St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, was filled to capacity Oct. 10 as over 600 students representing Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton gathered for the annual Catholic Schools Mass.

Diocese celebrates Catholic schools at annual Mass, Chancery closed for Columbus Day

St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, was filled to capacity Oct. 10 as over 600 students representing Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton gathered for the annual Catholic Schools Mass.

St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, was filled to capacity Oct. 10 as over 600 students representing Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton gathered for the annual Catholic Schools Mass. Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. was the principal celebrant and homilist, bringing the school communities together in prayer, giving thanks to God for the gift of Catholic schools.

Those students, educators, parent volunteers and diocesan staff began the day by honoring two students whose artwork was chosen to be displayed during the 2019 Advent and Christmas seasons in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington , followed by recognizing those schools who had collected the most money for the Missions, in advance of World Mission Sunday, Oct. 21.

After praying a decade of the rosary together, dozens of students carried their schools’ banners in a procession preceding the Mass.

You can watch a recording of the video stream, here, or by clicking the play button below:

Check back with TrentonMonitor.com to see continued coverage on this annual Mass for Catholic schools.


The Diocesan Chancery in Lawrenceville will be closed, October 14, in observance of Columbus Day. The Chancery will return to regular business hours on Tuesday, October 15 at 9 a.m.

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