Back to School 2020

The Tablet offers this special supplement to help families gear up for the new school year.

Prayer Service for Lebanon Focuses on Healing

The power of prayer is needed to help heal Lebanon, according to religious leaders who gathered at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral on Aug. 25 for a prayer service that doubled as a fundraising event for the victims of the Beirut explosion.

Diocesan Schools, Academies Undergo Deep Cleaning Before School Resumes

In a few weeks, a majority of the 66 Catholic schools and academies in Brooklyn and Queens plan to physically reopen under Plan A (100% in-person instruction), with the flexibility to adopt Plan B (hybrid instruction) or Plan C (100% distance learning through the new St. Thomas Aquinas Distance Learning Catholic Program) quickly if COVID-19 cases arise.

portrait of Brother Ralph Darmento

Brother Ralph Darmento Dies at Age 68

A Mass of Christian Burial for Brother Ralph Darmento, FSC, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, was celebrated Aug. 18 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Windsor Terrace. He died Friday, Aug. 14 at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn. He was 68.

Queens Knights of Columbus Council Collects 500 Pounds of Food in One Day

Since May, the Knights of Columbus Holy Family/Bishop Ignatius Catanello Council #14520 has collected and distributed more than 4,000 pounds of food to at least 6,000 families. Their most recent food drive, held on August 16, collected approximately 500 pounds of food that was donated to St. Michael’s Church Pantry in Flushing.

Bishop Kearney High School Class of 2020 Blessed at St. Athanasius Church

Members of Bishop Kearney’s Class of 2020 reunited at St. Athanasius-St. Dominic Church for a special Mass on August 16. The students — who weren’t able to graduate from the all-girls Catholic high school due to its closure in August 2019 — completed their first three years at Bishop Kearney and transferred to other local high schools this past year to complete their senior year.

Only in Print: Catholic School Advocates Hope Congress Shows Them it CARES

Congress and the White House are at odds over a new COVID-19 relief bill, with negotiations breaking down and both sides digging in their heels, but Catholic education advocates say that once everyone returns to the bargaining table, one topic that should be discussed is tuition assistance for Catholic school students.

Most Parish Schools and Academies Plan to Physically Reopen in the Fall

Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement on Aug. 7 that schools in New York are permitted to reopen next month, local Catholic schools are beginning to share their reopening plans. All plans must be approved by the State’s Department of Education and adhere to the safety guidelines and framework provided by the State’s Department of Health.

Local Catholic College Students Begin to Prepare for Their Fall Semesters

The three local Catholic colleges and universities have released their respective Fall 2020 reopening plans adhered to the safety guidelines provided by the State’s Department of Health and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the number of days until the first day of classes dwindle, students have mixed feelings about the new semester during the age of COVID-19.