Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Audio and Video of CMH Profile Weekend at St. James, Menomonee Falls

Check out audio and video of the CMH Profile Weekend at St. James, Menomonee Falls.

This is a very nice service on the part of the parish. I did notice that they gave a title to my homily -- "The Seven Deadly Sins". Now if that doesn't get you to watch...what would?

CMH on LinkedIn!

Join the CMH Alumni Group on LinkedIn for news, updates, and networking.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Homecoming week starts with Mass

As is the best way possible, the CMH community kicked off Homecoming Week with an all-school liturgy.
Special thanks to Fr. Sean O'Connell, associate pastor of St. Dominic Parish, Brookfield, and Chaplain to the Crusader Football team for concelebrating and preaching. He did a great job calling the student body to the responsibility we all have to fully give our lives to Caritas in Omnibus.
Also assisting at the mass in the InPro Athletic Center was Deacon Chuck Kustner, from St. Mary Visitation Parish, Elm Grove.
Homecoming promises to be an exciting, special week for everyone at CMH.

The Fall Tour Begins

This past weekend CMH was welcomed, and profiled, at St. James Parish, Menomonee Falls.

I was thrilled to have celebrated each of the weekend masses and to have had CMH junior, Elizabeth Frantl speak to the parish to offer her personal thanks for their continued support of CMH and its mission.

In the coming weeks of this fall, there will be CMH Profile weekends at St. Dominic Parish, Brookfield; St. John Vianney Parish, Brookfield; and St. Jerome Parish, Oconomowoc.

As you may know, it is my hope to visit all 26 supporting parishes of CMH so as to thank them for their commitment to CMH.

Sports ticker cont'd...

from Coach John Waliszewski --

CMH Girls Rugby Trounces North Shore

CMH 73
North Shore 0

With 49 points inthe first half, the CMH girls rugby team rolled to a convincing win over the Homestead/Whitefish Bay coop girls rugby team. Senior captains Erin Davis and Emily Schober led CMH with three tries each.

senior Erin Davis (3), senior Emily Schober (3), senior Anita Dillett (2), junior Maggie Armstrong, sophomore Kayla Henschel, junior Kelsey Norgal
sophomore Katie Dries (9)

CMH (5-0) faces Vernon (4-1) in the conference title decider Saturday, Oct 3rd at 10am at Minooka Park.

CMH Sports Ticker...

from JSOnline.Com --

CMH Boys Volleyball ranked 4th in area!
CMH Girls Golf ranked 9th in area!
Girls Golf ties for 3rd in Classic 8 tourney!

Some pictures from this weekend's Boys Soccer competitions --

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Friday Night Lights

from yesterday's JSOnline.Com --

Catholic Memorial 38
Waukesha North 0

Memorial's Pete Karczewski scored three rushing touchdowns. He scored from 10 yards in the first quarter, from 3 yards in the second and from 5 yards in the third, and finished with 86 yards rushing. Jerry Boll had an interception and four tackles for the Crusaders.

Editorial comment -- I usually link you to the prep football coverage of the Classic 8 by the Waukesha Freeman, but in reading Saturday's paper I noticed something. Page one, above the banner, a picture of a lone North player. With the story, two pictures of lone North players (not even CMH players in the area). Elsewhere in the paper, a crowd shot of North fans cheering. So, score on the field, 38-0; pictures in the local paper 0-3. Interesting editorial choices.

CMH ranked 5th in the state!

Thanks to the blog's 20,000 visitors!

At 8:04 this morning, this blog had its 20,000th visitor. Most of you are family and friends of CMH. Surprisingly though, this unknown "Mr. 20,000" was visiting through a computer in Hanoi, Vietnam and spent most of his time reading last year's posting about CMH winning the State Downhill Skiing Championship.

Thanks to all who visit to read the good news about CMH.

Sad news for the CMH Community

an obituary from today's JSOnline.Com --

Megan Jean Coffey found peace on September 25, 2009, at the age of 25 years. Beloved daughter of Mary Sue (nee Klinzing) and James Coffey. Cherished sister of Sara (Jake) Jansky and Becky (Mike) Moulton. Loving aunt of Alayna and Emma Jansky. Devoted granddaughter of Ed and Dorothy Coffey and the late Bea and the late Earl Klinzing. Further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, other loving relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 7 PM at St. Leonard Church (W173 S7743 Westwood Drive, Muskego). Visitation Tuesday 4-6:45 PM at the church. Private entombment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Megan had a never ending love of learning and a great passion for animals, especially her cat Boots. She was a loving, caring, sympathetic young woman. She was a 2002 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Requiscat in Pace!

Friday, September 25, 2009

CMH Runner to be featured on TMJ's Prep Plus

CMH senior Cross Country runner, John Luterbach, will be the spotlighted student-athlete of the weeks on Preps Plus. The episode airs Sunday, September 27th, 11:05pm, on Channel 4.

Kudos to Girls Golf

from today's --

A banner day at Broadlands course
A Classic 8 girls put on low-scoring clinic
By Rob Reischel

..."It was a good day to go low," said Catholic Memorial's Isabella Lambert, who tied for medalist honors with a 72...

...Catholic Memorial has to be feeling that way, too. The Crusaders have made gigantic strides this year, and Thursday's highlights included a personal-best score from Lambert and an 81 from Lauren Seubert...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

After the Walk...trash talk?

This year's post-Walk entertainment was a basketball game between CMH seniors against faculty/staff. Teams were co-ed, and the seniors had the additional restriction of not all varsity team members on the court at the same time. The faculty had the restrictions of....well, age, ability, agility, speed, etc.

But WOW -- The Faculty WON!

Walk-a-Thon Walkers redux

If you still would like to support the Walk-a-Thon and the accomplishments of our own students working to raise tuition assistance funds, feel free to send WaT donations to the development office at CMH.

Until then, more pictures of the walkers. (Come on, can you look at their enthusiasm and not want to help?)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Walk-a-Thon a Success!

Well, I gotta be honest...we are still about 15%, OR $10k, short of our goal, but we realize times are tough out there.

But, the weather was great,
the Faculty-Senior basketball game was exciting (yea, the Faculty won!),
no faculty or staff were seriously hurt in the basketball game,
the CMH Pep Band was fabulous,
the picnic in the valley was fun.

Most importantly, the reasons we fund raise for tuition assistance were out in force and had a great time!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I have to pass on the good ones...

with permission of the sender...

Dear Fr. Paul,

I am the parent of a Freshman student at Catholic Memorial. Yesterday I volunteered in the Spirit Shop. Aside from attending the football games, this was my first real encounter with the students of Catholic Memorial High School. I want to tell you how impressed I was with each student that came into the store. Each greeted me with a "hello", their requests were made with a "please" and followed by a "thank-you". Some even departed with a "Have a nice day." I left the school confident in my decision to send my son to Catholic Memorial. I must also convey that I have been impressed with manner in which the students represent themselves at the football games as well.

Thank you for providing a school that will not only provide my child with an excellent education but provide him a strong moral and ethical background to take with him into the world. I am proud to have my child participate in the Walkathon and represent Catholic Memorial in the community.

Kind Regards,
Kate Hoffmann

Monday, September 21, 2009

Help Support CMH Athletics

Feed Your School Spirit!
A chance to win $5,000 for your high school prep sports program.

Hey Parents -

At Red Gold we think high school sports are an important part of family life, so we want to help support high school sports with our "Feed Your School Spirit" Contest.

Here's how it works: the local area high school that gathers the most School Spirit points from September 14 through November 30, 2009, has a chance to win $5,000 for their sports program.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The 2009 Alumni Awards

In this 60th anniversary year of the founding of CMH, the 2009 Legacy Dinner will feature an awards ceremony honoring alumni and other benefactors whose contributions exemplify and sustain the CMH mission. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at the County Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Alumni awards for professional achievement and extraordinary service were inaugurated in 1995 and presented in most years since that time. The Memorial Award was added in 2004 to recognize individuals, who though not alumni, have had a significant impact on CMH.

Members of the CMH community were invited to submit nominations for the 2009 Alumni and Memorial awards via the CMH Magazine and online. Alumni nominees must have graduated prior to 1994, or between 1995 and 2004 for the Young Alumni Award. The Memorial Award candidates include alumni parents, faculty, and community members. Candidates were considered for their professional achievement, or service to CMH or the greater community, and for exemplifying a positive and inspiring role model to CMH students.

Recipients named by the Alumni Awards Committee were affirmed by CMH president, Fr. Paul Hartmann ’84. Committee members are: Sally Heck Bisswurm ’81, Patti Pavlic Bohne ’91, J. Patrick Farrell, Faculty, Sandra Streit Keyser ’62, Patrick Reilly ’97, and Joseph Reuteman ’77.

Congratulations to the 2009 Award Recipients
Professional Achievement
Col. Gregory J. Rosenmerkel ’84, USAF

Alumni Service
Mrs. Karolyn Kneser Krueger ’69, CMH Faculty

Young Alumni Award
Mr. Bryon Riesch ’97, The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation

The Memorial Award
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Neuman, Alumni Parents
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Nevins, Alumni Parents
Mr. and Mrs. M.E. (Bob) Nevins, Alumni Parents

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Still time to help reach my goal!

I am at 73% of my new personal goal for the CMH Walkathon.

Goal Achievement: 73% ($1,465.00 of $2,000.00)
Number of Pledge Page Visits: 203
Days left before event: 4
The CMH Walkathon is the largest student-led effort to raise funds that support the CMH tuition assistance and discount efforts. Every student benefits from this efforts.
Please support the CMH students you know in this effort, or pledge to support me as I lead off the walk!

Girls Rugby Dominates

from CMH Rugby Coach, John Waliszewski --

The Crusader girls varsity rugby team leads their conference after improving to 4-0 with Saturday's convincing 68-0 victory over Oak Creek High School. Sophomore Kayla Henschel ran in three tries. Fellow sophomore Hannah McCaffery added several stifling defensive plays to seal the win.

CMH 68
K. Henschel (3), E. Davis (2), M. Armstrong, E. Schober, A. Dillett, E.Reilly
K. Breidel, M. Smith, S. Dillett.
K. Dries (3)

Oak Creek High School 0

Crusaders over Indians, 21-10

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial 21, Mukwonago 10
CMH has more of what counts
Mukwonago falls despite having statistical advantages
By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

...An interception by Memorial junior defensive back Matt Hauser at his own 6-yard line late in the first quarter not only snuffed out a Mukwonago scoring chance, but also set the stage for the game’s first points.

Marching 94 yards in only eight plays and taking just 2:44 to do it, the Crusaders grabbed a 7-0 lead on a 4-yard touchdown by junior halfback Joe Fleming on the first play of the second quarter. Two consecutive plays by Memorial junior quarterback Dominic Zanoni – an 18-yard completion on third down to senior tight end Christian Pytlik and a 45-yard run on a keeper – keyed the scoring drive...

Friday, September 18, 2009

CMH has 4 National Merit Semifinalists

FOR 2009 - 2010

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Catholic Memorial High School is proud to announce the following students as Semifinalists: Miles Klimara, Timothy Siegler, Emily Starck, and Daniel Smith. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring.

Congratulations CMH Semifinalists!

This week's Team Mass -- Varsity Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball

6:45am, and they were all there, and awake. Well, sort of.

The focus of the mass came from St. Paul's First letter to Timothy -- Compete well for the faith. The Saint of the Day is Joseph of Cupertino, patron saint of students and test-takers.

Boys Volleyball Sweep Mukwonago

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial boys sweep

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School is 2-0 after two Classic 8 Conference boys volleyball matches. Memorial’s latest victory came Thursday as the Crusaders beat Mukwonago 25-18, 25-14, 25-14, dropping the Indians to 1-1 in conference.

Memorial sophomore setter Tim Heyrman had team highs of 40 assists and four aces. Junior libero Dan Casper had 26 digs, sophomore outside hitter Trevor Novotny had 10 kills and senior middle hitter Tim Siegler had three blocks.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

"He's been instrumental to our success."

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman
Senior midfielder Alden Bennett has led the Catholic Memorial soccer team to a 10-1 record this season.

Bennett’s era has been good for CMH soccer team
Senior’s goal: state title

By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – It is not strictly a coincidence that the Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team has advanced to the WIAA state tournament three straight years and that senior Alden Bennett has started for the team three straight years.

“He’s been instrumental to our success during that time,” Memorial coach John Bisswurm said. “He’s smart, he finds people in a position for them to score, he has a powerful and accurate shot, he’s very good on the ball and his skill level is second to none.” And that’s not just his coach talking. The skill level has been noticed by others, too. Bennett was a first-team all-Classic 8 Conference player last season and is drawing interest from several Division 1 schools: Marquette, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Illinois.

Soccer is, and always has been, Bennett’s sport, starting when he was about 2 years old as a tag-along with his older sister, Amber. “I was always hanging around my sister at practices. I wanted to be like her,” said Bennett, who lives in Sussex. He later joined elite teams and was on several State Cup champion teams. “I never had enough time to fully commit to another sport,” he said. “I stayed with soccer because it was fun: Just dribbling the ball and having the greatest feeling when the team is doing great, you’re setting things up, the team’s winning and you’re leading the way.”

Bennett began his career as a goalie and, in his words, has “worked my way up” to sweeper, midfielder and forward in subsequent years. He is currently a forward and midfielder, depending on games and matchups. “His shot is one of his biggest attributes, but he finds others, too,” Bisswurm said. “It’s been pretty even this year,” Bennett said of his positional play. “I like a quick game and two touches and as a center mid, I like to playmake.” Bennett scored more goals his sophomore season than last season, but his assist total went up last season.
“I didn’t think my numbers were as good last season as my sophomore year so I was kind of surprised to be named first team all-conference,” Bennett said. But again, others noticed his overall play as well as his coach. And he’s been a big part of Memorial’s success. Last year, when the Crusaders lost to Green Bay Notre Dame by one goal in the state championship game, Bennett went out with an injury early – a contusion between his calf and ankle.

“It’s my feeling that injury is really fueling his fire for this season,” Bisswurm said. “It was depressing going out in the third minute and not being able to come back,” Bennett admitted. “The last two years, getting to the state title game but not winning, have been depressing. One of my goals this season is to get back to the state championship game and this time actually win it.”

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

CMH Mothers Alumni going on a roadtrip.

This looks like it would be quite enjoyable --

Hello Fr. Paul,

Our Mothers of Alumni Committee (MAC) is gearing up for its Third Annual "Let's Do Chicago" bus trip on November 21. It's a great way to re-connect with Catholic Memorial friends for a day of Chicago fun. I'm hoping you might include a mention in your blog to publicize this activity to a wider group of CMH friends. MAC loosely organized about four years ago with the blessing of CMH Mothers' Club, because we didn't want to lose touch with one another after our children graduated. We're trying to use the annual bus trip to keep mothers of alum connected, but it's open to all. We hope to fill our bus to capacity this year so we can boost our donation to Mothers' Club. Anyone interested can request a flyer/registration form by sending me an email at or calling me at 262-544-9741.

I appreciate your help in getting the word out--I've heard many people say they really look forward to your blog updates.

Jan Penlesky

Sports ticker...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Catholic Memorial 2,Waukesha West 1 (2ot)
Horvat finally puts game away
After being stopped in first OT, sophomore gets game-winner

By Todd Hansen Freeman Correspondent

Aaron Horvat’s goal came off a pass from senior midfielder Joey Chiappetta as Horvat outran a West defender and scored to the far post. “It was a pass from Joey over the top and I just outran the guy,” Horvat said of his game-winning goal. “I looked up and saw the keeper come out and I saw a little slot far post and just put it there and it went in. At first I thought (Rohde) saved it like he saved that first one and I was like, ‘What do I have to do to get it by him?’”

Waukesha West, CMH, KM win

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls tennis team climbed to 3-2 in Classic 8 Conference duals with a 6-1 triumph over Mukwonago on Tuesday at Heyer Park. The Crusaders’ singles winners were senior Tracy Murn at No. 1, 6-1, 6-3; sophomore Gabrielle Houk at No. 2, 6-3, 7-6; and junior Janice Cantieri at No. 3, 6-3, 6-1. Mukwonago’s Lauren Lynch won at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-4. Catholic Memorial’s doubles sweep consisted of victories from seniors Aleah Heinlein and MacKenzie Dunham at No. 1, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5; seniors Maggie Berens and Meg Dwyer at No. 2, 6-1, 6-1; and senior Kara Novotny and freshman Sydney Royston at No. 3, 6-1, 6-0.

Waukesha South, CMH win

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial High School’s girls volleyball team made a 25-4, 25-10, 25-12, 15-9 sweep of visiting Waukesha North in a Classic 8 Conference match Tuesday. The Crusaders got team highs of 10 assists from sophomore setter Sara Connell, 10 kills from junior middle hitter Kelli Browning, nine digs and nine aces from junior libero Patti Abshire and three blocks from sophomore middle Amanda Hansen. Catholic Memorial improved to 3-0 in the conference while North dropped to 0-3.

My near fixation on far-flung visitors...

Very early this morning (our time) this blog was visited by a reader from Taipei, Taiwan. They came to the site after googling "CMH" and "family".

Private Schools coming out against WIAA plans

at JSOnline.Com --

5th division not popular
Most at West Allis meeting don't like it

By Mark Stewart of the Journal Sentinel

and in the Waukesha Freeman --

Private schools feeling picked on
Getting bumped up a division in basketball doesn’t sit well
By Tony Mooren, Freeman Correspondent

I posted my initial thoughts on the problems with this proposal in August. My thoughts and concerns have not changed.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

At 70% of my goal!

I have reached 70% of my personal goal of $1500 in pledges for the CMH Walk-a-Thon. Thank you to all who have supported me so far.

Help me reach, and surpass, me goal -- Please make a pledge to support me.

CMH remembers...

Today, CMH mourns the loss of Donald J. Tikalsky. With his wife Betty Lou, they sent their children through CMH and have been tremendous supporters of our mission for many years.

Betty Lou has our prayers of support for the repose of Don's soul, and our sincere thanks for the support given us, and the entire Waukesha community in his life.

I will preside at the funeral mass today, at 11am, at St. Mary's Parish.

Rest in peace.

More sports timcker info...

These from JSOnline.Com --

CMH Boys Soccer ranked 5th in area among all schools, 1st in State in Division 2.

CMH Girls Volleyball ranked 7th in area.

CMH Sports Ticker...

OK, really it is the Waukesha Freeman Sports ticker...

Just three days after you read it here --

CMH girls rugby team beats Kettle Moraine

WAUKESHA – Seniors Anita Dillett and Maggie Armstrong each had two tries to lead the Catholic Memorial High School girls rugby team to a 38-14 victory over Kettle Moraine at Minooka Park on Saturday. Senior Erin Davis also scored for Memorial, while sophomore Katie Dries had a field goal and five conversion kicks. Senior Andrea Perers had two tries and junior Dylan Delisle had two conversion kicks for Kettle Moraine.

CMH gets two individual winners

GREENFIELD – Catholic Memorial High School had the individual winner in the boys and girls races at the Metro Reunion Meet on Saturday. Senior John Luterbach won the boys race in 16:57 as the Crusaders finished a distant second behind Marquette in the boys competition.

Senior Morgan Sickels won the girls race in 15:23 as the Crusaders won the team competition, finishing 10 points ahead of runner-up Divine Savior Holy Angels.

– Freeman Staff

* The Metro Reunion Meet, also known as the Metro Retro Run, invites together all the teams that made up the former Metro Conference. Before the merger of the public and privates high schools governing bodies, the Metro Conference included CMH, MUHS, DSHA, Pius, TMore, St. Cat's, Kenosha Joe's, Messmer & Dominican.

Catholic Memorial wins golf tourney

BEAVER DAM – The Catholic Memorial High School girls golf team scrambled the best. The Crusaders won the 13-team Beaver Dam Invitational scramble at Old Hickory Saturday.

Memorial had 61 points, while second-place Oregon had 64. Menomonee Falls had 69, and Oconomowoc 84. Memorial junior Lauren Seubert made a 40-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole and also had a 35-foot birdie putt during her round. Junior Isabella Lambert made four birdie putts. “We made a lot of good putts,” Memorial coach Steve Plechaty said. “Every girl on the team had at least one birdie putt.”

GIRLS GOLF PREP BRIEFS -- Arrowhead may have won the Classic 8 Mini-meet, but it was CMH Junior, Isabella Lambert, who shot a 1-under-par 35 to take medalist honors.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Some pics of the victory...

From last Thursday's CMH Boys Soccer victory over Mukwonago.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Funny hats, Serious class.


We wanted to share a couple of pictures of our students celebrating "Children's Day" This is a festival that is celebrated throughout Latin America on September 9. We spent some time in Spanish classes learning about this cultural celebration of children and the value that we should give children. We also spent some time making and hanging "Milagros" which are physical representations of prayers, hopes and dreams that our students have for their futures.

We finished our week with a fun celebration of our unique-ness and that we are all Children of God with a paper hat parade. Students were asked to make hats out of paper and to decorate them with things that represented them as people. Feel free to use as you see fit!

~Jennifer Denten and Stephanie Diedrich

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sad news...

Our sympathies go to the Gabelbauer family on the death of Henry, father of CMH alum and faculty member, John Gabelbauer. Please keep John and his family in your prayers.

Following is the information regarding the funeral plans for Henry Gabelbauer:
Monday, September 14th
Visitation at 9:30 a.m.
Funeral Mass at 11 a.m.

St. Anthony on the Lake (Pewaukee)

Please make a good showing from the CMH family if you can do so.

The day started with mass, ended with a prayer.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 20, Kettle Moraine 10

Crusaders overcome inopportune fumble
Young team pulls out victory
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

...But the Crusaders got the ball back on senior Pat Hale’s interception and scored with 1:46 remaining on a 35-yard pass from junior Dominic Zanoni to senior Austin Pucylowski.

Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman A pass intended for Catholic Memorial’s Matt Bernhardt is broken up by Kettle Moraine’s Sam Campbell in the first half at Carroll University on Friday.

Soccer Update

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


GRAFTON – The Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team beat Grafton 2-0 in a nonconference game Friday. Junior defender Eric Schoendorf scored in the 39th minute with an assist from senior midfielder Alden Bennett. Aaron Horvat, a sophomore forward, scored in the 43rd minute with an assist from junior defender James Masterson as the Crusaders improved their overall record to 9-1.

CMH Girls' Rugby

Crusader Girls Rugby had matches against Kettle Moraine yesterday. Both Varsity and JV were handily victorious.
CMH Varsity 38 Kettle Moraine 14
CMH JV 19 Kettle Moraine 12
or as Mrs. Hanlon-Sampon would say, "they won by a LOT."

What we are all about at CMH...

Just a positive tidbit. Recently one of our new students who transferred to us from another private high school was out sick for a number of days. (Don't worry, it was not swine flu!) In communicating with Mr. Benyousky, Director of Counseling, the mom shared some thoughts:

In speaking with the mom, she conveyed a deep appreciation for all of the support and prayers received from the CMH community. At the end of our conversation, she indicated that she and her husband wished they had [their student] begin high school at Catholic Memorial. What a nice testimony to genuine care and concern that flows from this place!

A word of thanks to all the teachers and new classmates who make CMH such a great family!

Crusaders Pray together before competitions

In a "tradition" that I started last year, virtually every Friday when there is a Chapel mass before the start of the school day, I ask that one or more of our varsity athletic teams gather to celebrate the Eucharist together.
Most recently, I celebrated with the Varsity Football players. As nice great theme for this group, the readings of the day focused on the notion of vocation -- prayerfully finding one's inner gifts that serve outward needs.
The team would go on to play Kettle Moraine last night...highlights to come.
Thanks to Fr. Sean O'Connell, the newly-ordained, associate pastor at St. Dominic's in Brookfield. Fr. Sean volunteered to serve as Chaplain to the football team. He is a great presence to the guys while on the sidelines.
It has been awhile, so now might be a good time to again publish for you the text of the CMH team prayer.
Heavenly Father,
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.

Friday, September 11, 2009

I bet you didn't know...

Kate Klement (CMH freshman) won the Inland Lakes Yachting Association (ILYA) title in Class X sailing. The event was held on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota this past July. Kate, sailing for the Lake Beulah Yacht Club, was awarded the ILYA Top Girl Skipper. She is also the Wisconsin Yachting Association and Quad Lakes Champion. Kate is now competing in high school sailing in the 420 class through the Milwaukee Youth Sailing Team with brother, Neal Klement (CMH senior) as crew.

Congratulations should have been there to help the Girls' Vollyball team.

Need to catch up on some shout-outs

since I don't get the paper on a daily basis,
from the last week of JSOnline.Com --

Tuesday, September 8th -- Senior, John Luterbach named "Runner of the Week" and CMH Girls Cross Country ranked 7th in area.
Monday, September 7th -- Senior, Alden Bennett named "Player of the Week" in Boys Soccer and CMH Boys Soccer ranked 5th in the area.
also Monday, September 7th -- Senior Cross Country Runner, Morgan Sickels named Female "Athlete of the Week."
Saturday, September 5th -- Morgan Sickels is profiled in a seperate JS article --
Racine Horlick Rebel Invitational
Memorial's Sickels up to the challenge
Senior bests field in a tough meet

Congratulations to all our CMH Student-Athletes!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Episcopal Visit from Down Under

Today, CMH received a wonderful visitor, the retired bishop of the missionary diocese of Aitepe, Papua, New Guinea. Australian Bishop Austen Crapp was ordained a Franciscan Friar 47 year ago. After working in South Pacific missions for many years he was elevated to the episcopacy ten years ago.

The Bishop spent time with one of Mr. Tony Maas junior theology classes, speaking on the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the Church's missionary activity. His memorable line of the morning -- "We are Catholic, therefore we are missionaries." When one student asked about how the changes of Vatican II impacted missionary work in PNG, the Bishop noted that while the local liturgy is very vibrant and lively, there are times when the local population, wh0 are "a mystical people, lost some of the mysticism when the local language was used."

After being given a tour of the school by members of the Campus Ministry Leadership Team, the Bishop celebrated the daily chapel mass with one each of Mr. Denk's and Mr. Rivera's Theology classes.

Late in the school day, another CMH teacher shared with me this message --

You know how I like to be the "good news" link! Well, I have some fresh from the mouth of one of our students who told me that he found the message from the visiting bishop "really cool" - as he put it. He said that he talked to them about real things, things kids understand. The student used the words "really cool" several times to express his approval.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --
WALES – Catholic Memorial High School’s boys volleyball team opened its Classic 8 Conference season with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-21 victory over Kettle Moraine on Wednesday. Trevor Novotny and Casey Garces each had 10 kills to lead Memorial, which also got 22 assists from Tim Heyrman, eight blocks from Kevin Toby, 23 digs from Dan Casper and five aces from Drew North.