Dear Holy Trinity School Families, Faculty, and Staff,
My name is Fr. Matthew Wiering, and I am the new pastor here at Holy Trinity as well as at the parishes of Holy Family in Silver Lake and St. Pius X in Glencoe. Fr. John Hayes, the new parochial vicar (assistant priest) and I moved into the rectory here in Winsted on July 1. We have been grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received since arriving.
I am especially grateful to be assigned to a parish with a Catholic school. My first experience of a Catholic school was after I graduated college and taught religion to juniors and seniors at a Catholic high school for two years. After my priestly ordination, I was assigned to the Cathedral in New Ulm and taught at the high school there for four years and served as interim principal there for one year.
Catholic education is such a gift! For our young people, it gives the opportunity to be educated in the arts and sciences and athletics in a context of the Catholic faith, where they can experience a culture of faith in a loving and caring environment. It’s a place where we can talk openly about our faith in Jesus Christ in the classroom and where we can address the most important questions – about the existence
of God, the nature of the human person, and the meaning of life – with our students. The secular society is becoming more and more hostile to the idea of faith and the convictions that Christian faith gives to people regarding religious freedom, the dignity of every human life, the gift of sexuality, and the goodness of our being created male and female. Catholic schools play a more important role than ever
in forming our young people in the Truth about who God is and who we are as His beloved sons and daughters.
In this letter, I’d like to give you a couple quick updates:
School Opening in the Fall: Along with the other Catholic schools in the Diocese of New Ulm, we have every intention of opening school at the normal time – in-person and every day.
COVID-19 Protocols: Mr. Wes Kapping is leading a committee to determine what the safety protocols will be for the school year. This is definitely a work-in-progress, and we have not nailed down concrete specifics at this point. We will be applying the recommendations established by the Diocese of New Ulm and the other Catholic dioceses of Minnesota. We will be publicly announcing these plans by the middle
Thank you for your patience during this time, and thank you for your support of Catholics schools! I cannot wait until we are able to begin the school year with our students back in our classrooms!
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
In Christ, Fr. Matt Wiering