Religious Upbringing

RELIGIOUS UPBRINGING

Since 1989—when the activities in Kindergarten began with the purpose of starting a Bilingual School—religious life has been offered and the spirituality of Schoenstatt embraced. Since then the College is entrusted to Our Lady of Schoenstatt and follows the direction of the Movement in the formation of its students.

With the advice of Father Horacio Sosa Carbó—who came periodically to offer his Findings, and the pedagogic advice of Isabel Mujica, through her valuable Workshops for Parents and Teachers—the College continued growing in the Pedagogy of the Movement.

In 1990, Monsignor Rómulo García carried out the Blessing of the headquarters of Holy Trinity College in “Villa Alzaga,” declaring it an official member of JUREC and the Catholic College of the Diocese of Mar del Plata.

INSTITUTIONAL OBJECTIVES

 Educating children and youth according to the teachings of the Catholic Church
 Stimulating the development of their personal missions
 Promoting their insertion as active members of the mission of the Church

To do that, Catechism is incorporated in the Institutional Curriculum of the school from an early age, counting on a Team of catechists to work with students according to age and academic level.
Inside the mark of its Catholic formation, Holy Trinity College—as an International College—wants its students to demonstrate tolerance and to accept differences, understanding that the integration of other cultures and religions enriches us.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Supportive action is the central axis of all community activities and is understood as an attitude of life.
Parents, teachers, and students are involved in different spheres to take action in forming supportive and responsible youths.
Through the CAS Program (Creativity, Action, and Service) the students in Polimodal discover that the greatest gratification can be found in giving and the service to others.

FORMATION OF THE CATECHISM

Characteristics: Christ and Trinity-centered
Through means of Mary to arrive at Jesus and through means of Jesus to the Trinity

In Catechism there are three dimensions:
Reflexive dimension: presentation of the elements that create the Christian mystery and its knowledge as a base for the teaching imparted by the Argentine Episcopal Conference, through its program for Catechism.
Dimension of Experience: to achieve a vivid and participant liturgical facet, expression of communal and personal faith, made of prayer or sacramental celebrations, making the chapel a place of meditation and prayer.
It is hoped that the Catechism is capable of expressing the permanent values of a life in the light of the Evangelist.
Through its teaching it brings children to a maturation of faith, and it is an adequate means of resolving behavioral or discipline-related situations of the catechized, in collaboration with the rest of the teachers. Service dimension: it is understand that through catechism, students express the values of Christ King in daily life, walk and prepare a cultural and social change, choose just and true options, and apply evangelical examples in the community.

ACTIVITIES

Chaplain: P. Ariel Sueyro

Catechism meetings: Weekly classes in all levels during the school day
The Consecration Prayer is prayed daily before beginning activities
Sacraments: The students of fourth year receive their first Reconciliation and receive their First Holy Communion, for which they prepare in 3rd year in which they attend a day retreat of the Celebration of the Word of God and receive a Bible.
The students meet weekly in a home to pray the Rosary together.
In 9th year the students live a moment of reaffirmation of their promise of faith and prepare especially for Confirmation, coinciding with the celebration of the Founding Party of the College.
These sacraments are received in Masses celebrated in the Parish of Our Lady of Carmen, with the Confirmations imparted by our Bishop Monsignor Juan Alberto Puíggari Confession: During the week all students from 4th year can confess to the College Chaplain P. Ariel Sueyro.
Celebrations: Mass for the Initiation of the School Year, Mass on the first Friday of every month, Mass for return of graduated students, Mass for the end of the School Year, and/or of any other extraordinary character for institutional, local, or national motives. Choir mass: is integrated by the catechists, students of upper years and graduated students Celebration of the love of Mary: in 6th year the students receive the Scapular of our Lady of Carmen, patron of the parish. Stations of the Cross: during Holy Week, students and catechists prepare the Stations of the Cross through the surrounding streets of the College, participating actively in its conduction, accompanied by friends and neighbors Retreats and visits to the Sanctuary: occur in the Schoenstatt Sanctuary of Camet and are directed to students in the upper levels at designated times, coordinated by their catechists and specially invited priests.
Retreats: for the preparation of First Holy Communion and Confirmation Hermitage: built in honor of the Mother Three Times Admirable, it is found in the garden of the College, as a replica of the Schoenstatt Sanctuaries, and a place of prayer and petitions.
Spiritual Meetings: throughout the school year talks for parents, students, teachers, and the community are held about themes of interest, dictated by priests or catechists.
Virgin Pilgrim: In turns and/or by special motive the students carry home the image of the Virgin Pilgrim daily, to share its visit with their families.
Pilgrimages: the education community annually attends the Founding Celebration of the Sanctuary of Our Beaches located in Camet, participating the pilgrimage.

National Pedagogical Workday of the Schoenstatt Movement: personnel from the catechism department, directors, and teachers annual attend

SUPPORTIVE ACTIVITIES

All of the education community finds itself engaged in charitable activities to help those in need. Catechists, teachers, students, and families complete actions of a diverse nature and directed towards those sectors that require their support. The purpose is essentially pedagogic: to form, through the transmission of values, in solidarity, generosity, compassion, respect, and the responsibility that fills us for our brothers.
Methodology: Every week, the department of Catechism organizes, orients, and gives incentive to character campaigns for the provision of food, clothing, shoes, school supplies, etc. destined to the maintenance of the house Queen Mary. This campaign is oriented towards the contribution of toys to celebrate Children’s Day.
Annually there is participation in the Collection of National Care.
The students of Polimodal complete CAS—Creativity, Action, and Service—activities, through which they meet weekly accompanied by teachers and catechists in different areas—kindergartens, retirement homes—Caritas—as demanded, in which they complete activities like painting, gardening, reading to the grandparents, school help, birthday celebrations, etc. Simultaneously they organize campaigns inside and outside of the school to obtain donations in essential items like food and clothing that they later turn in during their weekly visits.
Helped by their teachers, the students of 1st year prepare gifts for the Maternal and Infantile Hospital for Christmas celebrations.
Study trips: The students of 7th year travel to the Iguaçu Falls bring their contributions year after year to the Perutí indigenous village.

In closure, our education reflects our desire to be closer to Mary:

“As children of God and members of Christ to acquire the capacity and availability of capturing a personal style of life and work that emanates a deep link with Mary”

Padre José Kentenich