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Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.

Editor’s Note: Following is Bishop O’Connell’s homily for Catholic Schools Week, which is Jan. 31-Feb. 6. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop O’Connell in the diocesan Chancery, Lawrenceville, and pre-recorded amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It was streamed Feb. 1 across all diocesan media, including the diocesan YouTube channel.

Just a little over one month ago, all Catholics and Christians celebrated the Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem on Christmas Day.

Most families have figures of Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus in the manger in their homes.  These are not just Christmas decorations … they represent and show something that really happened: God sent his Son born of Mary into our world to save the world and to teach us how God wants us to live.[…continue reading]

Diocese encourages return to church, lifts many COVID-based protocols

Following an unprecedented year of pandemic-related challenges, the Diocese of Trenton’s school superintendent issued a letter to parents thanking them for their partnership and commending Catholic schools’ faculty and staff for their commitment and resiliency.  In his May 24 letter, Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt also announced that all parish and diocesan Catholic schools will return to full time in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 academic year.

With only a few exceptions, the schools of the Diocese offered in-person learning on a full day schedule for the past year, according to Dr. Schmidt. Remote learning was made available as needed in response to parents’ requests and health protocols where COVID-19 exposure was suspected. Citing the increased availability of COVID-19 vaccines for adults and older children, thereby reducing the risk of transmission of the virus, the Department of Catholic Schools has determined that full-time remote learning will not be necessary come September. […continue reading]

To read his full letter click here.

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