Visitation BVM CYO -  Father Michael Saban, Priest-moderator

  Upcoming Events  

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On behalf of the CYO Board, I would like to thank the players, coaches and parents for making our Fall Program such a tremendous success. All of our teams competed well. Special recognition goes to the Varsity Field Hockey Team coached by Beth Labella for capturing the Region 21 Championship and making it to the Quarter Finals of the Archdiocesan play-offs. The Varsity White Soccer Team coached by Billy Bono who placed second in the Region and advanced to the Championship game, also the Archdiocese playoffs where they won their first round game. The JV Volleyball Columbia team went undefeated in Region 21 and finished first in the St. Alphonse’s tournament.

Our football program was revitalized this year under the guidance of Bill Lucchesi and Brian Sykes.  Our collaborative efforts with neighboring parishes, St. Helena’s, Holy Rosary, Holy Savior, St. Paul, Holy Savior, St. Francis, St. Titus, St. Teresa, and MDP enabled us to field both JV and Varsity teams totaling over sixty players with the new mascot of Gladiators. As a result of losing only one regular season game, the JV team was able to participate in the Parade of Champions.

In addition to our athletic endeavors, we also had a successful Homecoming despite the rain with the Junior High Dance, which for the first time had another school, Holy Rosary, invited as a “guest parish”.   Recognition Day for the Eighth graders and Family Night for Grades K-5, which was a huge hit, rounded out the weekend. The Fall and Pee Wee masses occurred and in conjunction with the Home and School, a Junior High Night at Sky-Zone was also well attended. We also had Family Nights Out at Gino’s restaurant that have become a regular event and our first 5K Run in Norristown Farm Park.

Once again, our incentive program for our Monkey Survey was very successful achieving a response rate of 57% from our teams. For every team that was over 50%, each team member was eligible for $50 credit towards a future CYO event. Each member of the team with the highest response rate will receive a gift card to Rita’s Water Ice. The following are the winners of the credit that were selected at halftime of the first Varsity Boy’s game in the Turkey Tournament.


Team

Coach

% Response

Winner of $50 Credit

JV Volleyball – Blue

Jill Reilly

80 (Winner of Rita’s)

Julia Berry

Varsity Soccer – Blue

Amy Diesel

73

Christina Kilcoyne

JV Football

Brian Sykes

67

Logan Altrogge

Varsity Soccer – White

Billy Bono

60

Kyle Wanger

JV Volleyball – Columbia

Lisa McMonigle

56

Grace Picozzi

JV Field Hockey

Patti Zarkowski

52

Addison Talonele

Varsity Volleyball – Blue

Laura Baldasseri

50

Nicole Silks

Varsity Volleyball – White

Michelle Kossey

50

Tea Pasqual

JV Soccer

Steve Welsh

50

Soffia Lattanze

JV Volleyball – White

Lisa McMonigle

50

Ruth Fusco

 

We are pleased to announce that we were able to expand our basketball program this year and for the first time in recent memory, we were able to allow every child who wished to play basketball an opportunity to do so as every child that came to evaluations was placed on a team. As a result, we are now represented by three JV Boys team, two JV Girls teams, four Varsity Boys teams and two Varsity Girls teams for a total of eleven basketball teams which is more than any time in Visitation history.     

 We also recently completed our Turkey Tournament. Thanks to all of the volunteers for making this event such an enormous   success. Congratulations to our JV Girls sixth grade team Coaches by Bob McMonigle, who edged out our fifth grade team lead by Bob McNally, to capture the Championship and to our Junior Varsity Boys Team, guided by Jim Kossey, for their outstanding effort in a nail- biter who emerged victorious to capture first place as well. The Varsity Boys team, coached by Brendan Kilcoyne, placed second in their division. Congratulations also to Aiden Kilcoyne  for tying for first place in  the “fowl” shooting contest for the Junior Varsity Boys Division  by making  11/15 free throws .

One of the most moving and memorable events of the tournament was a dedication ceremony renaming the Turkey Tournament between the Girls and Boys games on Friday night in front of a packed house. Mr. John “Bing” Miller was the founder of the Visitation CYO Program in 1953. He coached for 21 years at Visitation for our football, baseball, basketball and track teams and won several championships. He was not only well-known locally but also nationally. A few dignitaries were in attendance including one of the coaches of the 1980 World Champion Phillies, Mr. Bobby Wine, who was a close friend of “Bing” and spoke a few words to honor him.  “Bing” was then presented with a commemorative shirt with his name on it as well as a basketball signed by every player currently participating on one of our teams. A large banner, which will be hung at center court every year during the tournament, was then reveled announcing that beginning in 2015, the tournament will be known as the “Annual John ‘Bing” Miller Thanksgiving Tournament”.  At nearly ninety years old, “Bing” said a few words of appreciation and then was able to do a ceremonial tip-off with the signed basketball with a player from each of our Girls and Boys Varsity team. It was a truly awesome night. We would like to reiterate our thanks again to him for all of his sacrifices and contributions during the inception of our program

 I would like to thank all of our tournament sponsors and also Bob Kropp for making the excellent sig nage to track the results of all of the games as well as the new tournament banner. Other Kudos goes out to Jim Hughes and Kevin Shields for expertly announcing several games and to the Badalamenti family, (Gino’s), and the Zarkoski family (Chick-Fil-A) for their support as well.  In addition, a special thank you to all of my fellow Board members for all of their time spent organizing and planning the tournament and to a few of them who spent their entire holiday week in the gym ensuring that things ran smoothly. The tournament would not have been possible without their tireless efforts

There are several events coming with our Winter season including out Trivia Night in January. Please  continue to monitor our website for other events and our full schedule  of games.     

I hope everyone has a Happy and Holy Holiday Season.

 

                                                                                                             John Bruder

                                                                                                             Chief Adult Advisor

                                                                                                              Visitation CYO

 

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For registration questions contact:

Cheryll Fisher at visiregistrar@yahoo.com

Sports program questions contact:

Athletic Director:  

Fran Greek    fcg623@yahoo.com

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ATTENTION JUNIOR HIGH PARENTS!!!

The Dance Policy has been updated. 

Please click here to read it. 

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 ATTENTION ALL CYO VOLUNTEERS!!!

All volunteers working with any group that has contact with the youth of the parish in any way are required to attend a session of Protecting God's Children for Adults (VIRTUS) training which is required for all adults who volunteer at Visitation BVM Parish

For a list of the sites holding this training visit the Virtus website at www.virtus.org.

There are a number of training sessions being hosted in our area this fall.

See the VIRTUS website for details. For a complete listing of requirements

for adult volunteers, click here 

   

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Looking for ways to show your Visitation spirit?  What better way to show

enthusiasm for your favorite Visi CYO teams than by wearing a tee shirt or

hoodie with the Visitation Chargers logo on it. 

Click here to see a complete list of apparel available for purchase through

the Visitation CYO Spirit shop!

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The next meeting of the CYO Adult Advisory Board will be:

Monday, January 12, 2015 in the Larkin Center

PLEASE NOTE:

Meeting starts for  Board members only at 7:00 pm

The public and coaches are welcome to join us at 7:30 pm

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Attention Parents, Parishioners, and Friends....

Please consider giving of your time and talent to assist our CYO program in any way that you can.

The continued success and growth of this wonderful youth ministry depends upon each of us. 

Whether you are a parent of a pre-school child, a school-aged child, a high school student, 

an "empty nester", or have no children at all, the Visitation CYO can benefit from your involvement. 

To find out more about how you can contribute, please contact one of the following people:

John Bruder                                              610-844-2175 

Dom Zampogna                                        610-666-6011

Fran Greek                                                 215-498-6580     

Dave Harty                                                 610-764-4663