Pint-Size Carolers Celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas

Posted on December 7, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

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For the best way, hands down, to celebrate this year's Feast of St. Nicholas, catch this sneak peak of St. Raymond’s elementary school choir as they rehearsed for the Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon held December 6, 2017 at the New York Hilton Midtown Manhattan Hotel.   Beautiful as the luncheon’s venue was -- with tables decked with pink orchids and red ornaments -- famous as the participants were -- from Good Day New York Co-Host Rosanna Scotto to writer Mary Higgins Clark (not to mention Cardinal Dolan and Msgr. Sullivan) – and important as the cause -- raising funds for those Catholic Charities serves in need – the truth is these pint-size carolers hailing from the struggling Parkchester neighborhood in the Bronx stole the show.

Latina Media Ventures Co-President Robyn Moreno with Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

This 72nd annual Cardinal Christmas Luncheon brought together more than 740 of New York’s movers, shakers and deep believers in the Christmas Luncheon’s goal, to benefit women and children served by agencies and programs affiliated with Catholic Charities NY.

The midday lunch was filled with inspiring stories like one shared by Latina Media Ventures Co-President Robyn Moreno, the first Latina to receive the event’s top Christmas Angel Award:

On a dark night last year, she said, she felt overwhelmed and far from God.  Her sister was sick.  She felt unmotivated by work.  And she felt marginalized by current politics.

So she drove to church in her town of Cold Spring, NY, knelt alone in a pew and felt cradled in the hands of God. 

“I left that church but the church did not leave me,” she told the once-boisterous audience, turned quiet as they waited on her words.  “Now I’m here today accepting this award.  It’s a miracle.”

Ms. Moreno’s experience, along with this special Christmas Luncheon, truly was a miracle.  It raised nearly $700,000 for impoverished women and children we serve.  We’ll share more details in tomorrow’s blog.

As these little boys and girls belted out, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.    

Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2  when Spirit of St. Nicholas Award winner Victor Menezes’ shares his warm and funny version of ‘"Twas the Night before Christmas."


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