Niagara Catholic’s first turf field – a joint partnership between the Board, the Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education, the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls Soccer Club – at Saint Paul Catholic High School, was officially blessed prior to a Junior Boys football game between cross-town rivals the Patriots and the Saint Michael Mustangs on October 13.
The $1-million field will be enjoyed not only by teams at the school, but also by players from the city and beyond who play at E.E. Mitchelson Park.
The event was co-hosted by Paisley Janvary-Pool, a member of the Niagara Falls Park in the City and Recreation committees and Brad Johnstone, Principal of Saint Paul Catholic High School. It was timed to coincide with one of the Grade 8 transition visits to Saint Paul by Catholic elementary schools within the Saint Paul Family of Schools.
The field was blessed by Father Paul MacNeil, Chair of the Board following a short demonstration by players from the soccer club. Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, Jim Marino, Executive Director of the Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education and Tim Chamberlain, President of the Soccer Club also provided brief remarks prior to the blessing.
Several members of Niagara Catholic’s Senior Administrative Council attended the event, as did Trustee Ed Nieuwesteeg. In addition to Mayor Diodati, Councillor Carolyn Ioannoni also attended the celebration.
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