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A blessed Christmas to all!

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Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s Letter Dear Friends, ‘Tis the season! As families gather to celebrate Christmas, we Salesian Sisters are reminded of how blessed we are to have all of YOU as part of our extended family. We always enjoy hearing from you and getting together, as we did in New Jersey at the Dames of Mary Help’s Angels Among Us Gala (see pages 4-7), and in Tampa at the Thanksgiving Basket (see pages 16-17). These fundraisers benefit our students and young people, and on our cover, girls from Mary Help of Christians Academy line up on the glamorous staircase of The Venetian in Garfield, NJ, to express their gratitude. Mine, too, especially as a scholarship fund has been established in my name (see right). I am so honored and touched!

Sr. Liz Ryan is truly an “animated” Animator of her community in St. Charles, IL! Sister is well-known for her Christmas Village, complete with colorful lights, figures, and a zooming train. There’s even a nun (left), watching the tree and leading the children in song. What a beautiful tribute!

Some news to report: • Farewell and Godspeed, Sr. Phyllis Neves, who has been elected to represent our Salesian Mother General. We will miss you! See page 3.

The Sr. Mary Rinaldi, F.M.A., Scholarship at Mary Help of Christians Academy

• Every week I receive notes of gratitude from those who have “Adopted a Sister.” One recently wrote, “I have been in the program since 1995 and each day I am able to face difficulties with calm and confidence knowing that ‘my’ Sister is praying for me.” Won’t you join this dynamic group? Hint: it makes a great Christmas gift! See page 8. • Need an end-of-year tax letter? Please contact the Development Office. • Don’t return those unwanted Christmas gifts! Please consider donating them to our 2015 Spring Party, to benefit Mary Help of Christians Academy’s Financial Aid Fund. Thank you! In the name of our Provincial Superior, Sr. Karen Dunn, and all my Sisters, thank you for your loyalty and generosity throughout 2014. We have so much to be thankful for, and you are at the very top of our list of gratitude. We wish you and your loved ones a Blessed and very Merry Christmas and a healthy, fruitful, and joyous 2015!

An anonymous donor has established a new Scholarship Fund for MHCA students in honor of Sr. Mary and in thanksgiving for her 50 years as a Salesian Sister and her 25 years of unprecedented success as Development Director, enabling the vital mission of the Salesian Sisters to endure and thrive. Please honor Sr. Mary by making a gift to this new Fund! For more information, please call the Development Office: (973) 904-0102 or (877) OUR-NUNS.


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Congratulations to Our “Visiting Mother”


his fall, the Salesian Sisters received some remarkable news: Sr. Phyllis Neves has been elected one of seven visiting General Councillors of our worldwide order, the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians! In her new role, Sr. Phyllis will work with Mother General, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, and the other members of the General Council to ensure that the spiritual and apostolic needs of the 14,000 Salesian Sisters around the world are being properly met, while promoting a stronger bond with the Institute itself. As the Salesian Sisters fondly call it, Sr. Phyllis will be a “Visiting Mother”. She will be based in Rome, and reports for duty on January 15, 2015. Her appointment is for six years, and can be renewed. The last Sister from the Eastern Province to be called to serve as a General Councillor was Sr. Lydia Carini in 1965. Sr. Phyllis is well-qualified for her new role, having served as Provincial Superior of both the Western and Eastern Provinces in the United States. A graduate of the Auxilium in Rome, Italy, she has also served as a teacher, principal, and animator. She is presently in her fourth year as formator of Aspirants (young women studying to become Salesian Sisters) and animator of the Salesian Sisters’ community in North Haledon, NJ. Sr. Phyllis was not present in Rome when the election was held, so the news came as a shock! On a bright autumn morning, she was riding back from Mass with two other Sisters in North Haledon when she received a phone call. She answered it, and heard

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Sr. Karen Dunn (right), Provincial Superior, congratulates Sr. Phyllis Neves on her 40th anniversary as a Salesian Sister this year.

The reaction of the Salesian Sisters in North Haledon was one of amazement, joy, and sadness that Sr. Phyllis would be leaving, as well as gratitude to God for appointing such a pastoral woman for this new mission in the Institute.

In her new role, Sr. Phyllis will collaborate with Mother General to ensure that the spiritual and apostolic needs of the Salesian Sisters are met, worldwide. the voice of Mother Yvonne, asking her to accept her election. Declaring her trust in the intercession of Our Lady, Help of Christians, and her love for the Institute, Sr. Phyllis accepted, to the applause of the over 200 Salesian Sisters at the General Chapter listening on a speakerphone! “This is a tremendous and humbling experience of God’s will,” Sr. Phyllis says. “There was no other answer to give except ‘Yes!’”

“The same motherly and pastoral spirit that Sr. Phyllis brought to each new place of ministry will be a blessing to those Sisters whom she is called to accompany on this new level,” says Sr. Karen Dunn, Provincial Superior. “Although she will be dearly missed in the United States, the prayers of those who know and love her will join her wherever God sends her.” “I will miss my community of Sisters here, our awesome young people, and our extended family of friends and benefactors who support our mission every day,” Sr. Phyllis says. God bless you, Sr. Phyllis! We are so proud of you!

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Mary Help Gala Honors an “Angelic” Duo


ith the theme of “Angels Among Us,” the Dames of Mary Help organized this year’s fundraising gala for Mary Help of Christians Academy on November 14 at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ. The $335,000 raised will benefit the operations and scholarship funds at Mary Help. This year’s honorees truly embodied the angelic theme for their dedication, service, and generosity: Sr. Mary Rinaldi and Beverly Rohde.

Sr. Mary, marking 50 years as a Salesian Sister this year, has been the Director of the Salesian Sisters’ Development Office for 25 years. Since 2002 she has worked closely with the Dames raising financial aid for students at Mary Help. Her dear friend Beverly Rohde is a founding member of the Dames and past chairwoman, building the volunteer group which volunteers their time, energy, and talent to educate the local community about the importance of Mary Help through special events and public relations.

Twinkie Polizzi, chairwoman of the Dames of Mary Help, presents a commemorative plaque to the evening’s honoree, Sr. Mary Rinaldi. (Photos by Lorraine Corsale)

More than 300 guests filled the ballroom bedecked with angel wings and feathers. The evening, emceed by past Partners Circle chairman Bill McLaughlin, featured a silent and live auction along with dinner and dancing. A new scholarship fund for Mary Help students, established in honor of Sr. Mary, was announced at the dinner (see page 2). All in all, it as an evening to remember, filled with fun, friendship, and giving. Thanks to the generosity of all who participated in the auctions and our Sponsors and Underwriters, the Gala was a great success. See you next year!


Dame of Mary Help, Bobbie Dawson and her husband, Jack, of Pompton Plains, NJ, visit with Sr. Lise Parent, principal of Mary Help of Christians Academy.

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Honoree Beverly Rohde, Chairwoman Emeritus of the Dames of Mary Help, joins her family for a group photo (l-r): grandson Zachary, daughter-in-law Deborah, son Christopher, daughter Cynthia, son Rodger Jr., and granddaughter Mackenzie.

The Rinaldi cousins, Christopher, Paula, Paul, Rose and Lisa, all from Union, NJ, join in the celebration for Sr. Mary.

Dear friends Rich Taylor, Bill McLaughlin, and Michael Polizzi congratulate Beverly Rohde.

Mary Beth Hausler joins Roseanne James in her gorgeous angel costume!

Beverly Rohde dances with her grandson Zachary.

Everyone hit the dance floor!

Jeff Quinn of Franklin, NJ, introduces Sr. Mary Rinaldi as his wife, Lisa, looks on.


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No Gala would be complete without our exuberant auctioneer, Jill Doherty! Thank you, Jill!

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Thank you to the Dames of Mary Help (many of whom are pictured above) for organizing our spectacular 2014 Gala! Below, Mary Help students cheer the guests making donations in support of the Academy. Thank you all!

News from Adopters Like You!


leta Abellar, a nurse at the St. Joseph Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ, celebrated her birthday (right) by being “crowned” queen for the day! In addition to helping our elderly Salesian Sisters with loving care, Aleta is also an Adopter of Sr. Virginia Dickey. Won’t you consider joining Aleta and so many others in Adopting a Sister? Join our friends of 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. And it makes the PERFECT Christmas gift! 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!

In Haledon, NJ, Aleta Abellar (center) and fellow helpers Maria Cairo, Mary Ann Harris, and Josephina visit with Sr. Mildred Zanetti.

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There are nine levels of membership, starting at $550, and are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group in 2015, our 24th year? 

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

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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

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New Jersey Mr. & Mrs. John Connors Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Laudone Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Ms. Antonia P. Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone

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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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Massachusetts Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Clair

Missouri Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

New Jersey Ms. Debi F. Debiak Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Dale Livi Michael & Mary Losurdo

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New Jersey Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

New York Mr. Walter Lazarcheck Mrs. Helen Leahy

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

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

Pennsylvania Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock

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

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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. & Mrs. Mario Masciandaro Mr. & Mrs. Mark Nardone Mrs. Joan Oliver Mrs. Margaret Reilly-Antalec

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Please Give Us This Day for Christmas!


outside our chapel he season on your special of giving day. All the is upon Sisters, on that us! What better day, will pray for gift than a day of that person/event prayer? Do you and for the person have a happy who requests occasion you would prayer for the day. like to share? The Salesian Sisters Our Lord has will celebrate with assured us, “Where you. Is it a time two or three are to commemorate gathered in My a less-than-happy Name, I am among occasion? Let the them.” What better Sisters help. Have assurance can we you someone to have? thank? All of us In the Chapel of the St. Joseph Provincial Center, Sisters, Postulants, and Aspirants will help multiply pray for those special intentions on the “Give Us This Day” bulletin board. Let this exchange this gratitude to that of prayer be an example of our concern and love for one special person. So, then, please “Give Us This Day”! another. Any and every event or person or situation that merits God bless you during this holy Christmas Season! special attention will be publicized on a bulletin board

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A Reality Check for New Year’s Resolutions Sr. Karen Dunn’s Letter


ore than 50% of primetime television is taken up by reality shows. Food competitions, garage sales, situations, and contests that range from the zany to the more serious sides of life – and sometimes to places that are not for public viewing at all – are all part of a natural fascination with other people’s lives.

Season, we face these longings again and begin making our New Year’s Resolutions.

“yes” to His will for us, daily. “Yes” to the demands of our family, the present task at hand, and honesty in work, “yes” to moments of prayer, “yes” to the inquisitiveness of a child, “yes” to the limitations within and around us. If we ask God to be the protagonist in our lives, He will work the makeover we truly want for ourselves.

Here’s my reality check on real reality when it comes to our New Year Resolutions: •

Lasting Change Takes Time. Transformation, real change, is the fruit of often quiet, imperceptible growth. There’s

Where reality TV can really charm us is in the ever-favorite “extreme makeover” types. In just “one hour” a house, a room, a face, an image are magically transformed right before our eyes. A new look, a new home, a new fame – and suddenly lives are changed. We, the viewers, are left smiling for someone’s good fortune and, perhaps, with a feeling that the world is better. Maybe the attraction of these shows lies in the appeal they have to that inner hope in us, that wonderful human tendency we have towards good. Indeed, beauty and goodness touch us deeply. We are made in the image of Beauty and Goodness Itself, and when someone comes closer to that Reality, we somehow get a taste of joy. When it comes to our own lives, at times we long for some of that “makeover magic.” We wish we could wake up one day to discover ourselves “new.” Maybe as a more understanding spouse, a wiser parent, physically fitter, a better person. So, when New Year’s rolls around and we have all basked a bit in the beauty of the Christmas

• Do All the Good You Can. “God in me” links to the “God in others” when we let goodness and beauty and generosity flow freely. Our transformation becomes another’s, and the world is indeed a better place because God’s action is there.

Welcome home, Sr. Karen, after three months in Italy for the Salesian Sisters’ General Chapter!

no magic here. God changes us into our true and better selves in the ordinariness of life, not in a suddenly-created “new you,” but the “you” He lovingly created and even admires. If God stirs up in us a desire to change, then we must be ready to prefer perseverance and patience over perfection, because change demands time. •

Make Space for God and Depend more on Him. We cannot remake ourselves on our own or on the basis of our own sheer determination. Most of us have already learned this hard lesson. So, in our desire to be better, we can give ourselves over to the God who inspires us to good and say

• Take the Position of Hope in all things, whether looking within or out. God is always present and acting, and will accomplish the good He intends for us.

“Yes, I’ll make a resolution – that I’ll never make another one,” goes a Jimmy Buffet tune. There is some wisdom in that line, but I’ll be making some resolutions just the same this year. Hopefully, with a little dose of this reality: God is at work on me and I will say “yes” to Him as much as I can. And I’ll not fuss if the makeover takes time. God’s the makeover artist working slowly and deliberately on me, and His work is worth waiting on! Wishing you a Christmas filled with Beauty and Goodness, and a New Year with the same!


A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between October 1 and December 4, 2014 Helen A. Kuhnen Miss Barbara Zisa

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.

Raymond Wilhelm Ms. JoAnne Mcqueston Mrs. Ann Marie Grady

Joseph J. La Porta Marie Corso Mr. & Mrs. Jack Byrne Mr. & Mrs. Frank Corso, Jr.

Milton Isaacs Mrs. Cheryl Cerna Lawrence M. DeLorenzo Mrs. Cheryl Cerna

This gift lives forever. It joins your loved ones to the prayers of the Salesian Sisters and supports their good works.

Tributes Received between October 1 and December 4, 2014

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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Fr. John Blanco, SDB Ms. Anna Zanella

Sr. Esther Cruz, FMA Mrs. Marilyn Karlich

Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA. 50th Anniversary The McAleer Family Mrs. Elizabeth H. Saggese

Sr. Rosalie Di Peri, FMA Dr. Joe McAleer

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Happy birthday, Sr. Amelia Callegarin! A special celebration was held at St. Joseph Provincial Center on October 28 to mark Sister’s 83rd birthday. Nurses and nurse’s aides joined Sr. Grace Ruiz and Sr. Mary Palladino for the celebration.

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he Salesian Sisters were saddened to hear of the passing of their dear friend Nancy Gulino, only three months after the death of her brother, Anthony. Their sister, Victoria, had pre-deceased them, and their 97-year-old sister, Ida, has been placed in a nursing facility. The Gulinos were nieces and nephew of Sr. Nancy Zingale, a missionary from Italy to the U.S. Many remember Sr. Nancy for her loving care of the orphans and resident students in North Haledon, NJ. In Sr. Nancy’s memory, the Rest in peace, Nancy Gulino (left), shown here with her sisters Victoria and Ida, nieces and nephew participated in brother Anthony, and her Adopted Sister, Sr. Carmela Termine. everything the Salesian Sisters did. They “adopted” Sr. Carmela Termine and sponsored girls’ education at Mary Help of Christians Academy for years. These students became their “children” since they had none. Truly, the good they accomplished follows them to their eternal reward. They are surely missed. May Nancy now rest in the peace and joy of our Lord!



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ocations thrive among the Salesian Sisters, thanks be to God and His Blessed Mother! On October 10 in Bellflower, CA, six young women received their Postulant medal, as they have now completed their one-year candidacy. Pictured at left are Jennifer Patterson, Elizabeth Suarez, Melissa Benitez, Quynh Pham, Kelly Schuster, and Krystle Balancio. These young women now move on to the Novitiate for two years, in their continuing quest to become Salesian Sisters. We wish them well in this important phase of their religious formation and pray that each day be an important step in their vocational journey. To learn more about vocations and becoming a Salesian Sister, please e-mail our Vocations Director, Sr. Colleen Clair:, or visit www. or happynun.

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In Tampa, Giving Thanks for Salesians!


Our committee worked hard once again to make sure the evening was a success, and a success it was! We met our goal of $100,000, raised from sponsorships, 80 themed baskets, and a silent auction of 50 items. Congratulations to Pat Weisberg of Vero Beach, FL, and Carlos Colina of Tampa, who were the winners of the Home Depot and Publix gift certificates, respectively.

n November 22, the 11th annual “Thanksgiving Basket” fundraiser for Villa Madonna School and the Salesian Youth Center/Boys & Girls Club was held in Tampa, FL. More than 400 people came to support our wonderful honoree, Dr. Tony Castro, for his dedication and devotion to the Salesian Sisters, the children, and the community. Adriana Colina, a graduate of Villa Madonna and host of the Que Pasa Tampa radio show, was our gracious emcee for the evening. Once again, we thank Richard Gonzmart of Columbia Restaurant, who provided an outstanding Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings, overseen with efficiency by Caroline O’Conner and Chef Gerry.

Dr. Tony Castro was surprised and touched to be introduced by his son, Andy, and daughter Maria Patterson.

Everything for the Thanksgiving Basket was donated, which allowed all funds raised to go directly to helping the children at the Salesian Youth Center and Villa Madonna School. Thank you to all of the sponsors and supporters who helped us reach our goal! – Theresa Anderson

Sr. Mary Rinaldi poses with Dr. Tony Castro and his family members (l-r) stepson I.G. Fonte, grandson Tony Castro III, (Photos by Susan Schaettle) daughter-in-law Belinda, wife Clarisse, granddaughter Kasey, and son Andy.

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At left, Adri Colina, Villa Madonna alumna, was our superb emcee. Above, Tony Castro visits with long-time friends Carlos Fuente, Luis Garcia, Joe Garcia, and José Vivero.

Enjoying the party are Dick and Raymetta Stowers, Joe and Anne Garcia, and Emilio and Kathy Echevarria. At left, some of the committee members take a break and have a laugh: Sonya Fernandez, Kathy Pedrero, Jamie McGrogan, Theresa Anderson, Dr. Andrea Farrier, and Marlene Prendes. Above, in true “Salesian” fashion, many guests stay to help with cleanup. Joseph Anderson, a first grader at Villa Madonna School, sweeps with a smile.

Salesian Youth Report

ST.THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – St. Theresa’s was one of 11 schools, and a total of 153 students, who participated in the Roselle Catholic 43rd Annual Scholastic Olympics. St. Theresa’s team consisted of eighth graders (above) Molly Burke, Ana Bui, Cararose Coppola, Ciaran Dougherty, Kyle Harris, Greyson Hines, Jessica Kungelis, Liam Matier, Julia Morales, James Pavlik, Zander Reyes, Breana Riley, Christopher Scalise, Nicholas Schuster, Hannah Stevens, and Ashley Wisniewski. Liam Matier was awarded first place in Forensics, and Molly Burke received first place in Religion. St. Theresa’s was awarded third place for overall school. Congratulations, students!

ACADEMY OF OUR LADY, MARRERO, LA – The Academy of Our Lady recently held its annual Father/Daughter Dance. Dads and daughters alike had a great time dancing and playing games. The dance had a masquerade-style theme, entirely suitable for our New Orleans area! At left, Rebecca Ortega and her Dad went all out with their Mardi Gras costumes.

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Salesian Youth Report CORPUS CHRISTI-HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL, PORT CHESTER, NY – Thanks to the generosity of donors, boys and girls had a fun and enriching summer! This year, 24 students attended the Lifesaver Camp Program, and 22 attended the Early Childhood Extended Year Program. The older kids enjoyed a “Mad Science” interactive presentation (below), while the younger students’ activities centered on the four seasons of the year with science, songs, and crafts. They had a blast making Uncle Sam hats, reindeer antlers, and going on an Easter Egg hunt. Each day the younger students also had the opportunity to go swimming (right) or play on the water slide. With the help of Judi DeSouter, they created original artwork that was turned into one-of-a kind-buttons (below right). Most children chose religious themes or made buttons that showed their love of family and their Catholic faith. Many commented how cool it was to be able to turn their art and thoughts into something they and their family could keep forever. Lastly, the older students had a fantastic day at Rye Beach (below), organized by the amazing Terri Fanelli. All in all, fun was had by both the younger and older students in a safe, secure, and loving Salesian environment.

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Salesian Youth Report MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Thanks to Dame of Mary Help, Rosalie Stanton, Mary Help of Christians Academy had the honor of participating in the first annual “Momma Connect” event at the Sheraton Inn in Mahwah, NJ. Participants from all over Bergen County showcased their local businesses to many, many Moms and their kids. For Mary Help, it was an opportunity to spread the good news about our outstanding school and boost enrollment.

ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC PRESCHOOL, ST. CHARLES, IL – St. Patrick’s students and parents are all smiles – their entry in the 29th Annual Scarecrow Festival won First Place in the Children’s Category! This is the third win for the Preschool in three years. Their exhibit was titled, “Follow the Rainbow to Life’s Treasures.” It featured a rainbow with each color representing promises that the preschoolers made for this school year, and a pot of “gold” at the end of the rainbow filled with words representing life’s treasures. The amazing work of art was created by our preschool students, teachers, and volunteer parents. We just love it when our parents and students work together to create something beautiful!

The Joy of Being a Salesian Educator

“I remember...”


s a child, I attended St. Michael’s School in Paterson, NJ, where I was taught, loved, and formed by the Salesian Sisters. How I felt the love and tenderness they showed in so many ways! The Sisters would gather the children early in the morning and we would stay until late at night. When I was older, my joy was taking care of the little ones, and I wanted to do it just like the Sisters did. Later on I was a resident student at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon where I experienced the Sisters as loving mothers who took care of us day and night, foreseeing our needs at every level. What joyfilled celebrations we had, prepared by the enthusiasm of the Sisters! When I went home for vacation, I would go to daily Mass at St. Michael’s and then go to help the Sisters in the playground. This is where my vocation developed…in the playground. What stands out most in my life as a Salesian educator are the many people I have interacted with, come to know, appreciate, work with, serve… people of all ages and all backgrounds. So many memories of places North and South, of faces young and old, and smiles – oh how many smiles in different climes and situations. We worked together for the good of the children and of the parish. I have been gifted with such happy memories! Let me share a few with you… I remember the snow in Wisconsin and the lovely children who came to school. The children would go sled riding behind the hill of the school. They could do this on Fridays if they had worked well during the week. I myself never went down the hill, but I enjoyed the children’s glee.

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I remember Our Lady of Grace Parish in Rhode Island and the beginnings of a new apostolate of catechizing. We taught religious education in five different public schools each day and I prepared 15 catechists to assist us, all volunteers. We taught 500 children. It was the first time they had met Sisters.

I remember St. John Bosco Parish in Woodstock, VA when I was asked to start a pre-school. We had children from every denomination. It was very challenging at the beginning because of the lack of resources but with the good will of the parents we were able to develop the Open Court Program and get the necessary materials. I remember Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Roseto, PA where I was delighted to prepare 60 second graders for their First Holy Communion. I would make a chalice for each of them and place it on the Bulletin Board in the classroom. If they were good at home, their parents would sign a paper and they would bring it in the morning and I would give them a “diamond” to place on their chalice. I remember Corpus Christi School in Port Chester, NY, when we began teaching even before there was a school or convent or gym. Once the school was completed, the classes were overflowing. One year I had 72 second graders and they told me, “We are like the 72 disciples of Jesus. We follow you like they followed Him.” There was such interest and enthusiasm!

Sr. Frances Gumino, 71 years a Salesian Sister.

“Oh how I remember, and the remembering brings warmth to my heart and smiles to my lips.” I remember St. Anthony School in Paterson, so filled with Salesian Spirit that had been inculcated by our first Sisters. This helped me to increase it in teachers and students using the Preventive System of St. John Bosco. I remember St. Therese School in Succasunna, NJ and the dedicated teachers. The Dominic Savio Club thrived there as the children joined all the suggested contests and activities in order to earn their Dominic Savio pin.

Oh how I remember, and the remembering brings warmth to my heart and smiles to my lips. In my lifetime I have certainly piled up memories and these I willingly share with all who are ready to listen. Now I often use technology to keep in touch with friends, Adopters, benefactors, and Co-operators. I make Hallmark cards and e-mail or mail them. I keep everyone updated on Salesian events and feasts and share the Good News. Thus my Salesian life goes on happily, even at 91 years young! – Sr. Frances Gumino, FMA

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Salesian Youth Report At right, the Class of 1964 gathered for lunch at The Brownstone in Paterson, NJ. Alumnae came from all over, including California, Maryland, and Florida! Below, Alumna Linda Sprich shares a picture of herself at Mary Help to sophomore Laila Hamade and junior Stephanie Siok.

MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, NORTH HALEDON, NJ – Mary Help’s Class of 1964 reunited for their 50th Anniversary. Some of the alumnae hadn’t been back since they graduated! It was an overwhelmingly beautiful day to stroll down memory lane and see all the changes that Mary Help has gone through. Regardless of what cosmetic changes have occurred, the Salesian spirit lives within us all. Truly, once a Mary Helper, always a Mary Helper!

Members of the Class of 1964 pose by the Blessed Mother statue, a donation they made 50 years ago as a graduation present to Mary Help.

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Partners in Giving • Christmas 2014


oseph Alesandrini, a seventh grader at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL, brought armfuls of blankets and bags of food to school for the annual food and blanket drive to benefit Santa Maria Mission. Joseph held a garage sale at his home and used every dollar he made to buy food and blankets for the needy. He is certainly showing his Salesian spirit! Merry Christmas, everyone!

Partners in Giving Christmas 2014  

Christmas 2014 issue of Partners in Giving Magazine, the bimonthly publication of the Salesian Sisters Eastern Province

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