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Formation

One of the primary roles of the Church is to proclaim the Good News and to teach as Jesus did. This forms the very foundation and purpose of the Formation Committee: to foster the Christian formation of all parishioners at all stages of human development. Holy Trinity is blessed with a strong tradition of sound educational and formational offerings.

ADULT ENRICHMENT: Retreats and programs are planned, based upon interests and needs. The Religious Education Office and Sunday bulletin inform you of current offerings.

BIBLE STUDY: Several Bible studies are offered at Holy Trinty and meet on a variety of days and times.  Each group selects its own materials. For more information, contact Therese Caruso  (897-5207)

CHRIST RENEWS HIS PARISH: A weekend retreat that gives one 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 a retreat for women and a retreat for men that are held each year. For more information, contact Therese Caruso (897-5207).

BOOSTERS CLUB: The Boosters Club sponsors all extracurricular sports programs at Holy Trinity. The objectives of the program are to develop skills that will contribute to the development of a healthy parish spirit consistent with the teachings of Christ and His Church, and to field competitive teams, build character and sportsmanship, and to encourage participation at all levels. For more information about the program click here www.htboosters.org

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW): Holy Trinity offers Liturgy of the Word for children, ages 3-6 during our weekend Liturgies.  Children are dismissed during the opening rite to hear the gospel on their own level and to do an activity that relates the Gospel to their lives. They return to their parents just prior to the presentation of the gifts. You do not need to register for this program. If you would like to become a leader or an assistant, contact Therese Caruso (897-5207).

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Holy Trinity Parish School is central to the educational mission of our community. It is challenged to provide both academic and religious instruction. By combining these two elements we create a Catholic atmosphere enabling our children to grow to be contributing adult members of their community. For more information, please go the school’s web site at www.ht-school.org or call the school office (897-2785).
 
FAMILIES WITH SMALL CHILDREN: The Families with Small Children (FWSC) mission is to plan activities for families who do not yet have school-aged children so that they can meet and socialize with other young families. We hope that by joining in on these activities parents and children alike can feel a part of the parish during those years between baptism and kindergarten. The quarterly gatherings are a summer activity, a Fall pumpkin fest, a birthday party for Jesus, and an Easter egg hunt. Details appear in the bulletin prior to each event. Contact: Aimee Schwiers (502-552-5295) or check out the website http://fwsc.smugmug.com for more information.
 
GROWING IN FAITH TOGETHER (GIFT): The parish religious education program at Holy Trinity is called Growing in Faith Together (GIFT).  The GIFT program is open to all students in grades 1-8 who attend our public schools or private academies. The GIFT program runs from early September through May and meets on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45 AM.  Registration is required and takes place in August. Children must be in a Religious Education Program for one year prior to celebrating any sacrament to ensure that they have a strong foundation on which to build their understanding of that sacrament. For additional information contact the Religious Education Office (897-5207).
 
MINISTRY TO YOUTH & COLLEGE-AGED YOUNG ADULTS: The social, formational, service and peer ministry components of youth development are incorporated into our program. Contact: Melissa Fisackerly (897-5207)
 
High School Program: Regular weekly meetings are on Sunday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The program focuses on weaving faith themes, social issues, service and community building. Contact: Melissa Fisackerly (897-5207)
 
Junior High Program: Children enter our Junior High Program at the end of their sixth grade year. Meetings, held every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 PM, focus on group building, faith formation, service and unique challenges for young adolescents. 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!
 
PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION: The PTA is extremely active at school, supplying volunteers and raising funds to supplement the school budget. The PTA coordinates the parent volunteer program, many health screenings throughout the year, and room parent responsibilities. It facilitates parent-faculty communication, and shows appreciation to our dedicated faculty with occasional lunches, and specific classroom items. Contact: Jennifer Scobee – jenscobee@gmail.com
 
PARISH SCHOOL: (PRE-K through 8th Grade): Holy Trinity Parish School is central to the educational mission of our community. It is challenged to provide both academic and religious instruction. By combining these two elements we create a Catholic atmosphere enabling our children to grow to be contributing adult members of their community.
 
We at Holy Trinity are blessed with a quality school. Our children benefit from full-time programs in the traditional areas of study as well as in Art, Computers, Library, Music, Spanish, and Physical Education. Our administrative team and teaching staff are composed of professionals with an average of 13 years experience in Education. All teachers are certified and 62% have attained a Masters Degree or higher. We have a full time counselor, and Director of Student Achievement and Director of Activities. Our school is part of the Archdiocesan school system, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
 
Most of Holy Trinity graduates attend Catholic high schools. Our student’s standardized tests scores remain high and they regularly receive awards and recognition. An integral part of our school is our service learning program, which includes outreach programs on each grade level. For more information regarding our parish school please contact either the school office (897-2785) or their website at www.ht-school.org
 
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 Caruso (897-5207) for more information.
 
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION: These programs are to prepare those participating in the sacraments for the first time through family based education activities. Parent meetings, workshops and celebrations take place 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. An appointment with the Pastor is necessary for Marriage Preparation. For more information on any of these programs contact the Director of Religious Education, Therese Caruso (897-5207 or tcaruso@htparish.org).
 
SCHOOL BOARD: The function of the Holy Trinity School Board is to support the educational programs of our school and furnish the principal with the support needed to implement those programs. It is a policy-making body, while the School Principal is the person responsible for implementing those policies with effective procedures.

Membership includes: nine members-at-large selected annually for three-year terms and three alternate members that serve a 1 year term, the Pastor, the School Principal, Vice-Principals, the School Counselor, the Booster President, Finance liaison, two teacher representatives, and the PTA President. It’s Constitution, By-laws, and policies are on file at the Parish Office. Contact: Jack Richards, Principal, (897-2785)

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 Jackie Vanetti (742-3668) and for the Boy Scouts go to the following link http://sites.google.com/site/htcspack313/

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Each summer children ages 4 through incoming fourth graders are invited to take part in our Vacation Bible School. Older 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. For more information, contact Therese Caruso (897-5207)