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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends: Our cover photograph has an international dimension this time. Shizuoka, Japan is over 6,000 miles from New Jersey and yet that’s exactly where some visitors came to visit Mary Help of Christians Academy! Salesio Shizuoka School stopped by Mary Help during a recent trip to the U.S. Both the Japanese students and ours had an amazing experience learning about each others’s culture and sharing the love of St. John Bosco and Mary Mazzarello.

Save The Dates! Dames of Mary Help Women of Distinction Luncheon A benefit for Mary Help of Christians Academy Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • 11:00 a.m. Indian Trail Club, Franklin Lakes, NJ Guest Speaker: Judy

Judy is CEO of dingles & company, a New Jerseybased multimedia children’s “edutainment” company. She has published over 100 children’s books, some under the pen name Molly Dingles.

Some news to report: • It is with heartfelt gratitude that I announce the progress of the campaign to restore St. Joseph Chapel in North Haledon, NJ. We’re nearly there! Our Partners Circle has put forth a matching gift which I hope, with your help, will bring this vital project to completion. See page 3. • Speaking of the Partners Circle, the trustees held their annual meeting last month. One of their tasks is to allocate unrestricted funds to the greatest needs in the Province. It was noted that, while the membership levels have not changed in 23 years, the needs in the Province have. Therefore, each level has been increased by a modest 10 percent. Together we have brought blessings in the past 23 years. We must continue! Please join us! See pages 9-11.

Mazzeo Zocchi

Please call for more information and tickets: 973-904-0102

Jubilarian Celebration

• Amid our joy, much sadness. Several of our Sisters lost loved ones recently, which we note in this issue. And our wider Salesian Family will miss a major benefactor, loyal supporter, and dear friend: Dr. Vincent J. Bagli, a founding member of the Partners Circle and past chairman. See page 8.

Sr. Mary Winterscheidt – 70 Years Sr. Gloria Machado – 65 Years Sr. Patricia Winterscheidt – 65 Years Sr. Antoinette Cabrera – 60 Years Sr. Esther Cruz – 60 Years Sr. Anna Ragonga – 60 Years Sr. Mary Rinaldi – 50 Years Sr. Grace Ruiz – 50 Years Sr. Mary Terzo – 50 Years Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto – 40 Years Sr. Teresa Gutierrez – 40 Years Sr. Phyllis Neves – 40 Years

Spring has finally arrived. Alleluia! And Easter, with the promise of the Resurrection, is right around the corner. Alleluia! Peace,

Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:00 a.m. Mass, 12:30 p.m. Reception The Grove, Cedar Grove, NJ

• Our Adopt a Sister Program continues to thrive, coast-to-coast! News and photos on pages 4-7.

Due to the large number of Jubilarians, the celebration will be by invitation only. Please watch for details!

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Please Help to Restore St. Joseph Chapel!


t the end of January we launched “The Light on the Hill” Campaign for the restoration of our St Joseph Chapel in North Haledon, NJ. Our goal of $750,000 was met with enthusiasm and generosity by donors North, South, East, and West. We are so happy to announce that we are just one quarter away from our goal! At the annual meeting of trustees of the Salesian Sisters Partners Circle, the campaign received a tremendous push in the form of a matching gift. The Partners Circle made a gift of $25,000, and if it is matched, they will grant an additional $25,000 – $75,000 in total. Please help us meet this challenge

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ohn Kiefer of Northbrook, IL, saw and believed as he watched ABC’s 20/20 program in 1999 as it told the story of the Adopt a Sister program. He was inspired to adopt a Sister for his mother, Betty Ann Kiefer. For the past 15 years, both his Mom and Sr. Betty Ann Martinez – yes, they are namesakes! – have had a wonderful relationship, especially as Sr. Betty Ann was assigned to St. Charles, IL. In gratitude to the Sisters, John and his Mom will host a summer picnic and invite Adopters from the area for a Meet and Greet with the Sisters. Thank you so much! Pictured with John and his niece, Alison, are Sr. Liz Ryan, Sr. Isabel Garza, and Sr. Betty Ann.


arie Hess, Director of Mary Help of Christians Academy’s Health Care Connections Program, and Kathy Redmen, Clinical Supervision, offer students an opportunity to help our elderly Sisters and complete 40 volunteer hours so they can continue with the program. Approved by Sr. Lise Parent and Sr. Virginia Dickey, this program gives students experience and helps them to see the importance of serving others. At left, Sr. Mildred Zanetti is in the “driver’s seat” with Brooke Stone. At right, Chelsea Casiano helps Sr. Mary Palladino with reading words.

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fter 18 years in the Adopt a Sister Program, Doug and Jean Sims of Bonita Springs, FL, finally got a chance to meet Sr. Mary Rinaldi! It was great meeting you, Doug and Jean!


arolyn and Paul Gladdys of Naples, FL. received a surprise visit from Sr. Mary Rinaldi. Like the Sims Family (left), they, too, have been loyal Adopters for 18 years. Thank you!


lso in Naples, FL, Sr. Mary Rinaldi was the guest at a wonderful lunch hosted by Jim and Sue Benson at the Club. There they ran into Kitty Kruckle (center) of Franklin Lakes, NJ!


ith the leadership of Sr. Rufina Delgado, our Sisters have put their hands to crochet and needle, counting and stringing to create beautiful and practical gifts. The “Crochet and Chat” group meets on Wednesdays in the Infirmary Lounge to make works of art of many colors and shapes. Hats, bags, scarves, and baby clothing are the fruit of loving hands. Some Sisters simply continue the work they have already begun, while others start afresh, sometimes after many years of not touching a needle. Sr. Mildred Zanetti prepares the yarn for Sr. Rufina, while Sr. Anita Durocher puts the finishing touches on her work and Sr. Jeanette Puglisi “supervises.” All the while, prayers are said – and our many generous friends are remembered!

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“Son of God” Film is a HUGE Hit!


ongratulations to Roma Downey and her husband, Mark Burnett (right), on the incredible success of their feature film, “Son of God,” starring Diogo Morgado as Jesus (above). The film, based on last year’s record-setting History Channel miniseries, “The Bible,” marks the first motion picture about Jesus’ life since 2004’s “The Passion of the Christ.” Roma, who also stars as the Virgin Mary, has been a loyal member of the Salesian Sisters’ Adopt-a-Sister Program for many years.

Thank you, Roma and Mark, for continuing to bring the Word of God to the world! For more on the film, visit the website:

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s a past pupil of the Salesian Sisters, I thoroughly enjoy Partners in Giving magazine and congratulate you on the many vocations your ministry is harvesting! Laredo, TX


t is 18 years since I was diagnosed with cancer and I heard our Blessed Lady say, “I am with you!” It is 18 years since our Lord led me to the Salesian Sisters. And it is 18 years since I have been blessed with the prayers, friendship, and generosity of a body of work that these ladies perform each and every day. I am blessed and I continue to ask for your prayers in a world that has gone godless and totally insane. Where there is no hope, you bring hope. Upper Darby, PA


ast week, I called the Sisters and requested prayers for my son-inlaw, who is battling pancreatic cancer. We were in need of positive results from a laboratory test which had been taken. The prayers of the Sisters were answered. We are most grateful. Haddonfield, NJ I wanted you to know that Sr. Virginia Dickey was very supportive and helpful with lots of prayers and letters of faith in my recent long journey of the sale of my rental house. I am so very grateful to Sr. Virginia, St. Joseph, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jesus – and ALL my adopted Sisters. Philadelphia, PA

all faiths who have experienced the transforming power of prayer and loving friendship with a Salesian Sister, every day of the year, through our Adopt a Sister Program. Whether the Adopted Sister is for yourself, a family member, or a friend in need of spiritual strength, you will find comfort knowing that your 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. On behalf of the Salesian Sisters, thank you for your generosity, and God bless you!


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Rest in Peace, Dr. Vincent J. Bagli


Plastic Surgery practice in Fair Lawn, NJ. Over the next 35 years, he became one of the top plastic surgeons in the region. In addition to serving at the Hackensack Hospital, he was Assistant Chief of Plastic Surgery at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ.

he Salesian Sisters mourn the passing of Vincent J. Bagli, M.D., father of Sr. Susan Bagli and a founding member and past chairman of the Partners Circle. Dr. Bagli died on March 3, 2014, at the age of 88.

But family was always very important to Vincent. As busy as he was, he still made time for everyone – and all his children’s ballgames.

Vincent was born in Paterson, NJ to Charles and Theresa Badagliacca. When Vincent was in his teens, his father died, leaving him to learn responsibility for himself and others.

Vincent was a strong financial supporter and advisor to the Salesian Sisters after his eldest child, Susan, entered the order. He was a founding member of the Partners Circle in 1991, and served as Chairman from 1993-1996.

After graduating high school, Vincent enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943. In 1945 he received an honorable discharge and decided to attend Georgetown University and Medical School on the GI Bill.

“God has blessed us. We are grateful for the gift of our Dad’s life and how he enriched our lives,” says Sr. Susan. “We will deeply miss him and know that even now he is enjoying God in all of His glory. Our hope rests in Jesus and the knowledge that we will be reunited in heaven. We know he is now in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

While still a student, he met his wife, Dorothy (right), a nurse from Peekskill, NY. Together through their long journey, they had 12 children and 20 grandchildren. Vincent resumed active duty with the Air Force and trained in general surgery at Walter Reed Medical Center and the University Hospital in Cleveland, OH. He rose to the rank of Major at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Before leaving the Air Force in 1962, Vincent opened a


ichael Sean Dunn, brother of Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior, passed away unexpectedly on February 15, 2014. He was 47. Michael was born in Long Island, NY, the last of four children to Andrew and Eva Dunn. He was a graduate of Don Bosco Technical School in Paterson, NJ. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a communications specialist and, after being honorably discharged, finished his education at NJIT, where he received a B.S. in

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The Salesian Sisters offer their sincerest condolences and prayers to Dorothy, Sr. Susan, and the entire family. In Michael’s memory, four Salesian priests celebrated the Eucharist for family and friends at St. Joseph Chapel in North Haledon, NJ. There they reminded all of St. John Bosco’s words: “Tell my boys I wait for them in Paradise.”

Software Engineering. Michael worked for various companies until moving to Sagle, ID, three years ago, where he was a software consultant writing apps for smartphones. “Michael was truly one of Don Bosco’s boys,” Sr. Karen recalls. “Gifted with great wit, intelligence, and energy, he loved fun and engaged everyone around him, often testing the patience of his parents and his Salesian Educators!”

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Who knows how broad was that smile on the face of the waiting Don Bosco! The Salesian Sisters offer their sincerest condolences and prayers to Eva, Sr. Karen, and the family.

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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.

new or upgraded Partners Circle Members in 2014!

There are nine levels of membership, starting at $550, and are listed on these three pages.

Shown in RED

Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group in this, our 23rd year?  Please call us today: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society Major Bequests California Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Angel Oliva Family The Dorothy Thomas Foundation

Florida Dr. & Mrs. Vincent Bagli Mr. & Mrs. Ray Campo Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Garcia PC Mrs. Ann Lowry Murphey


Mr. Anthony Petrocelli Ms. Roberta Ruocco Ms. Celeste Tripi Mr. Vincent Waraske

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

New Jersey

New York Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

Tony Amato Family The Carini Family

Partners Circle “Visionaries”

Partners Circle “Stewards”

Annual gift of $27,250

Annual gift of $11,000

Florida In memory of Henrietta Veronica Schmoll Rauenhorst


Heidi & Mark Oliva PC

Texas Mrs. Betty Turner

PC = A member of the Partners Circle National Board of Trustees

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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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Partners Circle “Partners” Annual gift of $5,500 Florida

Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor PC Mr. & Mrs. James Millar

New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis In memory of Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Church, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins PC Mr. Bill McLaughlin PC

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer PC Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde W. Joseph & Rita M. Weiner

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

Annual gift of $3,300 Connecticut

Annual gift of $2,200

New York Mr. Anthony J. Carroll Mr. John Cassara

Partners Circle “Friends”

Dr. Joseph McAleer PC

Partners Circle “Founders”

Florida Dr. Idalia Lastra

California Mrs. Maryann Roman


Mr. Michael Guarnieri PC Christina & David McAleer PC Mr. & Mrs. Salvatore Zichichi

Florida Mrs. Janis Boyd Anthony & Diana Ekonomou Lowry Murphey Family Foundation Mr. Fredy Padovan

New Jersey

Partners Circle “Benefactors” Annual gift of $1,100 California Mr. & Mrs. Robert Obenberger

Missouri Ms. Marianne O’Doherty


New Jersey


Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Ms. Debi F. Debiak Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Dale Livi Michael & Mary Losurdo Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mrs. Arline Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood

Linda & Peter Christiansen PC Mary Bridget Gaine A Friend

Mr. & Mrs. John Anello Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Caballero PC Terrell & Joe Clark Mrs. Aida Jurado Mr. & Mrs. H. Tyson Lykes, II Mr. & Mrs. Jim Major Mr. & Mrs. Frank Middendorf Lydia & John Oliva Mr. & Mrs. Gene Perez Mr. Charles B. Schmalz


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

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 In Loving Memory of Sr. Adeline Salvetti, FMA

South Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Tom Aldinger

Mr. Robert Reiter

Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Bob Danch Allyson & Kevin Hardy

PC = A member of the Partners Circle National Board of Trustees

Annual gift of $550 Arizona A Friend

California Mr. Ian H. Graham Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

Connecticut Mr. & Mrs. Edward Goin Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Mosey

Drs. Andrea & Sean Farrier PC Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia PC Mrs. Elsa Gutierrez-Janulionis Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Rene & Phyllis Rodriguez Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines PC Mr. Joseph Tomaino Ms. Maria C. Torreiro Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates

Mrs. Joan Oliver Mrs. Margaret Reilly-Antalec

North Carolina Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liotard Mr. Chester F. Michewicz, Jr.

Ohio Mr. & Mrs. Dan Clair Dale & Lynda Kovach




Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Jr. PC Carlos & Liana Baldor, Sr., in memory of Ana Maria Mr. James J. Burrowes Mrs. Yoli Buss Dr. & Mrs. Robert Cano Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Capitano Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro PC Mr. & Mrs. J.C. De Lotto Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria PC

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock


South Carolina

Joseph & Adelaide Olivieri


Partners Circle “Associates” Annual gift of $825 Florida Mr. Declan Mansfield Fred & Anne Michaels

Louisiana Mr. John Keller

New Jersey Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

New York Mrs. Helen Leahy

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

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

New Jersey Tiziana Anello, M.D. Ms. Bernice Bednarz Larry & Mary Anne Condit Dr. & Mrs. Louis Gambetta PC Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Mrs. Stephanie Goldberg Mrs. Teresa Gutto Ms. Laura Cosentino Mannarino Mrs. Diva Muller Mr. & Mrs. Bob O’Halloran Mrs. Christine Peragallo Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Emanuel N. Sarantis Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart

New York Michael & Jeanette Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Charles Brown Kevin & Kathy Clair Mrs. Rose Mary Clair Terence & Patricia Clair Alma & Charlie Curcio Ms. Claire Dell Mr. Joseph Hill Mr. Walter Lazarcheck Mr. & Mrs. Mario Masciandaro Mr. & Mrs. Mark Nardone

Virginia Mrs. Dominique Faust Mr. Michael Maurer Mr. & Mrs. Karl Zauner

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

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Partners Circle “Members”

It’s Spring! Please Give Us This Day!


The Sisters will remember you, your family, and the person(s) you wish to honor in their prayers and sacrifices throughout the day.

uring the next eight months, is there some date that is special to you? Will you share it with the Salesian Sisters? It may be a day of joy, a day of a sad event, a day of recognition, a day of any significant meaning in your life or the life of one of your loved ones.

Please let us know by returning the form below, and then count on us for a special day just for YOU.

This Spring, as On Thursdays, Sisters gather in the Activity Room at the St. Joseph Provincial Center for a “Rosary we marvel at the We invite you Workshop.” The beads are plentiful and the joy at creating instruments to be used to honor Our Blessed Mother is palpable. Coming together to make Rosaries are Sr. Mary Palladino, glory of God’s to share this day Sr. Rufina Delgado, Sr. Gloria Machado, Sr. Livia Setti, and Sr. Mary Bertha. creation renewed, with the Sisters. we Sisters feel It will be given honored to be asked to assist you once again. You and prominence on the day on the bulletin board of the chapel your loved ones will benefit. God bless you! in the St. Joseph Provincial Center.

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day/these days in 2014 in honor of my special intention to support the Endowment for the St. Joseph Provincial Center for our Retired Sisters:



Day 1 (Month, day):


Day 2 (Month, day):


Day 3 (Month, day):


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

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Please detach and mail in the enclosed envelope. Thank you!

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On Holiness and the Art of Waiting Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter “For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust shall be your strength. Truly, the LORD is waiting to be gracious to you.” – Isaiah 30:15


rowing up, one of the Fruits of the Spirit we learned was called “longsuffering.” “Huh?” my little mind would query. A very perplexing item amidst the more pleasing and obvious fruits of kindness, goodness, gentleness, joy! But both parts of that other puzzling so-called fruit – long and suffering – spelled trouble to me. Another translation for longsuffering comes in as “patience.” Now that word makes sense experientially! From our earliest years we are urged to “have patience” and to “wait your turn.” Lord knows, we needed to start packing a reserve of patience from those tender years! For even now, we adults resist whatever is not instantaneous. We quit a download which does not complete within seconds and quickly move on to another application. The abandoned musical instruments in our closets and the rarely utilized gym memberships testify to our society’s reluctance to stay with a struggle over time. When it comes to waiting on people and relationships, to holding on in love in patient work towards what we desire for ourselves or our loved ones, we can give up as well. Sometimes we prefer to disengage from relationships and situations which will not give us quick results. We experience rejection and so

we resist the effort to enter another conversation. We would rather abandon the effort, ending it all quickly. We might choose to simply write off a person or situation instead of having the patience to work over time and to patiently await the gradual unfolding of the good we desire. Old and worn out by a trip he had taken in the last years of his life to raise funds for the construction of the Church of Sacro Cuore in Rome, St. John Bosco was a pitiful sight. One of his confréres leaned toward him to say, “Reverend Father, you know better than anyone how much suffering makes one holy.” Don Bosco

Don Bosco said, “What makes one holy is not the suffering, but the patience.” turned to him and replied, “What makes one holy is not the suffering, but the patience.” The patience in suffering – long-suffering! A practical man, Don Bosco offered these examples: “Please don’t think that it’s the greatest pleasure in the world staying in all morning engaged in meetings or stuck at a table all evening, to write letters or the like. Oh, I assure you that many times I’d be glad to go out and get some air… I assure you that sometimes the blood boils in my veins… so what? Lose my patience? What would that accomplish? It would not get the undone job done, nor will it be corrected with fury. “When I encounter a difficulty,” Don Bosco continued, “I do what one does going down the road that at a certain point is blocked by a large boulder.

If you can’t get it out of the way, you get over or around it. Or you might leave a job begun unfinished… However, do not lose sight of the interrupted work. For over time, things ripen, men change, the difficulties are smoothed out.” This impossibly long winter in the Mid-West and Northeast makes us impatient for springtime. The Lenten and Easter Seasons call us to live in patience. We work patiently towards the changes we want for ourselves by our focus on prayer, fasting and giving. We stay with the trials and stresses of life patiently as well as with the humdrum of our everyday tasks, allowing them to make us holy. We find strength and forbearance in patience for the child who must be loved through his rebellious stages. In patience and long-suffering we reject the temptation to shut out our loved ones or neighbors who have hurt us. We wait in grace and hope through moments of fear and anxiety we all experience at times to give us the stamina to keep a loving, hopeful, and prayerful stance in the face of trial or misunderstanding. The Fruit of the Spirit sometimes called long-suffering has its source in God’s patient love for each of us. It is a key to making sense of our lives. He who loved us to the Cross will mold us through the trials and upsets of life. He will make us holy, and happy knowing that His designs of love are being accomplished in our lives. So, have patience! And long live long-suffering! Happy Easter!


A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between January 29 and April 7, 2014

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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Memorial for Name – DECEASED

Tribute for Name – LIVING

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

Detach & mail to: Sr. Mary Rinaldi 659 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Please make checks payable to SALESIAN SISTERS

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Dr. Vincent J. Bagli Jerry Vasquez Mr. & Mrs. William Alter Julio Oddo Mrs. Frances Bagli Carlos Ortiz Mrs. Nancy Bagli Luis Peña Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bagli Jeronimo Rodriquez Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Bagli, Sr. Abdias Rodriguez Mr. Christopher Bassett Olondieu Damis Mr. Robert E. Bassett Jose Vargas Mr. & Mrs. James Belsan Alfonso Griffith Berlin Rosen, Ltd. University Club Friends of Dr. & Mrs. M.A. Bramante Robert Bagli Regina & Andrew Calcagno Mr. & Mrs. Dan McCann Mr. Donald Cariati Ms. Meryl Diamond Chiara Clara Altamura Mrs. Esther Doerr Mr. & Mrs. Enzo I. Mr. Douglas Durst Altamura Ms. Lola Finkelstein Mr. & Mrs. John L. Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Fleischer Altamura Mr. George E. Frole Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Marriane Garra Altamura Mrs. Genevieve R. Gee Mr. & Mrs. Leonard J. Mr. & Mrs. Elliott J. Hebert Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Harold Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Len S. The Koch Family Altamura Mrs. Mary Lalli Mr. & Mrs. Leonard N. Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Robert Milnamow Mrs. Madeline Altamura Mrs. Diva Muller Dr. & Mrs. Michael Julie Noiret Altamura Mr. & Mrs. Guy Parent Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Barrese Lucie Parent Mrs. Anna Bellizzi Salesian Sisters Partner Circle Mr. Anthony Bellizzi Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Polansky Mrs. Catherine Branciforte Betty & Susan Saunders Dr. & Mrs. David Breslin Mr. & Mrs. Charles Scannella Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Biggiani Ms. Carmelita Schimmenti Mr. Anthony R. Chiodo Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Schulman Ms. Kathrine Crane Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Thompson Mr. & Mrs. F. DeVirgilio John Turchiano Mrs. Rosanna Fiorancio Fahy Two Trees Management Co. Mr. & Mrs. Frank Gadaleta Mr. James Whelan Mrs. Catherine Lazzizzera Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Zimmer Mr. & Mrs. Fausto Lucignani Miguel Martinez Ms. Karen Necela Carlos Ortega Ms. Michelle M. Piazza Ednerd Osias Mr. & Mrs. John Pugliese Marcos Costa Ms. Rosaria Pugliese Thomas Peña Ms. Rosemary Setzer Glenn Calvo Mr. Thomas J. Sivo Felix Gonzalez Mrs. Antoinette Viola James Davidson Anonymous Wilfredo Ramallo Herminio Inoa Francesca Catino Luis Guallpa Ms. Elizabeth D. Niemeyer

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Memorials Received between January 29 and April 7, 2014

Dr. Joseph A. De Mattia Mr. & Mrs. Domenick Galluzzo Dr. Peter A. Frank Ms. Isabella Renzulli Dr. Charles Whang Ms. Irene Caseley Mr. & Mrs. Donald Bellezza Ms. Venera Sapienza Eduardo “Eddie” Gonzalez Mr. & Mrs. Lou Bernucca Friends of the Library, N. Broward Prep Ms. Susan Greenfield Mrs. Laura Horn Mr. & Mrs. Mo Kian Mr. & Mrs. Michael Mones Charles W. Rivera Charles A Saggese Mrs. Elizabeth H. Saggese Jerry Mulé, Gene Mulé and Joseph Mulé Mrs. Catherine Mule Louis Ricci & Sr. Lucy Balistrieri Mrs. Rose Ricci Mary P Sommariva Mr. & Mrs. Peter W. Fierro Michael S. Dunn Mr. Robert Barwick Mr. & Mrs. Chris Bernhardt Mr. & Mrs. Chris Carlson Ms. Sharon Curley Fr. Dennis Donovan, SDB Exelis Inc Ms. Mary Iozzio Mr. & Mrs. Michael Krysiak

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Lee Mr. & Mrs. Chris. Mauro Ms. Laura D. Puccia Mrs. Joyce Schwartz Maria Pietrowski Mr. Kenneth Pietrowski Nick Argentieri Mrs. Bernice Titmas Mark Thompson Mr. & Mrs. Tim Keown Roman Lugones Mr. & Mrs. R. Dominguez Rose Cordes Anonymous Dan Haas & JoAnn Haas Lucy Portuese Mr. Crispin Proto Sr. Joanne Yacone, FMA Ms. Irene Biffar Margaret La Greca, Donald Popowich, Ada Marie Gresich, Helen Sobala & Loga Ciganek Ms. Kathy Adamczyk Jude Barcenas Mrs. Juliet Barcenas Janet Harrison Mr. John Holleran Aunt Bea Mrs. Lisa V. O’Keefe

Tributes Received between January 29 and April 7, 2014 Henry M. Biffar, Jr. Ms. Irene Biffar

Pat Hoyt ‘67, birthday Mrs. Jean M. Barkovitz

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lara Altamura, mother of Sr. Catherine Altamura, passed away on February 4, 2014. She was 103 years old.

Born in Molfetta, Bari, Italy, Catherine learned from her mother a great love for God and the Blessed Mother. It was part of the normal day’s routine to recite the Rosary in the evening. As a young girl she joined the Association of the Immaculate Conception and became a Child of Mary. She received the blue ribbon with the medal of Mary Immaculate, a precious possession which she treasured all her life, and, indeed she wanted to be buried with it. “When we reflect on our Mom’s life, we see mirrored in her the biblical woman totally dedicated to her family; a woman totally fulfilled through self-giving, sacrifice, and fidelity to the duties that her vocation as spouse and mother demanded of her,” recalls Sr. Catherine. “For her six children, Mom was our guide, our teacher and our mentor. She taught us the most important lessons in life. Certainly, among these were faith, love of family, and respect for God’s creation. “By her example Mom taught us to believe in the comforting power of prayer and trust in divine Providence,” Sr. Catherine concludes. “Many times we heard her say: ‘God sees and provides’ and ‘He who trusts in the Lord, will never be disappointed.’” The Salesian Sisters offer their sincerest condolences and prayers to Sr. Catherine and the family.


adeline Massicotte, sister of Sr. Mary Bertha Paquin, passed away on March 6, 2014. She was 90 years old.

Born in St. Tite, Quebec, Madeline was one of seven children. She became a teacher and was loved by her students. “Madeleine was a very kind person,” Sr. Mary Bertha recalls. “If you asked her for advice, she would listen attentively and guide you with her kind words to help them move on. She will always be in my heart.” The Salesian Sisters offer their sincerest condolences and prayers to Sr. Mary Bertha and the family.

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nthony Terzo, the only sibling of Sr. Mary Terzo, passed away at 74 years of age on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, March 25, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was married to his wife, Rosemary, for 52 years and had three children and three grandchildren. He is a Salesian past pupil, having attended Mary Help of Christians School in Manhattan along with his

sister Mary. Their parents, Joseph and Carmela, were also past pupils and in the second graduating class of the school run by the Salesian Sisters. After high school, Anthony enlisted in the Air Force and served for four years. He established his own home remodeling business, which was very successful.

“Anthony loved the outdoors, the beauty and silence of nature, and fishing,” says Sr. Mary. “He was a good Catholic, a faithful husband, a caring father and grandfather, and a just and honest employer. “Anthony is dearly missed by his family, but we know he is in the fullness of joy in God’s presence.” The Salesian Sisters offer their sincerest condolences and prayers to Sr. Mary and the family.

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MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – During Catholic Schools Week, students invited four past pupils to be a part of the Alumni Panel. These four (standing, center): Shannon Sulick ‘07, Karla Garcia ‘98, Erin Medley ‘00, and Alyssa DaBronzo ‘03, were excited to be back “home” sharing stories and answering questions such as, “What advice would you give to the Seniors who are graduating in a few months?” and “How did Mary Help assist you in becoming who you are today?” Students eagerly listened to the alumna’s advice, laughed at their school memories, and perhaps saw themselves coming back to share their success stories with future Mary Helpers. At the end of the day, the alumna gathered with students for a group photo in the St. Joseph Chapel. Thank you, ladies, and good luck to all our graduating Mary Help seniors! For more information on upcoming Alumnae Picnic on August 23, please e-mail

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CORPUS CHRISTI-HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL, PORT CHESTER, NY – On April 5, 280 guests came together for “An Evening Under the Stars,” the Fourth Annual Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi Awards Dinner, the school’s major fundraiser. The hardworking Dinner Committee (above) arranged silent and live auctions, wonderful music from the school choir and the Tony T Orchestra (dancing, too!), and a fabulous dinner prepared by Michael and Maria Marchetti of Columbus Park Trattoria in Stamford, CT – all under an enchanting, twinkling canopy of lights. Special thanks to an alumnus, Mario Pablo Gomez ‘00 of Bow & Rose Floral Boutique in Port Chester, who was a lifesaver in providing the beautiful flowers! The event celebrates the life and legacy of Fr. Peter Rinaldi, SDB, founder of the school and former Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish. The award is presented to those who exemplify Fr. Rinaldi’s generous spirit through their gifts of time, talent, and contributions to the Salesian family’s mission to youth. This year, seven individuals were honored, all of whom have all served teachers, administrators, and staff for 25 years or more: Nancy Belfiore, Dennis Bochichio, Marianne Cicchiello, Deirdre McDermott, Dayse Menick, Arlene Tavolacci, and Kathy Zaccagnino. “Our ‘stars’ are an inspiration as they continue the work of St. John Bosco in the 21st century, leading by their ‘light’ the young who have been entrusted to their care in our school,” says Sr. Lou Ann Fantauzza, Principal. Much fun was had by all, and the proceeds from the event will support tuition aid, programs, and school operations. Thank you! (Photos by John R. Glover)

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The seven honorees have a combined 238 years of service to children in Port Chester: Nancy Belfiore, Dayse Menick, Marianne Cicchiello, Arlene Tavolacci, Dennis Bochichio, Deirdre McDermott, and Kathy Zaccagnino.

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ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – On March 19, the Academy’s senior class continued the annual tradition of preparing a St. Joseph Altar for the student body. The altar (above) was decorated with fruit, sweets, bread, and religious items. The entire school was present for the blessing of the altar, which took place in two shifts. What a wonderful tribute! At right, Academy juniors Allison Barrios and Taylor Seals coordinated the “Teens for Jeans” drive. Donations of worn, unused, or out of style jeans were made to homeless teens. This initiative is a response to the problem of teen homelessness, as 1 in 3 people experiencing homelessness is under the age of 18. One of the items homeless youth request most is a pair of jeans.

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The Joy of Being a Salesian Educator

From “Salesian Kid” to Salesian Educator “Education is a matter of the heart.” – St. John Bosco


rowing up as a “Salesian kid” at St. Anthony Parish School in Elizabeth, NJ, I had no idea that St. John Bosco had captured the secret of educational success in that one short sentence. Looking back now as an educator, I realize that the Sisters had learned Don Bosco’s lesson well, for they treated each one of us as a unique individual, with gifts and talents to be developed and used for the good of others. Whether it was in the classroom or on the playground, the Sisters knew how to find that special “heart string” that would open us up to the God who created us, making us capable of learning the lessons of both mind and heart. My life as a Salesian Sister has offered me the opportunity to teach in various schools in Paterson, NJ, and Tampa, FL, and to be Principal at St. Theresa School in Kenilworth, NJ; Immaculata High School (now Academy of Our Lady) in Marrero, LA; and currently at St. Anthony School in Hawthorne, NJ. In each of these experiences, I’ve tried to live by Don Bosco’s educational philosophy of finding the goodness that lies within the heart of every child (and teacher, and parent), and to call forth that goodness, to protect and develop it. Spending time with the young at basketball games, dances, or in the classroom; refereeing a lunchtime football game; asking a fourth grader to show me how to text or tweet; or

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“Loving what the young love, they, in turn, will love the things I love (more sound advice from St. John Bosco).” watching an eighth grader design a solar powered car, are all ways to reach the hearts of the young. By loving what the young love, they, in turn, will love the things I love (more sound advice from St. John Bosco). It’s a lesson I was fortunate enough to learn as a student in the Sisters’ school, and a lesson I hope

Sr. Marisa DeRose congratulated the Second grade Book Club at St. Anthony School for making and selling bookmarks based on the story “How Full is Your Bucket?” with proceeds going to help the people of the Philippines.

the students entrusted to my care will learn as well. Society has changed, demands on educational institutions have multiplied, and the challenges faced by today’s educators are markedly different. However, one thing remains constant: “Education is a matter of the heart,” just as St. John Bosco said! – Sr. Marisa DeRose, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report ST. JOHN’S NEWMAN CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS – Our second year of hosting Gospel Roads for the University of Illinois students kicked off with our return to warm and sunny Tampa, FL, where we stayed at Mary Help of Christians Center. We worked at the Missione Santa Maria, Villa Madonna School, Salesian Boys and Girls Club, Metropolitan Ministries, and Pinellas Hope. It was truly a Salesian experience filled with Eucharist in the morning, adoration in the evening, and service throughout the day. We were filled, emptied, and re-energized every day with the Lord! We want to thank in a special way Patti Spivey, a Salesian Cooperator, and Marilyn Jones and friends, the Liakim Family, and Yoli Buss, who provided us with food to keep us going. – Sr. Maryann Schaefer, FMA ST. JOHN NEUMANN HIGH SCHOOL, NAPLES, FL – St. John Bosco must have been smiling as he moved in spirit among the 1,200 young people gathered in Miami to celebrate his 2014 feast day! For the third consecutive year, students from Naples joined those of Miami to honor the patron saint of youth, many dressing up as Salesian priests and nuns. After Mass, activities moved into full swing, all geared toward making the atmosphere of Valdocco (the Italian town where St. John Bosco ministered to youth) come alive again. It was truly reminiscent of the Oratory of Don Bosco’s time with a few “tweaks”… not only boys were present, but girls also honored their spiritual father.

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Learning the violin is PK4 student Ruby Brady.

ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC PRESCHOOL, ST. CHARLES, IL – More than just Preschool! In addition to their PK2, PK3 and PK4 Preschool programs, St. Patrick also offers afterschool enrichment classes. Students can take a Young Rembrandt’s art class, a gymnastics class provided by St. Charles gymnastics, or learn to play the violin with Studio of the Arts. “We have found that parents are looking for ways to help their children broaden their horizons, but don’t often have the time to devote to it,” says Sr. Isabel Garza, Preschool Director. “Providing the classes in our facility makes it easy for parents to give their child those experiences, while still streamlining their schedules.” All students also learn Spanish and participate in a healthy eating and exercise program called CATCH that is provided by Cadence Health. That certainly is an enriching Preschool!

Caleb Hom, PK3 Student, is getting the hang of the violin!

PK3 and PK4 students love gymnastics class – especially the stretching exercises!

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CAMP AUXILIUM LEARNING CENTER, NEWTON, NJ – In observance of Presidents’ Month, children had their annual “visit” from George Washington and his wife, Martha. The children learned George Washington was a General, and became the First President of the United States. Children were asked if they had ever crossed the George Washington Bridge. They were taught to take off their hats when in public. The children were intrigued with George Washington’s three-pointed hat and wig, and were told these were the trends of that day. In closing, the children and the assembly prayed for President Barack Obama, asking for wisdom in making the right decisions for the United States. Similar honors were paid to President Abraham Lincoln on his birthday.

ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Delta Dental of New Jersey proudly presented the Captain Supertooth Program, teaching elementary school children about the benefits of good oral hygiene in a fun way. The Captain is joined by Quentin Pierre, Michael Piccola, Nilsa Velez, Zinnia Magill, Bryce Mays, and Bianca Luciano.

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VILLA MADONNA SCHOOL, TAMPA, FL – Learning can be lively and fun! At left, during the eighth grade retreat, students took part in their own version of “Minute to Win It,” trying to balance M&M candies on their pencils and be the first to eat them! At right, the proud – and smart – winners of the Math Bowl display their “trophies.” Below, the Salesian Youth Center kids went on a field trip to the center where Sr. Clare Kennelly was undergoing her rehabilitation following knee replacement surgery. The children visited Sr. Clare and other patients, watered plants, and brought joy and beautiful smiles to all the staff and patients at the center. The patients even asked if the kids were coming the very next day as they had such a wonderful time with the children! Get better soon, Sr. Clare!

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nowmen – make that, “snowpersons” – and Sr. Eileen Tickner had a lot in common this long, hard winter in Haledon, NJ. With a total of more than six feet (!) of snow, Sr. Eileen was constantly inspired to put her creative energies to good use, fashioning a variety of figures, from normal upright ones (above) to one who turned a somersault in the white expanse and stayed head down, feet in the air! Our elderly Sisters were delighted! Meanwhile, our stalwart younger, more energetic Sisters shoveled and shoveled and shoveled, keeping sidewalks and entranceways and cars cleared of any danger. Thanks to our North Haledon Sisters up the hill, their snowplows were dispatched regularly to maintain our internal roads free of dangerous ice and snow. Needless to say it was all very beautiful – but we’re so glad Spring is here!

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