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On the Town: Cabrini Literary Guild has a lot going on, Americana Christmas tree, Three Stooges as the Alex

November 28, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Taking a film festival break are Cabrini Literary Guild members, front row from left, Sister Regina Palamara, Maria B. Garcia, Rosa Ortiz and Helen Misik. In the back row from left are, Guild President Mary Andrade, members Sally Bettar and Wilhelmine Kanga.
Taking a film festival break are Cabrini Literary Guild… (Courtesy photo )

Many are familiar with the good works of the Cabrini Literary Guild, especially directed to Catholic charities. But what may be less known are the departments that allow a more personalized experience of philanthropy and socializing.

There’s the Book Reading Club, the Bridge Department, the Busy Fingers’ Department, the Mannequin Department and the Philosophy Department. On Nov. 20, only two days before Thanksgiving, six intrepid souls gathered in the Burbank apartment of Philosophy Department Coordinator Sister Regina Palamara. Cabrini members present were Guild President Mary Andrade, Wilhelmine Kanga, Maria B. Garcia, Rosa Ortiz, Helen Misik and Sally Bettar.

“I call this a ‘wing’ meeting,” Palamara said, “because we’re going to wing it today.” But there was more planning than the good sister admitted to. It was a spiritual film festival as two videos were screened. First up was “Rose & Katz,” an award-winning film short about a 13-year-old Jewish boy who turns to Jesus just before a double bar mitzvah with his grandfather.

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After a short lunch of sandwiches, the second video, narrated by actress Brooke Shields, dealt with the life of the group’s namesake, Mother [Frances] Cabrini. The Catholic Sister came to the U.S. from Northern Italy in the mid-1800s. Cabrini’s mission was to help immigrants. To that end, she founded orphanages in America and later in Italy. In 1909, Cabrini became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Palamara’s connection to the film was the brief appearance of her late twin sibling, Sister Loretta Palamara, who had worked in a hospice program in New York.

A fun end to the afternoon was shopping for the perfect wrap-around scarf from Sister Regina’s collection of her handmade scarves selling for $15. All proceeds will go to various Cabrini missions.

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Just before the Americana’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony on Nov. 18, a lot was going on that may not have met the eye. Merchants were using the night in which a turn-away crowd of hundreds of potential customers were in a generous mood for the holidays and the buying that goes with them.

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