11/23 – Half Day Schedule – 11:40 Dismissal – Mass @ 7:45 (1-6 Grades Only)
11/24 - 11/25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
11/30 – Parents Guild Meeting – 7:00 P.M. N.B. DATE CHANGE
12/1 – 12/3 – Trinity Prep Basketball Winter Classic –CANCELLED
12/2 -First Friday: 11:40 Dismissal – School Mass: 12:00 P.M. @ St. Thomas Aquinas
12/5 – Traditional Latin Mass – 7:45 A.M.
12/7 -Kolbe-Trinity Night @ Napa on Ice – 7:00 P.M.
12/8 -Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day of Obligation – NO SCHOOL
12/9 – Drive-In Movie Night @ Kolbe-Trinity – 7:00 P.M.
Memorial of St. Cecilia
November 22, 2016
From the Desk of the Headmaster
Let me begin this memo in grateful appreciation to you: the parents, students, and friends of Kolbe-Trinity. I am truly blessed that you are a part of this excellent educational community and for all the hard work you do to help keep this school up and running. May God richly bless you and your families this Thanksgiving and throughout the Advent and Christmas season.
Speaking of being grateful, I want to thank all the students who sold Christmas wreaths to benefit our sports program. Overall we netted over $4,750 for the school, a substantial increase over last year, by selling a grand total of 321 wreaths and we had increased participation all-around, particularly from our high-school students. Sean Quinn sold the most wreaths (28) following by Chrissy Bakh @ 24, Joe Quinn @ 23, and Andrew Mudge @ 19. A big thank you also to Bob Quinn, who once again spear-headed this effort.
Thank you to Sophia Castañeda, Mara Montanez, Andrew and Denise Davis, Cathie Schmitgal, and Toni Williams for helping to mail out over a thousand Thanksgiving appeal letters to solicit donations to purchase the property that we currently rent from Redwood Community Church.
Thank you to parent and board member Tom Huss installing a new motion sensor light in front of the 7/8 classroom. Your electrical handiwork is always appreciated.
A big thank you to Emily Arend and the Parents’ Guild for coordinating our annual Thanksgiving soup luncheon. Thank you to Joan Larghi and her mother Peggy Larghi, Deana Muth, Denise Davis, Maureen Rowles, Emily Arend, Pam Birdsall, Cathie Schmitgal, Trisha Allen, and Mary Rowles for the delicious homemade soups. Thank you to Cindy Carr, David and Mara Montanez, and Adriana Mautner for helping to serve and cleanup. Thank you also to the all the parents who provided juice and desserts.
Ad Orientem Mass beginning Monday, Nov. 27th.
This past Friday, November 18th, I addressed the entire student body in the chapel to make them aware and explain of a new change in our upcoming liturgies beginning with the new liturgical year and the season of Advent. Beginning on Monday, Nov. 27th, our chaplain, Fr. Gary Sumpter will be offering all his Masses facing the altar (ad orientem - “to the East”), tabernacle (which will be moved to the center), and crucifix. This change occurred for some of the following reasons. First, given that a permanent altar has been installed at St. Eugene’s Cathedral in Santa Rosa to offer the sacrifice of the Mass in this direction, and that it is the desire of our bishop, Robert Vasa, that liturgies throughout the diocese take their cue from the liturgies from the cathedral, it made canonical sense. Secondly, Fr. Gary expressed an interest and willingness to celebrate the Mass with this orientation of the altar. And finally, given the theological writings of our previous Pope Benedict XVI on this matter, more recently expressed by Cardinal Robert Sarah, Head of the Congregation for Divine Worship, I truly believe that this will further enhance the liturgical and spiritual experience of our students, parents, and visitors.
Since the traditional Latin Mass has been offered at the school for manyyears with this orientation, none of this will come as a shock to our student body. One our alumni, Ben Hickey, will be installing a structure over the long Thanksgiving weekend to house a new tabernacle donated to the school by Fr. Joseph Terra, a longtime friend of Kolbe Academy dating back to the early 1990’s which will allow us to move the tabernacle to the center where it rightly belongs. Visiting priests will still have the option to celebrate the Mass facing the people if they so desire.
5/6 Grade Service Project
The 5/6 class is collecting items for Operation with Love from Home until Friday, Dec. 9. There is a collection box in the fellowship hall and an item list in the office and on the school’s Facebook page. The class is also accepting $13.00 donations towards shipping.
For more information please visit: http://www.operationwithlovefromhome.org/
Book Fair @ the School
From December 1-3 Kolbe Academy Homeschool will be hosting a book fair at our school. Not only will this have fantastic books to choose from, but there will be a variety of awesome vendors to purchase other great gifts for Christmas or any other occasion. This, like any other event, will need volunteers to help make things run smoothly. If you are looking for ways to fulfill your hours, volunteers will be needed to help with setup, cleanup, overseeing booths and general help during the fair hours. If this sounds like something you would like to help with, there will be a planning meeting at the next parents’ guild meeting on November 30th at 7pm (you also earn hours for attending these!). You can also e-mail Katie Ferrigan, the parents guild secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Friday Mass @ St. Thomas Aquinas
On Friday, Dec. 2nd, we will once again be gathering as a school for First Friday Noon Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. As a courtesy to the St. Thomas Aquinas Altar Guild which has a gathering in the parish hall immediately following Mass every First Friday Mass, I respectfully request parents and students to use the front exits rather than exiting from the church hall. Thank you!
Advent Day of Recollection @ St. Apollinaris Parish
COME ALL YE FAITHFUL – you are invited to an Advent Retreat at St. Apollinaris Parish – Saturday, December 3, 1:00 - 6:00 pm. Join retreat master and theologian, Wendy Biale, in an afternoon of reflection on Learning to Pray as Jesus Prayed, followed by 4:30 Mass and Adoration. Free will offering. Come for all or part of the retreat. Come ready your hearts for Christmas.
Carols and Lessons @ St. Joan of Arc & St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
The Holy Family Choir, all six of whose members have ties to Kolbe-Trinity, will be presenting the Carols and Lessons prayer service twice during Advent, to help you prepare for the Christmas feast. Carols and Lessons is an evening prayer service originally from England. It was first held at Cambridge University in 1918, to give thanks for the end of the Great War. It comprises nine Scripture readings from the Old and New Testament which pertain to the promise and birth of the Messiah. Interspersed are familiar carols to sing with the choir, and motets and carols presented by the choir, including English carols from the 15th century, American Christmas hymnody from Colonial Times, and music from the Renaissance and 20th century from Germany, France, and Eastern Europe.
Carols and Lessons will be presented on the 2nd Sunday of Advent, December 4, at St. Joan of Arc in Yountville at 7:30pm, and again at St. Thomas Aquinas on the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 18, also at 7:30pm. The service takes about 90 minutes. It’s a good way to do a little caroling without getting cold and wet, and is a lot more edifying than Sunday Night Football. It is also a bit of relief from the mundane Christmas music you will be hearing in all the stores and malls from now on.
This is the third straight year the Holy Family Choir has presented this service. Three years makes a tradition, so come and be a part of it.
Steve Perry, Director – Holy Family Latin Mass Choir
Athletics Update – Check your e-mail soon for the Wednesday sports bulletin!
Announcement – FREE Car Seat Inspection from AAA!
Please see the attached flyer for an opportunity to schedule a FREE car seat inspection courtesy of the Napa AAA office. Thank you to Bob Quinn for letting us know about this great opportunity.
Fingerprinting for Volunteers
Anybody who wishes to volunteer to earn requisite service hours and assist in whatever capacity next year (athletic coaching, field trips, driving for sporting events, lunch duty, etc.) MUST have been fingerprinted and needed to have this information submitted to the diocese ASAP. Please contact Emily in the office immediately to begin the process if you have not done so.
Please pray for Sabine Krygier, co-founder and teacher at Trinity Education Center who is battling late-stage cancer. Catherine Audrey-Quinn who is fighting cancer, would like to pass on the following message:
“Thank you everyone for your prayers! I have been honored and humbled to know how much I have been blessed because of them! I have finished my chemo treatments and have responded very well with minimal side effects! Please keep up the prayers as I saw the doctor last week and he indicated that because of the type of cancer, it is expected to return. I am trusting that this will not be the case with me! Please also pray for my acceptance to the Knights of Malta pilgrimage to Lourdes. A good friend nominated me for what sounds like an amazing opportunity!”
Thank you again!
I am so very grateful!
Meal Train for the Mudge Family
Lauri Kalinowski, has set up meals for the Mudge family through next year. Please consider assisting with this very important charitable activity for a family in need. For more information or to sign up, please visit: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/y6961k.
Ad majorem Dei gloriam!