Weekly Update

Monday, December 16th, 2019


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Throughout Advent, we are filled with excitement in anticipation of the great event–the perfect child we know will be born.

In this season, we are reminded to wait patiently and to ready our hearts to encounter and receive Christ: “See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

In James’s words, we hear the gentle admonishment of a loving parent, reminding the child to wait calmly, to be patient. We are promised that the fruit will be precious and the wait will be worth it.

On this third Sunday of Advent, “Gaudete Sunday,” we as a Church rejoice and focus our attention on the intense joy that we feel as we draw ever nearer to Christ’s birth. Like fidgety children, we, too, have become almost restless in our waiting. We will celebrate Jesus’s birth in little more than a week, and today, we cannot help but give in to the anticipation and excitement that we have been cultivating since the start of Advent.

Today, we can widen our smiles, throw our heads back with laughter, and exclaim our joy to everyone we meet. As we join together, our hope and especially our joy rise to a fever pitch. We are not individuals, but one body, wholly focused on the joy that will burst forth when we encounter the child who was born to save the world. The best is yet to come, and it is coming soon.

With the rapid approach of Christmas, we are being pushed and pulled in a number of directions. This Sunday, may we unite as one body to share our joy for the approaching arrival of Christ. May we allow the excitement that is coursing through our bodies to spread through a warm greeting or a tender moment spent with God in prayer. May we remember to cultivate cheer and joy not just in our homes, but in our hearts, as we know that Christ is coming to meet us soon.

~ copied from ACE Advent Reflections - 3rdd Week of Advent newsletter

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Week of December 16th

Below is the schedule for Midterm week. Please note that Monday is a Friday schedule and will be a Midterm Review Day. Tuesday through Friday will be half-days dismissing at noon. There will be no lunch period Tuesday-Friday.

Please also note these additional details:

Students must wear their regular uniform for all finals.

* If a student does not have an exam during a noted period, they may leave early or arrive late.

* There will be NO mini-bus during Midterm Exams (December 17-20)

* 10:00a.m.-10: 25 a.m. during Midterm Exam days will consist of break/study time in the student center.

Monday, December 16 (full day) - Sweet Monday

· Friday Bell Schedule

· Christmas Sweater Day OR Spirit wear

Tuesday, December 17 (noon dismissal)

· 8:15 a.m. Morning Prayer

· 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Second Period Midterm Exam

· 10:30 a.m. to Noon - Sixth Period Midterm Exam

*Bus will leave Holy Trinity at 12:15pm

*All Students should be picked up by 1pm

  • Interact Snack Sales - 10am - in the KC - bring cash

Wednesday, December 18 (noon dismissal)

· 8:15 a.m. Morning Prayer

· 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. - First Period Midterm Exam

· 10:30 a.m. to Noon - Fifth Period Midterm Exam

*Bus will leave Holy Trinity at 12:15pm

*All Students should be picked up by 1pm

  • Interact Snack Sales - 10am - in the KC - bring cash for snacks

  • Thursday, December 19 (noon dismissal)

    · 8:15 a.m. Morning Prayer

    · 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Fourth Period Midterm Exam

    · 10:30 a.m. to Noon - Eighth Period Midterm Exam

    *Bus will leave Holy Trinity at 12:15pm

    *All Students should be picked up by 1pm

    • Mu Alpha Theta ADDvent Snack sales - 10 am in the KC (must have solved Addvent math riddles to receive snacks)
    • Staff Christmas luncheon - 1pm
    • Bella Sona Christmas Concert in the Fr. Charles Davis Chapel - 4pm - All are welcome!

    Friday, December 20 (noon dismissal)

    · 8:15 a.m. Morning Prayer

    · 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Third Period Midterm Exam

    · 10:30 a.m. to Noon - Seventh Period Midterm Exam

    *Bus will leave Holy Trinity at 12:15pm

    *All Students should be picked up by 1pm

    • Basketball game: @ CTCS - Girls 3 pm; Boys 5 pm
    • Christmas Break begins - 12/20/2019 - 01/07/2020

    Monday, January 6th - No school - Staff Work Day

    Tuesday, January 7th - Start of Second Semester and Third Quarter

    • Tuesday bell schedule
    • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
    • Uniform: regular uniform
    • Prayer Service: PWP
    • Basketball game @ HT vs. San Juan Diego CHS. Girls 6pm, Boys 7:30pm



    Advent Retreat 2019

    Our annual Advent Retreat was held on Friday, Dec. 13th at Cedarbrake Retreat Center in Belton. Thanks to all our parent volunteers, our faculty and staff, our guest priests, our guest musician, and especially thanks to all our students for making this year's retreat such a success. It was a really special time for our school community.

    Thank you especially to Ms. Snyder for her amazing planning and leadership of the retreat, and to Mrs. Rockwood for helping make sure all the behind the scenes needs were met.

    Students line up early to get registered by Mrs. Oman and Mrs. Newman.

    Games in the first part of the retreat brought everyone together.

    Fr. Chris Downey from St. Joseph Killeen spoke from the heart to all our students. Then he and Fr. John from St. Luke's and Fr. Kurtis from St. Mary's listened to student confessions. Thank you to all our priests for your continued support of our students and school.

    Craft time!

    Catholic folk-rock musician Jeremy Rodriguez lead us in an incredibly uplifting 'concert' during which students sang their hearts out in praise of God. He followed this by leading us musically in a beautiful and very moving Eucharistic Adoration. Thank you Jeremy!

    And thanks to our volunteers and to all our staff for helping make our 2019 Advent Retreat so meaningful.

    And a final thanks...

    Among many not pictured, but who were so helpful: Joe Ickelkraut who stepped away just as the picture was taken; Virignia Mungia at the office who helped obtain the last permission slips; Pete Mungia and Melinda Weeks for making sure we made it to and from the retreat safely and on time; Pam Oman who made sure students could arrive early and be let in.. and so many others. Thank you!!



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    The Holy Trinity Forensics Team took first out of 12 schools at the Salado Speech and Debate tournament this past Saturday.

    Holy Trinity was first with 102 points. China Spring High School came in second with 84 points.

    Placing for the Celtics were

    Samuel Mosmeyer, 1st, Congress;

    Samuel Mosmeyer, 2nd, Persuasive Speaking;

    Reagan Smith, 2nd, Prose;

    Reagan Smith, 2nd, Poetry;

    Dustin Rink, 2nd, Novice LD Debate;

    Dustin Rink, 3rd, Novice Extemp;

    Abby Rockwood, 3rd, Informative Speaking;

    Jaewon Jang and Linda Enriquez, 4th, Novice CX Debate;

    Wesley Dent, 4th, Congress;

    Benjamin Boor, 4th, Informative Speaking

    Linda Enriqeuz, 5th, Poetry;

    Wesley Dent, 5th, Persuasive Speaking;

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    Mr. Robert Knoke leads the St. Mary's band with our two flutists joining in. Thank you Mr. Knoke for all your work on behalf of our two schools!

    NB: Be sure to come see our Bella Sona choir and musicians perform their annual Christmas Concert this Thursday at 4pm in our Father Charles Davis Chapel. All are welcome!



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    Congratulations to Jaclynn Lizama!

    She has been accepted to the University of Texas at Arlington.

    Congratulations to Ann Marie Boone!

    Houston Baptist University has offered her the President's Scholarship in the amount of $80,000 or $20,00 per academic year.

    Congratulations to Samuel Mosmeyer!

    He has been accepted to Stephen F. Austin State University and to Schreiner University.






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    The Annual Holy Trinity Gala is the most important fundraiser of the year. We invite you to consider being a part of the fun by joining our dynamic team of volunteers. Below are two areas we are in need of volunteers for:

    * Class Baskets: In past years, each class (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior) makes a "basket" for the Gala. It's approaching that time of year again and we are in need of parents for each grade level to help organize and oversee the creation of the class baskets.

    ***We auction all 4 class "baskets" at the Live Auction during the Gala.***

    The baskets do really well and are loved by all and are well bid on items at the Gala. They help us make meet our fundraising goal and are essential to the success of our Gala. Come be a part of a special group of families that helps make our Gala special.

    * Planning and Coordinating: We are putting together our planning and coordinating teams and would love to invite you to join the fun. There is everything from helping advertise our gala, to decorating, planning the dinner, planning games, helping with the Silent and/or Live Auctions. Everything you do helps our Gala, which helps our school.

    Helping with the Celtic Gala is a great way to support Holy Trinity and meet other families and work 'behind the scenes'. If you are interested in being on a Class Basket Team or on the Planning and Coordinating Team (or both!), please contact Mrs. Jordanna Richesin: jrichesin@holytrinitychs.org.


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    Please join us in celebrating our 2019 Catholic Schools Awards Nominees

    Preparations are underway for the 2019 Celebrating Catholic Schools Awards Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Hyatt Town Lake in Austin. This annual semi-formal dinner honors the “unsung” heroes at each of our 21 Catholic schools and raises much needed funds for Catholic school families who would otherwise be unable to afford a Catholic education for their child. Over $1 million has been returned to schools to increase accessibility to Catholic education for so many families. We are so appreciative of the generosity and look forward to this year's celebration.

    Holy Trinity Catholic High School is proud to announce that it has nominated Dr. Philip and Mrs. Donna Reilly as the 2019-2020 Catholic Education Service Award recipients. Philip and Donna are perfect examples of ones who serve our community with unfailing commitment and dedication to the mission of our school.

    Philip and Donna were a key part of a formative group of parents who worked with Father Charles Davis (Fr. Charlie) to help start Holy Trinity Catholic High School.The desire for a

    Catholic High School in Central Texas evolved from their Advent group in 1994, made up of St. Mary’s Catholic School families. They recall attending many of the early formation meetings where basically the “hat was passed” around to raise the very first dollars towards the dream of opening a Catholic high school in the Temple/Belton area. Since Holy Trinity opened in 1997, Philip and Donna have worked tirelessly to ensure that our school grew from that first class of 12 freshmen to the 110 students we are blessed with today. In that span of time, Philip and Donna’s 4 children, John, Austin, Sarah, and Rebecca all graduated from Holy Trinity. The Reillys are truly pillars of our school’s history and success. Please join us in celebrating these exceptional members of our Holy Trinity Catholic High School family.


    Are you or someone you know looking to add an additional 4 legged friend to your family?

    These are 9 week old Full German shepherd puppies. They are all available for re-homing. 1st set of shots have been given and they have been dewormed. For more information and a re-homing fee, please feel free to contact LaKisha Brown via email at: ttpb23@yahoo.com
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    SIGN UP FOR DCYC 2020!

    See Ms. Snyder to sign up for DCYC weekend Jan. 31st - Feb. 2nd, 2020. This year the conference is in Waco.


    All High School men are invited to the monthly Discernment Dinners at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Dinners are every 1st Thursday at 7pm. For more information call: 254-773-6779. Join Fr. Francisco for Food and Fellowship.

    Rotary Youth Club camp and Leadership Development Opportunity

    If you are interested in our Interact Club or in Temple Rotary, please consider participating in the RYLA (Rotaray Youth Leadership Award program. For more information, including brochures, contact Mrs. Christy Dunstan at cdunstan@holytrinitychs.org
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    Volunteers in the Community

    All families are encouraged to volunteer in their communities. Like our students who serve at school AND out in their community, Families can apply up to 10hrs of community service to their 20hr Family Service requirements. If you can wear an HT Spirit T-shirt to a community service event, we'd love a picture so we can share your wonderful community spirit!

    All families are asked to complete 20 service hours


    Ethics and Integrity Ministry (EIM)

    In an effort to protect our children, the Diocese of Austin mandates that all individuals who have contact with our children must be in compliance with the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Policy, which equips each of us with the tools and knowledge to protect our children from possible abuse and perpetrators. All parents MUST complete this process to volunteer at the school.

    Registration is required through the Diocese. In order to register for an EIM Workshop, you must first complete the volunteer application which is on their website. Once you have attended the workshop please submit a copy of the certificate to the school office. This workshop is for new parents and those who are in need of the refresher course.

    For more information, go to: https://austindiocese.org/eim


    See you soon, Class of 2024!

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