The Grapevine Newsletter Vol. 1, 10.31.18


Children Love Halloween!!

Dear Holy Trinity Families,

Today is a day children love--Halloween!  In a shift of tradition, we are enjoying the day in costume and allowing that wonderful spirit of playfulness, silliness, and fun to permeate the classrooms through imaginative costumes!  However, Halloween represents the first day of All Hallows Tide--a three-day feast of reflection, meditation, and prayer. I came across the following article while praying and reflecting upon my efforts as your school leader and how we could respect our Catholic foundations while having a bit of fun too.  From the article,  Time for Reflection: All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints and All Souls’ Day by Rachel Lu (National Catholic Register, 10/2016), I was reminded of the recurrence of the trinity in our liturgical calendar.  

                “Over the next three days, my family and [we] will celebrate what [some]   like to call “The Death Triad.” is essential to find some time for meditating on mortality, loss and the   arduous journey toward salvation. The Death Triad gives us that chance. All practicing Catholics observe All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day,  but Halloween [can be] a controversial subject.”
 While we begin this triad by pretending, engaging in fun make believe, and sometimes over indulging in sweets, the festive nature of Halloween  allows us to view a vivid contrast on All Saints’ Day when we are welcomed into the solemnity of the Mass and offer our prayers of thanks for the many sacrifices made on our behalf through the prayerful intercessions of the saints.  

The final feast within this triad is All Souls’ Day through which we can offer prayers and intercessions for those of who have left this life to enter eternal life in the glory of Christ’s face.  

Halloween is a day to reflect on Christ’s triumph over sin, death, and Satan; to meditate on our own mortality and duties to God; to shun sin and the devil; to give honor to the saints in heaven; and to pray for the souls of the faithful departed in purgatory. And, of course, to have fun with joyful feasting and merriment. Happy Halloween!

We look forward to seeing as many of you as can join us at St. Joseph’s for our All Saints’ Day Mass on Thursday, November 1 at 8:30 AM.  

We have a new fundraiser that began Monday, 10/29 and will run through 11/25 through Fair Trade Caravans.  Families can order and pay for gifts, cards, and other items directly from home and get a head start on Christmas shopping while supporting Holy Trinity School.  25% of all sales go to HTS!  Fair Trade Caravans support global farmers and artisans by marketing and selling sustainably grown and handmade products from Africa, India, Asia, and South/Central America. See the enclosed informational flyer and get a start on your holiday shopping! Some samples are on the table in the main hallway. Take a peek here (  to preview some of the items available.  Orders will be delivered to the school and pick up arranged out of Dr. Young’s office.   

Reminders and News from the Office

PreK Pet Food Drive This is a pre-k service project; pre-k is 'taking care of God's creatures'. The Humane Society of Laconia has a pet food pantry to help families in the community feed their pets when they can't do it on their own.We will do a pet food drive to help the Humane Society restock their shelves. The pet food drive will run November 1 through Thanksgiving. Dry cat and dog food are the greatest need. Donations may be placed in boxes inside the main door, or dropped off in pre-k. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated! Please help our youngest students develop a spirit of stewardship.

The Kindness Club Scarf Drive There is a box near the Messer Street door as well as boxes in the back of both St. Joseph and Sacred Heart churches. We will be collecting scarves until Monday November 5th. The Kindness Club kids will then be tying them to lamp posts and electric poles around town with cards that read “I am not lost. If you need me, take me!” 

Holiday Wreath Fundraiser The Eighth-Grade Class at Holy Trinity School is selling beautiful, decorated 22”Balsam fir wreaths. The wreaths are double sided and made locally in Franklin, NH. They are decorated with a red bow, pine cones and berries. Wreaths will be delivered on or after November 24. An order form is available on the HTS website. 

School Pictures will be arriving early next week and will go home with your child.
Picture Retakes are scheduled for November 8th. 

Thanksgiving Luncheon 11/15--more details in next week’s PIE

Holy Trinity Christmas Nativity Pageant Join us on the evening of Thursday, December 13th for our school Christmas program.  This year will feature a students’ chorus, play presented by our junior high, and a finale by our Kindergarten and PreKindergarten classes.   More details will be coming in the following weeks! We look forward to sharing this with our school families!

Banking: Calling all parents who would like their children to start saving money! Banking is every Friday. Send your child in with their school savings account bank book and money and we’ll deposit it for them. Even the smallest amount will add up over time. Your child doesn’t have a bank account? E-mail Di Greenwood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she’ll get one set up for you!

Amazon Smile An easy way to support HTS when you shop on Amazon is to choose our school as the beneficiary.  As with everything, thank you for your continued support and encouragement. 

PreK getting ready to attend Mass!  Beginning 11/5, our PreKinder buddies will join us for Monday Mass.   They will attend on the first Monday of every month.  PreK parents, please join us as we help our newest students begin to grow in Christ’s love as members of the HTS family!

Sincerely in Christ~   

Dr. Francine Young



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