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    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.

    Are You Ready for Some Football?

    September 5, 2018, 1:06 pm

    With this week’s start of the 2018 National Football League (NFL) season, Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) begins its tenth year of working with the NFL.  CAC works with its roster of Catholic priest-chaplains in all 32 NFL cities to ensure that Catholic players, coaches, trainers, and front office executives have access to the sacraments throughout the season. In addition, CAC each spring provides Catholic Mass, confessions, and a group dinner for coaches, scouts, and team officials at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Please pray for CAC’s NFL Catholic priest-chaplains for their sacramental work during the upcoming season!

    Rev. Richard Rocha, KC Chiefs Catholic priest-chaplain, alongside Chiefs center Mitch Morse during 2018 training camp

    CAC NFL Catholic priest-chaplains at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NFL Catholic Fun Fact:  The Green Bay Packers held their summer training camp at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., for 61 years, the longest such relationship between a pro football team and a college in the NFL.  Russ Bogda (then-president of the Packers) and Lisle Blackbourn (then-head coach) first approached St. Norbert College in the spring of 1957. At the time, the Packers were headquartering at UW-Stevens Point. In the summer of 1958, Coach Scooter McLean and his staff brought the Packers to the St. Norbert campus’ Frank J. Sensenbrenner Residence Hall, to various classrooms for training sessions, and to the dining facilities on the river bank. Over the 58 years, the string of successive summers at St. Norbert College has NEVER been broken. In 1959, newly appointed head Coach Vincent Lombardi confirmed the summer camp location and formed a friendship with father Dennis Burke, O. Praem. Succeeding coaches and Packer Presidents over the years have found the facilities to their liking.

    CAC, Global Football Release 2018 Preseason Catholic High School Football Top 25

    August 18, 2018, 5:12 pm

    Catholic Athletes for Christ, in conjunction with Global Football and Siena Heights University, have released its 2018 preseason Top 25 Catholic High School Football Pool.

    The CAC Top 25 rankings will return on September 5 and then on Wednesdays throughout the regular season until the conclusion of the postseason in December. In January, the CAC 25 Top 25 National Champion will be announced.  In 2017, Mater Dei High School Monarchs (Santa Ana, Calif.) won the first CAC Catholic High School National Championship.

    For more information, visit www.globalfootball.com/cac-top-25.

     

    Bishops Celebrate CAC MLB Masses in Minneapolis and Washington

    June 30, 2018, 9:40 pm

    Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Va., both celebrated CAC MLB Masses on June 24.

    Archbishop Hebda celebrated Mass at Target Field prior to the Twins-Rangers game, while Bishop Burbidge celebrated Mass at Nationals Park prior to the Nationals-Phillies game. Bishop Burbidge has long served on CAC’s Episcopal Board.

    CAC coordinates Catholic Masses at 28 of the 30 MLB stadiums on homestand weekends.  In 2017, CAC was responsible for coordinating 330 Masses across the league for players, coaches, trainers, broadcasters, front office personnel, and stadium workers.

    Archbishop Bernard Hebda (center) of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis celebrated the Twins Mass at Target Field on June 24 prior to the Twins-Rangers game. Archbishop Hebda is pictured with Jeff Reardon (left), Twins Director of Security, and Father Michael Tix, Twins Priest-Chaplain, following the Mass.

     

    Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, Va., celebrates Mass on June 24 at Nationals Park prior to the Nationals-Phillies game. Bishop Burbidge has long served on CAC’s Episcopal Board.

     

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