Diocesan News

Catholic Students Honored on World Mission Sunday

St. Bernadette Catholic Academy, Dyker Heights, was honored as the top fundraiser for the Missionary Childhood Association during the 2018 fiscal year at the World Mission Sunday Mass at Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Downtown Brooklyn, on Oct. 20. (Photo: Andrew Pugliese)

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — When Auxiliary Bishop Neil Tiedemann thought about World Mission Sunday this year, a fellow Brooklyn-born bishop came to mind, Servant of God Francis Xavier Ford.

At the annual Mission Sunday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Downtown Brooklyn on Oct. 20, Bishop Tiedemann spent most of his homily telling the children in attendance about his personal hero. The Catholic school and religious education students were honored at the Mass for their fundraising for the Missionary Childhood Association, a pontifical organization that encourages children to donate to mission dioceses throughout the world in countries such as India, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.

Bishop Ford was among the first American priests to go on mission in China. Bishop Tiedemann said Bishop Ford was a great witness who expressed Jesus’ love to many people.

Bishop Tiedemann also told the students that part of Mission Sunday is to ask, “To whom am I going to give Jesus to?”

St. Bernadette Catholic Academy, Dyker Heights, raised the most money of any Catholic elementary school in the Diocese of Brooklyn, with more than $7,000 raised between March 2018 and February 2019. Eighth-grader Freddy Scuteri said the school’s student council tries to make fundraising fun by sponsoring activities such as a “Fall Family Festival” and a game night, where students make a small donation to play basketball.

“What (our teachers) tell us is, even donating a little, if we all donated something each day, we could make a huge impact on the world,” Scuteri said.


Here are the Brooklyn and Queens winners from 2018 fiscal year:

Top Fundraiser

St. Bernadette Catholic Academy, Dyker Heights

Catholic Academy Awards

High Fundraiser Under 250 Enrollment, Brooklyn

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy, Greenpoint

High Fundraiser Elementary Schools Under 250 Enrollment, Queens

Holy Family Catholic Academy, Fresh Meadows

High Fundraiser Over 250 Enrollment, Brooklyn

St. Bernadette Catholic Academy, Dyker Heights

High Fundraiser Over 250 Enrollment, Queens

St. Sebastian Catholic Academy, Woodside

Mission Incentive, Brooklyn

Visitation Academy, Bay Ridge

Mission Incentive, Queens

St. Matthias, Ridgewood

Parish Religious Education Awards 

High Fundraiser, Brooklyn

St. Brigid, Bushwick

High Fundraiser, Queens

Immaculate Conception, Astoria

Mission Incentive, Brooklyn

Our Lady of Angels, Bay Ridge

Mission Incentive, Queens

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bayside

High School Special Mission Awards

St. Francis Preparatory High School, Fresh Meadows

Bishop Loughlin Memorial H.S., Fort Greene