FAITH FORMATION

Students at Holy Trinity learn the importance of their faith and learn to follow Jesus and spread his word.

Every school day begins with prayer.

Throughout each day and each school year, Holy Trinity provides many ways in which our students grow in their faith.

Weekly Mass and Adoration – Each week, our entire school celebrates the Eucharist together and each Tuesday our 4th through 8th graders participate in Eucharistic Adoration. During this time, the students honor the Eucharistic Presence of Christ and open themselves to His Graces.


Sacrament Preparation – At Holy Trinity School, students prepare for and receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation. Sacramental preparation is a two year process that begins in first grade for First Reconciliation and First Communion. Students receive those Sacraments in second grade. Confirmation preparation begins in seventh grade, and students receive this Sacrament in eighth grade.


All Saints Day – Here at HTS, we have a tradition, which was started by Sr. Kathryn in 1970 where the first graders dress up as their favorite saint for the All Saints Day Mass. Each first grader shares about their saint during Mass, followed by a saint celebration afterwards.


May Crowning – The month of May honors the Virgin Mary. May Crowing is one of our most valued traditions in Catholic Schools. On the day of May Crowning, the entire school processes over to Church led by the honor procession of second graders in their First Communion clothes. The 8th grade boys carry the school statue of Mary to Church where the 8th grade class has the proviledge of crowning Mary with flowers in front of the entire school and their families.


St. Francis Blessing of the Pets – Each year on the Feast of St. Francis (October 4), we have an outdoor ceremony where Fr. Ron blesses the students' pets. Students and their parents are welcome to bring their animals to school to receive a blessing. We have had all kinds of animals here, including cats, dogs, and even pigs and horses!


5th grade visits to Swanton Health Care – Once a month, our fifth grade class visits Swanton Health care. The students have a communion service with the residents, and then lead the rosary with them. They also make cards and other gifts for the different holidays. The 5th graders look forward to their visits with the residents each month.


Catholic Schools Week – Is celebrated beginning the last Sunday in January with our Annual Open House. Throughout the week, students participate in activities that promote Catholic awareness such as a “Souper Bowl” soup can drive, local speakers, and various themed activities.


Mime stations – During Lent, our 8th graders silently act out the Stations of the Cross in Church for the entire community.


Our students as volunteers – Our mission as a Catholic school is to pass on the gospel message of Jesus to others. We teach our children to model the life of Christ by loving and serving others. Our students are actively involved in providing service to others. Our 5th graders visit the nursing home once a month, and our 8th graders visit the shut-ins in our parish community once a month. 7th and 8th graders are required to perform service hours as part of their Confirmation preparation. Students of all ages volunteer at our parish festival and parish fish fries by carrying trays for guests, cleaning up tables, serving refreshments, and other ways. The 7th graders also help at the monthly St. Vincent de Paul distribution. There are many more opportunities and ways that our students provide service just as Jesus did.


Altar Servers - The 4th-8th graders have the opportunity to be trained as altar servers for school and weekend masses.


8th Grade visit to Parish Shut-ins- Each month, groups of 8th graders visit about eight of our parish shut-ins. They take a hot lunch from our cafeteria with them. The students are eager to share their school life with the shut-ins and hear from them stories of their families and life in the past. When they return to school, the students have time to tell their classmates all they heard and experienced at their visits. All the students are eager and excited to return the next month and build on the friendships they have with each of the persons we visit.