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Updates from Schools, Charities & More

Catholic Charities: Charity in Action

In Decembers past, millions of families made gift drives part of their holiday preparations, a way to share with others as they shopped for their own loved ones.

At food banks, families volunteered to pack boxes on weekends, ensuring neighbors would have hearty meals at year’s end. In offices, workers left wrapped presents under trees in the building lobby. In stores, parents took their children to buy winter coats for children just around their age, holding up jackets to see if they would fit.

But this year, annual traditions have had to change.

Institutional Commodities Services (ICS): ICS Submission Memo

ICS has everything you need for Lenten observances and Easter celebrations. Please place orders soon to avoid disappointment because supplies may be limited by our vendors. The attached brochures include details on ordering palms, charcoal and incense, candles, altar bread & wine,  and flowers.

Please note these important deadlines to make, adjust or cancel Lenten and Easter orders: 

Palms – Order by February 26. Cancel or modify order until noon March 4;

Flowers – Order by March 12. Cancel or modify order until noon March 19.

Please see the below flyer for the 2020 edition of Income Taxes for Priests Only. Special income tax rules apply to priests and deacons and they have changed since last year.

Visit ICS at or call our ICS Customer Care team at 646-794-2600.

Institutional Commodities Services (ICS): Easter Flyer

Lent is Almost Here! ICS can help your parishioners have a fruitful Lent and a blessed Easter. Please review the below Easter brochure to see the many offerings now available. You can also explore products in our store and place an order here.

Institutional Commodities Services (ICS): 2020 Income Taxes for Priests Only

The 2020 tax year, once again brings many changes. For 2020 tax returns, the IRS has changed Form 1040, Schedule 1, Schedule 3, Schedule SE (significant change from past), and more.

A comprehensive guide to assist priests in preparing their Federal Income Taxes in the easiest, most accurate and cost-effective way. Order now!

Schools: News from the Department of Education

Catholic High Schools are offered a second admission opportunity, beginning on January 15 for students who did not take the TACHS exam, giving 8th graders the chance to gain acceptance to the Catholic high schools of their choice. The Superintendent’s office created a video with Catholic high school student testimonials and sent it to all current Catholic elementary 8th grade students as well as 8th grade religious education students. 

The Class of 2025 began to receive their admissions into our Catholic high schools on January 15th, congratulations to our 8th graders!

Catholic New York’s Annual Catholic Schools Week Edition: National Catholic Schools Week 2021: National Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States, will take place Jan. 31 to Feb. 6. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service. This special pullout section features stories about Catholic elementary and high schools in the archdiocese. Topics include virtual open houses, an IBM Family Science Saturday program, as well as a recent graduate chronicling how one Catholic high school safely brought students back to campus.

Virtual School Open Houses Put Prospective Students, Families in the Know: Catholic New York interviewed Director of Enrollment Veronica Jarek-Prinz to speak about how our Catholic schools have hosted virtual school tours since December, helping parents to make important decisions, safely. “It’s been our mission to keep the schools open & safe for families during the pandemic & so our office has worked to develop a completely safe virtual enrollment process.”

New York Post: NYC Catholic schools want to be included in early COVID-19 vaccine distribution

WABC – Eyewitness News This Morning 230 NYC Catholic Schools Ask To Be Included In City’s Vaccine Plan Teachers and education workers are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine!

Timothy Cardinal Dolan was on Staten Island Thursday to bless a new Catholic school. Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Superintendent Michael Deegan visited the new Fr. Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy on Staten Island for a ribbon cutting ceremony and blessing of the schools patron statue unveiling! Check out the CBS coverage below.

Patron’s Sense of Duty Stressed at Father Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy Dedication: Catholic New York captured Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Superintendent Michael Deegan’s visit to Fr. Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy and interviewed students on what the statue blessing and ribbon cutting meant to them.

Cardinal Dolan: “All Our Children Deserve the Best, Healthiest Schools”: Cardinal Dolan advocated for our Catholic school children as the City continues its legal fight to avoid providing equal testing resources to non-public school children as they do to public school children.