Understanding Charity from Sandy

by Maggie Hom  I’ve had ties to the Rockaway Peninsula my entire life. My closest friends live in the Rockaways and Breezy Point, and I spent several childhood summers roaming the grounds of the Silver Gull Beach Club. In the days immediately following Hurricane Sandy, I had been down in Breezy to help friends deal […]

St. John Prep Gives Thanks with Service and Gifts

When St. John’s Prep, Astoria, reopened following Sandy, students, faculty, staff and administrators put their heads together to figure out how to react to the crisis in the region. After consulting with Catholic Charities, a three-part plan was developed. First, each club, team, department and office were asked to assemble bags of canned and dried […]

Thanksgiving Around the Diocese

Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, with the faculty, staff and members of the seven organizations that were recipients of the Thanksgiving food drive. The bishop spoke about the Year of Faith. He said faith comes alive by good deeds done by the individual and the […]

Bishop Ford Basketball Star Heading to St. John’s

Bishop Ford H.S., Park Slope, girls’ basketball star Aaliyah Lewis will be taking her talents to St. John’s University, Jamaica.The senior accepted a four-year scholarship offer to play for the Red Storm. “I am grateful to God, my family, Bishop Ford and all my coaches in the AAU basketball program,” Lewis said. “This was a […]

St. Saviour Sends Buckets of Love

With New Yorkers struggling to clean after superstorm Sandy, St. Saviour H.S. students wanted to make sure those affected had the tools they needed to complete the daunting tasks. The Park Slope high school collected 60 buckets filled with various cleaning supplies to donate to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The packages were labeled “Buckets of […]

When Disaster Strikes, Students Unite

As the students and faculty of Bishop Kearney H.S., Bensonhurst, returned to school this week, they shared their stories and experiences and immediately put their heads together to see how they could help the families affected by Hurricane Sandy. The generous and compassionate spirit of the Kearney community was evident all through the building and […]

Maspeth Youth Learn from Year of Faith

by Katie McCague The combined youth ministry of St. Stanislaus Kostka and Transfiguration parish, Maspeth, took to heart Pope Benedict XVI’s call to learn the teachings of the Catholic Church through the Year of Faith. They held a prayer service to help them better understand the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. Father Paul […]

A Super Hero in Seventh Grade

The Atlantic Ocean, the Sahara Desert and Mt. Everest  combined could not keep Mikesha Withanachchi from helping her fellow girls in Sri Lanka. Withanachchi, a seventh-grade student in Sacred Heart school, Bayside, asked her principal, Dennis Farrell, to send a letter to the school community with a request. She wanted to ask for assistance in […]

Gen. Colin Powell Visits B’klyn’s Cristo Rey H.S.

General Colin Powell visited the students at Cristo Rey Brooklyn H.S. to encourage them to be their own role models. “You are going to be the leaders of this country,” said the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former U.S. Secretary of State. “I am counting on you, now that I am […]