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December 5th Tuesday Memo


Dec. 5- Dec. 7 – Kolbe Homeschool “Two Crowns” Book Fair in the Hall 8:30 A.M. 4:00 P.M. (Flyer Attached) – TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION AT SCHOOL

Dec. 5 – HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ Napa Christian (Napa) – 4:00 P.M. (Girls) – 5:30 P.M. (Boys)

Dec. 6 – Culture Project Presentation on Human Dignity – 2:15 – 3:00 P.M. (High School Only) - Parents’ Guild Meeting – 7:00 P.M.

Dec. 7 – Advent Women’s Day of Recollection -9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.-(Flyer Attached)– Kolbe Homeschool “Two Crowns” Book Fair Evening Reception, Refreshments, and Storytime – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M. –TOYS FOR TOTS DUE @ 4:00 P.M.

Dec. 8 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day of Obligation – No School

Dec. 9 (SA) – 5/6 Boys Basketball vs. St. Apollinaris @ St. John’s Lutheran – 9:00 A.M.

Dec. 12 – HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ St. Francis (Sacramento) vs. Cristo Rey – 6:00/7:30 P.M.

Dec 14 – Fr. Gary Sumpter – Fathers of the Church – Lecture #4 – 7:30 P.M.

Dec. 15 – Christmas Program @ St. Joan of Arc Parish Hall – 7:00 P.M.

Dec. 20 – Half-Day – 11:30 Dismissal – Alumni Basketball Showcase – 6:00 P.M. @ Crosswalk Community Gym


Dec. 5, 2017

Tuesday of the First Week in Advent

St. Sabbas, Abbot (Traditional Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


As I mentioned last week, this is an incredibly busy time of the year where distractions abound on daily basis. Before Fr. Jenuwine blessed and lit the Advent wreath for the first time on Monday before Mass, I explained the importance of beginning a new liturgical year with the Advent season, and that the Church calls us to examine our lives to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ at Christmas by examining our conscience, making new resolutions, and going to Confession. Please do make the effort to help reinforce the importance of Advent in your home as an antidote to the shallow crass commercialism that bombards us continually this time of the year.


Week in Review (Nov. 27-Dec. 2)


A big thank you to Bob QuinnSonia Campos-Balderas, Mary Quinn, Britney Herring, and David and Tina Hill for assisting with the sorting and distribution of Christmas wreaths. They spent the better part of last Tuesday evening Nov. 28 doing this so we could expedite the delivery process which was completed in record amount of time by Thursday afternoon! Great work, guys!


Despite my mistakes on the schedule, parent-teacher conferences went on from Tuesday Nov. 28-Thursday Nov. 30 with minimal issues. With that being said, I’m sure the parents, students, and especially faculty members can all attest to the fact that there is a reason we normally host conferences on half-days! If for some reason you could not make your conference meetings, please contact the office to schedule a makeup conference sometime this week or next week after school.


Thank you to all those who so generously donated items for care packages to be sent to members of our armed forces overseas spending Christmas away from their family and friends. We managed to fill an entire box to the brim. Operation-with-Love-from-Home was a smashing success!


Fr. Gary Sumpter’s third talk on the Fathers of the Church, focusing on Tertullian and Origen, took place last Thursday evening, Nov. 30th. Attendance was a bit lighter than expected, but those who came certainly received a large dose of enlightenment. If you missed the third session, you won’t have to wait long for the next session. Continue reading the memo for more details.


Basketball season commenced last Friday night Dec 1st with both girls’ and boys’ teams playing in non-league games against Cristo Rey at Crosswalk Community Gym. Both came up short despite their efforts. Fortunately, they will have an opportunity to square up against Cristo Rey again next Tuesday, this time on the road in Sacramento.


Breakfast with Santa @ Compadres on Sat. Dec. 2nd was a success thanks to the great turnout from the non-school community. A big thank you to Santa and Mrs. Claus for helping to raise $350 for the school and thank you to those in our community who supported this event.


Upcoming School Events!


Dec. 5 – Dec. 7 – Kolbe Homeschool “Two Crowns” Book Fair in the Hall 8:30 A.M. 4:00 P.M. –TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION EVERY DAY AT SCHOOL


Kolbe Homeschool Two Crowns Book Fair in the Fellowship Hall continues today, Dec. 5thStudents will be able to browse during and after school. The Two Crowns Book Fair is unique in the high qualityand healthy diversity of its literature it offers for all ages and Kolbe-Trinity shares Kolbe Homeschool’s enthusiasm for cultivating the reading of good books of all types at a young age. Fortunately, this event comes just in time for those getting ready to shop for Christmas as these books make excellent gifts not only for children, but for our elementary school teachers. I have attached wish lists from Mrs. Warner, Miss Wilson, Mrs. Rowles, and Mrs. Fidler for you to you peruse. If you choose to purchase a book for their class, please include it in your book order and be sure to cross it off the lists posted in the hall. As icing on the cake, a 20 percent minimum of all proceeds go to benefit our school! See the attached flyer for more information.


Thanks for Bob Quinn for setting up a last-minute “Toys for Tots” program. Unwrapped toys can be donated and left in the “Toys for Tots” box in the office next to the copy machine. Please consider donating to a needy child for ChristmasAll donations must be received no later than 4:00 P.M. this coming Thursday, Dec. 7th.


Dec. 6 - Culture Project Presentation on Human Dignity – 2:15 – 3:00 P.M. (High School Only) - Parents’ Guild Meeting – 7:00 P.M.


Thanks to Dominic Figueroa at St. Apollinaris Parish, we are privileged to host the Culture Project for their presentation to the high school students on human dignity. This will take place in the Fellowship Hall from 2:15 – 3:00 P.M. this coming Wednesday, Dec. 6th For more information on the Culture Project please visit their website: http://www.restoreculture.com.


That same evening @ 7:00 P.M., the monthly parents’ guild meeting will be held. Please join us!


Dec. 7 – Advent Women’s Day of Recollection – 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. - Two Crowns Book Fair Closing Reception and Storytime 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.


All ladies from the community are invited to attend an Advent day of recollection with Fr. Michael Liliedahl of the Archdiocese of San Francisco on Thursday, Dec. 7th from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. The day will include Masstwo talks, and opportunities for Confession. There is no charge for the event, but donations will be gratefully accepted. See the attached flyer for more information.


Please join us for a special evening reception and storytime from 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. to close out the Two Crowns Book Fair. Parents and children will be provided with refreshments as they browse the wonderful selection of good books, interspersed with stories read to the children by Mrs. Maureen Rowles and Mrs. Laura Fidler. And you won’t have to worry about keeping your children up a little bit later than normal, because the next day, Friday Dec. 8th, is a Holy Day of Obligation.


Dec. 8 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day of Obligation – No School


School will be closed on Friday, Dec. 8th for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Be sure to remember to get to Mass as this solemnity is a Holy Day of Obligation. Have a great three-day weekend!


Dec. 9 (SA) -5/6 Boys Basketball @ St. John’s Lutheran – 9:00 A.M.


Come out and root on the 5/6 boys’ basketball players as they take on St. John’s Lutheran on their home court on Sat. Dec. 9 at 9:00 A.M. This is the last 5/6 boys’ basketball game of the year.  Don’t miss it!


Dec. 14 – Fr. Gary Sumpter “Fathers of the Church” Series – Lecture #4 – 7:30 P.M.

Who were the early Christians? What did they believe, teach, and often die for? Is our faith today the same as the faith they professed? These themes and more will be covered in a 10-part series on the Fathers of the Church given by our chaplain Fr. Gary Sumpter. Church Fathers discussed include St. Clement, St. Justin, St. Cyril, St. Ignatius, St. Athanasius, St. Irenaeus and many more 7:30pm in the hall. There is no charge for this event, but donations will be gratefully accepted.


Dec. 15Christmas Program @ St. Joan of Arc Parish Hall – 7:00 P.M


For the first time ever, Kolbe-Trinity’s annual Christmas program will NOT be held on the grounds of the school. Due to the increasing crowds we’ve been getting over the last few years, we’ve outgrown the Fellowship Hall and will thus be holding the event at St. Joan of Arc Parish Hall in Yountville on Friday, Dec. 15th at 7:00 P.M. Parents with children in the production (TK-8 and high school choir members) are asked to arrive at 6:30 P.M. And although the space is certainly larger than the Fellowship Hall, it would still be a good idea to get there early to get a good seat.


Upcoming Community Events


Sat. Dec. 9 Traditional Sung Latin “Rorate” Mass @ St. Apollinaris Parish – 6:30 A.M.


This coming Saturday Dec. 9th, Fr. David Jenuwine will be celebrating a Traditional Sung Latin “Rorate” Mass at 6:30 A.M. at St. Apollinaris Parish. The “Rorate” Mass is an Advent Season Votive Mass of Our Lady so-named for the first word of the Introit (Entrance) Antiphon “Rorate caeli despuer, et nubes pluant justum” (Isaiah 45:8) which translates “Drop down dew, you heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just.” The Mass begins with only candlelight and gradually lightens as day breaks and the Consecration approaches to emphasize the darkness of the world before Christ’s coming, Our Lady’s role in salvation history, and his upcoming arrival at Christmas. It is a beautifully enriching ceremony to help you connect with the season of Advent.


Sun. Dec. 10 – Service of Carols and Lessons – LAST CHANCE! Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish – Calistoga – 7:30 P.M.


To celebrate the beginning of the Advent Season, the choir of Holy Family Mission Parish in Rutherford, accompanied on the organ by Mr. Kevin Fitzpatrick presented a service of Carols & Lessons at St.Dominic's Parish in Benicia this past Sunday, December 3rd at 7:30pm to a large crowd. If you couldn’t make it to Benicia, you will have only one more opportunity to enrich your Advent experience and prepare for the Christmas season this coming Sunday, December 10th, at 7:30pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Calistoga. This is the fourth year the choir has presented the Carols and Lessons service.  Please come and enjoy it with us.


The service includes an opening and closing prayer, and nine short Scripture readings, from Genesis to the Gospel of John. Between the readings there will be Christmas motets sung by the choir and familiar carols for the congregation and choir to sing together.


Carols and Lessons is an English tradition dating to King's College, Cambridge, in 1918.  It's a start on getting ready for Christmas, a way to go caroling without getting cold and wet, and, the choir hopes, a bit of a cultural up-tick from Christmas musak in the shopping mall.


Important Reminders


School Sweater Reminder


Since the cold weather has already arrived and will continue to intensify as we head toward the official start of winter, please be sure that your children and adolescents are coming to school wearing their school sweaters. Not only is the school sweater the primary outer uniform garment, but it helps to keep students warm in the cold weather outside. Jackets may only be worn outside and only as an additional layer on top of the school sweater. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


News and Updates


Student Government Charity Project – Tube Socks for the Homeless - Drive Ends Dec. 15th


Beginning today and ending Friday, Dec. 15th, the student government will be collecting packages of tube socks to distribute to the local homeless population. A box will be provided and labeled in the office for you to place your donations. Thank you for your support!


Beautiful Story Book/Advent Calendars for Sale – Only 8 Left!


Advent started on Sundaybut you haven’t missed much yet. Thanks to Cindy Mudge, we are selling some beautiful story book/Advent calendars. The cost is $20 and half of all proceeds go to the school. There is a limited quantify available so please purchase one in the office from Maria before they sell out.

Prayer Requests

Please pray for all of those inside and outside our community who have been affected by the recent wildfires, especially for Carl and Barbara Sciambra, parents of our bookkeeper and longtime employee Toni Williams, and grandparents to Trinity Prep alumni Bailey Sciambra and Patricia Williams and former Trinity Prep students Michelle and Michael Sciambra. Carl and Barbara lost their home due to the fire on Atlas Peak and Carl’s already fragile health has worsened.

Please continue to keep Chuck Rowles and his entire extended family in your prayers so that he will be ultimately cured of his stage-4 colon cancer, and that he can return to enjoying a full and active life with his family and friends. Chuck’s son, Chris, posts updates on the websites listed below. Please continue to pray the St. Peregrine Novena found below as well.

Caringbridge: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/charlesrowles


(Donations should go through WonderWe, donations through Caring Bridge do not help Chuck)

St. Peregrine Novena



Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,


John Bertolini


Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep