Principal's Weekly Newsletter


~ October 19th, 2020 ~

Letter from the Principal

Congratulations to all our Celtics for making it through the First Quarter! It's hard to believe that the first 9 weeks are behind us, and that we are now embarking on the Second Quarter of our 2020-2021 Academic Year.

Our Second Quarter begins with an appeal to all families. We are launching an Emergency Food Drive this week to help St. Vincent de Paul Service Center in Temple restock its food pantry which was devastated by a fire last week. Please keep all the volunteers and staff of SVP in your prayers as they struggle to rebuild their services to the homeless of Temple. And pray especially for the homeless and the poor who rely on SVP for food and comfort and guidance - this is an incredible heartbreak for their community and they need our support now more than ever. Details of the food drive are below. Please be generous and help Holy Trinity help its neighbors!

We are blessed by our school family that has truly risen to the challenges imposed by Covid! The Faculty and Staff of HT thank our students, our parents, and our visitors for taking everyone's safety seriously and helping keep Holy Trinity safe.

As always, continue to wear your masks and to practice social distancing whether you're at school or out and about. We ask that you continue to hold our school, its families, its students and its staff in your prayers. We certainly hold you in ours!

Mrs. Brogan



October 18th - October 24th


Sunday, October 18th:

Monday, October 19th - Blue on Campus - Start of 2nd Quarter

Tuesday, October 20th - Blue on Campus - Mass Uniform on campus

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Paul of the Cross
  • Tuesday class schedule - Class periods 2, 4, 6, 8.
  • School starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:45 pm.
  • Lunch at 12:19 - Pre-Ordered Tres Magueyes or BYO.
  • Uniform: Mass uniform
  • Mass: 9:44 am - 10:44 am, Celebrant: Fr. Francisco Rodriguez III from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
  • Volleyball AWAY GAME vs. Live Oak. JV: 5:30 - V: 6:30pm (*)

Wednesday, October 21st - Gold on Campus

Thursday, October 22nd - Gold on Campus

  • Saint of the Day: Saint John Paul II
  • Thursday class schedule - Class periods 2, 4, 6, 8.
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Lunch at 11:59 - Pre-ordered Tres Magueyes or BYO.
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: 9:54 am Distance Learners Link here: Virtue Video: Obedience
  • Football AWAY GAME vs. Austin Veritas - 5:00 pm - players depart at 2:30 pm
  • Volleyball HOME GAME vs. Cen Tex Chargers - JV 5:30 & Varsity 6:30pm (*pre-purchase tickets at www. )

Friday, October 23rd - Blue on campus

Saturday, October 24th:

(*) 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.


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

DEFINITION OF OBEDIENCE (also known as: Fidelity):

Assenting to rightful authority without hesitation or resistance


  • Performing your duties faithfully and thoroughly
  • The Blessed Mother saying ‘yes’ to God
  • Doing your homework
  • Completing your assignments for school each day
  • Doing your chores at home when asked


  • I finished what I was asked to do.
  • Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word.
  • I did my homework.
  • I turn my assignments in when they are due.
  • I did my chores.
Virtue of the Week - Obedience


~ Last week at a glance ~


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Blue Day Mass with Fr. John

Fr. John from St. Luke's Parish celebrated Mass with us and addressed the issue of 'growing into your faith'. He talked about a baby who uses a pacifier until it is old enough to stay calm of its own volition. It's the same with faith. Parents take their children to church when they're young but at a certain age, that child will start going on their own. There is an infancy in faith, and there's an adulthood in faith too where more is expected of us.

Jesus invites us to step into that mature self, put aside the short-cuts, the 'pacifiers' we relied on as children, and fully assume our role as His disciples.

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Thank you to all who served: freshmen Jonah A., Patrick S. and Giovani R. (altar servers); seniors Carisa T., Chrysanthe N.and, Caeleigh S., and freshmen Joseph J. (music) and freshman Adan T. on saxaphone (music); senior Nathaniel E.(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 with the help of the seniors.

And thank you also to Mr. Eichelkraut who several times now has assisted with the piano parts for the Alleluia. It's nice to see our teachers sharing their lesser known talents.

PSAT at Holy Trinity

On Wednesday, some of our Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors took the College Board's PSAT exam. The bells in the school were turned off and the hallways were empty all morning while students tested in the KC and in various classrooms up and down the west-side hallway. Coach Shelton monitored the halls and a quiet stillness dominated all morning.

Another PSAT exams is being offered in January for those students unable to test this week.

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Our students show their reverence for Jesus fully present in the holy Eucharist during Friday's Adoration in the Holy Trinity gymnasium.
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Smart Boards gifted to HT by Mr. and Mrs. Velazquez

Do you remember Mrs. V.? She and her husband Felix secured a generous donation of 10 Smart Boards from UMHB to Holy Trinity this week! Seniors helped Mr. Pete unload the boards and the tech equipment that makes them work. What an amazing gift! Thank you Claudia and Felix Velazquez for keeping Holy Trinity in your prayers! We are so blessed and so grateful to you both and to UMHB for this amazing gift to our school!
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The Cross Country team competed twice this week and placed high in the rankings, virtually guaranteeing a spot at State later this year. They looked amazing in their new jump suits! Go Celtics!
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The Celtics played against Austin Veritas this week and showed their strength and unity despite a tough loss. The Coaches and the players wore their Pink-Out jerseys and socks in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month and our amazing volunteers all turned up to make sure the team was supported on every front.
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a huge thank you to one of our football families!!

They rented a lift and bought all the paints and equipment needed, and spent several days this week repainting our goal posts! It was a huge job and makes such a difference! Our goal posts are now resplendent gold and proudly mark the colors and pride of our HT Football team.

Thank you so much for the gift of your time and skill. We respect your wish for anonymity, but please know that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and appreciate you more than words can say! God bless you!

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We are blessed with so many families and friends supporting us...

When the rest of us are home relaxing, a virtual army of friends give their time and talents to support HT Athletics. An army of volunteers gathers prior to each game to paint the football field and prepare for our football games. Others provide entire meals for our student athletes prior to games or meets, and make sure the coaches have all the support they need to help our students succeed. Others take the time to stock our concessions and ensure that those attending our games have delicious burgers and a full concessions bar available to them. And all this implies hours setting up, and hours taking down after everyone else has gone home. We are so grateful to all our supporters! Your generosity does not go unnoticed!



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Congratulations to Patrick McKenna!

He has been accepted to the University of the Incarnate Word and offered the Distinguished Scholarship of $8,000 per year and $32,000 for four years, and the Catholic High School Award of $2,000 per year and $8,000 for four years.

He has been accepted to the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.

Congratulations to Shelby Freehill!

She has been accepted to Angelo State University and offered the Carr Academic Scholarship of $3,000 per year and $12,000 for four years.

Shelby has also been accepted to Stephen F. Austin State University.

Congratulations to Paloma Navarro!

She has been accepted to the University of Incarnate Word and offered the Provost Scholarship valued at $15,000 per year and $60,000 for four years. She was also offered the Catholic High School Award of $2,000 per year and $8,000 for four years.
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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


Cheryl Sanders

How to Cope with Loneliness While Doing Online Learning from Home

Students and Parents,

As you are continuing to stay safe at home while we are still facing the uncertainty of the Covid pandemic, I have found several websites that hopefully will help you manage any feelings of loneliness and despair that you are experiencing.

Just interacting on the computer with distance learning can never replace being with people. Hopefully, you will find these articles helpful, but more importantly, let's all pray that the pandemic ends soon, and we can all return to being with our classmates, friends, and teachers.

May God protect you and keep you safe now and forever.

Blessings to you all,

Cheryl Sanders, Counselor




Dear Celtic Families, Students, and Friends,

In response to the tragic fire that devastated the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Temple last week, Holy Trinity is hosting an Emergency Food Drive to help replenish their stocks.

Beginning Monday, each Family (Aidan, Columba, Finnian, and Killian) will collect non-perishable foods in the color-scheme of their Family:

Aidan: Red foods (any non-perishable cans or packaging with red tones or content)

Columba: Green foods (any non-perishable cans or packaging with green tones or content)

Finnian: Blue foods (any non-perishable cans or packaging with blue tones or content)

Killian: Yellow foods (any non-perishable cans or packaging with yellow tones or content).

Monetary donations are also accepted and can be turned in to the front office. Contact Mrs. Mungia for more details on monetary donations.

The Family that collects the most in terms of weight will win a prize.

St. Vincent de Paul needs our help! Let's show them how generous and supporting Holy Trinity is: help us make a huge donation to their food pantry at the end of this week. The homeless and poor of Temple rely on St.Vincent de Paul's food pantry and the loss of their food pantry is a catastrophe for their community. Let's show SVP our support for their ministry to the poor.

NB: After this food drive, we may have a clothing drive/blanket drive to help them replenish what they lost.

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student-made posters to support the community at St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

Students are working on a series of posters that will be hung in the windows at the food pantry - posters showing words of encouragement and prayers for those affected by the fire that damaged the service center. Here are a few samples, but students will be making more all week and will deliver them with the non-perishable food donations at the end of the week.

DRAMA - One-Act performances next week!

Performances for HT Community:

Saturday, Oct 24th 7pm

Sunday, Oct 25th 2pm (understudies)

Donations gladly accepted

Plays to be performed for the HT Community:

"The Internet is Distract...Oh Look, a Kitten!" by Ian McWethy (8th period Drama Class will perform)

"Cagebirds" by David Compton (TAPPS One Act Competition students will perform)

TAPPS Competition details:

Tech - Monday Oct. 26th

Performance/Competition - Tuesday Oct. 27th

Join the Spirit Squad!

Spirit Squad president Abby C. (C' of '23) invites students interested in creating a spirit filled atmosphere at HT to join the Squad. They help plan fun events for all of HT, and create awesome banners and posters to hang around the school ahead of school events. Show your school spirit by coming out to help. We need all the Spirit we can to show Covid we're stronger than it! Information at the front counter.


Holy Trinity is partnering with Home Town Ticketing to make tickets available for pre-purchase via our Online Ticket link. Find the link at the top of our Homepage, or on our Athletics page.

Support Holy Trinity and purchase tickets ahead of a game. We'll be able to scan your ticket directly from your smart phone. See you at the game!

Protocols for athletic games

Please be aware that our Athletic Director, Coach Shelton, is working hard to keep all our athletes and supporters safe during home and away games. Attached are protocols that he is enforcing for our HOME Football games, and for our HOME Volleball games.

If you are planning on attending any of our games, please take the time to familiarize yourselves with our protocols so that you know what to expect when you attend a game.

Please note that likewise, games held 'away' will be subject to similar protocols that we, as guests of the hosting school, will require our athletes, coaches, and attending parents to respect and adhere to. The Holy Trinity Home Game Protocols are posted on our website and you can access them by clicking on the links below.







If you know your child will be absent for any reason please be sure you notify Mrs. Mungia ( She is your primary contact for anything related to Attendance. You may email her about an absence and this will work as notification.

Likewise, if your child is unable to connect to their class for any reason, please let Mrs. Mungia know so she can notify the teachers. Your email serves as a time-stamp re: notification and she will log your email in her Attendance correspondence.

HT masks and gaiters for sale

We have masks and gaiters that were made specifically for Holy Trinity. If you would like to purchase one, please contact Mrs. Mungia ( There are limited supplies so let her know asap if you'd like her to hold one for you. Cost is $10/each. The cost can be added to your FACTS.
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Snack Bar cards now available

You can purchase a Snack Bar card for your student. They're $20 each and are kept at the snack bar. Students can walk up to the snackbar and get a drink or snack and it's deducted on the card. They don't have to worry about forgetting to have $$ in their pockets.

Contact Mrs. Mungia to purchase one. They are added to your FACTS payment.

NB: You cannot buy Friday pizza with the card - for that you do need to have dollar bills in your pocket.

Walden Library info

Librarian Hours: Thursdays & Fridays: 100 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Self-Check-Out Log: Self-checkout clipboard on the front desk. When Mrs. Ciupek is in the Library, she will provide “auto-scan” services.

• In-Library Policy: max 5 students in the Library at any one time, and social distancing.

All-Distance Students (non-campus): DL students may select books or other items directly from the library catalogue:

For more information, contact Mrs. Ciupek at


In the Community

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A saint for the new millenial?