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Catholic Schools need our support now more than ever

A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.

Each year, the Diocese of Trenton joins dioceses throughout our country in celebrating Catholic Schools Week.  At a time when dioceses, including our own, are experiencing the unfortunate circumstance of having to close a school or schools for a variety of reasons, we need to support Catholic education more than ever.

Established by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in 1974, Catholic Schools Week takes place annually from the last Sunday in January throughout the remaining week.  This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Promoting this national observance is one way that dioceses in our country highlight the contributions that Catholic education makes to the Church, society at large and the communities where our Catholic schools are a vital part.

NCEA notes on its website (www.ncea.org/csw) that the purpose of the week is to help Catholic schools connect with students, parents and families, parishioners, educators, alumni/ae, benefactors and other community members in dioceses throughout the country.

Here in the Diocese of Trenton, we frequently express our conviction that “Catholic Schools Have It All”: an educational experience, second-to-none, imparted by professional, dedicated administrators, teachers and staff, in an environment that is faith-based and truly Catholic. This first-rate education would not be possible without the consistent, generous sacrifices made by parents and all those who support our Catholic schools in the Diocese.

As Bishop, I am very grateful for and proud of our Catholic schools in the four counties of the Diocese; those that continue the mission of Catholic education now and those that have contributed to that mission in the past.

I invite all parents of school-aged children to consider sending them to Catholic schools.  Without adequate enrollment and financial support, our Catholic schools cannot sustain themselves.  We need your support more than ever.  Yes, “Catholic Schools Have It All.”  Wouldn’t it be great if they could add your children to their numbers?

May God bless you and may we all have a Happy Catholic Schools Week!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2022

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Andy Williams cites Christmas as being the most wonderful time and a well-known commercial for an office supply chain store will have you believe it is late summer, when it’s time for students to head back-to school.  But students in Catholic schools know the most wonderful time of the year is Catholic Schools Week!

Since 1974, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has hosted Catholic Schools Week for elementary and secondary schools in the United States. This year the annual event was held Jan. 30- Feb. 5 with the theme “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.”

During this week, schools in the Diocese of Trenton joined Catholic schools throughout the country highlighting what makes their faith-based school communities a special and integral part of society.

This year the themes include – Sunday: Celebrating Your Parish; Monday: Celebrating Your Community; Tuesday:  Celebrating Your Students; Wednesday: Celebrating the Nation; Thursday: Celebrating Vocations; Friday: Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers, and Saturday: Celebrating Families.


Catholic Schools Week 2022

Good News in Catholic Education…

As the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Trenton, I am honored to speak on behalf of our Catholic schools. Our diocese has a wide-reaching swath of the State of New Jersey.  Four counties that reach from the Pennsylvania line all the way to the beaches.  Each of these counties have a different flavor and make-up, but the Catholic schools in all of these counties have one thing in common … they are living the Gospel values that represent the mission of Catholic education each and every day.

Our Catholic schools have stayed open, with minimal disruption, because of the sense of community present in our programs.  Every parent, teacher, and student has come together to work together to make our schools safe and centers of real academic achievement and learning.  Our schools’ leaders have never lost sight of their two most important responsibilities: Making sure our schools are open and living the Catholic mission.

The deep sense of community, manifest during these two pandemic years, is one of the residual effects that I am most proud to see come to light in our Catholic schools. The COVID pandemic, and all its variants, has put the educational system under severe stress. I am so proud of our schools, our Catholic school families, and their leaders in their respective abilities to combat this terrible virus that is so prevalent in our world.

How do our schools do this?

Our schools answer the call of the needs of the students in the classroom, but in the community as well, whenever/wherever it is needed.  The needs might be spiritual, educational, or even social.  The need might be a meal to eat or a shoulder just to cry on or a tutoring session for a lesson.  The call is now and loud.  The call is real. Our Catholic schools continue to step up to serve others as true servant leaders should.

To achieve a true Catholic education that serves all requires that we teach and live the faith.  Our Catholic Schools must live Gospel values. Our educational staffs’ work hard every day to support this mission and do the same.

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