Join us for the second musical performance in our Music at the Gate series: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 4:00PM in our church. Admission is Free.
A “MUSIC AT THE GATE” column for Church Bulletin for Sunday, September 29th
”THANK YOU” to all the parishioners and friends who attended the inaugural concert of “Music at the Gate” on Sunday, September 15th. The performers were moved by the warm reception they received as well as by the flow of Emails and letters received since then.
We are indebted to our Pastor Father Fitzsimmons who endorsed this endeavor and to the rest of the parish priests and deacons and parish staff particularly Fran Franzke and Regina Genoski. Concert-goers were greeted by members of our Boy Scout Troop 173 who distributed programs and by our volunteer Ushers. Thanks go out to other parishioners who lent their technical expertise to the event; Tyrone Sewnauth, Marian Skabeikis, Kathryn Rodgers, Michael Troll and Graceann Bavaro.
Thanks to all who contributed at the door on the day of the concert as well as to chorister Doreen Jardine. A complete list of previous donors appeared in the Bulletin several weeks ago.
Just this past week we received the following letter accompanied by a generous donation. It is reprinted here with permission of the donors.
“Please accept this donation in loving memory of John McBride. [Our] father would have been sitting front and center, enjoying every note of your performance! I am sure he would have gladly donated to keep such beautiful music coming back to Gate of Heaven, always!
The McBride Family”
Watch the Bulletin, parish website and Facebook page for news of the next event from “Music at the Gate”
Joshua Bavaro, Music Director
Philip Skabeikis, Artistic Director
Music at the Gate thanks the following for their generosity toward this concert series.
Philip and Marian Skabeikis
The McBride Family IMO John McBride
The Columbus Citizens Foundation
Leo F. Kearns, Inc.
Cross Bay Chemist of Ozone Park
Dolco Foot Corp. (Met Food)
James J. Grosso, D.M.D., P.C.
James Romanelli-Stephen Funeral Home
James Yarosh Associates
Mazzorra Business Services
Angela McGrath IMO John T. McGrath
James Russel, M.D.
Isabel M. Ryan
Daughters of Wisdom
Dr.Vincent Evangelista, D.M.P., P.C.
Anne and Thomas Farrell
Lt. Thomas Kelly Memorial Scholarship Dinner
On Saturday evening, October 19th at 7:30 PM, alumni and friends will gather in the SMGH auditorium for the Lt. Thomas Kelly Memorial Scholarship Dinner. This year several vendors, who through their generosity, have contributed to the success of the evening and to the Scholarship Fund for the last ten years.
It is with gratitude, the following vendors will be honored:
Russo’s on the Bay
Verdino’s Nursery & Florist
(Edith, Rick,Angie & Carmine Verdino)
All Island Beer Distributors
(Peter Boyle & Boyle Family)
Empire Merchants LLC Wine Distributors
The money raised at the dinner will fund partial scholarships for two eighth grade students.
The price of the ticket, $40.00, includes hot/cold buffet, beer, wine & soda.Entertainment will be provided by a band headed by Ronnie Ponella, a member of the Class of 1972. There will be old photos from the school shows available for you to view. If you plan to attend the dinner, please respond by sending your check made payable to St. Mary Gate of Heaven School no later than October 1st. Please mail it to Gina Sebastiano 102-07 103 Ave. Ozone Park, NY 11417. If you are unable to attend, donations are gladly accepted. For more information please call:
Graceann Bavaro (718) 849-6356
Carl Moore (917) 592-8598
Debbie Piera (516) 763-1567
Gina Sebastiano (718) 849-4587
The St. Mary Gate of Heaven parish community is about to launch a new initiative called “Music at the Gate”. This program is based on the belief that the arts, and music in particular, elevate and bring the human spirit closer to God. It also subscribes to the belief that arts education is critical to the development of our children and to the sustainability of quality of life in our community.
Throughout the year, “Music at the Gate” will present musical programs that will uplift the spirit of both the church community and the greater community of Ozone Park and beyond.
The inaugural concert will take place on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 4 pm in the church. Music Director and parishioner Joshua Bavaro will lead the orchestra, soloists and chorus in the Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and the Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi.
This program will be offered FREE so as to make it available to all. To do so, we must rely upon raising funds to underwrite the programs.
Please consider becoming a founding sponsor of “Music at the Gate” by making a contribution on behalf our your business or your family or perhaps in the memory of deceased loved one.
Sponsors $1000 (and up)
Benefactor $ 500-999
Patron $ 100-499
Friend up to $99
Please make your tax deductible check out to St. Mary Gate of Heaven with “Music at the Gate” written in the memo space and mail/or bring it to the rectory by August 31st.
Registration for First Grade children and children new to the Religious Education Program for September will take place in the Religious Education Office (104th Street entrance to School) on:
Wednesday, Sept. 4, Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept. 6 from 9:00 AM- 12:00 Noon
Monday, Sept. 9, Tuesday, September 10 & Thursday, Sept. 12 from 9 AM – 12 Noon
Wednesday, September 11th – 9 AM – 12 Noon and 7 – 8:30 PM
Please bring a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate.
Registration Fees: 1 child $ 60
2 children $ 85
3 or more children $100
The classes will be held every Tuesday from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM for Grades 1 to 5. The classes will be held every Wednesday from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the evening for Grades 6 to 8. For more information, please call 718-849-9329.
High School students who need sacraments may also register at this time.
Below are the links to the different cultural presentations during the parish’s annual celebration of its cultural diversity.
Dominican Republic http://vimeo.com/64112109
The Philippines http://vimeo.com/64196461
Trinidad and Tobago http://vimeo.com/64196462
Puerto Rico http://vimeo.com/64196463