It takes more than luck to be able to hold the 22nd Annual                St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast!         

We are unable to gather and celebrate our Catholic school students this year on St. Patrick’s Day as we have done for over 20 years.  Due to Covid concerns with an in-person event of this magnitude while the pandemic still lingers, FACS remains focused on the health and well-being of all of our guests and supporters.  This fundraiser is critical so FACS can help many students attend and remain in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford.  Our students still need you, now more than ever.  

You are cordially invited to STAY HOME on St. Patrick’s Day morning in support of The Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools.

We are hosting a non-event fundraiser!  No need to dress up, buy a new green shirt, leave your house early or fill up your tank with gas.  Please click here to donate and help our students!

Enjoy this video provided by The Mulcahy Academy of Irish Dance!

Thank you to our Sponsors for supporting the 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast and our Catholic school students!

Click here for the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Program Book!

Partner Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor 

Knights of Columbus

The Tomasso Family

USA Hauling

Corporate Sponsor

Highland Park Market

Reid & Riege, P.C.

Benefactor Sponsor

Avery Heights

The Carey Family – In memory of FACS Trustee Peter G. Carey

The Chase Families

The Cote Family

The Giantonio Family

Friends of Charlie Hunt

Patricia Teufel and Thomas Driscoll

Anita and Jim Schepker

St. Mary’s Parish & St. Mary’s School, Simsbury

St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol

Yale New Haven Health

 Leadership Council

East Catholic High School, Manchester

Fiducient Advisors

Mercy Community Health

Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford

Nancy and Paul Palmisano

Full Page Ad Sponsor

Carmon Funeral Homes

Nicola Yester

Half Page Ad Sponsor

Ferris Events

University of St. Joseph

FACS Friend Sponsors


Matt Fleury and Irene O’Connor

Rosa Gatti

Gary Hanson

Cynthia and Michael Howard

Roger Lavallee

William Macdonnell

John J. & Anne D. O’Gorman

Edward F. Peltier

Kathleen Querfeld

Marianne and Robert Sawicki

Deneen Seifel

Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, PC

Patricia Walsh

The Yiznitsky Family

An Irish blessing to share…….

Ireland is the one place on earth

that heaven has kissed

with melody and mirth

and meadow and mist

May your morning bring joy

and your evening bring peace.

May your troubles grow less

and blessing increase!

Come and take potluck with me.

My hearth is warm

my friendship is free.

May the lilt of Irish laughter

lighten every load.

May the mist Irish Magic

shorten every road…

and may all your friends remember

all the favours you are owed!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

FACS would like to extend a very special thank you to our high school essayists who truly embody all of the blessings of a Catholic education!

Congratulations to our 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast finalist, Taylah P.!

Taylah P.   – East Catholic High School    

What does this scholarship mean to me? It sounds like a simple question at first glance.  However, when I dig deeper into it, I realize that it’s a lot more complex than one might think. In Kindergarten when I completed reading my first book, I knew. In 3rd grade when I won the contest for the best short story, I knew. In 9th grade when I was elected class president, I knew. I knew way back then that I was and would always be a scholar. I knew that I would always strive to learn and to be excellent. To most people, it might sound like the average aspirations of a motivated student. In my case, it is deeper than that. I have dedicated my entire life to becoming the best possible student I can be. Many people have joined and supported my journey to the academic finish line. My supporters and family have my back through any circumstance and continue to help me flourish and grow into the person I wish to become. Partly due to their unending support and my natural abilities, I have been able to be a great student and person overall. In fact, my decision to come to East Catholic was only made possible when my family supported me. I was in my sophomore year of high school and I came to the realization that my
relationship with God wasn’t as strong as I wished it to be. I was also becoming increasingly unsatisfied with the quality of the education that I was receiving.

With all of this in mind, I decided to apply to East Catholic High School. It wasn’t a decision made lightly but I knew when I made it that I would be facing a great change. I understood that I would be challenged by the level of academic excellence that came along with being a student at East. For me, this challenge wasn’t something to dread, it was something to
look forward to. Upon arriving at this school in my Junior year, I was flabbergasted by the overwhelming amount of encouragement the students and staff provided. The daily prayers and bible verses read on the announcements every morning give me the energy and positive
affirmations I need to get through the day. Not only has being in this community of like-minded individuals helped me to learn more about my Catholic faith but it has helped me to further develop my relationship with God. Since attending this school, I have begun to read and
understand the bible. I never knew how much being spiritually healthy would affect all aspects of life. My religion class has given me so many insights and so much knowledge about how I can match my social behavior to the will of God. Making this reconnection with my faith has been
one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I was beginning to feel a little lost and insignificant before attending ECHS but this Catholic education has given me so much clarity and assurance in the path God has for me. It has contributed more to my overall well-being, quality of life, and academic career than I can ever ask for.

It’s not unreasonable to assert that some people are born with more advantages than others. Other people, like myself, have to work a little harder than others. It may not be ideal but it just happens to be the American way of life. I have used the resources that I do have and
crafted an appealing plan for myself. The things that make my dreams possible are my hard work and people as generous as the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools. Their financial backing to my Catholic education is an investment in my future that they will not regret
making. In so many more ways than one, this scholarship has blessed me with the resources to not only be the best student I can be but to live the life I’ve always wanted to live. I will be forever grateful for this charitable investment. Thank you!

2019 Annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast Photos