St. Aloysius was transformed into Son Rise National Park recently during the church’s annual Vacation Bible School. Eighty-nine campers, ranging in age from three years to fourth grade, spent the week with 40 youth assistants and 35 parent volunteers.
On the first day, the children decorated “Peace of Mind” backpacks for their trek through the “national park.” Each day they received something they would need on their journey to put into the backpack. the campers also painted and planted “Sharing God’s Love and Riches” flower pots and made beaded cross necklaces out of twigs. the week concluded with the children putting together their own prayer/trek journals.
“At Son Rise National Park, the children learned about the promises that Jesus made to all of us (True Peace, True Riches, True Power, True Love and True Hope),” said co-Director Patty Zoccolillo. Special events during the week included the annual performance of John Turdo from Simply Magic, the much anticipated “water day” on the hottest day of the week and presentations from the Youth Bible Troupe, led by Deacon Steve Pond, who portrayed Jesus in the Bible story of the miraculous meal. the camp culminated on Friday with a musical celebration, directed by Thom Marino and a picnic in the park for campers and their families.
The week was highlighted by a campwide food collection to benefit Inspirica’s (formerly St. Luke’s Lifeworks) family homeless shelter in Stamford. Each grade level was asked to provide a different food item for the collection. the third and fourth grade classes also participated in a community service project where they compiled more than 100 activity kits for the children at the family shelter.
The camp was supported by the clergy of the church who met briefly with the children each morning before they began their day.