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.

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