Wednesday, December 30, 2009

You never would have guessed!

Last night's far-off visitor did not come from a country not seen here before, but how they got here caught my eye...
Someone in Maharashtra, India googled the words "volleyball" and "service", found this blog, and spent about 15 minutes reading about our volleyball teams.
Who'd have thought?

Memorial advances to hockey title game

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Memorial advances to hockey title game

DELAFIELD – The Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op boys hockey team beat Janesville 5-1 Tuesday to advance to the title game of the Joe Raymond Memorial Classic at Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena.

Memorial juniors Kyle Fink and Cody Dixon each scored twice for the Crusaders (4-5)...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Boys Basketball Update

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Memorial tops Menomonee Falls
Bray’s 27 leads Crusaders

MILWAUKEE – Senior guard T.J. Bray scored 27 points as the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team beat Menomonee Falls 68-63 in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout at the Al McGuire Center on Monday.

Senior Derek Schell added 15 points for the Crusaders, and senior Austin Pucylowski added 12...

Catholic Memorial lost to Wisconsin Lutheran 61-59, while Arrowhead nipped Menomonee Falls 67-66 in overtime...

Catholic Memorial trailed by as many as 15 points, 37-22, in the third period, but mounted a comeback in which the Crusaders outscored Wisco 26-16 in the fourth quarter.

Two free throws by Dillon Connors with 10 seconds remaining brought Memorial within two points, and Pucylowski quickly fouled Lutheran’s Davis.

Davis missed both free throws with eight seconds to go, then fouled Memorial’s Schell with one second to play.

But Schell, the game’s leading scorer with 23 points, missed both free throws.

Bray added 17 points and seven assists, while Davis led Wisco with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Pucylowski led Memorial in rebounds with six...

– Freeman Staff

Hockey Update

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


DELAFIELD – Catholic Memorial junior Kyle Fink had two goals and three assists as the Catholic Memorial/Pius co-op boys hockey team beat Mount Carmel (Ill.) 7-2 in the Joe Raymond Tournament at Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena on Monday.

Senior Tom Chapin scored two goals and assisted another for the Crusaders (3-5). Senior Noah Lentz and junior Cody Dixon each had a goal and two assists, and junior Anthony Soo Hoo scored a goal.

Waukesha West senior Max Carrigan scored three goals, but the Janesville co-op scored five third period goals to beat Waukesha 7-6 Monday. Waukesha North seniors Jacob Condon and Max Culp and Waukesha South senior Cory McGilligan also scored for the Wings.

Not necessarily CMH news...

but good news nonetheless.

Through the generosity of Clear Channel Outdoor, Catholics throughout southeastern Wisconsin will get a larger than life first look at their new archbishop, Jerome E. Listecki, who will be installed on January 4, 2010, as the 11th Archbishop of Milwaukee. Clear Channel will donate a total of 10 digital billboards throughout the metro-Milwaukee area with a “Welcome Archbishop Listecki” message that will also include a “See You at Mass” invitation for all Catholics. The billboards will run January 4 and 5 at the following locations:
• I-43 and North Avenue
• Hwy 100 and Bluemound Road
• I-94 and Hwy 16 – facing east
• I-794 and 6th Street
• I-94 and Washington Street
• Hwy 41 and State Street
• Hwy 45 and Silver Spring Drive – facing south
• I-43 and Hampton – facing south
• I-894 and 55th Street – facing east
• I-894 and 55th Street – facing west

Honk when you pass them!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Girls Basketball Update

One of the biggest events this holiday season is the WBCA Holiday Classic held December 29th at the UW-Fieldhouse. The event features eight total games; three girls games and five boys games. Cuba City, Dodgeville, Black Hawk, Catholic Memorial, Madison Edgewood, and Markesan will participate on the girls side. Cuba City has been the top-ranked team in the Division 3 Coaches Poll all season, while Catholic Memorial and Black Hawk are both currently ranked in Divisions 2 and 4 respectively. Video of all the WBCA games will be available on WSN the following week. Here is the schedule of those games:

Girls' Game
Noon -- Black Hawk vs. Catholic Memorial

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Today is the day for...

The Brian Hanley Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament
Open to all CMH alumni
3:00 - 9:00pm

Even if you are not going to play, stop by see your classmates and friends. Cheer on your team!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas Message to the CMH Community

Dear Members of the CMH Family:

One of the great stories about St. Nicholas is the one that represents the root Santa Claus magically entering into our homes and leaving gifts for children. The story tells of a poor man with three daughters. As beautiful as they might have been, in their poverty the father would have no dowry to offer so that the girls might one day marry. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings left by the fire to dry. Such is the history of giving gifts that completely change lives of children.

The centuries of shared history between the Christmas holiday and St. Nick, may have originally been just a coincidence of the calendar – with his feast day on December 6th and Christmas having long been set by the Church to replace the pagan feasts around the winter solstice. But the connection between the two goes deeper, reaching to the core of this holiday as we still live it out today – the transformative joy of children. God offered His only child as a gift to transform the life of the world. St. Nicholas offered gifts to transform the lives of young people. The ideal of faith tells us that as each child is transformed by the gifts, that child must therefore go out and transform the world.

The gifts themselves may, in today’s world, be viewed by some as prodigal or intended by others to be practical. Such judgments are unnecessary so long as each gift truly reflects the real intention of Christmas – that the gift itself will transform the world! Exemplified in the Nativity of Jesus, the gift of the Child is really the gift of love itself. It is the love of Christ which transforms us, it is the outward signs of the love we learn which compels our tangible gifts, it is in the child who learns to love and learns to give that this needy world can be transformed.

At Catholic Memorial High School we can be very proud of the gifts we give our students – faith, inspiration, education, and community. Each is integrated into the motto of the CMH experience – Caritas in Omnibus. When each truly transforms, we have affirmation that they flow from the source and summit of our CMH mission – Christ, the newborn king!

On this Christmas Day, please know of my deep and sincere thanks to all who make this transformative gift of ours possible. The families who entrust their children to us; the faculty and staff who are so dedicated to our mission; the supporting parishes and their pastors who offer us so many prayers; and the legion of benefactors who are inspired by Christ to emulate St. Nicholas and make a gift of their own wealth so that young people will be transformed. Taken together, our graduates then become a gift to the Church and to the world. Like the spirit of Christmas made real, they are gifts that can transform a needy world!

Blessings to you and your family on this day when God became man and man became destined to be saved.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Very Reverend Paul B. R. Hartmann

P.S. If you have not yet viewed the historical CMH video, The Legacy Lives, please do take some time to view it at our YouTube channel,

Keep track of CMH happenings by checking out my blog regularly,

Lastly, please do support our CMH mission as best you can,

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Boys Basketball Rebounds...literally.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 66
Waukesha West 61

Experience pays off for Crusaders
Wolverines unable to hold five-point fourth-quarter lead By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team got caught with its experience showing.

It was a good look as senior go-to players T.J. Bray and Derek Schell scored 12 and seven points, respectively, in the fourth quarter to lead the Crusaders to a 66-61 comeback victory over Waukesha West in a Classic 8 Conference game Tuesday.

Memorial trailed by five points at 54-49 with 5:16 remaining when Bray went on a tear, scoring seven straight Memorial points to tie the game at 56-56...

Photo -- Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Waukesha West’s Matt Losiniecki defends against Memorial’s Austin Pucylowski in the first half Tuesday at Catholic Memorial.

Before heading home for vacation...

As is only right, on the last day of classes before the Christmas break, the CMH community gathered for an all-school mass.
Special thanks to Deacon Matthew Widder, a transitional deacon for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee who will be ordained to the priesthood next May.
Also joining as concelebrants were Fr. Philip Bogacki, associate pastor at St. John Vianney and Fr. Sean O'Connell, associate pastor of St. Dominic's.
I offered a private prayer that maybe Deacon Matthew would be assigned to a parish nearby so that he too could become involved at CMH.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

State girls rugby all-tournament team

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Named to the
Wisconsin Girls Rugby 2009 State Championship All-Tournament Team
from CMH are:
Anita Dillett, senior
Erin Davis, senior
Maggie Armstrong, junior

Monday, December 21, 2009

Another great shot of the students... last week's Christmas Concert by the CMH Bands and Choirs. Again, congratulations to Mr. Lange and all the students for a great show!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Kids 2 Kids Toy Drive for Christmas

Fr. Paul,

The Catholic Memorial Service Club participated in a toy drive last week and our members’ generosity was surely another example of living with Caritas in Omnibus. In a true sign of thanksgiving for the many blessings in our own lives, we were able to offer a hundreds of toys to the Kids 2 Kids toy drive organized by Kapco Metal Stamping. It was humbling to see students piling in on Friday morning with not just a toy or two, but with bags of toys to be shared with families who may have greater need this Christmas. God is Good!

Thanks to all the Service Club families who helped to make this a huge success.

Come Lord Jesus!
Jon Brzeski

Saturday, December 19, 2009

And more Crusader Hoops success for the Boys

CMH 51,Waukesha North 39
CMH rallies in final period
By Tom Badger Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team won a key Classic 8 Conference showdown with a fourth-round knockout Friday night.

The Crusaders outscored Waukesha North 20-6 in the fourth quarter to take Round 1 of this season’s crosstown rivalry between the two senior dominated teams 51-39 .

Memorial improved to 2-0 in Classic 8 play, 5-1 overall.

“You look at the final score and see a comfortable win – NOT,” Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. “Luckily, in the fourth quarter, some things went our way and a couple of baskets gave us some confidence. It was nice, obviously, that a couple of things went our way late.”...

Photo: Katie Derksen/Special to The Freeman Waukesha North senior Matt Niquette attempts to block a shot by Catholic Memorial senior Austin Pucylowski on Friday at North.

A great night for Crusader Hoops

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial, Mukwonago win

WAUKESHA – Junior Jennifer Benash had 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting as Catholic Memorial High School beat Waukesha North 55-30 in a Classic 8 Conference girls basketball game Friday.

Benash made all three of her 3-point shots and had four steals for the Crusaders (5-1 overall, 1-1 Classic 8).

Senior Emi Kihslinger added 10 points for CMH, which led 36-12 at halftime.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Still time to sign up...

Brian Hanley Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament
Open to all CMH alumni

Date: Sunday, December 27, 2009
Time: 3:00-9:00 PM
Place: Catholic Memorial InPro Center
Cost: 20.00
All Proceeds benefit the Brian D. Hanley Endowment Fund at CMH

For further information and to REGISTER NOW click here

New This Year...
The Legends Bracket: Classes of 1974-1992

The Prime Time Bracket: Classes of 1993-2009

Click here to see brackets

Also New This Year...
Awards Ceremony and Celebration at the Apostolic Center (Rectory)
8:00-10:00 PM

Friday Team Mass -- Girls Basketball

Very early (6:45am), before school on a cold Advent morning the varsity Girls Basketball team and their coaches gathered for the celebration of the Eucharist as a team.

Throughout the year, each CMH varsity team takes an opportunity to pray together. Hopefully the opportunity serves as a reminder of the true source of all their skills, abilities and real inspirations.

Ladies, good luck tonight against Waukesha North!

Small Team, Big Effort

a pic from today's Waukesha Freeman --

This year's CMH Wrestling team is small in numbers (leaving some weight brakets unfilled), but under the guidance of Coach Young, always put in a big effort.

Katie Derksen/Special to The Freeman Waukesha North’s Max Halverson, left, competes against Catholic Memorial’s Matt Krause in the 130-pound weight class Thursday at North. Krause won 15-5.

Gonyo honor covered by Freeman

Just a short blurb in today's Waukesha Freeman from yesterday's press release.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

CMH Soccer Player Recognized

Catholic Memorial Junior Earns a Spot on the
2009 NSCAA/adidas All-Regional Team
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced last week that Val Gonyo, presently a junior at Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) in Waukesha, WI, earned a spot on the 2009 NSCAA/adidas All-Regional Team for her play during her sophomore year. Gonyo, the Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, has scored game-winning goals in 11 of the 14 Classic 8 conference games during her career as a Crusader. Coach John Burke said about Val, “In the modern game of soccer, a player’s versatility has become more important than ever. Val has the ability to accomplish a wide variety of technical and tactical objectives for our team, and she possesses a remarkable willingness to do whatever it takes to help our CMH achieve our goals. She also shows leadership in the classroom with her work in the International Baccalaureate Program, so we are proud of Val for many reasons beyond just soccer.”
Val Gonyo led the Crusaders in scoring during her freshman and sophomore seasons, and she credits her teammates for unselfishly supporting her on and off the field. Val currently has 52 goals and 12 assists for a 116 career point total, which puts her on pace to become one of the top-5 scorers in the history of CMH girls’ soccer. Like the finest CMH scorers Leslie Osborne and Nicole Cameli who graduated before her, Val demonstrates the ability to score goals even when opponents assign two or three players mark her.
Also contributing to Val’s success is her unwavering dedication to CMH’s motto, Caritas in Omnibus (Charity in All Things). Among a variety of service efforts which Val makes, coaching children in TOPSoccer, a program that teaches soccer to children with special needs, is especially important to her. Although Val Gonyo’s skills on the field get the most attention, her academic accomplishments as an honor student with a 3.6 GPA and her community service activities help distinguish her as the complete CMH student-athlete.

Learners Without Borders

Recently, Jacquelyn Gigot, CMH senior, was selected as the state-wide winner for the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers, annual postcard contest. The contest, presented last spring to students, was to promote the public awareness of the importance of learning languages and understanding cultures in the lives of all Americans.

Jacquelyn’s postcard has been published and distributed and will be used by WAFLT as well as member teachers in communication throughout the coming year. Sarah Voors and Amy Olson were also selected to have their postcards published, and were runners up in the contest. Through the artwork of these three young ladies, the CMH name will be sent throughout the state!
Congratulations Jacqie, Sarah & Amy!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

CMH Music Department Christmas Concerts

As previously noted here, this past weekend the CMH choirs and bands held their annual Christmas concerts. On Saturday evening the jazz and blues groups performed at the CMH auditorium and then on Sunday afternoon, the Concert choir and band performed at Shattuck Auditorium on the campus of Carroll University.

Mr. Lange, and all the performers are to be congratulated for some great performances!

CMH JV Poms and Dance Team Competes in Watertown

We Shrive, We Serve

"To shrive" means to give absolution after confession is made. On Monday, CMH welcomed six additional priests who came to campus to help the student body celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
As part of a whole morning of faith and action, in addition to a penitential prayer service and the opportunity for individual reconciliation, every CMH student learned more about the student-led service and outreach opportunities Operation Michael and the Invisible Children effort by the International Outreach Club.
Lastly, every student had the opportunity to honor CMH's founding by writing a Christmas letter of support to a deployed US serviceman or woman.
Special thanks to the priests who assisted at Monday's Advent Penance Service --
Fr. Joe Hornacek, pastor, St. Anthony of the Lake, Pewaukee
Fr. Curt Frederick, pastor, St. Williams, Waukesha
Fr. Ken Knippel, pastor, St. John Vianney, Brookfield
Fr. Sean O'Connell, associate pastor, St. Dominic, Brookfield (and chaplain to the Crusader Football Team)
Fr. Philip Bogacki, associate pastor, St. John Vianney, Brookfield (and chaplain to the CMH Pro-Life Club)
Fr. Tim Uhen, an Opus Dei priest at the Layton Study Center
With seven of us hearing confessions non-stop for almost two and a half hours, the faith was clearly vibrantly alive at CMH on Monday morning.

Read all about it...

from JSOnline.Com --

Congratulations to the CMH Music Department for contributing two tracks to the worthy, charitable endeavor, and to the CMH Art Department for designing the album cover.

To order this wonderful Christmas music CD, click through to the news story for information.

Monday, December 14, 2009

CMH Profile Weekend -- St. Jerome, Oconomowoc

In my first visit to the beautiful new church at St. Jerome Parish in Oconomowoc, the pastor, Fr. John Yockey kindly hosted CMH for the last of this fall's parish profile weekends.

Parish profile weekends are an opportunity to for CMH to say thank you to each of the parishes who are part of the CMH legal structure as supporting parishes.

Helping me to offer these words of thanks were three CMH students who spoke at the masses. Matt Lawton (pictured), Alicia Humphries, and Danny Smith. Each did a great job.

With St. Jerome added to the list, that makes twelve parishes that we have visited. Come spring, two profile weekends are already scheduled for St. John Neuman, and Blessed Theresa of Calcutta. I look forward to both, and more.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Chapel Mass -- Fencing Team

Continuing the recent tradition of using Friday morning masses in the Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel for masses with CMH teams or clubs, this morning, bright and early at 6:45am (-ish) Mr. Sampon and the members of the Fencing Team gathered for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

Tomorrow the team will head down to DesPlaines, IL for a meet. Good luck to all our competitors. May St. Michael the Archangel, patron of fencers, protect them.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

An Asian night for this blog.

Last night's unusually distant visitors to these pages came from... Hong Kong, Philippines, and Singapore.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

CMH Girls' BB Beats the snow and the Falls.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial wins

WAUKESHA – Senior Emily Guhl had 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals as the Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team beat Menomonee Falls 60-49 in a nonconference game Tuesday.

Junior guard Karly Lentz added eight points for the Crusaders, who shot 17 for 46 (37 percent) from the floor, but made 24 of 34 free throws (71 percent) while improving to 4-0.

Yes, it's a snow day!

OK, so the students have the day off. Here are the rules --

1. Finish your homework.
2. Help shovel at your house, and then at a neighbor's who needs the help.
3. Make at least one snow angel.
4. DON'T go to the mall!

Our Lady of the Snows, pray for us!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Immaculately Concieved, Perfectly Prepared

The CMH Community gathered today to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To listen to the Gospel and my homily, click here and then click on the link on the left side.

CMH Craft Fair a Success

I would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped with the craft fair. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for carrying craft items, measuring booths, cleaning , moving furniture, working in the kitchen, collecting money, making food and displaying yard signs . I apologize if I missed anyone. A special thank you goes out to the following people who chaired areas of the craft fair:

Kitchen: Marie Furrer and Colleen Held Furrer ‘81
Advertising: Carol Cage
Student Volunteers: Karolyn Krueger
Facilities: Randy Vorwalske

Thanks again.
Mary Reese (Chairperson)

"A True Student-Athlete"

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

A true student-athlete
Bray to play basketball at Princeton

By Mark Hutchinson Freeman Staff

...Since the late 1940s, the Ivy League has sent 45 players to the National Basketball Association. Most of its alumni, though, have turned pro in other directions. None of them arrived in college via an athletic scholarship. All of them had to pay their tuition and their dues.
To paraphrase the philosophy of a current Ivy League basketball coach, “We recruit not for the next four years, but for the next 40.” T.J. Bray heard that sales pitch last summer from members of the Princeton University coaching staff when they came to see him play.

And Bray, who could have taken a free ride elsewhere, became sold on Princeton. The Catholic Memorial High School senior will become an Ivy Leaguer next fall. He knows there will be no guarantees waiting for him when he arrives in New Jersey, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’ve been told there’s time available, but I’ll have to compete for it,” Bray said. “I like that idea. I want to learn how to play and learn the ropes before being thrown to the sharks.”

Kevin Harnack/Freeman Staff Catholic Memorial’s T.J. Bray surpassed scholarship offers to play basketball, instead choosing to pay to play at Princeton next year.

Monday, December 7, 2009

More friends than I know what to do with.

I have reached

2000 Facebook Friends!

Thanks to all of the CMH Alumni who have befriended me so that they can keep up with what is happening at CMH, and we can keep up with them.

On a side note, 2000 friends, virtually all CMH alumni, is pretty good considering that I don't befriend present students and grads less than four years out. Since CMH has about 11,000 graduates in its 60 year history, that means Facebook let's me contact about 20% of the first 50 years of graduates instantly.

Thanks again to all!

If you are, or you know, an alum who is not yet on my friends list, check out my page.

Caritas off the Court

At CMH, each athletics team is expected to perform a service project. This serves both the CMH mission and motto (Caritas in Omnibus), but it also adds to the team unity and spirit
necessary in good competition.

This past weekend the members of the Girls Basketball teams offered a day of service to the cloistered Carmelite Sisters in Pewaukee. The helped prepare a new home for the religious community's chaplain, Fr. Dennis Klemme.

The young women of CMH were fine examples of our school's spirit and mission.

To: Mark Lepkowski
Varisty Head Coach - Catholic Memorial Girls Basketball


Thank you very much! The pictures are excellent, your help was outstanding and the Carmelite Sisters have been blessed by the community generosity!

We sure appreciate the time and effort on the team, the coaches and the parents part to help us complete this project. Your group showed up before with smiles and finished the job early allowing all to enjoy the balance of the beautiful weekend. Many hands make the work go fast.

You should be very proud of the way in which your girls handled themselves. Their work ethic and willingness to take direction were admirable. All of these young ladies were a pleasure to work with, and a lot of fun to have the youthful energy they provided our tasks. They painted around 3,000 square feet in one day! I won't tell any of their parents how well they worked and painted, as this program may cause many to think we can all paint a whole house in one day. However, all these young ladies should be aware of how their time, talents and kindness are appreciated. " Thank You Girls!

We were very fortunate to have yourself, all of the coaches and parents who took leads to help me keep the work in order. Mr. Brian Frantl should be given a large group hug for generously providing the rolling scaffold and taking charge of the great room painting, it sure saved us a tremendous amount of time. I know some of your group are also part of the Men of Christ group and we have to thank them as their group got the ball rolling on this project. I would not of been able to accomplish this coordination task with out all of your help - Thank You!

Do know the Sisters and Father Klemme are ecstatic with joy! They have been showing your handy work to all who come to visit.

Again Mark; Thank you and every one who helped and know you are all in the Sisters and Fathers prayers!

Ken Dickert, Project Organizer

Photos: Top -- Katie Mueller, Lauren Mueller, Marisa Nennig, Jennifer Benash, Alison Mueller, Sydney McCarthy, Katie Mark, Tess Spaltholz

Middle -- Jenny Waupoose, Cecilla Navarrete, Ava Olson

Near bottom -- Sara Bray, Carina Krausert, Jenny Waupoose, Kristina Rodriguez, Lauren Wein, Anna Vitale, Julia Terasa

Bottom -- CMH Girls Basketball players, Coaches, and Volunteers with Fr. Dennis Klemme and some of the Carmelite Sisters