All Holy Trinity students have a required number of service hours they must complete before the end of each academic year. Freshman and sophomores have a 15 hour responsibility, while our juniors and seniors maintain a 20 hour responsibility. A majority of these hours are spent doing specifically Christian Service, those actions which are in accordance with the Gospel teachings as well as the Corporal Works of Mercy.
Each year students are charged to participate in our annual mission drives which support the Emmaus House, a homeless shelter in Albany, NY founded by a Holy Trinity Alumnus Fred Boehrer, and our sister school, The Kateri Center, in Guatemala. Presentations on how the funds from the previous year's mission drives assisted in these communities are given to each religion class, and the following week donations are collected in all religion classes and lunch periods. Every year Trinity students go above and beyond, consistently raising oer $5,000 in the fall and over $10,000 in the spring to support our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Our food drive, known in the Holy Trinity community as "The Hunger Project", is an ongoing program through our religion classes. Students can bring in non-perishable food items to their relifion classes at any time throughout the year. Although greatly successful over the course of the whole school year, The Hunger Project is emphasized during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Drop-off trips are schedule throughout the year on Thursday afternoons, where students have the opportunity to deliver the food that has been collected to the different Parish Outreach Centers we support on Long Island. Students experience first hand what is means to serve the poor and be the hands of Christ.
During the Advent Season our food drive shifts to a toy drive for a short time. Toys are collected in religion classes throughout the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break, and all toys are donated to the Parish Outreach Centers our community supports.
Students who have a heart of service and desire to delve more deply into service work and programs are encouraged to join the Volunteer Club. The club meets on Thursday afternoons ad pans many service projects and fundraisers for local charities. Any student can join the volunteer club, and there are leadership opportunities for upperclassmen as service project coordinators. This program is moderated by two of our faculty members.
Twice a year, two of our faculty members and a team of dedicated students organize and implement of school blood drives. These drives occur throughout the day and into the evening. Any student over the age of 16 is given the opportunity to donate and give the gift of life to the sick in our local community. For the 2011-12 school year, Holy Trinity was recognized as the 6th highest donating school blood drive program in the state of New York.
Nazareth Farm is a Catholic service retreat center in Salem, West Virginia. As juniors, Holy Trinity students can apply to travel down to WV to work with the people who live in an Appalachian valley community. Students aid in home repair while focusing on the four cornerstones/ideals of prayer, service, community and simplicity. Students gain a greater understanding of God, Catholic Social Teaching and themselves through this week long summer immersion experience.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE CLASS
As sophomores, Holy Trinity students have the opportunity to join campus ministry on mission at Life Teen’s Covecrest in Tiger, Georgia. Covecrest is a Catholic retreat center and summer camp that exists to transform teens and parishes through exciting, authentic Catholic camp experiences. Our students team up with Life Teen’s missionaries who live at Covecrest to take on various maintenance and construction projects around the camp. Though the work is important and meaningful to future campers, the focus for our mission is on growing closer to God through hard work and giving our time and effort to a greater purpose beyond ourselves.
Holy Trinity seniors have the opportunity to register for this unique religion elective. The course is based on the Sermon on the Mount and Catholic Social Teaching (CST). The students have minimal class time, and in turn spend at least 45 hours outside of the classroom during the course of one semester serving in communities and agencies that meet important needs such as providing food, shelter, education and health care. Students learn how to put the Gospel and CST into action in their daily lives and reflect on their experiences through journalling and a weekly class review during a regularly scheduled class hour.
This program is established to give the students opportunities to go out into the community and participate in apostolic service. The word "apostolic" means to be sent. Jesus Christ sent his apostles to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations" (Mt. 28:16). Apostolic service involves being the light of Christ to the world and taking action to protect, promote, and defend the dignity of each human person; especially the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized, the outcast, the suffering, the sick, the exploited, and the unborn. The Caritas program directly reflects the call of the mission statement of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School "to be a living witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
Every December, Catholic Charities holds their Annual Serve-A-Thon Senior Tea Dance at Molloy College. You will be serving lunch to approx. 175 senior citizens, socializing with them, and just having fun dancing with them!
Freshmen and sophomores are required, as part of their theology courses, to perform 15 hours of service during the school year. Juniors and seniors have a 20 hour requirement. The Caritas program is a source of information for the students to find ways to participate in some works of mercy and at the same time fulfilling their service obligation. Click HERE to see a list of current service opportunities. Permission Slips are available in the Campus Ministry office.