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Baseball’s ironman stresses teamwork and family
Feb 26 2007
HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Instead of facing a pitcher throwing a 95 mph fastball, baseball ironman Cal Ripken Jr. faced 800 people Feb. 12 at DeMatha Catholic High School in the Washington suburb of Hyattsville. The crowd of students and alumni, teachers and coaches cheered loudly as the Baltimore Orioles’ former shortstop – who is to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer – appeared in the Morgan Wootten Gymnasium, named for the legendary DeMatha basketball coach who is himself a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The last time somebody clapped that loud, I had to take a lap around the stadium,” Ripken said, remembering the night in 1995 when he played his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig’s record. That night, Ripken ran around the inside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, high-fiving the fans who cheered him.

The Heart of St. Joseph’s
Feb 23 2007
For months, school children, fellow parents, school and parish staff and parishioners of St. Joseph, Fullerton, have been diligently rooting for the Pirozzi family, specifically Xavia Pirozzi, a St. Joseph fifth grader who received a heart transplant Jan. 6. Through fundraisers, personal assistance, and an online hospital “care page,” love, encouragement, and support have poured in from concerned individuals. The St. Joseph community has pooled together their resources to help the family face their share of the medical costs – $600,000.

Volunteers sought for after-school program
Feb 22 2007
As Frank Kasper watched young people in the Transfiguration Catholic Community, Baltimore, after-school program play a lively game of catch, he knew getting them to concentrate on homework would be challenging. The Transfiguration parishioner, a retired computer programmer from Charles Village, was one of two volunteers who helped the five elementary school-aged children who showed up that day with their studies. “We really need more volunteers, if we want to be effective in this program,” said Jason Ramos, the outreach coordinator for the three churches in the Transfiguration Catholic Community. “These kids need one-on-one attention.”

Priests, seminarians to kick off soccer championship
Feb 21 2007
ROME – Students at Pontifical North American College are among those competing in the first Clericus Cup, a soccer championship exclusively for priests and seminarians in Rome. Seminaries and pontifical universities have fielded 16 teams for the championship series, with 311 players coming from approximately 50 countries. The series is to open Feb. 24 when Pontifical Gregorian University plays Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae. The championship game will be in June.

IAAM Winter Sports All-Stars
Feb 20 2007
The Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland proudly announced their 2006 – 2007 Winter Sports All-Stars. The Catholic Review is proud to list those female athletes representing our Catholic High Schools.

Grease helps loosen rivalry among schools
Feb 13 2007
Scattered throughout the auditorium of The Cardinal Gibbons School, Baltimore, students from Mount de Sales Academy, Catonsville; Institute of Notre Dame, Baltimore; The Seton Keough High School; Cardinal Gibbons; and Mount St. Joseph High School, Irvington, practiced their lines, dance moves and songs. When dressed in costume, no one could tell which student was from which school and that’s the way the Five Corners Theatre Group likes it. On Feb. 15 -18 the stage at Cardinal Gibbons will light up and the sounds of familiar songs like, “You’re the One that I Want,” Hopelessly Devoted” and “We’ll Always be Together,” will ring in the audience’s ears as they watch “Grease” come alive. “This is most of the group’s last show, and we want to go out with a bang,” said Brooke Wheeler, a sophomore at Seton Keough and costume designer for the show.

Proposal to split public, private school athletic events
Feb 13 2007
ST. LOUIS – Some Catholic and public high school officials in the St. Louis area said they are against a proposal to create separate state athletic championships for private and public schools. Private and public school educators and coaches contacted by the St. Louis Review, newspaper of the St. Louis Archdiocese, noted that their students enjoy the competition against each other. The proposal before the Missouri State High School Activities Association stems from a petition begun by Belle High School in Belle. It would apply to about a dozen sports played at the 506 public schools and 72 nonpublic schools in the association.

Red-clad Catholics hope to send heart-healthy message
Feb 04 2007
When Betty Williams enters St. Bernardine Feb. 11, she will be sporting a red outfit and she’s encouraging her fellow parishioners to do the same. The fashion statement is not in honor of St. Valentine’s Day, but to raise awareness about the importance of cardiovascular care and the risk factors related to heart disease.

Seniors’ Prom bridges generation gap
Jan 29 2007
The generation gap appeared to be closed in the cafeteria of West Baltimore’s Seton Keough High School as senior citizens and teenagers from four area Catholic schools boogied together on the dance floor to legends like Elvis Presley and James Brown. “I feel good honey,” growled Catherine Gallagher, a resident of St. Joachim House on the campus of Catholic Charities’ Jenkins Senior Living Community, as she swung her hips to James Brown’s “I Feel Good.”

The Joy of Football
Jan 29 2007
As half the nation eagerly awaits the kickoff of the Super Bowl, the other half looks on in wonderment at what could be so enthralling about grown men running up and down a field carrying an oblong ball. Football fans who cannot articulate why they feel such passion for the game may retreat to their television sets feeling a vague sense of guilt that, perhaps, they are wasting their time. However, no guilt is called for, because watching sports satisfies a vital human need.