For nearly 50 years, Catholic school attendees have added Catholic Schools Week activities to their book of favorite memories. Since 1974, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has hosted Catholic Schools Week for elementary and secondary schools in the United States. This year Catholic Schools Week will be held Jan. 30- Feb. 5 with the theme “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.”

And what is there to celebrate? As the NCEA shares in user-friendly, data-driven graphics called “Catholic School Snaps,” there are currently almost 6,000 Catholic schools in the United States providing a savings of $22 billion dollars to the nation annually. Catholic schools have a higher graduation rate than public and private schools and more graduates from Catholic secondary schools will attend a four-year college. With a student to teacher ratio of 11:1 in both the elementary and secondary schools, Catholic schools serve urban and suburban communities and can be found in both rural areas and inner cities.

During Catholic Schools Week, Masses and prayer services, open houses and other special events are held to showcase the value of Catholic schools in the community and in the life of the Church.  This year, weekly 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. 

While the week is designed to highlight the academic excellence and the faith-filled mission of individual Catholic schools, it also an opportunity to acknowledge and pray for the benefactors, stakeholders, and friends of Catholic education for their continued support.

As plans for this exciting week are being finalized in the Diocese, consider following local Catholic schools on their social media platforms and discover the difference Catholic schools make not only in the lives of their students, but in the larger community. 

Looking for information on Catholic schools? Visit the FIND A SCHOOL tab on the Diocese of Trenton website or check in with your local Catholic school websites and social media pages. Be sure to visit TrentonMonitor.com and look for expanded coverage of Catholic Schools Week events from across the Diocese in the February Monitor Magazine.