CAC/Houston Astros Re-establish Catholic Mass Ministry
June 4, 2015, 9:09 am
Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) is pleased to announce that the Houston Astros are the 24th Major League Baseball team to have a regular Catholic Mass ministry at the stadium for players, coaches, and team officials. CAC President Ray McKenna praised the Astros organization and its Catholic players and coaches for welcoming the Mass ministry in Houston. “We are pleased to return the Catholic Mass to Houston this season and have received a positive response from the team in terms of attendance,” McKenna said. “We continue to work hard at getting Mass in place for those remaining six MLB teams (Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto) so players and team executives across all of baseball can have the opportunity to receive Christ and grow in their faith.”
Nationals Pitcher Craig Stammen Speaks at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., about Catholic Faith
June 3, 2015, 8:48 am
Washington Nationals Pitcher Craig Stammen spoke to over 200 cheering students and other attendees at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Alexandria, Va., on June 2. He spoke on the importance of his Catholic faith and encouraged everyone to always attend Mass and to receive the Sacraments as frequently as possible. Stammen, who is on the athletes advisory board of Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC), which is an Arlington Diocese-based Catholic sports ministry, assists CAC in arranging in season Masses for players on the Washington Nationals. He is currently on the disabled list and is recovering from season-ending tendon surgery.
Stammen recounted for the students how his mom would tell him and siblings ever day before they left for school to put on the “Armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-18) and how he prays daily to discern God’s will for his life. He told the gathering that he remains confident in God’s plan for his life and knows even the injury is part of that plan. Craig was introduced by CAC Chaplain Fr. Andrew Fisher and Blessed Sacrament Principal Valerie Garcia — both of whom are enthusiastic baseball fans of the Nationals.
Washington Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen speaks about his Catholic faith to students from Blessed Sacrament Elementary School in Alexandria, Va.
CAC Adds Miami Marlins to List of MLB Teams with Catholic Mass Ministry
April 11, 2015, 4:25 pm
Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) is pleased to announced that the first-ever stadium Mass at Marlins Park took place this afternoon for the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays. The historic Mass was celebrated by Fr. Frank Permuy in the Marlins press conference room. The Marlins are the 23rd Major League Baseball team that CAC has helped to establish a regular stadium Mass ministry for players, coaches, and team officials.
Fr. Frank Permuy celebrates Mass for the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays on April 11, 2014
Catholic News Service Reports on CAC’s MLB Ministry
March 23, 2015, 8:16 am
CAC’s Major League Baseball ministry program was recently featured on the Catholic News Service’s print and video web sites. Check out the coverage:
CAC Leadership and Chaplains Visit MLB Spring Training Camps
March 19, 2015, 1:22 pm
CAC Leadership and many of its Catholic Priest Chaplains have been visiting MLB spring training camps in Arizona and Florida over the past few weeks to meet with players, coaches, and team officials in preparation for the 2015 regular season Mass ministry. CAC sponsors Catholic Mass for 22 of the MLB’s 30 teams and additional teams are expected to be added during the 2015 season. To view photos from this year’s spring training visits, click here.
CAC’s Mike Sweeney Elected to the Royals Hall of Fame
February 26, 2015, 12:12 pm
CAC proudly congratulates Mike Sweeney, Chairman of CAC’s Athlete Advisory Board, on his election yesterday to the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame! For more news on Mike’s HOF election, click here.
Watch video of Sweeney speaking with reporters at Spring Training yesterday about his election to the Royals’ Hall of Fame and his father. Please pray for his father, Mike Sweeney, Sr., as he battling esophageal cancer.
CAC/Cathletes Apparel Store Now Open!
February 26, 2015, 11:01 am
Catholic Athletes for Christ is proud to announce this morning that it has partnered with Primo Designs of Springfield, Ill., to offer an apparel store for the general public and its Cathletes high school chapters. Initial items include hats, polo shirts, dry-fit shirts, t-shirts (short and long), sweatshirts, and hoodies in multiple colors and with either the CAC or Cathletes logo.
The CAC apparel store is now open at www.cathletestore.org. A portion of all sales will go back to CAC to help expand its apostolate.
More items will be added in the near future. Cathletes chapter schools can also place special orders in school colors and with bible verses printed on the back.
CAC Hosts Events/Mass at NFL Combine
February 23, 2015, 10:42 am
At this year’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) co-hosted a number of events to include NFL chaplains, coaches, and front office personnel. On Saturday, February 21, CAC, along with the Knights of Columbus and the Indiana Special Olympics, hosted its second annual Mini-Combine for nearly two dozen Special Olympians in the region. The event was held at the Indianapolis Colts’ training facility and included Colts Offensive Lineman Joe Reitz for former Colts Wide Receiver John Standeford. On Saturday afternoon, CAC co-hosted a Holy Mass celebrated by several of its NFL chaplains and post-Mass dinner. For more information on the Mini-Combine for the Special Olympics athletes, click here.
CAC Co-Sponsors Football Clinic and Game for Special Olympics Athletes at Super Bowl XLIX
January 28, 2015, 12:39 pm
Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC), as part of Super Bowl XLIX week, co-sponsored a football skills clinic and flag football game on January 27, along with the Arizona Knights of Columbus and the Arizona Special Olympics at Nozomi Park in Chandler, Ariz. Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson , NFL Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz, and formed Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Horn joined the young athletes for the clinic and game. The Knights of Columbus produces a short video of the event:
CAC Event at the National March for Life
January 21, 2015, 11:18 am
Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) will be actively present at tomorrow’s National March for Life in Washington, D.C.