Tuesday, May 31, 2011

By way of update...

Molly Burke, daughter of CMH English teacher John Burke, finished her last chemo treatment just a few weeks ago. Shortly after that, Molly joined the Dave & Carole Show at WKLH during the station's annual Miracle Marathon in support of Children's Hospital.

Thanks to WKLH, and continued prayers, now of thanksgiving, for Molly.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day, 2011

As I do every year at this time, each member of the CMH family should be reminded of why we exist as a living memorial -- a memorial to the ideal of sacrifice for something greater than one's self, even to the point of giving the very fullest measure of one's self.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.

John 15: 13

Let us remember those for whom Catholic Memorial High School was founded as a living memorial:

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

Let us also remember those CMH students who have subsequently made this same ultimate sacrifice:

David J. Frischmann
– May 29, 1967, South Vietnam
George Carr
– February 1, 1968, South Vietnam
Cornelius Vandersterren
– 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

Requiescant in Pace

Here's a first.

A blog visitor last night from Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

N.B. Before someone sends an e-mail, the flag of Ivory Coast has the same colors as that of Ireland, just in reverse order.

Friday, May 27, 2011

CMH Second Honors Graduate Profiled in Catholic Herald

from this week's Catholic Herald --

Paige Siehr, 17, who was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hapatitis, the result of taking prescription Accutane for acne and a genetic predisposition for the disease, graduated from Catholic Memorial High School Sunday, May 22, with a 4.1 GPA. The aspiring nurse practitioner, who plans to attend UW-Madison, was recently honored with the “Molly Burke Courage Award,” an annual award presented to a CMH senior who survives a battle with cancer or other serious illness while demonstrating remarkable success in four areas: academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities and faith. (Submitted photo)

To read the full Catholic Herald Article, click here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

As we approach Memorial Day...

We must not forget two things:

1. CMH stands as a living memorial to 23 fallen servicemen from St. Joseph's Parish who died in WWII and an additional 6 more CMH students who eventually made that ultimate sacrifice; and

2. We will probably never be able to properly express our thanks to that greatest generation who fought, and won, WWII.

Maybe this video will help understand both things even better.


A valuable reminder...

...for every parent to reinforce with their kids --


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH pair advance

BROWN DEER – One doubles team from Catholic Memorial High School became an automatic state tournament qualifier. Sophomore Matt Mirsberger and freshman Mike Mirsberger advanced by finishing second in Flight 1 doubles at a WIAA Division 2 sectional boys tennis tournament Wednesday.

Also qualifying was the St. John‘s Northwestern Military Academy doubles team of seniors Juan Lara and Wichaya Pienchob. Also qualifying for state was Brookfield Academy singles player Matt McGowan, who finished third in Flight 1. The top four finishers in Flight 1 and the top finisher in Flight 2 qualify for state. A seeding committee will add a maximum of eight more singles players and doubles teams for the state tournament.

Catholic Memorial’s Tim Heyrman was third in Flight 4 singles, while senior Sean Spencer and junior Dan Ver-Bockel finished third in Flight 2 doubles. Memorial seniors Brian Lanigan and Chris Hughes finished third in Flight 3 doubles.

University School of Milwaukee won the sectional to advance to the state team tournament. Catholic Memorial finished fourth.

– Freeman Staff

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CMH Wins Regional Golf

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

FORT ATKINSON – Junior Marco Blise led a group of four Catholic Memorial High School golfers who finished among the top 10 individuals as the Crusaders won a WIAA Division 2 regional at Koshkonong Mounds on Tuesday. Blise shot a 73 to win the individual title, while senior Patrick Bohrer tied for second at 77, junior Corey Stanislawski tied for sixth at 79 and senior Drew North tied for 10th at 85. Freshman Dylan Allen shot an 87 to finish tied for 13th.

Pewaukee finished second behind junior Corey Sweeney and sophomore Nick Clement, who tied Bohrer for second at 77. Senior Kyle Sensiba added an 88 for Pewaukee, and senior Eric Andersen shot 91. – Freeman Staff


from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Arrowhead 0

Goal comes early
By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent

TOWN OF MERTON – Nikki Condit didn’t waste much time getting her point across. Condit, a senior forward, scored what the winning goal on an assist from freshman defender Tori Hodorowski in the second minute as the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team outlasted Arrowhead 1-0 in a Classic 8 Conference game Tuesday.

It was the fourth league victory for Memorial, which improved to 4-1-1 in the conference and 15-4-2 overall. On the game-winner that came at the 2:33 mark of the first half, Hodorowski gained possession in the middle of the field and made a crisp diagonal crossing pass toward the right side. Condit quickly took the pass in full stride and fired a strong shot into the back of the net.

“Right from the start, we came out strong and did our best to capitalize on an early opportunity,” said Condit, who helped the Crusaders defeat Arrowhead for the fourth consecutive year. “It’s something we’ve really worked hard to improve on, so it was fun to get a goal in first few minutes. From start to finish, we focused on the fundamentals, executed at a consistent level and just played good soccer. “Tori (Hodorowski) set it up beautifully. I just took control of the ball, dribbled hard to the box and tried to fire a strong shot at the goalkeeper.”

Junior goalkeeper Greta Davis was a stabilizing force over the final 10 minutes of the game to help preserve a shutout for the Crusaders, who outshot Arrowhead 5-1 in the fast-paced, physical matchup of traditional league powerhouses. Davis made a crucial defensive stop in the 73rd minute, leaping high to block an Arrowhead corner kick and falling hard to the ground.

“For the first 20 minutes of the game, we really did a nice job of controlling possession and played like we’ve wanted to play all season long,” said Memorial coach John Burke, who guided the Crusaders to a 1-0 victory over Grafton in the WIAA Division 2 state championship game last season. “We still have a lot of things to work on, but I was pleased with how girls played up to their potential. “This is the healthiest that we’ve been the entire season, so we feel like everything is starting to come together at the right time. It’s never easy to beat Arrowhead at home. Being a senior, it seemed only fitting that Nikki would convert the winning goal.”

Arrowhead, 3-2-1 in conference and 11-4-2 overall, had three good opportunities to score in the final eight minutes, but struggled to finish the shots. “We came out flat in the first few minutes,” Arrowhead coach Scott Asher said. “When that happened, they exposed us in a few vulnerable areas and took advantage of the situation. By scoring early, it became an entirely different game and we struggled to recover. “Throughout the rest of the night, we continued to take better control of the game, but simply didn’t play well enough in the final third of the field.”

Photos: Top -- Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial senior Nikki Condit celebrates scoring the only goal of Tuesday’s game as Arrowhead goalkeeper Michela Ongaro is unable to stop the shot that came with only 2:33 gone in the first half.

Bottom -- Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Karly Lentz, left, cuts off Arrowhead’s Leah Anderson, right, as she is pursued near midfield by Catholic Memorial’s Ava Olson, No. 5, in the first half Tuesday at Arrowhead.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Friday's First Honors Address

CMH senior, Michael Oyervides, was recognized at Friday's Senior Awards Luncheon as deserving of 1st Honors, for his service, character, and his lived example of the Memorial ideal. Below is his address --

Hi everyone, so when Mr. Hall asked me to give this speech I had no idea what I was going to say let alone how I had gotten this award. Nevertheless, I think that I finally worked something out after many changes so I hope that you will take something away from it.

You are not the same person now that you were when you finished 8th grade. You are someone new, remolded by the events of the last four years. You will not be the same person when you graduate from college either. We are remolded each time, becoming a new creation, but remembering our past much like a piece of clay becomes more difficult to remold each time. It is important that we give these moments their due respect in our lives.

This is one of the last times that we will be here together. We have this coming weekend, then after that we will probably never, all be back at CMH as a whole. For most of us, we will miss this place and everyone here. No matter what though, we will all miss the friendships that we have formed here and seeing everyone, every day as we walked through the halls. As it is a task to remain in contact with people over the summer, now we face that undertaking every day. Next year we will all be going off to different colleges, even different states. However, we have made friendships here that will last through the following years and with any luck the rest of our lives. This is not just a time about looking at what we are leaving behind though; this is a fleeting moment, during which we should also dwell upon and cherish our best memories from high school and gaze into what lies ahead of us.

Look around you. Now I know most you just looked at your best friends, and for the most part the parents probably just looked at the ceiling. But really, all of you, look around; look at all of us gathered here. Look at the astounding people, seated with us right now. We are State Champions, Broadway class actors, students going to college on full ride scholarships because of academics or athletics, we have fantastic musicians, charity founders, and most significantly of all we are the Memorial Way. We are proud of our soon to be alma mater, trust worthy, respectful, and inclusive, we have become faith filled, excellent, and professional individuals that will flourish no matter what we become.

Our parents, teachers, and mentors, always tell us that we are the future. Guess what? It is not true. We are not limited to the future, we are also the present, we have already done so much. What we have learned and succeeded in, during our high school lives will follow us and become the cornerstone for everything else that we do. We will become professional soccer players, volleyball players, musicians, doctors, actors, CEOs, or maybe the founder of the next big thing; the sky is the limit. What is God calling you to do? However, remember, the most important part of that last sentence is not what we are going to “do”. It is that other central word, “we”. We are the ones called to do those great things with God’s help, to impress the world with our developments, accomplishments, and triumphs. Think about it.

CMH Sports wrap up...

all in today's Waukesha Freeman --

Girls Soccer beats Kenosha Tremper 2-1

Boys Tennis, 2nd at Subsectional --
Moving to the next level -- Kevin Lanigan at No. 1 and Tim Heyrman at No. 4 advanced, as did the doubles teams of Matt and Mike Mirsberger, Dan Verbockel and Sean Spencer and Brian Lanigan and Chris Hughes

CMH Track Teams strut stuff at New Berlin Regional --
Junior Kaitlyn Hastings won the 100 hurdles (15.61) and teamed with senior Mara Aparnieks and freshmen Madeline Davis and Emily Kern to win the 4x200 relay in 1:47.99 and the 4x100 relay in 50.76. Aparnieks won the 100 (12.94).

Seniors Broc Kocour and Kyle Deneen, junior Casey Townsend and sophomore Matt Hubley won the 4x200 relay in 1:31.54 and the 4x100 relay in 44.58. Kocour, Deeneen, Kennedy and sophomore Sam Tiahnybik won the 4x400 relay in 3:28.11). Tiahnybik won the 400 in 52.11.

CMH takes 3rd at Classic 8 Tourney

CMH Baseball beats KM 9-8

CMH Grad featured in Smithsonian Video

Click here for the YouTube Video on John Kascht, '79

In this film "Funny Bones" artist John Kascht gives us a behind the scenes look at the creation of his portrait of Conan O' Brien, explaining his artistic process and approach to caricature.

Once again, CMH is the only H.S. Ensamble to perform at Jazz in the Park

The CMH Jazz Ensemble and Show Choir are confirmed to perform at the Les Paul bandshell in Cutler Park on Wednesday, June 8th, at 7:00 p.m.!! Once again we are the only High School ensambles who will be participating in the summer music series. We are honored to have this opportunity!

Mark your calendars!

CMH at Irish Fest 2011

CMH wants to know:

Are you looking forward to Milwaukee Irish Fest?

Would you like to join a CMH alumni event at Irish Fest?

If have questions, want to help, or just offer to forward the info to your classmates, please contact us at cdolan@catholicmemorial.net

Monday, May 23, 2011

Please keep in your prayers...

7 month old, Caleb Jahn, infant son of CMH grad Becky (Mueller) Jahn, '97.

The message from Becky:

If you could please keep my son in everyone's prayers and thoughts. We have recently found out he has a tumor on his brain. He is only 7 months old and trying to get the biggest prayer chain going as we can. He will be having surgery on Thursday May 26th.We have started a website for Caleb to update his ongoing treatment and care.


Waukesha Patch Coverage of CMH Graduation 2011


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CMH percussionist (and downhill skier) Jacob Richter with his award winning solo performance at the CMH Spring Concert.

Watch it now at the CMH YouTube Channel.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Seniors Garner $13.6 Million in College Scholarship Awards
At Catholic Memorial High School

Waukesha, WI - $13.6 million in academic scholarships from U.S. colleges and universities was awarded to the 2011 graduating class of Catholic Memorial High School. Of the 205 receiving diplomas at commencement scheduled for 9:30 AM on Sunday, May 22, 2011 in the InPro Athletic Center, over 95% will attend colleges and universities. Others will be pursuing military service, professional sports, or entering the workforce.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of the graduates will attend college in Wisconsin, including:

Eighteen (18) enrolled at UW Madison.
Eighteen (18) to Marquette University.
Fifty-five (55) to UWM and other UW System schools.
Ten (10) Waukesha County institutions.

CMH graduates are also heading to other highly selective institutions, including, Notre Dame, Cornell University, Northwestern and Washington University in St. Louis.

More than twenty five percent (25%) will attend Catholic colleges and universities including Marquette, Fordham University, Edgewood College, Gonzaga University, Creighton University, and St. Louis University.

The following students are representative of over 150 who received awards from a diverse group of civic, religious and professional organizations for academic achievement, leadership and service.

Valedictorian Sae-Ryoung (Nancy) Lee of St. John Vianney will attend Cornell University in New York.

Salutatorian Jae-Ryong (Julie) Lee of St. John Vianney will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

First Honors Michael Oyervides of St. Mary’s-Waukesha will attend Michigan Technological University.

Second Honors Paige Siehr of St. Dominic’s in Brookfield will attend UW-Madison.

Pics from Tuesday's CMH Concert Orchestra and Choir Recital


from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Coach feeling confident entering second season
Pitching figures to be strength
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Tim Gotzler is looking for some special things from the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team. Now in his second season as head coach of the Crusaders, Gotzler has developed a familiarity with his players and is feeling good after things started to click in the second half of last season. “We’ve got a really good chance of contending for the (Classic 8) conference championship,” Gotzler said.

Having two left-handed junior pitchers atop the rotation along with a powerful senior right-hander is going to be a key to any success this season. “Good pitching always beats good hitting,” Gotzler said. “With our pitching staff and senior leadership, we can contend in the conference.”

Junior lefties Charlie Walsh and Matt West helped the Crusaders to a 13-17 overall record (9-12 Classic 8) last season, and Gotzler hopes to ride their arms to more success. “We’re going to be running those horses,” Gotzler said. “Walsh is just a bulldog on the mound; he’ll go after anybody. He has a good head on his shoulders and knows how to pitch. He’s a great competitor, and he won’t back away from anybody.

“Matt West is more of a finesse guy, a Jamie Moyer type. He keeps you off-balance and guessing.” Senior right-hander Ty Neuschaefer, who will play at Carroll University next season, will toe the mound behind the two juniors. “He’s a hard thrower,” Gotzler said. “We’re looking for big things out of him.”

Also returning for CMH is senior first baseman Matt Groehler, an honorable mention all-Classic 8 pick last season, senior outfielder Sean Waite, junior infielder Ted Rindahl and sophomore catcher Justin Dentici. “Everyone’s adjusted to the program, and there’s a lot of excitement,” Gotzler said. “We have a strong commitment to the whole program. It’s exciting times around here.”

Gotzler is looking for junior utility player Marco Blise to contribute this season, although the Crusaders might have to wait until after the WIAA state golf meet for Blise, one of CMH’s top golfers. Junior infielder Tyler Finn also is being called upon to contribute in his first year with the varsity. Gotzler sees defending league champion Waukesha West and Arrowhead as teams the Crusaders will need to battle for the top spot in the league standings. “West is definitely coming back as the favorite,” he said.

E-mail: dmike@conleynet.com


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Waukesha South 5

WAUKESHA – Catholic Memorial scored three runs in the seventh inning to beat Waukesha South 8-5 in a Classic 8 Conference high school softball game at the Oliver Youth Sports Complex on Thursday.

Lauren Krolikowski, Katie Major and Rebecca Stekiel each had two of Memorial’s nine hits. Krolikowski’s hits were doubles. She scored three runs. Major drove in two runs, while Stekiel scored two runs. South, which also had nine hits but committed five errors, was led by Kelly Venzke, who went 3 for 4 including a double, and drove in a run and scored a run.

Memorial, 3-8 in conference, led 5-0 after three innings before South came back to tie. South’s three-run fifth inning included a two-run double by Maggie Gannon, who had two hits in the game. South dropped to 0-12 in conference.

May 20, 1994

For it is testified: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."

Hebrews 7:17

And for this I am forever blest.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

CMH hosts grade school track meet participants and families

Will you be at the track meet at Catholic Memorial on Saturday, May 21st?

If so, we would like to invite you and your family to join us for Mass.

Fr. Paul Hartmann, CMH President, will be celebrating Mass in the gym immediately following the track meet. We would love to have all of the grade school families join us for Mass.

Catholic Memorial is located at 601 E College Ave in Waukesha.

Pics from Saturday's Jazz Concert

Monday, May 16, 2011

More on TOPSoccer

Check out this great video about the CMH Girls Soccer participation in TOPSoccer.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

TOPSoccer hopes to grow

On Saturday morning, CMH and St. Catherine's girls varsity soccer players worked together at Catholic Memorial to serve children with special needs in the TOPSoccer--Waukesha program that has been run by Catholic Memorial students for 8 years at CMH.

After coaching the TOPSoccer players from 9am-10am, the two teams went off to play against each other at noon. CMH won 4-2.

A global Sunday

For some reason, the last 24 hours has seen an above average amount of international visits to this blog.

Visitors from Brazil, India, and Bahrain just browsed a few pages.

Some other visitors today, and what they Googled to get here --

France -- Kate Acker and volleyball
Netherlands -- CMH Ski Team
Peru -- Fr. Uhen who helps with weekly confessions

and most surprisingly, Israel -- the CMH golf outing (hope you can make it)

No matter the reason for your visit, welcome to my blog!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

CMH Rugby continues Championship lap

From Today:

The Catholic Memorial girls rugby team finished their season at 9-0 after defeating Vernon 38-5 Saturday morning. Senior Captain Maggie Armstrong added two tries to her all-time team try scoring record. Senior Danielle Koepf added another, with junior Sarah Dillett pitching in two of her own. Memorial's other two seniors, Holly Bohlman and Katlyn Breidel, finished their careers in style with impressive performances in support and defense.

The Crusader ruggers finish their year with a celebration and friendly alumni match next Satruday, May 21st at 11am at Minooka. All past players and family members are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Alumni Game and cookout afterwards. Alumni are asked to please RSVP with Coach Wally (jwaliszewski@catholicmemorial.net)

Senior Captain Maggie Armstrong runs for the the only try of the match

Freshman #8 Bridget Magnor runs off a scrum.

Friday, May 13, 2011

CMH Celebrates Lives of Service

Today CMH celebrated its annual mass "Celebrating Lives of Service." This recognition of the profound importance of our founding as a living memorial to fallen soldiers, stands in tandem with out commitment to send young men and women into the world to serve others -- to make sacrifices for ideals greater than one's self.

Below is the text of my homily from today's celebration. To watch it online, click here.
To view more pictures from todays wonderful event, please go to the CMH Alumni Facebook page.

There is to some, a worthwhile question to be asked, how does a Catholic high school reconcile having a foundation as a living memorial to fallen servicemen, with a motto as transcendent as Caritas in Omnibus?

To modern sensibilities, with so much cynicism and skepticism, it would seem necessary to assert that one premise of our existence as a school is too militaristic and the other too idealistic?

But each challenge is more political or polemical, than it is reflective.
Our scriptures today call us to consider the two realities which will transform the world – light and truth.

CMH students are great students, and prepared to be critical thinkers. While one can concede the complexity of applying St. Augustine’s just war theory, no studied person can dispute that history is filled with periods where darkness descended upon great swaths of the world and falsehoods were imposed on a great many. And in those times, and in those places, individually or collectively, some must stand for light and truth.

CMH students are generous, and constantly giving of themselves. But that goodness which you so readily show is challenged aggressively by selfishness, narrowness, hedonism. In that confrontation, individually and collectively, some must stand for light and truth.

Each of us, individually and collectively, must stand for light and truth!
The light is hope and integrity. The light is confidence and joy. The light is the sincere belief that Christ is made known in our midst.

The truth is our human dignity, from conception to natural death. The truth is that actions have consequences, justice serves all, and mercy lifts all to better things. The truth is Christ’s saving love, and that love will set you free!

This is the heart of what CMH celebrates today. Not militarism, but service. Not idealism, but genuine, charitable love. We celebrate today the response to the mandate of faith to stand for light and truth in a world so in need of both.

On November 19, 1863, after a blustery two-hour speech by retired career politician, Edward Everett, the late-invited President Abraham Lincoln stepped up at the dedication of Gettysburg military cemetery and, in mere minutes, gave one of the most remembered, most poignant addresses in history.

We all remember well how it begins…

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

What is less often recalled are the last two sentences of the third and, extraordinarily, the final paragraph…

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

This is our calling now...to be Light and Truth to the world!

Interest story...so much for CMH being too tough.


2011 CMH Fencing Team Results

2011 CMH Fencing Team Results

Overall Team Results,

Girl’s team finished 4th in the Great Lakes Conference. (10 team conference, 3 states)
Boy’s team finished 4th in the Great Lakes Conference. (10 team conference, 3 states)

Individual team results,

The Girls Foil team placed 2nd in the conference.
The Boy’s Epee team placed 3rd in the conference.

Individual Results.

Rebecca Reese placed 3rd in girl’s foil
Zach Waltz placed 5th in boy’s epee
Addie Berens placed 6th in girl’s sabre.

The Conference Sportsmanship Award was given to Rebecca Reese. This is voted on by all the fencers in the Conference. This is a significant honor, well deserved.


Last weekend, The CMH girls rugby team (8-0) won the Division II Midwest Championships for the second time in team history. Gathering the best teams from eight different states, the tournament featured 24 teams.

CMH faced tournament hosts Carmel, Indiana on their home pitch for the opening match. In a display of skill and focused defense, the girls won handily, 55-5, in a shortened tournament match. Junior Taylor Wolf scored from 50-meters out after breaking free from some tackles in what initially appeared to be a mundane two-meter run into heavy traffic.

In their second match of the day, the varsity team’s main concern was fatigue. Through the contributions of numerous substitutes, the girls gained even more momentum, and ran rampant on a tired Plainfield, Illinois team, 62-0. Senior wing Danielle Koepf broke free for two tries and finished off several nice runs after her teammates found clean ways to move the ball to her open channel.

After enduring ice baths Saturday afternoon, the team regrouped for the championship match Sunday. Facing local rival Brookfield, then ranked #14 in the country, Memorial found itself in a kicking battle for the first twenty minutes as the rain poured down and frustrated both teams’ attempts to run and pass. Pinned in their own half, the girls had to play a lot of defense until finally regaining possession and momentum for the last ten minutes of the half. Although they had a few chances, the half ended in a scoreless tie. The second half featured several breaks from Memorial, but the girls weren’t able to get in the try zone. Finally, on a brilliant weak-side run, junior Kayla Henschel cut back against three pursuing defenders, found a small gap and shot through. It looked like she’d score, but Henschel was illegally tackled right before the tryline. She had to be carried off the field, and Brookfield was yellow-carded. CMH chose to kick a field goal. Junior Katie Dries hit the kick as the sidelines erupted in excitement. This seemed to loosen the tension in the game. Senior captain Maggie Armstrong capped off the match by braking through a gap in the middle of the field to score and with Dries’ kick, Memorial won 10-0.


CMH 55 Carmel 5
Tries: Henschel (2), Dillett (2), Armstrong (2), Wolf, Haight, Sommers
Conv: Dries (5)


CMH 62 Plainfield 0
Tries: Koepf (2), Armstrong (4), Henschel (2), Breidel, Dillett
Conv: Dries (6)


CMH 10 Brookfield 0
Tries: Armstrong
Conv: Dries
Pen: Dries

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Guys and Dolls

Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of Guys and Dolls on winning more Tommy Awards than any other Wisconsin High School!


Alex Gromacki - Outstanding Lead Acting
Melissa Betters – Outstanding Dancer
Mr. Andacht – Outstanding Director
Rose Fernandez – Outstanding Costumes
Art Stout – Outstanding Technical Director

Nico Fernandez, Teddy Delforge, Mitchell Matyas all won awards for acting

The cast will be performing in Madison on June 6th

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CBS News visits CMH

CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews visited CMH yesterday while producing a story about foreign adoptions. John Burke and his wife, Mary, are presently working on their second adoption of a child from mainland China.

We will keep you updated when the story is scheduled to air.

That's me, shrinking into the background...appropriately so.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki looks at a statue of the Virgin Mary during a Crowning of Mary Ceremony on Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.The ceremony honors Mary in the month of May with a crown of flowers.According to the event’s program,“Crowning a statue of the Lord’s Mother is symbolic of the honor we give her as the one chosen by God to bear His son, our salvation.” Photo - Charles Auer/Waukesha Freeman

This May Crowning event was hosted by the Waukesha Catholic Study Club. A 77 year-old organization of Catholic Women of Waukesha. As a group, they have been generous supporters of CMH for many years. They are to be thanked for all that they do.

Sadly, two more remembrances to be added...

Please remember in your prayers,

Marvella Hauser, grandmother of Mike. '06, and Matt, '11

as well as

Marita Haase, mother of Fr. Howard Haase, pastor of St. Mary, Waukesha.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The CMH Family Mourns two losses

The entire CMH family offers prayers of condolence for those who mourn and prayers of hope for the repose of the souls of...

Barbara Reuteman, mother of six CMH graduates -- Joe, '77; Sue, '79; Mary, '80; Mike, '81; Tom, '83; and Paul, '87. Our prayers go out to them, and her husband, Tom.

Ronald Siepmann, grandfather of two CMH graduates -- Elizabeth, '08 and Chris, '10.

Details about both sets of arrangements will be available soon.

Requiescat in pace.

Archbishop Listecki on the Sacrament of Confirmation

The sacrament of confirmation is not an acceptance of Jesus on “my” terms, but as Jesus is presented in and through the Church and her teachings. Too often in today’s world we overlook the mystery of the Church, namely, that the Church is the Body of Christ. Capturing that mystery, and understanding that the very same gifts that were given on Pentecost, are also given to those receiving the sacrament. The gifts of the Holy Spirit changed the world then, and they will continue to change our lives if we are open to being used as an instrument of Christ.

CMH sophomores are reminded that registration for Confirmation preparation may already be underway in their parishes. Be sure to sign up now!

From the Facebook page of a 2010 CMH graduate...

Just spent the last class defending my religion. What is Madison's obsession with hating on the Catholics. NO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DOES NOT REJECT EVOLUTION. AND NO PEOPLE DO NOT PAY INDULGENCES TO HAVE THEIR SINS FORGIVEN.(ignorance is entertaining sometimes)

Well CMH, another success story as big as any trophy!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Memorial rallies to beat Kettle Moraine

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School softball team scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and five more in the seventh for an 11-10 Classic 8 Conference victory over Kettle Moraine at the Oliver Youth Complex on Thursday.

KM led 9-1 after the top of the sixth inning before CMH narrowed the lead to 9-6 in the bottom half of the inning. KM’s Morgan Fuller drove in Maddie Churches to give KM a four-run lead in the top of the seventh.

CMH drew five walks in the bottom of the seventh. Junior Lauren Krolikowski drove in the game-winner with a single to score freshman Katie Major. Junior Rebecca Stekiel was 2 for 3 with three RBIs for the Crusaders, and junior Morgan Schneider was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs. Katie McCann went 2 for 4 with two runs for KM, and Churches was 2 for 3 with two runs.


from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH wins 1-0

– Freeman Staff

MUKWONAGO – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team outshot Mukwonago 8-0 and beat the Indians 1-0 on a penalty kick. The PK, taken by sophomore midfielder Anna Jurken, came 28 seconds into the second half. Both teams are 2-1 in conference. Memorial is 10-4-1 overall.

Thursday, May 5, 2011