Fr. John B. Huber, C.S.B.

I began writing this blog on the Feast of All Souls, which is an invitation for us to remember all of those who have gone before us.  On Sunday, October 28, I celebrated the annual Memorial Mass where we remembered and prayed for all of our alumni and CC friends who have gone before us, especially over this past year.  The Chapel was filled with alumni and the families of alumni. There were both tears and laughter as we recalled the personalities and contributions of those we have lost. What a blessing it is that we celebrate both All Saints Day and All Souls Day!  It serves both as a time of healing for us who have lost loved ones, but also as an inspiration to imitate all the good our heroes have accomplished, whether it be canonized saints we venerate, or members of our own family who were examples of goodness.  

As a school community, we celebrated three very special masses recently: the annual Boys' Bowl Mass for the current Men of CC, the annual Boys' Bowl Sunday Mass (which included our annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction,) and then our annual All Saints Day Mass for the school community, celebrated this year by auxiliary Bishop Gerard Battersby.  See some pictures below from these Eucharist celebrations.
 
This year we were honored to induct the following alumni and teams into our Athletic Hall of Fame:
 
Dominic DiPonio ’35  
Football Coach John Hackett
Art Ronan ‘47
Bill Carpenter – volunteer/contributor
The1968 Hockey Team
The 1974 Hockey Team
The 1974 Wrestling Team

Congratulations to these fine Men of Catholic Central!  To see the many pictures taken by Denny Barnes ’79, please click here.  Some of them are below.
Attention Catholic Central Veterans! Our Shamrocks for Veterans would like to invite you to a special mass to honor Veterans on Veterans Day, Monday, November 12 at 7:20 a.m. in the CC Chapel. A blessing of Veterans will take place afterward by Father Elmer ’46 in our new Veterans’ Memorial Garden here on campus.

Thirty-five Shamrocks were able to experience our annual Law Day on October 23. Thank you to the alumni who helped make it happen! CC faculty member Mr. Craig McMichael '01 and thirty-five seniors participated. The annual event was hosted by Hon. Richard Hathaway '68 and Hon. Sean Cox '75. The event provides the opportunity for our seniors to meet with various CC alumni and sit in on cases at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. The day concludes in Judge Cox’s courtroom at the Theodore Levin Federal Courthouse with a Q&A session. This year former teacher and Law Day founder Mr. Carl Weiss joined us on the trip. This is yet another example of how CC alumni are involved in the education of our current Men of Catholic Central. A CC education thrives on alumni participation, and we are grateful!
Our Academic Teams continue to shine and represent the school so well in Michigan and elsewhere.  Our A-team recently won first place at the AFC tournament.
The chilly air is reminding us that the holidays are on their way!  The Moms have asked me to mention that our annual Parents' Christmas Dance will take place this year on Saturday, December 1 as part of our Christmas weekend.  Mass will be celebrated in our CC Chapel at 5 p.m., with cocktails, dinner and dancing at 6:00 at Suburban Collection. Please click here for further information and registration.  The weekend celebration will conclude with our annual Christmas Band Concert on Sunday December 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the main gymnasium, followed by refreshments in the cafeteria.  If you have not attended our Christmas concert in the past, it is not to be missed! Our scholar musicians are incredibly talented and hard working, and all of us enjoy the results.

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Our Advancement Office was able to hold a CC Alumni reunion in New York City on October 2.  We owe a great amount of gratitude to George Turek ’66 who provided us with the transportation and to Rob and Chris Michalik ’87 who hosted a beautiful reception.  

At this “Big Apple” reception, I had a great chat with Tom Davidson ’58, who has shown great interest in our Chinese program.  He handed me a generous check geared for our Chinese classes. I was able to deliver some wonderful gifts to one of the four Chinese classes afterward, with several bamboo hulusi gourd flutes and diabolos (Chinese yo-yos) which are enhancing the experience of Chinese culture in our Mandarin classes.  謝謝你,親愛的校友湯姆戴維森!
 
Open House 2018 was a great success, with nearly 1,000 visitors walking the halls, led by CC NHS scholars.  We had 278 families from 67 schools, 37 cities, 55 zip codes, and two states (one family drove up from Ohio!).  A special thanks to our students, moms and dads, and alumni who came to help promote the largest Catholic school in Michigan!  Thanks to those families and alumni who recommend CC to neighbors, relatives and acquaintances. Your positive witness truly makes a difference!  We are likewise grateful for the efforts of our Admissions Office, Director Jake Marmul ’07 and his assistant Dave Sofran, whose hard work and organizational skills led us to such a wonderful day.
 

The day after Open House, our faculty and staff took part in a Day of Service, helping at noble charities such as Project Hope, Cass Corridor Social Services and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.  All CC employees see their work at CC as a ministry, so it was only natural that their ministry extend to God’s people in the wider community, especially to those most in need.  As I have mentioned in the past, the over one-thousand Men of Catholic Central likewise perform community service hours for those in need in the Detroit community. A vast majority of them goes far beyond what is required and contribute an immeasurable amount of good.  Let us all follow their example!
 
Athletic Director Aaron Babicz ’93 provides us with the following summary of CC athletics:

WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF THE SHAMROCK ATHLETICS UPDATE!!  
“God Doesn’t Call the Equipped, He Equips the Called.”

CROSS COUNTRY: 2018 Catholic League Champions. The 2018 Shamrock harriers had a fantastic season that saw them fall just shy of making a run at a state championship.  The team finished undefeated in dual meets and dominated the course on Saturday, October 20 at Kensington Metro Park leading to a Catholic League Championship.  Junior Luke Parelli earned All-State honors at the State Championship meet at MIS. Updates can be found throughout the season at @CCXCandTF on Twitter.

FOOTBALL: 2018 Central Division Champions. The Detroit Catholic Central football team had some character wins this season and were led by a great group of seniors.  The Shamrocks defeated Walled Lake Western, Ohio power Toledo Whitmer, U of D, Brother Rice, Canton, and De La Salle 10-7 in the 74th Annual Boys’ Bowl.  The team finished the year with a record of 7-4.  Follow @DCCFootball on Twitter for updates during games and throughout the season.

SOCCER: 2018 Catholic League Champions and MHSAA District Champions.  The defending MHSAA D-1 State Champions had another strong season led by Coach Gene Pulice. The team won their 3rd straight Catholic League Championship and their fourth in five years by defeating Cranbook.  Our Shamrocks also defeated Novi in the District Championship game to advance to the Elite 8. Updates can be found at @DCCSoccer1 on Twitter.

TENNIS: The Shamrocks had a great season under Coach Robbie Risdon and her staff.  Our young men won multiple events while playing with exemplary class and pride.  CC advanced to the MHSAA State Championships where they finished 10th as a team.  The numbers in the program are strong and we look forward to great things from the tennis squad.  Updates can be found throughout the season at @DCCtennis on Twitter.

EVERY DAY IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A SHAMROCK!!!

Regards,
Aaron M. Babicz ‘93
Athletic Director
Detroit Catholic Central
 
Congratulations to our VEX Robotics team (2030B) for winning the Finalist award and to another of our teams (2030D) for the Design Award at the VEX Robotics Kettering University tournament! Since I have been at CC, our robotics program has grown fantastically, with both First Robotics and Vex Robotics achieving great milestones. As in so many different areas of our program, various alumni have been of great support of this program: the students, coaches, and all of us at CC are grateful.
As you know, Detroit Catholic Central is celebrating our 90th anniversary this year!  I encourage all alumni to take a survey about your experience of CC by clicking here.  Your thoughts are important to us!


Towards the end of this month, we Americans will celebrate our national holiday, Thanksgiving.  Perhaps as we celebrate and offer thanks, we can ask ourselves:

What would you do if you woke up tomorrow morning and all you had was what you thanked God for yesterday?


Blessings,
Fr. John B. Huber, C.S.B.
 
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“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.