Principal's Weekly Update

January 20th, 2020


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Week of January 20th

Monday, January 20th - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Boys Soccer game @ San Juan Diego CHS - 7:00 pm @ Town and Country Soccer Fields - SJDCHS, 13455 Briarwick Dr, Austin, TX 78729 #23

Tuesday, January 21st

  • Tuesday class schedule
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: PWP
  • March for Life in DC: students depart Tuesday evening and return Sunday Night

Wednesday, January 22nd

  • Wednesday class schedule with Mass 9:35-10-35
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: Mass uniform
  • Prayer Service: Mass with Fr. Sang from CTK
  • Winter Sports Pictures - Gym at 4:00 pm

Thursday, January 23rd

  • Thursday class schedule
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: Holy Rosary
  • Boys Soccer vs Concordia HS @ HT at 7:00 pm

Friday, January 24th

  • Monday class schedule
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: spirit wear
  • Prayer Service: Adoration
  • G/B Basketball HT @ San Juan Diego Catholic High School - Girls 6:00pm, Boys 7:30pm - SJDCHS, 2512 S. 1st. Street, Austin, 78704

Saturday, January 25th

  • Boys Soccer HT @ Veritas - at 1:00 pm - 14451 Sawyer Rand Rd, Austin, TX 78737


  • Wear your Mass uniforms to church to represent Catholic schools to all those in your parish community
  • Pro-Life Trip to DC participants return Sunday Evening.


  • To kick-off Catholic Schools week, we will have Sweet Monday during lunch and a spirit day for our students.
  • Monday class schedule
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: spirit wear for Catholic Schools Week
  • Prayer Service: Faculty Reflection
  • Girls Soccer game vs. San Juan Diego CHS @ HT - game at 5:30pm - Home game.


HONOR ROLL 1st Semester

Congratulations to the following students for placing in the 2019-2020 1st Semester Honor Roll!

BISHOP’S HONOR ROLL: Students who have all A's and at least a 95 or higher in each class

9 Camila Reano

PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL: Students who have all A's on their report card

9 Natalie Libreros

10 Nicholas Bennett

10 Dani Brown

10 Bryce Eichelkraut

11 Benjamin Boor

11 Rachel Heifrin

12 Margaret Linz

12 Reagan Smith

12 Dominique Weisbruch

ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL: - Students who have all A's and B's on their report card

9 Alondra Arredondo

9 Blue Brumbalow

9 Aryana Danielle Curtis

9 Stephan Galvez

9 Katie Jolly

9 Theresa Lindberg

9 Diego Milne

9 Bruce Reed

10 Nikelis Estrada

10 Sophia Howell Dancer

10 Jaewon Jang

10 Andrew Lindberg

10 Grace Morrison

10 Anh Nguyen

10 Nathan Orf

10 Lorien Richesin

10 Patrick Weisbruch

11 Shelby Freehill

11 Patrick McKenna

11 Chrysanthe Nikolaidis

11 Volodymyr Ploskanych

11 Abby Rockwood

11 Caeleigh Salazar

11 Carisa Torralva

11 Ashley Turck

12 Annie Boone

12 Ashley Olivos

12 Andrew Stevenson



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We form the character of each student by giving witness to Gospel values


Each week we have several different prayer services: Faculty Sharing on Mondays, Praise and Worship band on Tuesdays, Mass on Wednesdays (unless we're at St. Mary's for the first Thursday each month), Holy Rosary on Thursdays, and Adoration on Fridays. Here are some pictures from this past week of prayer at Holy Trinity.

MONDAY - Faculty Sharing and reflection on the Gospel with Ms. Snyder

TUESDAY - Praise and Worship Band followed by prayer intentions from students

WEDNESDAY - Mass - this week with Fr. Francisco from Our Lady of Guadalupe

Thank you Father Francisco for coming to HT to celebrate Mass with us!

THURSDAY - Holy Rosary led by HT Students

FRIDAY - Adoration of the Holy Eucharist


We strive to develop the intellect..

Mrs. Johnston's Pre Calculus class wore bow ties to remind them to always use bow tie triangles (angles to x-axis).

Mrs. Kelley's Freshman Biology class is hard at work

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We seek to form the Christian Leaders of tomorrow

Friday lunch is still our favorite - Student Council organizes and sells Pizza! All proceeds go to help fund our Prom which will be held on May 9th this year.

And it's always nice to get a little something extra from the snack bar which Mr. Pete keeps well stocked with all sorts of treats



Junior Faithann Go was presented with the Forensics Degree of Premier distinction.

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Congratulations Faithann! This is a remarkable achievement! The award was presented by past recipients of the award, Samuel Mosmeyer and Alyssa Snyder.


Forensics competed at the El Campo tournament on Friday and Saturday.

The Celtics Forensics Team placed second out of 24 schools at the El Campo HS Invitational this past weekend. The team earned 38 individual and team awards.

Placing for the Celtics were...

Anh Nguyen, first, Mathematics

Anh Nguyen, Haram Yoon, and Ben Boor, first place team, Mathematics

Samuel Mosmeyer, first, Soapbox Speaking

Cate Barkis, first, Dramatic Interpretation

Samuel Mosmeyer, second, Extemporaneous Speaking

Dina Nikolaidis, second, LD Debate

Chrysanthe Nikolaidis, second, Dramatic Interpretation

Faithann Go, second, Oratory

Faithann Go, second, Soapbox Speaking

Nathaniel Enriquez, second, Storytelling

Haram Yoon, third, Mathematics

Wesley, Linda, Faithann, Dina, and Chrysanthe, third, Readers' Theater

Linda Enriquez and Chrysanthe Nikolaidis, third, Duet Acting

Cate Barkis, third, Auditioning

Cate Barkis, third, Bible Reading

Linda Enriquez, third, Humorous Interpretation

Dina Nikolaidis, third, Program of Oral Interpretation

Faithann Go, third, Extemporaneous Speaking

Dani, Nathan, Cate and Ann Marie, fourth, Readers' Theater

Cate Barkis and Faithann Go, fourth, Duet Acting

Hailey Lovelace, fourth, Auditioning

Dina Nikolaidis, fourth, Current Events

Chrysanthe Nikolaidis, fourth, Humorous Interpretation

Benjamin Boor, fifth, Number Sense

Wesley Dent, Dani Brown, Hailey Lovelace, fifth, Group Improv

Wesley Dent, fifth, Storytelling

Jaewon Jang, fifth, Social Studies

Nathaniel Enriquez and Wesley Dent, fifth, Duet Acting

Hailey Lovelace, fifth, Bible Reading

Samuel Mosmeyer, fifth, Humorous Interpretation

Ann Marie Boone, fifth, Novice Poetry

Dina Nikolaidis, fifth, Extemporaneous Speaking

Nathaniel Enriquez, fifth, Oratory

Samuel Mosmeyer, fifth, Impromptu Speaking

Faithann Go, quarterfinalist (fifth place), LD Debate

Cate Barkis, sixth, Humorous Interpretation

Nathaniel, Linda, Cate, and Chrysanthe, sixth, Group Improv

Nathaniel Enriquez, sixth, Auditioning

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Girls first home soccer game since 2013!

HT students came out to support the Lady Celtics!

Way to go Lady Celtics! You play like a team from the very first game!

The Lady Celtics took that team-spirit up to Reicher two days later and played to win - 1-4! So proud of our new soccer team!

And thanks Coach Mell for your inexhaustible energy and exemplary spirit! Your team is so grateful to have you!

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And let's not forget our boys soccer team.. they won their game against Austin Hill Country 1-3. Way to go Celtic boys!


And we all know we couldn't do it without our volunteers and supporters...

Erik Estrada, father of Nikelis Estrada (Class of 2022) volunteered to handle the gate this week at home soccer games. Thank you Mr. Estrada!
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... or without our generous donors!

Thank you to Toni Lieberman McCarty for our awesome new concessions cabinet! We love it and we so appreciate you!


Letterman Jackets

Hi Celtics and Celtic Parents -We will be handing out letter jacket packets early next week and Triple A will be here to size you and take orders on Tuesday Jan 28th from 5-8 pm in the hallway leading to the gym . Your Athletic Director or Fine Arts Director will let you know if you lettered one and /or have any awards which will help you decide if you need to purchase patches as well. As soon as we get the packets we will start to distribute the packets to the students getting letter jackets .Please remember to fill out packets and bring them with you on order day. Parents with questions can call the Triple A office, their contacts are below. We also will have 2 basketball games that night and will have hamburger and hot dog meal deals and concessions to sell. We look forward to have you come support these two great teams .

If there are those of you with jackets already that want to order more patches you can do that:

a. Online at

b. Call 512-863-6559

c. In person on sizing day if you are paying that day. Also, ,you will not need a packet, you can just print an order form from their website(address above) or fill one out that night ( Triple A will have extras).



Coach Koch



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CELTIC GALA - 2020 - LIGHT OF THE WORLD Saturday, February 1st, 6pm

Hello HT Families,

We are a few short weeks from our Celtic Gala 2020. The Celtic Gala is our most important fundraiser of the year. It helps us fund our Tuition Assistance program, which allows so many of our students to attend Holy Trinity. We encourage everyone to consider joining us for this special event and show your support for our school.

Please consider attending our Gala. You may purchase your tickets directly at the office, or you may purchase your Gala tickets online by clicking on the following link (if you cannot attend, please consider clicking on the link below to make a donation to our Gala - your support in turn supports our students!):

Main Event Ticket Page -

A few other reminders--

1) HT Families (Killian, Columba, Finnian, and Aidan) all put together baskets for the silent auction. Family sponsors will be coordinating that with your student. We usually ask for students to bring items that pertain to their family basket, or a monetary donation.

The family baskets are as follows:

Columba--Movie Basket

Killian--Valentine's Basket

Aidan-- Rainy Day Basket

Finnian-- Handyman Basket

2) HT Classes (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior) also pitch in to make bigger class baskets that are auctioned off as a live auction item. You may donate a monetary amount ($20 is recommended) or you may bring items that pertain to your class basket.

The class baskets are as follows:

Freshman--St. Rose Gardener's Basket. Here is the link to sign up for items with google sheets.

Sophomore--St. Drogo of Sebourg Coffee Lover's Basket. Here is the link to sign up for items with google sheets.

Junior--St. Clare Entertainment Basket. Here is the link to sign up for items with google sheets.

Senior--St. Lawrence of Rome Cook's Basket. Here is the link to sign up for items with google sheets.

Everyone should be able to sign up, but if you cannot, you might have to request permission to sign up. You may also just bring items up to the school office. All items for Class baskets and Family Baskets must be turned in by Friday January 24th to allow us time to put it all together.

Thank you, thank you for helping with these items for our school gala!

Jordanna Richesin

HTCHS Advancement


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 either attending our gala and/or 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:



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Congratulations to Dominique Weisbruch!

She has been accepted to the Gregorian Fellows Leadership Program and the Honors Program at Benedictine College in Kansas..

Congratulations to Dina Nikolaidis!

Southwestern University has offered her the following scholarship: Mood Scholar Award - $13,500 per semester, $27,000 per year, $108,000 for four years.

In addition, Belmont University offered her a General Academic Merit Scholarship of $10,000 per year and $40,000 for four years.



New Library Hours for Spring 2020

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New Baby in the Celtic Family!

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Newman on the birth of her first grand baby, Kinsly Grace!


Summer Programs at Holy Trinity

Students and Parents,

The Summer Programs page of Holy Trinity's website has been updated, and if you are interested in applying to any summer programs, please go to and check out the programs being offered. Deadlines are coming up soon for some of the programs, so make sure you get your application submitted by the deadline.

If you have any questions about the summer programs, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Cheryl Sanders, Counselor



Support our sister school, St. Mary's Catholic School

St Mary’s Catholic School in Temple

Is kicking off 2020 Catholic Schools Week

With a Brunch and Learn Expo.

On Sunday, January 26th from 10 am to 1 pm,

Prospective parents and students

Can meet the faculty and staff, enjoy a delicious brunch,

As well as take a Grand Tour of the School itself.

For more information contact Renee


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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.



Student volunteers needed for the OLAMS 17th Annual Banquet - Friday, Jan. 24th

Our Lady of the Angels Maternity Shelter is hosting their 17th Annual Benefit Banquet on Friday, January 24th, 2020, at the Frank Mayborn Civic and Convention Center. They are seeking student volunteers to assisting with hosting the evening.

Students will wear black pants and a white shirt and need to arrive by 5:30 pm to begin assisting with setting up tables and help with serving the meals to the attendees, as well as assisting people in finding their tables.

Students will be fed dinner and will receive service hours. This is a great ministry and a great way to say thank you to OLAMS for all the support they've given our school. Please consider volunteering if you are able.

To volunteer, contact Mrs. Brogan and she will put you in touch with the OLAMs cooridinator.


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:


See you soon, Class of 2024!

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Future Celtic Christian Demapan (SMCS - 8th grade), helps the Pre-K students bless themselves.