Eligible/Ineligible Activities

Witness

Masses and Prayer Services

Each day prayers and particular prayer intentions of the school community are said at the beginning and closing of the school day. Staff and students have the opportunity to participate in school Masses and prayer services offered throughout the school year. There are four Masses throughout the year which include an Opening Mass, Advent, Easter, and Closing Mass. During Lent the Blessed Trinity community participates in an Ash Wednesday Service and Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Opportunity is provided for students and staff to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent. Before receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation the Chaplaincy Leader visits each class to prepare them and to review an examination of conscience.

Retreats

Each grade nine and grade twelve student participates in a retreat. The grade nine retreats are held in early September and October. The grade twelve retreat is held in the Spring.

Each first period grade nine class participates in a full day retreat held at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. The retreat includes prayer and reflection time, chapel orientation, activities focused on getting to know one another, community service hours, and an anti-bullying campaign presented by students in grades 10, 11, and 12. A lunch is provided for students for a nominal fee.

The grade 12 retreat is a full day retreat held off site for all graduating students. The focus of this retreat is to reflect on where one has come from and where God is leading each person in the future. A luncheon gives the students an opportunity for fellowship and to share and reflect on memories of the past four years. Often a guest speaker is invited to talk to the graduating class.

 

Social Justice

At Blessed Trinity students have they opportunity to live out their Catholic faith through involvement in social justice projects and awareness campaigns which affect the local and global community. Before Thanksgiving and Easter, Blessed Trinity holds a food drive to help local agencies to provide for the needy in the community. Each Fall Blessed Trinity organizes a Pilgrimage walk to support the community of Las Pajas in the Dominican Republic and holds other smaller fund raiser for Las Pajas throughout the year. At Christmas time the staff and students of Blessed Trinity collect food items and gifts for Christmas hampers. These hampers are then given to needy families in the community through local agencies.

Students are educated about social justice issues through awareness campaigns such as the Vow of Silence and Development and Peace. On November 20, 2009 students participated in the Vow of Silence to raise awareness about children in the world who have no voice and who are often exploited and abused. Blessed Trinity students made a promise not to talk, text, or email for twenty four hours to show solidarity with those whose voices are silenced.

Each Lent a Development and Peace campaign is run in the school on a particular theme. This year's theme "Life Before Profit" focuses on the use of agricultural land in third world countries to grow crops that will be turned in fuels for first world countries, not for feeding the local people. This year eight students will attend a Development and Peace workshop where they will learn more about the issue. The students will then give presentations to their classmates. Along with the presentation, the student leaders encourage classmates to sign petition cards which are sent to the Prime Minister and the local Member of Parliament highlighting the concerns of current agricultural policies. This year the G8 and G20 meetings will be held in Ontario and it is hoped that the concerns about agricultural policies will be on the agenda.

 

Pilgrimage

pilgrimage

"Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do for me. "

~ Matthew 25:45

Blessed Trinity students, endowed with the spiritual gift of giving, respond to the call of God to assist those who are less fortunate every fall during our annual Pilgrimage Walk. In solidarity with all of the Catholic High Schools in the Niagara Catholic District School Board, we walk for the purpose of raising awareness for social justice issues. At Blessed Trinity, our mission has now extended to our family of schools where their awareness has certainly increased.

Every fall students, staff and parents participate in a 10 km pilgrimage to support the impoverished community of Las Pajas in the Dominican Republic. Over the past seven years we have raised in excess of $50,000 to help our brothers and sisters in Las Pajas. This money has been used to sustain various projects that improve their quality of life and to assist them in becoming a self sufficient community. Their homes now have cement floors; they have clean drinking water, a livestock and farming project. As well, the children of Las Pajas can look forward to an education and given a chance to break the cycle of poverty that their parents endured. The Blessed Trinity flag is proudly displayed in their school, where the children are aware and grateful for all of our efforts during Pilgrimage.

"I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it know. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again"

 

~ Stephen Grellet

 

Sky Pilots

Sky Pilots are a group of students led by the Chaplaincy Leader who are interested in developing Christian leadership skills. They enhance the spiritual life of the school by participating in Masses and prayer services, Pilgrimage, social justice projects, and awareness campaigns. Members of the Sky Pilots have opportunities to attend workshops such as "When Faith Meets Pedagogy" and "Development and Peace". The students use the knowledge gained from the workshops to raise awareness in the Blessed Trinity community about pressing social justice issues. Sky Pilots meet once a month Tuesday afternoons in the chapel and at other times as necessary.

Parishes

Blessed Trinity is very fortunate to have St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church next door to our school. School Masses, prayer services, and retreats are held at the parish. Blessed Trinity draws students from six elementary schools and three local parishes. The parishes include St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Grimsby, St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church in Lincoln, and St. Martin's Roman Catholic Church in Smithville. However, priests from the Haldimand Deanery of the Diocese of St. Catharines, offer their time and pastoral services when needed (for example the Sacrament of Reconciliation) and support initiatives such as the Pilgrimage.

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church
135 Livingston Avenue
Grimsby, ON  
L3M 5J6
Phone:  905-945-2661
Fax:  905-945-7017
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St. Helen Roman Catholic Church
P.O. Box 222
4156 Maplegrove Road
Vineland, ON  
L0R 2C0
Phone:  905-562-7427
Fax:  905-562-7789
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St. Martin Roman Catholic Church
P.O. Box 74
166 West Street
Smithville, ON  
L0R 2A0
Phone:  289-956-0221
Fax:  289-956-0109
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