CATECHIST CERTIFIED INSTRUCTION
A distinctive quality of Blessed Trinity School is its commitment to the building of a faith community. The faculty and staff understand they have been called to the ministry of Catholic education. This means they do not only teach academia, but also strive to provide an atmosphere that freely shares faith in Jesus Christ, prayer and service to others. Blessed Trinity staff members also participate in the Diocesan Catechist Certification Program.
WEDNESDAY SCHOOL MASS
Faculty, staff, students and parents attend Wednesday Mass at 8:15 a.m. Students in grades K – 8 prepare and participate in this weekly Liturgy and other special occasions. Students serve as ushers, lectors, and alter servers and often lead the student congregation in a song or perform a small skit to reinforce the Readings and Gospel. Older students are paired with younger children as Prayer Partners. This relationship provides the older partner a chance to model Christ like behavior during church and help the younger child understand the parts of the mass. The four-year-olds from Angels-in-Arms accompany our 4th grade students to mass as Prayer Partners as well.
Prayer is an integral part of school life at Blessed Trinity School. The morning announcements include information about saints, feast days and special observances, a reading from the Gospels, and two school-wide prayers, usually the Our Father and a Blessing for Birthdays. Students pray before classes and before lunch. At the end of the day the principal leads the students in prayer, a scripture reading, a reflective piece, or a thought for the day. Students also make regular visits with their peers and classes to the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel on campus.
Religious instruction focuses on God’s love for us, loving and serving as Jesus did, living as Christians, and what it means to be faithful stewards. Special emphasis is placed on living as Catholic Christians as well as understanding and preparing for the sacraments.
The religion program follows the Religion Curriculum and Standards of the Diocese of Orlando. We use the Faith and Life textbook series by Ignatius Press, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and many other Catholic curriculum resources. Classes plan and conduct weekly school liturgies, weekly prayer services in the classrooms, daily lessons on virtues and character development, regular school-wide penance services, and special seasonal programs for Thanksgiving, Christmas, the Stations of the Cross during Lent, and a Holy Thursday service.