It was a busy time Jan. 26 to Feb. 1 for Catholic school students and their parish communities as all celebrated Catholic Schools Week 2020.

“[Catholic school] teaches the heart and soul. It gives the whole picture of life, which is incomplete without God and faith and religion. And that is pretty important,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., preached during his visits to three Catholic schools during the week: St. Jerome School, West Long Branch; Sacred Heart School, Mount Holly, and St. Gregory the Great Academy, Hamilton Square.

From polar plunges and a visit to Trenton’s Capitol to first responder breakfasts, social justice projects and Bishop visiting youngsters and classrooms, students, staff, families and more celebrated all that Catholic education has to offer.

Check out all of The Monitor’s coverage, including:

• Photo Galleries from the 2020 Polar Plunge for Catholic Education and Catholic Schools Week at State House

• Bishop O’Connell’s visit to St. Jerome, Sacred Heart and St. Gregory Academy

• Celebrating the contributions of Catholic school graduates – a message from JoAnn Tier, superintendent of Catholic Schools