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Faith in Brooklyn for May 12

May 26, 2015 By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.
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Role Models Nominated for Scouting Awards

Civic and religious leaders being recognized as outstanding role models for youth have been nominated for the annual Bishop’s Dinner for Scouting.

The Catholic Committee on Scouting (CCOS) of the Diocese of Brooklyn will hold this dinner on Wednesday evening, May 20, at the El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin.

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Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn will present “Good Scout” awards to individuals who have served the youth of the diocese, especially the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops sponsored by Catholic parishes and schools throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

The Catholic Church is the largest sponsor of Boy Scout and Girl Scout units in the city. Scouting is considered a youth ministry of the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Catholic Church has supported scouting programs for more than a century and was the first denomination to develop a religious emblems program for its youth scout members. 

In addition to Bishop DiMarzio’s “Good Scout” awards, the CCOS of the Diocese of Brooklyn will present awards to adults who have promoted, encouraged, or assisted Catholic youth scouts in earning religious emblems and/or excelling as students in Catholic schools. More than 100 Catholic Brooklyn and Queens Boy and Girl Scouts earned religious emblems during 2014.

Most of the dozens of Catholic scouts who earned Eagle Scout or Silver Awards in 2014 were members of Catholic Church-sponsored units. Many awardees were students attending Catholic high schools in Brooklyn or Queens.

This year’s “Good Scout” awardees are: Most Rev. Bishop Raymond Chappetto, auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn; Monsignor John J. Bracken; Elizabeth M. Connors and Michael N. Connors, Esq., Connors & Sullivan, Attorneys at Law; and William R. Guarinello, president and CEO of Heartshare Human Services.

Brooklynites receiving the Catholic scouter religious award presentations include: Maria Stumpf, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church/Divine Mercy Parish Girl Scouts, Greenpoint (Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award); and Anthony Cullen, Troop 99, St. Athanasius parish in Bensonhurst (Saint George Award).

The Bronze Pelican Award will be given to Eric Hanrehan, CCOS, St. Athanasius in Bensonhurst; Kevin Kirkeby and Megan Varon, both of Pack 23, Our Lady of Angels, Bay Ridge; Patricia Marotta, Troop 376, Our Lady of Grace, Gravesend; Deacon Jaime Varela, Brooklyn Diocese; and Joseph Schiltz, CCOS, Greater New York Chapter, Boy Scouts of America.

Receiving the Catholic Committee on Scouting’s Service to Youth Award will be Joseph Loposky, director of music programs at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge.

The CCOS Lifetime Achievement Award will go to John A Bianchi Jr. and Theresa A. Bianchi, Venturing and Scout Troop 45, Our Lady Help of Christians parish in Midwood.

The CCOS of the Diocese of Brooklyn provides support to Catholic-sponsored scout units, including promotion of the religious emblems programs, through distribution of award books to youth and counselors. It also conducts an annual fall religious retreat weekend, holds an annual youth awards convocation, conducts an annual ceremony at the Our Lady of the Skies Chapel at JFK International Airport to welcome the arrival of the Peace Light flame from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to the United States and encourages scouts and camp staff to attend weekly mass at summer camp by providing chaplain services. Support is also given for the maintenance of the Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Chapel at Camp Keowa, Ten Mile River Scout Camps, in Narrowsburg, N.Y.

The Bishop’s Dinner for Scouting is the only annual fundraising event conducted by the CCOS. The dinner journal proceeds are used to offset a substantial portion of the cost of the committee’s work.

Dinner tickets are $125 per person, or $1,100 for a table of 10. For more information on dinner tickets, or for placing a congratulatory journal advertisement, contact Brian Long at 718-499-8400, or [email protected]


Complexity of Latest Israeli Elections Is Subject of Talk at Congregation Mt. Sinai

Congregation Mount Sinai will host a talk titled “Unpacking the Israel Election Results: Where Do We Go From Here?” on Sunday, May 17.

The synagogue, in Brooklyn Heights, is known for hosting forums on challenging topics. Joining the May 17 discussion and town hall meeting will be New York Times best-selling author Gershom Gorenberg, as well as leading historian and Bar Ilan University professor Joshua Teitelbaum, via live feed from Israel.

Sponsoring this forum are the Institute for Living Judaism in Brooklyn, Con-gregation Mount Sinai and the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue.

The discussion begins at 11:30 a.m. The suggested donation is $10 and includes a light brunch. Those interested should RSVP to the Institute for Living Judaism in Brooklyn, via email to [email protected], or by phone at 718-339-0230. Congregation Mount Sinai is at 250 Cadman Plaza West.


‘Making Trouble’ Features Six Legendary Women Comics

Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Joan Rivers and company are “Making Trouble.”

And they are part of six of the greatest female comic entertainers of the last century to be celebrated at Congregation Mount Sinai’s Afternoon Film Festival on Wednesday, May 20. The film “Making Trouble” also spotlights the stories of Sophie Tucker, Gilda Radner and Wendy Wasserstein, and hosts four of today’s comics. The movie fun starts at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.


Oratory’s Confirmation Candidates Lead Linen Drive for Nazareth Housing

Thirty youths from the Brooklyn Oratory at St. Boniface Church’s Confirmation program concluded their service project in support of homeless and struggling families.

Helping Nazareth Housing, the students collected 68 sets of bed sheets, 71 bath towels, 83 hand towels, 56 wash cloths and two comforters. These bed and bath items will all be given directly to fellow New Yorkers, who depend on Nazareth Housing in order to meet their basic needs. Moreover, the $75 donation raised from a benefit coffee hour last month will support essential homelessness prevention services.

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