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November 16, 2016

Local News

DEMAREST—The Academy

of the Holy Angels has joined the

School Sisters of Notre Dame and

Beyond Borders in assisting Haitian

families devastated by Hurricane


“The School Sisters of Notre

Dame respond to the needs of the

times, and were already working

in Haiti before the hurricane,” ex-

plained Director of Campus Minis-

try Kathleen Sylvester. Although the

sisters sent funding to Haiti through

Catholic Relief Services immediate-

ly after the storm, additional aid is

still needed, Sylvester said.

Beyond Borders will spend the

next 18 months helping 100 Haitian

families rebuild their houses and

gain access to safe drinking water

and proper sanitation. The organi-

zation will also help families obtain

livestock and other necessities, and

any training they need to earn an

income. Beyond Borders estimates

that the cost of assisting one family

will be $1,800 for the 18-month


To raise money the academy,

will hold multiple fundraisers for

Haiti. Events through next Febru-

The annual Retirement Fund

for Religious collection will be

held Dec. 3-4 in the Archdiocese

of Newark. Coordinated by the

National Religious Retirement Of-

fice, the parish-based appeal ben-

efits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic

sisters, brothers and religious order

priests whose communities lack

retirement savings.

The Archdiocese of Newark

contributed $525,607.59 to the last

collection. In 2016, the Augustin-

ian Recollects, Dominican Nuns,

Marist Brothers, Order of Friars

Minor Capuchin, Sisters of Saint

Dominic and the Society of Af-

rican Missions received financial

assistance made possible by the

fund. Women and men religious

who serve or have served in the

archdiocese but whose communi-

ties are based elsewhere may also

benefit from the annual appeal.

ary include a Thanksgiving Drive

from November 14-16; Hoops for

Haiti, where students will make

donations to play games during

lunch; a faculty bake sale in Janu-

ary; and a Flapjack Fund-raiser at

Applebee’s on Feb. 5.

“We hope that these efforts will

enable many in the Holy Angels

community to become involved in

helping our brothers and sisters in

Haiti,” Sylvester added.

Holy Angels community unites to assist Haiti

Retirement Fund for

Religious held Dec. 3-4

Submitted photo

Sister Sharon Slear, S.S.N.D. visits the school at Ti Palmas in Haiti.

Submitted photo

The weather may not have cooperated, but the cold, rainy fall morn-

ing did not deter Paramus Catholic’s Cheer Team from enthusiasti-

cally participating in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Pomona,

Rockland County, last month. The event is the nation’s largest

event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support,

and research programs. This is the second year the cheerleaders

participated due to the efforts of teammate Sydney Teabout, whose

grandmother suffers from the disease. Each cheerleader held a

large, brightly-colored pinwheel flower that symbolized a different

aspect of the Alzheimer’s’ experience: yellow for caregiver, purple

for the passing of a loved one and orange for advocate.

Catholic bishops of the Unit-

ed States initiated the collection

in 1988 to address the significant

lack of retirement funding among

U.S. religious communities. Pro-

ceeds help underwrite retirement

and health-care expenses. Nearly

95 percent of donations directly

support senior religious and their


The appeal raised $30.7

million in 2015, the sixth highest

total in its history. As a result 401

religious congregations received

$25 Million. These funds sup-

plement the day-to-day care of

elderly religious and help the con-

gregations implement long-range

retirement strategies. Throughout

the year, additional funding is al-

located to congregations

with the greatest needs. For more

information, visit