October 1, 2014

Saint Francis of Assisi…pray for us

This dog doesn't seem to like holy water
Tonight we held our annual Blessing of the Animals event on the frontlawn of Trinity High School.  Father John Bucchino, OFM, the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Manchester, was our celebrant.  Once again, the weather was wet and drizzly and this is only the second time in four years that we have been able to have this event because of rain.  But I was determined to have it tonight and the rain ended right before we began so it worked out very well.

Despite the weather we had a very nice crowd and after a brief prayer service, during which we all read Psalm 8 together, Father John went around to each pet and offered a prayer for them and blessed them and their owners (who got their own separate prayer too).  I handed out a St. Francis prayer card to each person as well as another prayer that had a medal of St. Francis taped to it (courtesy of Fr. John).  People mostly brought dogs but we did have a few cats and two turtles!

Mrs. Henning took a number of great pictures which you can see here.

Thanks to all who joined us tonight, it was a lot of fun.    

Students of the month

A few years ago, I was visiting another Catholic high school and noticed they had a student of the month program.  Each month they honored a student from each of the four classes and had their picture and a write-up on a bulletin board.  I liked the idea a lot.  At an end of the year meeting last year some of us talked about doing more to highlight our students and their accomplishments so I decided to follow-up on that and start doing it here.

This month we are honoring the following students:

Olivia Boulton '16
Olivia, from Manchester, is one of the most joyful students at Trinity High School.  She always has a smile on her face and is generous and kind to everyone she encounters.  Olivia is a brilliant and creative artist and contributes much to the arts here at Trinity High School.  As one teacher put it, she sees things that no one else does and is able to translate that into something artistic.  Olivia is also a behind the scenes member of the drama club. Last month, Olivia was instrumental in helping her homeroom collect over 1,700 pounds of food for our food drive.  She was a constant motivator and did all that she could to help her homeroom land in the top three in terms of total food collected.   

Emily Gagne '18
Emily, from Candia, is the sister of Lucas ’15.  Emily is one of a handful of freshmen that plays on the Trinity High School girl’s soccer team.  Emily is a committed soccer player and prior to coming to Trinity, she was the captain of the Henry W. Moore School’s soccer team as well as the town team in Candia. Emily will sometimes work alongside her brother Lucas with the Make a Wish program, she jumped right into school life by volunteering to help at the College Fair, and she is a talented and accomplished artist.   

Lorenzo Ricci '17
Lorenzo, from Salem, is a faith-filled and dedicated member of his parish, Saints Mary and Joseph.  He has been a faithful altar server since elementary school and is active in the youth ministry program in Salem.  He is instrumental is helping to organize retreats, plays, and activities for young children at his parish.  Lorenzo gives of his time serving the poorest of the poor at Cor Unum, a meal center in Lawrence, MA and organizing Thanksgiving Basket drives.  He plays an active role in his parish’s Passion Play and helping young people prepare for their Confirmation.  This past summer he participated in Steubenville East, a dynamic Catholic youth conference in Rhode Island.  

Luke Testa '15
Luke, from Derry, co-founded Project PLAY, a non-profit organization that helps underprivileged children in Southern New Hampshire play sports.  Project PLAY pays sports registration fees for the children and provides them with equipment as well. Luke was recognized for his work by being named a Youth Ambassador for the state of New Hampshire with Youth Service America.  Last month Luke traveled to Washington, DC to meet with youth ambassadors from the other 49 states and had an opportunity to talk to Sen. Kelly Ayotte about Project PLAY.  

All that food!

Enjoy this time lapse video by Colby Fortin '15 showing the students bringing all 7,800 pounds of food out to the New Hampshire Food Bank truck yesterday morning:

food from Brian Flaherty on Vimeo.

Blessing of the animals

Tonight we are hosting our annual Blessing of the Animals at 6pm on the front lawn of the school.  We hold this event around the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  Fr. John Bucchino, OFM, the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish here in Manchester, will preside.  I have had to cancel this event 2 of the past 3 years because of rain and today it is raining again but I am going to try and squeeze it in.

All are welcome to bring their pet/creature/farm animal for this fun event.

A new record!

During the past few weeks, we have been collecting food in homerooms to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank.  We concluded it on Monday and I am beyond excited to announced that our students brought in 7,800 pounds of food.


To compare, we raised a little over 5,700 pounds last year and this year we have 30 less students.

I am grateful to all of of families for helping out but I want to make a special mention of Mr. Carnevale's and Mr. Martinez's homerooms.  Mr. Martinez's homeroom brought in over 1,300 pounds and Mr. Carnevale's brought in a whopping 1,780 pounds.  Mr. Martinez's homeroom however came in first as Mr. Martinez was able to arrange for 1,000 pounds of yogurt to be donated from Stonyfield Farms in Londonderry on behalf of Trinity High School.  Mrs. Leblond's homeroom came in third with 608 pounds.

As promised, the school will get a week of dress down days for meeting our goal of 5,500 pounds and the top three homerooms will get to pick from three prizes: a week of no homework in theology class, buffalo wings from Billy's here in Manchester, or donuts from Top Donuts in Lowell.

You can see pictures from when the Food Bank picked up the food here.  Some of our students also took some time lapse videos and when I figure out how to post those I will.

As is our custom when we conclude a major project like this, our morning prayer the other day was from Matthew 25:

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

September 26, 2014

Prayer of the day

When we live in fear, we are absorbed in self-consciousness and blind to our ability to love.  Chose to make a day in which we love and through that love, live further with Christ.
Fear sometimes
Hope often
Love always

by a member of the Class of 2016

September 25, 2014

Prayer of the day

Last night at sundown, our Jewish brothers and sisters began celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (today begins year 5775).  In honor of this our prayer today was the Shema:

Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God is Lord alone!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.