Catholic Schools Put Our Faith Into Action

Last year, Visitation Academy partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital “Kids for Kids” foundation to help raise money for the hospital. This Catholic School Week, the children at Visitation listened to Caitlin McFeely, a representative from St. Jude, talk about all the great work that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is doing and how their fundraising is helping to save lives! Visitation Academy was able to give St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital a check for $2,500 for the fundraising they have done so far!

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Dr. Bitar, a St. Catherine of Siena (Cedar Grove) parent and ER doctor at St. Michael’s in Newark graciously accepted our donation of activity packets for children who seek care in the ER at her hospital. St. Catherine’s Prek 3 and 4 year old students assembled the packets with stickers, paper, and crayons donated by school families. The children also made “Feel Better” cards.

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On January 28, 2017 the Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City Dance Team participated in a charity showcase for the Project Linus.  According to their website, Project Linus is a non-profit organization which provides homemade blankets to children in need.  The blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources, one of which is donated skeins of yarn.  At the event, the SDA Dance Team was recognized for having donated the most skeins of wool.

During the Christmas season, members of the team decided that in lieu of exchanging gifts with their coaches and each other, each girl would make a donation to The Pajama Program.  Each girl purchased a book and a pair of pajamas for the program, which according to their literature, believes every child has the right to a good night.  Through the donation of a book and new pajamas, The Pajama Program “provides a loving bedtime to the children they serve giving them a good day and hope for tomorrow

Anyone interested in these two organizations can visit their websites: and

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Mix one cup of compassion, a dash of inspiration, and a bushel full of generosity and the result is the Sweet Hearts for Haiti Bake Sale. This two-day event, which featured goodies made and sold by staff and faculty members at the Academy of the Holy Angels, netted $630 for the school’s Hope for Haiti effort.

The school community’s wholehearted response to the sale means AHA is edging closer to helping three Haitian families rebuild their lives in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Holy Angels and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who sponsor AHA, are working in conjunction with Beyond Borders.

Initially, AHA’s goal was to raise $1,800 to help one Haitian family for 18 months, but the effort quickly expanded. Late last year, AHA had already sent Beyond Borders a check for $3,000.

Beyond Borders uses the donated funds to help Haitian families reconstruct their houses, gain access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation, and obtain livestock and other necessities, including job training.

AHA’s final Hope for Haiti event will be a Flapjack Fundraiser on February 5.

Checks made payable to AHA with “Haiti” entered on the memo line are also welcome and will be forwarded to Beyond Borders.