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September 07, 2018
By Pam Elliott, HTCS Mom

“How do you do it?”, people sometimes ask as I walk in somewhere, usually late, lagging behind my pseudo independent 6 and 5 year olds, constantly looking over my shoulder to make sure the easily distracted 3 year old hasn’t run off with a stranger (highly probable), and dragging the infant behind me in her increasingly heavy carrier.

 

Well, the answer is – I don’t. I don’t do anything in this mom life on my own. There’s not one thing I can take sole credit for. And praise God for that.

 

Three years ago, we made the decision to enroll our oldest son, Jacob, in Holy Trinity’s Pre-K program. Having a November birthday, he wasn’t old enough for Kindergarten yet. So, we’ll just do this for a year before he starts at our neighborhood school, we thought. After all, that’s why we left uptown Dallas and moved to the suburbs – so we wouldn’t have to pay for private school. God’s funny that way.

 

But really at this point I secretly hoped we would be able to send Jacob to Holy Trinity beyond PreK, but I knew my husband wasn’t convinced. “You obviously don’t think our property taxes are high enough,” he told me when I suggested it back then. Come, Holy Spirit, come. If this is Your will, please let us be able to send him, I prayed. And then I waited.

 

The fall semester was blur as we adjusted to “real school”, but in the Spring I began to attend the Rosary group and daily Mass at school weekly on Wednesdays. With my 3 and 1 year olds in tow. Who does that to themselves, one might wonder. Well, again, it started out as just something I thought I’d give a try temporarily. Probably won’t last long, but we’ll just see how far we can go. Seeing a trend here yet?

 

It’s no surprise that those Wednesday mornings quickly became one of the highlights of my week. Even when my girls acted up. I quickly found that there was never a shortage of hands to help with them. Or a shortage of smiles to encourage me to keep coming back. A then stranger, now dear friend, would hold out her rosary for the baby to “help” count as she prayed. Another would take out her notepad and pens to entertain my toddler. Yet another would swoop in gently during Mass to hold the baby, while I raced to the potty with her sister.

 

Community. If I could sum up our last three years at Holy Trinity in one word, it would be that. The other parents and children have become our extended family. Our community. They have poured their life into us through their daily acts of love and self-sacrifice. Some days it’s a simple holding the doors open at pick up long enough for my distracted, all- over-the-place crew to make it outside in one piece. Other days, it’s a friend bringing us a hot meal at pick up time because she could tell I was overwhelmed and she just wanted to give me the night off from cooking.

 

I heard recently on a popular Catholic radio show of this concept that family life was always meant to be done in community, but that over time, we Americans began moving away from immediate and extended family, ultimately leaving us to feel as though raising children is solely the job of the two individuals whom God allowed to partake in their creation. We kind of cling to this crazy notion that we have to do things on our own. Maybe because we don’t want to inconvenience anyone or appear like we don’t have it all together. Well, I’m only three years into life as a Crusader and it’s like I must be in a time machine of sorts. I must have travelled back to that mystical time where parents weren’t alone in raising their kids, where the community around them was their family.

 

I started out wanting so badly to have my son in a school that would build him up in a Catholic setting, shape him into a godly boy and eventually young man. What I didn’t expect was that it would also dramatically shape me. That it would make me want to be a better wife, mom, neighbor, and friend. That it would show me exactly what it means to witness others around me be the hands and feet of Christ. That I would be so grateful for this new family in our lives. So, how do I do it? I do it, only because they, my new family, does what they do so very well.

A Dozen Reasons to Choose Catholic Schools

August 01, 2018
By HTCS Crusader

Contemplating Catholic education for your child? Here is a dozen reasons why Catholic education is worth the investment. A Catholic School:

  1. Offers an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence. 
  2. Partners with parents in the faith formation of their children. 
  3. Sets high standards for student achievement and help them succeed. 
  4. Provides a balanced academic curriculum that integrates faith, culture, and life. 
  5. Uses technology effectively to enhance instruction. 
  6. Instills in students the value of service to others. 
  7. Teaches children respect of self and others. 
  8. Emphasizes moral development and self-discipline. 
  9. Prepares students to be productive citizens and future leaders. 
  10. Documents a 99 percent high school graduation rate with 85 percent attending college/ university. 
  11. Cultivates a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring, and effective. 
  12. Provides a safe and welcoming environment for all. 

Contact our Admission Office today for more information on how Holy Trinity Catholic School can provide the best Catholic school environment for your family! Request a Tour »

Catholic Schools:  What difference do they make?

July 01, 2018
By HTCS Crusader

After hearing about what Holy Trinity Catholic School has to offer, many families ask, “What is the difference between Catholic school and public or secular private schools?”  Some think that it is just that we teach religion.  When you read about Holy Trinity Catholic School, or see one of our ads, something you will notice is the phrase “Superior Education in the Catholic Tradition”.  If you do not have experience with Catholic school education, you might find yourself wondering,  “just what does that mean exactly?"  These are important questions, because there are reasons for the success rate Catholic schools enjoy.  

First, the curriculum is not just academic.  This matters!   When considering a Catholic school, I would like you to imagine the cross in a special way.  Imagine the cross as a convergence of two important curricula. Take the horizontal beam of the cross and allow it to represent the formal curriculum. This formal curriculum includes the various disciplines of study through which the student learns about the world, and him or herself.  The formal curriculum, or the horizontal, signifies knowledge of the world, our temporal existence, physical truths and the human experience – all so necessary to understand in order to become a productive citizen of this world. 

In a Catholic school, this formal curriculum is taught and understood through the lens of a Catholic worldview:  a worldview that holds every person in dignity, a worldview that respects and protects all life from conception to natural death, a worldview that promotes careful stewardship of our resources, espouses hard work and promotes care for the poor.  This Catholic worldview believes that knowledge is not just for knowledge’s sake, nor is it just for the purpose of making a living, but rather knowledge is to be used to make a difference in our world, to be used for innovation and discovery.  It is this formal curriculum informed by a Catholic worldview taught at Holy Trinity Catholic School that is represented by the horizontal beam on the cross.

A Catholic school is also a community of faith.  The vertical beam of the cross represents the informal curriculum through which the student learns about God and His Church. The informal curriculum, or the vertical, signifies our relationship with God.  All relationships begin with the relationship we have with God, which then translates to our relationships with one another.  Because we are all created and loved by God, we all share in the one family of God.  At Holy Trinity, this community of faith binds us together in a special way.  Students at Holy Trinity develop a sense of belonging that changes how they see and experience school, life and relationships. That is because this community of faith affects the way each person is treated.  It is this community of faith that calls us to holiness, calls us to be people of service, and bids us to become more together than we can be by ourselves.  This faith community expresses itself in daily prayer and community worship, which provides students the opportunity for leadership, where the diversity of gifts is developed and shared.  Children learn that their gifts and talents matter and that they can be used to benefit the whole community.  These are everyday occurrences at Holy Trinity.

The convergence of the two beams of our Catholic school cross show how important each of these aspects are to educating the whole child, spirit mind and body.  Holy Trinity fulfills its mission to educate the whole child through both the horizontal – the formal curriculum, and the vertical – the informal curriculum.  And at the center of our Catholic school cross is Christ – who is the great teacher in our school. 

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