By Sr Natalie Sayde Salameh
The LOL Club (Light of Life) began on June 27th with a week of learning about God’s merciful love in engaging video, crafts, bible sharing, games, prayer, choir practice, dabke rehearsal, and snacks. Sr. Therese Maria organized the program along the theme of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, “In the Footsteps of Mercy”, and focused on the specific ways that lead us to Jesus, who is the visible face of our Father’s mercy.
Day one centered on the ultimate gift of God’s mercy to us in our Baptism and our call to the Catholic Faith. Day two was on the chief means by which we communicate with God, prayer. Prayer brings us closer to God’s mercy, and awakens in us the need for his grace. Day three focused on the Mystery of Penance (Confession). Is there anything greater than experiencing His forgiveness? Indeed, many of the children on this day took the opportunity of going to confession. Day four focused on living the works of mercy as depicted in the life of soon-to-be St. Teresa of Calcutta.
LOL Club Maronite summer camp concluded July 1st with Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Anthony of the Desert Maronite Church by Fr. James Doran and Fr. Fadi Rouhana, attended by LOL members, volunteers, and parents.
After today’s closing Liturgy, all those in attendance enjoyed a lunch, arcade games, bumper cars and boats at Grand Prix in Seekonk. The children enjoyed our time together, and it was great to hear that affirmed by the parents who mentioned to us that their kids were “having so much fun” and making so many new friends.