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Nov. 29th Tues

 Tuesday Memo

11/29 – HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ Home vs. El Sobrante Christian – 6:00/7:30 P.M.

11/30 – Parents Guild Meeting – 7:00 P.M. in X-Room

12/1 – Advent Talk and Reflection by Fr. Gary Sumpter – 7:00 P.M. @ School

12/1 – 12/3 – Trinity Prep Basketball Winter Classic –CANCELLED

12/1 – 12/3 – Kolbe Homeschool Book Fair @ the School

12/2 -First Friday: 11:40 Dismissal – School Mass: 12:00 P.M. @ St. Thomas Aquinas -HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ Home vs. Christo Rey – 6:00/7:30 P.M.

12/3 – (SA) – Pancakes with Santa @ School – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. - JH Girls Basketball vs. St. Rose @ St. Helena Montessori – 1:15 P.M. - High School Boys Basketball @ Home vs. Golden State Academy – 4:00 P.M.

12/5 – Traditional Latin Mass – 7:45 A.M.

12/6 – HS Girls and Boys Basketball @ Home vs. North Hills Christian – 6:00/7:30 P.M.

12/7 -Kolbe-Trinity Night @ Napa on Ice – 7:00 P.M. – Napa Valley Expo

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.

12/10 (SA) – December Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. – JH Girls Basketball vs. St. Eugene’s @ St. Rose, Santa Rosa – 10:15 A.M. – HS Boys Basketball @ Home vs. Marin School – 7:00 P.M.

12/13 – HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ Christo Rey, Sacramento – 6:00/7:30 P.M.

12/14 – HS Drama Shakespeare Presentation – 6:00 P.M. @ School

12/15 – HS Boys Basketball @ Redwood Adventist, Santa Rosa – 5:00 P.M.

12/16 – Christmas Program @ School - 7:00 P.M.

 

Feast of St. Saturninus, Martyr (Traditional Calendar)

 

November 29, 2016

 

From the Desk of the Headmaster

 

I hope all of you had a wonderful, relaxing, and fulfilling Thanksgiving with some additional time to prepare yourselves for the next few weeks which will be very busy indeed! By now you should have all received report cards. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child(ren)’s teachers to set up a meeting with them. And now, prepare for an onslaught of information!

 

Upcoming Events!

 

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/

 

St. Andrew Novena– from Jack and Carole Duncan

 

Dear Kolbe-Trinity Families,

It is time again for the St. Andrew's Novena.  Many years ago we knew a wonderful man, Mr. John E. Ryan, who was a vet who lived at the Veteran's Home in Yountville.  He was a man who was very close to God.  In fact, we always knew that every moment we spent with John was a gift from God.  The St. Andrew's (or Christmas) Novena was a life-long devotion to John.  All the years that we knew him (15 years) he always called us on Nov. 30th, St. Andrew's feast day, to remind us to start praying. It was thus fitting that when God called John Ryan to Himself, it was on the feast of St. Andrew, Nov. 30, 1990.  This is a powerful novena and you will find that it will draw you close to the manger of Jesus on Christmas Day.  It would be wonderful to include, along with your intentions, that Kolbe-Trinity receive the financial help needed to purchase the property.

 

Prayers to Obtain Favors

 

  Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem in piercing cold.  In that hour vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother.  Amen

 

(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew, 30th Nov. until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)

 

Advent Talk and Reflection

 

We have a late, but very important addition to your already packed December schedule……but do make room for this one! Our chaplain, Fr. Gary Sumpter, will be giving a talk at the school on Thursday, Dec. 1st @ 7:00 P.M. Father will speak on the topic of “Reorienting Our Lives to Christ in the Season of Advent”. Learn to unlock the secret to preparing peacefully for the coming of Christ in the face of relentless commercialism, corny secular Christmas music, and premature and excessive Christmas parties. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

 

Book Fair @ the School

 

From December 1-3 Kolbe Academy Homeschool will be hosting a book fair at our school. The fair will be held from 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, Dec. 1st, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Friday, Dec. 2nd, and from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, Dec. 3rd.  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 pgsecretary@kolbetrinity.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 every First Friday Mass, I would respectfully request parents and students to use the front exits rather than exiting from the church hall. Thank you!

 

Star-Gazing Party this Friday! from Professor John Charlesworth of Napa Valley College

 

You and your family and friends are invited to a star-party on Friday evening, December 2, 2016, at Skyline Park – beginning at 9:00 p.m.

 

Skyline Park is on Imola Avenue 1.6 miles east of the intersection of Imola Avenue and the Napa-Vallejo Highway (Soscol Ave).  This intersection is just north of Napa Valley College.  The park is where Imola Avenue makes a 90-degree turn.  The park gate will be open; there will be NO entrance fee.  Please park in the paved lot to the right (west) of the entrance shack.  Then walk to the restroom area--just south of the entrance shack.  A series of small red lights will be set up to lead you to where the telescopes will be set up (which is about 75 yards to the south-east of the entrance shack and restrooms).  It is a good idea to bring a flashlight to help you get to and from the scope area and the parking area, but please turn off all lights (except small red lights) when you are near the telescopes so that we don’t lose the dark-adaptation of our eyes.

 

We will have several good-sized telescopes set up to show you beautiful and interesting celestial objects--which few people have had the opportunity to view, especially through quality telescopes.

 

We will look at deep-sky objects, including the Great Nebula (hydrogen cloud) in Orion.  We will also see beautiful double stars, open and globular star-clusters, exploded stars (planetary nebulae), the most distant of all celestial objects, galaxies, which are millions of light-years away!  We might also look at distant planet Uranus and the asteroid Ceres. 

Everyone is welcome to attend, including non-students and children.  We will provide step-stools for those too short to reach the eyepieces.  Dress warmly. 

 

There is always the chance that poor weather may force me to cancel the star-party. If we do have to cancel, we will schedule another star-party in February. 

 

Pancakes with Santa @ School

 

Nothing says Christmas is fast approaching like a visit from St. Nick himself! This coming Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., you can have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy a delicious breakfast feature Principal Emeritus Brian Muth’s world-famous homemade pancakes accompanied by succulent breakfast sausage. Cost is $7 per person which includes breakfast and a photo. See the attached flyer for more information.

 

Advent Day of Recollection @ St. Apollinaris Parish

 

COME ALL YE FAITHFUL – you are invited to an Advent Retreat at St. Apollinaris ParishSaturday, 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

 

Kolbe-Trinity Night @ Napa on Ice

 

This year, Kolbe-Trinity is a proud sponsor of Napa on Ice at the Napa Valley Expo and we would like to encourage as many families as possible to show up to go ice-skating @ 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th. Mr. Duncan and myself will be there to pass out brochures advertising our great school and we would love to have as many parents and students from the school show up to represent us. Remember that YOU are our greatest representatives and salespeople.  To sweeten the deal and encourage more people to come, I have a limited availability of free passes that will be dispensed on a first-come, first-serve basis from the office. Limit two per family. Remember, there is no school the next day!

 

Friday Drive-In Movie @ the School

 

Thanks to Bob Quinn, an old favorite is returning to Kolbe-Trinity on Friday, Dec. 9th……the drive-in movie! In anticipation of the upcoming Christmas festivities, we will be showing Elf, starring Will Ferrell. The film is rated PG. The parking lot will open at 6:00pm and the movie will start at 6:30pm. The cost is $5 per car, and concessions will be sold. All proceeds will go to student government to purchase fleece for the annual “Blankets for the Homeless Drive”.

 

Saturday Maintenance Day

 

On Saturday, Dec. 10th from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.  we will be having our monthly maintenance and repair day at the school. Coffee and donuts will be provided, as usual. More information to follow in next week’s Tuesday Memo.

 

Athletics Update – Check your e-mail soon for the sports bulletin!

 

Breaking News!

 

New Kolbe-Trinity Apparel Available!

 

Just in time for the upcoming Christmas season, you can now purchase our new Kolbe-Trinity spirit wear including the now famous fleece modeled by yours truly! Not only is the apparel attractive, it’s a great way to advertise the school. To place your order, simply go to Athletic Feat (3367 Solano Ave) located in the Redwood Plaza shopping center. Attached is an order form for you to print out and bring with you when you order.

 

Reminders

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.

Prayer Requests

 

Please pray for Sabine Krygier, co-founder and teacher at Trinity Education Center who is battling late-stage cancer. Please continue to keep Catherine Audrey-Quinn in your prayers.

 

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!

Mr. Bertolini