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December 12th Tuesday Memo


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

Dec 14 – Hot Lunch – Spaghetti & Meatballs - $5 - 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 – Tacky Christmas Sweater Day – 11:30 Dismissal – Christmas Vacation Begins Alumni Basketball Showcase – 6:00 P.M. @ Crosswalk Community Gym Postponed (TBD)

Dec. 21-22 – School Office Open – 7:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Dec. 23-Jan 1 – School Office Closed

Jan. 2-5 – School Office Open 7:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Jan 8 – School Resumes


Dec. 12, 2017

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


Happy Advent! I hope you and your family have been able to enter into this joyful, yet penitential season in a meaningful way in your home. While the secular world is already celebrating a commercialistic watered-down form of Christmas, we are helping to prepare your children and adolescents for the birth of Jesus by engaging in meaningful liturgical celebrations such as Fr. Jenuwine’s blessing of the Advent wreath last Monday before Mass, having Fr. Gary bless miraculous medals for us to distribute to the students in anticipation of the  Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception last Wednesday on the feast of St. Nicholas, and having the students working hard to put on a wonderful Christmas program this coming Friday that reminds us all of the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.


Another great way to stay focused on Advent is by keeping students hard at work on their studies. As Christmas break approaches and the temptation to slack off intensifies, please help us to keep your children and adolescents in a good routine for the next few days. They’ll be plenty of time for fun, rest, and relaxation soon!


Week in Review (Dec. 4-Dec. 7)


We were privileged to host the Two Crowns Book Fair last week and it was good to see so many of our students and parents excited by and supportive of this event. Grades TK-8 were accompanied by their teachers to the book fair during the course of the school day and the high schoolers were able to browse during their lunch breaks and after school. The book fair closed with a fun evening of refreshments and stories read by Mrs. Rowles and Mrs. Fidler and it was very well attended.


Last Wednesday, the high school was treated to an interactive and informative presentation on human dignity by representatives of the Culture Project which reminded all of them of our unique dignity in the eyes of our Creator. They were also made aware of the many different forms in which human dignity is violated, even forms which we may not necessarily think of as violations such as gossip and cyber-bullying.


We had a very good turnout from our ladies in the community for Parents Guild-sponsored Advent Day of Recollection last Thursday with Fr. Michael Liliedahl from the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Thank you to Mary Quinn for making the arrangements for making this a special day and to Parents’ Guild president Marissa Amador for overseeing operations.


Thank you to the parents who donated toys for the “Toys for Tots” drive. Despite the short notice and short window of time to donate, we still managed to collect a couple of gifts to contribute to the Marine Corps’ annual toy drive. Thank you also to Bob Quinn for connecting us with “Toys for Tots”.


Upcoming School Events!


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 (6404 Washington St) 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.


Important Reminders


Donations and Help Needed for Friday’s Christmas Program at St. Joan of Arc


We are kindly asking for your donations of cookies and juice for the reception to follow this Friday’s annual Christmas program. Please bring your items to the school office by 4:00 P.M. on Friday, Dec. 15th. Also, we will need help from parent volunteers from all grades for setup, serving, and cleanup.

Parents from grades 5-6 are being asked to help setup at 6:00 P.M., parents of students in grades TK-4 are being asked to help serve juice and cookies immediately following the program, and parents of students in grades 7-12 are being asked to help cleanup and break down from approximately 9:00 – 10:00 P.M. We greatly appreciate your assistance.


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


Receptionist Needed at Alpha Crisis Pregnancy Center – Vacaville











The main focus of the Receptionist is to help facilitate the smooth running of the Clinic in all Client Service areas and be a support of all of Alpha's ministry areas.



  • Be a strong Christian who has a heart for women facing crisis pregnancies and must be solidly pro-life
  • Active membership in a local church with a positive recommendation by a pastoral leader in that church
  • Be in agreement with APC statements of Faith, Principle, Commitment, Confidentiality, Mission and Policies and Procedures
  • General working knowledge of Christian ministries
  • Completion of the APC counselor training.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, organizational and computer skills
  • Must pass background check and fingerprinting


  • Receive the mail
  • Answer phones
  • Greet clients and check in as they arrive
  • Schedule appointments
  • Maintain front office files
  • Be available to cover operating hours as needed
  • Assist Director of Services as needed
  • Help with counseling as needed
  • Attend Monthly staff meetings, and quarterly director's meetings
  • Be available to attend Board meetings as requested
  • Be available to attend Regional Directors' meetings as requested
  • Be available to attend inspirational or educational conferences as requested

Hours Needed

Monday 11am-3pm

Tuesday 11am-5pm

Wednesday 2pm-8pm 

Thursday 11am-5pm 

How to Apply

Download a copy of our Employment Application below. Email completed applications and resumes to 
Tamara Shahan or mail them to 138 S. Orchard Ave Vacaville, CA 95688. For questions call 707-449-8991.


Applications accepted through December 15th.


Meal Train for Amy Letts (Pargett)


Congratulations to former Trinity Prep student Amy Letts (Pargett), daughter of the late Catherine Audrey-Quinn, and mother of Allyana Letts on the birth of twins! Her grandmother, Joan Andrego, is organizing a meal train for her. Please visit the following website to sign up: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/r31587


Student Government Charity Project


The student government will be assembling care packages for the homeless next week consisting of tube socks, toiletries, and snacks to distribute to the local homeless population. A box will be provided and labeled in the office for you to place your donations. Donations are due on Friday, Dec. 15th by 4:00 P.M. Thank you for your support!


Classroom Decoration Contest


Once again, student government will be sponsoring a classroom decorating contest which will be judged on Friday, Dec. 15th. The theme will be “iconic Christmas”. More details will be given to the homeroom teachers.


Monastic Wine Cozies for Sale….from Cindy Mudge


Have you seen the monk/nun wine cozies in the office? They are available for $12 per cozy. Purchase of these will help the new Catechism of the Good Shepherd program at Saint Mary's in Vacaville. Please see Maria in the office if you are interested. If paying by check, make it out to St. Mary’s Parish in Vacaville. Thank you for your support!


Cindy Mudge

Prayer Requests

Please pray the repose of the soul of Carl Sciambra, father 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 passed away early this morning and Mass will be offered up for the repose of his soul on the feast of St. Lucy tomorrow.

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