Sunday, January 30, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pics from last night's wrestling dual meet

After the match, the CMH wrestlers and their parents gathered at the rectory for a chili dinner. It was great to have them over.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

CMH Profiled by Archdiocesan Newspaper

When the Catholic Herald, the newspaper of the Archiocese of Milwaukee, was preparing its special edition for Catholic Schools Week, it chose CMH as the high school worth holding up as the example for all to see.

from this week's Catholic Herald newspaper --

Catholic Memorial among nation’s best

An interesting blog visitor from...

Moscow, Russia. A first for this blog.
They came to be interested in CMH while researching the NACEL international exchange program. CMH has a number South Korean students studying with us through this program.
Maybe an interesting new student in the fall?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hitting the mat...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUWATOSA – Catholic Memorial finished first in the Silver Bracket of the Tom Janssen Invitational on Saturday. Memorial beat South Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, but lost to Waterford. Manitowoc Lincoln finished first in the Gold Bracket. Matt Groehler at 215 pounds and David McLeod at 103 each won all three of their matches in the Silver Bracket.

– Freeman Staff

While not a full-fledged team here at CMH...

still worth a shout out to one of our students!

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Local cross country ski teams sweep

DELAFIELD – The Peak Nordic high school boys and girls cross country ski teams each took first place in the Meet at the Peak races at Lapham Peak State Park on Saturday. Waukesha West’s MaKenna Stelpflug was the top female skier, while West Allis Hale’s Virginia Wightman was second, Catholic Memorial’s Stephanie Pavlick was fourth and Waukesha West’s Brenna Wiesner was fifth. Waukesha West’s Brad Allen was second, Kettle Moraine’s Kevin Lindlau was third and Waukesha West’s Jason Geissler was fifth in the boys competition.

– Freeman Staff

Monday, January 24, 2011

March for Life

CMH was among an estimated 300,000 marchers today at the annual March for Life.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mass and an Ice Cold hike

The CMH pro-life pilgrims started the day with mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Pictured above, the group stops for a picture in the shrine's crypt chapel.

After praying the rosary on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, a small and hearty group hiked the full length of the mall to view the memorials and monuments at night. Thanks to Sara Bray, they quickly found the Wisconsin pillar at the WWII monument so that could pose for a picture.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Greeting from Washington, DC

Everyone has arrived safely in DC. After settling into the hotel near the US Capital, the group started a bus tour of DC. Above is a group of our CMH pilgrims out in front of the Capital taking with the Washington Monument in the background.

Pilgrims for Life

Today is the day when a group of our students from the CMH Pro-Life Club, and their chaperones head off to Washington, DC for the 38th Annual March for Life.

I arrived in DC yesterday in order to meet with some people related to my Canon Law work.

While they estimate that there will be more people at the March than ever before, those of you at home can join in through your prayers. At CMH the goal is that through the totality of our educational endeavor, that our students will fully appreciate the reasons that abortion (and all anti-life measures) must be fought. Not only is it theological (we are made in the image and likeness of God), it is a product of natural reason (a civilization willing to kill its own, will inevitably kill itself), and it is the greatest social justice issue of our day.

By using the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute's own figures and methods, it is estimated that there have been more than 51,000,000 abortions since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Today's high school students soon realize that their age group is right in the heart of this target group. In fact, more then a quarter of their generation, a quarter of their would-be classmates and friends, have been lost to abortion. (To hear my homily from last Tuesday, click here.)

Follow this blog for pictures and info from the CMH pilgrimage to the March for Life.

Friday, January 21, 2011

CMH gains first league wrestling victory

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

MILWAUKEE – The Catholic Memorial High School wrestling team gained its first Classic 8 Conference victory of the season.

In a match between two 0-5 teams Thursday at Pius, Memorial beat the Popes 49-25.

Memorial received five forfeits. Of the nine matches wrestled, Pius won five.

Two of the matches Memorial won lasted less than a minute, and both were won by freshmen. Paul Parworth pinned his opponent in 45 seconds at 125 pounds, and David McLeod pinned his opponent in 50 seconds at 103 pounds.

Senior Matt Hauser won 5-2 at 152, while senior Pete Karczewski won 8-0 at 189.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

CMH Gathering before MU Game

Our CMH host committee invites you to fire up for MU Big East Basketball at the Wisconsin Club on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 before UConn arrives at the BC!

Place: Wisconsin Club - The Deutscher Room
Time: 5:30-7:30
Cost: $30/person includes Hors d-oevres, cocktails, free parking, and game shuttle.

Click Here to Register Online!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Apologies, I have been remiss...

in posting some pictures from last week's Concert Band and Choir recital. This was a rescheduling of their December Christmas concert which was cancelled due to weather.

Congratulations to all the performers and to Mr. Peter Lange for such a fine performance.

Congratulations CMH/Pius Hockey Teams

This message arrived today:
Hi Steve and Beth Chapin - Could you please communicate the following to all of your wonderfulparents and coaches that donated to the Hockey Against Hunger fundraiser for me. You guys are the WINNERS of the online kettle! Great job!
Dear Catholic Memorial/Pius Hockey Players, Parents, and Coaches:
Thanks so much for participating in this season's Hockey AgainstHunger fundraiser!!! With your wonderful help, all together we have raised $13,600 for The Salvation Army across the state!
Your competitive online kettle really helped to push Madison Edgewood's and Wausau West's totals even higher — thanks for that! You have made a difference by giving.
We had hoped that some of the other teams that agreed to participatewould have done as well as Catholic Memorial, but hopefully we canhave even more teams participate next year and really get a goodcompetition going.
Again, thank you SO much for participating and raising money that isdesperately needed this year more than ever at The Salvation Army.
Bridget Leonhard
Hockey Against Hunger Chair 2010

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A nice story about a CMH alum

from the Catholic Herald news online --

Do you believe in miracles?
Written by Amy E. Taylor, MyFaith Staff
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 14:33

When Brad Connors [CMH '96] was 28 years old, doctors diagnosed him with Stage IV metastatic non-polyposis colorectal cancer, the most serious and commonly the most fatal of colon cancers. After undergoing treatment that included chemotherapy, he was pronounced in remission and went back to trying to live a somewhat normal life.

To read the rest of this great article, click here!

I think it is the first visitor from...

...South Africa. Last night, about midnight our time. Welcome!


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Memorial fourth in close tournament
Olson wins 285 crown
– Freeman Staff

MILWAUKEE – Nick Olson won the championship at 285 pounds to help the Catholic Memorial High School wrestling team finish fourth in the 17-team Milwaukee Lutheran Invitational on Saturday. Memorial had 179 points, while Wisconsin Lutheran won with 189.5. Lakeside Lutheran was second with 184 points, one point better than Marquette. St. John’s Northwestern Military was sixth with 90.5 points.

Olson won by pin in the quarterfinals and semifinals, then beat Ben Ewings of Lakeside Lutheran 3-2 in double-overtime for the title. Taking second for Memorial were Matt Groehler at 215, Jake Parworth at 140 and David McLeod at 103.

Groehler and McLeod each pinned their way into the championship match of their respective weight class. Groehler lost the title match 3-2 in overtime to Marquette’s Brett Geilenfeldt, while McLeod was pinned in 1:50 of his title match by Joseph Nguyen of St. Lawrence Seminary.

Parworth pinned his first two opponents and gained a 21-6 decision in the semifinals before being pinned in 2:53 ot the championship match by Wisconsin Lutheran’s Ryan Whitehouse.

Memorial’s Romeo Orosco was third at 119, Matt Hauser was third at 152 and Matt Krause was fourth at 130.

PREP PROFILE -- Wrestler Matt Groehler

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Mat suits Memorial’s Groehler much better than hardwood
Senior draws coach’s praise
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA – Matt Groehler’s big, physical nature turned out to be a poor fit for the basketball court. As a freshman at Catholic Memorial High School, Groehler tried out for the basketball team, but he wasn’t a match for the hardwood. “The coach said I’m a little too physical for that, so I walked into the wrestling room,” Groehler said.
Groehler took to the sport quickly and is now a senior in his third varsity season on the mat. “I was a good jayvee wrestler right away, and I’ve been with the varsity ever since,” he said. “Sophomore year was tough, because I was giving up a lot of weight at 215 and wasn’t very good. “But it paid off.”
Groehler was a sectional qualifier last season and entered this season looking to make a second straight run to state after the linebacker helped the CMH football team to a WIAA Division 3 runner-up finish. “They both kind of complement each other,” Groehler said of football and wrestling. “There’s a big physical aspect, and even the mental aspects are pretty similar.” Groehler is also a first baseman for the CMH baseball team.
“In an era where you have high-maintenance kids and high-maintenance parents, Matt Groehler and his parents are old school,” said Bill Young, who coaches football and wrestling at CMH. “He works hard every day, and he’s one of the most coachable kids we’ve had a chance to work with. “He’s no different than a kid I would’ve coached in the ’70s.”
He finished third in the Classic 8 Conference Tournament a season ago. After being selected second-team all-Classic 8 in football, he had little time to rest before getting on the wrestling mat this season in hopes of improving on that mark. “There wasn’t much of a break,” he said. “I was already in pretty good shape for wrestling, so I just made the transition over. “I was kind of tired and it was a long grind with the (football) playoffs. Coach took it a bit easy on me, and the first two days were just getting back into the flow of things.”

Photos by Melissa Dentici

Monday, January 17, 2011

St. Anthony, MLK, and Caritas in Omnibus

For CMH's monthly all school mass, we paused as a community to reflect on the legacy of St. Anthony the Hermit, the Reverend Martin Luther King, and Caritas in Omnibus.

Due to the snow, celebration of the mass was moved from St. Mary's Parish into the InPro Center gymnasium.

Feel free to check out my homily at our CMH YouTube channel.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Father-Daughter Dance a Success!

Word is that, even with some intermittent distractions given over to a TV out by the coat check area, the annual CMH Father-Daughter Dinner Dance was a great success.

Special thanks to Lori Seubert and the Mothers Club for the great annual event.

My role was simply to offer a welcome and a prayer. If interested, here is the prayer I offered:

Somewhat surprisingly, Sacred Scripture offers very few passages that reflect on the relationship of fathers and daughters. But, there is one that caught my eye -- Sirach 42:9 – “A daughter is a treasure that keeps her father wakeful, and worry over her drives away rest.” Or as the present day country singer Rodney Atkins puts it: ”Don’t worry son, I’ll probably be up all night cleaning this gun.”

Everyone knows that the relationship between a father and a daughter is unique –

Fathers can be providers and teachers to all of the kids. They can be great examples in their love for their wives.

But in their daughter’s imagination they can be knights in shining armor, Prince Charming, and last minute rescuers. In their daughter’s minds fathers can be their transforming encouragement and their most caring judge. In their daughter’s hearts fathers can be the lifelong standard against which all loves will compare.

So tonight, let this be our prayer –

May all the fathers here present, ask the intercession of St. Joseph, husband of Mary, for the integrity to know their responsibility to the imagination, the mind, and the hearts of their daughters – now and throughout their lives.

May all daughters here ask the intercession of St. Maria Goretti, for the openness, trust, and willingness to receive from their fathers all their care and love.

May all here realize that in the love that a father shows his daughter, the daughter learns something about the deep love of her Father in Heaven. In the love a daughter shows her father, the father realizes more fully the first mission given him by the Holy Spirit.

May all here pray in thanksgiving for love, for family, for faith, and for the community of Catholic Memorial High School.

May God’s blessings be upon our time together, and all that is shared tonight from the bounty of the earth and the love and friendships of our hearts.

St. Joseph, husband of Mary, pray for us.

St. Maria Goretti, patron of teenage girls, pray for us

Our Lady of Memorial, prayer for us.

We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord.

Friday, January 14, 2011

2011 Catholic Schools Dinner

Last night, the annual Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Schools Dinner and Celebration was held at Marquette University's Alumni Memorial Union Grand Ball room.

The event was tremendous and CMH was well represented. Not only were Mike & Lynn Giffhorn (CMH Board Chair and Alumni parents) the event co-chairs, but ten of our Student Ambassadors and NHS students served as greeters.

Due to a bout of laryngitis, former CMH principal and present Superintendent of Archdiocesan Schools was able only to speak briefly.

Thanks to the generosity of the Giffhorn's, a number of CMH faculty and staff were in the audience with their spouse, as were CMH board members, alumni parents, and community supporters.

Archbishop Listecki offered the keynote with typical force and vigor. His uncompromising commitment to Catholic schools was absolutely clear. Because of some injuries sustained after a nasty fall on the ice, Bishop Sklba was unable to attend. This meant that someone had to fill in for his role of offering the invocation to start the evening. Yours truly got the call from the Archbishop's office yesterday afternoon. Just enough time to write something which, I hope, was commensurate with the occassion. I will let you be the judge:

Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Catholic Schools Dinner
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Marquette University Alumni Union

Opening Prayer – Fr. Paul Hartmann

The Church tells us in the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes, that "One is entitled to think that the future of humanity is in the hands of those who are capable of providing the generations to come with reasons for life and optimism.”

Let us pray in thanksgiving tonight for all that gives us optimism –
children yearning for knowledge;
young people confronting a challenge;
parents continuing to entrust us as partners in forming their children.

Let us pray in thanksgiving tonight for all we know to be true about life –
God the Father knits it in the wombs of our mothers;
Christ the Son gathers the most precious in his arms;
the Holy Spirit promises that life well lived is an encounter with God.

But, in a particular way, let us pray in thanksgiving tonight for those who respond so generously to the vocational call to be the ones who provide “the generations to come with reasons for life and optimism.”

Lord, bless all here gathered for their enthusiasm for Catholic schools and their optimism about your incarnate presence in the world.

Bless all who serve in our Catholic schools and support our mission.

Lord, be with us as we serve you by serving those who will come to learn about you because of our efforts.

Lord we pray in thanksgiving for all that is shared tonight; most importantly we are thankful for your embracing presence which binds us together.

We pray that you are with us always.

We ask this prayer through Christ, Our Lord.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Packers or Father-Daughter Dance?

Boys B-Ball takes one

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


CMH 53
Hamilton 43

Crusaders pull away late in game
By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Andre Bodden came alive at crunch time. Bodden, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward/center, scored six of his 11 total points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team to a 53-43 victory over Hamilton in a nonconference game Tuesday. It was the second victory of the season for Memorial, which snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 2-9 overall.

The Crusaders led 41-37 with 3:28 remaining in regulation, and responded to the pressure-packed situation with a decisive 12-6 run to pull away. Bodden powered the key spree with five points, including what became a critical three-point play with 22.3 seconds left. He stole the ball at midcourt, drove hard to the basket past two defenders, drew a foul and converted a lefthanded layup.

“We’ve been in a lot of really close games this season, so it was a good feeling to finish the job and come away with a victory,” said Bodden, who converted 5 of 8 free throws in the contest. “Even though we had a lead at halftime, we came out strong in the third quarter and tried to build on the momentum. “It was just a matter of everyone working hard to get open, taking the ball strong to the basket and hitting the big shots. That’s what provided a big spark down the stretch.”

Junior guard Ryan Taugher had a game-high 16 points, and junior guard Charlie Walsh followed with 14 points for the Crusaders, who made seven 3-pointers and 10 of 14 free throws. Freshman guard Ayinde Starling chipped in five points, highlighted by a critical momentum-shifting 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

Memorial coach Dean Bellanti was encouraged by the way his team maintained its intensity and focus for four quarters. “We showed good growth in the way we played together, moved the ball around the floor throughout the night and worked to break down the defense,” said Bellanti...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Three Sports Items

all from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Crusader Wrestling takes Third in Kenosha

KENOSHA – The Catholic Memorial High School wrestling team had five champions as it finished third in the nine-team Kenosha Bradford Invitational on Saturday.

Bradford won with 188 points, 3.5 better than runner-up Milwaukee Bradley Tech and eight more than Catholic Memorial.

Memorial’s champions were freshman David McLeod at 103, freshman Romeo Orosco at 119, senior Matt Hauser at 152, senior Matt Groehler at 215 and senior Nick Olson at 285.
Senior Matt Krause was second at 135, senior Jake Parworth was third at 140, sophomore Justin Dentici was fourth at 171 and junior Jordan Pogorzelski was fifth at 130.


CMH Junior, Alison Mueller, #9 among county scoring leaders, averaging 12.9 points per game.


Hmmmm? What about CMH?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

CMH Donor offer $10K matching gift!

Anonymous Donor steps up to match $10,000 in new gifts from alumni for the CMH Crusader Fund!
Will you accept the challenge to be Crusader Fund Champions?

Friday, January 7, 2011

What Does it Take to be a CMH Champion?


Vote for CMP Hockey

At Wisconsin Sports Network for Boys Hockey Team of the Month (click here to vote)

Crusaders have endured some tough on-the-job training

I am not sure what WaukeshaPatch.Com is, but they have in interest in Crusader basketball.

CMH Boys Basketball Team Seeks Confidence, Consistency
Crusaders have endured some tough on-the-job training.
By Mike Schmidt

Each and every member of the Catholic Memorial High School boys' basketball team knows what it's going to take for the squad to achieve its goals over the course of the rest of the season.
Now it's just a matter of finding it. The team gets its next chance at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it plays the Blackshirts at Waukesha South High School.

"The biggest challenge for an inexperienced team is finding a level of consistency, to avoid the peaks and valleys" said Crusader Coach Dean Bellanti, whose squad enters 2011 sporting a 1-8 overall record and a 1-3 mark in Classic 8 Conference play. "So how to you get to a level of consistency and confidence?"

It's a question Bellanti did not have to ask himself at this time a season ago, when he and the Crusaders enjoyed a banner campaign that saw the squad win 27 of 29 games and go undefeated in Classic 8 play to take the WIAA Division 2 state championship title.

But that was a different year, a different team, and one with a different set of expectations.

Led by a group of seniors that were led by play-making point guard T.J. Bray, the state's Mr. Basketball, as well as sharp-shooting swingman Derek Schell and center Austin Pucylowski, the Crusaders were a veteran-laden team with players who embraced clearly established roles and executed them with consistency and confidence.

This year's team, one that features just two seniors and a total of five upperclassmen, lacks the experienced veteran presence that was so crucial to last season's state title run. Some members of the squad have yet to carve out an established role, while others have been unable to embrace the roles necessary for betterment of the group.

"You try to define roles, but those aren't always the roles the kids want to accept," Bellanti said. "Then you have to sell them on that, 'This is the role that the team need you to play.'"
Progress can be a slow process, and Bellanti admits that's been the case with his Crusaders. But the Memorial coach said he has seen signs his team can compete against the other teams in the Classic 8 Conference.

"Have we been there?" he asked. "Not every night. But we are there at times."

One player Bellanti said has established himself as one of the squad's leaders on and off the court is senior forward Ryan Connell. Despite averaging just 4.7 points per game, Connell has provided value and contributions to the team that go beyond conventional statistics.

"Ryan Connell has been a very consistent player for us this year," Bellanti said. "He's really tried to embrace the system and do whatever he could within his abilities to make us consistent and competitive."

One of the most noteworthy subplots of the Crusaders' season has been the fact that the team has suffered three losses by a total of four points this year, which has Bellanti and his players asking "What if?" when looking at their win-loss record.

Memorial fell 43-41 to non-conference opponent Milwaukee South on Dec. 3, dropped a Dec. 7 Classic 8 clash to Kettle Moraine by a score of 49-48, and fell 46-45 to conference foe Waukesha West on Dec. 21.

"If those four points were made and we came out on top, we're looking at ourselves from a whole different perspective," Bellanti said. "The margin of error and the margin of victory and defeat is probably about one inch. But that one inch can be a mile long sometimes."

Connell said an inability to play consistent basketball for four quarters has prevented Memorial from seizing opportunities to win close games. However, the veteran post player said he believes that his team's best performances are yet to come.

"We can definitely come back and have a better second half," Connell said. "We've been in pretty much every game, so it shows we can play with anyone."

What do you think the Crusaders need to do to move forward this season? Tell us in the comments.
Photo credit: Ryan Taugher, a junior guard on the Catholic Memorial High School basketball team, takes a shot during practice Monday. Credit Sarah Millard

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

CMH is fiscally sound, financially secure, and effectively managed.

January 4, 2011

Dear CMH Friends and Family:

By now I am sure that you have heard the sad news that today, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, more commonly known as bankruptcy. To best understand the breadth and impact of this decision on the Archdiocese, I do recommend the resources provided at the website of the archdiocese,

A number of questions have already been asked as to what this action means to Catholic Memorial High School (CMH). While CMH is an archdiocesan high school, it is completely separate and independent in both civil and church law. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee does not own CMH or its assets. Therefore, none of our assets or endowments will be subject to these bankruptcy proceedings.
Be assured that CMH has its own Board of Directors, Finance and Investment committees. We work within an approved budget, and annually undergo a full audit conducted by an independent, outside accounting firm. None of the CMH assets, or the funds we steward on behalf of affiliated organizations (i.e. Booster Club, Friends of the Arts, etc.), will be compromised in any way by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Chapter 11 Reorganization.

In 1959 CMH transitioned from a parish-sponsored high school of St. Joseph’s Parish in Waukesha, to sponsorship by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. This was done to facilitate our pastoral service to, and relationship with, virtually all of the Catholic parishes and families of Waukesha County. It was these families who worked together to acquire the land for CMH; to build the buildings we have today; and to support our initial growth into one of the best Catholic high schools in the country.

CMH remains a place deserving of your trust and support. CMH is recognized as fiscally sound, financially secure, and effectively managed. We aggressively enforce Safe Environment expectations for the safety and well-being of our young people. Most importantly, by advancing mission of CMH, we help re-build the Church and restore trust by sending forth our fine young men and women as graduates.

Should any member of the CMH family have any questions on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In close, I wish to thank all members of the CMH family for their trust, support and prayers.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us.

Very Reverend Paul B. R. Hartmann, ‘84