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January 23rd Tuesday Memo


Jan. 23 – HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ Leroy Greene – 5:00/6:30

Jan 25 –Bishop Vasa Visit – 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. - Hot Lunch (Student-Government) – Mac N, Cheese w/ Bacon - $5 - HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ Freedom Christian 4:30/6:00 -Fr. Gary Sumpter – Fathers of the Church – Lecture #5 – 7:30 P.M.

Jan 28 (SU) – Joe Scheidler (Pro-Life Activist) Talk @ 7:00 P.M. (Flyer Attached)

Jan 28 – Feb 3 – Catholic Schools Week

Feb 3 (SA) – Open House for Prospective Parents and Students – 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Jan 23, 2018

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

St. Raymond of Pennafort / St. Emerentiana (Old Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


By now, you should have received a formal progress report in the mail since we have now passed the halfway mark of the second trimester. Given that the first part of the second trimester consisted of both Thanksgiving and Christmas break, students understandably have difficulty focusing and developing a rhythm. Fortunately, there is still slightly less than half of the trimester to go. Students who are struggling have plenty of opportunity to improve their grades so that they can still finish the trimester in fine fashion. Please make an appointment to meet your child(ren)’s teacher(s) after school so that they can provide any additional insight and support to assist you as primary educators.


Week in Review (Jan. 16-19)


Thanks to Marissa Amador, Yul & Maria Vieyra, Melissa Buyarski, Julio & Suzanna Rodriguez, Sophia Castañeda, Emily Arend, Maria Cuevas, and Mike & Adriana Mautner for taking time to attend last Thursday’s parents’ guild meeting. It was our best-attended meeting all year. A school carnival in late April was discussed as a good way to help offset costs to refurbish the TK-6 grade girls bathroom and to install new carpeting/flooring in the fellowship hall in time for our annual development dinner on March 10th.


Congratulations to our high school girls basketball team who defeated Alpha Charter last Friday. Our boys came up short, but fought hard.


Thanks to John Corrigan, and Mary and Joe Quinn for attending the workday this past Saturday. We spread new bark in the playground and added gravel to the front driveway, filling in holes caused by the recent wet weather.


Our 7/8 girls basketball team fought back after a difficult first half, but ultimately came up short against St. Eugene’s last Saturday. Kudos to them for not giving  up and fighting to the end.


A big thank you to Yul & Maria Vieyra, Sophia Castañeda, Sonia Campos-Balderas, Maria Cuevas, and others who spent a better part of their weekend painting the chapel hallway and beginning to refurbish and update the TK-6 girls bathroom. Your help and dedication to the school are very much appreciated.


Mr. Duncan, Mrs. Cuevas, Walt Birdsall, Eric Muth, Tom Huss, Mary Quinn, Everett Buyarksi, Mr. Silvgani, and myself spent time at both St. Apollinaris and St. Thomas Aquinas parishes this past Saturdayand Sunday to provide information about our school and invite interested parents to our upcoming open house on Sat. Feb. 3rd. Thank you to all who those who took time out of their weekend to assist with this recruitment effort.


Upcoming School Events!


Jan. 24 – Bishop Vasa Visit – 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.


His Excellency, Robert Vasa, Bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, will be spending the week of Jan. 22 – Jan. 26 visiting the Catholic schools around the diocese in anticipation of Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 29 – Feb. 2. We will  be honored to his host His Excellency on Thursday, Jan. 25th from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. The bishop will join us for morning prayer, followed by a presentation in the hall by our students. Please join us in welcoming our bishop.


Jan. 25 - Fr. Gary Sumpter – Fathers of the Church – Lecture #5 – 7:30 P.M.


The 5th session of a 10-part series on the Fathers of the Church will be 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 at 7:30pm in the hall. There is no charge for this event, but donations will be gratefully accepted.


Catholic Schools Week – Jan. 28 – Feb. 3

Catholic Schools Week @ Kolbe-Trinity kicks off next week. A full schedule of special events will be sent out later this week.


Jan 28 (SU) – Joe Scheidler (Pro-Life Activist) Talk @ 7:00 P.M. (Flyer Attached)


The great pro-life hero, Joe Scheidler, is coming to Napa Valley to speak on Sunday, Jan. 28, 7pm. You are invited to join us for a powerful & inspiring talk by this man who has been called the "Godfather of Pro-Life Activism". 


The founder of Pro-Life Action League in Chicago in 1980, Scheidler has been on the front lines of fighting abortion, saving babies and helping mothers for 40 years. He won a landmark case at the Supreme Court against NOW, and has inspired countless young pro-life leaders everywhere to courageously stand up for the sanctity of life. Come be inspired! No charge. Donations gratefully accepted.


Flyer is attached. Please help spread the word on Scheidler's visit. Tell all your pro-life friends!


Upcoming Community Events!


Jan. 27 (SA) – 14th Annual West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco – 12:30 P.M. @ Civic Center


The 14th annual West Coast “Walk for Life” will take place this Saturday in San Francisco @ the Civic Center beginning at 12:30 P.M. Thousands will march down Market St. in silent witness against legalized abortion and our Kolbe-Trinity Pro-Life Club, led by Dan Arend, will be in attendance! St. Apollinaris Church is providing bus service for $20 for adults and $10 children 12 and under. Bus is departing at 9:30 (after the 8:45 am Mass) and returning at 5:30pm. To sign up call Deacon Peter at 707-815-7397. Please take time, if possible, to sacrifice your Saturday for this noble cause. For more information please visit: http://www.walkforlifewc.com and see the attached flyer.


News and Updates


We Need Your Wine Donations!


Thank you to those who have already generously donated. We need only 35 more bottles of wine for our instant wine cellar raffle (value of $20 and up) for our upcoming Casino Night Fundraiser on Saturday, April 21st. Please be generous as this is our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year and we need it to be a success. And to provide an extra incentive, you will receive a raffle ticket for every bottle donated for a one-night stay at the Indian Springs Resort and Spa in Calistoga. The more you donate, the better chance you have to win! IMPORTARNT CLARIFICATION -  Unfortunately, last week’s information in the Tuesday Memo was inaccurate. The prize is NOT a one-night stay at the Indian Resort Springs Resort and Spa in Calistoga, but it is a $100 gift card towards a stay or spa treatment at the resort…..still a pretty good incentive. My apologies for the misleading information.

Prayer Requests

Thank you for your prayers for Steve Perry. He is home from the hospital and would love to receive visitors during his recovery. Please call first – (707)-649-0475.

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