The Grapevine Newsletter Vol. 1, 12.12.18


The Purple Peace Candle

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Dear Holy Trinity Families,


This week we lit our second purple candle on the Advent wreath--the Peace candle.  My friend Lisa Hendey, author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms and founder of, shared this beautiful explanation of the special purpose and message of our second Advent week in an article written by Sarah Reinhard, a frequent contributor to Lisa’s website and books.  


“During the second week of Advent, we have the chance to light the second purple candle, the Peace Candle. [This lighting reminds us that] we bring peace to the world when we bring peace to our world. Advent focuses on repentance each year. During the second Sunday of Advent, we hear John the Baptist proclaim loudly, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”
     Jesus brings the kingdom to Earth when he becomes human. He’s completely divine and yet completely human–fully God and fully flesh-and-blood. He’s just like me and yet very much not like me at all. Jesus came to bring peace. He tells people, over and over, not to be afraid. But peace begins at home, within our walls and within ourselves. Repentance brings peace.
     Ridding ourselves of the burden guilt places on us and making things right with the people around us will open us more to the experience of the manger, the glory of Christmas, and the King who awaits us as a little baby.
     In a word, I need Confession during Advent. It’s a penitential season, and there’s a promise of peace in the penance that awaits me. Sin blocks my embrace of Jesus.
 What’s getting in the way of my embrace of the baby Savior? Is it a grudge I can’t seem to forget or hard feelings I can’t seem to forgive? Is it an age-old hurt or a brand-new wound? Do I need to apologize or even change my approach?
     Jesus offers us peace, but we have to be willing to take the step to rid ourselves of all that gets in the way of that peace.”
     During our Monday morning school Mass, Fr. Marc reminded us again of the opportunity to repent we enjoy during Advent and encouraged each of us to reflect upon our actions and if we need to make amends with others, this is a beautiful time to bring peace to ourselves, each other, and through our example, our world. I wish each of you God’s gentle peace, grace, and blessings as we continue to celebrate Advent. 


Sincerely in Christ, 

Dr. Young

  Reminders and News from the Office



    12/13 Holy Trinity Christmas Pageant: 6:00 PM in the gym--all students are participating!

        *Students need to be in their classrooms by 5:45 PM 

        *Sunday best attire for students

    12/17 Caroling at River’s Edge, Union Ave., Laconia 10 AM Grade 3-8- signed permission slips needed

    12/18 Kindness Club Meeting

Christmas Week Fun! 

    12/19 Wednesday--Christmas Hats

    12/20 Thursday--Christmas Socks


           Jean Day, $1 donation to charity

           Christmas classroom parties--Teachers will send more info

    12/24-1/1 Christmas Break

    1/2/19    BACK TO SCHOOL!


Christmas Pageant: All students need to be at HTS and in their classrooms (or on stage for our actors) between 5:30 and 5:45 PM on Thursday evening.  Our program will begin promptly at 6:00.
Immediately following our pageant, we will have cake and juice to celebrate with a birthday party for Jesus!

Annual Appeal: Help HTS make our new school's technology setup state-of-the-art!  We are launching the 2018-19 Annual Appeal on Monday, December 17th with a one-day of online giving.  This year the Spanos Family is generously matching all gifts that day up to $1000!! Make your donation online at

Prayers Please! For patience, healing grace, and restored spirit for our Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Caouette.  Both have had a rough couple weeks and we miss them dearly!

Cards for Mrs. Hughes  (Room 25) to Health South Rehab would be awesome.          254 Pleasant St., Concord, 03301.  

CLASSROOM PARTY SCHEDULES WERE SENT HOME TO EACH STUDENT ON MONDAY, 12/10. If your child is scheduled to bring something for the Christmas party (on 12/21), please be sure to make a note.

ROOM PARENTS:  Please make your reminder calls to parents this week!  Thank you!

PTO: Santa will be visiting school on December 21st.  He will arrive at 9:45 and will be visiting classrooms. He will start with PK, K, 1 / 2,  and then 3 / 4,

PTO Winter Raffle: Our fan-tab-u-lous PTO is at it again with fun, games, and shenanigans just to support our teachers!  Mrs. Rumery has been traveling up and down New England collecting the most fantastic prizes, building the anticipation and excitement, and garnering advertising for this venture.  I can tell you, there is a special thank you candle burning for our fantastic parents! Calendars will be available for a $10 donation beginning Thursday, November 29 and will continue through the end of December.  Daily drawings will begin January 1st. Some of the prizes include Yeti cups, a signed Gronk jersey, a signed Bruins stick, cash, and a turkey from Birchrise Farm! Join the fun and support Holy Trinity PTO.

Pet Food Drive:  The food was delivered to the Humane Society last weekend. They were very grateful and very impressed with our students’  contributions. Thank you to all who contributed!

Flag Footballers from HTS need our support! First graders Luke Fernandez and and Sully Benson are on a travel flag football team which played in two tournaments in November and got invited to play in the National Championships in Orlando next month! This is the first time in the history of Lakes Region Flag Football that a team in any age range has qualified at this level.  If you enjoy a meal at either of these two places on the given dates, their team will get some extra funding--dining out and helping our kiddos? It’s what we do best! 

  1. Five Guys in Tilton on Monday 12/17 between 4 and 10pm (10% of all proceeds will go to the team)
  2. Pancake breakfast at Pauli’s in Tilton on Sunday morning 12/30 

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.

Building Update: Construction/demolition has begun in the Gilford Ave. building!  The water line has been replaced, the internal structures for the elevator have begun, walls are being knocked down, and remodeling is underway!  Keep an eye on the school FaceBook page for weekly picture updates! It’s really happening!!!!


Christmas Wreaths from Mr. Martinez

 HTS Building at 39 Gilford Ave.:Looking down into the basement


  Room extension and Elevator    

Outside HTS Renovation Project



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