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October 31, 2018
By HTCS Crusader

Post grad life. Three words that can strike terror in the heart of any college student. If I am being honest these three words caused a good amount of fear for me in my last year studying at Franciscan University of Steubenville. It just felt like there were so many options, all good, for what I could pursue after graduation. There was the idea that I could teach history, the subject I got my minor in, a track in which I could start doing historical research in DC for a non-profit, a thought that perhaps I could work in a parish doing evangelical work, or finally the most outlandish idea that I could move to Italy and study at the Sacred Art School to pursue a long held dream of painting sacred art. Through God’s direction and the wisdom of my family and friends I decided to move to Michigan and take a position as the Director of Evangelization and Youth Ministry at an incredible parish.

 All of this leads me to what I want to address here – thankfulness. The greatest thing I am thankful for, and I think anyone could be thankful for, is that the Lord is good and has a great plan for us. I never imagined I would end up moving north or working as a youth minister. However, I am tremendously grateful that He led me here for this confusing time in my life because though I do not know the big reasons I am working and living here yet, I can see His hand leading me.

 I believe I can easily attribute the trust I have been taught in the Lord’s plan to my parents and to my formation from Holy Trinity. God’s plan is so wild: when we moved from Dallas to be closer to the airport my mom and dad specifically picked Colleyville because of the good public schools. All it took was one drive past Holy Trinity to remind them of the dream both had of sending their kids to Catholic school as they had really appreciated their own Catholic school educations. Fast forward almost eighteen years and the Cummings family has had at least one kid at HTCS every year since. As long as I can remember the school has been a part of my life. From being picked to be Mary in our Las Posadas procession in Kindergarten to vocations day in fifth grade and finally to eighth grade when we watched movies about incredible saints in religion class and got to go on a day retreat, I have been learning about the Lord and His love for me. It is difficult to put into words how thankful I am for that gift.

There is something about moving away from home that can make you realize how incredible your parents really are. Ask any of my new friends in Michigan what I think of Jackie and Jim Cummings and you will get an earful. I think that the reason that Holy Trinity was able to have such an impact on my spiritual life and intellectual life is because the school’s values lined up perfectly with what I was already being taught at home. As I was being allowed to explore my interests at home (funny enough these were collecting rocks, reading, and playing chess) Holy Trinity gave me great opportunities to actually do them. I am thankful for classes like art with teachers like Mrs. Loar who sparked a love of painting in me. Elementary school is an immensely formative time and I believe so many of the things I love now can be attributed to going to HTCS.

So now, as a recent college grad with a big girl job I am beginning to see how lucky I am. It was the love and support of my parents, the closeness to my incredibly fun siblings, tender and encouraging teachers, and the Catholic environment of Holy Trinity that I am thankful to for helping me get here today. Post grad life isn’t too scary when you know God will lead you where you need to go so long as you do your part to work hard, love hard, and be thankful for all he has given you.  

What This Community Means to Me

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 »

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