Monthly Student Liturgies
The students at Trinity Academy attend a School Mass the first Friday of every month. Students help to plan the liturgies and minister at these Masses by alter serving, lectoring, and cantoring. Older students sit with and assist younger children in full participation in the liturgy.
Girls in 4th through 8th grade can join Sister Catherine Glackin, IHM in the “Junior Companions in Prayer and Ministry.”
For more than 20 years, IHM Sisters in various parishes have maintained IHM Companions groups for adults. These participants have gained a sense of IHM charism and spirituality. It is the hope of IHM Sisters that they bring this spirit to their homes and workplace. Students at Trinity Academy have the same opportunity.
Whenever the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary minister, they encourage persons to a life of “Prayer, Love, Service, Courtesy, and Hospitality.” In Catholic Schools, we encourage a focus on Jesus at the Center, and Mary as a Model for a good life.
With this spirit, their Founder, Father Gillet, and the first three sisters began their congregation in the year 1845. Over the last 168 years, thousands of people, especially children in Catholic schools, have gained much through the dedicated love and service of IHM Sisters. It is Sister Catherine Glackin’s, IHM hope that she can spread a little of that spirit in Trinity Academy.
The “IHM Junior Companions” meet during the lunch period, twice a month. The time includes prayer and a bit of spiritual instruction and discussion on a spiritual practice for the week and future service activity.
Junior Companions have the opportunity to participate in Junior Companion Day held during the spring at the Motherhouse (Villa Maria House of Studies at Immaculata).
Living Stations of the Cross
The presentation of the “Living Stations of the Cross” by the children of Trinity Academy is a very special way that our students learn more about the Passion of Christ. It has also a way that our children help others draw closer to Our Lord during the sacred days of Lent. 5th through 8th grade students are invited to play a part in the Stations as a reader, singer, a member of the “voice choir,” or as an actor/actress. Rehearsals for this solemn ritual take place during school hours.
May procession is a beautiful tradition at Trinity Academy. Students in all grade levels celebrate Mary during her month with a procession at one of our supporting parish churches. A May Court, comprised of the 2nd grade sacramental class and 8th grade graduating class, honors Mary with flowers. On behalf of the entire student body, the student council president crowns the Blessed Mother.
Retreats to Villa Maria House of Studies and Camilla Hall
In the spring, 8th graders visit Villa Maria House of Studies, then Camilla Hall. At Villa Maria, the students learn about the history of the IHM Sisters and what it takes to become a Sister. They meet Postulates and Novices, and have time for prayer. After lunch, students tour Camilla Hall and have the opportunity to meet their pen pal.