Catholic Bowl III


John Paul II High School vs Sacred Heart Muenster

When: September 8 – 9, 2023

Principal Sponsor: Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation and Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Presented by: Global Football

Contact: Patrick Steenberge, Global Football/Global Football Foundation

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Schedule of Events - September 8 - 9, 2023

Location: St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Prosper, TX
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Event: Mass, Rosary, Talks, and BBQ Dinner
Attendees: Coaches, Players, Leaders of the four high schools, Bishops and priests from the various dioceses/schools represented, sponsors, organizers, speakers, St. Martin de Porres parishioners, and school students.

Order of Evening:

  • Mass at 5:30 p.m. Bishop Olson concelebrates with Bishops from participating Dioceses; Rev. Brett Metzler homilist and MC for the Mass
  • After Mass Congregation remains for the closing Rosary and the clergy departs to un-vest.

When clergy returns, speakers will begin presentations

  • Speakers: Honorary Chair of Catholic Bowl III (TBA); Patrick Steenberge; Bishop Olson.
  • Father Hauck, St. Martin de Porres pastor blesses the meal
  • After the blessing, everyone moves outside to a large tent where Knights of Columbus Councils from St. Martin de Porres, Sacred Heart Muenster, and St. Andrew Fort Worth will serve a barbecue meal to the estimated 350 attendees.

Location: St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Community, McKinney, TX
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Event: Mass, Rosary, Talks, and BBQ Dinner
Attendees: JPII Community

The doubleheader of high school football at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco (two of the four teams are from the Diocese of Fort Worth, one from the Diocese of Dallas, and one from the Diocese of Lafayette LA). Before both games, we will be honoring Fr. Emil Kapaun and presenting a 9/11 video tribute. Tickets available July 15 Various priests connected with schools will offer opening prayers and do the coin tosses for each matchup.

Dan Novakov to Serve as Catholic Bowl III Honorary Chairman

July 21, 2023

Dan Novakov to serve as Catholic Bowl III Honorary ChairmanWhen Dan Novakov was playing high school football at Cincinnati Moeller under Gerry Faust he never dreamed he would one day be Chairman of the legendary Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Nor did he know he would be the starting center for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish when they defeated the Texas Longhorns in that same event in 1971, ending the 31-game winning streak of the Austin team. Even more far-fetched was that he would be honored by the Dallas Catholic Foundation in 2022 along with his Dallas-native wife, Lydia, having met while attending the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College. All of this has come true for this dedicated attorney, whose son Daniel is the most successful coach in the TAPPS league these days.

Catholic Bowl producer Patrick Steenberge, former teammate of Novakov at Notre Dame comments, “What an honor to have Dan lend his name and presence to this noteworthy showcase, now in its third year. It will be especially fun for me to share the day of high school action with him, allowing us to enjoy time together talking about memories, family, and our Catholic lifestyles.”

On Saturday, September 9 Dan will add another positive accolade to his civic-oriented life when he serves as Honorary Chair of the Catholic Bowl III, a doubleheader played at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. The event celebrates Faith, Freedom, and Football and is always played on the closest Saturday to 9-11, the tragedy where nearly 2,000 Americans died.

The 3 pm game will feature Nolan Catholic High School hosting St. Edmund High School of Eunice, Louisiana. The nightcap at 7 pm matchup will be fascinating as John Paul II of Plano welcomes Sacred Heart School of Muenster. The Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth are the major sponsors of the Catholic Bowl again, pleased to promote Catholic Education and Athletics, powerful tenets of the Church mission.

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