Thursday, April 30, 2009
Before their final practice ahead of their departure for the Midwest Rugby Championships, I celebrated mass with the members of the CMH Girls Rugby Team.
Throughout the school year I have made an effort to celebrate mass with each of the varsity teams at least once. I hope it serves as a special way to bond the team together, and to bond them to the spiritual life of CMH even more closely.
We prayed for safe travels, safe competition, and blessings upon all. Good Luck Girls!
I haven't posted it in a while so, before the end of the year, let me once again share the CMH Team Prayer --
Our Life, Health, and Abilities are gifts from you.
Give us the courage to devote each,
not to our own gain, but to your glory.
Let us compete today
with all our heart, mind, body, and soul.
If you choose,
allow victory to come as a blessing and reward;
but, if necessary, assist us to learn integrity in defeat.
Keep all players safe this day.
Allow us to give our best as a memorial
to those who have given their all for our sake.
St. Sebastian, patron of athletes, R:/ Pray for Us.
Our Lady of Memorial, R:/ Pray for Us.
Our Lady of Victory, R:/ Pray for Us
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Today at CMH a gospel choir composed of Milwaukee Public School (MPS) high school students will join CMH choral groups to share experiences and music. The MPS students led a choral clinic for CMH students and the students worked together learning several gospel music pieces. To finish the day, the students joined in one voice to present a gospel concert on the Grasch Family Stage in the our auditorium.
The MPS choir is directed by Ms. Arlene Skwierawski. Skwierawski 71, taught music at North Division High School for 25 years and directed the All Saints Roman Catholic Church Choir for 15. She continues to direct choirs throughout the Milwaukee area, including one at Repairers of the Breach, a homeless shelter in Milwaukee.
This event is underwritten by Waukesha law firm, Grady, Hayes & Neary, LLC
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
All profits from the evening – the tickets, the café, and the flowers – will be donated to the New Family to help with their medical expenses. A full auditorium of students, parents and alumni would be a great way to show your support of Mr. and Mrs. New, and enjoy an evening of comedy at the same time! Tickets are available for purchase at the door. $7 students and $10 adults.
For more information about the play, go to www.catholicmemorial.net .
Monday, April 27, 2009
Of the more than 50,000 students being invited to this program, about 16,000 will be named National Merit Program Semifinalists, representing the top scorers in each state, and approximately 34,000 other high scores will be named commended scholars.
CMH students invited to the 2010 PSAT Scholarship Program are Miles Klimara, Timothy Siegler, Emily Starck, and Daniel Smith.
Good work guys!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
From Today's Waukesha Freeman -- A story about CMH Girls Soccer Coach John Burke, and his daughter Molly's battle against leukemia.
In a soccer season in which coach should be joyous – reaching 300 victories and having a top-ranked 12-1-1 team ...
Molly, John, and the entire Burke family remain in our prayers each day.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Would your family enjoy the opportunity to learn more about another country, meet a wonderful teenager, and have the chance to welcome a new member into your family?
We are currently looking for host families to welcome one of the following students into your home and family for next school year.
. One candidate who hope to attend CMH is a 17 year old female from the Netherlands. She is a part of AFS International and will be coming to CMH for one year to experience life in the US and learn more about our school, community and country. She loves to shop, dance, watch movies, ride horses and spend time with her friends. She has studied English for 5 years and feels her English ability is good.
Another candidate is a 13 year old female from South Korea. She has spent the last year in a middle school in Canada and is very interested in attending CMH for high school. This candidate is part of Nacel Open Door and is hoping to attend all four years of high school here before moving on to college in the US. She is a motivated student, plays the flute, saxophone and piano, and enjoys tennis, archery and volleyball. She has had 4 years of English and has spent the last school year in an English speaking school. (Hosting this girl would not mean a 4 year commitment.)
I have full dossiers on both of these young ladies as well as information on both AFS and Nacel.
If you would like to find out more about what is involved in hosting an International Student or would like to find out more about one of these students please call me at 262.542.7101, ext. 204 or email at email@example.com.
Hosting an International Student can be an amazing and rewarding experience for your family – please consider it!!
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I hope you've read some of the recollections about senior retreat from alumni that are coming to me through my facebook page. More are coming in by the hour. If my six hours with them showed me anything, I anticipate that these young men and women will be able to make the same testimonials for decades to come.
The confessions were sincere and deep, the sharing among students was heartfelt and loving, and celebration of the Eucharist was powerful and moving. (They actually could be heard singing!)
Thanks to Mr. Brzeski and the faculty and volunteer leaders who make this retreat possible. Thank you to the Seniors who take it seriously.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Any of you who read this blog as alumni of CMH, you can remember your senior retreat fondly. Please pray for our seniors so that their experience will be as profound as your own.
The other day, on my Facebook page, I asked for alums to share memories -- here is a selection:
John Muchka, ’01:
"I have nothing but great memories from senior retreat. It really brought our class as a whole closer together. I actually still have the letters I received when I attended the retreat in 2001. Open up, relax and ENJOY!"
Patty Collins Thibault, ’84:
"Palankas, closure, forgiveness, GREAT friends.....amazing time! I wish them well......we had a great class! 1984!!!!"
Morgan Wick, ’03:
"Wow senior retreat was definitely one of my favorite times in high school. I still have the letters from then too. I would agree, be open and honest and you will gain so much!!"
Kristin Schmidt, ’05:
"one of the days we were there it was my birthday!! (05)...My best friends surprised me with cupcakes and a little get-together/celebration....it was a great time! (:"
Kevin Farner, ’88:
"Senior retreat was very awesome... certain songs bring me back - talking with friends that I hadn't talked with since freshman year…
Amber 'Lewicki' LeFevour, ’00:
"i made a new friend! she had lived right down the street from me for years, and we had class together, but only senior retreat brought us together! she's now the closest friend i have from high school, and she stood up in my wedding. class of 2000!"
Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran, ’76:
"It was a very long time ago and I remember it like it was yesterday. The discussions, getting up to watch the sun come up, talking our way into the bell tower....a wonderful and memorable experience. (Class of '76.)"
Kelly Kastner, ’89:
"Going back..as an alum was so fantastic...it's where I knew I would some day marry my soon to be husband...."
Paul Hepperla, ’88:
"I have great memories of my high school retreat - from realizing the pain some of my friends grew up with, to the impact my everyday comments had on people, to how much my family and friends care for me.
Susan Manser, ’80:
"I graduated in 1980 and I still think back to that weekend here and there. It was such a spiritual bonding with your classmates!”
Kyle Miner, ’01:
"Senior retreat is perfect as a transition for life after high school... You really learn there who your lifelong friends are... I still have my class gift sitting on my desk these 8 years later"
Jill Korsmo, ’84:
"I never went to my retreat, and I regret it to this day ..."
Cindy Bohlman, ’81:
"I accidentally found my palanka in a box in a folder a few years ago. I called my Mom immediately and we both cried. I remember painting our puzzle pieces and making our combined project. I love seeing it again at reunions."
Wendy Kubbernus Otto, ’81:
"one of the best experiences...ever! The tears, the laughter, the friends...my heart is full of memories that i will never forget!!"
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
From CMH Girls Rugby coach, John "Wally" Waliszewski --
29 CMH Girls Rugby players and their families traveled to Iowa over last weekend for the Midwest Rugby Challenge tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. Also making the trip were volunteer assistant coaches and former rugby players Maggie Perdzock and Alexandra Glorioso, both CMH alumni from the class of 2004.
CMH Alumni and rugby player Becky Kleinmaus, '02, currently teaching in Des Moines, met us for the matches and hosted the entire team at her house for a feast of a dinner.
For the record, CMH won all three matches to remain undefeated.
CMHS 34 Orono 5
CMHS 53 Edina 0
CMHS 22 Hopkins 0
A great word of thanks to Coach Waliszewski and all the parents and volunteers who make the Rugby team such a powerhouse in the sport!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
For this morning's all-school mass, the CMH community was joined by Bishop William Callahan, auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee. Yesterday, Bishop Callahan was elected by the College of Consultors to be the Diocesan Administrator. With Archbishop Dolan having officially become the Archbishop of New York last Wednesday, Bishop Callahan will now be the caretaker leader of the archdiocese until Pope Benedict XVI names a new archbishop.
We are thrilled that this previously planned event was Bishop Callahan's first public activity since being named. The CMH community can be very appreciative of the support that the wider diocesan church has shown it. In the last eleven months, all three of Milwaukee's bishops (Dolan, Sklba, and now Callahan) have celebrated mass with our kids. This is a sign of the genuine esteem in which CMH is held by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
At the masses, two special blessings were bestowed by the bishop. One upon all of the juniors who, through their many parishes, have or will soon, be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. They are all to be praised for having worked so hard for the completion of the Church's sacraments of initiation.
The second blessing was prayed for our senior who will leave for senior retreat tomorrow. For over thirty years now senior retreat has been one of the most impressive experiences for a CMH student. For the next three days, please keep our senior, their retreat leaders and chaperones, in your prayers.
Monday, April 20, 2009
The girls had a successful week.
First, we defeated Frederica Academy 7-1, then we defeated the #2-ranked team in Georgia, St. Vincent’s, 1-0, and finally we defeated Stratford Academy 3-0.
A college scout at the Stratford Academy game came over to our bench after the game and said, “I see a lot of great teams, and your team is one of them, but I’m most impressed with your girls’ class. They play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.” This, of course, was the highpoint of the trip for me.
After our last game, we went to the largest aquarium in the world, the Georgia Aquarium. The kids learned quite a bit about marine biology during the five hours we spent there.
Everyone is home safe and sound, and I couldn’t be prouder of our girls. Sr. Pat, the coach of St. Vincent’s, has invited us back next year for a tournament of the best Catholic girls’ teams in Georgia + CMH. We hope to be able to attend that if the dates work out.
The team has been selected by the Journal-Sentinel as the team of the week, and that should appear on Tuesday. Finally, ESPN.Com has ranked the the CMH girls soccer team ranked as one of the top 50 teams in the country. #44 to be exact!
Pictured -- Nikki Condit ’11 and Gwenn Chamberlin ’12 sitting on riverfront steps in Savannah, GA
Sunday, April 19, 2009
1. Wednesday -- The most memorable line in Archbishop's Dolan Installation Mass Homily that never saw ink in a mainstream newspaper or a soundbite on any television newscast --
2. Thursday -- Visiting Ground Zero --
I have visited, or gotten close to, Ground Zero twice before. I travelled to NYC just two weeks September 11th. I walked as close as security would let me. An acquaintance, Vince Druding, was volunteering for 16 hour shifts for weeks straight at what was still a disaster area. I saw Vince this week, he is now a transitional deacon for the Archdiocese of New York and will be ordained a priest this May.
A few years later, Ground Zero was a still a clean-up zone, and now it is clearly a construction site. Yet, it is still a powerful place to stop and pray.
3. Friday -- okay, a "touristy" thing - dinner with friends at Centolire.
One of the best things about travel, is taking the opportunity to see and meet people. In the week in NYC, I visited relatives in New Jersey, Manhattan and Queens. I had lunch with a CMH alum from the class of 1962. I saw priest friends from around the country and met new friends as well.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
A defining student-athlete
Zelko excels in both areas
By Tony Mooren Freeman Staff
Rasmussen returns as Memorial hopes to retain league tourney crown
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Alleluia! The Lord is Risen!
Not too long after I was ordained a priest, one of my nephews took to “playing mass.” Since he really could not talk yet, the extent of this game of pretend was that he would drape a scarf over his shoulders and raise his hands with a rather emphatic “Alleluia.” But, to be honest, what he blurted out was something with more “w’s” pronounced in it than when Elmer Fudd hunted “wabbit.” But we all knew what he meant.
In his own way, my nephew latched on to one of the most important elements of our Roman Catholic liturgy. At its root, “Alleluia” means “Praise the Lord!” Interestingly enough, compared to how important praising the Lord is, for the last six weeks of Lent, we have intentionally not uttered the word “Alleluia” during our liturgies. Why?
During Lent we do not sing or say "alleluia." Saint Augustine wrote of this that, “We say good-bye fondly, as parting friends." It has been said that, as Catholics, we know intuitively that alleluia is an eternal song for angels and saints. Thus, alleluia is uniquely heaven’s song. But, it truly becomes our song because of Christ’s resurrection, and his offering to us of true redemption in spite of our sins. It is a song which proclaims that we are the chosen people of God; the people who truly know that the gates of heaven have been opened for us. Saint Augustine also wrote that "We are an Easter People and 'Alleluia' is our song!”
During Lent we were forced to admit that, because of our sinfulness, we have been exiled from heaven, our one true home. Like sad and desperate refugees, we refuse to sing the song of that home. During the last forty days we should have come to realize that because we have sinned, we brought this exile upon ourselves. We are like the prodigal son running away from our Father. The good news is that through our acts of prayer, penance, and almsgiving we have come to our senses. In Christ we have found our way out of exile, and found our way back home to the Father who loves us.
Like a former slave who cries out “freedom” or a once sick person who thankfully proclaims that “I am healed”, we, who because of our sins were distant from Christ, can now, only because of HIS suffering, HIS death and HIS resurrection, rightfully and sincerely proclaims “Alleluia”, that is “Praise the Lord!”
There are so many things that happen during our ordinary Sunday celebration of the mass. So many symbolic actions and so many points we try to make. But ideally, in the midst of all of that, after we have received the very Body and Blood of a sacrificed and risen Christ, and realized that the Eucharist is the premier gift of a resurrected Lord, we come to the very same conclusion that my nephew once fortuitously reached…the most significant thing that we can take from the mass is a desire to “Praise the Lord!”
I hope that you actually noticed that we had to wait forty days to cry out “Alleluia.” I hope that, because of that wait, its proclamation today is even more meaningful.
Alleluia! Praise the Lord! Easter Blessings to all!
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Very Reverend Paul Hartmann
Thanks to Coach John Waliszewski for his great leadership.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
CMH Family and Friends:
With Holy Week upon us, there are just days left to take stock of ourselves and make final preparations for a fruitful celebration of Easter. Given this liturgical emphasis, it should come as no surprise that there are saints, whose feast days occurred in the last few days, who went largely unnoticed except by those of us who pray the full liturgy of the hours. Allow me to make note of two: St. Isidore of Seville, whose feast was on April 4th; and St. Vincent Ferrar, whose feast was April 5th. While they lived centuries apart, in very different places, both are renowned for the strength of their faith amidst great adversity.
For Isidore, in the 7th century, the Visigoths had invaded Spain from the East, and Arian heretics were spoiling the Church from within. For Vincent, in the 14th century the Church was shaken by three claimants to the papacy and its move to Avignon, France. Many historians look at times like those endured by Isidore and Vincent and see proof that the Holy Spirit is truly with the Catholic Church. For without it, how could we have ever survived?
After taking stock personally and historically, I guess it’s a good time to take stock as a school community. It should come as no surprise that we all have significant worry about the economy, and the impact its downturn will have on CMH’s fundraising and enrollment. A change in leadership at the archdiocese and the search for a new principal adds some anxiousness. Lastly, just the accumulation of the daily stresses and strains that seem to have no real outlets anymore weigh on some many.
These things may not be as bad as Visigoths invading over the Pyrenees, but taken together they can place a strain on all of us. The examples of both Isidore and Vincent are worth following. In times of upheaval, remain steadfast in prayer, committed to the community, and trusting in God. For us, these can be made real by something as simple as asking more patience of all of you for myself, and for all of the overworked faculty and staff of the school. It might also be as complex as imploring more of you to step up with greater stewardship of time, talent, and treasure.
All in all, CMH is in a great place right now. For that, please accept me sincere thanks. I wish I could say the adversity will soon end, but even I am not sure yet. What I do count on so often in my life is that for ever challenging Lent, there is always a glorious Easter. In the same way that we have all been bound together these last 40 days in our common journey of prayer, penance, and almsgiving; let us come together in a journey of commitment, self-offering, and trust so that the modern Easter that this community eventually feels will be as vivid for us as the Lord’s Resurrection.
Ss. Isidore and Vincent, pray for us.
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!
Very Reverend Paul Hartmann
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Another way to answer the question is to say that a perfect score on the ACT exam is what CMH junior, Tim Siegler, achieved when he took the test!
For this year, only 46 students nationwide have achieved a perfect score on the ACT exam.
For comparisons -- the average score for those admitted to Princeton is 32, and Harvard 33.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
For me, CMH may be the most important part of it, but Holy Week and Easter should remind us of just how big, and embracing the Roman Catholic Church is...
I hope you find the links interesting!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the competition, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, are the longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program in the nation. Nearly 80,000 students submit more than 140,000 works of art and writing to 81 regional programs annually.
More than 30,000 young artists and writers receive regional awards. Of those, 1,000 pieces go on to earn national Gold and Silver Medals and are invited to attend a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Receiving a highly-prized Gold Award in the category of Computer Art is CMH junior, Derek Schell.
Derek and his family have been invited to New York City for the Carnegie Hall awards ceremony. After being exhibited in New York, Derek's piece will be returned to CMH in time for viewing at the Student Art Show in the CMH Library on May 27 & 28.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
That being said, I can honestly (and legally) say, that I have only been presented with one candidate's positions that make sense to me. In fact, to date I have received no contacts at all from the other candidate. Hmmm? Go figure.
He may not have won this time, but CMH theology teacher, Edwin Rivera is to be congratulated for his drive, commitment and dedication to training to prepare for the Wisconsin Golden Gloves Boxing Championships.
Junior, T.J. Bray, basketball
Senior, Chris Weber, wrestling
Also, from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel All-Area Boys Basketball Team --
Junior, T.J. Bray, Third Team
(OK TJ, enough already!)
Congratulations TJ & Chris!
What draws them? Girls Rugby? John Burke's 300th win? CMH alumni checking out my letter to incoming freshmen? You be the judge.
Match the country's name with the flag?
Saturday, April 4, 2009
This spring I will continue my effort to attend at least one game/match, for every CMH sports team. I wasn't able to get there today, but the Girls' Rugby team handily beat the club team from Vernon.
I look forward to personally seeing a match soon.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Welcome to the CMH family!
The word “if” – for one of the shortest words in the English language it is one of the most meaningful. When used looking back, “if only I did…”, it is one of the saddest, most regret-filled of words. When used looking ahead, “if I do…”, it is one of the most promising and hope-filled of words.
When you become a Crusader you enter into something truly blessed, and especially great. But so much of it depends on you – IF you make the most of your time here. In the next four years, IF you devote yourself to the challenging academics, you will be able to go to your choice of colleges. IF you try for the IB and AP classes, you will likely get college credits for your work. IF you ask for help when you need it, you will find that your teachers are helpful and committed to your success.
IF you stretch yourself in extra-curriculars, you will achieve things you never thought possible. IF you practice on the field or the court you might hoist a trophy. IF you rehearse in the studio or on the stage, you will move people’s hearts with you flourishing talents. IF you trust that your eyes, ears, or hands can offer art, they will. IF you join others in any of these ventures, you will make friends for a lifetime.
IF you humbly admit that all of this – the school, the teachers, and your parents sending you here – is a gift from God, you will feel gifted. IF you work for more in sacrament, prayer, Campus ministry, and theology classes, you will be given more. IF you truly understand Caritas in Omnibus (Charity in All Things) you will forever receive caritas in omnibus.
Today you are looking ahead, I hope you are making a lot of “IF” statements. As a member of the CMH family, as a Crusader, you will be given everything that you need to change “IF” phrases, to “I will” and then to proudly change “I will” to “I have.”
I look forward to seeing all of you in August. May you have a blessed summer! Always remember, IF you truly become a Crusader – you can accomplish anything you desire!
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!
Fr. Paul Hartmann
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
CMH Senior Phil Engsberg has been accepted into the University of North Florida’s Jazz Studies program. I am told that UNF has one of the best programs for jazz performance in the country. This is a great accomplishment based on auditions for which Phil worked very hard.
Phil has been mentioned in this blog before for his participation in two great CMH programs -- He won Second Place in Star Search, as well as a valuable member or the student improv comedy troupe, Sticky Rhinoceros.
Congratulations to Phil, and to all our seniors who are hearing from their colleges!
Girls soccer preview
Finding no gain in the pain
Serious injuries on the rise
By MARK FELDMANN
Also, speaking of CMH Girls Soccer -- check the shout-out, also in today's Journal-Sentinel preview, and their #1 Ranking in the WCSA pre-season poll.