Changing Lives this Lent

By: 2nd Grade

This Lent, second grade is putting their faith in action by leading Holy Trinity’s Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Rice Bowl initiative. CRS uses the funds it raises to meet the needs of vulnerable populations overseas. However, the Rice Bowl program does more than alleviate hunger and poverty. It also forms a global community, encouraging us to stand with our brothers and sisters in prayer and fasting. Through this program and others at our school, students learn to be persons for others in a global community. As you read students’ reflections below, consider making a donation and joining our students in their commitment to create a more just and loving society.

2nd Grade CRS Rice Bowl Reflections

Maren T: The rice bowl is a tool we use at HTS to help poor and homeless. We put money in the rice bowl to donate to the poor and homeless in different countries. When we donate to different countries, we help people little by little.

Jack C: What is the rice bowl? The rice bowl is a little bowl that you put money in during the course of Lent. The donations from the rice bowl goes to the CRS (Catholic Relief Services’). Once the CRS gets the donations, they use it to help poor countries and bring clean water to poor communities.

Maggie B: When I make a donation to the rice bowl I feel good because I am helping the poor. My donations help poor countries get clean water, the donations help small businesses too! The rice bowl is a cardboard bowl that you put money in for the poor.

Sela D: CRS rice bowl is a company that helps people that are poor. It helps people get clean water and seeds for crops. It also helps small businesses. It makes you feel happy because you are helping people in need. Even a dollar a day can help a family. If you put one dollar every day during Lent, you can help a whole town.

Sofia: I feel happy when I donate to the CRS rice bowl because the homeless get clean water, food, and shelter. Donations help people because the homeless stay safe and healthy.

The Intersection of Art and Faith

By: Abby L. and Meredith J.

For hundreds of years, people have found God in art. Many sacred paintings and sculptures show stories of the Gospel in unique ways. Some show physical expressions of Mary and Jesus like the Madonna and Child do.  But the arts are not just expressed in painting and sculpture. They are also expressed through performance. There are musicals like Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Theater expresses human emotions just as Jesus did when he fulfilled the promises that  the prophets made in the Old Testament. When we work together as an ensemble, we are working together for God. Being an ensemble means treating everyone as an equal, and that is what God sent Jesus to do. Part of being Jesuit students is seeking God in all things, including art.

By: Caitlin R.

This year’s school musical, Seussical Jr., is full of crazy Seuss words, fun colors, and lots of songs. Seussical pulls together different Dr. Seuss stories, such as Horton Hears A Who, Horton Hatches An Egg, Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Throughout the show, there is heroism, love, anger, and much more. Seussical Jr. is a wonderful and fun show, and we hope it is enjoyed by all who see it.

Two Perspectives on Catholic Schools Week

By: Parker M.

Catholic Schools Week does not celebrate our differences, but instead celebrates the one thing we have in common: we are all Catholic!

Catholic Schools Week shows our Jesuit Identity because it shows we are Catholic.  Showing that we are Catholic is important because it shows God that we believe in our faith. Expressing our belief in God is the most important thing about Catholics Schools Week.

The main reason we have Catholic Schools Week is to have fun in the presence of God.  God loves every one of us as individuals. Catholics Schools Week is important in many ways. Each way is like a puzzle piece, so when you put them altogether you get an awesome puzzle, that is Catholics Schools Week.

By: Abby L.

During Catholic schools week we get to have free dress, dress like a teacher, and get to wear pajamas. But why do we celebrate it? It’s a question that I’ve been pondering for a while, so I did my research and found the answer. It started way back in 1974. It was created to celebrate who we are as a Catholic school. All across the nation kids just like you celebrate all of the activities that we do. Well they might be a little different, but everywhere people celebrate being Catholic. It’s a celebration of knowing that we are a school for God. It’s to recognize the importance, the value, and the contribution of Catholicism.

It’s important that we celebrate who we are and our identity as Catholics. The definition of catholic is “including a wide variety of things; all-embracing,” which means that we include everyone, no matter who they are. Everyone is special and we should love and respect everyone’s identity.That is why we made our identity posters. That is what Catholic Schools Week is all about, celebrating all of our identities. Your identity is who you are. No matter who you are, you have an identity that makes you amazing and totally original. So yeah, Catholic Schools Week is awesome but not just because of the free dress.


Identity Posters

By: Will P.

This week The Holy Post will be discussing the identity poster, a project that all students in the upper school and lower school are doing. The identity poster is an activity where students express characteristics of their identity on a paper or poster. These identity posters will be hung in hallways and classrooms throughout the upper and lower schools. The staff of HTS have also created posters, which include traits like race, ethnicity, family life, political opinions, etc.

The purpose of the identity poster is to express personal characteristics, make connections and celebrate our differences. Connections between posters can help strengthen relationships and start new ones. Being able to relate to somebody on a personal level can help us get past differences. Acknowledging and celebrating our differences is also important. Being able to see that people are different from each other can help us work together on projects and in the classroom. The way that people think about us and the way that we think about ourselves is something that we need to examine. If people don’t see us the way that we see ourselves, then it’s hard for us to be ourselves.

The identity poster has been one of my favorite projects this year. It wasn’t graded, which gave me the freedom to be creative. Overall, I had a great time with it. I would strongly recommend doing this project with a family member. For example, I did this project with my father, and we had a great time. Thank you and I hope that you enjoyed this write-up for The Holy Post.

Sports and Spirituality

By: Helen M.

Basketball is one of many sports at Holy Trinity. It is definitely one of the most popular sports, too. Sports connect us to our Catholic faith in many ways. For example, basketball is a team sport. In basketball you win as a team and lose as a team. I play basketball, and it wouldn’t be as fun without a team. Your teammates cheer you on when you make a basket and support you when you make a mistake. That sounds a lot like our faith. Our faith teaches us to help others, not give up, and play fairly.

The Jesuit tradition that we believe focuses on reflection, examining our day or the preparing for the day to come. After a basketball game, we reflect on our mistakes, but more importantly we reflect on how we can improve: “In the day that I called, you answered me. You encouraged me with strength in my soul.” -Psalm 138:3

Imagining the Nativity

This Advent-Christmas season, third grade is practicing Ignatian contemplation in class. St. Iganatius encouraged his followers to contemplate scenes from Scripture as a way to engage both the mind and heart in prayer. Using their imaginations, third graders placed themselves in the Nativity scene and wrote the reflections below. As the Advent-Christmas season draws to a close with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we invite you to join our students in your own prayerful meditation on the Nativity and the fulfillment of the promise of Christ’s birth.

“I am the ox, and I am present at the birth of Jesus. I see the Lord of all the people talking and the angels singing. I hear praises of joy and Mary and Joseph adoring the baby Jesus. I smell the incense from the candles and the hay in the manger. I feel the hay on my hoofs and lots of strong love.” -Jack

“I am a shepherd, and I am present at the birth of Jesus. I see Mary holding Jesus. I see some strange men. They are carrying gifts. I hear Jesus cooing and Mary softly humming to Jesus. I smell the air. It smells sweet and soft. I feel warm, calm, safe, and at peace.” -Lucia

“I am Mary, and I am present at the birth of Jesus. I see Joseph holding Jesus, and the animals are asleep. The wise men are walking in. I hear the soft rustle of the wind. I smell myrrh. I feel joy and the Holy Spirit” -Chloe

“Hi, I’m the angel. I’m also at the birth of Jesus. I see others watching the birth of Jesus. They look happy to see the Savior! I hear the baby crying and people are singing Amen! I smell animals that live there, like an ox. I also smell lovely spices. The birth of Jesus is exciting.” -Riley

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What Christmas Means to Us

When asked “What does Christmas mean for you?” Pope Francis replied, “Christmas is God’s meeting with his people…it speaks of tenderness and hope.” This Christmas season, we hope our students serve as a reminder of what it means to proceed in tenderness and hope. Merry Christmas!