For school children the summer holidays are normally a time to relax, to go to the movies, have a swim or just enjoy playing their favourite sport. However, for one group of children, they did just that and much more: they learned about their Catholic Faith.
The St Joseph's Family Catechetical Summer School, held in Adelaide, was fun, it was 'cool' and the children went home knowing more about the foundations of their faith, including the Marian doctrines, the precepts of the Church and the Bible. This was achieved in only nine days, with one of them spent on an excursion to a beautiful Ukrainian Church.
The school began at 9.15 each morning with prayers. Each lesson was followed by an activity to reinforce its theme, e.g., making masks of favourite saints. In between lessons, there were games and exercises, as well as a video on the Bible aimed at children. There was also preparation for a Biblical play that was performed at the end of the school to all the parents and supporters. The Missionary Sisters of Charity were also available to give talks. The program finished each day at 3.30pm with a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.
Priests, parents or catechists interested in having a St Joseph's Family Catechetical School held in their parish or suburb should write to me for a brochure that provides further information. For those with large families, arrangements can be made for a home-based catechesis school. The School is free and available only during holiday periods, with a time frame of three days generally sufficient to teach the foundations of our faith in a prayerful and fun-filled environment.
The author is a seminarian studying at Vianney College, and can be contacted at Vianney College, PO Box 172, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650.