From Mr. Petrocelli, June 24, 2020

Dear Spartan Community:

For the past two days, we have been collecting textbooks and allowing students to clean out their lockers, and just seeing the students enter the building has been a blessing. I could see their smiles (even with a mask on), and every student shared with me the same sentiment, “Mr. P, we have to re-open school in September.” Just listening to them share with me their experiences since March 13 allowed me to recognize the resilience and determination of every student that bears the name of “Spartan.”

So we all are asking the same question, what will September look like? The most honest answer that I can give you is, as of June 25, I really do not know for sure. But, what I can share with you is how we are moving forward towards September in the hope of addressing the various options that may play out. We are preparing plans which can be revised and altered as additional information related to restrictions is shared with us from the Governor’s Office and the Diocese of Paterson. Every week we see more and more restrictions being lifted, and we pray that this continues in a positive direction.

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Congratulations to Jessica Long

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Salutatorian, Jessica Long, recently notified that she was named one of only 23 Fordham University students to be selected as a Cunniffe Presidential Scholar.

This prestigious honor is in addition to Jessica being invited into Fordham's Global Business Honors program.

Nicely done, Jessica. Spartan Proud!

Graduation Awards

The Msgr. John P. McHugh Award recognizes exemplary Christian witness, academics, service, and involvement in athletics and/or activities. From the Class of 2020, Sean Kelly and Jessica Long received this honor.

Fr. Geno Sylva Award recognizes two students who exemplify selfless giving. This award is presented by the Parents' Association. The honorees from the Class of 2020 are Jesus Delgado and Anna Soltys.

Graduation Awards

The Elizabeth Ann Seton Award recognizes students who use their faith and gifts in service to others. From the Class of 2020, Charlotte Ortzian and Riley Sikorski received this honor.

The Sr. Patricia Flarity 110% Award is based on determination, effort, and accomplishment. Connor O'Neill and Kaylee Reyes were named this year's recipients.

William F. Martin Awards

The William F. Martin Award for Leadership and Service Award is presented to a member (or members) of the graduating class who best exemplifies servant leadership and a lasting legacy. Alexa LoMonaco and Olivia Peiser were the Class of 2020 recipients of this prestigious award. Alexa was President of both the Student Council and National Honor Society. Olivia was the Senior Class President and Yearbook Editor-in-Chief.

Graduation Links

See the Grade 8 Graduation Video »
See the High School Class of 2020 Graduation Video »
See the High School Class of 2020 Awards Presentation Video »
See the Class of 2020 Tributes Videos »

Thoughtful Thursday, June 7

Dear DePaul Catholic High School Community:

During the past week, our entire nation has felt the pain and heard the cries of people seeking justice and peace. As a catholic faith community, it is our responsibility to respect the inherent dignity of all people and the sanctity of life, from conception to natural death.

align="left" Racism, intolerance, and all forms of violence have no place in this great nation. As a faith community, we must stand up for what is right and the rights of all people. In the Peace Prayer of St. Francis, we pray, "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love." Let us always be that instrument of peace. Together as one nation, we seek to heal the wounds of this past week.

St. Vincent DePaul, Pray for Us!

For the entire DePaul Catholic High School Community,
Russell D. Petrocelli, Principal

Happy Birthday, Sr. Jeanne!

On Monday, June 8, the DePaul Catholic Twitter accounts and other Social Media outlets lit up with birthday wishes for a true Spartan, Sister Jeanne Agans. By 3:00 p.m. all of Wayne could hear the horn-blaring parade of DePaul Catholic Staffers who drove the front oval and wished her well.

Mr. Petrocelli's Thoughtful Thursday Message Contains Some Good News for All

Mr. Petrocelli's May 1 Messsage

The Class of 2020 as of April 30

National Honor Society

Not being able to gather at school didn't stop 58 teachers, parents, and students from gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of the newest members of the Holy Spirit Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Science National Honor Society

Congratulations to the new Class of 2020 members inducted into the Science National Honor Society.

Catholic Charities

Super job by Interact (left) moderator, Mrs. Dacles, numerous DP teachers, and the DePaul Catholic Community for the abundant collection of food, paper products, clothing, and gift cards for Catholic Charities

Huge shoutout to our Spartan football families (right) for continuing to support the Murray and Fitzpatrick houses of Catholic Charities especially during these trying times.

At the 124th Annual New Jersey State Council Knights of Columbus Convention, held virtually this year, Mr. Russell D. Petrocelli was reelected New Jersey State Warden and represents the Archdiocese of Newark on the New Jersey State Council.

The Annual Art Show

Traditionally, the Fine and Performing Arts Department showcases the talents of the DePaul Catholic art students in a beautiful display of work in the student commons. Our current circumstances may have forced a change in format, but they cannot stop the considerable talents of our students.

Please enjoy the video to the right.

Our first Virtual Open House was a huge success. Packed with information, the site has been visited hundreds of times by families interested in joining the Classes of 2024, 2025, and our 8th Grade Prep program. If you missed it, click the image above.

Teacher Appreciation Week Ends

Click the image above to read a heartwarming letter from the family of a Class of 2020 student and a Class of 2016 graduate.

Mother's Day 2020

Click the image for Mr. Petrocelli's Mother's Day Message

Mr. Petrocelli's May 7 Thoughtful Thursday

The Class of 2020 shares memories in the video above.

The Girls Lacrosse Team sends Thanks to our Teachers.

Mr. Petrocelli and Sr. Jeanne went out of their way to show our teachers their appreciation.