Month of pro-life efforts conclude with Mass • Catholic Schools Week set to begin

Month of pro-life efforts conclude with Mass • Catholic Schools Week set to begin

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., wraps up a month of prayer and advocacy in defense of unborn children with a videotaped Mass of Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life, which can be viewed on the Diocese’s Youtube channel beginning at 11 a.m. on Jan. 29.  The Mass is one of many online events going live on the day that the annual March for Life was originally scheduled in Washington, D.C., before pandemic concerns required its move to a virtual platform. For more information, visit


Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton will take part in the national observance of Catholic Schools Week, slated for Jan. 31 through Feb. 6. Now in its 47th year, Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to highlight the value of a Catholic school education and focus on some of the exemplary programs underway in our schools.  The 2021 theme “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Reflects all that is essential for forming intelligent and faithful citizens for the future.

Bishop David M. O’Connell will celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2021 during a videotaped Mass that will stream on diocesan media beginning Feb. 1 at 6 a.m.  Available in English and with a Spanish voice over, the videos can be watched on our YouTube channel at

Because of COVID-based concerns, Catholic Schools Week will be handled differently this year, with many schools offering prospective parents an opportunity for individual tours or virtual open houses.  Other events will be kept small and stringent precautions will be in place regarding mask-wearing, screening and social distancing. For a listing of open houses and tours shared by the schools, click HERE.

In his message for Catholic Schools Week, superintendent of schools, Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt, writes: “The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton are the perfect place to experience real and lived Gospel values along with high academic achievement EVERY DAY!”  To read his full message, click HERE.

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