Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Crusaders given C8 All-Conference props

Winter 2015
Classic 8 Conference
Basketball All-Conference recognitions from CMH:

Girls Basketball - 

SECOND TEAM - Dena Dryer, junior

Honorable Mention:  Abby Finnegan, junior

Boys Basketball - 

SECOND TEAM - Parker Carlsen, junior

Honorable Mention:
 Max Cooper, sophomore; Robby Gogin, senior;

Photo: -CMH junior, Dena Dryer blocks a shot by Arrowhead senior Kelly Smith - Image credit: Scott Ash, MyCommunityNow.Com 

Congratulations to CMH Freshman, Taylor Doro!

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Pretty as a picture
Scholarship Program crowns 2015 winners

Special to The Freeman

WAUKESHA — On Saturday, the stage was set to crown new titleholders in the 2015 Miss West Allis, Miss New Berlin and Miss West Allis Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program.

In addition, Saturday was also declared both “Miss West Allis Day” and “Miss New Berlin Day” by Mayor Dan Devine and Mayor David Ament, respectively.

The competition took place at the Shattuck Music Center Auditorium at Carroll University before family members friends, sponsors, volunteers and judges. Mistress of ceremonies was Jayme Dawicki, Miss Wisconsin
 2002. The five judges included William Pickens, Mary Bailey, the Rev. Brenda Hactor, Kristen Ruchti Hadap and Don Lawlis. All of the judges have extensive involvement in the competition and scholarship programs.

The program was broken down into categories which accounted for various percentages of the overall contestants’ score. The competitive categories included fitness wear/swimwear, talent, a question/answer segment and evening wear competition. The contestants
 were judged not only on beauty, but an overall presence of physical fitness, fashion sense, poise and confidence.

Six contestants were in the running for the Miss West Allis Outstanding Teen 2015 crown. The finalists were 2nd runner-up Olivia Springsteen, a junior at Waukesha South High School; and 1st runner-up Taylor Doro, a freshman at Catholic Memorial High School.

The crown and title went to Maria Marsland, a freshman at St. Ambrose Academy High School. Marsland performed a song for the talent competition, and her community platform is “Building Bridges through Song,” encouraging artistic expression and building relationships through music.

There were four contestants vying for the Miss New Berlin crown. The 1st runner-up was Alyssa
 Weissman, a graduate student of Carroll University.

Miss New Berlin 2015 is Rosalie Smith, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Smith performed a dance number in tribute to her late brother. Her community platform is “You Matter, Drugs Don’t.” Smith also won the title of Miss Congeniality.

In the Miss West Allis competition, there were also four contestants. The 1st runner-up was Haylee Bande, a junior at Alverno College.

Miss West Allis 2015 is Tyra McFarland, a UWM student. McFarland performed a dramatic monologue that she wrote, along with her sister. Her community platform is “Home-Base: Children of Veterans with Mental Illness.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Men of Christ Conference 2015

This Saturday I will be one of the emcee’s at the annual Men of Christ Conference. It is an event I recommend to every CMH father and their sons. Below is the column which I wrote for this week’s Catholic Herald newspaper about the Men of Christ Conference. I thought the CMH community might appreciate a sneak peek.

I hope all CMH dads and sons might consider coming to the conference. For more information, go to www.menofchrist.net .

To read my monthly Herald of Hope columns, go to www.catholicherald.org

When you got your driver’s license, do you remember the test for color blindness? You look at a crowded field of dots and the difference in colors should form a visible number or letter.An art teacher once told me that this is akin to the artistic style called pointillism. Discrete dots of different colors which, when we stand back, form a picture as vivid as any brush stroke could create. The artistry, or the accomplishment of the test, lay in the attentive grouping of the variously colored dots.

This Saturday will be the ninth annual Men of Christ Conference (MOC). It will be a day of faith and prayer; friendship and fraternity; holiness and hope. I am honored to be playing a small role in the event.

I am not sure whether I should be surprised about the random comments I hear which criticize a “men only” event, or fear a new kind of a “boys’ club.”

My first response is to point out that MOC is no country club locker room nor a cabin up at deer camp. In fact, even the incredible pictures of thousands of men, of all ages, gathered in faith may cause us to miss the true power of the event.

A gathering as large as MOC, with all its success, tends to cause some to look at the pictures and ask what is missing. But getting caught there prevents us from looking more closely at the dots, the men, who are intentionally grouped together to create the picture.

To look upon MOC as some sort of exclusive men’s club is a type of color blindness. Undeniably, MOC is about life and faith experiences unique to men. But MOC is about realization and appreciation of those experiences, not isolation of them to one place, for one day each year.

There will be a grandfather who shares recollections of struggling to start, and provide for, a family when the expectation was that he would dutifully carry the mantle of “the greatest generation.” He will look around and be comforted by memories of when he first joined the Knights of Columbus or when the Holy Name Society built the first playground equipment at their new parish school.

There will be a father who wrestles with the idea of going to confession for the first time in years. There are so many priests available, and there seems to be so much willingness among the other men. The positive peer pressure he feels is surprising and startling. He thinks about the kind of father, husband and son he has been. Whether he musters the courage to go to confession or not, he starts a mental list of improvements that need to be made in his life and in his relationships.

There will be a young professional who meets seminarians for the first time, and encounters more priests in one place and one time than ever before. He will be struck that they are all happy, healthy, and holy. His mind harkens back to some thoughts he had when he was confirmed. He remembers having more than just passing thoughts about whether or not he might make a good priest.

There will be a college student who knows he was not forced to come, but is not entirely sure why he came. At school, he usually feels a little out of place because he does not mind going to Mass on Sundays (so long as it is in the evening and he can sleep in).  He knows he wants to meet girls; he knows he wants to have fun; but he also knows that things are not so simple, even during the relatively safe years of college.

There will be a high schooler who, early in the day, looks around to reassure himself that none of his classmates are there to see him. By late morning, he looks around to see if any classmates are there just to talk to.  By the time Mass is celebrated, he stands next to his dad more engaged than he ever is at the parish. At the sign of peace, he extends his hand to the man from whom, when he was 6 or 7 years old, he pulled his hand away when they were about to cross the street. When they start to shake hands his dad pulls him in for that classic “guy hug.” For as long as the hug lasts, even a teenager doesn’t seem to mind.

In a few days we will see pictures of men gathered for MOC. The pictures will seem to convey that it was a “no girls allowed” event. But as an onlooker leans in to see the distinct dots, with their colors and places, the picture takes on a different meaning.

The prophet Isaiah wrote that God is a potter and we are the clay.  When we see the pictures of MOC we can believe that God is a pointillist painter, and each man is a distinct point of life placed there by Christ.  We should not ask what is not there, but rather what about the picture can mike us heralds of hope!