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Dear Friends:

Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter

Solidarity was the reality during and after Hurricane Sandy. So many of our friends from around the country called, and our response each and every time was, “We were spared.” Thank God.

But our neighbors near and far were another story. Yes, we took some people into our convents, but what was that compared to losing everything? What we could do was offer constant prayer and intercession for our brothers and sisters in Christ. One image stands forever in my mind and heart, and we’re sharing it below. There on Breezy Point in Queens, NY, amid the ashes and rubble stands a statue of the Virgin Mary, completely intact. That silent, beautiful image stirs our faith and reminds us that we have a Mother who carries our prayer and petition to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One faithfilled person went back and laid a bouquet of flowers at her feet. One person, just one person of faith made it possible to have Mary’s image shown to millions of viewers in one night. One person can truly make a


And so can hundreds of persons! The happy photo on our cover of Sr. Danielle Gonzalez, Principal of Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL, was taken at the “Thanksgiving Basket” fundraiser last month. You can more read more about it on pages 6-8. Among the donated items were amazing tomatoes and other fresh produce from Ernest “Cookie” Garcia, who owns the Crews & Garcia bay at the Farmers Market in Tampa. Thanks, Cookie! And that’s one of our faithful Adopters, Courtney Santorella of Jensen Beach, FL, next to Sr. Danielle. She won four baskets in our raffle! In the name of our Provincial Superior, Sr. Karen Dunn, and all my Sisters, thank you for your loyalty and generosity throughout 2012. We have so much to be thankful for, and you are at the very top of our list of gratitude. We wish you and your loved ones a Blessed and very Merry Christmas!


The Salesian Sisters at the St. Joseph Center in Haledon, NJ, would like all our Adopters and friends to know that you never left our prayers in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. We journeyed with you through the cold, darkness, and many other inconveniences. We felt your pain as you called and asked for specific prayers. We are compassionate toward those who could not even call, who have lost so much more, life, safety, and security. We continue to ask God to be your help and open ways to support your needs as normalcy is restored to your lives.

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Dolls Show Support for Mission in Haiti


ur mission to help the Salesian Sisters in Haiti and the children they serve continues! Hurricane Sandy hit the island, causing widespread destruction. Mercifully, our Salesian schools and orphanages were spared significant damage. A new outreach to help our kids has taken the form of dolls! Recently we received a heartwarming letter along with several happy photographs from Lillie Head of Wirtz, VA: “A picture in your ‘Hope for Haiti’ photo book of a little girl [shown at right] playing with an unclothed doll at the Salesian Sisters’ school inspired me to make a difference. I called my sisters Barbara and Joyce and shared my inspiration. The next day, I asked my good friend Ann and my beautician, Linda, to join us. Our initial goal was to collect 50 dolls, but with God’s blessings we collected 94 dolls within 30 days. Now there are enough dolls to share with young girls in the other Salesian Sisters’ orphanages in Haiti. Ladies

Then and now: Pat Middendorf of Sanibel, FL, sent this little girl in our Salesian Sisters’ Orphanage a “top of the line” American Girl Doll in memory of her own daughter, Ruthie Middendorf.

from North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Virginia also willingly and generously contributed to this worthy cause. Praise God! This project was a blessing to all of us.”

the movement has grown, and others have donated dolls. Our sincere thanks to everyone for their kindness in remembering our kids in need. God bless you!

Praise God indeed, Lillie! Since then,

Joyce Christian of Gulfport, MS, and her sister, Barbara Wiggins (left) of Trinity, AL, with dolls collected by our Southern ladies for the children in Haiti.

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Headlines Around the Province

“Nun Run” Makes Headlines in Florida! The following article was published in the Florida Catholic, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando.


hen a group of teen girls left Orlando and Melbourne to drive to Villa Madonna School in Tampa, they had a single goal in mind: learn firsthand what life as a religious Sister was all about. . . .

adding she was surprised the thought popped into her head. “But I pushed it aside. I mean, there are so many other cooler things to do with life, right?” Yet she couldn’t shake the idea. While she believed she might not be the type of person God would want as a religious Sister, she still felt called by God. She cried about it, prayed about it, and

“Nun runs” are a trend in the vocation community where single Catholic women are given a whirlwind look at religious life, without making a commitment. It also encourages and supports those who are discerning a vocation, whether it is a serious, concrete idea or even if that discernment is just an inkling of a notion. . . . On the first leg of the teens’ two-day sojourn, they met Salesian Sr. Danielle Gonzalez, principal of Villa Madonna School. Two things stood out: She was dressed in a white habit and she was well versed on how to use her smartphone, typing a message quickly before putting it down to talk with the girls. Sr. Gonzalez sat among them and spoke in a comfortable, conversational tone about when she first felt called to the religious life. She told them that, as she completed a degree in mathematics, she went to the small chapel located on the campus of the College of New Jersey in Trenton. She contemplated her choices after college. Maybe work for the FBI? Or work on Wall Street? “Then I thought, maybe God wants me to be a Sister,” she recalled,

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Sr. Gonzalez, who has been a Sister for eight years. Rising from her seat, Sr. Gonzalez said it would be good for the girls to see a Sister in action, so the group ventured to the playground in front of the Salesian Youth Center next to the school campus. Keeping a watchful eye on the children playing near a gushing waterspout sat Sr. Clare Kennelly, also dressed in a habit with a pocketed smock on top. “You found me. A woman of leisure,” she laughed, as she greeted the youths. She asked each their name as a dozen children, ages 5 to 11, enjoyed splashing in cool water on a muggy August afternoon. After the kids went inside to change into dry clothing, Sr. Kennelly took the teen visitors to a couple of picnic tables nearby and asked if they had questions. The first question mirrored the one asked of Sr. Gonzalez: “When did you first hear God’s call?”

it became her journey. She took a job as a teacher at Mary Help of Christians Academy in New Jersey, and witnessed how religious Sisters do a lot of cool things in life. She formally pursued a vocation, choosing the Salesians (also known as the Sisters of St. John Bosco), who serve children in education. “It is hard to make the decision to discern, but then it is tough to decide which community to enter, because there are so many good ones,” said

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“I experience God’s call every day, girls,” Sr. Kennelly said, then asked the girls their ages. When she was told they were all 16, it brought a smile to Sr. Kennelly’s face. “I was 16, just like you are now, when I first heard a call,” she said. The word “journey” was used again, and Sr. Kennelly added that, when discerning a vocation, women should never feel pressured to make a decision – not by their peers or family or even the Church. “There is time,” she said, in a soothing voice. “You have a lot of options and it is very important to listen to what God

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is telling you . . . It is about finding your path of happiness. You might see that your greatest happiness and your greatest service are here (in the religious life). And who wouldn’t want to find their greatest happiness?” Sr. Kennelly said she was drawn to the Salesian Sisters because of the work they do with children. . . . “There is something for everyone in religious life. There is no reason not to answer God’s call. Take that leap. If it’s not your journey, God will show you

another path.” The group talked for more than an hour and then took a tour of the facilities, a source of Sr. Kennelly’s greatest happiness. There was room after room of children on computers, chatting, taking afternoon naps, and playing games. By 3 p.m., the girls had to move to their next location – a 45-minute drive to St. Leo. They thanked and embraced Sr. Kennelly and asked her for her e-mail. “We will definitely be back,” said participant

Laura. Sr. Kennelly smiled and shared her information. “Being with young people, young women, is a great privilege for us and a time we cherish,” Sr. Kennelly said. “Evangelization is for all of us, regardless of age or walk of life.” To learn more about becoming a Salesian Sister, please e-mail the Vocations Director, Sr. Colleen Clair: happynun@, or visit www.salesiansisters. org or

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oung women are hearing God’s call! We are witnessing enthusiasm and joy as our Candidates (step 1), Postulants (step 2), and Novices (step 3) travel their formation journeys to become Salesian Sisters. There are 24 young women presently in formation, ensuring a bright future for our Order and its mission, especially in the education of children. Now here’s the Challenging News: We need financial assistance as we house, form, and educate these young women in their four years of preparation. Our expenses – $18,000 per year per person, covering tuition, room and board, and insurance – are great, but the rewards are much greater! Financial hardship must NOT stand in the way of their call! Please help us. Your gift for the new “Bride of Christ” is much needed. In turn, these young women keep you in prayer, especially during daily Mass. Please send a gift today with the coupon below. Thank you!

Yes! I’d like to help a Salesian Candidate, Postulant, and/or Novice!

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Giving Thanks in Tampa for Salesians!


n November 10, the ninth annual “Thanksgiving Basket” fundraiser for Villa Madonna School and the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club was held in Tampa, FL. Nearly 400 people filled the SYC gymnasium, which had been transformed into an autumn-hued wonderland of beautifully-decorated tables and prize baskets galore. Adriana Colina was emcee of the gala which honored Sr. Mary Rinaldi for her dedication and devotion to the Salesian Sisters, the children they serve, and the Tampa community. Richard Gonzmart opened with warm words of welcome. His generosity provided the delicious Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings from the Columbia Restaurant. The surprise guest speaker introducing Sr. Mary was her brother, Philip Rinaldi, who shared stories of “Little Mary’s” childhood. Six-year-old Anna Anderson offered special words on behalf of Sr. Rosalie Di Peri, who worked with Sr. Mary in the Development Office for many years. Then Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior, talked about Sr. Mary’s achievements throughout her years as a Salesian Sister. Sr. Mary was clearly overwhelmed and offered her love and gratitude to all! The “Southern Dames” worked hard to make the evening a success. And a success it was! More than $80,000 was raised from sponsorships; 107 beautifully themed baskets; a silent auction; a 50/50 drawing; and Home Depot and Publix gift certificates. The event provides much-needed funds for the Salesian Youth Center and Villa Madonna School. Thank you to all who helped make the evening a great night!

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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s oldest brother, Philip, joined by his wife, Barbara, gave a heartfelt speech about his beloved sister whom he called “Little Mary.”

Above, Richard Gonzmart of Columbia Restaurant welcomes everyone to the evening. The fabulous dinner was donated by the Columbia! At right, Anna Anderson offers a special long-distance message for Sr. Mary from Sr. Rosalie Di Peri, with help from Thanksgiving Basket Emcee Adri Colina.

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“Southern Dame” Mrs. Jamie McGrogan (center) presents a Thanksgiving basket to a lucky winner!

The smiles say it all on Jamie and Miriam Cline of New Tampa, FL, with their daughter, Allie.

Rinaldi Family members turned out in force to celebrate with Sr. Mary! (Left-right) Philip Rinaldi, Kathy Sargent, Barbara Rinaldi, Jordan Lamar, Karen Rinaldi Lamar, Tina Rinaldi, Kas Sargent, Sr. Mary, William Greif, Jean Greif, Art Greif, Julia Greif, and Nikki Sargent.

Above, the Salesian Youth Center gymnasium hosted nearly 400 guests for a sit-down dinner catered by the Columbia Restaurant. At right, 107 beautifully-themed baskets – all filled with donated goods – helped to raise more than $80,000 for Villa Madonna and the SYC!

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Three cheers for the “Southern Dames,” the fundraising group for the Salesian Youth Center and Villa Madonna School who did all the hard work for our successful Thanksgiving Basket event! (Left-right) Kathy Pedrero, Jennifer Reynolds (Development Office), Dr. Andrea Farrier (Chairperson), Denise Cano, Jamie McGrogan, Diana Ekonomou, Jenni Neal, Leslie Garcia, Dolly Duffy, Theresa Anderson (Development Office), and Annette Sanchez.

Thank You to Our Thanksgiving Basket Sponsors! Matching Challenge Middendorf Family Foundation Event Sponsor The Columbia Restaurant Platinum Sponsors Tony & Diana Ekonomou In Loving Memory of Ana Maria Baldor-Bunn Corporate Sponsors Anonymous Chad Chronister & Nikki DeBartolo Fee and Jeffries, P.A. Joe & Anne Garcia GulfShore Bank Dr. Rod & Aida Jurado Dr. Bill & Jamie McGrogan

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Table Sponsors Phil Alessi Mark & Theresa Anderson Barbara Byars Mr. and Mrs. Joe Chillura Terrell & Joe Clark Farrier & Cano Families Angeles Ferlita Ernesto “Cookie” Garcia Michael Guarnieri Kenneth & Stacy Leikam Neal & Duffy Families SunTrust Bank Challenge Winners $500 Home Depot Certificate: Denise Lorenz, Tampa $500 Publix Certificate: Cynthia Molloy, Tampa 50/50 Raffle Winner: John H. Pedrero, Tampa

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21 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 2013, our 22nd 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

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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.

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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 Mrs. Suzanne Kremheller 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. Dale Livi 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


Tiziana Anello, M.D. Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Ms. Bernice Bednarz Larry & Mary Anne Condit Dr. & Mrs. Frank De Maria Ms. Debi Debiak Dr. & Mrs. Louis A. 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 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 Joseph & Adelaide 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. 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

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

Please Give Us This Day for Christmas!


he season of giving is upon us! What better gift 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? Let this exchange of prayer be an example of our concern and love for one another. God bless you during this holy Christmas Season!

What a happy baby! Sr. Pauline Joss, Sr. Mary Terzo, Sr. Claire Perino, and Sr. Carmela Termine enjoy the company of Jonathan during a recent visit to the New Jersey State Botanical Garden in Ringwood.

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


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Believe! Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter


t’s been a few years now that popular our day, for some sense to be Christmas décor for our homes and outdoor made of the tatters of life, for displays expresses itself sometimes in brilliant, a finally satisfying answer to single words: “Faith,” “Dream,” “Rejoice.” This the joyful anticipation and Thanksgiving, even the façade of Macy’s in Herald hope in our spirit? “Believe!” Square boldly imparted its greeting “Dream!” in glittered lettering to the millions “We are called to Faith, of spectators and TV viewers during Could to Believe, to Dream, the parade. Its message? “Believe!” this not be the Lord calling? Is it not He to Rejoice. We are In its utter simplicity that one-word who is tugging at our hearts as we called to Christ.” theme evokes sentiments within navigate our way through our lives and the shopping malls through this that capture us. There’s a tug at our Christmas Season? hearts. Here modern culture meets the deeper longings in each of us. “Believe” and “Faith” call us to realities We hear in the song from The Polar Express: beyond the visible parts of our days. Who does not desire a lasting peace, for more order and purpose to When it seems that we have lost our way, We find ourselves again on Christmas Day. You have everything you need If you just believe! During this Year of Faith and, especially, during Christmas time, we are indeed called to Faith, to Believe, to Dream, to Rejoice. We are called to Christ. This Child celebrated and born to us is the answer we seek in face of the voids in life, of the world’s losses, and also of all its glories and joys. By faith our lives are full and our dreams are validated, our sacrifices and trials have meaning. By choosing faith, we can live again as children do . . . in trust, in faith, in security, in hope, in promise. When our heart is tugged this Season in face of these simple, trendy greetings, we can recognize the Lord Himself stirring within us. And we can turn towards that tug and find the Person of Christ. We say, “Yes! I Believe!”

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between September 27 and November 30, 2012

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 the Salesian Sisters and supports their 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

____ $20



Gus Santorella Mrs. Courtney Santorella Mrs. Rita Brown Mr. & Mrs. James Haddon Mr. Walter Podbielski Mr. & Mrs. Ted Durig Mr. & Mrs. Doug Thoma Ms. Patricia Plumb Mr. & Mrs. John Anello Mr. Jack Ross Mr. Robert Backes Board of Directors Mr. & Mrs. Don Harris Mr. & Mrs. Bill Cirminiello Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Krause Mr. Galen Guberman Mr. John O’Neill Mr. & Mrs. Richard Diorio Mr. Donald Krause & Ms. Nancy Keller Ms. Olga Fucile Ms. Nancy Manning Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Splitt Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer Mr. & Mrs. Thomas King Yee Fatt Corp. Ms. Teddi Colucco Mrs. Mary Vitti Mr. & Mrs. Paul Alvarado Erma Heim Mrs. Lenora Morgan

Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for Name – LIVING


Mary Fazio Mrs. Rose Ann Sciscente Genovefa Clark Mrs. Aleksandra Emory

Please send an acknowledgement to: Name

George T. Burns Mr. & Mrs. Joe Fitzpatrick Charles A. Saggese Mrs. Elizabeth H. Saggese


Agnes Lotyczewski Mrs. Beatrice Cataldo

My Name Address

James Marchese Mr. & Mrs. Roger Marchese Anna DeMaio Ms. Carol Sano

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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Captain Victor Goldberg Mr. & Mrs. Andrew McAleer Maria Dolores Quattrini Bastianelli Ms. Rita Stevens Anthony R. Miloscia, Jr Mrs. Beatrice Cataldo Alice Salter Mr. & Mrs. John H. Rice, Jr. Mrs. Maria Losurdo-Colangelo Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Stupski Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer The Sarno Family Mr. & Mrs. Royal Schiller Mr. & Mrs. Stew Salter Ms. Kerry Guerriero Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Michaels Ms. Angela T. Larca Mr. Joseph Papa & Ms. Marylee Pratnicki Mr. & Mrs. Neil Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Richart Ms. Mary Schnepf Mrs. Donna M. Rice Mr. & Mrs. Dale Steele Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Lobat Pat & John Connors Terry & Joe Laudone The Kelly Family Barbara Stack In Memory of Erlean Williams The Southern Dames: Andrea Farrier Theresa Anderson Denise Cano Dolly Duffy Diana Ekonomou Leslie Garcia Jenni Neal Kathy Pedrero Jamie McGrogan Jennifer Reynolds Annette Sanchez Ann Pasquariello The Berardi Family Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Priolo Ms. Sandra Macolino Ms. Mary Baylouny Mr. & Mrs. Michael Finer Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Drasz Mrs. Rosemary Ames

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Tributes Received between September 27 and November 30, 2012

Patrick La Malva Mrs. Mildred Valletutti

Francesca Vollaro Mrs. Giovanna Vollaro

Dr. Conrad Modica Mrs. Patricia Modica

Marie & Ziggy Gorski Mr. & Mrs. David Diedrick

Joshua Keleske Mrs. Lenora Morgan

Sr. Antoinette Cedrone, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Cedrone

Dr. Eugene Tolomeo Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Coleman

Sr. Esther Cruz, FMA Mr. & Mrs. Richard Murphy


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

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IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – Immaculate Conception’s kindergarten classes listened to a fire safety presentation from the Marrero-Harvey Fire Department. The lesson coincided with Fire Prevention Week in October. The students heard Fire Chief Don Robertson and firefighter Jason Lyons speak about the role of a firefighter and what to do if caught in a fire. As part of the presentation, the students toured the fire truck and watched as Sally Gaudet, one of the kindergarten teachers, was lifted in the air on the fire truck ladder!

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Salesian Youth Report MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Each year, Le Séminaire Salésian, a Salesian school in Sherbrooke, Canada, prepares a cultural exchange for their students in which they visit a different country and are completely immersed in the language and culture. This past October, 25 girls and 25 boys from the junior and senior class were handpicked to participate and travel to Washington D.C. and New York City. The students made a special stop on their way to New York where the girls visited Mary Help and the boys went to Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, NJ. At Mary Help, the girls from Le Séminaire Salésian met with the French Club for some musical fun, and then caught a special preview of the cheerleaders’ routine for Mary Help’s “Gridiron to Full-Court” event (see page 18). They were also given an exclusive tour of the school where they enjoyed a visit to the school’s Chic Boutique for a little shopping. Au revoir, girls!

ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – For show and tell most kids bring in their favorite toy . . .but not first-grader Gavin Gatchalian (center).When the lights went out due to Hurricane Sandy, Gavin decided to make his own power plant with his Dad, Gilbert. He built the batteryoperated device including stadiums that lit up when the connection of wires were made. The children in his class were all intrigued with the light show, including Brandon Quach and Noah Veiga. Well done, Gavin!

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Salesian Youth Report ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – Academy of Our Lady High School recently held its annual Fall Open House for prospective students and their families. Ready to introduce guests to the Salesian hospitality and spirit Academy of Our Lady is known for are student ambassadors Flora Pham (left) and Codi Gauthier, shown here with a middle school student. Below, the annual Academy of Our Lady Golf Classic was a huge success! Funds raised from this event are used help defray the cost of tuition for our families. Our Principal, Sr. Michelle Geiger, joined the AOL cheerleaders in front of the “Hole in One” car, sponsored by Banner Chevrolet of New Orleans.

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MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Who says football players can’t play basketball? Mary Help hosted “From Gridiron to Full-Court,” where current and former NFL players, such as former N.Y. Giants stars Brandon Bing (playing one-on-one with Sr. Mary Jackson, above) and Kevin Brock, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kareen Huggins, played basketball against the North Haledon Mayor’s Office, United States Army, Don Bosco Preparatory High School, and Mary Help. The night kicked off with a VIP Dinner in which guests had a chance to meet with and greet the players, and soon after, the games began. Local businesses such as Big Jim’s, Belmont Grill, Metro Grill, and others participated as vendors along with an NFL store that sold memorabilia. There was a 10K halfcourt shot and Mary Help’s cheerleaders were the half-time act. The night was a great success and all proceeds went to Dreams for Kids and the Athletic Department at Mary Help.

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The Joy of Teaching in a Salesian School

Nothing Will Ever Stop Our Sisters!


t. John Bosco is known for having said, “It is not enough to love the young, they must KNOW that they are loved.” That is a joy-filled mandate for our youngest Sisters, our oldest Sisters, and all those Sisters in between. Nothing will ever stop a dedicated Salesian Sister from being that instrument of love to the young . . . nothing! And I really mean NOTHING! Twenty-four years ago, during a visit with my family, I had a life-changing automobile accident. I suffered a C2 vertebrae fracture, commonly known as the “hangman’s break” because it was equivalent to the fracture that would be caused if a person were to undergo a hanging. Students at Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School in Port Chester, NY just love Sr. Margaret Rose! The prognosis was not good: a person with this type of burns to share with them the fullness What was my strength and inspiration injury often is no longer able to walk of LIFE. In their faces one can see the or move freely. Yet, I was determined! for all this? My commitment to the eagerness to know and be filled even Lord and the support of my Sisters, when they are noisy and seemingly along with my dedication to the I am not one to accept a negative not listening. They do desire to be prognosis lying down (pun intended). guided and formed, led to become the I had spent days, weeks, and months “The children full of energy beautiful person they can be, and undergoing treatment and physical what joy when you get to see that little therapy at the renowned Burke and life seem to fire bit emerge and open as a beautiful Rehabilitation Center in New York. the flame inside which flower! Not only did I NOT accept the burns to share with them prognosis, but I also sent it packing! I remember a child who saw the the fullness of LIFE.” Sisters dressed in white asking her As a Salesian educator, every day mother with delight, “Where do the is a new beginning full of wonder angels live?” young, and helping them understand and excitement, enthusiasm, and that, as Don Bosco would want, they joy. Today, I am walking, driving, I am not an angel, but one whose are loved. This is, perhaps, one of the teaching classes, and am presently the delight is to be among the young. greatest joys of my life! director of parish religious education They know I love them! at Corpus Christi Church in Port The children full of energy and life Chester, NY, home to Corpus Christi– Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto, FMA seem to fire the flame inside which Holy Rosary School.

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t’s always fun time when our Adopters and friends, John and Pat Connors and Terry Laudone, host the annual Halloween Bingo at the St. Joseph Provincial Center. “Sandy” may have delayed the event, but November brought an added theme. The Sisters’ partisan and patriotic loyalties welcomed the entry of the Republican Elephant (Pat), the Democratic Donkey (Terry) and, most importantly, the red, white, and blue Voting Ballot Box (John). Their costumes were really great! Finally, “citizens” were settled in our “town hall” for the agenda of this meeting. All were quiet and attentive as the Candidates read bingo numbers and allowed each citizen to speak her right . . . “BINGO!” – Sr. Mary Anne Zito, FMA

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ST. JOHN NEUMANN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, NAPLES, FL – It was a day to celebrate when students, faculty, friends, and family members gathered for the dedication of the magnificent new Justin Holecek Student Life Center at St. John Neumann Catholic High. At right, Fr. Tom Zalewski, School Chaplain, led the prayers during the dedication ceremony, joined by Sr. Patricia Roche, Principal, Bishop Frank Dewane, and students José Castillo and Callie McFee.

ST. PATRICK PRESCHOOL, ST. CHARLES, IL – St. Patrick’s participated in the annual Scarecrow Festival, where students and parent volunteers came together to build and decorate the fun and festive scarecrow entitled “10 Apples Up On Top.” The children colored the apples and the leaves and the parents assembled the scarecrow. The preschool’s scarecrow won FIRST PLACE in the Children’s Category. What a wonderful example of our school and church communities working together!

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MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Give a Dog a Bone! The young lady chefs at Mary Help baked goodies to help raise funds for Friends of Wayne Animals, Inc., an all-volunteer, non-profit, rescue organization based in Wayne, NJ that is dedicated to sheltering and placing homeless animals. Looks delicious, ladies!

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – Immaculate Conception fifth and sixth graders participated in a “Big and Little Reading Day” with the kindergarten and first grade classes. The older students in Carmel Hebert’s English class took the class period after exams to read to the younger classes. The older students paired off with a younger student and read children’s books with them. The Big and Little Reading Day was an opportunity for the younger students to practice reading and gain experience with taking the Accelerated Reader tests for reading comprehension. Above, first-grader Lena Tran listens to sixth-grader Thien Dinh read “If You Give a Dog a Donut.” To the right, Chloe Nguyen listens to “Fancy Nancy,” read by Asia Pierce.

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rs. Furlong’s PreK-3 class at St.Theresa School in Kenilworth, NJ learned all about the importance of the firefighter’s job and his/her responsibilities as well as basic fire safety rules during Fire Prevention Week. Above, Mason Chango and Abby Han show that they are ready to assist when duty calls, with a little help from Clifford, the Big Red Dog!

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