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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends: What could be more inviting this hot and humid summer than the swimming pool at Mary Help of Christians Camp? You said it! Thanks to nearly 700 donors and a matching $50,000 gift, we were able to send more than 2,000 at-risk children to eight Salesian camps from New Jersey to Florida! Our gratitude is best summed up by one camper, Evan, who said, “I love this camp because I do not feel like I am in a strange place here. Even though I had not met most of the kids before I came here, I feel welcome. The counselors make me feel like I am in a safe place.” Stories and photos on pages 16-19.

Save the Dates! Mary Help Class of 1963 50th Anniversary Friday-Sunday, September 13-15, 2013 MHCA, North Haledon, NJ For more information, please contact Giovanna Falciglia Vollaro through the Development Office: (973) 904-0102

“La Dolce Vita”

Some news to report: • As this edition of Partners in Giving went to press, we celebrated Vocations in a big way, with four Postulants entering the Novitiate, and two Novices making professions. We will share our joy in the next issue. • On July 1, we lost one of our leading lights: Pat McLaughlin. For more than two decades, Pat and her beloved husband, Bill, have inspired us with their selfless generosity and dedication to the Salesian Sisters and the young people in our care. As we pray to Pat and for her family, we honor her memory by continuing our mission. A scholarship fund in Pat’s name has been established. See page 6.

Presented by the Dames of Mary Help honoring Ray & Elsie Catena introduced by Academy Award®-winning actor & friend of the Salesian Sisters Joe Pesci with a tribute in memory of Pat McLaughlin Friday, October 4, 2013 The Grove, Cedar Grove, NJ See page 7 for details

• We are grateful for the establishment of another scholarship fund at Mary Help, this time in honor of Mary Catherine Sanna. See page 17. • With Labor Day and the start of a new school year just around the corner, we salute the graduates of Mary Help, who were awarded more than $8.65 million in college scholarships, a class record. Well done, ladies, and good luck! See pages 4-5. • There’s a new face in the Development Office: Sonya Fernandez has joined the team. She brings enthusiasm and great energy. Welcome, Sonya!


The Thanksgiving Basket honoring Luis Garcia Saturday, November 9, 2013 Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club, Tampa, FL Honorees to be announced. Details to follow!

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Congratulations, Sisters,

on your blessed Jubilees!


n Sunday, July 7, the Salesian Sisters gathered with family, friends, and Adopters to celebrate the jubilees of seven Sisters.

We are proud of our Jubilarians and of their joyful, serene perseverance and dedication to the young. They are shining examples that faithfulness and promises kept are a possible reality, even today! We sound the trumpet for Sr. Francis Gumino’s 65 years; Sr. Mildred Zanetti’s 65 years; Sr. Amelia Callegarin’s 60 years; Sr. Dora Adames’ 50 years; Sr. Fanny Florez’s 50 years; Sr. Monique Huart’s 50 years; and Sr. Marisa De Rose’s 25 years. Their fidelity adds up to 365 years of loving service and continued “Yes” to God’s call in our Congregation and in the Church. God bless you, Sisters! Ad multos annos!

– Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

Sister Jubilarians participating in the Mass.

Who wants cake? Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior (right), joins the 2013 Jubilarians at the dessert table: Sr. Dora Adames, Sr. Fanny Florez, Sr. Amelia Callegarin, Sr. Marisa DeRose, Sr. Mildred Zanetti, Sr. Frances Gumino, and Sr. Monique Huart. (Photos by Craig Janos)

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Graduation Joy at Mary Help!


ongratulations to the Class of 2013 of Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ! Our 54 graduates (shown on the opposite page) were accepted by more than 150 schools, including the University of California/Los Angeles, New York University, University of South Florida, Parsons New School, Rutgers University, Boston University, School of Visual Arts, and Hofstra University, just to name a few. That’s not all: they also were granted more than $8.65 million in scholarships, a class record. Well done, ladies!

my senior year. These were the times where I truly discovered God and the person He intended me to be. I was able to meet such amazing individuals who inspired me to continue the Salesian and Catholic mission as well as encouraged me to be the best person I could be.

Sophia Hamade is one of two members of the Class of 2013 of Mary Help of Christians Academy to receive a $2,000 award from the Dames of Mary Help. Sophia, from Hawthorne, NJ , will attend James Madison University in the fall. This is her story.


have gone to Catholic schools all my life, but none of them can be compared to my Salesian experience at Mary Help of Christians Academy. My four years at the Academy were some of the best years of my life. At Mary Help I grew as a person and I truly developed in my faith. As a freshman I was intimidated and nervous about what would await me in high school and at Mary Help, but little did I know. When I chose Mary Help I was definitely not prepared for the unique and incredible experience I would have. At an assembly my sophomore year the principal, Sr. Kim Keraitis, told us that “Mary wanted you here.” It was then that I realized God had chosen Mary Help for me and I had answered His call. He led me to this awesome place, and this was the first time I thought about Mary and God in my life.

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At the graduation ceremony, award-winner Sophia Hamade was joined by Mary Help Principal, Sr. Lise Parent, Provincial Superior, Sr. Karen Dunn, and Bishop Arthur Seratelli.

At Mary Help I was blessed with such an empowering community: amazing friends, supportive teachers, and incredible opportunities. This is exactly what being a Salesian school is about. Before coming to Mary Help, I had never heard of the Salesians, but now I can’t get enough of them. Some of my best memories at Mary Help are my Salesian experiences. The experiences that touched me the most were my times on the March Leadership Retreat my junior year and the October Leadership Retreat

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It was not just these two events that defined my time at Mary Help. It was every day that I spent there. It was saying hello to the friendly faces in the halls, enthusiastic classrooms, the spontaneous moments of laughter and silliness, being involved in school activities, and just soaking up the happy aura. Now as my Mary Help days have come to an end and my time in a Salesian school is up I will always remember what St. John Bosco said: “The Lord Jesus will give you the will and the means.” God gave Mary Help to me as a way for me to grow into the person I needed to become, just as He gives something to each of you. Mary Help of Christians Academy is truly a special and unique place and so are the Salesians. I am so blessed to have been a part of this incredible family.

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At right, during the graduation ceremony on June 1, Twinkie Polizzi (center), chair of the Dames of Mary Help, presented a cash award of $2,000 to Camille Duenas and Sophia Hamade, for their demonstration of strong character and the ideals of a Dame of Mary Help: making a genuine effort to help others. Congratulations, ladies! Below, the 54 proud graduates of the Class of 2013 of Mary Help of Christians Academy!

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We Will Dearly Miss Pat McLaughlin


so many memorable and successful events.

he Salesian Sisters mourn the passing of their dear friend, Patricia McLaughlin, on July 1, 2013. Pat was 73 years old and fought a brave battle with cancer for many years.

As a couple, Pat and Bill were extremely generous, designing and funding the new McLaughlin Library at Mary Help in 1995, and the “Sisters’ Kitchen” at the new St. Joseph Provincial Center in 1998.

Truly the Salesian Sisters and their mission to young people have benefited immensely from the gifts of time, talent, and treasure from Pat and her beloved husband of 54 years, Bill, the former chairman of the Partners Circle.

The “Pat A. McLaughlin Scholarship Fund” has been established at Mary Help of Christians Academy in Pat’s memory. Pat will also be remembered in a special way at the Dames of Mary Help fundraising gala, “La Dolce Vita,” on October 4, 2013.

Beginning in 1993, when Pat served as co-chair of the new Auxilium Award with Twinkie Polizzi (later rechristened the A.M. Bud D’ Alessandro Award), she was a visionary in raising much-needed funds in support Mary Help of Christians Academy, where two of her daughters were enrolled. That vital support continued – and was enhanced – when Pat became a charter member of the “Dames of Mary Help” in 2002 and played a major role in the execution of

Pat was truly an elegant, courageous and wonderful woman who served Christ through her actions. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill, the children, Michael, Kevin, Shalini, Megan, Maria, and the extended family. May God grant them the peace and solace that only He can deliver at this most difficult time. And may our dear Pat rest in peace.


everly Rohde, Dames of Mary Help Chair Emeritus, passes the gavel and title of Dames Chair to Twinkie Polizzi at the first Dames Meeting after the very successful luncheon in May. The Dames voted and elected Twinkie based on her strong character and powerful decision making. The Dames of Mary Help is a group of volunteer women who believe in the importance of Mary Help of Christians Academy and its service to young women, including the at-risk. The Dames’ common goal is fundraising for Mary Help with a primary focus on the Financial Aid Program, thereby affording more young women the opportunity to attend Mary Help. The Dames seek to educate the local community about the importance of Mary Help through special events and public relations. In addition, the Dames communicate the positive contribution Mary Help has on the local community through the works and presence of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, who own and operate the school. The Dames’ next big event is the annual Gala, “La Dolce Vita,” on October 4 (details on the page opposite). For more information about the Dames of Mary Help or to learn how to be a Dame, please call (973) 904-0102.

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The Dames of Mary Help present

La Dolce Vita honoring

Ray & Elsie Catena Introduction

Joe Pesci A tribute in memory of

Pat McLaughlin Friday, the fourth of October Two thousand thirteen half-past six o’clock in the evening The Grove 691 Pompton Avenue Cedar Grove, New Jersey Cocktails, Dinner, Silent and Live Auction All proceeds from this event will benefit the Financial Aid Fund at Mary Help of Christians Academy

Photo by Dick Stanton

INDIVIDUAL TICKET(S) INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $225 DONATE A TICKET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $225 You can donate tickets for a Salesian Sister(s) or a student(s) of Mary Help of Christians Academy.

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September 25, 2013

FAMIGLIA LEVEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25,000 • Prominent company logo display on all BidPal devices. • Acknowledgement at gala and in all publicity. • Premium gala seating for 20 (2 tables of 10).

• Double Platinum page ad in dinner journal. • Special recognition displayed.

AMICI LEVEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000 • Prominent company logo display on all BidPal devices. • Acknowledgement at gala and in all publicity.

• Prestige gala seating for 10. • Platinum page ad in dinner journal.

FESTA LEVEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 7,500 • Acknowledgement at gala and in all publicity. • Priority gala seating for 10.

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“God continues to lead me, little by little”


od knows how slow and stubborn I can be. That’s why He only reveals a little piece of the puzzle at a time. He most often speaks to me through reflecting on past experiences.

with the kids at summer camp, getting to know the Sisters and participating in their prayer life. It was wonderful, but in my ignorance, I needed something to compare with before I made a decision. As I went to visit other communities, I found myself focusing on little aspects of their life that just didn’t fit mine. They only live in one diocese, and I love to travel and experience new places. I know it sounds vain and ridiculous, but their veil covers all their hair and I just don’t think I could get used to that. God knows my stubborn heart and that I would need these seemingly trivial obstacles to guide me to the community I where belonged.

When I started considering the religious life, I had only met a few Sisters. But I knew from working in summer catechetical programs that I loved sharing the faith, from working in the classroom that God had given me a passion for teaching, and from living a life of community prayer that I felt most at peace when I had that support and source of strength to rely on.

Trying to recall the beginnings of my Salesian experiences, I’m reminded of a As I told one of the other vocation directors couple of significant events. The first time about the Salesian Sisters, she said, “What I met the Salesian Sisters was during the is it that draws you to them?” I responded, year I spent volunteering in Ecuador. I was “I love that they’re all about the youth and living and working with another community bringing Christ to the young.” She said, of Sisters and we had been invited to the Salesian convent “Now that’s something you sound convinced about. I think for the celebration tour of the relics of St. John Bosco. I was you should go visit the Salesians again.” I realized that I captivated by the students’ active participation in the Mass, was comparing every other community to the Salesians. their apparent love and veneration for this great Saint, and the joy that was evident throughout the community. I Upon returning to the Sisters’ house, I was so at peace. I was also struck by the Sisters’ hospitality: welcoming total felt comfortable: I could be myself, make friends, and really strangers, receiving us into their home, grow in everyday holiness with this and personally speaking with us, even community. The interactions between “I was so at peace. I could though there were hundreds of other the Sisters, staff, and students were like be myself and really grow guests there. those of a family. The joy of the Salesian family spirit put my heart at ease. in everyday holiness with My second unexpected encounter this community.” with the Salesian Sisters was at a local I’ve had a whirlwind of a year as “Theology on Tap” event focusing on an Aspirant with the Salesians, Vocations. A young woman asked the diocesan Vocations but I’m continuing to grow and learn more about our Director, “What can you do for women discerning religious rich traditions, zeal for souls, and untiring desire to do life?” That’s when Sr. Colleen Clair stood up and explained everything as an act of love for God. I’m thankful that her role as Vocations Director for the Salesian Sisters. She God is so patient with my obstinate heart and continues explained how religious communities seek out women that to lead me little by little along this beautiful path, walking would be a good fit for them, and I thought, “Well, how are with the Sisters to grow closer to Him. they going to find me?” The next evening when I met with her, I felt as though I was interrogating Sr. Colleen with my – April Hoffman questions, but she was so easy to talk to, straightforward and genuinely helpful. She actually gave me a list of other o learn more about vocations and becoming a Salesian communities to visit and look at. And I did. Sister, please e-mail the Vocations Director, Sr. Colleen Clair:, or visit www. I came to visit the Salesians and had a fantastic time playing or


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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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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? 

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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.

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Please Give Us Your Special Day!


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

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On Saving Souls Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter


fter an extended school year caused by this year’s weather disasters, there was a brief lull as staffs and buildings took a breather. There was a suspended energy in the air, though. And suddenly . . . poof! New life broke into so many of our schools! They came . . . countless happy little (and not so little) people descended upon us. The summer camp season took off and, with it, the brilliance of sun, of color, of energy, and of the beaming faces of our children! It has been a delight to hear parents speak of the joy and wonderment of each day as experienced by their children who recount their adventures on the way home and who are reveling in God’s nature and in the loving care of those entrusted with their precious treasures. These treasures, these souls, and the “saving” of them were the preoccupation of St. John Bosco. He, like other great apostles of the Church, would use phrases such as “saving souls,” “the salvation of souls,” and the like to describe his work. This concept often implied the ultimate loss: the loss of Heaven after this life on earth. The salvation of souls seeks to avoid that loss . . . and more! As a postulant, the idea of being among the young each day to “save them” was confounding. How could our world of sustained excitement and joy at the poolside each day line up next to an image of Hell, I wondered. Time and experience soon showed me that certainly there is much to protect children from. The streets are no longer the big danger from which

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many young people must be saved. There are other “dangers” that silently enter the homes and realities of children that could harm or ruin them. There’s certainly a lot to save kids FROM, especially during the summer weeks, when kids have more time on their hands and can more easily fall prey to some of the “hells” of our time. But I also discovered another aspect of our mission to children: it is not only the case to save the young from, but also that we save the young FOR. While preventing that one encounter that spells disaster for a child, we also press on the potentiality of growing into the fullness of grace each is called to live in.

“The interest we take in children has everything to do with ‘saving’ souls.” The work of each member of the Salesian Family today means protecting them from evil so that we can preserve their innocence and goodness. The interest we take in children; the support we lend directly or indirectly to the life of a child; the hours we spend in summer camps, in our living rooms, or on our patios in conversation have everything to do with “saving souls.” That allowance for natural spontaneity and fun; the warmth of our time spent telling stories and sharing prayers; the moments of splashing and daring together; even our structures and boundaries which provide security . . . all serve in saving our children for what is good, holy, wholesome, and healthy. It opens them to the presence of God in and around

them and eventually to a discovery of God’s call to greatness in them: to be saints! So, this business of “saving of souls” is for all of us, no matter who or where we are. Don Bosco would say, “Speak often of the beauty of virtue.” And from St. Paul we hear: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8). Both saints speak to our responsibility to the children in our lives. It might translate today to examples like these: Save them from protracted images of raised fists taken to the streets and engage in example and conversation about respect and reverence for every person regardless of their appearance. In response to the lonely tears of a little friend, model a compassionate arm around their shoulders. Save the idle hands and make them serving hands. Save a sting of a harsh word with kindness. Fill a silent moment with an honest word of praise. Summer leisure can make space for a lot of goodness! God bless our summer activities! God bless our young people with all their gifts! God bless the efforts of everyone everywhere who provides what is true and beautiful and good to save the souls of the young!

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A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between June 1 and July 31, 2013 Sr. Mary Baroni, FMA Mrs. Maria Gloria

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

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he Salesian Sisters mourn the passing of Sr. Mary Pelliccione, who died on July 13, 2013, at the age of 83. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for her on July 17 in the Chapel at the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ. Sr. Mary was born in Minturno, Italy on March 17, 1930. She was one of five sisters and brothers in a very affectionate family. As a young girl, Mary frequented the FMA Oratory and dearly loved the Salesian Sisters. It was there she felt the call to be one of them. The Second World War caused many hardships for the family and they had to move away. However, the Sisters looked for the family and brought Mary and her sister to Rome to finish school. In 1947, she and her family emigrated to Connecticut and Mary worked as a seamstress in order to help the family. She also went to night school to learn English. She attended Mass every day. The FMAs in Italy continued to be in contact with her family. They wrote to Sr. Antoinette Pollini, the Provincial at that time, asking her to help the family, which she did. With her goodness, Sr. Antoinette convinced the family to let Mary enter the Institute, since she still felt the call to religious life.

Thus, in 1951 Mary came to North Haledon, NJ and, in 1954, she made her first profession, saying with conviction, “I know that the Madonna has been near me and has accompanied me all my life. I am very happy to be named after her and now I am a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians!” For many years, Sr. Mary was the cook in various communities in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Florida. Her greatest joy was being with the children in the playground and at after-school care. One pastor considered Sr. Mary the best assistant he had ever known. Sr. Mary is described as being humble and gentle with everyone, always serene and a person of peace. She was always ready to help out, wherever there was need. When at our retirement home, the St. Joseph Provincial Center, Sr. Mary was very solicitous for the sick and elderly Sisters. Even when she herself was so sick with cancer, she still helped the Sisters in any way she could up to her last days as her strength gradually waned. Sr. Mary is remembered by all as a simple, very gentle person, full of love for God and for everyone. May she rest in peace.


ittle by little the Salesian Charism is unfolding at St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles, IL. Along with the various apostolates of school, preschool, parish, religious education, and Hispanic ministry, we have now added the Salesian Cooperators. The Salesian Cooperators are Catholics who are living the gospel message in the spirit of St. John Bosco while choosing to live in the world, rather than religious life. Under the guidance of Sr. Carmen Morales, the group is taking shape and the love of Don Bosco is taking root. We are truly blest indeed to have such a wonderful group of men and women working with us!

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Salesian CAMP! Report

Camp Mary Help – A Place of Hope


am not sure what I will do now. I guess just read or play video games,” was the answer I received when I asked one of our Mary Help of Christians campers what they would do now that we had reached the last day of camp. Her response was accompanied by a sigh and a look of disappointment at the mundane options available to her after weeks of swimming, dancing, and singing. One of the boys near her piped in, “I wish I could live here!” An adjoining counselor gave me a knowing look and, considering this was one of our more rambunctious campers, we shared a laugh. Mary Help of Christians Camp (MHCC) takes place on the campus of Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ. We serve youth from the Paterson area, coming from various backgrounds. Among the many benefits of our camp are daily opportunities for swimming and weekly opportunities to go fishing and boating (on our small “lake”), dancing, singing, gym, and faith formation. As we began this camp season the staff was very intentional about trying to make character development and spiritual formation an important part of the campers’ experience at MHCC. The staff is 70% volunteer, with former campers serving as counselors and junior counselors, and Salesian Sisters and aspirants present at the various activities. The volunteer staff and the generosity of our benefactors have enabled us to welcome many children who otherwise would have been left without anything enriching to do over the summer. The center of every week of camp was the celebration of the Mass as

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campers experiencing before Jesus has left me forever changed and convicted about the need to share this style of prayer with the young. On our camp Family Day we invited the parents to join the entire camp in Adoration. While I knelt around the altar with the campers, who sang the refrain, “How He loves us, O how he loves us . . .” (“How He Loves”, David Crowder Band), I realized that for us, as Salesians, there is no greater joy than to really pray with the young.

A new addition to this year’s camp season was Eucharistic Adoration.

a camp family, accompanied by the enthusiastic singing of the campers and counselors. At the end of Mass, awards were given out to the campers who exemplified the positive character traits we worked on during that week. Among this year’s themes were respect, kindness, gratitude, responsibility, and perseverance. A new addition to this year’s camp season was the introduction of Eucharistic Adoration with all of the groups. Each group was given the opportunity to learn about this form of prayer, to experience it within their small group, and then to be joined to several other groups for a praise and worship experience during the following week. As a Salesian Sister, I have to say one of my favorite forms of ministry is leading young people to the Eucharist, and the healing that I witnessed our

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During my first week of camp, a fouryear-old camper walked up to me, looked at me intently, and declared, “Jesus is the God of hope!” His statement left me a bit stunned, as it came out of the blue, but I have reflected on what he said many times. I’ve concluded that what he said is exactly what camps like MHCC are all about – hope. We are hope for children who would spend their summers alone; hope for children who find it hard to make friends. We are hope for families who have no safe place to entrust their children while they work to make ends meet. We are hope for our local communities as we help our campers’ best qualities shine and develop. So as we wrap up another camp season here at MHCC, I leave you with that thought: Jesus is the God of hope. It is a hope found in “seconds” in the lunch line, teamwork in gym, and the outpouring of God’s love experienced in Eucharistic Adoration. Thank you to all who helped our young people to experience, through Mary Help of Christians Camp, the God of hope. – Sr. Brittany Harrison, FMA

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Campers love their time to be creative with arts and crafts.

Kristen leads the campers in prayer at Camp Mary Help.

Taking the stage during the Mary Help of Christians Camp Talent Show!

MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – The Mary Catherine Sanna Scholarship Fund has been established at Mary Help by her daughter, Ann Marie Wisniewski, and her husband, Richard, to honor Mary for her lifelong commitment to education. Mary spent 40 years volunteering as a religious education teacher in her parish of St. Peter the Apostle in Islip Terrace, NY. As well as raising her four children after being widowed at a young age, she completed her education to become

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an elementary school teacher and went on to complete her Masters in Theology and then taught theology at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, NY. Truly, Mary’s extraordinary life is an example of what it means to be committed to the work of Jesus. Thank you, Ann Marie and Richard! For more information or to make a donation to the new Mary Catherine Sanna Scholarship Fund, please call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS.

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Salesian CAMP! Report IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – It was Halloween in June when campers were encouraged to wear their favorite costumes!

Above, girls in the age 6-7 group of the Immaculate Conception summer camp show off their costumes at Halloween Day: Addison Monaghan, Brooke Thompson, Haley Stallings, Reese Breaux, Lauren Weber, and Amelié Raines. At left, future reporter Mia Laughlin prepares to interview Princess Addison Monaghan.

Above, keeping in line with the popularity of superheroes at the summer box office are Cameron Hymel and Landon Savoie. At left, even our summer camp counselors got into the spirit! Dontayue Fly, Connor Walker, and Jenna Landry all competed for the title of the best “Man of Steel.”

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VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Everybody get wet! Thanks to a $3,500 grant from the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation, campers enjoyed a waterpark of their own this summer, the perfect way to cool off. They also worked in the school garden alongside counselors and teachers, including Sr. Clare Kennelly (below).

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Salesian Youth Report

The New Evangelization, via Gospel Roads


did not know exactly what “Gospel Roads” was, where exactly we were headed, or who in particular we were serving. Nevertheless, I knew there was a calling for me to serve during the summer break mission trip to New Jersey and New York. And that was enough. The next thing I knew, I was with six other University of Illinois students from the Newman Center, one adult, and one Salesian Sister, Sr. Maryann Schaefer, taking on the world by rebuilding a house. We spent our first four of eight days of service in Brooklyn, repairing a home destroyed during Hurricane Sandy last October. Our group worked alongside volunteers from Heart 9/11, an organization consisting of 9/11 survivors and their families, who are dedicated to rebuilding property and lives after disaster strikes. The volunteers sacrificed time to train us in basic construction skills like hanging sheet rock, using screw guns and much more. The experience was much bigger than building a house or developing ourselves. It was about transforming lives through God. New Evangelization is something we always hear about and something our Holy Father Pope Francis encourages us to do, but to me the idea often seemed abstract. We learned about the New Evangelization this week by living it. As the famous quote states, “Preach the Gospel always! When necessary, use words.” Sister told us that we could be the only encounter some of these people had with the Gospel, and we made sure not to waste this opportunity. For every bit of joy we were able to bring to those we served, our hearts were given twice the amount. Christ was working through the Heart 9/11 crew, the homeowner, and his four-year-old son – even though they may not have realized it.

Sr. Maryann Schaefer joins the Gospel Roads crew from the Newman Center of the University of Illinois, hard at work rebuilding a family’s home.

The owners’ four-year-old son came outside to sit on the stoop with me. He told me all about his life and living with his grandparents and then had me tell him stories about robots. We sat there for nearly 15 minutes when he asked me if I was feeling better and thanked me for all of the work we were doing. “I know you’re making my dad very happy. And me too,” he told me. This experience gave me an eye-opening understanding of New Evangelization. It’s not about simply preaching the Gospel but rather God working through two parties to reach one another in ways words cannot describe. Gospel Roads is about living the Gospel, proclaiming Jesus to others, and serving those in need. Here we bring Christ to service and maintain our relationships after the service is over. Because that’s what Christ would do.

The most impactful moment for me was on the last day when I wasn’t feeling very well and went to sit outside.

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ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – Congratulations to students who were recognized for their academic excellence at the Underclassmen Awards Ceremony. Above, the West Jefferson Medical Center presented certificates of completion to the students who have successfully completed the Academy of Our Lady Medical Internship I Program. Pictured with their instructor, Mary Fortmayer, R.N., are Kayla Bell, Sabrina Bui, Vivian Cu, Heather Davis, Amber Falcon, Kayley Hawxhurst, Alyssa Hinds, Meghan Kenyon, Sharon Luc, Gabrielle Taliancich, Gabrielle Tatum, and Aleyna Zibilich. At right, Sr. Michelle Geiger, principal, and Mrs. Michele Coulon, Assistant Principal for Academics, gave AOL Top Scholars Awards to the students with the highest academic cumulative averages: Eighth grader Marlee-Ellen Brides, Freshman Jade Duthu, Sophomore Leah Williamson, and Junior Sharon Luc. At the same ceremony, AOL Civic Awards were also presented. Congratulations to Marley Schaefer, who was given the Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Humanities/Social Sciences Award; Rebecca Melanson, Tulane Book Award; Emily Fettet, Bausch & Lomb Science Award; Meghan Kenyon, George Eastman Young Leaders Award; Charlie Grantham, Xerox Award; Sharon Luc, St. Michael’s College Book Award; and Marley-Ellen Bridges, Marrero Lions Club Award.

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ere is a photo (below) of our Thank you for the prayers offered by the Mary altar here at home taken Salesian Sisters to sell our home. It has when the peonies were in full bloom. been a wonderful home to raise our It reminds me of my childhood. Sr. children. A young couple with three ur O Amelia Aichino was the principal and little children are very happy to buy our m Fro Sister Superior as well as my sixth home! We greatly appreciate all your grade teacher at Holy Rosary School. prayers through the years. I can visualize her standing at the top Ann Arbor, MI of the stairway on the second floor of our school ringing the dismissal was so happy to receive my copy of bell at 3 p.m. each day. In the front of Partners in Giving and to see that wonderful each classroom was one of these statues of Mary Help of picture of Sr. Antonia Cvetko on the cover! Because my Christians on top of the closet. I graduated from eighth Dad named me Antonia Lucia, my heart went out to Sister grade in June 1957. Sr. Amelia gave this to me on April and I started praying for her. You can imagine how happy 18, 1960. I don’t remember I was to see her picture and the circumstances, but I to learn she celebrated her treasure it. I thought that you 100th birthday! God would enjoy seeing it. bless her. La Habra, CA Harry continues to astound everyone with how well he is doing. His chemotherapy Thank you for your letters! treatments are on-going but We love to hear from you! they are working, thank Please write to us c/o Sr. God. Please keep us in your Mary Rinaldi, 659 Belmont prayers. Avenue, North Haledon, NJ State College, PA 07508, or e-mail, e have moved from or visit us on Facebook: East Lansing, MI to live near our daughter. salesiansistersdevelopment.


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Audrey Alice Morrow and her son, Fr. Michael Morrow, of Yonkers, NY, decided to adopt Sr. Frances Gumino on the occasion of her jubilee, marking 65 years as a Salesian Sister. Congratulations!

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At left, Sr. Mary visits with Barbara and Chuck Bloch of Walnut Creek, CA. At right, a happy group! Steven and Gina Wright and Diane and Don Onken with Sr. Mary in San Francisco, CA. Below, Maria Gloria and Tony Rando of San Francisco.


r. Mary Rinaldi nearly left her heart in San Francisco, California on a recent visit, thanks to the friendship and warm hospitality of so many local Adopters.

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very special – and super-fast! – alumnus returned to Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL this summer: Aric Almirola (right), a NASCAR driver for Richard Petty. During interviews with NASCAR Illustrated and FOX TV filmed in Ana Maria Park, Aric named Villa as one of three places that made a profound impact on his life. He reminisced about his days as a student, and said that Villa, where he graduated in 1998, gave him the skills needed to fulfill his dream of being a NASCAR driver (that’s Aric with Richard Petty, below). Aric, thank you for visiting; we hope to see you again soon!

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