On June 30th 2019, the Catechetical Ministry organised a camp for the upper primary children with the theme “Encountering Jesus in Nature”. This is in line with our Holy Father’s urgent message on taking care of our Common Home in his letter, “Laudato Si, Mi Signore”. The camp was held in the formation hall from 10.30 am until 4.00 pm. Facilitator Ms Jillian together with the class teachers, Assunta, Pauline, Gevamani, Tishant, Teren, Dinish, Divina and John Paul made this camp a spirit filled one.
After a light breakfast, we began the day with prayer, entrusting all to the Lord Almighty. Thereafter we had an enlightening ice breaking games prepared by Ms Jillian, to enable the children to connect and get to know one another joyously. The first session by Teren and Dinish commenced with an introduction to the history of Creation, its truth, beauty, goodness and purpose of this wonderful gift that God has given us. From the beautiful skies, land and sea, to the birds and wild animals and plants, mankind was explored and explained beautifully to us. Their session ended with a reminder that Man was given the responsibility to care and keep all of His Creation.
After enjoying a few action songs by Ms Jillian, lunch was served. Before continuing with the next session, the children were guided to a walk among the gardens and greenery in the nearby convent school to experience a glimpse of God’s beautiful artwork, in the colourful plants, the tender flowers and strong trees. Then, they were guided back to the formation hall for the next sharing by Ms Assunta which was on Connecting Jesus in Nature for “through Him all things were made”. This session included many parables that Our Lord has used from our nature and surroundings, including the Parable of the Vine and the Branches, The Sower, The Mustard Seed, and the teachings of Christ as the Living Water and The Light.
After that, “What is happening now to His Creation” was explained further by Ms Pauline, covering the loss of biodiversity of plants and animals, air pollution, increase of greenhouse gases, reduction of animal habitats and fossil fuels and also animal abuse. It ended with allowing us to ponder on if we have done our best in taking care of His creation and also on how we can help to protect and love Nature in our daily life, by doing acts that are meaningful in the simplest way. This lead to a pledge made by the children which was guided by Ms Jillian on how we can take care of our common home. The session concluded with art and craft by Ms Assunta. After that, a group picture was taken and the day ended with a prayer to God to guide us to always take care of His Creation. As a parting gift, each child was given a vase of Japanese rose plant.