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Church School at Holy Trinity Cathedral

“Train up a child in the way he should go
and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

- Proverbs 22:6

Holy Trinity Cathedral offers religious instruction beginning at age 3 and continuing on to High School.  Classes are held on Sundays following coffee hour in the parish social hall.  The session usually begins the second Sunday of September and goes on hiatus after Pentecost.  Please see below for the curriculum information, calendar, and the latest news on our church school program. 

If you would like further information or have any additional questions, please ccontact Kelly Lardin at

We look forward to seeing your children in church school!

Dormition Project
July 31, 2019

Dear Church School Families,

I wanted to remind you that this Sunday, August 3, we will be making pet toys after church as part of our summer service project.  The older students will also have the opportunity to participate in a tolerance art project.  They will collaboratively paint 5 canvases that represent what tolerance means to them.  These will be displayed around Chicago or on a "ship of tolerance" at Navy Pier this fall ( Please let me know as soon as possible if your children will be able to participate as I need to make sure I have enough supplies for everyone to make at least one toy and for the older children to paint the sails.

Next Saturday (August 10) we will be finishing our summer service project after morning liturgy.  We will be going to Chicago Canine Rescue (5272 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630 ) for 11AM where we will drop off donations & the toys we make, tour the facility, and play with some of the dogs.  Let me know by Sunday if your children will be attending the service project on August 10, and if you need a ride for them to CCR.

In Christ,
Kelly Lardin
Church School Director

Paschal Egg Hunt

St Thomas Sunday - 05/05/19

Thank you to everyone who assisted with our Paschal Egg Hunt!

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Summer Camp Info
April 6, 2019

Immediately following Church School on April 14, we will be having an information session presented by Fr. John Baker of Christ the Savior about St. Vladimir's Summer Camp in Ohio.  Attached is a flyer with some basic information to get you started.  This camp is for children ages 7-18.

The Chicago Deanery also offers a summer camp in Wisconsin around July 4th for children ages 12-18.

I encourage all of you to consider one or both of these opportunities for your children. These camps are a great way for the children to meet other Orthodox children and make lasting, supportive friendships while having fun and learning more about the faith in the downtime of summer. 

In Christ,
Kelly Lardin
Sunday School Director

Orthodoxy Sunday Procession with Icons

Orthodoxy Sunday Procession With Icons - 03/17/19

Church School children of Holy Trinity Cathedral marked the first Sunday of Lent, known as Orthodoxy Sunday or Triumph of Orthodoxy, by processing around the cathedral carrying icons.

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Orthodoxy Sunday and Lenten Retreat
March 16, 2019

Dear Church School Families,

Tomorrow is Sunday of Orthodoxy, and the children will be participating in a procession with their icons.  Please bring your child's favorite icon to church tomorrow (We'll have extras if you forget, but it's always more fun to have your own!).

Secondly, the Lenten Retreat is quickly approaching.  Attached you will find a general schedule of the day, a sign up sheet to bring items for our service project (I will have a hard copy of this tomorrow), and a list of things we could use volunteers for.

In Christ,
Kelly Lardin
Church School Director

Church School Outing, February 16, 2019
January, 27, 2019

Dear Church School Families,

We are halfway through the church school year, and the children are learning so much!  As we head toward the end of the year, there are a few updates you need to note and some fun upcoming events.

In an effort to encourage more regular attendance, we will be giving prizes for every 5 classes that students attend in a row. This will start retroactively from January 1, so some children will be coming home with prizes as early as next week.  This attendance includes music classes, so please make sure your children are present for those as well!

Please note a change to the calendar you received at the beginning of the year.  The Lenten Retreat is being moved to Saturday, April 6.  The retreat will begin immediately after morning liturgy and will end with confession around 3:30.  Please make plans to be there!

On Saturday, February 16 we will be having a social outing.  We will meet at Garfield Park Conservatory at 10:00AM to spend a couple of warm hours having fun and getting to know each other better across the classrooms.

On March 10 (Cheesfare Sunday), we will have a cheese pizza party in the hall.  There will be games and activities to enjoy as well before settling in for Lent.

In Christ,

Kelly Lardin
Sunday School Director  

2018 Yolka Resource Page

The script, song lyrics and listening links for the Yolka on December 23, 2018 can be found here.

Nativity Project

Dear Church School Families, - 12/02/18

It is hard to believe that we are already well into our church school year.  It has been wonderful to see so many children attending regularly.  If you have not been able to make it as much as you'd like, please take the opportunity during this fasting season to jump back in and do a little extra.

For the last two weeks the children have taken orders for handmade Christmas cards and been busy making them.  This Sunday they will finish the production process after classes.  Our service project finale will be held on Saturday, December 15.  Any children who are available beginning at 9:30, can help sell gift tags and cards at the cookie walk.  At 2:30 we will all gather at the church to go grocery shopping for the food pantry with the money raised from the card sales.  We'll end the day with a confession service at 4:00 followed by Vespers.

We will need drivers/chaperones for our excursion.  Please let me know if your children will be attending. If you are available to drive, please let me know how many additional children you can take.

In Christ,
Kelly Lardin
Church School Director

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