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Updates from Schools, Charities & More

Catholic Charities: Campaign for Charity and Justice

The Campaign for Charity and Justice is an initiative to revitalize and increase Catholic Charities’ support for the charitable and social justice work of parishes and community groups. The funds raised through this collection will provide grants that support local projects that meet local needs, particularly those of our poor and vulnerable neighbors.

I want to thank you and your parish community for your generous donations totaling over $336,000 from last year’s Catholic Charities Campaign for Charity and Justice. Your support helped fund 35 grants to parishes and community-based works of charity across the Archdiocese. I once again encourage your parish to apply for a service and outreach grant to help further address the needs of those most vulnerable in your parish community at

Included here are details and materials for the promotion of the 2020 Catholic Charities Campaign for Charity and Justice second collection on November 21-22.

Enclosed are suggested petitions, announcements, and bulletin inserts. We have also included a timeline for guidance on when to promote the campaign, and a social media guide with suggested posts for your parish’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. For further information on the Catholic Charities Campaign for Charity and Justice and the grant process, please visit our website If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Richard Espinal at (646) 794-2503 or [email protected].

Institutional Commodity Services (ICS): November 2020 Catalog

An ICS Covid Catalog – a variety of products that will help you maintain a germ-free workplace and observe social distancing as well as some seasonal product ideas for you to consider.

Institutional Commodity Services (ICS): Sidewalk Care Insert

It’s time to review your maintenance supplies and prepare to keep sidewalks and parking lots clear of snow. Read this special insert for more information on ice melt and other foul weather gear.

Schools: New York Post Article

NYC Catholic schools seeing new interest, applications from public school families: New York Post reports that City Catholic schools are seeing a surge of interest from disaffected public school families, according to parochial officials. Frustrated by the lack of full-time classes and general public school turmoil during the coronavirus, parents have been turning to Catholic Schools as an alternative.

Schools: News from the Dept. of Education

Superintendents in Archdiocese of NY, Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens Issue Call to Action to Keep Catholic Schools Open: Thanks to tireless work and meticulous planning, the Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens have been operating safely and successfully. The superintendents of schools, Michael J. Deegan and Thomas Chadzutko, for each diocese therefore issued a joint call to action to parents, families and friends of Catholic education to call their city and state representatives to demand schools are not closed because other schools are not taking the same care to keep to students and staff safe. 

News 12: State of Our Schools: Michael Deegan Michael Deegan, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York, talks more about the major concerns voiced by parents for in-person learning and the spike in COVID-19 cases within school buildings.

Why Today’s 8th Graders Choose to Enroll in a Catholic High School: The Office of the Superintendent worked with the high schools within the Archdiocese of New York to produce a promotional video meant to demonstrate why enrolling in a Catholic high school is such a rewarding experience. The video was sent to all Catholic elementary 8th grade students as well as 8th graders enrolled in a Parish Religious Education Program weeks prior to the deadline for registering for the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS). The promotional video led to an increase in registration for the TACHS exam.

Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan was interviewed by Catholic Faith Network during a live segment that aired on Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. The segment aired once more at 7 p.m. the same day.

Students from Our Lady of Grace School participated in the Loukoumi Make a Difference Day, by collecting and dropping off mini pumpkins and items from an Amazon wish list to residents of ArchCare Senior Life at San Vincente de Paul Saturday, Oct. 24. The items were delivered via car parade with signs of encouragement and gratitude for the residents and nursing home workers.