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Updates from Schools, Charities & More

Catholic Charities: Charity in Action Newsletter

Richard Espinal has been overseeing Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York’s pop-up vaccination events at local parishes. The New York Times talks to him about his work with the communities in New York. Read this story and more in the latest Charity in Action newsletter from Catholic Charities.

Catholic New York: A Legacy of Faith

Catholic New York’s yearlong series about priests of New York who distinguished themselves by their extraordinary ordained ministry was well researched and written by two of their own number, Msgr. Thomas J. Shelley and Father Michael Morris. The series will be compiled into a special e-edition to be made available the week of Jan. 10 at

Institutional Commodities Services (ICS): Updates from ICS

COVID-19 Rapid Tests Available ICS received a shipment of self-administered at-home rapid tests for COVID-19 manufactured by Abbot Labs. Please order now to make sure you have these invaluable kits on hand as you determine whether to host, cancel and reschedule events this winter. Here is the link:  

AND don’t delay your palm order: ICS orders palm strips in bulk directly from the producer in Texas. We get priority shipping on fresh palms at a great price when we order early. Here’s the link:

2021 Income Taxes for Priests Only   Institutional Commodity Services (ICS) is again offering at a discount the latest version of Scott Hoselton’s familiar manual, 2021 Income Taxes for Priests Only.  Again this year, there are several new changes in tax law.  This manual will continue to help you or your accountant sort out how to report federal stimulus payments, paycheck protection program loans, COVID-19 sick leave and above-the-line charitable deductions for those who do not itemize.  As you know, priests are subject to special income tax rules.  Information on how to order is included in this mailing.  You can order online hereor call the ICS customer care team at 646-794-2600.

Schools: Updates from the Department of Education

Holiday Wishes

The Department of Education wishes all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


This holiday season, Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of New York spread #ArchCheer through the hashtag #ArchAdvent. For a glimpse into PreK-12 Christmas pageants, holiday service projects, and Advent-themed DIY craft ideas, check out the most recent #ArchAdvent posts on Twitter or Instagram!

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Throughout the past few weeks, handmade ornaments have come flooding into 1011 from schools throughout the Archdiocese. Apart from decorating our office Christmas tree, these Christmas decorations were sent to our colleagues in Catholic Charities and ArchCare, who will brighten homes and facilities with our students’ handiwork throughout the Archdiocese.

Pix 11 Feature

For 30 years, seniors from All Hallows High School get into the Christmas spirit by buying and gifting toys to Kindergarteners and 1st graders at Christ the King School. This year, Pix 11 News captured this charming holiday tradition, complete with a special, Grinch-themed twist. Watch the 1-minute news segment here.

Christmas Message

Our special gift to you this year is a 2021 Christmas address from our Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Michael J. Deegan. Watch our latest YouTube video for an optimistic message from the Superintendent, followed by a moving rendition of “Silent Night” from the Cardinal Hayes High School Choir.