WESTFIELD, NJ -- Catholics around the world celebrate All Saints Day on Nov. 1 honoring many of the saints of the church. Traditionally, Holy Trinity school first and eighth grade students work together to host an annual Parade of Saints. At least one eighth grade student is matched with one first grade student and the pair learn about the assigned saint, create a picture and a write-up about the life of the saint. Due to COVID this year, the tradition of the parade continued, but without the live audience.
Students marched in pairs behind a banner created by art teacher Mrs. Danielle Petrolia and colorized by the students. The parade, along with the students' verbal explanations of each of the saints was videotaped and made available first for the students in the school and then sent the next day for parents to view and share. Remote students in both grades were able to participate and be included in the video. Click on the link to view the 23-minute video. (Column continues below.)
First grade teacher, Miss Kathleen McEwen, who produced the video, said: “It has created a more connected sense of community among our students.” A graduate of Holy Trinity School herself, Miss McEwen knows that it is celebrations like this that make us special. The students in eighth and first grade continue working together on additional projects cementing their bond even stronger. Katherine Byrne, Class of 2021, enjoyed working with the first grade students and felt the activity was a lot of fun.
“Our Catholic Identity is the true basis of who we are as a school community,” added principal Dr. Adele Ellis. “We are blessed to not only be able to be in school full time, we are able to find creative, yet safe ways to continue our traditions.”
Since 1916, Holy Trinity School (336 1st St, Westfield) has provided a quality Catholic education to Westfield and the surrounding communities. A 2011 National Blue Ribbon and a Middle States accredited school, its mission is to educate our students to actualize their full, individual potential both spiritually and academically, while adhering to the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church. This will enable them to become responsible members of their families, high schools, churches, and communities in an ever-changing world.