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Help support Catholic Schools on #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is known as a global day of giving, but it’s also one of the best ways to get involved in the community in one’s own back yard.
Such is the hope of this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign in the Diocese of Trenton, which aims to support Catholic education in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
“The goal is engagement,” said Christine Prete, market research analyst in the Diocese’s Department of Development. “To be able to reach out to everyone who has an interest in supporting Catholic education and make them aware that Catholic schools need their support to be sustainable.”
On Nov. 27, the day of the global social media movement, donors can visit https://dot-givingtuesday2018.blackbaud-sites.com, where they will have the option to help Catholic schools in the Diocese in three ways: make a secure, tax-deductible contribution; volunteer their time or say a prayer.
One-hundred percent of the funds raised will go to the schools directly, Prete said, explaining that donors can give to a school of their choice or to a general assistance fund. Schools will indicate what the monies will be used for, such as a general fund, tuition assistance or a specific project/program.
Anyone can be involved, from current Catholic school families, relatives and friends to alumni, parish communities and cohorts.
A Message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.
Catholic schools want our kids to have it all
As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I am delighted to congratulate the following Catholic schools in the Diocese who have been awarded the coveted “Blue Ribbon” by the United States Department of Education:
St. Catharine, Spring Lake:-Mr. Robert Dougherty, principal
St. Dominic, Brick: Mrs. Carol Bathmann, principal
St. James, Red Bank: Mrs. JoAnn Giordano, principal
St. Jerome, West Long Branch: Sister Angelina Pelliccia, principal
St. Leo the Great, Lincroft: Mr. Neil Begley, principal
This is an extraordinary accomplishment for the Diocese — not one but five of our Catholic schools have been recognized for excellence “based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.”
Along with our Superintendent Mrs. JoAnn Tier, our Vicar for Catholic Education Rev. Gabriel Zeis, TOR, and their colleagues in the Office of Catholic Education, I extend heartiest congratulations to the administrations, pastors and parish priests, faculties, and staffs of our newest “Blue Ribbon Schools.” You are amazing! And to our parents who sacrifice so much to entrust their children to our Catholic schools and to our incredible Catholic school students, thank you for your hard work and dedication. You are the best! “Catholic schools have it all!”
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Heavenly Father, I ask that You bless all teachers in our Catholic schools. Bless them with wisdom and patience as they share Your joy and impact the lives of the young people of our Church.
Lord, bless this program of support for Saint Joan of Arc and all Catholic schools in our diocese. We ask this through Christ our lord, Amen.
May the Lord bless the Catholic Schools in the diocese of Trenton abundantly so that a faith-based education can be an option for all children and youth!