Good morning Trinity community,
With the new guidelines implemented by the diocese, DHHS, and CDC and our relatively low Covid numbers (zero for the past several weeks), going forward I will provide Covid information only when warranted. We still need to make sure we are remaining at home when feeling ill and when appropriate isolate or quarantine as the virus is still very active.
Due to the weather, we prematurely began our winter break today. I hope everyone takes advantage of the time away to relax and recharge as there will be many activities and events between now and the end of the year. Beginning when we return from break, freshmen through juniors will select courses for the 2022/23 school year. On Thursday, guidance will go into the freshman English classes to help the students with their course selection. Sophomores and juniors will be the following week. Guidance and Ms. Risdal will provide further information as the time approaches.
On Tuesday, March 8, the parent group will meet at 6:30. There will be many items on the agenda focusing on the end of the year. Come and be a part of a group of parents that contribute so much to Trinity. We are very grateful for all that they do.
At the end of the week, March 11, Trinity will host a career fair. Through the work of our guidance and advancement offices over 50 alumni are returning to Trinity to share their real life professional experiences. The fair will provide students the great opportunity to investigate a variety of career fields. Thank you Mrs. Weidner, Mrs. Lauze, Mrs. Byron and Mr. Mullen for making this possible.
Remember that every Monday at 7:10 Fr. David begins our week with Liturgy. It is fulfilling to begin the school week by attending this Liturgy. During Lent this Monday morning Mass is extra meaningful, and we welcome all to join us especially during Lent. Please remember that Lent begins on Wednesday, March 2, with Ash Wednesday. Fr. David shared that Ash Wednesday is one of the most attended masses of the year, yet many do not realize the significance of receiving ashes. With that in mind, I asked Fr. David if he would provide a priest’s insight as to the relevance of receiving ashes. Below is his insight and a prayer.
Ash Wednesday reminds us of human mortality and our inherent desire to reconcile with God. While the liturgical tradition of Ash Wednesday was not firmly established until the Middle Ages, the use of ashes to represent a time of penance and renewal dates back to the Old Testament. If an individual put on “sackcloth and ashes”, it was seen as an outward sign of one’s humility before God in light of recent sin or tragedy. Similarly, upon receiving ashes at Mass a Catholic is told “remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return”. Is this a rather morbid thought? Of course - but it’s not without hope. The ashes are traced in the shape of a cross, the very instrument of salvation. The cross reminds us of the lengths that Jesus was willing to go to ensure that when we die and return to dust, it will not be our final end but merely a doorway to eternal life.
O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness,
who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin,
look graciously on this confession of our lowliness,
that we, who are bowed down by our conscience,
may always be lifted up by your mercy.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Enjoy your break. Stay safe and stay well.