Catholic elementary and high schools across the country will be recognized as part of Catholic Schools Week and several local groups will be taking part in their own activities.
The theme for this year is "Catholic Schools Raise the Standards," according to a press release from the Diocese of Trenton. The goal of Catholic Schools Week is to "promote the academic excellence and Catholic identity of Catholic schools in the US," the release added.
George V. Corwell, the director of the Office of Education for the New Jersey Catholic Conference said he was glad that a proclamation from Gov. Chris Christie recognized the importance of the week.
"The Catholic Schools of New Jersey represent an investment in New Jersey's future, and the sacrifices made by Catholic school parents save the state's overburdened public school system (and local taxpayers) over $1.3 billion annually.
The annual event is sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association and is usually celebrated with masses, open houses and community events. More information can be found on the association's website.
Events in Monmouth County include:
– Jan. 31, Open House, 9 – 10:30 a.m.; Feb. 2, Annual Benefit Gala, 7 p.m., Molly Pitcher, West Front Street, Tickets $150 per person. Portion of proceeds to benefit school families affected by Hurricane Sandy. For information, call 732-842-0348.
St. James, Red Bank – Jan. 29, Open House, 9 – 11 a.m.; Feb. 1, Open House, 9 – 11 a.m. For information, call 732-741-3363.
St. Mary, Middletown – Jan. 29, 60th Anniversary assembly, contact school for time; Feb. 1, new student registration, 9 a.m. – noon. For information, call 732-671-0071.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Asbury Park – Jan. 30, Open House, 9:30 – 11 a.m. For information, call 732-775-8989.
St. Benedict, Holmdel – Jan. 30, Open House, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For information, call 732-264-5578.
St. Veronica, Howell – Jan. 29, pep rally and volleyball game, 2 p.m., gym; Jan. 30, Thank you assembly for faculty, staff and volunteers, 2 p.m., gym; Jan. 31, vocation appreciation assembly, 10:05 a.m., gym; Feb. 1, Mass with veterans video, 9:30 a.m., church, coaches vs. team members basketball game, 5:30 p.m., gym; Feb. 2, Carnival, 6 p.m., gym. For information, call 732-364-4130.
St. Catharine, Spring Lake – Jan. 30, Open House, 9 – 11 a.m. and 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. For information, call 732-449-4424.