Responding to the compassion shown by the local community, the Diocese of Palm Beach is releasing information on a special fund established Monday to help the family of Wendy Aceves of Boca Raton. Aceves was killed in a tragic car accident over the weekend. The Aceves Family are parishioners at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Boca Raton and the youngest child attends St. Joan of Arc Catholic School. Another child is in high school.
Upon learning of Aceves death, the school began accepting monetary donations and gift cards to help the family with funeral home expenses. At first, donations were made by parishioners of the Church or families and supporters of the school. Recent concern for the Aceves Family is growing from the local South Florida community and people from outside the Church community have contacted the school, asking how they could make a donation.
St. Joan of Arc School is accepting monetary donations of cash/checks/money orders or gift cards for Publix or restaurants to help the family. Donations may be mailed to:
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School
501 S.W. 3rd Avenue
Boca Raton, FL 33432
***Checks should be written Payable to John Aceves. Also, those who donate are asked to please include in the envelope that it is a donation for the Aceves Family such as in the Memo area of the check or on an enclosed note.
During business hours, donations may be dropped off in person at the Parish Office and not at the school so not to disrupt the school’s normal activities and schedule. St. Joan of Arc’s parish office is located at 370 S.W. 3rd Street. One-hundred percent of all the donations received will be given to the Aceves family.
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and School made a donation to the Aceves Family earlier this week. On Tuesday, a parent from the Catholic school also set up a GoFundMe account to provide further assistance in helping with funeral home expenses.
Through the Diocese of Palm Beach, Reverend Monsignor Michael McGraw, V.F., Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church expressed how much support from the local community means.
“The faith community of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and School very much appreciate the outpouring of support from our parishioners, parents and from the community in general. People have been kind in their words and actions,” stated Reverend Monsignor McGraw.
The Diocese of Palm Beach and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and School are doing what they can to support the family. In a statement released yesterday, they asked for prayers for the Aceves family.
Statement from the Diocese of Palm Beach Spokesperson:
“The faith community of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and School are in mourning tonight and are united in prayer. Wendy Aceves and her family are members of our Church. As a parish family, we are grieving and have great concern for the family. We are doing all we can to support Wendy’s husband, children and family. We ask for respect and privacy for the Aceves family and those who knew Wendy. Please keep them in your prayers.”
-Dianne Laubert, Director of Communications, Diocese of Palm Beach
The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 280,000 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its schools.