ADULT ENRICHMENT: Events are planned based upon interests and needs. The Religious Education Office, Sunday bulletin and this website inform you of current offerings.
BIBLE STUDY: Six Bible studies are offered at Holy Trinity and meet on a variety of days and times. Each group selects its own materials. For more details, click here.
CHRIST RENEWS HIS PARISH: A weekend retreat that gives you the opportunity to examine, rediscover and/or intensify your personal relationship with Christ, as you relax, pray and rethink priorities and get to know other parishioners. It is a weekend of reflection and sharing of spiritual and real life issues. There is an annual retreat for women (January) and for men (February). For more information, contact Therese Carroll-Caruso (897-5207).
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW): This opportunity to hear the Gospel proclaimed at their own level of understanding is offered for children ages 3-7 at each of the weekend Masses (except 6:30 PM) during the school year and at the 11:00 AM Mass during the summer. Children are dismissed after the opening prayer of Mass to go with a catechist who reads the Gospel and leads an activity that makes the Gospel relevant to young lives. Children return to their parents after the Prayers of the Faithful. Registration is not necessary for participation. Parents may wish to accompany their child the first time. Trained youth helpers are assigned as assistants to the adult leaders. If you would like to become a leader or an assistant, contact Therese Carroll-Caruso (897-5207).
NURSERY: A co-op nursery is offered each weekend at the 5:00 PM liturgy on Saturday and 11 AM Sunday liturgies year round. Parents of children through age 3 are encouraged to use this service. This is a co-operative nursery, meaning that those who use it must also assist in staffing it. Safe Environment Training and a background check are required of all volunteers. The nursery is located in the gathering space. Contact Julia Gilman (630-995-5429) for more information about this service.
GROWING IN FAITH TOGETHER (GIFT): The parish religious education program at Holy Trinity is called Growing in Faith Together (GIFT). GIFT exists to partner with parents in the faith formation of children and youth in grades 1-8 who attend our public schools and Christian/private academies. By utilizing contemporary educational methods and technology, excellent age-appropriate resources, and opportunities for service and outreach students are enabled to learn the teachings, liturgical life, and practices of the Roman Catholic faith. The GIFT program runs from early September through April each year on Sunday mornings between the 8:30 and 11:00 AM liturgies. Registration is required and takes place in August. Children must be in the Religious Education Program for one year before preparing to celebrate any sacrament to ensure that they have a strong foundation on which to build their understanding of that sacrament. For additional information contact Therese Carroll-Caruso, Director of Religious Education, at 897-5207.
To register your child for the GIFT program, please download the registration form, complete it, and submit it with your payment to the Religious Education Office.
MINISTRY TO YOUTH & COLLEGE-AGED YOUNG ADULTS: Holy Trinity Ministry program focuses on the three "S's" Spiritual, Service and Social are formational components of youth development which are incorporated into the program. Contact: Melissa Fisackerly (897-5207)
Youth Ensemble: A music group consisting of youth musicians and singers that provide music for the 6:30 PM Sunday evening liturgy on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Practices are the Thursday before from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM. Please join! Please contact John Brockmeier at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
RCIA and CHILDREN’S CATECHUMENATE: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for those adults who have never been baptized or who were previously baptized in another Christian tradition but are interested in inquiring into our Catholic faith. Sponsors from the parish accompany seekers on their faith journey and introduce them to the parish community. Children’s Catechumenate is the same RCIA process adapted appropriately for those children aged 7 and above. Contact the Director of Religious Education, Therese Carroll-Caruso (897-5207) for more information. Parishioners who would like to be involved in the RCIA process may click here for more information on volunteer opportunities.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION: Processes are in place to prepare adults and children to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Parent meetings, workshops and celebrations take place throughout the year. Families requesting the baptism of an infant or child under the age of 7 years may celebrate this sacraments at one of the scheduled weekends throughout the year. Currently at Holy Trinity, Reconciliation is celebrated in the fall of the 2nd grade year; First Eucharist is celebrated in the Spring of 2nd grade and Confirmation is a two-year program beginning in 7th Grade and celebrated in the winter of 8th Grade. Select the specific sacrament from the drop-down menu for more details. Contact the Director of Religious Education, Therese Carroll-Caruso (897-5207 or email@example.com) with questions.
SCOUTS: Our parish wholeheartedly supports Scouting. Parish members participate as leaders. Children of various ages may join one of the troops. For the Girl Scouts, contact Melissa Fisackerly (897-5207) and for the Boy Scouts please contact Greg Russell at (893-6357).
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Each summer children ages 4 through incoming 6th graders are invited to take part in our Vacation Bible School. Jr. High and Senior High youth are welcome to assist. Fun, music, great snacks, exciting crafts, bible stories, games and more are all part of the children's learning experience. Contact Therese Carroll-Caruso at (897-5207).