Weekly Update

Christmas 2019


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“And they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God is with us.”

Christmas is the most exciting time of the year for children. Why? Because, as children get closer to December 25, they think about all the things they really, really want, more than anything in the world. Granted, children are always thinking about what they really, really want, more than anything in the world. But at Christmas it’s different – because at Christmas, an adult actually listens to them and takes them seriously! Albeit an adult dressed in a red suit who spends the rest of the year in the Arctic Circle! But he listens to them, and then a few days later he comes to their home at night, while they’re asleep, and gives them some of what they really, really want more than anything in the world. If you’re a child, it doesn’t get any better than that!

This moment, of walking into your living room as a child, on Christmas morning, and seeing a tree, lit up and surrounded by all these things that you’ve been hoping for – given to you free, while you slept – is one of the most spiritually important moments in our lives. Because at that moment, it all becomes tangible for us.

It’s all a gift. Everything. Our whole lives, and all the graces and goodness that fill them.

This is what we do as Catholics, we make tangible – sacramental – those spiritual realities that are invisible. Christmas morning is a sacramental moment.

The things that are our hearts most deeply desire – when we were little, it was toys; now, it is to be loved, to be whole, to be one with our God – all these things have been given to us, while we slept in darkness.

As Isaiah says, and St. Paul echoes, while we are still in darkness, just then, on the darkest, longest night of the year, while we are asleep in sin: God looks down on us, sees us as we are, and chooses to love us. And sends his Son into the world. That we might have our lives back, and have them to the full! That’s the mystery of Christmas – and it’s too good to be true, except that it really happened.

What kids experience when they turn the corner of the living room and see the tree, surrounded by gifts – that is how we are called to experience our lives, and all that fills them: with wonder and gratitude.
Later, things will be asked of us, and the gifts we’ve been given. Later, the Beatitudes will come. Lepers and blind people in need of our gifts will come. The cross will need to be carried … but not yet.

Now, we are asked to become like little children. And receive the good gifts of our Father. And let our hearts be filled with wonder, and the deep, deep joy of the gift of the birth of Christ.

Merry Christmas!

~ copied from ACE Advent Reflections - 4th Week of Advent newsletter

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Our beautiful Advent Wreath in the Father Charles Davis Chapel.



Midterms Week 2019

Monday: Christmas Sweater day and a Merry Christmas Greeting from our Class of 2020!

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And then it was Midterms... and serious studying in the KC.

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... and serious snacks in the KC too!

Thanks to the following for providing us with delicious treats to get us through Midterms:

* All the parents who brought in baked goods and fruit for Sweet Monday - the treats were handed out each day until they were gone - thank you!

* Interact Club for selling delicious baked goods to support their sponsored student, Marie, who lives in Sierra Leon. They were delicious, and support a great cause!

* Mu Alpha Theta for giving out treats to those who took a chance and attempted to solve the Addvent problems.

* And Mrs. Jolly for baking delicious treats that she generously set out for our students to enjoy all week.

Thank you all for supporting our school community and especially for supporting our students! We sincerely appreciate you!


And thank you Student Council for the treats left on every locker! Kinda like Santa's little elves!


Our talented Bella Sona Choir and musicians performed at the Annual Bella Sona Christmas Concert. The music was beautiful and the performances outstanding. Thank you Mr. Knoke for guiding our students, and to each of our musicians for representing our school with such talent and grace!

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We wish each of you a blessed and beautiful Christmas.




Week of January 6th

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

Wednesday, January 8th

  • Wednesday regular schedule - No Mass
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: Rosary

Thursday, January 9th
  • Thursday Mass at St. Mary's - Mass bell schedule
  • School starts at 8:15 AT St. Mary's Catholic Church - ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: Mass uniform
  • Prayer Service: Mass at St. Mary's with Father Kurtis
  • Boys Soccer Game vs. Austin Veritas @ HT - 7:00 pm

Friday, January 10th

  • Monday class schedule
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: spirit wear
  • Prayer Service: Adoration
  • Basketball Game @ Austin Waldorf: Girls at 6pm, boys at 7:30pm. Leave HT at 4pm

Saturday, January 11th

  • Forensics - China Spring Tournament
  • Girls Soccer vs. San Juan Diego CHS @ HT: 10:30 am
  • Celebrating Catholic Schools - Dinner & Awards @ Hyatt Regency Town Lake - 5:30 pm

Monday, January 13th

  • Monday class schedule
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: Faculty Reflection
  • Girls Soccer game @ San Juan Diego CHS - 7:00 pm
  • Boys Soccer game @ HT vs. Austin Hill Country - 6:00 pm



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Congratulations to Jaclynn Lizama!

She has been accepted to Soutwestern Assemblies of God University.

Congratulations to Ziri Blackwood!

He has been accepted to Barry University and offered a merit-based scholarship of $14,500 annually totaling $58,000 for four years.



We say Good bye to Mrs. Velazquez.

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mrs. Velazquez won't be returning in January. The situation with her parents is such that she can no longer risk being away from them. She has decided she needs to spend the next few months with her parents, offering them the care they deserve.

While I am incredibly saddened by Mrs. Velazquez' need to leave us mid-year, I cannot but understand and respect her decision and ask that as a community we keep her and her family in our prayers.

We are already working on filling her teaching positions for the second semester and will inform you of those details as soon as we have them.

For now, we ask that you keep Mrs. Velazquez, her family, and our school community in your prayers.


Mrs. Brogan




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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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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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