Tuesday, July 1, 2014
"Love Courageously" was the theme of this year's Diocesan Work Camp. On the back of the shirts the kids received on the last day, is a quote from a Tweet by Pope Francis "True Charity Requires Courage".I don't use Twitter but if you want to follow him, his handle is @ pontifex. The kids above are the group from our parish. Among our adult crew leaders are a brother and three sisters and five of their kids (from four families).They are full of life and joy and are hilarious!
These kids all know each other well from months of fund-raising together. They raised over 22,000 dollars which is used to purchase building materials for the 150 projects they did on homes of poor and underprivileged folks across the valley. Painting, building decks, porches, and ramps, redoing bathrooms and roofing were some things done. Sam re-did a roof this week. Only one story roofs were chosen and all the kids were harnessed while on the roof. Each crew has an adult leader, five teens and a construction guy who volunteers for the week.
This week of fellowship, action and prayer allows for the young people to encounter a Living God who loves each of them personally. Many young people really develop a closer walk with their Sweet Lord during this week and do so with their peers. It can be life-changing. This is one program that is effective in passing on the baton of our Faith to the young folks who are indeed, the future of our Church.
Sam had a very good week and although he said it wasn't as much fun as last year, he really enjoyed all of his friends. I volunteered to be a Security Guard on Monday night and had a chance to observe it all going on around me. The Fund raising is so endless during the year, but it certainly is worth it! We DO want to be people of Faith who "Love Courageously".