Holy Trinity Catholic School May 5th, 2022
A Note from Mrs. Longden
April showers bring May flowers! It is hard to believe that our final month of school is upon us! May always means something special, especially for our 2nd graders. They have made their First Communion and will be participating in May Crowning. It is always such a beautiful school Mass as our 2nd graders honor Our Holy Mother.
We are quickly coming to the ending of our 2021-22 school year. It has been a busy year and one with many wonderful activities. We cannot be more thankful for all the support and help that many have shown. Our students are thriving! We have seen such growth in them as a community connected to God, to each other, and their teachers. We hope that they have the Holy Spirit enlightening them in an ever deeper way as they move forward.
We have heard about the apostle Peter in our Sunday Gospel. Peter is kind of stubborn. He doesn't always "get it". There are times he turns away from Jesus. When Peter finally gets it, he REALLY gets it. The stubbornness that is sometimes a weakness often becomes a strength for him. Jesus recognizes this and gives Peter the chance to make amends for his three denials of Jesus prior to the crucifixion. Many of us can probably relate to Peter. We are all stubborn at times. The good news is that sometimes our stubbornness that can be a weakness can also be a strength. If Jesus can use Peter in a key role in the building up of the kingdom, Jesus can also find room to use our gifts and talents.
MAY is the MONTH of MARY
For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honor Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, mind you, but the entire month.
The custom spans both centuries and cultures, with roots going back as far as the Ancient Greeks. In early Greece, May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity.
In Ancient Rome, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of blooms, or blossoms. They celebrated ludi florals, or floral games, at the end of April and asked the intercession of Flora for all that blooms.
In medieval times, similar customs abounded, all centering around the practice of expelling winter, as May 1 was considered the start of new growth.
During this period, the tradition of Tricesimum, or “Thirty-Day Devotion to Mary,” came into being. Also called, “Lady Month,” the event was held from August 15-September 14 and is still observed in some areas.
The idea of a month dedicated specifically to Mary can be traced back to baroque times. Although it wasn’t always held during May, Mary Month included thirty daily spiritual exercises honoring Mary.
It was in this era that Mary’s Month and May were combined, making May the Month of Mary with special devotions organized on each day throughout the month. This custom became especially widespread during the nineteenth century and remains in practice until today.
It’s common for parishes have a daily recitation of the Rosary during May, and many erect a special May altar with a statue or picture of Mary as a reminder of Mary’s month. Additionally, it’s a long-standing tradition to crown the statue of Mary during May – a custom known as May Crowning. Often, the crown is made of beautiful blossoms representing Mary’s beauty and virtue. It’s also a reminder to the faithful to strive to imitate our Blessed Mother’s virtue in our own lives. May Crowning, in some areas, is a huge celebration and is usually done outside of Mass, although Mass may be celebrated before or after the actual crowning.
But May altars and crownings aren’t just “church” things. We can and should be doing the same in our homes. When we echo the customs and traditions of the Church in our homes – our domestic churches – we participate more fully in the life of the Church.
The following practices which are recommended by the Magisterium are offered as suggestions for honoring Our Lady during Her month.
The Regina Coeli
The ecclesial community addresses this antiphon to Mary for the Resurrection of her Son. It adverts to, and depends on, the invitation to joy addressed by Gabriel to the Lord's humble servant who was called to become the Mother of the saving Messiah.
Also called the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Rosary is one of the most excellent prayers to the Mother of God. Thus, "the Roman Pontiffs have repeatedly exhorted the faithful to the frequent recitation of this biblically inspired prayer which is centered on contemplation of the salvific events of Christ's life, and their close association with the Virgin Mother."
Litanies of the Blessed Virgin Mary
These consist of a long series of invocations to Our Lady, which follow in a uniform rhythm, thereby creating a stream of prayer characterized by insistent praise and supplication.
Consecration and Entrustment to Mary
The Roman Pontiffs have frequently expressed appreciation for the pious practice of "consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary" and the formulas publicly used by them are well known.
Louis Grignon de Montfort is one of the great masters of the spirituality underlying the act of "consecration to Mary". He "proposed to the faithful consecration to Jesus through Mary, as an effective way of living out their baptismal commitment."
The Brown Scapular and other Scapulars
The scapular is an external sign of the filial relationship established between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel, and the faithful who entrust themselves totally to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, who are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life and the need for prayer.
These are witnesses of faith and a sign of veneration of the Holy Mother of God, as well as of trust in her maternal protection.
The Church blesses such objects of Marian devotion in the belief that "they help to remind the faithful of the love of God, and to increase trust in the Blessed Virgin Mary."
The "Akathistos" Hymn
In the Byzantine tradition, one of the oldest and most revered expressions of Marian devotion is the hymn of the "Akathistos" — meaning the hymn sung while standing. It is a literary and theological masterpiece, encapsulating in the form of a prayer, the universally held Marian belief of the primitive Church.
SOCIAL FEST- CLASS PROJECTS
Class projects this year will be a basket provided by each class.
We are looking for one parent from each class to help with the organizing and execution of this auction item. You would be in charge of coming up with the idea and asking other class parents for items or support for the basket. Thank you to those who have volunteered already!
Each class basket will have a unique theme. The plan is for the entire class to help solicit the items needed for the basket. Please see how you can help.
We are hoping these themed baskets will be a BIG HIT in our Auction...these baskets can range from a night on the town for Mom and Dad, to a family trip to Virginia Beach, and a Family Game Night basket for everyone to enjoy, plus much, much more! We are asking that all parents participate in some way to support your class basket. Parents can solicit donations for the basket, purchase gift cards or vouchers for the basket, or donate money that will go toward the purchase of items needed in the basket. Questions? Have an idea for a donation for your class basket?
If you are interested in helping with your child's class, please reach out to Mrs. Longden for more information.
SOCIAL FEST GENERAL PLANNING MEETING - May 11, 6:00 PM in the cafe. All are welcome!
Public School - No School
The Kewaskum Public School does not have school Friday, May 6th. Bus times will be different. The school office sent an email with your revised pick up time. If you do not receive an email reach out to the school office or the bus company. If your student(s) will not be riding the bus that day, please call Johnson Bus.
Student Transportation Cards
MAY VIRTUE - MODESTY
Meaning: Purity of heart in action, especially in regards to dress and speech.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, Give me a pure heart like that of Your Holy Mother! Through baptism I have the gift of the Spirit living inside of me. Please increase in me the gift of fear of the Lord, so that I may never sadden You by the way I dress, act, or speak.
Scripture: Genesis 3:21
Saint: St. Maria Goretti
Aspiration: Come Holy Spirit, increase in me the Gift of Fear of the Lord
Opposing Trait: Choosing to dress or act in a way inconsistent with one's dignity as a child of God.
Ways to Cultivate: Follow the dress code; recognize your dignity as a person; ask yourself if you are respecting yourself as a child of God.
Looks and Sounds Like: Try not to show off; "I would like to dress in private"; Following the dress code; dressing and acting with dignity as a child of God; ask yourself if you are advertising or calling attention to yourself; dress modestly
Family Bingo and Pizza Night
Time: 5 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Place: Holy Trinity School Gym
Come join the fun for Pizza, Bingo, and Prizes.
Share with others!
Calendar of Cash
April 28th - Duke Long
April 29th - Cora Nehls
May 2nd - Angela Paul
May 3rd - Jack Zupan
May 4th - Mark & Jacky Herriges
May 6th - May Crowning Mass
May 19th - Spring Concert and Art Show 5:30 P.M.
May 20th - 4K-2nd Grade Field Trip to Zoo
May 24th - Field Day
May 30th - Memorial Day (No School)
June 1st - 5K Graduation at 4:00 P.M.
June 1st - 8th Grade Graduation at 5:00 P.M.
June 1st - Last Day for 3K/4K/5K/ 8th Grade
June 2nd - Volunteer Day
June 2nd - Last Day of School (1st-7th Grade) - Dismissal at 10:30