Principal's Weekly Newsletter


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Letter from the Principal

Dear Celtic Families and Friends,

We began last week with a reflection on the conversion of St. Paul. The image attached is David Crespi's rendition of this dramatic moment in the New Testament. It was painted in 1621, most likely in Milan where Crespi was from. You can see it down at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin . It's well worth the visit because their collection, while small enough to digest in a day, is full of extraordinary works of art.

St. Paul's conversion is a very powerful call to each of us to open our lives, our minds, our hearts, to CONVERSION - and not simply conversion from one faith to Catholicism, but within ourselves, a conversion ritual almost of discovering, or shining Christ's light on those areas of our lives that are in darkness.

We may be deep in darkness in certain aspects of our behavior or thought processes and in need of a thorough reconsideration - or we may go in and out of the light, even daily, as we strive to understand and live out the virtues such as this week's (the virtue of Humility).

How many times in a day or in a week, have each of us thought more about ourselves than about others - or considered a situation purely through our own filter, forgetting to consider a thought's or an event's, or even a phrase's impact on another? While dramatic moments of conversion, those famous 'come to Jesus' moments, can be life altering and epic, so too can micro moments in our day be moments of discreet re-calibration.

When we realize and understand that Christ is in everyone and in everything around us, we then have to accept that every action, thought, neglect, snicker, casual 'putting oneself first' moment, all these micro moments that might hurt another, warrant the same question from Christ "Why are you persecuting Me?".

Every conversion, whether lightning-strike worthy or simply under-the-radar fleeting instances - all of these conversions are like Paul's: they define who we are and bring us closer to Christ and to His body, which is made up of all our brothers and sisters.

Our Virtue of the Week is Humility, which is the state of being that St. Paul fell right into on that day and from which he gave of himself for the rest of his life.

~Mrs. Brogan

NB: I encourage you to look up other representations of the Conversion of St. Paul in Art - notably Caravaggio's version. Knowing and understanding these paintings will deepen your awe and appreciation of your own moments of personal conversion.


Schedule for the week. And Celebrating Catholic Schools Week.


Sunday, January 31st - Celebrate Catholic Schools Week Kick-off in Churches and Schools

Monday, February 1st - Celebrate Our Students - SWEET MONDAY

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Ansgar
  • School starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:45 pm
  • Monday schedule: 1st@8:15; 3rd@10:05; 5th@12:04; 7th@1:32; 9th@3:00
  • Uniform: Spirit Wear
  • Prayer Service: Faculty Reflection @ 9:41-10:01 in the KC
  • Lunch at 11:31-12:00 - Pre-Ordered Bush's or BYO
  • SWEET MONDAY treats at lunch for students
  • Girls/Boys V Soccer AWAY game @ Austin Veritas- 5pm - 8:30pm(*) (**)
  • Boys JV/V Basketball AWAY game @ CTCS - 5:30-8PM

Tuesday, February 2nd - Celebrate Our Families - Donuts handed out to parents at morning drop-off

  • Saint of the Day: Presentation of the Lord
  • School starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:45 pm
  • Thursday schedule: 1st@8:15; 3rd@10:05; 5th@12:04; 7th@1:32; 9th@3:00
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: 9:41-10:01: All Student in KC for Presentation & Prayer with Mr. Paul Erchinger, HTCHS' Board Chairman.
  • Prayer service streamed here:
  • Lunch at 12:03-12:32 - Pre-Ordered Panda or BYO
  • Girls V/Boys JV/V Basketball HOME GAME vs. Vanguard - Celtic Gym - 5pm-8:30PM (*) (**)

Wednesday, February 3rd - Celebrate our Priests

Thursday, February 4th - Celebrate our Community

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Joseph of Leonissa
  • Thursday schedule: 1st@8:15; 3rd@10:05; 5th@12:04; 7th@1:32; 9th@3:00
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: Spirit Wear
  • Prayer Service: 9:41-10:01: All Student Rosary in KC.
  • Lunch at 11:31-12:00 - Pre-ordered Big ChewChew's or BYO
  • Boys V Soccer AWAY GAME @ Waco Vanguard @ 6pm.
  • Prospective Parent Info night - virtual at 6pm:

Friday, February 5th - Celebrate our Teachers and Staff

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Agatha
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Friday schedule: 1st@8:15; 2nd@9:20; 3rd@10:06; 4th@10:52; 5th@12:10; 6th@12:56; 7th@1:42; 8th@2:28; 9th@3:16.
  • Uniform: Spirit wear
  • Prayer Service 9:01-9:16: All Student Adoration in gym. Adoration live-streamed here: pwd=by8vSEZpTXdEUElldDRtNU5kaDdpUT09)
  • Lunch at 11:36-12:04: Student Council Pizza ($1/slice) or BYO -
  • Girls V/Boys JV/V Basketball AWAY game @ Bishop Louis Reicher - 5pm

Saturday, February 6th - Conclusion of Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

(*) The HTCHS Athletic Covid-19 protocols can be accessed on our website under the Athletics tab.

(**) For the remainder of the Winter season, all tickets will be sold at the gate only. No online ticket purchasing for now. Please keep in touch with the Athletic dept. as game schedules are subject to last minute changes due to Covid.

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Below is a list of the different activities we have scheduled for this week to demonstrate our appreciation of all those involved in making Catholic education a possibility:

Sunday -- Catholic Schools Week Kickoff

Wear your uniform to church to represent Holy Trinity.

If you email Mrs. Enriquez a picture of yourself in uniform at church, you can fill out a service hour sheet from the front office and get two service hours.

Monday -- Celebrate Our Students

Sweet Monday during lunch

Uniform is Spirit Wear

Tuesday -- Celebrate Our Families

Free donuts for parents at drop off in the morning and guest speaker, Mr. Paul Erchinger, former HT Parent and current Chairman of our Board of Trustees.

Uniform is Regular Uniform

Wednesday -- Celebrate Our Priests

Students sign thank you cards for priests

We will present a thank you card to Fr. Sang after Mass and deliver cards to the other priests who celebrate mass for us.

Uniform is Mass Attire

Thursday -- Celebrate Our Community

On-Campus Community Service for all students

Uniform is Spirit Wear

Friday -- Celebrate Our Teachers and Staff

Catered luncheon for our teachers and staff provided by the school.

Please remember to reach out to your teachers and thank them for all the work they do (seen and unseen!)

Uniform is Spirit Wear

Without Catholic Schools, our world would look very different. Please join us this week as we celebrate all the good that they do!

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The virtue of Humility is aligned with the cardinal virtue of Temperance

DEFINITION OF HUMILITY (Also known as: Humbleness):

Awareness that all our gifts come from God and appreciation for the gifts of others


  • Taking time for prayer; particularly a prayer of gratitude
  • Allowing others to go ahead of you in line; taking the last place
  • Thinking of others before yourself
  • Shaking someone’s hand who did a good job
  • Smiling when someone else gets a good grade


  • Jesus, thank you for all the blessings you have given me.
  • You can go ahead of me.
  • Would you like this seat?
  • You did a really good job.
  • You are really good at that! Great job!

Listen to the "Virtue Minute"

Virtue of the Week - Humility
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2021 CELTIC GALA set for March 6th!

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We will be sending out information shortly about volunteering, class baskets, as well as details for sponsorships and donations. Our Gala this year will be a hybrid event, with guests choosing In-person or Virtual attendance. Details to follow, and as ever, thank you for your support!

Thank you for supporting Holy Trinity! We are Celtic Strong!



Last week at a glance ~ HT News and Info

Our first full week since the Christmas break.

This was a busy week with every student and teacher working full steam with their full schedules. Between classes we found time for Prayer Reflections and student led Rosary in the KC, soccer games, basketball games, athletic practices and study halls, Yearbook meetings, E-sports meetings, robotics, forensics, and so many micro-moments of excellence and family in the halls and classrooms. Below is a glimpse of our week.
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Fr. Richard O'Rourke came from St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights to celebrate Mass with our freshmen and sophomores.

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Fr. Chris Downey from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Killeen came to HT to celebrate Mass on Wednesday with our juniors and seniors.

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Future Celtic Kennedy Skye came to visit Holy Trinity with dad and mom for the first time. She loved our school and said she can't wait to be a freshman!

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Dress Code Review

Dress Code

The weekly dress code for ALL students is:

Mondays: Regular Uniform

Tuesdays: Mass Attire

Wednesdays: Mass Attire

Thursday: Regular Uniform

Friday: Spirit Wear

Regular uniform:

Boys: khaki pants, HT polo (navy or white), BELT, brown or black shoes (Sperry-type or dress, not athletic shoes). Navy, black or tan crew type socks only. No white socks. No patterned or ankle socks. Optional HT hoodie or HT sweater, cardigan, sweater vest, HT blazer or HT Letterman jacket. Optional white undershirt when it’s cold.

Girls: plaid HT skirt, HT polo (navy or white), blue, black or white KNEE HIGH socks, blue or black mary-jane shoes or Tom-type shoes. Optional HT hoodie or HT sweater, cardigan, sweater vest, HT blazer or HT Letterman jacket. Optional white undershirt when it’s cold. Optional navy or black leggings or tights when it’s cold. Leggings must be worn with HT socks.

Mass attire:

Boys: TIE, BELT, khaki pants, HT oxford shirts. Navy, black or tan crew type socks only. No white socks. No patterned or ankle socks. Optional HT sweater, sweatshirt, cardigan, sweater vest, HT blazer, or HT Letterman jacket may be worn in the Chapel. While HT hoodies are allowed in school on Mass days, they are NOT ALLOWED in the Chapel. We highly recommend students keep an HT sweater in their locker to wear to Mass or wear it outright all day. Only HT sweaters, cardigans, sweater vests, blazers, and lettermans are allowed in the chapel.

Girls: HT plaid skirt (MUST touch the ground when the student kneels), HT oxford shirt, blue, black or white KNEE HIGH socks, blue or black Mary-jane shoes or TOM-type shoes. Optional HT sweater, cardigan, sweater vest, HT blazer, or HT Letterman jacket may be worn in the Chapel. While HT hoodies are allowed during Mass days, they are NOT ALLOWED in the Chapel. We highly recommend students keep an HT sweater in their locker to wear to Mass or wear it outright all day. Only HT sweaters, cardigans, sweater vests, blazers, and lettermans are allowed in the chapel. Optional white undershirt when it’s cold. Optional navy or black leggings or tights when it’s cold. Leggings must be worn with HT socks.

Spirit Wear:

Blue or black jeans in good repair (no holes or tears, intentional or accidental). Any HT T-shirt. Optional HT hoodie or HT sweater, cardigan, sweater vest, HT blazer or HT Letterman. Optional HT beanie or HT hat (not baseball cap style).

For the complete Dress code, please refer to pp.27,28,29 in the Parent/Student Handbook. The Handbook outlines the grooming standard expected.

Link to Get Noticed, our uniform provider:

Drama plans auditions for the Spring play

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Annual Women's Capture My Heart Retreat

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I am excited to announce that we will be offering our second annual Women's Retreat, called the Capture My Heart Retreat, to all female students on Friday February 12th through Sunday February 14th of 2021.

The Capture My Heart retreat will be a two-night overnight retreat open to all female students at Holy Trinity. The retreat will be located on the Holy Trinity campus and will be led and organized by myself, Mrs. Rockwood, and a group of young adult Catholic women from the area, including several Holy Trinity alumna. This retreat will be a tremendous opportunity not only for the female students of Holy Trinity to grow closer to each other, but will also be a great opportunity for them to grow closer to Jesus as well!

There are two ways that students can participate in this retreat this year:

  1. As an attendee - this option is available to all new female students and all female students who did NOT attend the Capture My Heart retreat in the 2019-2020 school year.
  2. As a student volunteer - this option is available to all female students who attended the Capture My Heart retreat in the 2019-2020 school year and are interested in attending this year as well, but in a more "behind-the-scenes" and support role. Student volunteers will still be able to participate in the bulk of the activities of the retreat, but will also be responsible for assisting with set-up, clean-up, meal prep, and several other "surprise" duties that I won't mention here (for fear of giving away some of the surprises of the retreat!). Students who volunteer at this retreat will receive service hours.

The cost of the retreat is $20* (for both attendees and student volunteers) to help offset the cost of supplies and meals during the weekend. We are hoping to have at least 20-25 new student attendees participate, in addition to student volunteers. If you are interested in attending, either as an attendee or as a student volunteer, please submit a permission slip with $20 to the front office by Tuesday, February 9th.

As a final note, I am very excited to coordinate this retreat at Holy Trinity for a second year. I attended a similar Capture My Heart retreat when I was 20 years old, and it completely changed my relationship with God, my family, my friends, and myself. I then worked for the remainder of my college years to lead this retreat for other college-aged women. After the tremendous success of last year's retreat, I'm grateful for the opportunity to provide that experience to the ladies of Holy Trinity again. Ladies, I cannot encourage you enough to attend this retreat if you can!

If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Christ's Peace,

Ms. Snyder

*If the cost of the retreat is prohibitive to you, please speak to me directly. There are a few opportunities for sponsorships available.

Ladies, if you haven't signed up yet, you can get the sign-up form at the front desk or ask Ms. Snyder for a copy, or print a copy from the pdf link below.

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The skies over Holy Trinity captivate our hearts and reveal God's astonishing love and awesome presence.



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Congratulations to Chryanthe Nikolaidis!

She has been accepted to Louisiana State University College of Agriculture.
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Financial Aid Refresher:

What is financial aid?

  • When we talk about financial aid, we’re talking about ways you can get assistance paying for college.
  • Financial aid comes in many forms. Most forms of financial aid are based on your income or your family’s income, your GPA, test scores, and/or transcripts.

What are the main types of financial aid?


  • Grants are financial aid that does not have to repaid.
  • The grant amount is based on financial need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status.


  • A loan is a form of financial aid that must be repaid with interest. There are both student loans and parent loans.
  • Student loans do not need to be paid back until the student graduates, withdraws from college, or drops below full-time status.


  • Scholarships are gift aid and do not have to be repaid. These awards are based on different factors including merit, financial need, and other factors like talent or community service.
  • They are awarded by institutions, governments, private individuals, foundations, and community organizations.


  • Work-study is a part-time job opportunity. Work-study may be included in a student’s financial aid award. The student can then earn that award amount by working on campus throughout the academic year.

How can I get financial aid?

Complete a FAFSA

  • The most-important step to take is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you complete it, you can have your results sent to various colleges that you may be interested in.
  • Once you’re admitted, colleges will use your FAFSA to calculate any need-based financial aid you’ll receive. They’ll send you a summary via your financial aid award.

Fill out scholarship applications

  • As you now know from our definition above, there are two types of scholarships: automatic and those requiring a separate application. At some colleges and universities, you simply have to apply for admission to be eligible for automatic merit scholarships. When it comes to outside scholarships, you must search and apply separately.

Get good grades

  • It’s important to stay on track and attain the highest grades you can in classes. The higher your grades and test scores, the better chance you’ll have of receiving merit scholarships and other outside scholarships which may have a merit component.

What are some other strategies to pay for college?

  • Students employ a wide range of methods outside of financial aid to help offset college costs. No one strategy is right for everyone and you should decide what works best for you.
  • Some students work part time during the academic year as well as during the summer to offset college costs. Some also get help in the form of family savings. Others take AP courses in high school to earn college credit or start out at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university.

As you consider costs, admissions and financial aid counselors at all colleges and universities are there to help you nail down the right strategies for your situation.

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Rotary Scholarship ($500 - $5,000) for Seniors


The Rotary Club of Temple South will again be awarding scholarships to local seniors who demonstrate leadership, citizenship, and a strong commitment to community service. Please distribute the attached application to your students as soon as possible. The applications are due back to the Rotary Club by February 28, 2021. The easiest way to send in applications is by email to this address. Over the past 5 years, we awarded over $65,000 in aid to over 50 students from 6 different area schools. Please encourage your students to apply.

The information and application are attached below.

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Below are scholarship opportunities we are republishing for your information.

If you are considering a career as a teacher, please see email below about a scholarship opportunity.

Dear Counselor,

I have some exciting news to share with you! This year the Bell County Retired School Employees Association (formerly known as Bell County Retired Teachers Association) will be awarding a one thousand-dollar ($1000) scholarship to two high school graduating seniors. The scholarship is for a student with a strong commitment to a career in education. This is meant for anyone who considers working within a school district, not just to teach. Any student who wants to attend college to later work within the educational system is strongly encouraged to apply.

Our guidelines read as follows:

“A one-thousand dollar ($1000) non-renewing scholarship shall be awarded annually to a Bell County high school graduating senior entering college and committed to a future in education.”

Please note that any applications must be mailed no later than Thursday, April 1st.

If you have additional counselors at your school, please feel free to share this email.

Thank you for all that you do in working with graduating Seniors as they transition into the next chapter of their lives. We look forward to receiving applications from your students. Our committee will select two outstanding students from our represented Bell County Schools as recipients and notify you of the winners.

We look forward to the two recipients attending our May 6 ZOOM meeting at 2:00 pm to be recognized by our members.


Brenda Parker

BCRSEA Scholarship Committee Chair

NB: The accompanying documents for this scholarship have been emailed to each senior and are available in Mrs. Sanders' office.

Scholarship Applications Being Accepted for Current Texas High School Seniors

See below for more scholarship opportunities with deadlines from now until February 20, 2020. If interested or eligible, you should apply now before you miss any deadlines.

I strongly encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities.

Cheryl Sanders


Holy Trinity Catholic High School
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Catholic Life Insurance Scholarship


Please see attached file about the All American Scholarship that Catholic Life Insurance is offering. If you are not currently a member of Catholic Life Insurance, you might want to find out how to become a member so that you can apply for the scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021, which should give you time to find out about Catholic Life Insurance. We have had students in the past who received the scholarship.

Cheryl Sanders, Counselor

Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar Booklet

Click below to access the Compendium of Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar for High School Seniors. The booklet contains information about all the colleges in Texas with application deadlines, financial aid deadlines, admission tips, and various other information.

Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar Booklet

National Scholarship Month


November is National Scholarship Month, referred to by the National Scholarship Providers Association as a time to raise awareness of scholarship opportunities for current and future college students.

November is also an excellent time to begin the scholarship application process if you have not done so already. Many of the scholarships are also dependent on the FAFSA. So if you have not submitted you FAFSA application, do so now. Go to

Attached is a Scholarship 101 flyer to help you understand scholarships. Make sure you meet the application deadlines when applying for scholarships. If you need a transcript or any additional information to complete your application, please let me know.


Cheryl Sanders, Counselor

Scholarship Websites


Attached is a flyer listing websites for scholarships. Below are the links to the scholarship websites:

Going Merry


Chegg Scholarships

College Board - Big Future (you should already have an account).

Be sure to check out the Financial Aid page for the college or university you are applying to or planning to attend.

Example - University of Dallas Financial Aid

Hopefully, you find this information useful and will spend some time checking out all the available scholarships that you may be eligible for.


Cheryl Sanders, Counselor

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BigSun Scholarship for 2021


If you are participating in a sport, please see below about a scholarship opportunity. I encourage you to apply.

Cheryl Sanders

Holy Trinity Catholic High School

BigSun Scholarship

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official.

Deadline - June 19, 2021

Amount of Award - $500.00

The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..

Please visit our website at to learn how to apply.

This scholarship has been listed with FastWeb

We recognize that each school will have the responsibility for scholarships assigned to different staff positions so we are giving this notice a wide distribution to ensure that each school receives fair notice. Please note that at no time will any student or other individual be asked for a fee of any description for any service.

Norm Fielder


Information about the US Military Academy application process.

To all students:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Carter, Texas 31 and his team developed a virtual Central Texas US Service Academy Nomination forum to replace the sixth annual in-person event usually held in the Fall. This virtual product (link attached) is designed to assist students and their parents with information about the nomination process to the five national services academies:

United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

While the deadlines for 2020 applications have past, we hope you will find these YouTube segments helpful to inform students, grades 9th through 11th, about the application process.

If you have any questions, please go to Congressman Carter’s website at



HT masks - $10 each (includes 2 N95 masks)

Contact Jane Boone for purchase details (


Walden Library info

Good day, All!

The Walden Library is now home to a few "new" books, lovingly donated! Please feel free to share this with your students. Also, you’re always welcome to drop by and pick up a book or two, yourself!

Our new classics (in paperback) include:

The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues, Plato

Electra, Sophocles

Aeneid, Virgil

Utopia, Sir Thomas More

My Fall hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

However, even if I am not here, you are always welcome to peruse the shelves on any day of the week.

Happy Reading!

Kira Ciupek

Librarian, Holy Trinity Catholic High School

For more information, contact Mrs. Ciupek at

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