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    MLB Legendary Broadcaster Vin Scully Provides Encouragement and Optimism During COVID-19

    April 20, 2020, 11:00 am

    Legendary Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster and Mass reader at CAC’s L.A. Dodgers Mass Vin Scully recently offered some reassuring words about America’s great resilience and encouraged the nation to spend more time in prayer in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, many Catholics have relied on CAC’s Rosary CD recording, featuring Vin Scully, over the past several weeks during COVID-19. For more information on ordering a copy of the Rosary CD, visit www.catholicathletesforchrist.org/rosary.

    Here is Scully’s message:

    CAC Arlington Diocese Courage Awards Reception Postponded due to COVID-19

    April 13, 2020, 11:36 am

    The CAC Arlington Diocese Courage Awards Reception, scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2020, has been postponed due to COVID-19.

    The 2020 Courage Award recipient, former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tom Carroll, will receive the award when the event is rescheduled. The reception will also honor a male and female senior student-athlete at the Catholic high schools and colleges in the Arlington Diocese.

    CAC’s Professional Football Ministry Continues to Grow

    February 24, 2020, 12:17 pm

    This week in Indianapolis, Catholic Athletes for Christ’s (CAC’s) NFL Chaplains will provide daily Mass, Confession, and spiritual direction to NFL coaches, general managers, scouts. and other NFL personnel in attendance at the annual NFL Scouting Combine, which is a showcase for top collegiate draft eligible players.  It will mark the 14th consecutive year of CAC’s Scouting Combine Ministry and is one of the pillars of its NFL ministry, which is focused on assuring all NFL teams have access to the sacraments during the season.  

    Additionally, Fr. J.D. Jaffe, who oversees CAC’s NFL chaplaincy program, recently celebrated Mass for the new XFL football league and its New York team, the Guardians. Guardians’ Head Coach Kevin Gilbride had been an active member of CAC’s NFL ministry when he served for many years as the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants. Father Jaffe was impressed by the reverence and respect demonstrated shown by all the Mass attendees even in the midst of their busy pre-game routine.  

    Redskins Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio alongside CAC’s President/Founder Ray McKenna following Ash Wednesday Mass at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on February 26, 2020

    St. John Bosco, Mater Dei, St. Thomas Aquinas Remain at Top of CAC’s Week 6 Top 25 Catholic High School Football Poll

    October 11, 2019, 4:24 pm

    CAC’s High School Chapter Program in Trenton (NJ) Receives Praise for Impact on Student-Athletes

    October 11, 2019, 4:11 pm

    CAC was recently featured in the Trenton Monitor about its high school chapter program that is positively impacting student-athletes at the diocesan high schools in Trenton (NJ). Click here to read the article!

    CAC Top 25 Catholic High School Football Preseason Poll Released for 2019

    August 19, 2019, 8:27 pm

    For the third straight year, the top Catholic high school football teams have a special national ranking. The Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) Top 25 Catholic High School Football Poll, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football, is out for the 2019 season.

    In 2018, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) was named the CAC Top 25 National Champions for 2018.  The Monarchs, who also won the CAC National Championship in 2017, reigned supreme throughout the season and bounced back from their one on-field loss to No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) to win the sectional title enroute to the CIF Open Division Bowl Game championship.

    Check out the 2019 Top 25 preseason poll (2018 records shown):

    1. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (13-1)
    2. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (13-2)
    3. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (10-0)
    4. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (9-1)
    5. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (13-2)
    6. St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, N.J. (10-2)
    7. Saint Louis School, Honolulu, Hawaii (11-0)
    8. Eastside Catholic, Sammamish, Wash. (13-1)
    9. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (15-0)
    10. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia (13-0)
    11. Gonzaga, Washington, D.C (9-3)
    12. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas (11-3)
    13. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (12-1)
    14. DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md. (8-3)
    15. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (10-2)
    16. JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (9-3)
    17. St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (7-4)
    18. St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (11-3)
    19. Salpointe Catholic, Tucson, Ariz. (13-1)
    20. Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, Ill. (12-1)
    21. Cardinal Gibbons, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (13-2)
    22. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh, Pa. (7-4)
    23. Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (13-3)
    24. Bishop Dunne, Dallas, Texas (11-3)
    25. Bishop Kelley, Tulsa, Okla. (10-3)

    Follow the CAC Top 25 through social media at www.Facebook.com/CACTop25 and on Twitter @CACTop25. 

    Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) Wins Second Consecutive CAC Top 25 Catholic High School Football National Championship; Tim McFarlin of Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.) Wins CAC National Coach of the Year

    January 3, 2019, 8:29 pm

    For the second straight year, the Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) Top 25 Catholic High School Football Poll, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football, crowns top-ranked Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) as the CAC Top 25 National Champions for 2018.  The Monarchs reigned supreme throughout the season and bounced back from their one on-field loss to No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) to win the sectional title enroute to the CIF Open Division Bowl Game championship.

    Overall, CAC Top 25 teams accounted for 18 state or postseason conference championships and two wins in the GEICO Bowl Series.

    Additionally, Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.) head coach Tim McFarlin has been named the 2018 CAC Top 25 Catholic High School Football Coach of the Year.

    McFarlin and his Titans completed a remarkable season after defeating Cartersville, 23-9, for the program’s second straight Georgia Class AAAA state championship on December 12. The victory upped Blessed Trinity’s season record to a perfect 15-0 and 90-18-1 in nine seasons since McFarlin was hired.

    McFarlin was chosen from among all Catholic high school football coaches across the nation by a panel that includes representatives of CAC Top 25 presenting sponsors Siena Heights University and Global Football, and ranking coordinator Christopher Lawlor.

    “This award is for our entire football program and it is such an honor to be recognized,” said McFarlin. “Blessed Trinity is a wonderful place to coach. I came here after thirty years in public schools and it’s been an awesome experience. I’ve really enjoyed following the CAC Top 25 rankings this year and the football is at this level is competitive, so we consider ourselves very proud to be included in the ranking.”

    Global Football president Patrick Steenberge said, “I want to congratulate Tim McFarlin on his recognition as the CAC Top 25 coach of the year for 2018. Tim has done an amazing job building Blessed Trinity into a statewide and national powerhouse in a few short years. I got to know Tim ahead of the Titans’ Ireland trip in 2016 and found him to be a dedicated, highly-motivated, student-athlete focused mentor, who always has the best intentions for his kids. He is a great example of the positive high school coaching across America.”

    In the last six seasons, McFarlin shepherded the move from Class AA to AAA to AAAA. In that stretch, the veteran coach is 65-6-1 with the two state crowns.

    “There was a lot more pressure on us this year,” added McFarlin. “Last year we were under the radar and there were two or three programs expected to win and we were ranked fifth or six. This year, it was Blessed Trinity who were the favorites to win and we were ranked number one in the state from week one. I’m fortunate to have a veteran staff and we talked about how we would deal with that expectation. As much as possible, we tried to ignore it, but that’s easier said than done.”

    McFarlin’s team was at a disadvantage in the state final when he decided to sit Notre Dame-bound defensive ace JD Bertrand, who injured his knee in the state semifinals.

    “We had to deal with injuries and that threw a lot of uncertainty into the game, but the kids who stepped up responded especially well and took responsibility,” McFarlin explained.

    Cartersville entered the game beaten in 14 games and averaging over 38 points. McFarlin’s defense held the Hurricanes to a season-low point total and flustered their offense with an array of looks and fronts as Cartersville failed to score a TD for the first time in four seasons.

    2018 Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) Top 25 Final Rankings / January 2, 2019

    1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (13-2) ! # *
    2. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (13-1)2
    3. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (13-0)*
    4. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (15-0)*
    5. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (12-1)
    6. Saint Louis School, Honolulu, Hawaii (11-0)*
    7. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (10-0)
    8. Blessed Trinity, Roswell, Ga. (15-0)*
    9. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (13-2)
    10. Christian Brothers College, St. Louis, Mo. (12-1)*
    11. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (11-3)*
    12. Charlotte (N.C.), Catholic (15-1)*
    13. Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (9-3)*
    14. St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, N.J. (10-2)*
    15. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (9-1)
    16. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (10-2)
    17. Chaminade-Madonna College Prep, Hollywood, Fla. (12-2)*
    18. Eastside Catholic, Sammamish, Wash. (13-1)*
    19. Cardinal Gibbons, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (13-2)*
    20. Xavier, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (13-0)*
    21. Columbus, Miami, Fla. (14-1) @
    22. St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (11-3)*
    23. Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, Ill. (13-1)*
    24. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines, Iowa (11-2)*
    25. Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (13-3)*

    ! Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 National Champions

    * Won a state or conference postseason championship

    # Includes a forfeit loss

    @ Includes a forfeit win

    Special Consideration: Bishop Dunne (Dallas, Texas)*; Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.)*; Catholic Memorial (Waukesha, Wis.)*; Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.)*; Calvert Hall College (Baltimore, Md.)*; St. John’s Prep (Danvers, Mass.)*; St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.)*; De La Salle Collegiate (Warren, Mich.)*; Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.)*; JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala.); DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.); Memorial (Evansville, Ind.); Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.); Trinity Catholic (St. Louis, Mo.)*; Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne, Ind.)*; Marist (Atlanta, Ga.); St. Joseph (Trumbull, Conn.)*; Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.); Malvern (Pa.) Prep; Strake Jesuit (Houston, Texas); Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic*; Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.); Marist (Chicago, Ill.); St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.); Conwell-Egan (Fairless Hills, Pa.); St. John Vianney (St. Louis, Mo.)*; Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.)*; San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.); Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.); Mount Carmel (Chicago, Ill.); Bishop Chatard (Indianapolis, Ind.); St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.); Clearwater (Fla.); Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.); Brother Rice (Chicago, Ill.); Covington Catholic (Park Hills, Ky.) and St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta, Ga.).

    Mater Dei (No. 1) Meets De La Salle (No. 4) for CIF State Championship in CAC Top 25 Poll

    December 6, 2018, 6:37 pm

    The Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) Catholic High School Top 25 Poll, announced this morning and presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football, is highlighted by two teams in the Top 5 that will meet Saturday night for the CIF State Football Championship Bowl Game.

    No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (12-2) will play No. 4 De Sa Salle (Concord) (12-0) on Saturday evening at 11 p.m. (Eastern) / 8 p.m. (Pacific).  Mater Dei won last year’s meeting between the schools in the CIF Open Division Bowl Game final. The winner of the game will be in position to capture the CAC 2018 National Championship.

    This week’s Top 10 teams are:

    1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (12-2)
    2. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (13-1)
    3. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (15-0)
    4. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (12-0)
    5. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (13-1)
    6. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (12-0)
    7. Saint Louis School, Honolulu, Hawaii (11-0)
    8. St. Francis Academy, Baltimore, Md. (9-0)
    9. Blessed Trinity, Roswell, Ga. (14-0)
    10. Columbus, Miami, Fla. (14-0)

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

    Mater Dei Defeats St. John Bosco, Takes Over Top Spot In CAC Top 25 Catholic HS Football Poll

    November 28, 2018, 10:55 am

    The Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) Catholic High School Top 25 Poll, announced this morning and presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football, has a new No. 1. For the first time this season there’s someone other than St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) at top and it’s a familiar name: the 2017 champion Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).

    Mater Dei and Bosco flip-flopped rank as the Monarchs avenged a regular season loss to the Trinity League brethren. Mater Dei defeated Bosco, 17-13, in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 final are one win from an overall state title.

    This week’s Top 10 teams are:

    1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (12-2)
    2. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (13-1)
    3. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (14-0)
    4. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (11-0)
    5. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (12-1)
    6. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (11-0)
    7. Saint Louis School, Honolulu, Hawaii (11-0)
    8. St. Francis Academy, Baltimore, Md. (9-0)
    9. Blessed Trinity, Roswell, Ga. (13-0)
    10. Covington Catholic, Park Hills, Ky. (14-0)

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

    Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) Wins WCAC Final on Hail Mary; Back in CAC Top 25

    November 21, 2018, 10:51 am

    No. 17 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) is back in the CAC Top 25 after a thrilling, last-second 46-43 win over rivals DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference final. This was the Eagles’ fourth WCAC title.  CAC Player of the Week Caleb Williams, QB of No. 17 Gonzaga was at the controls of defeating then-No. 9 St. John’s College (Washington) in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals. Williams then authored the perfect ending and fantastic finish to a season all rolled into one as Gonzaga pulled off a last-second 46-43 stunner over then-No. 16 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) in the WCAC final on Sunday night. Williams heaved a 53-yard “Hail Mary” pass on the game’s final play to wide receiver John Marshall that capped the game and was the third lead change in last 29 seconds. The dual-threat QB had a busy night, accounting for six touchdowns, with two on the ground from 25 and 21 yards, one reception off a trick play and three in the air.

    This weekend, No. 1 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) meets No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 final. For the third time in as many years, these Trinity League rivals meet in the sectional final at Cerritos College in Norwalk. The teams have split the last two sectional titles but Bosco captured the regular season contest, 41-18, on Oct 13.

    This week’s Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) Catholic High School Football Poll Top 10 teams, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football, are:

    1. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (13-0)
    2. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (11-2)
    3. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (13-0)
    4. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (11-0)
    5. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (11-1)
    6. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (10-0)
    7. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (10-0)
    8. St. Francis Academy, Baltimore, Md. (9-0)
    9. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (10-1)
    10. Blessed Trinity, Roswell, Ga. (12-0)

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

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