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St. Rose School celebrates 100 years of Catholic education

Many school and parish communities refer to themselves as “a family” given the experiences they share resemble a familial bond.

At St. Rose Grammar School, Belmar, alumni, faculty, administrators and students all spoke of that sense of family when the school celebrated its’100th anniversary during a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Oct. 3 in St. Rose Church.

“St. Rose has always been an integral part of my life,” said Bridget Killeen, alumna and first grade teacher.

“My mom went here in 1956 when it was just the red brick building [and] my sister, brother and I all graduated from the both elementary and the high schools. My husband and his six siblings all graduated from here and now my children are here in the grammar school.” (Story continues…)

A Message from Bishop O'Connell: Back to school on the journey back to normal

We have all have been hoping and praying that the effects of the pandemic would be well behind us by the time we opened our Catholic school doors for the 2021-22 academic year.  Sad to say, that is not the case.  Although much progress has thankfully been made in so many areas of endeavor, the pandemic continues to make its presence felt through Delta and other emerging COVID variants causing spikes in the virus in many parts of the country, including here in our own state of New Jersey.

We are fortunate that our Catholic schools will be able to resume classes and other activities “in person” rather than online.  That fact, alone, will make a big difference in teaching and learning as well as in socialization so necessary and so missed last year among and within our Catholic school communities.  Other efforts to keep COVID and its variants at bay, such as the wearing of masks by everyone in all New Jersey public, private and parochial K-12 schools, mandated by the Governor (Executive Order 251), took effect August 9, 2021.

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