Principal's Weekly Newsletter


* November 16th, 2020 *

Letter from the Principal

Dear Celtic Families and Friends,

Holy Trinity's Faculty and Staff wish everyone a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving break! We know it's a much needed rest for all. Please note that school will be closed all of the week of Thanksgiving.

I thank everyone for their cooperation and support during these last few weeks. Thanks to all your efforts, we have managed to bring everyone back and keep our doors open despite the rise in cases all around us. We can't stop the virus, but we can protect ourselves against it. And this we do everyday in school, thanks to everyone's cooperation.

We ask that each family continue to be mindful of the unprecedented surge in cases all around us. Accordingly, this holiday season we ask that you please avoid large gatherings, and exercise caution and self-responsibility by ALWAYS wearing a mask when spending time with anyone not in your immediate family-quarantine group.

Despite this surreal Covid situation around us, Holy Trinity continues to demonstrate we're a tight-knit family all striving for a bit of normalcy. The tid-bits itemized in this Newsletter show you who we truly are behind our masks.

Happy and Safe and Restful Thanksgiving to All!

~Mrs. Brogan

NB: Please see below for travel guidelines and recommendations for keeping safe during the holidays.

Wear your mask!

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Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2

The CDC updated its guidelines for mask usage, based on the results of their latest studies.

Click on the link below for the full text. You'll be so proud to see that HT is doing exactly what they are imploring the rest of our country to do.

"Adopting universal masking policies can help avert future lockdowns, especially if combined with other non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing, hand hygiene, and adequate ventilation." CDC-11.10.2020

NEW HT MASKS - $10 each

Hand-made masks generously donated by Mrs. Karen Newman and made by Mrs. Alice Flores.

These awesome HT Masks were hand made by a good friend of Mrs. Newman: Mrs. Alice Flores. And if this isn't a God thing!... Mrs. Flores is a former HT mom and former HT Board member! Her daughters attended HT in the early aughts. Genevieve attended from 2004-2007 and was accepted to Notre Dame and is a Bio Medical Engineer. Her middle daughter Ariane attended HT for two years. And now Mrs. Flores is friends with Mrs. Newman who happens to work at HT - so she's back in our midst, supporting our school! What a blessing to all of us.

Thank you Mrs. Newman and thank you Mrs. Flores! We appreciate you both so much!

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Nothing like being a staff kid and forced to model masks!

Contact Mrs. Mungia for purchase details.

Masks will also be available at Friday's game.

Travel Guidelines from the Diocese of Austin

There are currently no travel restrictions or mandatory quarantine requirements for travelers entering Texas. Check here for COVID-19 travel updates from the Texas Department of Public Safety. As a reminder, per the CDC, “Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”

If you plan to travel,

  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms' length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Consider avoiding large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.
  • Consider avoiding mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.
  • Consider avoiding crowds - for example, in restaurants, bars, airports, bus and train stations, movie theaters, and amusement parks.

The CDC advises that after travel, all travelers should take these actions to protect others from getting sick:

• Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.

• Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth when you are outside of your home.

• Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

• Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19 and take your temperature if you feel sick.

• See CDC’s After Travel webpage to learn if you should take additional precautions. Follow state, territorial, tribal, and local recommendations or requirements.

Visit this Texas Department of State Health Services Information for Travelers web site for links to more information on travel considerations, notices, and advisories.


Our newspaper, the TRINITY TIMES is now online!

First edition of our 2020-2021 newspaper, the Trinity Times, courtesy of Mrs. Whipple and her Journalism Class.



November 15th - November 20th

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Sunday, November 15th

Monday, November 16th

Tuesday, November 17th

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
  • Tuesday class schedule - Class periods 2, 4, 6, 8.
  • Lunch at 12:19 - Pre-Ordered Big Chew Chews or BYO
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: Family Hour - 9:44am - 10:44am. Meet in your Family homeroom

Wednesday, November 18th

Thursday, November 19th

Friday, November 20th - SWEET FRIDAY - 1 week Thanksgiving Break starts tomorrow

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne
  • Friday Class Schedule - Class Periods: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
  • Lunch at 11:58: Student Council Pizza ($1/slice) or BYO -
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: Spirit wear
  • Sweet Friday: bring 1 dozen cookies or treats or fruit for our students - 1svc hr per dozen or per $10 spent.
  • Prayer Service: Eucharistic Adoration in the HT Gym - 9:09 am. Distance Learners Link here:
  • Football HOME GAME Varsity Celtics Vs. Galveston O'Connell Prepatory HS, @ 7:00 pm Bi-District round of the playoffs! Come support your Celtics! (*)

Saturday, November 21st: Start of 1-week Thanksgiving Break


Back to School Monday, November 30th, 2020.

(*) Please see HTCHS Athletic Covid-19 protocols outlined below in this newsletter. The protocols can also be accessed on our website under the Athletics tab.




The virtue of Responsibility is aligned with the Cardinal virtue of Justice.


Also known as: Duty


Fulfilling one's just duties; accepting the consequences of one's words and actions, intentional and unintentional


  • Keeping your room clean
  • Feeding your pet
  • Taking out the garbage
  • Turning your assignments in when they're due
  • Taking your homework home


  • I cleaned my room.
  • I fed the dog.
  • I took out the garbage.
  • I took my assignments seriously and put thought into completing them
  • I reviewed my notes at home and asked questions if I needed.


Virtue of the Week - Responsibility
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Congratulations to Holy Trinity's 2020 Celebrating Catholic Schools Honorees, Larry and Mona Lockhart!

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Holy Trinity Catholic High School has nominated Mr. Larry Lockhart, and his wife Mrs. Mona Lockhart as the 2020-2021 Catholic Education Service Award Honorees.

In selecting Honorees, we seek to recognize persons whose charity and kindness have a demonstrable impact on our school. The Lockharts are almost unmatched in both these qualities. For over 10 years, both Larry and Mona have been ever present at Holy Trinity as parents, as volunteers, as coaches, and as benefactors.

The Lockharts consistently show up to help for events at HT. They show up to set up chairs each year at graduation, and return to put them away. They show up to help with our Gala each year, then return to clean up late into the night. They accompany athletic teams to their away games, providing meals, rides, snacks, and support, regardless of the distance or of the sport. And they're always on the sidelines cooking hamburgers or running the concession stand, even if it means missing their own son's success on the field just beyond the concession stand.

Through the years, they have shown a love for Holy Trinity in all its expressions. Most importantly, Larry and Mona are devout Catholics and qualify all their generosity by placing their thanks directly on Christ and on His peace and His love. They embrace and embody the Christian call to recognize the sacred heart of Jesus in every person around them and to treat them accordingly.

Larry and Mona Lockhart have supported our school financially, emotionally, spiritually and through countless hours of service and volunteerism. They are an outstanding family and are pillars in our school history and culture.

It is with the utmost gratitude and admiration that we nominate them as this year's Celebrating Catholic Schools Catholic Education Service Award Honorees.

All are invited to join us in celebrating the Lockharts at the

2020 Celebrating Catholic Schools (CCS) ceremony

on January 23rd, 2021.

Please contact Mrs. Julie Enriquez for more information (


Last week at a glance



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NHS led us in a celebration to Honor our Veterans.

Below are photographs of some of our HT Veterans.

If you have a picture you'd like to send us, please do! We'll keep adding and will honor our Veterans all year!

Chaplain Fr. Jeff Wharton offering Mass at St. Elijah's monastery in Iraq, 2009-10 - senior Karis W. and freshman Priscilla W.'s father

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Anna Brogan Mann flying over Baghdad in 2002 - Mrs. Brogan's sister, and senior Nelle S. and freshman Henri S.'s aunt.
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Mrs. Julie Enriquez, in basic training, 1994. Senior Nathaniel E.'s mom, and our Admissions Director!
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Mike Dent in the early 80's. Senior Madison's dad.
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Trevor Lovett - sophomore Jace M.'s stepfather.
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Jack Leurs, returning from his first Iraq deployment in 2003 - freshman Andrew L.'s dad (with mom and siblings/HT alums Madison C'2019, and Christian, C' of 2020).
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Ashley Leurs, freshman Andrew L.'s mom.
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Mrs. Pam Oman dresses in support of all Veterans.
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NHS led Veteran's Day Celebration

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The history of Veterans Day, as explained by the students in NHS.

Veterans Day 2020

In the early morning hours of November 11, 1918, representatives of France, Britain, and Germany met in a railroad car near Compiegne, France to sign an armistice ending the fighting of World War I, or the Great War, as it was known at the time.

The cease-fire took effect at 11:00 a.m. that day- the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Up and down the trenches, after four long years of the most horrific fighting the world had yet known, the guns fell silent. Soldiers on both sides slowly climbed out of the trenches. Some danced; some cheered; some cried for joy; some stood numbed and silent. The Great War had left some 9 million soldiers dead and another 21 million wounded. No one knows just how many civilians died. Much of Europe lay in ruins. But finally, with the armistice, it was “all quiet on the Western Front.”

For many years November 11th was known as Armistice Day to honor those who fought in World War I. In was not long before American soldiers found themselves again called to fight in a wars far from home. In 1954, following both World War II and the Korean War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially renamed the holiday Veterans Day.

Throughout our history, millions of American men and women have chosen to serve their nation and their fellow citizens by entering the US military where they willingly gave their time, talents, and even their lives to protect our cherished freedoms. On Veterans Day, we honor these patriots. It is our duty to honor their courage and sacrifice by which we all claim freedom.

However, Americans appreciated their military veterans long before a holiday was established for them in the 20th Century. For example, George Washington, our first commanding military general and also our first president, discussed the importance not only of veterans but also of providing veteran benefits. The following quotes by Washington reveal his concern for the welfare and care of our country’s veterans following the Revolutionary War:

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

“It was a part of the soldiers' hire—if I may be allowed to say, it was the price of their blood and of your independency. It is therefore more than a common debt; it is a debt of honor, it can never be considered as a pension or gratuity."

This "debt of honor" could also easily apply to the Declaration signers who fought in the War for Independence. Many signers saw active military service and some were captured in battle and became prisoners of war. Our freedom continues to be protected by brave men and women who deserve our appreciation and support, and we encourage you, on this a day of recognition, to remember America's heroes, both living and fallen.

We hope you make this Veterans Day special by thanking a veteran for their service. It is estimated that there are currently 17.4 million veterans in the United States; however, many are living in nursing homes where they have been cut off from family and friends. Please consider sending a card to these veterans to let them know they are not forgotten. Also, please remember our military members and their families in your prayers.

May God bless our veterans, and may God bless America!

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Terra Firma - Trailer 2:50
Trailer of "Terra Firma", a documentary film about 3 Veterans of the War on Terror.


Blue Mass day with Fr. Francisco

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Thank you to all who served: freshmen Thomas B., Zach B., and Jonah A. (altar servers); senior Carisa T. and junior Andrew L. on piano, senior Faithann G. on violin, seniors Chrysanthe N.and Caeleigh S. vocals (music); senior Jolisa O.(lector); and thank you to Mrs. Rockwood for organizing the church choir and music, and to Ms. Snyder for her careful planning for the Mass including the set-up and take down which is done with the help of the seniors.


Gold Day Mass with Fr. John

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Thank you to all who served: freshmen Nick B. and Patrick S. and junior Patrick W. (altar servers); juniors Nathan O. on piano and Andrew L. on guitar and vocals.(music), senior Jencie T.(lector); and thank you to Mrs. Rockwood for organizing the church choir and music, and to Ms. Snyder for her careful planning for the Mass including the set-up and take down which is done with the help of the seniors.

Thank you to all who serve and who through their ministry enable us to celebrate Mass each week!


Rosary in the HT Gym

Due to the need for more social distancing space, HT students and staff gathered in the HT gym on Thursday to recite the Rosary. Normally we all squeeze into the Fr. Charles Davis Chapel - but with Covid, that's obviously not an option. But the bleachers worked,
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HT's One-Act Cast and Crew performed their play for all the students.

Director Ms. Snyder explained to the students how pertinent to today's social dynamics "Cagebirds" is, although it was written in the early 70's.
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At the end of the play, Ms. Snyder presented gifts to the seniors for whom the night was their "Senior Night".

Drama Seniors:

Shelby Freehill

Chrysanthe Nikolaidis

Cate Barkis

Nathaniel Enriquez

Faithann Go

Benjamin Boor

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Thank you seniors for your dedication to HT Drama these last 4 years!

On Monday evening (11/16), the cast and crew left for the State competition in Kerrville.


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Stay tuned for the results of the competition!


Donuts were served on Friday morning to reward ALL our students for their generosity during our Food Drive. Thank you Celtics!

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Senior Abby R. says: "Wear your mask!"

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In the Halls of Holy Trinity

The Robotics club improves on their design and do tryouts in the hall.

The Seniors present a statistical analysis of various aspects of our lunch program.

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Mrs. Whipple's World Geography class listens to international musicians and lets their pens interpret their auditory responses.


Friday Eucharistic Adoration

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In case you wondered what's on those white sheets....

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Freshman Giovani R. holds the gym door, reminding us that everyone is welcome!

(and he says "Wear your mask!")



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Congratulations to Madison Dent!

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

Congratulations to Carisa Torralva!

She has been accepted to Texas A&M University and the University of Houston.

Congratulations to Paloma Navarro!

She has been accepted to Texas Woman's University.

Congratulations to Nelle Summers!

She has been accepted to Texas Woman's University.

Congratulations to Rachel Heifrin!

She has been accepted to Concordia University in Chicago. She was offered the Pillars Scholarship of $15,000 per year totaling $60,000 for four years and the Leadership Scholarship of $10,000 per year totaling $40,000 for four years.
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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

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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



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HT's New TAPPS E-Sports Team held their first meeting in the Computer Lab

Coach Brian Atteberry met with students interested in the E-Sports Club. Freshman Henri S., who launched the club, and a solid group of students ready to help grow their club, all met in person and via zoom to work out the logistics of establishing a successful E-Sports Team at HT. Tryouts were set and teams are being formed.

For more information, contact Coach Atteberry:, or stop Henri in the hall and ask for info.

Coach A wrote: "Esports are games, but they are also part of a growing community of leaders and players in high schools and college communities, not only across the country, but all over the world, focusing on teamwork, leadership, and tech career pathways. Esports are a truly inclusive school sport, diversity being organic to gaming, and important to our program and school. Any student, regardless their age, gender, physical limitations, or learning challenges, participates with a team. This is also why college programs have embraced Esports, and high schools are following suit.

At Holy Trinity, we are looking to build a program for our student community that reaches out to any student to provide STEM and technical pathway opportunities for talented students who may want to pursue professional gaming, tech, or engineering. This means team members will still be held to the same expectations as athletic team members, and it is more than just gaming."

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A Rough week for our Football teams (JV and V)

Our amazing JV and V Football teams had a tough week.

On Thursday, our JV team played a home game against Austin Veritas, and despite their loss to AV, they really showed some strong team plays and proved their clear grit and stamina. They were outplayed, but definitely not outperformed.

On Friday, our Varsity team traveled all the way out to Marble Falls to play Faith Academy, and that too was a tough game. Our team did not win and it was a bit of heartbreak of a game, because they clearly have the talent and skill to win. There are just off days. This was one of them.

But they're not discouraged - it showed them areas to improve, which they can't wait to showoff at this coming Friday's home Playoff Game! Info below.

Despite that tough week, we have an amazing game to look forward to this Friday night, 11/20.


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Buy your tickets online at:


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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In the Community

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Senior Natalie C. says "Wear a mask!"