Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pope St. Pius X and the Olympic Games

New Book Details Pontiffs Support of Sports as a Tool of Evangelization
VATICAN CITY, JULY 27, 2012 ( It was 1908 when, in the wake of a serious economic crisis, Rome renounced hosting the Olympic Games which were eventually celebrated in London, England. In the same year Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, sought help from the Vatican to support the Games, and Pope Pius X in person offered him his support.

More than 100 years later, the British capital is hosting the Olympic Games for the third time; the opening ceremonies were today.

That moment at the beginning of the 20th century is described in a book titled "Pio X: Le Olimpiadi e lo Sport" (Pius X: The Olympics and Sports) by Antonella Stelitano. At that time "less than 1% of the population practiced any sporting activity, ... and sport was used only as a form of military training or as a pastime for the upper classes," the author explained in an interview with Vatican Radio.

However "St. Pius X ... was aware of the educational potential of sports." He saw it as a way "to approach young people, and to bring them together while following certain rules and showing respect for adversaries."
One such example was in a speech that Pius X directed toward youth Oct. 8, 1905. "I admire and bless with all my heart all the games and pastimes, gymnastics, cycling, mountain climbing, boating, jogging, [...], competitions and academics to which you dedicate yourselves The exercise of the body affects wonderfully on the exercise of the spirit. Because these activities require more work, you take away that sloth, which is the father of vices, and finally because the same friendly matches will be in you an image emulation in the exercise of virtue," the Pope said.

"I believe," the author explained, "that he understood that it was possible to bring people together simply, without any problems of race, religion or differing political ideas."

Not the same old adversaries.

In something that would have been unthinkable twenty years ago, when the Metro Conference and the WISAA represented the best in private school competition, this year the CMH Crusader football team held a series of joint summer contact days with the team from Marquette University High School.

In what would be unthinkable today for most school's practices, each day started and ended with prayer.

A dinner to remember...

Last week, myself and four other priests who assist CMH in various ways served up a gourmet dinner at the CMH Rectory for a group of winning bidders from last Spring's Crusader Auction.

It was a great evening for all.  Special thanks to Brooke and Mike Finnegan who took the lead in the bidding,  but thanks also to the Schmit, Bachman, McCormick, Burns and Schulze families who offer such great support for CMH.

Joining me in the cooking and serving duties were Fr. Phil Bogacki, associate pastor of St. John Vianney, Chaplain to the CMH pro-life club, and a CMH board member; Fr. Erich Weiss, associate pastor of St. Jerome, Oconomowoc, chaplain to the CMH hockey program, and a resident at the rectory; Fr. Kevin Barnekow, associate pastor of St. William's, Waukesha, and chaplain to the basketball team; and lastly, (behind the camera) Fr. Sean O'Connell, new administrator of Queen of Apostles Parish, Pewaukee, chaplain to the football team, and rectory resident.

Just a good way to recall, and plan for, the CMH Auction.  Mark your calendars, Crusader Auction 2013 will be held on Saturday, March 9th. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Trevor Novotny profiled...again!

Great success building on great effort.

A Freeman article about CMH gad, Trevor Novotny.  Click here.

The Official Prayer for World Youth Day 2013 which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Oh, Father, You sent Your Eternal Son to save the world and chose men and women, through Him, with Him and in Him, to proclaim the Good News to all nations. Grant us the graces necessary so that joy may shine in the faces of all young people, the joy of being, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the evangelists the Church needs in the Third Millennium.

Oh Christ, Redeemer of humanity, the image of Your open arms on the top of Corcovado welcomes all people. In Your paschal offering, You brought us by the Holy Spirit to an encounter of sonship with the Father. Young people, who are fed by Eucharist, hear You in Your Word and meet You as their brother, need your infinite mercy to run the paths of the world missionary-disciples of the New Evangelization.

Oh Holy Spirit, Love of the Father and the Son, with the splendor of Your Truth and the fire of Your Love, send Your Light to all young people so that, driven by their experience of World Youth Day, they may bring to the four corners of the world faith, hope and charity, becoming great builders of a culture of life and peace and catalysts of a new world.

Amen !

Four Crusaders named to Classic 8 All-Conference Baseball

Congratulations to the following CMH Baseball Players on being honored with Classic 8 All-Conference distinctions -

CHARLIE WALSH, senior, 1st Team Pitcher
JUSTIN DENTICI, junior, 2nd Team Catcher
TYLER FINN, senior, 2nd Team Infielder
TEDDY RINDAHL, senior, Honorable Mention Infielder

For the Waukesha Freeman year-end recap, click here.

Photo credit, Robert F. Borkowski, Special to the Freeman

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Not sure why

Just in the last 24 hours there were visitors to this blog from New Zealand, Ukraine, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Sweden, the Philippines, Japan, and Canada.

Welcome to all foreign visitors with an interest in CMH!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Still more scholarship dollars to CMH Grads

Muskego Resident Receives Scholarship to Mount Mary College

Congratulations to Abby Radish! 

Read the press release here.

Follow up on Trevor Novotny

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Coverage from Trevor's recognition at recent National Junior Championships. 

Also recognized was CMH sophomore, Danny Brozynski.

Congratualtions Trevor and Danny!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Graduating College in 4 Years?

In response to an article in the Journal-Sentinel last week Wednesday...

UW System students under pressure to graduate in four years

...I wrote the following letter to the editor.  Thus far, it has not been published, so I share it here.

Dear Journal-Sentinel Editors,

As President of Catholic Memorial High School (CMH), I read with interest the recent article on the pressures for timely graduation in the UW System.  My interest is professional – one of the largest groupings of CMH graduates are those who go on to UW-Madison and the other UW schools; and personal – my own niece, a CMH alum, just graduated from Madison in May.

Both my niece and her boyfriend (a CMH grad) were able to graduate from Madison in just three years.  This fall she will start graduate work at Marquette to be a physician’s assistant, and he will begin studies at the UW Medical School. 

Young people from across Wisconsin have similar stories.  Any educator will tell you that successful elementary and secondary schools are integral to successful colleges and universities.  Furthermore, successful high schools do not just prepare students for graduation; they prepare them for success in college, and in life.  UW grads like my niece can tell you what aspects from their earlier education made them successful in college. 

From CMH it’s the International Baccalaureate program which affords many of our graduates the chance to earn up to forty or more college credits.  Its an interdisciplinary approach to academics and the expectations of Catholic service learning, which form students with expansive worldviews.  Its a character-building basis in faith, and rigorous expectations in extra-curriculars as well as the classroom, that prepares young men and women to take on the complex demands and the challenges of independence during college life.

For the UW system, or any institution of higher education, the challenge is not just about course offerings and class sizes.  It is also about calling on earlier education to be interdisciplinary, character-building and rigorous.  This will make the UW System, and its students, more and more successful.

Very Reverend Paul B. R. Hartmann
Catholic Memorial High School
Waukesha, WI



Saturday, July 14, 2012

Great season, early close

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Congratulations to the 2012 CMH Baseball Team for their most successful season in many years. 

It was a tough loss last night to Waukesha West in the regional playoffs.

To read the full coverage, click here.

Coach Gotzler, the graduating senior players, and everyone involved has great reason to be proud.

Photo credit: senior Pitcher Matt West, by Robert F. Borkowski, special to the Freeman.

N.B.  In a way, this marks the close of the 2011-2012 School Year.  No more activites for this year.  Well, in just seven days the first contact days for Fall football begin.  So much for summer vacation!

A CMH Student's London Experience

A reflection by CMH (soon-to-be-senior) Maria Novak -

The time spent in London, as Mr. Burke would say, was a “sovereign experience” Sovereign, as defined, is dominant and effective. It is supreme and imperial. No postcard or Google image could have evoked the same reaction that we all had the first day in London. The best part at that point was knowing there was only more to come. Overall, to have to choose which part of the trip was everyone’s favorite was next to impossible. Luckily, as a result of Mr. Burke’s 5 mph walking pace, we can say we did it all. As the days went by, bucket lists had more lines crossed off and internal scrapbooks had pages added.

            The Beatles once sang, “When you’ve seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind is waiting there” The Sunday after arrival, we went to the Westminster Cathedral for mass. To say magnificent would be an understatement but to say gigantic comes close. The walls were covered in marble and mosaic tiles. The steps, similar to a red carpet, led up to the altar. The ceiling was black brick as if to encourage those attending to focus on what their purpose was for being there. The choir could be compared to singing angels. They were in unison from the moment the first note was played. Before you knew it, you were singing the “Our Father” completely engaged. The beauty and the structure of the mass were unlike anything we had ever experienced before. It left us appreciating our faith and realizing that offering peace is not just simply a handshake. Often people will say that a person should go to mass to get something out of it. However after having had this experience it’s hard not to believe mass is to give back to God and to show gratitude for moments such as these. It is so that we can reflect and be inspired, and to, in the end, go beyond ourselves.

            There were several more humbling experiences that excited us for the future when we eventually fill our passports with stamps galore. The trip to London was the epitome of a “sovereign” experience and it will only lead to better things. Until then, we must mind the gap.


Friday, July 13, 2012

CMH grad Trevor Novotny nationally recognized

The WestAllis Lightning boys club won the 18-under national title at the USA Volleyball junior national championships last week in Dallas.

The Lightning capped the weeklong tournament with a 25-27, 25-22, 15-10 victory over SCVC Quiksilver from Redondo Beach, Calif.

Team members included Kyle Rohde (Brookfield East), Steven Zeske (New Berlin United), Michael Schneck (Marquette), Adam Kessenich (Shorewood), Trevor Novotny (Catholic Memorial), Michael Michelau (Westosha Central), Peter Hutz (Marquette), Josh Kirchner (Sussex Hamilton), Kullen Cook (Mukwonago), Nick Olson (New Berlin), Conrad Kaminski (Marquette) and Ryan Omdoll (Kettle Moraine).

Hutz, Kessenich, Novotny and Olson made the all-tournament team. Novotny was the most valuable player.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sights and Scenes from London

 CMH students enjoying the nightlife at Piccadilly Circus in London 

 CMH students enjoy a spirited theater workshop at the famous Pineapple Studio 

 Another picture from Pineapple Studio 

 One last surprise from the Pineapple.

 Melanie Kohls at the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street 

Last day on the London eye!

Pics from the BB win over Pewaukee

Editorial comment - you would never guess that we won the game.

First London, now a group to Madrid

Fr. Paul,

Attached is a photo of the CMH Spanish students with Mr. & Mrs. Rolison departing for their trip to Spain.  They will spend a week in Madrid, then 2 weeks in Barcelona returning to WI on August 1st.  
While in Barcelona, the CMH students will be living with the Spanish exchange students who were with us last August.  You can follow their Blog at the link below:

Paula Masterson

Baseball Play Offs - Round Two

Come out and support the CMH baseball team as they play Waukesha West in a State regional final game on Friday, July 13 at 8 pm at Waukesha West.

See you there!

- Coach Gotzler

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Waukesha, London, Buenos Aires...

CMH students visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the British Museum, and have taken some time to chat with students from Argentina!  Coming up . . . tours of the Globe Theatre and National Theatre, going to the musical Wicked, touring Chelsea FCs Stamford Bridge stadium, touring the Tower of London, and much more over the coming days.

Crusaders leave Pirates on the Beach

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Pewaukee 6

Walsh Guides Crusaders
CMH wins first playoff game since 2007
by Christine Gustafson, Freeman correspondent

Quote of the article:  Ending Pewaukee's nine game winning streak and putting up its eighth straight victory, CMH refused to cave...

To read the full article, click here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CMH Grad helps you learn what's OnTap!

Be sure to check out the video interviews of various stars and celebrities at Milwaukee's Summerfest by CMH's own Carrie Seibel, '08

See her work at JSOnline's Tap Milwaukee section.

Postseason begins for Baseball

Come out and support the CMH baseball team as they play Pewaukee tonight (Tuesday, July 10), at 5 pm at WCTC.

See you there!

- Coach Gotzler

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday in London

CMH students enjoying Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Sunday.  Melanie Kohls, Sophie See, Mary Burke, and John Burke received the honor of bringing up the gifts for Mass.  Later in the evening, students attended a performance of Henry V at the Globe Theatre.

Day 2 for our kids in London

Hi Father Paul!

Just a couple more pictures I thought you'd enjoy. These are from Wembley stadium (where the Olympic soccer games are and where England plays) there are 2 of the actual stadium, 1 of us in the press conference room with Mr. Burke and then one of the "tunnel" where the players line up to run out onto the field.

Having TONS of fun! I'll send more today!

Ava Olson

CMH state champion soccer players in the press room at Wembley Stadium in London.
Erin Chiappetta, Ava Olson, Coach Burke, Katie Hampel, & Courtney Farley

Saturday, July 7, 2012

CMHers in London

Fr. Paul,

All our CMH students are here in London, safe and sound.  London is definitely ready to put on a great show for the 2012 Olympics in a few weeks because the city looks absolutely brilliant, especially Big Ben in the background.

John Burke

Pics from the Crusader Baseball victory over the Blackshirts

 Compliments of CMH alum, Billy Seidel.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Talk about a streak...

CMH hangs up sweaty Shirts

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 15
Waukesha South 2

CMH Remains Hot
Team gains fifth straight league victory
by Tony Morren, Freeman correspondent

Quote of the article:  "Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit and scored at least one run!"

To read the full article, click here.

Crusaders - 5th Best Sports Program in State

According to the WSN Cup Rankings!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Crusaders take shine out of North Stars

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Waukesha North 1

Walsh handcuffs North
by Tony Mooren, Freeman correspondent

Quote of the game:  "A tight game keep you focused more mentally and makes you throw better pitches." CMH senior pitcher, Charlie Walsh

To read the full article, click here.

Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski, special to the Freeman.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Crusaders dim Lasers

from the Waukesha Freeman -

Kettle Moraine 4

CMH Seniors Deliver
Rindahl's bat, West's arm lift Crusaders

by Tom Badger, Freeman Correspondent

Quote of the article: Memorial stayed "on track with its goal of playing its best baseball late in the season."

To read the full article, click here.

Photo credits - Robert F. Borkowski, Special to the Freeman.  Top: senior Teddy Rindahl is congratulated by sophomore Cameron Krausert after a two-run homer.  Bottom: Senior pitcher Matt West on the mound.

2 CMH Girls among county's Best Athletes

from the Waukesha Freeman -

Among the 20 Best High School Athletes in the County as selected by the Waukesha Freeman

Kaitlyn Hastings, senior, Track and Field
Carina Krausert, junior, soccer

The see the entire list, click here.

The CMH Family Mourns

Sadly, once again, the broad CMH family has lost a beloved and well-respected member.

Dr. Paul Fox passed away on Friday evening after an extended period of declining health.  He, with his wife of forty-seven years, Susan, devotedly supported the CMH mission not only as they put six children through our school (Sarah, Paul, Margaret, Christopher, Peter, and Anne), but well beyond those years as a school parent through his support of many CMH efforts.  Most notably, "Doc" Fox was a great supporter of CMH athletics.

Just a few weeks ago, Dr. Fox was recognized for his years of support as the first fan to be inducted into the Crusader Athletics Hall of Fame.    

For more information about Dr. Fox's life, and the arrangements for his services, please click here.