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Meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis: By Nicholas DiGrandi

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Senior Nick DiGrandi to meet Pope Francis

Nick-DiGrandiCongratulations to Nick DiGrandi (pictured 5th from the right) who will meet Pope Francis this week while he is visiting New York City. Nick is one of 12 students in the Archdiocese who will have the opportunity to briefly speak with His Holiness when he comes to the area.



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Share the Love – School Supplies for Angola children

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, KCHS will be collecting school supplies for children in Angola in conjunction with our Lady of Fatima Parish in Yonkers.  The children are in need of school supplies of all types.  Please consider donating pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, markers or any item that you choose to share with children less fortunate than we are.  Student Government will collect donations each Friday during homeroom through March 27th.


Lenten Food Drive Underway

Kennedy students showed their faith through action in delivering 1,286 pounds of food collected to date as part of the Lenten Food Drive to the Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah.  Claire Murray from the Center commented on how “it is always such a pleasure to work with the Kennedy Catholic students who made the delivery so easy to manage.”  Please keep the donations coming as the food drive will continue until Tuesday, April 15.

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Kennedy hosting Proud to be Catholic Concert

Kennedy Catholic is pleased to play host to the Proud to be Catholic Concert on Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 7 p.m.

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Seniors learn about ‘Life in Christ’ at Graymoor Spiritual Life Center


Brother David Mary calls it the “spiritual shock” treatment.  Not unlike other retreats, the goal is to remove the participants from their daily distractions so they can be more attune to the Spirit and themselves.  Which is why Kennedy’s Senior Retreats are held at Graymoor in Garrison, N.Y., where the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement have been hosting the upperclassmen Gaels for the past decade.

Once those distractions–cell phones, homework, social responsibilities–are removed, Brother David Mary said the students often feel a sense of loss and restlessness.  The underlying question the Friars ask the Kennedy seniors to consider is “What is going to fill that restlessness?”.

For Brother Crispin, the answer is living a life in Christ.  As with any relationship, you have to get to know somebody before you can trust them.  In order for the Kennedy seniors to truly trust in Jesus, Brother Crispin and the Friars hope to provide a deeper experience of Christ that will strengthen a “life-changing trust”.

Brother David Mary, before speaking to the seniors about his own discernment and vocational call, said witness is important to kids today.  Not unlike watching the latest Presidential debate, students are keenly aware of whether one’s actions are consistent with one’s words.

“Where do they find that consistency,” Brother David Mary asked rhetorically.

At Kennedy Catholic, for starters…

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Feeding Our Neighbors


Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign 2013 

Catholic Schools Art Contest

What is it?

The first Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign was announced last year by Cardinal Dolan, in response to the continued high demand for food and dwindling supplies at Food Pantries. Through the efforts of our schools, parishes and agencies, during Feeding Our Neighbors we raised over 575,000 mealsOur message resonated: No hungry neighbor should be turned away– Catholic and non-Catholic alike.

Throughout the Archdiocese, we will again hold a Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign the week of January 27 – February 3, 2013.  This year, we hope to raise funds and food for one million meals.

Cardinal Dolan will announce the Campaign at the annual distribution of Thanksgiving meals at Catholic Charities’ Kennedy Memorial Center in Harlem this November.  He will also unveil the Feeding Our Neighbors 2013 Poster.  YOUR drawing could helps raise awareness of hunger and the need for meals in the Archdiocese!

Art Contest Participants

Each Catholic school in the Archdiocese may submit THREE drawings from among all of their students participating in the art contest.  ONE winner will be chosen from all school submissions.


Only submissions in pen, pencil, crayon, markers, colored pencils, paint will be accepted.  Each art piece should be the student’s original artwork submitted on 8 1/2 x 11 white paper.  Each art piece must be accompanied by a submission/release form, include the Feeding Our Neighbors logo and be received by the Superintendent’s Office no later than October 31, 2012.

Please mail submissions to:

  • Office of the Superintendent
  • Attention: Mary Kate Blaine
  • 1011 First Avenue – 18th Floor
  • New York, NY  10022


The picture should depict What you or your community can do to relieve Hunger through the Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign’ and include the Feeding Our Neighbors Logo.


A committee of Archdiocesan staff will select ONE winner from all submissions as the poster for the Feeding Our Neighbors 2013 Campaign.  All three students whose art was selected for submission in the Arch-wide contest will be invited to attend an art exhibition at the end of the Campaign at the New York Catholic Center.  The winner, in addition to having his/her poster displayed, will also win a special prize.  Two runner-ups will also receive prizes.

Download the Information HERE

Download the Logo HERE

Download the required Media Release HERE

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Mass of the Holy Spirit offered for Tyrell Thompson ’06


Father Vaillancourt recalls the life of Tyrell Thompson '06 in his homily during the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 7, which was offered for the fallen alumnus.

Father Vaillancourt recalls the life of Tyrell Thompson ’06 in his homily during the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 7, which was offered for the fallen alumnus. PHOTO BY JACOB BERGMEIER

As it does at the beginning of every school year, the Kennedy Catholic community gathered in prayer for its Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 7.  This year, however, the Gaels had a few names on their minds and people in their hearts as theinaugural First Friday Mass was celebrated.  Namely, Tyrell Thompson ’06, Elizabeth and Robert Palladino (the mother and brother of Laura Kelly P’07), and Anthony Cartularo (the brother of Italian teacher Mario Cartularo).

The Aug. 22 death of Thompson in particular, struck Kennedy hard.  The Army 1st Lieutenant was waked and buried in Arlington National Cemetery this week, so the wounds were still quite fresh.  In his homily, Father Vaillancourt described  how before their was the vaunted baseball team, it was the hardwood Gaels who were winning state championships, led by Thompson.  Though he was not assigned to Kennedy during Thompson’s four years, he learned through talking to teachers and friends that Tyrell was more than just a gifted athlete.  He was a scholar and a soldier, someone who made those around him better, both on and off the court.

“Tyrell’s life embodied the Kennedy ideals of Courage and Compassion,” Father Vaillancourt said.  “Let our lives do the same.”

At the Sept. 4 wake, Father Vaillancourt recalled how the West Point dean took note of how many Kennedy Catholic alumni paid their respects, and how highly they thought of Thompson.  The dean said he was glad, because that was exactly how West Point felt about Tyrell.

Tyrell Thompson '06 flying high during one of the Gaels may runs to the Section 1 title at the Westchester County Center.

Tyrell Thompson ’06 flying high during one of the Gaels may runs to the Section 1 title at the Westchester County Center. PHOTO BY ALEX MALECKI

Sen. Greg Ball, who was on hand to present Kennedy with $10,000 in bullet aid, also touched on the significance of the alumnus’ life.

“As a former Air Force Officer, my heart goes out to the Thompson Family and his Kennedy Catholic community,” Ball said.  “My hope is that this funding will enable Kennedy to continue producing the kind of upstanding men and women, like Tyrell, who serve their country with courage and compassion.”


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Lenten Mass Video

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LoHud Feature on Archbishop Dolan with a Quote from Fr. Vaillancourt

Father Vaillancourt was quoted on the LOHUD site in regards to Archbishop Dolan becoming a Cardinal.

“We are all very happy,” said the Rev. Mark Vaillancourt, Kennedy’s president and principal. “I am sitting here, and it’s all we can talk about.”

“They have close ties to our area and are such supporters of education, especially Archbishop Dolan,” Vaillancourt said. “We are thankful for his leadership. This sends much hope to all of us.”

Make sure you check out the whole article on LOHUD’s site—> HERE

Image By: Jacob Bergmeier