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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 www.catholicschoolshaveitall.org, 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.

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A Message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.

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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THE BUZZ

  • We are proud to be part of a school community. No priest ever wants to close a school. We try to do whatever we can to promote a Catholic environment … The school is part of a greater whole, and makes a strong parish. Families entrust their children to us, we educate the whole child.

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    Father Christopher Picollo
    Pastor, St. Katharine of Drexel Parish, Burlington
  • Most people believe in Catholic education, and we do not have a heavy burden here. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to lighten the burden for parents.

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    Msgr. Gregory D. Vaughan
    Pastor, St. Catharine Parish, Holmdel and former vicar general, moderator of the curia and director of vocations for the Diocese
  • A Catholic education provides a deeper grounding in faith that builds on the foundation of faith set in the Catholic family home.” 

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    Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.
    Tenth Bishop of Trenton
  • “Catholic schools exist to teach students about God and to integrate the faith in all areas of the curriculum. The faith-life of students will be supported as enhanced curriculum guidelines immerse the teachings of the Gospel into all subjects providing resources for faculty implementation.”

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    JoAnn Tier
    Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Trenton
  • “Just as challenges to healthy Catholic schools increase with each passing year, so, too, must the number of priests and parishes who are willing to champion them. ”

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    Rayanne Bennett
    Associate Publisher, The Monitor; Executive Director of Communications
  • “We educate the mind, body and spirit of our students,” she said. “The academic rigor, opportunity for Christian service and co-curricular activities are top notch. Receiving a Catholic education gives the student the whole package.”

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    Joanna Barlow
    Principal, Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceveille
  • “God calls us all, and creates destinies for some; what your vocation will be later, we don’t know yet. Your calling right now is to be students at St. Peter’s, to learn. Someday you will find out what your vocation is, and it will be your calling.”

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    Conventual Franciscan Father Richard Rossell
    Parochial vicar, St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach, speaking to students during the school's vocation day as part of Catholic Schools Week
  • “We gather with Catholic schools from from all over the country to celebrate the freedom we have to worship and to give thanks to God for the opportunity to learn in a community of faith.”

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    Dr. Edward Gere
    Principal, Donovan Catholic High School, Toms River
  • “Jesus Christ is the center of our Catholic educational program; Jesus is its heart, and Jesus is its enlightenment, knowledge and saving grace of the world that enables our students to truly make a difference.”

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    Father Gabriel J. Zeis
    Vicar for Catholic Education, Diocese of Trenton