Archive for the ‘Sports’ category

Reading material for young athletes

December 26, 2013
Fr James V. Schall SJ

Fr James V. Schall SJ

When the highly esteemed Jesuit scholar and commentator on modern culture, Fr James V. Schall SJ, writes a positive review of a book by a professional athlete, I sit up and pay attention.  Earlier this month, Fr Schall wrote such a review on The Catholic Thing website.  His subject was John Stockton, former point guard for the NBA’s Utah Jazz, an NBA hall-of-famer, and a Gonzaga alumnus.  John recounts his life for us in Assisted: An Autobiography, which was published two months ago.  You can read Fr Schall’s article here.


Advice from a champ

September 13, 2013

John Calipari, who currently coaches the University of Kentucky basketball team, recently spoke at an athletic banquet at Franciscan University.  After a few minutes of lighthearted banter, Calipari shares some real tidbits of wisdom.


July 4, 2010

URGENT:  Tomorrow – July 5th – is the last day to register

for the

Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship

Father & Son “Be a Man” Day

DATE:              Saturday, July 10th

LOCATION:   Camp St Andrew, Tunkhannock

TIME:              9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


9:00   a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
       Registration, Orientation, Confession, Coffee & Donuts

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
       Saturday Mass
       Homily:  Masculine Spirituality (Fr. Brian Van Fossen)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

12:00 noon -12:30 p.m.
       Talk on Masculine Spirituality (Fr. Brian Van Fossen)      

12:30 p.m.  –  3:00 p.m.
              Volleyball, Bocci ball, Fishing (License Required),
                 Swimming, Orienteering, etc.

3:00 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.
       Chaplet of Divine Mercy
       Closing and Dismissal

casual, comfortable clothing; swim gear; towel;
              sneakers; hiking boots; compass.

For Directions go to Google Maps and type in “camp st andrew”

For more information on Camp St Andrew go to and click on Camp St. Andrew

Pre-Register by July 5th by calling:  570-288-9998

Cost:  $25 per person (over 18 yrs. old)
             $10 (12 – 18 yrs old) Must be accompanied by adult
             Maximum $50 per family

Intimidation, Kiwi-style

September 16, 2009

I don’t ever get a chance to watch Rugby, but I came across this video of the New Zealand All Blacks vs South Africa.  These guys know how to put on a game face is all I have to say.

Great Family Fun

May 27, 2009

Looking for a way to get some one on one time with your kids (of Ambulatory Age) this Summer?  I recently took up the ‘game’ of Geocaching.  What is Geocaching, you ask?  From the site:

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

It’s fairly cheap, all you need is a GPS and a computer with an internet connection.  You can even make good use of the GPS unit for your car that you got for Christmas; you know — the one that is probably now collecting dust because you already know your way around Scranton. 

Some of the things your kids (and you) will learn:  How to navigate with compass bearings, how to read both road and topographical maps;  puzzle solving skills; observational skills; local history (many cache’s are placed near historical areas); and best of all — more about eachother as you have plenty of time to just talk.

My family and I had a blast bicycling and driving all over the Wyoming Valley.  But the absolutely priceless part was that it got us out of the house — away from the TV and our other separate activities, and forced us to have fun spending time together and working together as a teamand a family.  I highly, highly recomment it.  Check out the site for LOTS more.


January 31, 2009

The Super Bowl is tomorrow.  I enjoy football as much as the next man.  Yet, as I reflect upon the role of sports in our society and through much of the world, I believe that it has become excessive and unbalanced.  Today, we see sports even getting in the way of Sunday Mass and Church activities.  It seems to me that entirely too much attention is given to sports.  What does the Sacred Scriptures teach us?  How would Jesus react?  What has your experience been?  What do you think about the place of sports in a Catholic home?