Though the coronavirus pandemic forcibly canceled all large, outdoor events, the 39th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York continued virtually on Sept. 19. Maureen O’Malley-Byrnes, executive director of the Irish American Building Society, remained steadfast in ensuring the end-of- summer tradition would not be forgotten.
Ed Wilkinson, editor emeritus of The Tablet, never imagined an honor first given to the Vatican’s legendary Swiss Guards would be the accolade that capped his 50 years covering the Diocese of Brooklyn, but that’s what happened last Saturday Sep. 19.
Hispanic Catholics in the Diocese of Brooklyn and across the country would normally be preparing for the Encuentro, an opportunity to discuss and address how the Church responds to the Hispanic presence and the ways Hispanics respond to the Church in kind.
Broadcast journalist Christine Persichette has been named the anchor of Currents News, a comprehensive nightly news program from the Catholic perspective.
Holocaust survivor Lea Balitzer Evron, 85, remembers the three-story apartment building and fur factory her father owned in Zywiec, Poland, and the small garden area she would play in as a child. She also recalls the years she and her family fled their home in September of 1939 after the Nazis invaded Poland, going into hiding as a five-year-old.
After completing the 2019-2020 academic year remotely in June, a majority of Catholic school students, faculty, and staff in Brooklyn and Queens finally experienced a semblance of normalcy. They returned to school for in-person learning on Sept. 9, ready to start a new school year in a new fashion.
Grassroots organization Project Hope NY launched its 7th Annual Backpack Drive last month, donating back-to-school supplies and gift cards to New York and Indianapolis educators and organizations.
Good Shepherd Catholic Academy’s Home School Association President Kathleen Tomassetti has had a lot on her plate while raising six children amidst a pandemic. She currently has five kids enrolled in GSCA’s universal pre-k and Grades 2, 3, 6, and 7, and a freshman at Xaverian High School.
When it comes to personal health and safety, some teachers are making sure they are doing everything they possibly can to keep themselves and others safe while working.
Kristi Giacalone was facing hard times because of COVID-19 and struggling to come up with the money to pay tuition for her two daughters at St. Francis Preparatory High School.