Friday, January 30, 2009
Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) has received a grant of $35,000 to implement the Project Lead the Way engineering program. The grant is made possible through the Kern Family Foundation.
The Kern Family Foundation’s mission includes the objectives of enhancing the lives of others by promoting educational excellence as well as high quality, innovative engineering talent. The Foundation’s partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is one significant program area that fulfills this mission to increase the quantity and quality of U.S. engineering talent.
Project Lead the Way is a non‐profit organization focused on introducing and preparing middle and high school students for engineering and technical careers of the future. PLTW forms partnerships with public schools, institutions of higher education and the private sector to increase opportunities for students in engineering and technical fields. Particularly, PLTW provides a high rigor, project‐based curriculum meeting national science and math standards, professional development for teachers and guidance counselors and a comprehensive national support network. PLTW courses are accessible to college‐bound engineering students as well as students who may not have thought of college and a career in a technical field. The courses aim to instill problem‐solving, teamwork, communication and leadership skills in students as well as help them.
In my effort to make sure I attend an event of every sports team at least once, tonight I watched our Varsity Girls' Basketball team in their victory over Waukesha South.
Earlier today, the girls team, as well as our hockey players, attended daily mass. Since I arrived I have tried to use each of the Friday daily masses (6:55am in the Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel) as a chance for me to pray and celebrate the Eucharist with one of the sports teams.
That's CMH -- faith, academics, and extra-curriculars. Congratulations to our varsity Girls team, good luck to the Hockey teams who will compete tomorrow.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The meal will be catered by Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Brookfield and will include chicken marsala, penne pacchiu, Caesar salad and bread. Dine-in and carry-out is available. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for senior citizens, $10 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children under 3.
For more information, call Catholic Memorial at 542-7101.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I asked the group of students who traveled to Washington, DC for the March for Life to share some of their reflections about the trip. Here are snippets from the first few that have come in -
For me, the best memory from my trip to DC was praying the rosary outside the Supreme Court. It was moving to look around at my surroundings and be so close to all the historic buildings and powerful people inside of them. We had said a rosary earlier in the trip, but being in front of the Supreme Court changed the mood for me and made the challenge of abortion seem more real. It was really special to be able to pray with my classmates who were all praying for a common cause which we all feel strongly about: protecting life at risk.
I can't believe how many young people were there marching, and how many people in general.
It is such a unique experience. If you really want to feel like you're making a difference in the fight against abortion I strongly suggest you make the trip.
My best memory is experiencing the presence of so many Pro-Life people together, marching to promote the sanctity of life.
It is something I will never forget, and seeing that many people working for what you believe in is an experience that everyone should have the chance to participate in.
Recall, that Sr. Mary Ann was here at CMH yesterday (up until the water main break) for the Vocations Awareness Panel.
Be sure to check out her blog!
The CMH InPro Center fills up with over 1500 students, faculty, staff, and families from both CMH, and Waukesha Catholic School System.
Fr. Paul Hartmann, President of CMH was the celebrant and homilist. Concelebrating at the mass were Fr. Jason Lavan, associate pastor of St. William's and pastors' delegate to WCSS; Fr. Jim Volkert, Pastor of St. Mary's and CMH Board Member; Fr. Len Barbian, Pastor of St. Williams; Fr. Bill Key, Pastor of St. Joe's; Fr. Jim Loehr, Pastor of St. John Neuman and former CMH principal; Fr. Dick Robinson, Pastor of St. Joe's, Big Bend; and Fr. Nate Reesman, associate pastor of St. Mary Visitation, and CMH Board member. Deacon Scott Campbell of St. William's assisted at the altar.
Choirs and musicians from both schools added to the celebrations. A special thanks to the CMH Mothers' Club for the treats offered to all the kids (young and older) after the mass.
Below, some of our senior were there to help the 4-yr old kindergarten students throughout the mass.
The first one on the scene --
CBS 58 sent a cameraman, but we don't seem to be on their website. There must be a cat stuck in a tree somewhere.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Once the plumbing contractor was able to reach the buried pipe, the hole just filled up. The water to the entire school building would have to be shut off to assess the extent of the problem and to make needed repairs. In the wonderfully succinct outlook of a trained professional, the contractors indicated that the water could be off "for one hour, or for eights hours." Who knows?
In what the students might think my greatest executive decision to date, Dr. Schmitt and I agreed that given the circumstances had to be closed for the day. Nothing else could be done. Sadly, this second such break in the last few years goes to show the ongoing needs we have in maintenance and capital updates.
St. Vincent Ferrar, the patron saint of plumbers, pray for us.
Before we closed school today, as part of Catholic Schools Week, we had were hosting a vocations panel for the junior level theology classes.
Addressing the students about the call to lives of ministry were, Fr. Jim Lobacz, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Postulant Pam Peasel, a postulant to the Franciscan Sisters of Charity, Sr. Mary Ann Spanjers, vocations directress of the Franciscan Sisters, and Deacon Scott Campbell, a permanent deacon at St. Williams Parish.
Scheduled to have come later this afternoon was Deacon Luke Strand, a transitional deacon who will be ordained a priest for the archdiocese next May. It is sad that this event was cut short. Don't worry, it will be rescheduled for sometime in February.
Let me note at this time that when I was meeting with the Archbishop and the CMH Board about coming here as president, I wrote for myself a list of numeric goals. I had a number for what I want to see someday in our endowment funds; I have numbers for enrollment and annual fundraising; most importantly, at the bottom of my list is a "1". Simply put, a school as large and a vibrant as CMH should be able to produce at least one vocation to priesthood or religious life out of every graduating class.
Pray that I meet this goal, along with all the others.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Please consider signing this online petition about the plan to introduce late-term abortions at University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison -- http://www.wrtl.org/petition2/
Friday, January 23, 2009
The CMH Pro-Life group continued their pilgrimage of life today. To begin the day the group went to the National Holocaust Museum. It takes hours to walk the museum. At the end of that pilgrimage within a building, each had their own impressions of the exhibits. No one leaves the museum without being overwhelmed.
Ultimately, to disregard life is slippery slope. First the unborn, then the elderly, eventually the lame or simply the unwanted or those to be blamed. How, in 1945, could we have collectively said "never again", and today the slope is even steeper than before.
Today, I was not able to go to the Holocaust Museum with the group. But, I have been there three times before. On each visit, the most important moment for me is reading the names of the Righteous Gentiles. On my first visit, and both afterward, my eyes were drawn to the name of a Franciscan friar, Thaddeus Hartmann. Not a relative, just an inspiration to do the righteous thing.
In the afternoon the kids had some flexible time. Most stuck together and visited the monuments, or did some typical touristy things. We gathered for dinner and then, at about 8pm, we walked back to the Supreme Court Building. Yesterday, 250,000 people were clamoring to have their righteous voices heard. Tonight, 39 of us prayed the Rosary.
It was dark, and pretty quiet. Only once or twice in the half hour it takes to pray the Rosary did someone else even even walk by. Some of the kids were a little self-conscious, but they did not shrink from this act of faith and witness -- this act of righteous hope. We can all be very proud of them.
I will post some pictures when the kids share their shots with me. In close, let me share with you the reflections which we prayed at the Supreme Court. The leaders of the Pro-Life Club led the prayer. We used the Joyful Mysteries as our focus. The reflection and petition for each was written by Fr. Frank Pavone of the Priests for Life.
Blessings to all! Keep us in your prayers as we travel home tomorrow.
The Joyful Mysteries
The Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel
Mary is troubled by the angel's greeting, yet rejoices to do God's will. Let us pray that those who are troubled by their pregnancy may have the grace to trust in God's will.
The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
John the Baptist leapt for joy in his mother's womb. We pray that people may realize that abortion is not about children who "might" come into the world, but is about children who are already in the world, living and growing in the womb.
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
God Himself was born as a child. The greatness of a person does not depend on size, for the newborn King is very small. Let us pray for an end to prejudice against the tiny babies threatened by abortion.
The Presentation of Jesus
The Child is presented in the Temple because the Child belongs to God. Children are not the property of their parents, nor of the government.
They - and we - belong to God Himself.
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
The boy Jesus was filled with wisdom, because He is God. Let us pray that all people may see the wisdom of His teachings about the dignity of life, and may understand that this teaching is not an opinion, but the truth.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Under your leadership may the American people continue to find in their religious and political heritage the spiritual values and ethical principles needed to cooperate in the building of a truly just and free society, marked by respect for the dignity, equality and rights of each of its members, especially the poor, the outcast, and those who have no voice.
May God bless us all!
Monday, January 19, 2009
The best part for CMH is that Facebook has a demographic of people in their 20's and 30's, a group that we often lose track of through college and in the years following. Notably, I do have one member of the Class of 1970 who is now connected to CMH through Facebook.
Here are some great quotes from people that have re-connected to CMH --
**Happy New Year! Thank you for finding your alumni. I had a wonderful experience at Catholic Memorial and believe it's one of the best schools to this day. It's a wonderful school with wonderful teachers.
Kelly Nadboralski (CMH ’93)
**"If you ever need any help at CMH.. I am willing to volunteer.. let me know.. its been a few years since I have been there"
Steven Dibbs (CMH ’04)
**I think about CMH a lot and all the wonderful memories I had there.
Katy Therese Lynch (CMH '02)
**“I loved my four years at CMH and if there is ever anything I can help with that involves the school please don't hesitate to ask :)”
Alex Picciolo (CMH ’06)
**I graduated in 2003 and my sister graduated in 2005. We both loved our high school experiences, and, frankly, some of my senior year classes at CMH were better and more challenging than some of my college ones.
Monica Charleston (CMH ’03)
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The Reverend Daniel Pakenham
Pastor, St. Mary Visitation Parish, Elm Grove
Passed to Eternal Life,
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The prayers of the CMH community go out to the family and friends of Fr. Dan, and to the community of St. Mary's parish.
Fr. Pakenham was rector of St. Francis de Sales Seminary in the years of my college and theology formation. He was a great supporter of Catholic education, a friend, and a true man of the Church.
Among the choices that the Sacramentary offers for Masses for the Dead, an option for the Prayer After Communion in the funeral mass of a priest is quite fitting --
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
It is notable that the near-$20B in financial benefit to the country does not include the further direct benefits of savings to public school systems, and more importantly the millions of service hours performed by Catholic School students and their families.
Imagine how different things might be if the world were willing, or even able, to put a quantifiable value on Caritas in Omnibus! Now that's a national stimulus package!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Fun Fridays are a chance for students and families, with an interest in CMH, to expereince some of the interesting and fun activities that our faculty and staff incorporate into each day's learning experiences. Small groups of grade school students have a chance to meet present students, future classmates, and teachers they might have when they arrive at CMH. Fun Fridays are a great offering organized by our Office of Admissions.
Last Friday, a large group of kids tried fencing, art, science, or even entertained themselves (and each other) with while learn the improvisational comedy techniques of CMH's Improv group, Sticky Rhinoceros.
There are two more Fun Friday's scheduled -- on February 6th for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders & February 20th for 7th and 8th graders. For more information, please contact our Director of Admissions, Ms. Julie Lindahl.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
More positive coverage of the Hockey team in today's Waukesha Freeman -- CMH/Pius "Building Momentum"!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Florida was great! Meeting alumni was wonderful! Talking about their memories of CMH was heartwarming! Everything was perfect...until...
Got to Mitchell International Airport a little late last night, took a while to get to my car (freezing the whole way since I left my winter coat in the car...didn't need it in sunny Florida), and guess what -- the battery was dead!
Thank you to Jason, the tow truck driver who saved me.
I hope to have more details later today about the Crusader Fund.
Take care, and keep warm.
Also, Crusader Boys Basketball, Co-op Hockey, and Girls Swimming are in the news!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Many thanks to Mr. Bob Buchen who hosted a group of CMH alumni and past parents for a luncheon at The Club at Pelican Bay in Naples Florida. The gorups shared favorite CMH memories and were updated about what's happening at CMH today.
Did you know that about 40 alumni of CMH are in the Naples area? This does not include all the snowbirds or young alums for whom we do not have up-to-date contact information.
The group that gathered today decided that a CMH Crusader gathering should be held annually in the Naples area. Thanks everyone for the great spirit and commitment to CMH!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
This Friday, I will be in Boca Raton, and Satruday in Naples.
Contact us for details -- I look forward to meeting CMHers somewhere warmer than Waukesha.
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Monday, January 5, 2009
CMH '08 grad and basketball standout, Dayton Young, has been awarded a Presidential Scholarship at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL. As a freshman, Dayton plays forward for the Foresters men's basketball team.
Today's Freeman, in the Sports Section has an article listing our Crusader Boy's Basketball team as one of the top teams in the county. Keep track of the Crusader Boy's Basketball schedule through their Edline page.
Over at the Journal-Sentinel, our Crusader Hockey team is ranked as the #1 team in the area, pulling ahead of University School and Arrowhead. At the same time, the website WisconsinPrepHockey.Net has CMH/Pius ranked 8th in the state (two spots higher than the Journal-Sentinel reported yesterday.) Check out the CMP Hockey page on Edline for schedules and news.
Because of the snow day on December 19th, school is back in session today after 17 full days off for the Christmas break. You can only imagine how thrilled all the kids look this morning.
Today is the Church's memorial to St. John Neumann, the first American bishop to be canonized. As bishop of Philadelphia he opened nearly 100 parochial schools and raised the number of kids in Catholic schools in the diocese from 500 to over 9,000.
We should all be inspired by this!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Marguerite Gallagher, our Director of Development, shared with me one donor’s letter which had a huge impact on those of us who were in school this week. Allow me to share this paraphrase of the letter (so as to keep the author confidential):
“Dear Crusader Fund, Several years ago I was unemployed and struggling as a single parent to come up with the tuition to send my student to CMH. As a college graduate this was hardly the circumstance I would EVER have imagined; yet it happened.
At that time, CMH assisted us with a generous tuition grant. I felt like we had the training wheels on a bike that allowed us to coast until we didn’t need so much help. I have a position as an educator now with another part-time job on the side. Please accept my small contribution to help another family educate their student in a time of need. God knows there will be others struggling in the current economy and struggling with their pride.”
AMEN! and THANK-YOU!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
The other day, Madison's Wisconsin State Journal, re-ran the Freeman writer Joe Petrie's article about the CMH Rectory Renovation. The original article was noticed in this Blog last December 3rd.
The January issue of the trade journal "Athletic Business" highlights last November's record-setting Midwest fencing meet host be CMH. The article was written by Michael Popke, a CMH Grad of '86. This blog highlighted CMH fencing in one of my first blog entries.
Not a bad way to start out the new year.
P.S. Watch this blog for a great update about the annual Crusadaer Fund...more good news.