Well, it was ice cream sundae week. The excitement and sugar levels was palpable!! Once the boys had their sundaes, piled high with Oreos, m&ms, sprinkles, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, cherries and whipped cream, they settled in for this week’s virtue — temperance (self-control).
Our speaker this week was Fr Chris Redcay from St Pat’s in Malvern. Fr Redcay spoke to the boys about temperance, and showed them that a large part of self-control is being happy with what we have in our lives at any moment – not wanting what someone else has or simply just always wanting more. Fr Redcay used dominoes to make this point — ask your sons how he did it!
Br Patrick spoke to the boys about how to practice self-control in their daily lives, in what we say and do at school and at home. The boys’ activity this week was building homeless shelters. Each team was given a few cardboard boxes and asked to make the best homeless shelter they could make. Br Patrick got into each shelter, making sure he would be warm if he slept in it, and that it offered the right shelter from the elements. The boys had a good time doing this while learning what it might be like to have to live in a cardboard box, and also how thankful we should be for the gifts that we have in our homes.
Then the boys were off to the grotto outside for some serious relay race challenges!
Here’s a short video clip of the afternoon, please watch it and see all the fun:
The boys’ resolution for this week is:
I won’t let my feelings stop me from doing what is right. What Would Jesus Do?
Thank you to everyone who was able to bring socks, t-shirts and men’s boxers for the homeless to be distributed during the Midnight Run. If anyone would still like to donate any of these items we will collect again this Friday. Here are the details of the Midnight Run, in case you missed them before:
Saturday March 21
3rd and 4th Grade Lenten Service Project
10 am – 11:30 am
The younger boys gather at St Monica’s to prepare the snack bags and other items for the homeless shelters in Philly. Then they play some dodge ball. We have found that the younger boys do not fare as well on the Midnight Run, so this is a way for them to be involved without going downtown.
5th to 8th Grade Father/Son Lenten Retreat
1:30 – 3:45 pm
The older boys and their dads gather at St Monica’s for a retreat – along with some fun activities – before the Midnight Run.
The Midnight Run 5th Grade through High School and available Dads
3:45 – Midnight ($30 to pay for bus transportation)
The bus departs St Monica’s by 4:00, loaded with the items the LTP teams are collecting over the next few weeks, food the planning team will make, and the snack bags the younger kids make earlier in the day. The boys will visit several shelters and/or retirement communities, serving food, playing games and bingo, and visiting. Then the boys will go to mass at St Augustine’s in Philadelphia, and then on to Love Park to pass out some items to the homeless there.
We need some information ASAP to prepare for the weekend and make sure we have enough buses and food! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org asap if:
You are attending the 3rd/4th grade retreat (10-11:30)
You are attending the father/son 5th-8th grade retreat with your father (1:30-3:45)
You are attending the Midnight Run (3:45)
There are very few words that could describe the boys spending their Saturday night downtown visiting homeless shelters and passing out food and clothing to those on the streets if the city. Please take a few minutes to watch the video from last year’s retreat and Midnight Run to give you an idea of the event.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks everyone, hope to see you there!
We’ll see everyone this Friday, March 20, 3:30-5:30 at St Monica’s for our final LTP Winter 2015 Session. God bless.