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January 15th - Tuesday Memo


Jan 15 – Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Informational Meeting for TK Parents – 3:00 P.M. – HS Girls/Boys Home Basketball vs. Alpha Charter @ Crosswalk – 6:00/7:30 P.M. - Parents’ Guild Meeting 7:00 P.M. – Bottle Rock Parking Fundraiser Meeting – 7:30 P.M.

Jan. 16 – Hot Lunch – Chicken Tenders - $5

Jan. 18 –Progress Reports Mailed Home -HS Boys Only Home Basketball Game vs. Freedom Christian @ Crosswalk– 6:30 P.M.

Jan. 19 (SA) – Saturday Workday – 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.; 7-8 Boys Basketball vs. St. Eugene’s @ Grace Church Gym – 9:00 A.M. – 3765 Solano in Napa

Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Day (No School/ Office Closed)

Jan. 22 – Mark Brumley Presents on the Gospel of Mark – Part I – 7:00 P.M,

Jan. 23 – Hot Lunch – Pizza – $5

Jan. 26 (SA) – Open House for Prospective Families – 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Jan 15, 2019

Tuesday in the First Week of Ordinary Time

St. Paul, Hermit & Confessor (Traditional Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


It was edifying to see such a strong turnout from the Kolbe-Trinity community for Chuck Rowles’ rosary and funeral last week. I know the Rowles, Alba, and entire extended Muth family deeply appreciated your prayers and support during a very difficult time. May Chuck rest in peace and may God grant continued consolation to his family.


As many of you are already aware, His Excellency Bishop Robert Vasa, released a list of names containing 39 priests who had served within the Diocese of Santa Rosa who were either credibly accused and/or convicted of sexual abuse crimes dating back till the early 1960s. To my knowledge, only one priest on this list had any past connection with Kolbe Academy, Trinity Grammar and Prep, or Kolbe-Trinity. Fr. Tom Parker, who served as a priest at St. Apollinaris Parish in the late 1980’s, did visit the old campus of Kolbe Academy at 1600 F. St. during the late 1980’s to speak/and or instruct students on a couple of occasions, always accompanied by administrative staff or teachers in a group setting. To my knowledge, there have not been any allegations regarding any incidences taking place involving abuse of minors by priests on either the campus at 1600 F. St. or 2055 Redwood Rd. Nevertheless, if you are aware of anything that I should be aware of in the past 38 years, I would very much like to be informed of it privately. Please call or e-mail me to schedule a meeting.


Since we are roughly midway through the second trimester, we will be mailing progress reports home this Friday. Remember that a progress report, while informative, can often be misleading by giving too dire or too rosy of a picture. Please contact the appropriate teacher if you have any questions regarding your child(ren)’s progress report.


Upcoming School Events


Jan 15 – HS Girls/Boys Home Basketball vs. Alpha Charter @ Crosswalk – 6:00/7:30 P.M. - Parents Guild Meeting 7:00 P.M. – Bottle Rock Parking Fundraiser Meeting – 7:30 P.M.


Our monthly parents’ guild meeting will take place at 7:00 P.M. tonight followed by a very important BottleRock Parking Fundraiser Meeting at 7:30 P.M. After discovering that the former St. Helena Catholic School hall/gym is now being leased by the City of St. Helena, we turned our attention away from a crab feed fundraiser toward concentrating our energy towards renting out our parking lot for RVs during Bottle Rock from Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 27th. I am very happy to announce that one of our parents, Jenny Alba, is spearheading this potentially very lucrative fundraiser and needs help from our school community to handle different responsibilities. This also means that Friday, May 24th will now be a day off of school leading into the Memorial Day weekend.


Jan. 16 – Hot Lunch – Home-Made Chicken Tenders - $5


Thanks to the Ana Montiel and Natividad Zetina, we will have a hot lunch consisting of home-made chicken tenders, salad, jello and a drink. Pre-ordering and pre-paying is highly encouraged, but not mandatory.


Jan. 19 (SA) – Saturday Workday – 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Our maintenance supervisor, Sean Warner, will be here this Saturday, January 19th from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. to oversee any and all (mostly indoor) projects. Given next Saturday’s open house, we are hoping to have our campus looking as good as possible. We have three very important tasks listed below: If you can assist with any of these tasks, please contact Sean Warner maintenance@kolbetrinity.org.



1)   Paint Cry Room

2)   Change Oil/Filter and Air Filter in School Van

3)   Begin Installing Security Cameras


Jan. 22 – Mark Brumley Presents on the Gospel of Mark – Part I – 7:00 P.M,


From Mark Brumley, President of Ignatius Press…


In response to requests, I am launching a series of presentations on the Gospel of St. Mark leading up to the beginning of Lent.  The Gospel of St. Mark is an often misunderstood Gospel. I hope to make it better understood.


The format for the presentations is as follows. First, a half-hour or so overview of the week’s material based on a close reading of the text and expositional teaching. Second, a relatively freewheeling discussion of the reading and the presentation. The presentations will run from 7 PM-8 PM.


This is really an introductory course—a getting acquainted with the main themes of St. Mark’s Gospel.


Here is an outline of the course:


Jan 22    Getting Started with the Gospel of St. Mark: Introduction and the Prologue (Mk 1:1-15)

Jan 29    The Public Ministry of Jesus begins (Mk 1:16-6:56)

Feb 5     The Public Ministry of Jesus heads toward its climax (Mk 7:1-8:31)
Feb 12   The Passion of the Christ, Part 1: The Suffering Messiah and the beginning of Passion Week (Mk 8:31-13:37)

Feb 19   The Passion of the Christ, Part 2: The Last Supper, the Trials, and the Crucifixion of Jesus (Mk 13:37-15:47)
Feb 25   The Resurrection of Jesus and the Easter Narratives (Mk 16:1-20)


The sessions will be held at Kolbe Academy-Trinity Prep2055 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 94558.

People are free to use whatever translation of the Bible they like, but I will be using the Revised Standard Version Second Catholic Edition. I will occasionally refer to the New American Bible translation as well. I will also refer to the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible booklet on the Gospel of Mark, which features the biblical text, as well as commentary and notes by Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch. It’s available from Ignatius Press here

In addition to the great commentary and notes, this booklet features a wide margin for note-taking.

Cost: There is no charge but a free-will offering will be encouraged to help support Kolbe Academy-Trinity Prep.


Please attend and forward this email to others you think would be interested in attending.


I hope to explore the Gospel of St Mark with you.



Meal Train for the Decicco Family

Congratulations to the Decicco family who welcomed Patterson Rosario Decicco over the Christmas break. Mom and baby are doing well, butmeals would be greatly appreciated starting next week. Please visit the following website to sign up. https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/q3r4884


Upcoming Community Events


Jan. 25 – St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Dinner-Fundraiser


The Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Dinner & Fundraiser will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 6:00 – 9:30pm. Dinner will include an entrée, salad, vegetables, coffee, and dessert. Tickets are $20.00 per person. Tickets will be sold after all Saturday evening Masses and Sunday Masses beginning at the end of December. A silent auction & raffle will also be held at the event. Don’t wait- buy NOW before tickets run out. For more information, contact Bob Quinn at 259-4800 or Ken Dumars at 255-4916. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Prayer Requests

Please remember to pray for the health of Nancy Maxson, grandmother of many Kolbe-Trinity graduates.


Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,


John Bertolini

Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep