Girls Soccer Wins State Sectional Title

State Sectional Champions!The Girls Soccer team had reached the Non-Public A North Sectional finals for three consecutive years leading to its fourth try on November 7, 2019 – when they refused to be denied. In a thrilling, 2-1 double-overtime defeat of Immaculate Heart Academy, the Spartans met their number one objective of the season: the State Sectional Title.
IHA led struck first, scoring six minutes into the first half and maintained that lead deep into regulation until with 2:26 left, freshman Maggie Blum scored the game-tying goal.
The score remained dead-locked at 1-1 through regulation and the first overtime and it certainly appeared as though the game would remain dead-locked until, with 13 seconds left in the second overtime, senior Bryana Pelayo lifted DePaul Catholic to a 2-1 victory.
The two teams had met twice in conference play earlier in the season, with the Spartans taking the first one, 4-2, and dropping the second contest, 3-0.
To a player, every Spartan agreed that this one, the first State Sectional championship in DePaul Catholic Girls Soccer history, is one they will not forget.

Circle of Friends

On the feast day of our patron saint, Vincent de Paul, Sr. Dianne, a Sister of Charity, addressed our community about the conditions under which some Haitians live. She told stories of hope and need. Spirit Alive HAITI began a school seven years ago for 12 children whose parents could not afford the uniforms, shoes, and transportation to send them to public school. Today, they have 250 children. In 2019, Food for the Poor replaced our school, constructed of scrap pieces of wood and tin, with a beautiful new building. But, their generosity did not include money to operate the school and educate the children. The Circle of Friends campaign was initiated to raise those needed funds. Sr. Dianne's words touched many of us.

This week, Sr. Dianne provided an update. The conditions in Haiti have been challenging over the last year. They deteriorated to the point that Sr. Dianne was unable to return as scheduled in October. Strikes and demonstrations were occurring on a daily basis making it unsafe.

During what seemed to be a “truce” for the holidays, Sr. Dianne was able to go to Haiti for eight days in December. She brought Christmas presents for the school children and money to pay the teachers. She also carried with us greetings of love and support from our many Circles of Friends in the United States. Where most of the banks, schools, and businesses were closed from September to November due to the unrest, their school remained open with 85-90% of the children in attendance. Given the conditions in the country, this was remarkable.

Through the generosity of donors, they were able to give the teachers their full pay. They also had the schools’ cooks prepare lunch every day as if there was full enrollment so they could give any left-over beans and rice to the families living in the surrounding area who had little or no food.

Sister closed her note as so... We have no idea what will happen in Haiti in 2020. The issues that underpin the current problems still remain unresolved. But this we know. Our school will continue!

Share her stories of hope in Haiti, and, if you can, help a child attend school. $100 = year!

Sheer Joy

Girls Basketball Wins Christmas Tournament

The Girls Basketball team defeated Columbia High School, 37-34, in the finals of the 2019 Blue and Gold Holiday Tournament in Pequannock. The team had previously defeated the host team, 50-44, in the opening round. Senior Riley Sikorski led the Spartans with 16 points. Fellow senior Olivia Peiser contributed seven.

The Spartans jumped out to a commanding 27-15 lead at the half. A feisty Columbia team outscored the Spartans, 13-3 in the fourth quarter, but it just wasn't enough as the Spartans hung on for the 3-point victory. The Spartans are off to a blazingly hot 4-0 start to the 2019-2020 season.

Freshmen Boys Win their Holiday Tournament

The Freshman Boys Basketball Team won the North Jersey Holiday Hoop Fest in Teaneck during Christmas Break.

March for Life

The March for Life promotes the beauty and dignity of every human life by working to end abortion—uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square. We march because we envision a future world where the beauty and dignity of every human life are valued and protected. Hundreds of thousands have been joining the mission of the March since its inception.

Catholic Schools Week

DePaul Catholic's Catholic Schools Week kicks off with a school-wide liturgy on Monday, January 27. As the week progresses, there will be days to celebrate Community, Students, our Nation, Vocations, and our Faculty and Staff. Among the activities are classroom activities on leaders who graduated from Catholic schools, guest speakers on vocations, and, of course, the liturgy.

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