Students help with Masses at Care Center

Fifth-graders Jacob McKinney, son of Jesse and Sherry McKinney of Fort Madison, and Marissa Gjuraj, daughter of Robert and Shawn Gjuraj of Fort Madison, are shown with Father Dennis Hoffman during Mass Nov. 4 at the West Point Care Center.

Students in grades four through six at Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary have the opportunity to celebrate Mass with the residents of the West Point Care Center on the first and third Thursdays of each month during the school year. Students prepare songs and readings for the liturgy and participate as altar servers, lectors and singers. 

“What I like most about having Mass at the Care Center is seeing the friendly people who live there,” said Noe Trejo, a fifth-grader.

Most of the students enjoy singing, and sixth-grader Addie Malinski adds, “I like it when the people at the Care Center sing along with the songs.” 

Another special part of the liturgy is when the students and residents shake hands during the sign of peace. Josh Pieper, a sixth-grader, loves to see the smiles on the residents’ faces.


When asked why it is important to celebrate Mass with residents at the Care Center, fourth-grader Elyse Pothitakis said, “Because the people who live there can’t get out and go to church, so we come to them.” 

Justin Rempe, sixth-grader, said it is important to share our Catholic faith. Fifth-grader Maya Rashid responded, “I think it makes them happy and makes their life better.”

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