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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends, Traditionally, in a Salesian School, the day starts with a “Good Morning,” a short and inspiring thought for the children along with a prayer, to set the tone for the day. Our cover is a snapshot of a class at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL, just after assembly. The faces of our students reveal peace and tranquility, making real St. John Bosco’s quote, “Education must be a matter of the heart.” Amen! The big news this New Year is our “Light on the Hill” campaign to fund the long-overdue restoration of St. Joseph Chapel in North Haledon, NJ. After 37 years of service to the Salesian Sisters in our Province and the students of Mary Help of Christians Academy, the Chapel is in desperate need of a new roof and a complete refurbishment inside. I invite you to stop and look at the next four pages and to become a real partner in this essential project. Thank you!

Save The Dates! “An Evening Under the Stars” The Fourth Annual Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi Awards Dinner Saturday, April 5, 2014 Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School, Port Chester, NY A benefit for Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School. For more information and tickets, please call (914) 937-4407 or visit

Salesian Sisters’ Spring Party Saturday, April 12, 2014 Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon, NJ

Some other news to report: • We salute Angelo and Connie Silveri and Silverite Construction, who sponsored our generous endof-year matching gift. Not only did we make the match, but we exceeded it by $20,000, for a total of $85,000 – all earmarked for scholarships at Salesian Schools. Mr. Silveri visited Mary Help recently and met the students who are benefiting from scholarships. It was a joyous occasion! See page 7.

Donate your unwanted Christmas gifts to the Spring Party, to benefit the Mary Help Financial Aid Fund! Please call (973) 904-0102 for details. Thank you!

• We begin the 23rd year of the Partners Circle with an amazing 11 new or upgraded Members. Welcome! Won’t you also consider joining this team, which provides vital unrestricted funds to further our mission? Details on pages 8-10.

Dames of Mary Help Women of Distinction Luncheon

• Tax time is upon us. Kindly notify us if you are in need of a letter listing your total giving for 2013.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I’m happy to join my Sisters in good wishes and prayers for God’s blessings for you and your families, throughout each day of this New Year.

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Indian Trail Club, Franklin Lakes, NJ A benefit for Mary Help of Christians Academy. Honorees to be announced! For more information and tickets, please call the Development Office: (973) 904-0102.

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How You Can Help

Below is a list of gift opportunities that can be your legacy or a lasting gift to those you hold dear. With each of the following contributions to the Light on the Hill Campaign, your name or the name of a beloved will be engraved on the glass windows that line the chapel entrance.

CHAPEL Dedicate the Chapel (e.g. The Smith Family St. Joseph Chapel)


ROOF Replace entire roof


Install aluminum gutters


Install snow rail and guards



Install floor tiles


Sound system


Install new carpet


Dedicate the pipe organ


Credence table


Retractable projection screen (2)


Confessional (2)


LCD Projector (2)


Shelves for liturgical music room


Seasonal altar banners



Restore pew and kneeler (70) [4 RESERVED]


Statue of Mary


St. John Bosco painting


Statue of St. Joseph


St. Mary Mazzarello painting


Dedicate the altar


Dedicate the tabernacle


6 foot oak chapel crucifix


Sanctuary platform


Tabernacle background

Processional Cross [RESERVED]


Stations of the Cross (14)


Seasonal altar linens


Holy Water font (2)


Sanctuary lamp


Flower stands and tables


Altar candle holders


Choir chair (50)




Papal flag with stand [RESERVED]




American flag with stand


Presider chair (3)


For naming opportunities or for cash donations, please use the enclosed envelope. Checks should be made payable to the Salesian Sisters. For more information, call the Development Office at 1-877-OUR NUNS (1-877-687-6867). Please note that the dollar amounts do not reflect the actual cost of items.

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Thanks to the support of Mr. Angelo Silveri (above), students at Mary Help of Christians Academy benefit from scholarships. Joining their principal, Sr. Lise Parent (left) and Sr. Mary Rinaldi are Seniors Shirley Gonzalez and Amina Drame, Junior Michelle McNeill, Senior Yamile Catala, Freshmen Melanie Donado and Zhanielle Pelen, Junior Iviana Nunez, and Freshman Valentina Arias.


here was a very special visitor to Mary Help of Christians Academy on January 30: Angelo Silveri of Oyster Bay, NY. Angelo and his wife, Connie, along with Angelo’s firm, Silverite Contruction, have been sponsoring young women since 2010 – 20 at present! Their students, some shown in these photos, were thrilled to meet Mr. Silveri and thank him in person – and more than a few tears of gratitude were shed!

Vice Principal Sr. Mary Jackson and Mr. Silveri visit with scholarship students at Mary Help Middle School.

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The Silveri’s have had an enduring friendship with the Salesian Sisters dating back to the 1970’s at Camp Auxilium in Newton, NJ. Their three daughters, Donna, Angela, and Stephanie spent summer after summer in the Camp’s home-like environment among the Salesian Sisters. The positive exposure of their daughters led them to continue the support of young women through education. Mr. Silveri’s quote, “I prefer to help more children than fewer,” continues to ring true today. Thank you and God bless you, Angelo and Connie!

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Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Welcome New 2014 Members in Red!


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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new or upgraded Partners Circle Members in 2014!

There are nine levels of membership, starting at $500, 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

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

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

Angel Oliva Family The Dorothy Thomas Foundation

Indiana Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

New York Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

New Jersey Tony Amato Family The Carini Family

Partners Circle “Visionaries” Annual gift of $25,000 Florida In memory of Henrietta Veronica Schmoll Rauenhorst

Partners Circle “Stewards” Annual gift of $10,000 Florida


Heidi & Mark Oliva

Mrs. Betty Turner

Annual gift of $5,000 Florida Mr. & Mrs. James Millar

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

New Jersey

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

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis In memory of Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Church, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. Bill McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Vincent DeBow

Partners Circle “Friends” Annual gift of $3,000

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

Connecticut Mr. Michael Guarnieri Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer Dr. Joseph McAleer Mr. & Mrs. Salvatore Zichichi

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

Florida Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor Dr. Idalia Lastra

New Jersey

Partners Circle “Benefactors” Annual gift of $1,000 California


Mr. & Mrs. Robert Obenberger

Ms. Marianne O’Doherty


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

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Christiansen Mary Bridget Gaine A Friend

Florida Mr. & Mrs. John Anello Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Caballero 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


New Jersey

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. Robert Reiter

Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

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

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

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Partners Circle “Partners”

Salesian Sisters’ Partners Circle Welcome New 2014 Members in Red!

Partners Circle “Members” Annual gift of $500 Arizona A Friend

California Mr. Ian H. Graham Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto


Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Rene & Phyllis Rodriguez Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines Mr. Charles B. Schmalz Mr. Joseph Tomaino Ms. Maria C. Torreiro Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates

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

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



Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock



South Carolina

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Jr. 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 Mr. & Mrs. J.C. De Lotto Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria Drs. Andrea & Sean Farrier Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia Mrs. Elsa Gutierrez-Janulionis Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lee

Joseph & Adelaide Olivieri


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

Partners Circle “Associates” Annual gift of $750 Florida Mr. Declan Mansfield Fred & Anne Michaels

Louisiana Mr. John Keller

New Jersey Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

New York Mrs. Helen Leahy



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 A. Gambetta 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 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 Mascinadro Mr. & Mrs. Mark Nardone Mrs. Joan Oliver Mrs. Margaret Reilly-Antalec

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.


rs. Marie Hess, Mrs. Kathy Redmon, and the Mary Help of Christians Academy Health Club appeared on December 3 for their annual Christmas party with the elderly Salesian Sisters of our community at the St. Joseph Provincial Center. As you can see from the photos on this page, the Sisters were delighted by their visitors and their liveliness, and the imaginative ways they brought the spirit of joy to us! Two young ladies recited the well known poem, “T’was the Night before Christmas.” Presents? Of course! The afternoon ended with a lovely snack prepared by the girls as we shared our stories. Thank you and God bless you all!

Sr. Mary Terzo and Sr. Claire Perino are joined by Mary Help Junior Diana Hernandez.

Christmas wishes and caroling with our Aspirants, who are studying to become Salesian Sisters: Katie Nicosia, Jennifer Paterson, Mary Mott, and Kelly Schuster.

Sr. Mary Anne Zito plays “Spinquest” with Mary Help Senior Stephanie Dumaradsky, as Sr. Gloria Machado looks on.

100 Years Young!


Mary Help Junior Khristine Bernal visits with Sr. Rufina Delgado.

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appy birthday to Vincenza Cianci of Greenwich, CT, who turned 100 on January 7. She is the niece of Msgr. Carlo Cianci (pictured at left with Vincenza at her First Holy Communion). Msgr. Cianci succeeded his uncle, Fr. Felix Cianci, as pastor of St. Michael Parish in Paterson, NJ. Fr. Felix invited the first Salesian Sisters to the United States in 1908.

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This New Year, Please Give Us This Day!


o you have a happy occasion you would like to share? The Salesian Sisters will celebrate with you. Is it a time to celebrate a less-thanhappy occasion? Our prayer for you on your special day will celebrate this event in your life. Have you someone to thank?

event, and/or situation and for the person who requests prayer for the day.

Then please “Give Us This Special Day”! All of us will help multiply this gratitude.

Our Lord has assured us, “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, I am among them.” What better assurance can we have?

The Sisters enjoy taking part in your family’s joys and, also, helping with your sorrows. You have become part of our family, and that is a wonderful exchange of love and concern for each event.

Mary Help of Christians Academy Junior Daisy Paisi visits with

Any and every event or Sr. Amelia Callegarin and Sr. Denise Sickinger. person or situation that Let this exchange of time be an example of our concern merits special attention will be publicized on a bulletin and love for one another. Please “Give Us This Day” by board outside our chapel on your special day. All the returning the form below. Thank you, and God bless you! Salesian Sisters, on that day, will pray for that person,

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

Name Address


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

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Your Connection to Us Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter


he fact that your eyes are taking in this page right now confesses a sort of truth about who you are. Perhaps you do not officially wear the name “Salesian” as a professed member, a Cooperator, an alumnus/alumnae, or any of the many other branches of the Salesian Family. Your presence to this page, though, speaks of your connection to this huge Family that spans the globe, each member touched in some way by the spirit of a Charism given to it by Saints. The winter months carry feast days of three stand-out Family Saints, celebrated last month: • January 22: Blessed Laura Vicuña (1891-1904), a young student of the Salesian Sisters. • January 24: St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), the great Doctor of the Church and bishop of Geneva, and the origin of our name “Salesian”. • January 31: St. John Bosco (1815-1888), the educator and founder of that branch of the Salesian Family we speak of here, a family which carries a special dedication and interest in the young people in our world.

sharing the life of His children, engaging and responding in practical ways and with infinite love to peoples’ expectations. • Jesus Christ: Christ in the Eucharist is the center of our life. The image of the Good Shepherd, in particular, inspires our activity and our way of dealing with others, especially the young. As the Good Shepherd, the Salesian loves others each as they are, without prejudice or exception, precisely as the Good Shepherd does, even the lost sheep.

“This is a portrait of our Salesian Family. You are part of it, and leaving your own mark on it!” • The Catholic Church: Like St. John Bosco, we express our love for the Church by attention and devotion to the Pope. • Spirituality: Our spirituality is both simple and challenging. It wonders at God and the great things He has done in creation. It seeks a personal experience of God that wants us to give our talents and gifts for His glory. It is spirituality “with its boots on,” going out with generosity to others.

What characterizes this Family of ours? How can you identify a Salesian Family member? Here are some snippets of our traits to help create a portrait of our Family. They speak of how we tick and about how we think about . . .

• Young People: The young, especially the poorer ones, are at the heart of the Salesian. They are precious gifts of God. Their aspirations, desires, problems, and needs are ours.

• God: God is a “Father who goes on working” (John 5:17),

• Love: Our life’s work is to mirror the foreseeing and loving God. We

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are to be “signs and expressions” of this love of God. • Attitude: The Salesian is optimistic and confident in the victory of good. Our language is one of youthful cheerfulness and of celebration because we know the grace of God prevails. At the same time, the Salesian takes initiative in bringing about the good and the best in everyone and everything. • Prayer: The Salesian prays, not with long hours of devotion or any particular method. The Salesian prays daily as a good Christian. The prayer is apostolic; it starts with an action of good in order to reach God. The Salesian sees the face of God in the young. The ordinary action of every day is guided by a sense of the ever-abiding Presence of God. • Mary: Mary is the model and guide of a Salesian’s activity in life, a Mother and Teacher, a model of faith and goodness. Her name is on our lips and hearts daily as a helper in all things. “Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us!” This is a portrait of our Family! And you are part of it! Surely you are leaving your own mark on it! Thank you for sharing this way of looking at and living life, and for your love for the young among the Salesian Family! Prayers these very wintery months from your Salesian Sisters and Salesian Family Friends!

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Making Headlines Around the Province

Festive Fun for All at Our Christmas Party!


n December 8, more than 500 guests attended the Salesian Sisters’ annual Christmas Party at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ. The festive atmosphere, a delicious meal from The Market Basket of Franklin Lakes, and even a visit from “Santa Claus” himself, amidst the many beautiful gift baskets, all made for a wonderful time filled with the Christmas spirit. Thank you to all who supported this amazing event – you helped raise more than $91,000 for the Mary Help of Christians Academy Financial Aid

Fund – a record! Also, congratulations to the winners of the Christmas Challenge Sweepstakes: Shop Rite Gift Card: Eileen Frew, West Milford, NJ Apple Store Gift Card: Vivian Isenberg, Haskell, NJ We hope to see you all again at our Spring Party on April 12!

Nick Laino of Paterson, NJ, with Sr. Antoinette Cabrera.


Sr. Ramona Beltré and her family are surrounded by prizes they won at the Christmas Party!

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Elizabeth Harkins, Pat Connors, and Marylee Pratnicki (center) help Sr. Mary Rinaldi announce the winners of the silent auction.

Sr. Agatha Cosentino joins Charlie and Alma Curcio of Commack, NY, and their family at the Christmas Party.


A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between December 1, 2013 & January 28, 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:

Albert Argentieri Mrs. Bernice Titmas

Domenic Titmas Mrs. Bernice Titmas

David Ciccarilli Ms. Janette Mouisette

Ann Vecchio Mr. Joseph Vecchio

Daniel & Theresa Colchie Mrs. Cynthia Di Rosa

Madeline R. Whitely Miss Holly Delohery

Rose Cordes Mr. Alan Myers Mr. & Mrs. John Gast


Michael Cormio Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Altamura Mrs. Antoinette Viola Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Altamura Dr. & Mrs. Michael Altamura Mrs. Clara Altamura

Sr. Agatha Cosentino Miss Ednamay Fasano

Giovanni Di Rosa Mrs. Cynthia Di Rosa

Sr. Domenica Di Peri Mrs. Joan Palmer

Joe & Angie Gauger Mrs. Fran Cilia

Sr. Lindsay Durham Mr. & Dr. R. McCalister

Thomas R. Gillen Mrs. Patrice Salvatore

Sr. Danielle Gonzalez Ms. Louise Barsotti

Susan Guiliano Mrs. Cynthia Di Rosa

Virginia Jones Ms. Louise Jones Jankovic

Camille D’Amato Kornutick Ms. Carol Kasper

Maureen & Donald Killoran Ms. Marie A. Kelleher

Rose Marchese Mr. & Mrs. Roger Marchese

Mary Beth Lay Ms. Laura Anne Magruder & Maggie’s Place

Florence O’Donnell Ms. Carol Kasper

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Judith Protas Miss Ednamay Fasano Jeffrey Paul Russo Mrs. Christine Lopez

My Name Address

Charles A. Saggese Mrs. Elizabeth Saggese 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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Susan Salazar Mr. & Mrs. Richard Salazar

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Dorothy B. Anton Mr. Harold Anton

David & Christina McAleer Mr. & Mrs. George McAfee Sr. Claire Perino Miss Rose Rinaldi Beverly & Rodger Rohde Ms. Cynthia Rohde Sr. Denise Sickinger Ms. Carmen Hilmes Sr. Mildred Zanetti Mrs. Vilma Johnson

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Salesian Youth Report

A Road Trip to Help Tornado Victims


he day: November 23, 2013. The time: most of the day. Where: Washington, Illinois. Why: to help the people who lost their homes and their possessions in the tornado disaster of November 16.

to “ground zero.” It was about 29 degrees with a stiff wind and, yes, even flurries. But this did not stop the clean-up efforts that were going on around us. “Hot chocolate! Anyone want hot chocolate?” were our cries.

Two carloads of people from St. John’s Catholic Newman Center (Mr. & Mrs. K. Bohac, Sr. Theresa Samson, myself, Jovanna Nguyen, and Claire Rogers) loaded with food and clothing, took off for Mass at Holy Cross Parish, and then headed

Thanks came back with smiles and stories. One spoke about how their son had just come back from grocery shopping with his wife in the car. It was raining fiercely and they were unaware of the impending tornado almost upon them. They tried opening

was left, the people who selflessly helped the relief effort, and the personal stories spoke of a free nation who truly are Americans. These were people who were not asked to leave their families and come to help. They are Americans who understand the meaning of, “My brother is in need and I will go.” A lady by the name of Amanda from Joplin, MO, couldn’t stop hugging me and saying thank you for everything. What I was doing in comparison to

Volunteers from the Newman Center, including Sr. Theresa Samson (right), encountered unbelievable tornado devastation in Washington, IL.

to Washington. We were on a mission to help people, but were changed by the “touch” of the people we were serving.

the garage door, but it came crashing down on the car, pinning them inside – but also saving their lives, as the tornado passed over, taking out their house right before their eyes.

We unloaded our vehicles at St. Patrick’s School gym, where a relief outreach has been staged since the tornadoes hit Washington one week prior. There were people everywhere, including those who had lost everything, and yet were reaching out to their neighbors. Our contact person greeted us with many thank you’s as we offered ourselves for whatever they needed.

Another spoke of the early Thanksgiving dinner where 18 were gathered. One of the family members, a young boy, heard the whistle blow, and encouraged everyone to go to the basement. They followed his urging. As the door to the basement closed and locked, the house where they were three seconds before was swept away – but their lives were saved.

Hot chocolate, hot dogs, cookies, chips, and hand warmers filled the back of our van, and off we were

I must say I did not know what to expect, having seen pictures of the area. But going there and seeing what

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what they were doing was miniscule, but what we were doing together was helping to rebuild lives. We will go back and we will be more numerous. We will give as selflessly as these people are giving. We thank God for the number of lives that were saved on November 16. Most of those people were, at that moment, in church, praising God! It’s times like these that remind me how proud I am to be an American, a Salesian Sister, and part of St. John’s Newman Center’s Service and Justice Outreach. – Sr. Maryann Schaefer, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report

JOE & ANNE GARCIA SALESIAN YOUTH CENTER/ BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, TAMPA, FL – Smiles aplenty at the Salesian Youth Center as youngsters had a ball at the the Christmas Party, hosted by Robert Half International. More than 500 kids attended from all of the local Boys & Girls Clubs around town. The party was complete with food, ice cream, and toys.

ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – Academy of Our Lady High School recently attended the Council of Catholic Schools Co-operative Club luncheon, where the school was recognized for its participation in the Clothe-AChild Campaign. Pictured above are (left-right) Co-President Lisa Chartier; Development Director Sr. Maria Colombo; Co-President Lisa Oncale; Treasurer Terri Broussette; Recording Secretary Lori Williamson; Principal Sr. Michelle Geiger; Corresponding Secretary, Lori Holmes; Assistant Principal Michele Coulon; and Accounting Clerk Judy Baldassaro.

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ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Members of the National Junior Honor Society participated in the Super Kids-Super Sharing Program, which is an NFL community project that puts books and school supplies into the hands of local children and schools. With the help and delivery from parents Giovanni Morales and Barbara Herbert, more than 500 items including reading books, school supplies, sports equipment, and used cell phones were collected and donated. The event, which was held at Essex County College, included a chance to meet N.Y. Giants star Stevie Brown (above, with students). MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – On January 11, Mary Help Seniors Shiann Hernandez (above), Adriana Medizabal, and Alex Domaradsky represented the Academy for the first time in the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Northern Regional Competition. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. This competition allows students pursuing a career in the medical field to compete in health-related events with schools across Northern New Jersey. Shiann placed 7th in the Medical Spelling Competition. Congratulations!

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Below, sixth and seventh graders at St. Theresa’s enhanced their study of the Vietnam War thanks to a visit from Mr. Ahn Bui, father of seventh-grader Ana Bui. Mr. Bui talked about his life in Saigon during the war and how he and his family escaped to America in 1975. Thank you, Mr. Bui, for the fascinating and enlightening talk!

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ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – Academy of Our Lady National Honor Society recently hosted its annual Academic Games. Students competed in subjects as diverse as U.S. History makers, Anatomy and Physiology, Mythology, Botany, Math Speed, and a Pentathlon. Eight local schools participated in the event, including Immaculate Conception School, whose students (at right) Destynee Payne, Emily Mailhos, and Emerld Newsham proudly displayed their winning medals. Congratulations all!

At left, Mrs. Maryann Riordan congratulates Mary Help Senior Nicole Cena on her smart outfit. Below, showing off their professional look are Mary Help Seniors Karrington Hamilton and Melissa Hurtado.

MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Mary Help’s very own Business, Accounting, and Marketing classes strutted their stuff on December 3 for the “Dress for Success” project. Each one of Mrs. Maryann Riordan’s students spent the entire school day in heels, pantsuits, and pencil skirts. The goal was to practice dressing up for a business interview. Looking good, young ladies!

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The Joy of Being a Salesian Educator

“I am glad I am part of their story”


must say I have been a very happy Salesian Sister since Day 1, when I felt God was calling me. During my growing up years in Mexico, I used to go to the slums with my Mother, and I witnessed first hand the misery of the people, their poverty, and their inability to help themselves. From this was born my missionary vocation. I longed to go to the foreign missions. But God had other plans. I became a Salesian Sister and was sent to the United States as my “mission country,” where I taught for 55 years in a number of places. Here I found young people that were needy too, perhaps in different ways, but needy nonetheless. When I taught in New York City, I had children with very poor home lives in disfunctional families. They were neglected in ways that are more harmful than material poverty. I felt right at home with them, working with them, teaching them about God, and even teaching the girls how to sew. Today, many of them are successful and good people, and I feel glad that I am part of their story. I also taught in Boston, and at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon. I am still in contact with past pupils from that time and we reminisce about our experiences in and out of the classroom. Although during my teaching “career” I taught classes in Theology, English as a Second Language, Spanish, World History, and Algebra, what I enjoyed most was teaching classes in Culinary Arts, Sewing, Fashion, Etiquette, and Business Education. These allowed for a great deal of interaction and helped the students learn skills for daily life. My whole life as a Salesian educator

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“Being with young people is challenging and invigorating as we learn from each other. I enjoyed my mission among them. They were a cause of joy to me as I hope I have been to them.” has afforded me so much joy. Being with young people is challenging and invigorating as we learn from each other. I really enjoyed my mission among them. They were a cause of joy to me as I hope I have been to them. How often I hear my past pupils tell me they still remember me and what I taught them about life! This delights my heart.

What’s cooking today? Sr. Antoinette Cabrera instructs students in her Home Economics class at Mary Help of Christians Academy.

Now I am living at the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ, and do not have a lot of direct contact with the students. But I am still happy and I am still reaching out to the young with my prayers, and evangelizing with my life as day by day I do what the Lord asks of me. I am still a missionary. I am still a Salesian educator. I am full of gratitude to God, my Superiors, my Sisters, my past-pupils, and all young people. My life has been, and still is, full of joy! – Sr. Antoinette Cabrera, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report

CAMP AUXILIUM LEARNING CENTER, NEWTON, NJ – As always, Camp Auxilium, catering to ages infants to Kindergarten, celebrated the Christmas season with great spirit. Everyone enjoyed the festive surroundings: the mangers, the trees, the lights, and all the holiday decorations. The children loved telling St. Nick their dreams for Christmas morning. The Christmas class parties were joyful and yummy. Of course, the Annual Christmas Pageant was the wonderful way to kick off the Christmas Season, with all children singing, dancing, and smiling to the packed auditorium of parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends! Once again, Camp Auxilium made Christmas all it should be, celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus and the simplicity of the manger with the Virgin Mary and Joseph, the Wise Men, and the animals. Truly, there is no place like Camp Auxilium for the holidays!

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Salesian Youth Report ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – The Student Council held a food drive, collecting canned goods and dry non-perishable items for the food pantry at St. Theresa’s Church, which helps feed the less fortunate. Pictured at left are (front row, l-r) Christopher Hnatowski, Matthew Pavlik, Greyson Hines, Christopher Leon, Kevin McCarthy, and Ana Bui; (back row, l-r) Manny Grova, Steven Traczik, Jonathon Kreinberg, Cararose Coppola, Caroline Tramontana, and Julius LopinaCarpenter. Great job everyone!

ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – Academy of Our Lady held a Christmas Fantastic Friday Night. Students from local schools joined Academy staff and students for an evening of music, games, crafts, cupcake decorating, and drama. The evening culminated with a magnificent performance of the true meaning of Christmas: the Nativity. Pictured above are (left-right) Kayla Hebert and Taylor Hamback of Our Lady of Prompt Succor School; Starla Aguilar of Immaculate Conception School; Allie Briscoe of Fisher Middle School; and Lauren Hezeau of St. Cletus School.

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tudents at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL, got in the holiday spirit in many colorful ways! Above, Sr. Janet Keller celebrated Thanksgiving with her second grade class who dressed up in handmade costumes, including Kendall McGrogan and Skylar Hollingshed. Below, third graders Olivia Alba and Joshua Furones collected toys for the toy drive to benefit Metropolitan Ministries. Well done, kids!

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