News & Events

New Catholic School Will Mold Next Generation of Innovators

When the new school year starts in September, two Brooklyn Catholic schools – Holy Angels Catholic Academy and St. Anselm Catholic Academy – will become Bay Ridge Catholic.

One of the big ways the curriculum at Bay Ridge Catholic will become a new model for a new world is through engineering.

“It’s understanding that they’re living in a different world and if we don’t prepare them for that we are doing them a disservice,” said Roxanna De Pena-Elder, the District Superintendent of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Read More

Head of Children’s Scholarship Fund Visits Diocesan Schools for Catholic Schools Week

Darla Romfo, President & COO of Children’s Scholarship Fund, visited Ss. Joachim and Anne School and St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. See below for a NET TV video report on Romfo’s visit to Ss. Joachim and Anne and photos from both visits.


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St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy in Maspeth Gets New STREAM Lab

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy earlier this week hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new state-of-the-art STREAM Lab at the school located in the Maspeth section of Queens.

The new STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math) Lab was made possible through the generosity of Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, who was represented at the event by President Tom Rudzewick. Several other board members were present as well.

Monsignor Joseph Calise, the Pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, offered a special blessing of the lab. The event was held on November 13 which is the Feast Day of St. Stanislaus Kostka. Students and faculty attended a special mass prior to the celebration of the new STREAM Lab.

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Diocese of Brooklyn Principals ‘Lighting the Fire for Catholic Education’

The Office of the Superintendent~ Catholic School Support Services is pleased to announce that two of our principals received the 2019 “Lighting the Fire for Catholic Education” Awards from the Catholic School Administrators Association of New York State. Margaret Tyndall from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy in Brooklyn, and Joann Heppt from Resurrection Ascension Catholic Academy were the honorees.

The event took place on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the annual gathering in Albany, NY.

Quotes from references submitted said the following about each principal:

Margaret Tyndall- Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy in Brooklyn

“She is extremely innovative and is consistently exploring ideas and options to make the school a better place.” “What an appropriate image, lighting the fire, to describe Margaret, I have come to experience and observe the energy, creativity and inspiration she brings.”

Joann Heppt- Resurrection Ascension Catholic Academy in Queens

“Mrs. Heppt is a faith-filled educator who fosters a strong Catholic Identity. The children and their physical and emotional well-being have always been a priority to her. Mrs. Heppt works tirelessly to bring programs to enhance student learning experiences to the school.”

Margaret and Joann were joined by their husbands and staff from the Office of the Superintendent~Catholic School Support Services.

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy

During the month of October the first, second,  and third graders learn about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and then go on to explore the Saints of our Church.  They learn that the saints are the Heroes for the Lord and that there are five important things to being a saint.  You must be Kind, Patient, Thankful, Truthful and Don’t Quit.

We hope that you enjoy looking at the students’  Saints costumes as much as they have enjoyed researching the lives of the Saints they chose to represent.  Please feel free to ask them questions about the people that they are representing today. They will be very proud to share what they have learned.

In a little while, the “Saints” will assemble on the stage and perform a song for you that they learned as they were learning about All Saints Day!  As they sing they will also be signing the song. Please notice the symbols for the words they are using. For instance, the sign for Saints is the letter S rotating around the world , the sign for alive is the letter L coming up around their face , the sign for Jesus is the wounds in his hands that he experienced when he was crucified.

Secondly, as you know, the Gospel for All Saints Day is centered around the Beatitudes.  Our Fourth and Fifth grade students have studied the Beatitudes and will be performing a song that they learned in order to memorize them.  Please notice, this song also incorporates sign language.


St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy in Astoria

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy in Astoria celebrated its Opening School Mass with the installation of  the SFACA Student Council.

Nine council members, from sixth through eighth grade, promised to work with the student body to build a better academy. Msgr. Maresca, pastor and Ms. Anne Stefano, Academy Principal, led the installation which concluded with the singing of the academy song.