Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 21 July, 2017
Joy of Faith Annual Camp A WONDERFUL event took place recently in St. Mary’s Primary School, Dungarvan when more than 50 children and 35 volunteers attended the very first ‘Joy of Faith Summer Camp’. The Camp was held in glorious weather from the 3rd to 7th July. With emphasis on Fun, Friendship and Learning, the aim of the Camp was to give children the opportunity to experience the joy of their Catholic faith. By the end of the week, there was no doubt that the children had made many friends while having an enriching and enjoyable week. Feedback from parents was very positive – children were singing the camp songs at home, talking about what they learned, proudly showing off their art work and already asking to return next year! The week flew by in an action packed week which included enacting dramas on the lives of St Anthony, St Ita, St Clare and St Paul which were performed on stage on Friday afternoon by our super talented children. Their creative side emerged also with the production of beautiful arts & crafts each day. We played many sports and games including soccer, obstacle courses, spud and spoon races, sack races, parachute games and much more.
Each day we celebrated daily Mass with Fr Patrick Cahill. We were delighted to be joined also by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan and Fr Gilbert. The children also had beautiful sessions of adoration during the week where they spent time relaxing and talking with Jesus. A real highlight of the week were all of the lively new songs we learned from Fr Patrick and his Holy Family Mission team These catchy songs are still going around in our heads! Wonderful lesson plans were developed on a variety of spiritual and biblical themes including Our Lady of Fatima and our own Little Nellie of Holy God. Throughout the week, the children received many blessed gifts including holy water bottles, rosary beads, prayer cards, Fatima key rings, medals and books on Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. The Joy of Faith Camp was only possible through the selfless work of our amazing army of volunteers. We can never thank them enough. Thanks also to Fr Ryan and Fr Harris who were very supportive in helping us set up the Camp, it was great to receive visits from them both during the week. We thank most sincerely Fiona Fitzgerald and the Board of St Mary’s Primary School for kindly allowing us to use their wonderful facility. We gratefully acknowledge the sup-
port both financial and material which we received from The New Evangalisation Trust, The Irish Society for Christian Civilisation and from some private anonymous supporters. We thank God for giving us such a wonderful week with such amazing children. We ask God’s blessings for everyone who helped in any way. The planning for Joy of Faith Camp 2018 has already begun……