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    New CAC Catholic High School Football Poll Keeps No. 1 St. John Bosco and No. 2 Mater Dei at the Top

    October 17, 2018, 7:42 am

    In the most anticipated high school football game in the nation this season, CAC’s No. 1 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) defeated No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 41-18 last Saturday in Southern California.  Junior QB DJ Uiagalelei led the Braves with 279 yards in the air and five TDs, along with rushing for 60 yards.

    Even with the loss, this week’s new CAC Catholic High School Football poll, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football, Mater Dei remains the No. 2 team in the country.  Mater Dei takes on No. 10 JSerra on Friday night in another Trinity League clash. Another major matches this week include No. 25 Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.) at St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) and No. 22 Brother Rice (Chicago, Ill.) at Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.) with the Chicago Catholic League Blue championship at stake.

    This week’s Top 10 teams in the ranking are:

    1. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (8-0)
    2. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (6-2)
    3. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (7-0)
    4. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (8-0)
    5. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (8-0)
    6. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (6-1)
    7. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (4-0)
    8. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (5-0)
    9. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (8-0)
    10. JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (7-1)

    For more information on this week’s CAC Catholic High School Football Top 25 and each team, click here.

     

    Padres RP Craig Stammen Meets with CAC Student-Athletes at Mater Dei Catholic H.S.

    October 15, 2018, 8:38 am

    San Diego Padres pitcher Craig Stammen recently stopped by Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista, Calif., during lunch to talk to the Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) Student-Athletes about his relationship with Christ and how it has helped him as a professional baseball player, husband, father, and man.  Stammen serves on CAC’s Athletes Board and has been a strong supporter of the organization since arriving in the Major Leagues in 2009.  After talking to the students, Stammen opened up the floor to questions and finished with photos with the students and coaches.  Also in attendance was Father Pedro Rivera who is the lead Catholic priest-chaplain for the Padres.

    Milwaukee Brewers Priest-Chaplain and CAC Highlighted in Catholic News Service Article

    October 11, 2018, 8:23 pm

    Father Jerry Herda, Catholic chaplain for the Milwaukee Brewers for the past 12 seasons, is pictured Oct. 8 in his office at the Cousins Center, which features Brewers baseball memorabilia as well as religious articles. Father Herda, the Milwaukee Archdiocese’s vicar for ordained and lay ecclesial ministry, is a lifelong Brewers fan. The Brewers defeated the Colorado Rockies Oct. 7 to win the National League Championship Series. (CNS photo/Allen Fredrickson for The Compass)

    Rev. Jerry Herda, longtime Milwaukee Brewers priest-chaplain, was featured in a new Catholic News Service article.  CAC’s MLB ministry is also highlighted.  Click here to read the article!

    CAC’s No. 1 (St. John Bosco) and No. 2 (Mater Dei) Clash This Friday Night

    October 10, 2018, 11:46 am

    CAC’s No. 1 (St. John Bosco) and No. 2 (Mater Dei) Catholic high school football teams will meet this Friday night (October 12) in a clash between two power programs in the Trinity League.  More than 10,000 fans are expected to watch the game at the Santa Ana Bowl.

    CAC’s new top 25 Catholic High School Football poll, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football, was released earlier today and includes No. 15 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), which made the biggest climb, moving up 10 slots, after a quality league win. No. 10 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) also received a healthy bump of six slots moving back into the Top 10 for stellar play in one of the nation’s top leagues. No. 16 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) dropped eight spots and out of the Top 10 and No. 25 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) fell seven after losses.

    This week’s Top 10 teams in the ranking are:

    1. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (7-0)
    2. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (6-1)
    3. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (6-0)
    4. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (7-0)
    5. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (7-0)
    6. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (5-1)
    7. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (3-0)
    8. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (4-0)
    9. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (7-0)
    10. JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (6-1)

    For more information on this week’s CAC Catholic High School Football Top 25 and each team, click here.

     

     

    CAC and MLB Mass Ministry in Chicago Highlighted in “America” Magazine

    October 5, 2018, 9:17 am

    The new issue of “America” magazine/web site includes a feature article on the Chicago Cubs (Fr. Burke Masters) and Chicago White Sox (Fr. Bernard Danber) priest-chaplains and CAC’s MLB Mass ministry.

    Click here to read the article.

    No. 1 St. John Bosco Defeats No. 16 JSerra Catholic 35‐28 to Remain atop CAC’s Catholic High School Football Top 25

    October 3, 2018, 11:11 am

    St. John Bosco of Bellflower, Calif., continues to reign atop CAC’s Catholic High School Football Top 25, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football.  It wasn’t pretty but a win is a win is a win and the St. John Bosco Braves will take it following a tough 35-28 victory over No. 16 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano). RB George Holani scored four touchdowns, including a 43-yard run with 7:14 left in the game, giving the Braves a 14-point cushion.

    This week’s Top 10 teams in the ranking are:

    1. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (6-0)
    2. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (5-1)
    3. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (5-0)
    4. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (6-0)
    5. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (6-0)
    6. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (4-1)
    7. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (2-0)
    8. Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (6-0)
    9. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (3-0)
    10. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (6-0)

    For more information on this week’s CAC Catholic High School Football Top 25 and each team, click here.

    Fr. Bill Schwartz, CAC’s “Pirates Padre”, Honored Before Bucs Final Home Game for Golden Jubilee

    October 2, 2018, 8:53 pm

    Father Bill Schwartz, longtime Pittsburgh Pirates season ticket holder and the team’s Catholic priest-chaplain, was honored for celebrating his 50th year as a priest before the team’s final home game of the 2018 season on September 23.

    Pirates President Frank Coonelly presented Fr. Bill on the field with a Pirates jersey with his name and the number 50.  On behalf of everyone associated with CAC, congratulations Fr. Bill and many blessings!

    CAC Presents at John Carroll Society Reception in Washington Metro Area

    September 25, 2018, 11:37 am

    John Carroll Society President Carol Bates along with Ray McKenna, CAC Founder and President

    Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) President Founder Ray McKenna addressed the John Carroll Society‘s Younger Members reception on September 19 in Arlington, Va.  His presentation was titled, “Winning with Christ: Putting Jesus at the Center of Sports and Life”.  The John Carroll Society is an organization of Catholic professionals united in their desire for an ever deepening and enriching knowledge of their Faith and in service to the Archbishop of Washington.

    McKenna spoke on the founding of CAC and the importance of maintaining Jesus at the center of all we do in sports and in life. He specifically encouraged all Catholics to: (1) stay strongly rooted in prayer; 2) attend Mass often and receive the Sacraments frequently; 3) read Holy Scripture and spiritual books; and 4) maintain a strong Marian devotion including praying the Rosary daily.

    For the last four years, CAC has hosted the John Carroll Society at a Washington Nationals baseball game.  This year, Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Madson and Nationals Vice President and Assistant General Manager for Finance Ted Towne shared stories and recounted the importance of their Catholic faith in their lives.

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Madson addresses the John Carroll Society prior to a Washington Nationals game on June 5, 2018

    St. John Bosco Remains No. 1 in Latest CAC Catholic High School Football Top 25

    September 19, 2018, 9:00 am

    St. John Bosco of Bellflower, Calif., remains the No. 1 team in CAC’s Catholic High School Football Top 25, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football. The Braves made quick work of their latest assignment, beating Chaminade (West Hills), 56-20.  RB George Holani rushed for two TDs in the opening half. The Braves head into their bye week before starting the Trinity League schedule and play No. 15 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) on Sept. 28.

    This week’s Top 10 teams in the ranking are:

    1. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (5-0)
    2. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (3-1)
    3. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (4-0)
    4. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (3-0)
    5. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore (1-0)
    6. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (4-0)
    7. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (5-0)
    8. Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (4-0)
    9. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (2-0)
    10. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (4-0)

    For more information on this week’s CAC Catholic High School Football Top 25 and each team, click here.

     

    Kicking it for Christ – MLS DC United’s Taylor Kemp joins CAC!

    September 17, 2018, 2:21 pm

    Major League Soccer’s DC United soccer star Taylor Kemp, a new addition to CAC’s lineup, recently spoke to Bishop O’Connell High School athletes in Arlington, Va., at their annual sports retreat led by Athletic Director Joe Wootten and Chaplain Father Gregory Thompson.

    Kemp shared on-the-field stories from his collegiate, professional  and national team experiences and also the the story of his recent conversion to Catholicism.  Kemp poignantly explained to the interested athletes how he had reached every athletic goal he had set and still felt incredibly empty and unfulfilled.  It was then, in a tearful moment, he felt the call to Christ and His church.  Taylor entered the Church three year ago and jumped in with both feet.  He is completing a graduate degree in theology from the Augustine Institute and feels a strong mandate to evangelize.  CAC is excited to have Taylor join our team!

    Read more about his story in the National Catholic Register article by Trent Beattie (www.ncregister.com/daily-news/d.c.-united-defender-too-blessed-to-be-stressed) and watch Taylor’s conversion story below.

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