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Dec. 20th Tue. Memo

Tue. Memo:

12/21 – Half-Day w/ Free Dress – 11:40 Dismissal – Extraordinary Form Mass in Latin – Office Closes @ 12:30 P.M.

12/22 - Alumni Basketball Game @ Crosswalk – 6:00 P.M.

12/22 – 1/8 – Christmas Break- NO SCHOOL – OFFICE CLOSED

1/3 – HS Girls & Boys Home Basketball vs. Freedom Christian @ Crosswalk –        6:00/7:30 P.M.

1/6 – HS Girls and Boys Basketball @ Western Sierra – 6:00/7:30 P.M.

1/9 – School Resumes – Traditional Latin Mass – 7:45 A.M.

1/11 -HS Girls and Boys Basketball @ Cornerstone – San Francisco 6:00/7:30 P.M.

1/13 – Half-Day – 11:40 Dismissal – HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ John Adams – Roseville – 6:00/7:30 P.M.

1/16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL

1/17 – Diocesan Professional Development for Faculty in Santa Rosa – NO SCHOOL – HS Girls & Boys Home Basketball vs. New Life @ Crosswalk – 5:30/7:00 P.M.


Greater Feria of Advent


December 20, 2016


From the Desk of the Headmaster


Before I recap the last seven days here at the school, I would like to wish you, your family, and your friends a very blessed conclusion to the Advent season, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. It has been my privilege and honor to serve you, albeit most imperfectly, as headmaster in the second half of 2016. This will be the last Tuesday memo until January 10th so hopefully I remembered everything that needed to go in this memo!


Last Wednesday, Dec. 14th, the Wojtyla Workshop (High School Drama Program) under direction of Mr. Hockel performed “The Play’s the Thing: A Night of Selected Shakespearean Monologues” to a packed house in the Fellowship Hall. I think all who attended would agree that our students did an excellent job which is both a testament to their hard work and to their instructor, Mr. Hockel. In the spring of 2017, the Wojtyla Workshop will perform Pope St. John Paul II’s “The Jeweler’s Shop”. Stay tuned!


Last Friday’s Dec. 16th’s Christmas program was so well-attended that it has become clear that we need a bigger venue for it next year. Thank you to Mrs. DeGrange, Mrs. Warner, Miss Wilson, Miss Schindler (with assistance from Melissa Buyarski), and Mr. and Mrs. Fidler for all their hard work in getting your students ready for the performances. Thank you also to the parents who brought desserts and juice for refreshments. A good time was had by all!

On Monday, December 19 our high school students participated in a service trip to San Francisco’s St. Anthony’s Dining Room.  St. Anthony’s serves around 2,400 meals a day to the homeless and poor, and offers them a variety of other services. The 9th-12th graders worked in the dining room serving lunch, and helped sort clothing for St. Anthony’s “free clothing store.” The day proved to be a wonderful and grace-filled experience for both students and chaperones, preparing them for the coming Christmas season.  This was our second visit to St. Anthony’s, and the high school is planning more group service events in the second half of the year. 

Upcoming Events!


Last Day of School Tomorrow!


Tomorrow, Wednesday Dec. 21st, will be the last day of school before Christmas break begins. Fr. David Jenuwine will offer the traditional Latin Mass for the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle to help keep us as focused as possible on the Advent season and keep the students as focused as possible on their short day of classes. The half-day will conclude with classroom Christmas parties, and campus cleanup, with dismissal @ 11:40 A.M. Note that due to the faculty and staff luncheon, the office will close a half an hour earlier than usual @ 12:30 P.M. and will not reopen until 7:30 A.M. on Monday, Jan. 9th. As an early Christmas present to the students, I have agreed to allow free dress for the students tomorrow. Usual modesty rules apply, particularly given that we will be having Mass tomorrow.


“Rorate” Mass @ the School


Fr. David Jenuwine, parochial vicar at St. Apollinaris parish, has generously offered to celebrate a traditional Latin (Extraordinary Form) “Rorate” votive Marian Mass on Thursday morning, Dec. 22nd @ 7:00 A.M. in the chapel at the school.  This tradition extends back hundreds of years and receives its name from the first word of the introit, “Rorate”. The Mass begins in darkness just before sunrise, and the Mass is celebrated using only candlelight for illumination. It emphasizes the darkness of the world, the joyful expectation of the birth of Christ our Light, and Mary’s special role in salvation history. It is an excellent way to prepare oneself for the upcoming celebration of Christmas just three days later. Although this is a private devotional Mass, anyone is welcome to attend.


Annual Alumni Basketball Showcase


Join us on Thursday evening, Dec. 22nd at Crosswalk Gym for our annual alumni basketball showcase beginning at 6:00 P.M. with an exhibition game between the junior high and high school girls’ teams followed by a spirited match between the Trinity Prep male alumni and our current high school boys’ basketball team. This event is open to all junior high and high school students and families, alumni from both Kolbe Academy, Trinity Grammar and Prep, and Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep.  This is a great opportunity especially for alumni to meet the current coaches, teachers, and administration, get acquainted or re-acquainted with the school’s academic and athletic programs, and re-connect with fellow alumni. Admission and parking are free and concessions are available.



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 this wonderful 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.



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.



Ad majorem Dei gloriam!

Mr. Bertolini