Sunday, May 31, 2009

CMH Seniors awarded over $10,607,000...

Last Friday, CMH held its annual Senior Awards Luncheon. At the luncheon the accomplishments of our 176 graduating seniors were reflected in community recognitions, scholarship awards from organizations and clubs, as well as the numerous awards from the colleges and universities to which they have applied.

Last year's CMH seniors were awarded a then record, $8,800,000.

This year's senior class shattered that record having been awarded more than...

$10,607,000

Considering that for all of these students, the amount spent in tuition for all four year at CMH was $4.2M it means that a dollar invested in tuition at CMH pays back the families more than two-and-a-half times that amount. Better than any stock market investment!

Add to this the hundreds of college credits that will be earned by the these students in light of AP and IB testing and the value to these CMH families could exceed $12M.

My column for the June CMH Newsletter

Dear Friends:

On Saturday, May 23rd, I was thrilled to have attended the priestly ordinations of six new priests for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Among these fine young men is Fr. Dan Janasik, CMH alum from the Class of ‘97. We, as a community of faith and education, should be justifiably proud of the part that CMH played in preparing Fr. Dan for the journey of faith that has now led to ordination.

The remainder of the weekend was then a whirlwind of attending the new priests’ first masses at their home parishes and the celebratory receptions and dinners with family and friends which followed. As with so many events like this, toasts are offered to honor the new priest, his parents, the priest(s) who inspired him, etc. Traditionally, the toasts end with the Latin invocation, Ad Multos Annos, which means “for many years.” It is a prayer that their ministry will go on many years in the future.

I am glad that at the end of my first year as president I was able to represent CMH at the ordination of an alum. It forces me, and all of us, to bring into focus some elements of our mission. Faith and education come before all else. The extension of the whole person into the extra-curriculars, extends out from the foundations of a solid, well-formed Catholic faith, and a demanding, high-caliber education. When this is truly the case, as it is for the soon-to-be 2009 graduates, everything that CMH has given will live on in them “for many years.”

I have learned much in this first year, and admit to some mistakes in the process. But I remain thrilled to be president of CMH and excited about the prospects for the future. We will soon name a new principal; next year we will start Project Lead the Way with over 15% of our students signed up; and a great senior class who has gone forth from our halls will be replaced by a freshman class full of unimaginable potential.

In this year, I have asked that our graduates leave here “Happy, Healthy, and Holy. I have hoped that we could reclaim the memory of the sacrifice made by 23 men from St. Joe’s parish, for which CMH is to be a living memorial. I have prayed that Our Lady of Memorial, our patroness, would intercede on behalf of our needs. For all of this and so much more I have hoped that my contribution, and our shared efforts, would have impact “for many years.”

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!
Ad Multos Annos!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Very Reverend Paul Hartmann
President

P.S. Have a great summer!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The good old days...

...of Catholic School enrollments.

From the "On this Day" history column in today's Waukesha Freeman --

60 YEARS AGO

May 28, 1949 – A policy of compulsory grade school attendance in the Catholic schools of Waukesha was outlined last night by Monsignor E. J. Rodenkirch, pastor of St. Joseph’s church, in speaking to eighth-grade graduates.

Because of limited grade school facilities prior to this time, the pastor said, he refrained from demanding full attendance in the grade school. Beginning next September, however, the facilities will be such that every Catholic family in the city will be expected to send its children to the Catholic schools. Father Rodenkirch explained that the law of the church is very firm on this point and that he will insist upon its enforcement.


Nota Bene -- At the same time that Fr. Rodenkirch made these statements about Catholic grade school education, construction was taking place on the original building for CMH. Three months later, in August, 1949, the very first group of CMH freshmen would arrive. And the legacy began...

CMH Track Teams Fare well at Regional


From today's Waukesha Freeman --

County teams fare well in regionals
Four teams win championships

WAUKESHA – Waukesha County teams had a huge day in a Division 2 regional at Catholic Memorial as New Berlin West (151 points), Memorial (114) and Pewaukee (100) took the top three places in the boys competition and the top three spots in the girls competition: Memorial 146, Pewaukee 143 and West 102.

John Luterbach led Memorial boys with firsts in the 1,600 (4:40.39) and 3,200 (10:23.03) while its other firsts were: Charlie Tell in the discus (145-2), Don Kennedy in the 400 (51.33), Chris Schrubbe in the shot put (52-7 1/4), Mara Aparnieks in the 100 (13.10), Maura Quinn in the 200 (28.30), Jessa Hackman in the 800 (2:26.39) and its girls 3,200 (10:04.35), 800 (1:48.07), and 400 (50.80) relay teams.

Pewaukee girls matched Memorial’s first places with five and advanced 18 entries to the sectional.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Breaking 10,000

Sorry, but no, I am not talking about the stock market.

I forgot to tell everyone that on Monday evening, my simple little blog had its 10,000th visitor!

Free postings for all to read in celebration!

Thanks for reading.

Fr. Paul

CMH Runner signs with Marquette

MU Cross Country/Track & Field Adds 17 Student-Athletes For 2009-10 Seasons

Squads add athletes from eight different states

MILWAUKEE—Marquette University cross country and track and field programs have announced the addition of 17 student-athletes for the 2009-10 academic school year. All 17 athletes have signed either National Letters of Intent or Acceptance of Admission forms, making them eligible for competition starting this fall.

“I’m extremely excited about this group of recruits,” cross country head coach/assistant track coach Mike Nelson said of the group of distance runners. “These student-athletes are coming into Marquette University with some outstanding athletic resumes. All of these athletes are difference-makers and they will help us climb the ranks of the ultra-competitive BIG EAST Conference.

MU Coach Bert Rogers speaks specifically about Jessa --

“Jessa had a very successfully career at Catholic Memorial High School, qualifying for the Wisconsin State Championships in several events, including the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays and the 800 meters. Her range is her most impressive athletic attribute because she can run a successful 400-meter dash and has no problem tackling the 4k in cross country. Jessa will concentrate on events ranging from 800-1,500 meters and cross country.”

Congratulations Jessa!

CMH Wins WISAA Golf Regional


DELAFIELD – Catholic Memorial High School was an easy winner of a WIAA Division 2 regional golf tournament at the Naga-Waukee Golf Course on Tuesday.

Memorial junior Chad Bonis was medalist with a 73. The top four teams advance to sectional competition, but Palmyra-Eagle finished fifth, one stroke out of fourth, and Pewaukee was sixth, three shots behind Palmyra-Eagle. Pewaukee freshman Corey Sweeney shot an 83 and Palmyra-Eagle junior Cody Kloeffler shot an 84 as both qualified for sectional play as individuals. Memorial sophomore Patrick Bohrer shot a 79.

– Waukesha Freeman Staff

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day


Those in whose honor CMH is a living memorial to sacrificing for others.
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No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.
John 15: 13


Angelus E. Wise, Private, U.S. Army
– May 10, 1942, Bataan Death March
Valentine P. Farkas, Private, Army Air Corps
– June 6, 1942, South Pacific
Thomas J. Jaquest, Private, U.S. Army
– September 21, 1942, Dutch Timor Island, Silver Star
Charles R. Brust, Private, Army Air Corps
– October 17, 1942, Spinal meningitis
Everett G. Kelso, Ensign, USN
– October 21, 1942, training accident, San Diego, CA
Michael J. Puhl, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army
– January 4, 1943, Buna, New Guinea
Robert K. Stark, Private, U.S. Army
– May 24, 1943, Attu, Aleutian Islands, Purple Heart
Harry L. Kruck, Jr., 2nd Lt., Army Air Corps
– September 3, 1943, training accident, Muroc, CA
Valentino A. Brazzale, Sargeant, U.S. Army
– September 11, 1943, Sicily, Italy
Giles Lunenschloss, Private, U.S. Army
– January 6, 1944, New Guinea
Alvan C. Ade, Private, Army Air Corps
– January 7, 1944, Italy
Harry Sewnig, Lt., Army Air Corp
– April 2, 1944, MIA, Italy
Robert H. Petry, 2nd Lt., Army Air Corps
– September 5, 1944, France
William O. Weber, PFC, USMC
– September 15, 1944, Peleliu Island, South Pacific
Joseph M. Kowalski, Sergeant, U.S. Army
– September 16, 1944, Germany
John G. Murdock, Seaman 2nd Class, USN
– December 3, 1944, The Philippines
Robert McGuire, USMC
– January, 4, 1945, Okinawa
George A. Martin, Petty Officer, USN
– March 10, 1945, MIA, lost at sea, Bronze Star
John Roswell Bacon, Marine Medic, USN
– March 14, 1945, injuries at Iwo Jima
Leonard J. Meola, Private, U.S. Army
– March 19, 1945, Luzon, Philippines
Frederick J. Patrinos, Sergeant, Army Air Corps
– April 19, 1945, MIA, Oslo Norway, Purple Heart
Stephen Prelozni, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army
– April 23, 1945, Germany
William S. Malone, 1st Lt., Army Air Corps
– September 26, 1945, training accident, Millville, PA


David J. Frischmann
– May 29, 1967, South Vietnam
George Carr
– February 1, 1968, South Vietnam
Cornelius Vanderstarren
– September 13, 1968, South Vietnam
Craig Sullivan
– October 24, 1986, training accident, Mediterranean Sea
Robert P. Warns, II
– November 8, 2004, Iraq
Richard Warner
– December 13, 2004, Iraq

In Pace Requiescat


Sunday, May 24, 2009

2009 CMH Art Show

CMH Art Show 2009
This Wednesday & Thursday
Wed., 5/27, 7:30am - 8:00pmThu., 5/28, 7:30am - 3:30pm
in the CMH Library



"This day is a blessing!"


Above -- one of the most impressive, and most ancient, parts of the rite of ordination is when, after the ordaining bishop, all priests in attendance also perform the "laying on of hands". Thus, the connectedness of all priests from throughout the history of the church is outwardly exemplified.
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Not that you can recognize him from the back, third from the left is CMH alum Dan Janasik.
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Read more in today's Journal-Sentinel article.
Or watch the story on Channel 4 news.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

May 23rd, 2009 -- Milwaukee's Ordination Day

Today 6 men were ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Among them was Dan Janasik, CMH Class of '97.

Congratulations Dan!

Memorial Day important to CMH

It seems that too few people know the history of the founding of CMH. In the 1920's the parishioners of St. Joseph's Parish in Waukesha had saved up about $10,000 to establish a parish-based high school to continue the Catholic education already being provided in the grade school. The funds were attentively guarded even through the Great Depression.

The real challenge would come about after World War II when the parish became somewhat divided about the use of the funds. During WW II the parish suffered the loss of 23 men to battles in all theaters of the war. Because of this, one group wanted the saved monies to go toward a formal War Memorial to be erected at St. Joseph's Cemetery (near the intersection of what is now East Broadway and Hwy 59). Others though, insisted that St. Joseph's High School was the purpose of the funds, and that had to be respected.

The impasse got so bad that, it is said, it took the intervention of the Archbishop Moses Kiley to help reach a solution. His suggestion -- allow a high school, where young people are trained in the faith and in light of the values of their fore bearers, itself be a perpetual "living memorial" to those 23 souls who willing gave their lives for ideals and purposes far greater than themselves.

Thus, Catholic Memorial High School (as opposed to St. Joe's H.S.) opened its doors to its first freshman class.

Ideally, all Americans, but in a unique way CMH students, should make special prayer and reflection on this Memorial Day weekend. This coming Thursday, CMH will pause to make its own annual memorial day celebration in the form of "Celebrating Lives of Service." Please feel free to join us for mass at 1:00pm, Thursday, May 28th, in the InPro Center.

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In a related note, from today's Freeman --

Air Force Airman Daniel S. Lisowski graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He is the son of David and Caryn Lisowski of North Pointview Road, Oconomowoc. The airman is a 2008 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School.

Friday, May 22, 2009

More speaking of Golf ...

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After the Classic 8 tournament, All-Conference recognitions were announced today. CMH junior Chad Bonis was named Second Team All-Conference and junior Sean Harvey was named Third Team All-Conference.

Congratualtion Chad & Sean!

Speaking of golf...

From today's Waukesha Freeman article about the Classic 8 Conference Golf Tournament --

Thanks to a fifth-place finish from Chad Bonis (74), and a 10th-place finish from Sean Harvey (79), Catholic Memorial, a squad that started the season with five new players with no varsity experience, won the battle for third place by eight strokes over North and Pius.

“We’ve been getting more and more consistent all year and today Chad and Sean really played very solid for us today,” Catholic Memorial coach Steve Plechaty said.

Congratulations CMH Golfers!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Remember when only the nuns used "clickers"?

From Senoras Denton and Diedrich, CMH Spanish teachers --

Hi Fr. Paul –

Here’s some fun stuff that you could use on your blog. We are experimenting with clickers in our Spanish classrooms. I used them Wednesday with rave reviews from all students! Here are some of their comments:

“Clickers are awesome – lots of fun WHILE learning!”
“This is really cool and makes learning more interesting.”
“I love these! They are a good way to see what the class knows and doesn’t know!”
“It was fun and interactive. Better than a regular check quiz – I actually wanted to do every question to see my response!”
“I like clickers because when we use them, we can learn, and only we know if we got something wrong.”


While computer-based "clickers" will never replace quizzes, they do seem to be offering another state-of-the-art active learning tool. Check out this excerpt from an online article Clickers in the Classroom --

Current research describes the benefits of active learning approaches. Clickers, or student response systems, are a technology used to promote active learning. Most research on the benefits of using clickers in the classroom has shown that students become engaged and enjoy using them. However, research on learning outcomes has only compared the use of clickers to traditional lecture methods. Although learning outcomes are higher when using clickers, the question is whether the clickers or the active learning pedagogies are the cause. For this reason, I conducted a study that compared learning outcomes resulting from the use of clickers versus another active learning method—class discussion. Even though both techniques employ active learning, would using clickers increase learning outcomes more than another active learning approach?

Two key features distinguish clicker use:
  • Clickers provide a mechanism for students to participate anonymously.
  • Clickers integrate a "game approach" that may engage students more than traditional class discussion.

Catholic Memorial Golf Outing

See the link atop the column to the right ==>

CMH Supporters:

You're invited to join fellow friends, family and alumni of CMH on Monday, June 22nd for the 21st Annual CMH Golf Outing. This year's event will again be held at The Legend at Brandybrook, located in Wales, WI. In addition to being a fantastic day on the links, the CMH Golf Outing is a cornerstone of our annual fundraising efforts. New this year, proceeds from the event will directly benefit Crusader athletics.

June 22nd is approaching quickly and spots are limited. Please consider joining us!

http://cmhgolfouting.golfreg.com has been set-up to provide more information. This helpful site provides the following features:

Online Registration page which will allow you to easily register yourself and/or your foursome via credit card OR check

Details on available Sponsorship opportunities

The opportunity to support CMH and Crusader athletics by making an online donation

State Representative Mark Gundrum (CMH '88) will serve as Master of Ceremonies for our dinner program. Representative Gundrum, and his service to state and country, is an outstanding example of the foundation CMH athletics provides to our school's young people.The dinner program will also recognize some of CMH's outstanding coaches and their many contributions to the school.

Not a golfer? Consider joining us for this year's new Clubhouse program and dinner, or as a Volunteer for the event. Please contact me via my contact information below to learn more.
The CMH Golf outing is a terrific opportunity to spend a day with clients, reward employees, or just get out of the office for a day and show your support of Crusader athletics.Thank you for your past support of Catholic Memorial - we look forward to seeing you on Monday, June 22nd at The Legend at Brandybrook for the 21st Annual CMH Golf Outing!

Monica Fleming
Assistant Director of Development
mfleming@catholicmemorial.net
(262).542.7101 x 220

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Optimists Recognition


CMH Seniors Jack Fleming and Terese Heighway were recognized today by the Waukesha Optimist Club. Joining them above are club president Mark Stigler, CMH '78 and Kathy Brisk. High school seniors were recognized by the club, chosen by their school's faculty, from each Waukesha High School (North, South, West). The event was held at La Casa Esperanza Café. Guidance Counselor Danielle Peterson joined Jack and Terese and spoke about the students at the lunch.

CMH Girls Soccer Clinches Conference Title


from today's Waukesha Freeman --
HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Memorial wins showdown for title
Burke becomes state’s victory leader at 315
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Congratulations to the CMH Girls Soccer Team and Coach John Burke on this great accomplishment. You make the CMH community very proud!

Something worth reading, and thinking about.

Pastors seek to strengthen marriages
Pastor: ‘Marriage is not a commitment, it’s a covenant’
By Katherine Michalets [Waukesha] Freeman Staff


At CMH, a faith-based understand of Marriage as a sacrament and covenant, are touched on often. Special focus is given to these matters in three Theology courses: "Sacraments" and "Christian Morality" for the sophomores, and in the senior elective, "Love and the Christian Lifestyle"

Monday, May 18, 2009

Southern exposure




Hmmmm? I can rarely figure out why, but last night blog had visitors from two South American countries (as well as Spain, Poland, and Mexico).



Sunday, May 17, 2009

My 200th Posting to the Blog

CMH Community Members in the News...

From today's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel --


The 25th annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon was held at the Country Springs Hotel on May 5. Once again, the event was a sellout.

Megan McNulty, a senior at Catholic Memorial High School, received the Young Women of Tomorrow award. Her great-grandmother Florence Stucki, 91, came from Minnesota to see Megan receive recognition for her many volunteer activities at her school as well as in the community. Her grandmother Marilu Bambery and her mother, Mary McNulty, also were there along with other family members.

Others with CMH connections who were highlighted --

At the luncheon, an announcement was made that a past recipient of the Women of Distinction Award, Betty Lou Tikalsky, a CMH past parent, had made a challenge grant of $25,000 to help the Women and Girls Fund, a part of the Waukesha County Community Foundation, reach its goal of $1 million.

Traci Huntemann-Piatt, CMH's contact at Waukesha State Bank, served as vice chairwoman of the event.

Another of the Women of Distinction honorees was Mary Lodes, vice president for nursing at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and wife of Dave Lodes, the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Congratulations to all of the honorees!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Classic Eight Conference Track & Field Championships

From today's Waukesha Freeman --

CLASSIC 8 CONFERENCE OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP

Waukesha schools each have champions

CMH junior, Charlie Tell, won the discus (153-9) for Catholic Memorial over teammate CMH senior Chris Schrubbe (152-11) – the CMH girls 3,200 relay (9:51.20) also won.

Not a CMH topic, but good news...

More Americans “Pro-Life” Than “Pro-Choice” for First Time

May 15, 2009More Americans describe themselves as “pro-life” on abortion (51%) than “pro-choice” (42%) for the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1995. Gallup also finds a shift to the right in terms of the circumstances in which Americans think abortion should be legal.

Read more at GALLUP.com

Wednesday, May 13, 2009



Today, Mr. Chris Benyousky, CMH's Director of Guidance Counseling and I, joined Melissa Dobrinska and Wes Stasik, along with their parents, when Melissa and Wes received college scholarships from the McDonald's Corporation, and Ronald McDonald House Children's Charities.

Melissa and Wes are to be congratulated, and CMH can be proud.

Stay tuned here for a grand total of scholarships being offered to CMH seniors -- it is a VERY impressive number!

CMH alum to be featured in documentary about a Blind Skier

Erik and his guide Jeff Ulrich filming Blind Skiers Edge at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado.

Erik Wiehenmayer, and his skiing guide, Jeff Ulrich (CMH '84) pioneer a ski project called Blind Skiers Edge. The project is the focus of a documentary from Serac Adventure Films, which will be premiered that Breckenridge Film Festival.

Congratulations Jeff!

Monday, May 11, 2009

CMH Students at Holy Apostles, New Berlin


Throughout the spring, many of the Catholic grade schools offer their students "High Interest Days" to give them exposure to activities and hobbies that they might take up for themselves later in life.

CMH often has groups of students participate in these days as presenters. This spring groups of CMH students have gone out to give interactive sessions on things like -- Football, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Fencing, French Cooking, Dance, Poms, Improvisational Comedy, Drama, and others.

If your school or church group would like a visit from a cohort of CMH student presenters, please contact Julie Lindahl for more information. Also, be sure to ask about the wide variety of CMH summer camp opportunities.

The pictures included are of CMH students offering sessions at Holy Apostles Catholic School in New Berlin on basketball skills, and a presentation by the CMH improvisational comedy troupe, Sticky Rhinoceros.

CMH Business Students Hit the Streets


From Mike Previte, CMH Business Education teacher --

Fr. Paul-

I wanted to share with you our very own CMH students working for their assigned small businesses doing servant leadership at Farmer's Market Saturday in Waukesha.

Notable participants included Sophie Rodriguez selling "Poppin on Broadway" popcorn, CMH students working with Special Olympians, Max Seeger peddling coupons and samples for Sprizzo, Matt Bernhardt holding up his end of the sign for HealthReach.


The had a great time were were tremendous ambassadors of CMH!

Words of Praise for our Prom-goers


I thought everyone would appreciate these words of compliment to our CMH prom-goers...

We had the pleasure of hosting Catholic Memorials Post Prom on Saturday night at The Springs Water Park. I wanted you to know that it was an absolute pleasure and my staff commented on how respectful and polite all of the students were. It seemed like everyone had a very nice time. Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity and we look forward to doing it again. You can be so proud of your students. Have a great Monday.

Nancy Richards
General Manager
Country Springs Hotel

After mass, and before boarding the buses, a pause for a group picture -- Mike Frantl, Jenny Beaudry, Tyler Benash, Andy Jaynes, Caitlyn Schiek, Kayli Gmach, Michael Kelnhofer, Tracy Murn, & Steve Kozak.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

'FANTASTIC' CMH Tennis Player

CMH Junior Alex Klaas


‘FANTASTIC player’
CMH tennis coach thinks Rasmussen might be best in school history

By Daniel Mike Freeman Correspondent

Thursday, May 7, 2009

CMH Grad Prepares for Priesthood


From today's Catholic Herald --
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Love For Ministry Adds Up To Priesthood
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Former accountant [and CMH '97 Grad] Dan Janasik to be ordained, May 23rd
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

CMH In the News....

Catholic Memorial Student Honored for Computer Art

PREP GIRLS SOCCER Catholic Memorial 1 Arrowhead 0
First shot all it takes
Crusaders remain unbeaten in league

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP
Catholic Memorial downs Mukwonago

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS ROUNDUP
CMH bests Arrowhead

PREP BRIEFS
VOLLEYBALL
WAUKESHASamantha Derynda, a senior setter on Catholic Memorial High School’s 2008 girls volleyball team, has committed to playing at Carroll University next season. Derynda helped coach Ted Schulte’s Crusaders to the 2006 state championship and a second-place finish in 2008. She holds the career record for assists (3,039) at the school and was second-team All-Classic 8 Conference last season.

Computer Art, Three Spring Sports, and a College signing. A good day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

At the Spring Assembly

I am away from my office at CMH for the three-day Spring Assembly of Priests. It is certainly different without Archbishop Dolan. This means that I have little to post right now. Please keep your parish priests in prayer these days.

I do have a team photo from the Girls Rugby trip to Indiana. Take care.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Girls Rugby Takes 3rd in Midwest


A Girls Rugby report on the Midwest Regional Championships in Carmel, IN, from Coach John Waliszewski --


Sunday

The CMH girls rugby team capped off a successful regional tournament with a 22-0 victory over Michigan state-champions Lakeview High school on Sunday. Senior center Jamie Strike scored our only try of the first-half on a searing run through the midfield of Lakeview's defense. In a fabulous display of athleticism, junior wing Kelsey Norgal caught a poor kick and returned it for a try early in the second half that helped CMH secure the victory and a 3rd place ranking in the Midwest.

Saturday

In the opening match against an athletic Noblesville, the Indiana state-champs, the Crusaders controlled an athletic midfield with great team defense and finished them off with two great tries from junior wing Anita Dillett.

In the semifinal match, against Lakewood, Ohio, the Crusaders struggled to find their offense against the #2 ranked team in the country. After being relentlessly hammered by the hard charging runs and mauls of Lakewood, CMH fought back on a long Anita Dillett try to cling to a 7-5 lead with 10 minutes to go, only to see Lakewood bounce back with renewed intensity to put in 10 quick points to retake the lead.

Special congrats goes out to the senior players: McKenna Smith, Casey Hamill-Barth, Becca Dillett, Amanda Pohle (Cpt), Emma Pesci (Cpt.), Jamie Strike, Kayla Reilly, and Catharine Lewis.

3rd Place Match
CMH 22 Lakeview 0

Tries:
-Strike
-Norgal, Hamill-Barth, Bohlman

Kicks:
K Reilly

Quarterfinal Saturday

CMH 33 Noblesville 5

Kenny, Pesci, A. Dillett
A. Dillett, Henschel

Kicks: Reilly 4/5


Semifinal Saturday
CMH 7 Lakewood 17

Tries: A. Dillett
Kick: Reilly


JV:

CMH JV 22 Brownsburg b 0

Norgal, Dries, Bohlman, Armstrong
Kick: Dries (1)


CMH JV 5 Toledo 15

CMH 5 Livingston 36

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Girls' Sports Shout-Outs



Soccer's Val Gonyo written up in Journal-Sentinel (photo, Michael Sears, JSOnline)


Highlights of an average Saturday in Catholic Milwaukee (or Waukesha)


7:30 am -- Breakfast at George Webb with a young man considering priesthood (keep your fingers crossed)

10:30 am -- The annual "Blessing of the Bikes" for the local Milwaukee HOG Chapter. Actually, it is more a blessing of the riders and club members, but they like the name and the idea that the bikes are blessed as well. This was my third year doing this, and this time I was joined by Fr. Vince Kobida of St. Margaret Mary Parish. A great mix of people -- from hard core bikers types, to retired dentists. Always fun. (I will add the text of the blessing itself below if you are interested.)

1:30 pm -- In an amazing transition from lots of worn black leather, to lots of little white dresses and lace veils -- I concelebrated at the mass of First Holy Communion for my niece Elizabeth, at St. John Vianney Parish.
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7:00 pm -- Was able to see an entire performance of the CMH Spring Comedy, The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch. Great work by all the students involved on and off stage. Congratulations to Mr. New, the director. Kudos to all!
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Blessing of the Bikes - 2009
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May God, the creator of all the Earth’s beauty, bless you;
May the King of Heaven, source of all true power keep you safe on these machines, the fruits of our creative power.
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May all of you, in humility, encounter the risen Lord in your travels;
May you, in hope, find your God-given freedom on open roads;
May you, in love, find fellowship among other bikers and in each person you meet.
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May the Lord of all goodness be with you at home;
May the Lord of all hopefulness be with you on the road.
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May He, who is your creator, accompany you when you start on your journeys:
May He, who is your source of life, fill you with his many blessings;
May He, who is our one protector, keep all your riding safe.
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May His mercy, grace and love shine upon your every road;
May God bless your going out and coming in;
May the Lord always lead your roads home.
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May His mercy, grace and love shine upon your every path.
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May God’s blessing be upon you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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Amen.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Caritas in Omnibus...Everyday!

On this past Wednesday evening, a group of CMH students, along with art teachers Mike & Kathy Sampon, put together a picnic for the residents of Hebron House of Hospitality here in Waukesha.

Hebron House is a residence which provides emergency housing and related services to people in transition with the basic needs of shelter, food and personal support.

With all of our CMH students fully immersed in the homestretch of papers and final exam prep (with many seniors worried about IB & AP testing), for a group of them to take time out to serve others like this is a wonderful sign.

Thank you!

This future Crusader recognizes the need to bulk up in order to play on Coach Young's football team in the 2017 season!

An update on the Gospel Choir Clinic at CMH

From today's Journal-Sentinel, Local section, Page 1 --

Antoinette Howell (left) of WORK Institute in Milwaukee and Brittany Briscoe of Catholic Memorial High School, both 16, share a smile as they sing gospel music during a choral clinic Thursday at Catholic Memorial in Waukesha. The clinic wrapped up with a concert in the school’s auditorium.

Words of "praise" from a CMH parent --

I just wanted to thank you for organizing the gospel music concert. I heard it was amazing.

What a great experience….from the wonderful musical opportunity to the chance to mingle with kids from MPS. Musically and culturally, it was an experience she will always remember.