Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NHL hockey where the fan chants are in French.

Montreal Canadiens 4 - Chicago Blackhawks 1

Thanks to the CMH Hockey teams for helping me better understand, and appreciate, the game.

Day 2 in Montreal

The gist of today entailed dragging my travel companions (my brother, sister, and a friend) on the typical city tour. The highlights (for me) were the Churches.
As I noted in my April newsletter, I made visits to Montreas Cathedral, Ste. Marie Reine du Monde, which is a near exact 1/3 size replica of St. Peter’s in Rome, and then the Irish inspired Basilica of St. Patrick.
Our longest stop was at the Basilica of Notre Dame du Montreal (pictured above). I could have spent all day in any of the churches, but Notre Dame is especially beautiful. Tomorrow, it is up the steps to St. John's.
Tonight -- the Canadiens - Blackhawks hockey game!
I admit that I was remiss on posting yesterday, but most of the day was spent traveling. I have to admit, Air Canada was a far better experience than I had anticipated after how difficult things were in making these "changed ticket" arrangements.
That said, the interesting highlight of Day 1 -- Lunch at Canada's famed chain, Tim Horton's. I ordered my deli sandwich and was asked if I wanted to "make it a combo". I looked at the picture menu that the girl gestured to and thought I'd see a perfectly arranged sandwich, soda and fries. Nope, not at Tim Horton's -- here a combo is a sandwich, soda, and a doughnut.
And they say American's have bad dining habits. Sadly, I could not supersize my doughnut.

3 on 3 Basketball Tourney for Charity

3x3 Champs -- Dan Walden, Jack Fleming, Conor O'Halloran, and Shaun Knapp

This year's 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was for the benefit of International Outreach's Invisible Children Campaign.

Thanks to all of the participants, organizers, and chaperones. Great work!

CMH Alum earns "All-American" Honors

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse gymnast, Schaelyn McFadden, CMH '05, earned All-America honors at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Individual Championships in Hutton Arena on the campus of Hamline University.

Schaelyn tied for fourth on the uneven parallel bars to earn her first career All-America honor.
Congratulations Schaelyn! You make CMH proud!

My April Newsletter Column -- a day early.

Greetings again from Montreal.

Here is a benefit to readers of my blog -- my monthly CMH newsletter column a day early. Enjoy!


As you received the Edline message that the monthly newsletter was available online, I am in Montreal, Quebec for a few days of vacation. Not originally by choice mind you, but taking a short vacation nonetheless. Basically, I had a previous trip to Canada cancelled last year and needed to use the ticket by mid-April or lose it. So, here I am.

After I forced myself to plan the trip I began to get excited. Where else can I visit a French language, Marian dedicated Cathedral, Ste. Marie Reine du Monde, which is a near exact 1/3 size replica of St. Peter’s in Rome, and then go over a Basilica dedicated to St. Patrick. What more can a good Irish Catholic priest hope for?

But alas, I cannot visit just churches and museums. A few weeks ago my brother, sister, and a mutual friend all decided to tag along on the trip. Their most significant contribution – after a day of churches, we are all going to the NHL hockey game pitting the Montreal Canadiens against the Chicago Blackhawks. Talk about moving from the sacred to the profane in very short order. But, truthfully, such is not all bad.

The balance struck by circumstance (taking a vacation before tickets expire) and positive peer pressure (going to see a hockey game) can be a good thing. In fact, it is a balance that we should all strive for in our lives. Having a vibrant life of faith, with knowledge of history and tradition, does not prevent us from appreciating, and even excelling, in the world.

I know that this is a balance which we work to foster for our students here at CMH. Good Catholic education is about passing on not only content, but balance – chapel informs classroom; classroom informs stage, studio and arena; stage, studio and arena are places to live out our faith. At CMH we strive each day to give our young people all that is needed to strike this balance in their lives.

In these remaining days of Lent, please allow the Lord to work through your commitments to prayer, penance, and almsgiving, so that you work, and your play may be properly in balance. Balanced for the greater glory of God!

Le Seigneur soit avec vous,

Very Reverend Paul Hartmann

Another recognition for CMH Girls' Basketball

Greetings to you from Montreal!

It will quick notes for the next few days --

Congratulations once again to CMH junior, Elizabeth Guhl, on have been named to to Third Team, Waukesha Freeman's All-County Teams.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

CMH Hosts Engaged Enrichment Day

Yesterday, over 170 engaged couples came to CMH to participate in an Engaged Enrichment Day. A necessary part of marriage preparation here in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the program is put on by the Pope John Paul II Center's Nazareth Project.
Couples participate in sessions on the Theology of Marriage, Natural Family Planning, Theology of the Body, Communications, and other elements of preparing for a sacrament. The keynote address of the day, "Catholic Marriage: Forever, Faithful, & Fruitful" was given by yours truly.
170 couples from all over the archdiocese, and will get married in the next few months. I know we made a good impression -- I hope we see some of them again in 15 or 20 years as parents of our students!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

CMH Hockey Players Recognized

Actually the team went by the abbreviation "CMP" because this year CMH entered into a co-op hockey program with Pius High School. But, our guys are still the pride of CMH nonetheless.
Recognized on the Journal-Sentinel All Area Hockey team were CMH junior, Tom Chapin, and his teammate from Pius, a senior, Devin Steurmer.
Recognized with Second-Team honors was CMH junior, David Chapin.
The Classic 8 All-Conference Team was also announced this week. Congratulations to CMH student-athletes, Trent Neinas, Tom Chapin, and David Chapin for being named to Second Team honors. Congratulations also go out to their Pius teammates, Devin Stuermer for First Team honors, Kyle Fink & Anthony Soo Hoo for Honorable Mentions.
Congratulations to all the CMP "Crusading Popes". (A few weeks ago I asked the trivia question, what does Pope Urban II have to do with CMP hockey -- He was the Pope of the 1st Crusade.)
Thanks again to Coach Chapin and the 10 CMH hockey players who spent a day off of school last week helping to move me into the rectory here at CMH. You are true Crusaders!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Some CMH Building

I wish it were a new Chapel, or Auditorium, or Library, but those will have to come later. For now, today cement is being poured for the foundation of a new garage attached to the rectory.

I moved in last Friday and it is great to be so present to the community. Please, just don't wake me up to get homework in the middle of the night.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Not the only CMH Blogger

CMH Spanish teachers draw students into creative blogging --

From Steph Diedrich,

Fr. Paul,

Jennifer and I have started a blog with our Spanish 3 students. We have a poetry unit through which we teach reading and analytical skills. Jennifer has come across much research, as she wraps up her masters this spring, that indicates the academic benefits of blogging. With Charley Tollefson’s help we have set up blogs for all Spanish 3-5 courses. Our Spanish 3 students have really enjoyed what they have done so far. I has been cool to see students put themselves out there and share beyond the basic content of the poetry, etc. We have had all students and parents sign acknowledgment agreement spelling out the parameters of usage (academic purpose only).

If you would like to see our blog in action here is the website:

The first set of postings have been done in English. I hope you enjoy them.

Jennifer and I would like to make you aware of how we have incorporated student-run prayer/reflection into our daily lessons. Each student has chosen a day to lead prayer/reflection at the beginning of class. They may choose a song, passage, poem, book, photo, etc to share with their classmates. The students have been really excited and engaged in this form of prayer. You are more than welcome to stop by and share with them this time of prayer.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

CMH gets hit with Spring Fever

Joining Fr. Paul Hartmann, CMH President, were his mother, Ellen Hartmann of Brookfield, Kathy & Ron Mohorek, Chair of the CMH Board and lead sponsors of the event. In the back row, are Steve & Anita Condit of Pewaukee, Mary & Dan Hanlon, Jean & Vince Eskau.

From the Freeman's "Out & About" page --

WAUKESHA – More than 400 people attended Catholic Memorial High School’s 28th annual Crusader Auction on Saturday to raise money for tuition assistance. This year’s event was held in the school’s gymnasium. Students assisted with greeting, selling raffle tickets and other aspects of the fundraiser. Melinda Lanham chaired the event.

For more pictures from the event, follow this link.

Other groups have cancelled their events all together, but the CMH community is very unlikely to pass up a good celebration. Bidding was pretty tight, but spirits were high. No matter what the dollar outcome, the Spring Fever celebration was a success.

Congratulations to CMH Basketball Players

From today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School junior T.J. Bray has been selected as the Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year.

Bray, who finished fifth in Waukesha County in scoring with a 16.7 scoring average, was one of four juniors who gained first-team recognition in voting by league coaches.

Also recognized by the Classic 8 Conference are -- Jack Fleming, All-Conference Second Team, Mike Neary & Derek Schell, All-Conference Honorable Mention.

On the girl's side, CMH junior, Elizabeth Guhl, was named to the All-Conference First Team. Rachel White and Karly Lentz were recognized with Honorable Mentions as well.

TJ Bray was also recognized with an Honorable Mention for the Associated Press All-State Selection.

Thanks to all of our CMH student athletes for being such great representatives of CMH.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sorry, I took the weekend off.

News about the Auction later!

For now, a word of thanks to the Mom's Prayer group who gather every Monday in the Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in order to pray for CMH, its students, faculty and staff. What a wonderful sign value. All are welcome.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Rectory Update.

I'm in!

Thanks to the hockey players for helping with the move. Thanks to all the workers. Still a few odds and ends...and all these boxes to empty. But, I'm in.

Imagine that, a priest restoring and moving back into a rectory.

Not much else for today. See you all tomorrow at the CMH Auction!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chicago Shakespeare Returns to CMH

CMH English teacher Mr. Tom New reporting --

On Wednesday, March 18, Chicago Shakespeare returned to CMH for the third year in a row. This year’s production, part of their Short Shakespeare series, was an amazing production of one of the Bard’s best loved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A packed house gave a well-deserved standing ovation at the end of a production that had our students enrapt by the internationally renowned theater company’s high energy interpretation of the classic tale. The performance was timed to allow for our audience to ask the actors questions about the production. As they were loading into their vans and truck for the return trip to the Windy City, members of the production cast and crew were effusive in their praise of our students. They told me that this was one of the best shows they had had in their eleven week run, and that the enthusiasm from our audience was a huge reason for that. Lacy Katherine Campbell, the actress playing Helena, added that the questions from our students were perhaps the most insightful they had heard thus far.

Major thanks go out to the Friends of the Arts for all that they have done and continue to do in bringing Chicago Shakes here to CMH. As one of the tech crew members, here for the third time, said to me, when she heard they were coming to Memorial, she told all the rest of the cast and crew that they were in for one of the best days on their tour. “You all treat us so well. You have super-eager kids here to help with load-in and load-out, your audiences are so appreciative, and those drama moms feed us great food. You all are legend!” As they left, each one carrying a CMH coffee mug, they asked me to say a big thank you to everyone for their help in making their day and their performance something special. I’ll add my own thanks to everyone who helped, made adjustments, showed understanding, and pitched in to make this a truly special day, one our students will always be able to look back on as one of their great CMH memories.

A report from one parent who was able to attend --

Thanks for bringing in the theater group again this year. They were truly impressive yesterday, and the kids definitely enjoyed the performance.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

CMH students speak about International Outreach Club activities at Gesu Parish

Last Sunday, juniors Jackie Gigot and Ashley Selas went to Marquette University to present to Gesu parishioners about the situation in Uganda that is being given attention by the International Outreach organization at Catholic Memorial.
They presented for about twenty minutes on the origins of the war in Uganda and about some of the atrocities that have happened and continue to happen there.
Sr. Mary Rose Attu, who is pursuing graduate studies at Marquette, followed their presentation speaking from her personal experience having grown up in Uganda. She expressed her gratitude that the youth of the Church are being attentive to the needs of the world and are taking action.
Our students then answered the questions of socially conscious adults of Gesu Parish. Both Jackie and Ashley had an impressive command of the topic. I am told that Sr. Mary Rose Attu was quite impressed by how accurately our young ladies described the situation in Uganda.
Members of the CMH INternational Outreach Club want to stay in touch with the “Invisible Children” of Uganda. Learn about their commitment to bring prayer and raise awareness and funds to ease the plight of these Ugandan children.
Thank you Jackie & Ashley

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"St. Patrick's Breastplate"
"The Deer's Cry" or
"The Lorica".
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through the confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the Judgment Day.
I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.
I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me:
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me
From snares of demons,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.
I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul.
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.

Monday, March 16, 2009

CMH Lenten Reconciliation Service

As we do each Advent and Lent, the CMH student community gathered this morning to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. With the help of five brother-priests, we had a very nice communal Liturgy of the Word followed by all of the priests being available for individual confession and absolution throughout the morning. By my observations, we were all kept busy throughout.

Special thanks to our visiting priests -- Fr. Joe Hornacek, from St. Anthony of the Lake, Pewaukee; Fr. Ralph Gross, St. Bruno's, Dousman; Fr. Nate Reesman, St. Mary Visitation, Elm Grove; Fr. Tim Uhen, Layton Study Center, Brookfield.

Thank you to Jon Brzeski and the Campus Ministry Leadership Team for their work on planning and presenting the prayer service.

It is in sacramental moments such as these that I am most proud of our students. Thank you to all of them!

May you Lenten journey be fruitful and faith-filled!

Raising CMH's Profile in Big Bend, WI

This past weekend, Fr. Paul Hartmann celebrated all of the masses at St. Joseph's Parish, Big Bend, for a CMH Profile Weekend. Joining Fr. Paul to offer materials about CMH and answer questions were Julie Lindahl and Mary Hutchens from the Office of Admissions. At each mass a student from CMH offered their own words of thanks to the community for being a supporting parish of CMH and what CMH means for them. Sophomore, Isabella Lambert, spoke at the Saturday evening mass, and junior Lyndsey Bohrer (pictured above) spoke at the Sunday masses.
Notable, Lyndsey is a second generation Crusader -- her father, Dave, and seven aunts and uncles all attended CMH.
Thanks to all who turned out.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Busy day at, and for, CMH

Got the office this morning thinking it would be a nice quiet time to catch up on things. Well, not at CMH.

  • Both track teams are running around.
  • One gym has TOPS soccer -- a project of girls soccer coach John Burke which teaches developmentally challenged kids how to play soccer. (BTW, his daughter, Molly, is responding well to treatments. Prayers are still appreciated.)
  • The other gym has the area Knights of Columbus hosting the grade school free throw contest.
  • And many of the classrooms are being used for the KC's regional math and spelling competitions.
  • Tonight it is off to St. Joe's Big Bend to cover all the weekend masses for a CMH Profile Weekend. (Thank you Fr. Dick for letting us visit.)

Lots of kids and their parents seeing CMH. See you when your start high school!

Now to that paperwork.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Dear CMH Community –

I write to you to announce that Dr. Mark Schmitt has decided to move on from CMH to other educational endeavors. Beginning on July 1st of this year he will take over as Principal of Delavan-Darien High School in Walworth County.

Dr. Schmitt is to be thanked for his educational efforts here at CMH. The introduction and grant-writing for the pre-engineering program, Project Lead the Way, as well as common course curriculum and common assessments will have lasting impacts on our school.

I have already been in contact with the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to begin the search for a new principal. A search committee consisting of faculty, staff, parents, and board members will be formed soon. Held before them will be the continued growth of the Mission and Vision of Catholic Memorial as a leader among schools in Waukesha County, and the premiere Catholic high school of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

I express to Mark our shared thanks for his service to us, and offer our prayers to him and his family as new challenges are taken on. I ask your continued prayerful and active support as CMH begins this search process.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Very Reverend Paul Hartmann

Thursday, March 12, 2009

St. Thomas More Society Youth Law Day

20 CMH Students attend Youth Law Day, hosted by the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin.

Catholic Perspectives on Law and Justice

Youth Law Day is aimed at Catholic high school students, and seeks to promote interest in the legal profession and to provide a Catholic perspective on law and justice.

The program featured presentations by members of the Society, the Bar, the Judiciary and the Clergy.

CMH teacher Mr. John Gabelbauer brought 20 students from his Criminal Justice class to attend. All students enjoyed and appreciated the day.

Follow up on Theology of the Body presentations --

From a CMH parent --

Hi Deacon Dan,
Thank you again for coming to Catholic Memorial on Tuesday. Speaking for our son, and his friends, your talk was very well-received by the students. "Totally different than what I thought it would be. It was about love, not sex."

From another CMH parent --

Fr. Paul -Thought that maybe some of the parents that attended the talk on Tues. night might be interested in the show on EWTN. (It was a very good talk).

Theology of the Body for Teens airing on EWTN

Tune in as Theology of the Body for Teens authors Brian Butler and Jason and Crystalina Evert present Pope John Paul II's liberating message of life and love to your teens on EWTN. The series will air Thursdays at 11:30 PM Eastern, with an encore each Friday at 2:30 AM Eastern beginning March 12.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Well, almost 400.

But yes, we have almost 400 registrations for the
2009 Crusader Auction "Spring Fever"

While other community groups and institutions are cancelling events this year, the life, vibrancy, and enthusiasm of CMH is shown by the 15% increase over last year's attendance.

We are still taking reservations, but you must act soon.

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

5:30pm -- Cocktails, Silent Auction, Hors d'oeurves
7:30pm -- DinnerFollowed by Live Auction
Live music by Jojo and the Go Monkeys
featuring CMH alumni

For information, reservations or to arrange to for raffle tickets
contact -- Monica Fleming
(262) 542-7101 ext. 220

If you can't join us, call about purchasing raffle tickets.

Let me note it one more time...400! Be a part of it!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

CMH alum teaches Theology of the Body

Today was Deacon Dan Janasik's (CMH '97) presentation to the student on Theology of the Body.

While the incident at New Berlin Eisenhower of a few weeks ago may be fading from the thoughts of our students, recall that one of the steps that we at CMH are taking is a use of Pope John Paul the Great's Theology of the Body as a means for all of us to better understand these complex matters in today's world.

Today, all of our students took part in assemblies where Deacon Janasik presented an overview on Theology of the Body for Teens.

I encourage all CMH parents to ask their kids about this so that they can better process and apply it.

On a related note, CMH is very proud of Dan for his response to God's call of a priestly vocation. With all good graces he will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 23rd, at 10:30am, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Dan's vocation is a blessing to the Church, his family, and to CMH. Please keep him in prayer and even consider attending the ordination.


A comment after Deacon Janasik's presentation to parents --

Thank you very much for inviting Deacon Dan to speak on the Theology of the Body. His presentation last evening was excellent with so many good stories, examples and analogies. It was also great to listen to the concerns and experiences of other parents during the question and answer session. I hope you plan more of these events and would love to have Deacon Dan involved at CMH!

Last night's long distance visitor

You have probably guessed that I am fascinated with who, while surfing the internet, decides to visit this blog. I don't get names, but I can check a report of locations of ISP's. I have previously noted visitors from Iran, India, Sri Lanka, and Brasil.
Last night's long distance winner was a visitor located in Wollongong, Australia.
I hope they liked what they read about CMH!

A shout-out for the Spring Musical

In the "Sound Off" section of today's Waukesha Freeman --

Kudos to Chris Andacht and the Catholic Memorial High School theater program. Their recent production of “South Pacific” was extremely well done. The choreography, singing and scenery were top notch. It was evident that a lot of time and planning went into the show, and the audience could feel the energy on stage. Again, congratulations to the cast and crew for a successful show.

My thanks to whoever was willing to send the Freeman this message. CMH needs more supporters like you.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Your action is needed.

Please consider expressing your point of view the President’s budget proposal which could reduce charitable giving. The proposal in President Obama's budget is one that would impose new limits on charitable tax deductions.

For more information about the proposal, and steps you can take to express you point of view, please go to --


Monday Lenten Prayer Services

Pictured: Members of the CMH's Campus Ministry Leadership Team preparing for today's weekly, Lenten Prayer Service.
Each week during Lent, the entire student body gathers to pray the Stations of the Cross. In today's reflections the scriptural grounding of Jeusus via dolorosa was given connection to the work of our students' International Outreach project for the Invisible Children of Uganda.
Thank you to Mr. Brzeski and the CMLT for all their work.
You may have heard, or read, of my interview with WTMJ radio regarding a group of Italian Bishops who are recommending that young people give up texting for Lent. Interestingly, they got parts of my point of view correct, but edited out every mention of getting closer to Christ in the season. Go figure!
Channel 58 called and wants to do an interview for tonight's news. Let's see if they do better. Here's hoping!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast

One of the great CMH traditions is the Annual Mother-Son mass and breakfast.
Mass in the auditorium was nice and the highlight was the tribute that Justin and Eric Lauria-Banta offered to their mother as a sign of all sons showing appreciation. In turn, their mom's reflections left most of the other moms in tears.
Just on of those things that sets CMH apart.

CMH Boys WIAA Regional Champs

CMH was victorious last night in the regional championship -- a 51-49 win over East Troy at the fieldhouse of Wilmot Union High School.

On Thursday, March 12, the Crusaders take on equally high-seeded Madison Edgewood, 7pm at Janesville Parker H. S. (Two Catholic high schools...I wonder if the WIAA will let us pray before the game. Not!)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Before Caritas in Omnibus, there must be empathy.

Economic situation brings new light to
annual homelessness awareness event

There was an article in today's Waukesha Freeman (photos from the Freeman)

Operation Michael is a profound statement from the students of the CMH Community about following Christ's example of oneness with the poor and learning empathy as the core of our motto Caritas in Omnibus (Charity in all things).

Eleven years ago a group of CMH senior boys started this effort. For more information about Operation Michael, check out an article our last issue of Catholic Memorial Magazine, page 6

Friday, March 6, 2009

Be sure to get in on the CMH Crusader Auction

Please join us for
The 28th Annual

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

5:30pm -- Cocktails, Silent Auction, Hors d'oeurves
7:30pm -- Dinner

Followed by Live Auction
Live music by Jojo and the Go Monkeys
featuring CMH alumni

For information, reservations or to arrange to for raffle tickets
contact -- Monica Fleming
(262) 542-7101 ext. 220

Let your friends know.

If you can't join us, call about purchasing raffle tickets.

See you there!

Just a bunch of wild animals...No, not our students!

makes a presentation to CMH Science Classes

Wildlife rehabilitation is the treatment and care of injured, diseased, orphaned, or displaced indigenous wildlife, and the subsequent return of healthy viable animals to appropriate habitats in the wild. At the Wildlife In Need Center we answer over 10,000 phone calls from people asking for advice or help with wildlife issues and admit over 3,000 animals annually. We also conduct educational programs in schools, for scout groups, and for church and civic groups.

Another call for prayers -

Many of you may remember Sister Bernadone Fagan who taught at CMH in three different stints (1972-73, 1977-80, & 1992-2002)

She recently had knee surgery, and is now in the infirmary at the convent in Manitowoc. She would appreciate your prayers at this time.

Cards can be sent to her at:

St. Francis Convent
6835 Highway 151
Manitowoc, WI 54220

This is a good opportunity to note how thankful CMH will forever be for the 50+ years of service that that Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity gave to CMH.

Parent Comments on Tuesday's presentation on Internet Safety

- I was in attendance at Tuesday night's internet safety meeting and I want to thank Catholic Memorial for providing parents with these opportunities.

- We must communicate with our children and use every resource afforded to us to help us protect our kids.

- Thank you to Dr. Schmitt and Father Paul for providing us these opportunities.

- My husband and I are looking forward to the next topic - Theology of the Body on Tuesday night.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

An update on Monday's Prayer Request

Good morning Father.

I wanted to let you know that Caitlin Robel, daughter of Chris Biebel, is home from Childrens hospital!

She is doing miraculously well, the Doctors are delighted with her rapid recovery.

Thank you for the prayers.

Lisa Schiek

CMH Star Search '09

I have to admit, that I had thought about skipping the Star Search show last night. It had been a long day, and part of me just wanted to go home and do nothing (actually, do laundry). I am glad I did not skip the show!

The night featured 13 great performances, and that does not count the comedic work of the two MC's for the night.

There was plenty of music -- from rock to classical, cover pieces and original compositions, even a very humorous re-working of a heavy metal song.

I have to admit that I had a few moments of fear when the performing student asked the crowd if they knew what "death metal" music was. They even played a short snippet that was a loud, grinding "melody" and incomprehensible lyrics.

But, the two juniors re-worked it and showed the absurdity of the lyrics by performing it as if it were a Mel Torme or Tony Bennett lounge act. It was hilarious!

There were comedians and dancers, and an outstanding submission by a group of CMH Faculty members. (No, I neither sang, nor danced.)

Congratulations go to all of the student performers --
The Last Minute Band -- Nick Kapusniak, Leigh Schneider, Nathan Krismer, Anna Schulte
Kristin McGaver
Seoyeon Park
Sam Engsberg & Jonathan Balicki

Kevin Koprowski
Hailey Schmidt
Mike Frantl
Madison Sternig
McKenna Smith & Emma Pesci
Julie Lee & Nancy Lee
Phil Engsberg
The Wilderness -- Andy Klain, Alex Radish, Colin Shinners & Cody Gardetto
A Chorus of CMH Faculty
Special thanks to MC's Tyler Benash & Shaun Knapp
and all the judges, stage crew and Student Council Moderators.
All of the performers will do a second show tonight. It should be sold out...I hope you have your tickets.
The top three acts will perform at Friday's pep rally.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Just another reminder...

Theology of the Body -- A Session for Parents
Tuesday, March 10th
7:00pm in the Grasch Auditorium

All are welcome!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

In response to an article in Monday's Waukesha Freeman, which totally, overlooked CMH, I sent the following letter to the editor. Guess what, they published it!


Interest high in pre-engineering program at Catholic Memorial

To the editor:

Having read (Monday’s) article about pre-engineering programs in Waukesha County schools, I wanted to add Catholic Memorial High School to your list of schools offering Project Lead the Way. Since our recent announcement that CMH received a Kern Family Foundation grant to initiate Project Lead the Way, early registrations have almost 100 students participating – more than 10 percent of our student body. While it often goes unnoticed, CMH continues to be at the forefront of high-quality education in a Catholic, faith-based setting. Thank you for including CMH in your future stories on such endeavors.

Very Rev. Paul Hartmann
President Catholic Memorial High School Waukesha

LETTERS: Send letters to: Editor,The Freeman, P.O. Box 7, Waukesha,WI 53187. Or fax us at 542-8259. Or e-mail: letters@conleynet.com.

Thank you Waukesha Freeman for following up to correct this oversight. Still waiting for that story about the Ski Team.

Monday, March 2, 2009

A call for prayers...

I recieved this e-mail earlier today. Prayers are always the best we can do at a distance.

Dear Father,

I am writing to ask for prayers for a 5 year old little girl, Caitlin Robel. Caitlin is the daughter of a CMH graduate, Chris Biebel Robel. (One of 5 Biebels who attended CMH from the '80's to 2003).

Caitlin underwent a 7 hour surgery last Friday to seal off an aneurysm in her brain. She is recovering at Childrens Hospital, and the Doctors are pleased with the outcome of the surgery so far. But she is not out of the woods yet.

Any and all prayers would be most appreciated. Caitlin is the granddaughter of Bob and Ginger Biebel of Waukesha. Thank you Father.


Lisa Schiek