Bishop O'Connell, pictured center, is welcomed to St. Rose Parish by Maria Testa, a seventh grader in St. Rose Grammar School, left, and Susanna Testa, a sophomore in St. Rose  High School. At left is Msgr. Edward Arnister, St. Rose pastor, and Father Chris Dayton, parochial vicar. Courtesy photo

Bishop O'Connell, pictured center, is welcomed to St. Rose Parish by Maria Testa, a seventh grader in St. Rose Grammar School, left, and Susanna Testa, a sophomore in St. Rose  High School. At left is Msgr. Edward Arnister, St. Rose pastor, and Father Chris Dayton, parochial vicar. Courtesy photo

Catholic Schools Week 2019 has officially begun in the Trenton Diocese. And now schools are gearing up for a bustling activities week ranging from open houses, special Masses and prayer services to welcoming visitors such as parents, grandparents and folks who serve in their communities. 

Throughout the week, students will also enjoy participating in pep rallies, sporting activities and competitions and hosting breakfasts and lunches for the teachers and faculty members. 

Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., began his busy Catholic Schools Week schedule Jan. 26 when he made a surprise visit to St. Rose Parish, Belmar, and celebrated the parish's Vigll Mass. 

Check back on TrentonMonitor.com for updates to Catholic Schools Week observances.