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The latest issue of True Girl magazine pointed my daughter and me to Catholic Athletes for Christ. This group formed in response to Pope John Paul II’s call to evangelize the world of sports and his establishment of the Vatican’s Office of Sports.

Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) serves Catholic athletes in the practice of their faith and shares the Gospel in and through sports. We work with athletes at all levels of sport in an effort to promote a Catholic sports culture. CAC was formed in response to Pope John Paul II's call to evangelize the world of sports and his establishment of the Vatican's Office of Sports.

As St. Paul's epistles teach us, Christ is God’s true athlete and we are made perfect when, and only when, we imitate Him. John Paul II advises us that, "Every Christian is called to become a strong athlete of Christ, that is a faithful and courageous witness to His Gospel." We invite you to join us as an "athlete for Christ."

Ray McKenna,
Founder of Catholic Athletes for Christ

Tomorrow, my family will be involved in soccer games number 9 and 10 for the weekend. Both of my travel soccer players’ teams made the finals of the local tournament. However, we still managed to get everyone to Mass. I have had children playing soccer at one level or another for nearly 17 years and we have never missed Mass due to soccer. This has meant standing out sometimes, as my kids might miss a team dinner to attend Mass on Saturday evening so it doesn’t conflict with the Sunday schedule. It may mean an extra early start to Sunday as we get to Mass before the games begin. I appreciate the athletes involved with Catholic Athletes for Christ. They are providing themselves as role models and offering support to young athletes trying to stay true to their Catholic faith as they compete.

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