WESTFIELD, NJ -- Holy Trinity Students started the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday, February 17, with a prayer service and ashes distributed by Fr. Anthony, Dr. Ellis, Mrs. Green, and Mrs. Skrupskis. Many grade levels and classes have prepared for the Lenten journey with acts of kindness, gratitude, and service.

In Ms. Searson’s grade 5 class, students are “giving” instead of “giving up”. Some proposals include; spending more time with family members, especially younger siblings, helping a neighbor with chores, and giving their allowance to a charity in need. Mrs. Murphy’s first grade class also plans donations including making sandwiches for homeless shelters and cards to people in the hospital. Mrs. Gribbin’s 8th grade class will also be creating Easter baskets for less fortunate children and donate them to Family Promise while Mrs. Abood’s class posted signs to remind all the reasons for this season.

The youngest grades are proud to share their faith during Lent. Our kindergarten students are also giving this year.  Each student in Mrs. Hiel’s class created a purple colored heart with their intention for Lent and added it to a classroom cross. Mrs. Ivan’s PreK-3 class made self-portraits with ashes on their heads in the shape of a cross. They have a container in class in which they will be collecting funds to help a family in need. Additional funds will be sent to the Food Pantry.

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“Each of our grades and classes will continue to focus on prayer, giving, and kindness during Lent”, said principal Dr. Adele Ellis. “Due to the start of the pandemic last year, we are all grateful to celebrate this important season of our Catholic faith together, in person,” she added.

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. “We teach more." Contact us to find out why.