultural, nutritional, and health care. The aim is to break the cycle of poverty, hunger, and disease that prevents the development of women. Several strategies have been put in place, including creation of a clinic and a school of nursing (the first in the country); the creation of self-help groups for women; and the implementation of microcredit programs to boost handicraft production and the work of sowing the fields.

The objective of our participation is to make visible, through the presentation of a “good practice,” the work of the Salesian Sisters and VIDES in favor of the defense and promotion of women’s rights.

Honduras is a country particularly vulnerable to the continuing sociopolitical conflicts and frequent natural disasters that afflict it. The Sisters, with the help of volunteers VIDES, has worked for years to make a significant contribution The Salesian Sisters’ to promote the effective presence at the UN was and respected right to greatly enriched by the education and medical participation of the 11care, above all for member delegation: women, youth, and Sr. Maria Luisa Miranda, children. Educational the Area Councillor for strategies focused on the Salesian Family in Rome; setting up of agricultural From Rome to New York in flash! Sr. Maria Luisa Miranda, Sr. Leonor Salazar, Director and nutritional programs; Sr. Glorina Rita James, and Sr. Leonor Salazar sit in for the leaders of the United Nations Security Council. General of the International and the creation of an VIDES; Sr. Glorina Rita alternative school by radio, James, Sr. Roxana Janeth Juarez, and Gloria Maricela a medium accessible to all at minimal cost. Already more Aguilar, from Honduras; Sr. Roberta Tomasi, Provincial than 2,000 young people this year, thanks to the IHER Superior from South Sudan; Natalie Fontenot and Mireya (Honduran Institute of Education via Radio) program, Carrillo from VIDES-USA; Janet Arias from the Salesian begin to see a new horizon for their future. Sisters Development Office; and Veronica Barrios, Salesian Sisters volunteer. Particularly touching was the direct testimony of the young Honduran woman who, at 11 years of age, was The topic this year at the Parallel Event organized by unable to continue her formal schooling. Today, eight the two associations covered the work of education and years later, Gloria has been able to resume her studies development which the Salesian Sisters have brought through IHER and now attends the first year of university. forward in favor of rural women to Ojojona, Honduras, Her big dream is to become a teacher for many children and Wau, South Sudan. Salesian priest Fr. Thomas in rural areas of her country – poor children like her – to Brennan, SDB, served as moderator in the presentation of ensure a better future for them. these “good practices.” For the Salesian Sisters around the world, the presentation The situation in Wau after the bloody armed conflict of these “good practices” is a source of joy and confidence is one of extreme poverty. In such a context, the most in our “Preventive System.” It motivates and inspires us to affected are women and children. The Salesian Sisters are continue our commitment to education for young people working to help rural women through various programs: and children living in poverty and vulnerability.

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The Joy of Teaching in a Salesian School Sr. Juliett Perez, FMA, gets a real lift from teaching her students religious education!

Classroom, Playground, Church, & Home


Salesian educator teaches from the heart, no matter what he or she teaches. I have had the opportunity to teach Religious Education for the past five years and I love it! I’ve taught at St. Dominic Savio Parish in Bellflower, CA; St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Ogdensburg, NJ; and St. John’s Cathedral in Paterson, NJ. As a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians for the past year, Jesus is my first love, so it is wonderful to share this with young people. It is a joy to speak and share about the plan of salvation God has prepared for us. What I’ve learned along my limited

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experience is that it is not about what one teaches, it is about HOW one teaches. If joy and passion come from the subject one is presenting, the young will sense this and become enthused as well! Another important factor is that Salesians don’t only educate in the classroom. This is why it is so important to assist the young at various events and functions. This is when we are able to reach out on a different, more personal level. St. John Bosco and Sr. Emilia Mosca – a Salesian Sister who worked with Mother Mazzarello – believed in

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the importance of fruitful and Spiritguided conversations with the young. Although our example goes a long way, the conversations we have with the young are never forgotten. As Salesians, the classroom is one aspect of our Oratory model, but it must be accompanied by the three other components: playground, Church, and home. When we create these holistic environments in our schools, youth centers, and retreat centers, we are truly being signs of the foreseeing love of Christ, which every Salesian is called to be! – Sr. Juliett Perez, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report

A Happy 12th Street School Reunion!


ary Help of Christians School in New York City may have closed in 2006 after 81 years on 12th Street in Manhattan, but the alumni remain devoted to the school and to the Salesian Sisters who shaped their lives. Alumni from the 1950’s and 1960’s gathered together at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, on April 28 with their first-grade

teacher and special guest of honor, Sr. Domenica Di Peri. Gift baskets were raffled with all proceeds set aside for Sr. Domenica to be adopted by “her children.” A video played throughout the reunion featuring the old days at Mary Help of Christians. The four hours flew by, leaving everyone wishing for another gathering. Thank you to Ann Marie Pagano and Joann Lardizzone from the Class

of 1965 for organizing this fabulous event! – Janet Bonica, Class of 1967 Attention all MHC New York alumni: If you have your class picture, or vintage pictures of the neighborhood (Avenue A, East 11th St., and East 12th St.), please contact Janet Bonica at bonicj@hotmail. com. I am trying to compile a Mary Help of Christians New York City photo book.

At left, reunion organizers Ann Marie Pagano Berardinelli and Joann Lardizzone of the Class of 1965 reminisce with their first-grade teacher, Sr. Domenica Di Peri. At right, Sr. Domenica visits with brothers Frank and Mike Sottile.

Above, Sr. Domenica with Anthony Fasulo. At left, welcome, Class of 1967! Enjoying the reunion are Sal Giurdanella, Joseph Pagano, Denise Annunziato Spatarella, Janet Bonica, Debbie Mattiace Golabek, Lucille Traina Sullivan, and Janice Polt Roslund.

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Salesian Youth Report ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – St. Theresa’s held its annual Foul Shooting Contest under the direction of gym teacher Mrs. Sue Vitale. Students competed against one another, taking turns shooting basketball foul shots. Winners included (left-right) Katherine Palacious (First Place, Grade 8), Michael Jacoby (Second Place, Grade 7), Jeremy DiGesu (First Place, Grade 6), Justin DiGesu (Second Place, Grade 4), Michael McGee (First Place, Grade 5), Jacqueline Bollwage (First Place, Grade 6), Cararose Coppola (Second Place, Grade 5), and Adriana Altamirano (First Place, Grade 4). Well done, hoopsters!

Congratulations to St. Theresa students for raising funds for St. Jude’s Children Hospital. The school held a Math-AThon which raised more than $8,000! Students who participated in the math competition and raised more than $35 each received a t-shirt from St. Jude’s. The events were supervised by the National Junior Honor Society and teachers Ms. Donna Pancurak and Ms. Nancy Pakulski.

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Jillian, a Blanket, and Never Losing Hope


ne day you are talking boys and trends with your friends, and the next you are laying in a hospital bed receiving your first round of chemotherapy. After feeling run-down and being told she had swine flu, Jillian Gorman, a senior at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, received news that she had AML Leukemia. That was over two years ago.

Jillian received a kidney from a donor in Virginia and her mother donated to a person in need in California. The day before her surgery, Jillian was presented with a “prayer blanket” that was made by Mrs. Marilyn Livi of Fair Lawn, NJ, mother to freshmen Elizabeth and Catherine. They and the senior class gathered during lunch and recited a prayer: “May God’s grace be upon this blanket. May the one who receives this blanket be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace, and wrapped in love. Blessed Be!” They also offered well wishes and “see you soon!”

“I cried that day, and the day my hair fell out, but I made a promise not to cry anymore or feel sorry for myself because of what was happening,” said Jillian. She underwent chemotherapy and right away was in search of a bone marrow transplant. Luckily her brother was a match – it couldn’t have been any closer if they were twins! – and by March 2010 she had gone through three rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. While in isolation, and bedridden for almost 30 days, Jillian contracted Veno Occlusive Disease (VOD), which then caused her to be unconscious for about two to three weeks and placed on 24-hour dialysis. VOD is fatal in over 30% of cases. Jillian’s chances of survival were slim to none, and on Good Friday doctors told her parents she wouldn’t make it through the weekend. At this point, the doctors’ only hope was to try an experimental drug, Difbrotide. After five days, Jillian’s liver began functioning and she regained consciousness. A true miracle! Jillian finally went home in the middle of May 2010 and was able to come off of dialysis. Her liver had fully recovered and her kidneys were functioning, but come December they slowly started to shut down again,

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With the grace of God and many prayers from her Mary Help family, Jillian is doing well today and is on her way to graduate this June.

Jillian Gorman (seated) receives her prayer blanket from fellow Mary Help students Elizabeth and Catherine Livi.

this time placing her on peritoneal dialysis. For ten hours at night, Jillian had to go through this “cleaning.” A kidney transplant was necessary, so she was placed on an exchange program waiting list. In order to obtain a kidney she would have to be in remission for two years, marking December 8, 2011 as her anniversary. On March 8, 2012, approximately 25 donors and recipients went into surgery, donating and receiving kidneys that would be saving lives.

“I admire her courage to fight her leukemia, along with so many other struggles and still have a smile on her face,” says classmate and friend, Kelly Finn. “She relied on God when she had virtually nothing, and that really makes her a role model.” Jillian didn’t let this disease hold her back from anything. She continued her studies, went on Gospel Roads, toured Italy, and participated in the October Leadership Retreat – all the things the doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to do, she did. “I am fortunate enough that the Lord has given me each day,” Jillian says. “I don’t live by weeks or months; I live second by second. And I live for God. He saved me through my illness, and I am so grateful that He did.” And we are grateful for you, Jillian. WE LOVE YOU!

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Salesian Youth Report ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – The end of the school year means time to honor students for their academic achievements. At right, at the 2012 Underclassmen Awards Ceremony, awards were presented to students who have worked diligently throughout the year in their classes, in service to their school, and in their actions. Flanked by Sr. Michelle Geiger, Principal, and Academic Assistant Principal, Mrs. Michele Coulon, are the four students who attained the highest average in their respective classes: Kayla Scholl, Eighth Grade; Leah Williamson, Freshman; Emily Fettet, Sophomore, and Kathy Lee, Junior. Well done, girls!

Above, at the Baccalaureate Mass and Senior Awards Ceremony, Sr. Michelle Geiger joined Academy of Our Lady graduates earning special honors: Tina Phan, Woodman of the World American History Award and 2012 Valedictorian; Sarah Bolotte, Catholic Youth Leadership Award, Unheralded Senior Award, and 2012 Athlete of the Year; Kacie Braud, Catholic Youth Leadership Award and Rotary Club Award; Jessica Chu, Knights of Columbus Patriotic Award; and Maegan Pohlman, American Legion Award. Congratulations, all!

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my DeMarinis and her fourth graders at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL have good reason to smile: they raised $2,500 to help orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti! “My students were moved by Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s stories to fill an emotional need of the orphans,” Amy explains. “Our classroom was soon overflowing with gifts of toys and shoes, and money from their own allowances.” Then Amy herself got into the act, joining a 50K Run to help raise awareness and money for Haiti. WOW! Congratulations, class!

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Early Summer 2012 Partners in Giving  

Early Summer 2012 issue of Partners in Giving Magazine, the bimonthly publication of the Salesian Sisters Eastern Province

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