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February 6th, 2018 - Tuesday Memo


Feb 6 – HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ John Adams – 5:30/7:00 P.M.

Feb. 7 – Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (Byzantine Catholic Mass) – 7:55 – 9:30 A.M.

Feb 8 – Hot Lunch – Pizza – $5 (Benefits 1/2 Class)

Feb 9 – HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ Alpha Charter – 5:30/7:00

Feb. 13 – HS Girls & Boys Basketball Home Game vs. Leroy Greene (Senior Night) – 6:00/7:30 P.M.

Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday Mass – 7:55 – 9:00 A.M.

Feb. 16 – FULL DAY OF SCHOOL – Stations of the Cross -2:35 P.M.

Feb. 19 – President’s Day (NO SCHOOL)


Feb 6, 2018

Sts. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

St. Titus, Bishop, Confessor (Old Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


Its’s hard to believe we’re in February with this unseasonably warm weather, but I’m certainly not complaining! Catholic Schools Week was a smashing success capped off by a very successful open house. Read all about it next!


Week in Review (Jan. 28- Feb. 3)


Catholic Schools Week kicked off on Sunday, Jan. 28th with a rare Sunday evening event featuring 90-year old pro-life warrior, Joe Scheidler, speaking to a crowd of almost 40 people. Mr. Scheidler is one of the giants of the pro-life movement and it was truly an honor to host him at Kolbe-Trinity to begin Catholic Schools Week. Thank you to former board member, and longtime supporter of Kolbe-Trinity, Tony Ryan, for setting up this event.


Monday, Jan. 29th was parent appreciation day complete with coffee and donut holes for our parents at drop-off. Thank you, parents, for all of the sacrifices and hard work you put into your child(ren)’s education. We can’t do it without your generous support.


On Tuesday, Jan. 30thFr. Christopher LaRocca, most recently in Uganda, and now residing at the Carmelite Monastery in Oakville, paid us a visit. The whole school attended his enthusiastic lecture. After a Carmelite history refresher from Elijah (800 BC) to Archbishop Albert of Jerusalem who wrote the Carmelite Rule (1200 AD), he spoke about the scapular created in 1251. Then he proudly mentioned the most famous Carmelite Saints and Doctors of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila. John of the Cross, and St. Therese de Lisieux. Lastly, he made sure to set history straight: It was the Carmelites, “way before the Franciscans”, that first set foot on the Pacific Coast, in 1602. Father Christopher ended his presentation by inviting Kolbe Trinity to be a bridge with the youth of Uganda. “My vocation is love” were his last words as he promised handmade scapulars to everyone. 


Wednesday, Jan. 31st, the feast of St. John Bosco, featured an all-school capture-the-flag game at the end of the school day which ended in a draw. The students are already clamoring for another game and we’ll do our best to accommodate it. Students also received personalized St. John Bosco holy cards for the feast. St. John Bosco, pray for us!


Thursday, Feb. 1st was student appreciation day. Students in grades 1-6 received a certificate rewarding them with no homework due the following day while grades 7-12 enjoyed a home-cooked lunch of chicken, rice, and green beans cooked by yours truly. Our students are the most important part of our school and we are truly honored to serve them.


Friday, Feb. 2nd was the Feast of the Presentation. The day began with a candle-lit procession into the chapel followed by a sung Mass and the blessing of throats for the feast of St. Blaise on Feb. 3rd. It was a truly beautiful and moving liturgy.


Saturday, Feb. 3rd featured our annual open house which was an overwhelming success. Ten prospective families and their children from multiple Catholic schools in the Napa Valley and Fairfield area. A very special thank you to freshman Anita Rono for volunteering spontaneously to serve as a student representative for our open house.


Upcoming School Events!


Feb. 7 – Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (Byzantine Catholic Mass) – 7:55 – 9:30 A.M.


Kolbe Academy graduate (Class of 1986) and Byzantine Rite priest, Fr. Christopher Crotty, will be celebrating the ancient Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 7that the usual time of 7:55. If you have never experienced this beautiful Catholic liturgy which is almost entirely sung, please make time to attend.


Upcoming Community Events


Star-Gazing with Prof. John Charlesworth – Friday, Feb. 9th Skyline Park – 8:00 P.M.– FINAL CHANCE!


Prof. John Charlesworth is retiring in May and this is your final opportunity to take part in the last star-gazing party ever! Unlike the Rolling Stones who have been on their final tour for decades, Prof. Charlesworth is really going to be done after this one. Don’t miss it! 


News and Updates


Update on Allyana Letts and Joan Andrego – Meal Train


Thank you for your prayers for Allyana Letts and her great-grandmother and longtime supporter of the school, Joan Andrego, who were involved in a car accident on Sunday. Ally suffered head trauma, bleeding, and a concussion, while Joan managed to come out with only minor injuries. Brigitte Wilson has generously coordinated a meal train for them for the next two weeks beginningtomorrowPlease consider bringing them a meal. Visit the following link to sign up: https://takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=SZWF0672


Childcare Needed for the Fidler Family on Tuesdays


The Fidlers are in urgent need of childcare on Tuesdays beginning next week. Please contact Laura Fidler @ lfidler@kolbetrinity.org if you can help.


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 $100 gift card towards a stay or spa treatment at the resort at the Indian Springs Resort and Spa in Calistoga. The more you donate, the better chance you have to win!

Prayer Requests

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