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, C.M., 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.