July 14, 2019: Youth Choir Wrap Up

The Youth Choir wrapped up the school year with a couple of special events.

Following Mass, family, friends and parishioners were invited to the gym for a mini-concert of a half-dozen Pop and Broadway tunes with the finale being “Let it Go” as they were then headed to see “Frozen” on Broadway. The kids were able to attend for free because of funds raised with the Radio City raffle back in November.

Special thanks to Tony Modaferri for loaning his sound equipment, and especially Rich and LauraLee D’Auria who donated an amplifier-speaker which is especially appreciated and useful for the monthly movie-nights held for the Youth Group.

June 14, 2019: Fr. Joe Fonti talks about High Hopes!

These photos were taken during the Youth Group’s program on June 14th.  Fr. Joe Fonti was the guest speaker and the theme was High Hopes.  He reminded us to always have hope no matter what challenges may arise.  The Bible verse chosen was:  “God wants all of us to be hopeful and to know that He will always help those who seek Him” (Jeremiah 29:  11-13.)  The discussion included reflections on the song High Hopes by “Panic! At the Disco.”  They also wrote their highest hopes, goals and dreams on balloons that were then released to symbolize their hopes rising up to Our Lord, just as our prayers do.

Youth Group Offers Prayers & Condolences to NYPD

Our Lady of Grace Youth Group offered condolences to the New York City Police Department as they mourn the passing of Detective Brian Simonsen who was assigned to the nearby 102nd Precinct and where the uncle of one of our Youth Group members is also assigned.  The Youth Group has forged connections with the 106th Precinct by accepting invitations from the Precinct to speak to them about bullying and safety issues.

With the help of leader Tish McGuigan, they designed cards for both precincts. The inside reads:

Our Lady of Grace
Youth Group
Howard Beach
And Our Entire Parish Community
Offer Our Prayers and Condolences
On the Passing of
Detective Brian Simonsen
And All Those of the NYPD
Affected by This Tragedy   

They also placed personal messages inside the hearts.

Youth Choir Sings National Anthem at Barclays Arena

Our Lady of Grace Youth Choir was given the opportunity to sing the National Anthem on Presidents’ Day at Barclays Arena.  A Youth Group dad, Gregg Cohen, works in the Long Island University Athletics Department and made the arrangements for them to sing at the Women’s Basketball game (LIU vs Sacred Heart) and even arranged for free tickets to all parishioners and the children’s friends and family. Nearly 200 attended!

July 11, 2018: Igniting Faith at Our Lady of Grace

Published in The Tablet, July 11, 2018

Our Lady of Grace Youth Group (OLG) in Howard Beach wrapped up its second year with a special presentation.

The theme was “You are Worthy” based upon Chapter 5 in the Book of Revelations. Giving the main talk was Youth Minister Sister Heidi Delgadillo, P.C.M. from St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, Prospect Heights.   Read More from The Tablet

Our Lady of Grace Youth Group, Howard Beach, gather together with Sister Heidi Delgadillo, P.C.M. during an empowering youth night talk. (Photo Courtesy of Our Lady of Grace Youth Group)

 

OLG Youth Group Hosts Anti-Bullying Presentation

 
Officers from the 106th precinct in Ozone Park joined the Our Lady of Grace (OLG), Howard Beach Youth Group’s Oct. 20 weekly meeting to talk and offer support for bullying related issues.
 
Officer Ed Celona, a former youth minister and fifth and sixth grade Catholic School teacher, joined other fellow officers and easily engaged the 70 kids in attendance with questions about the different types of bullying. They also offered ways to deal with bullying if it happens to them.  Many hands raised quickly with answers like talking to a trusted adult.  Officer Ed also offered suggestions on how the kids can keep out of trouble on Halloween.
 
The night wrapped up with fun and games – from potato sack and three-legged races, used as a way of showing the youth that by working together, kids can help each other to combat bullying in their schools and neighborhoods. In attendance were also the cub scouts from nearby St. Barnabas Lutheran Church and the OLG Girl Scout troop.
 
The youth group meets Friday nights and is open to all students from sixth grade through high school.