Vacation Bible School – A ‘Radical Ride’
Unfortunately, adults aren’t invited to board the flight Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer. The flight departs from St. Joseph/Holy Family Parish in Jasper, Indiana. Cat.Chat Airlines has arranged the journey for more than 200 pre-school through fifth grade Vacation Bible School students. Teachers and middle school guides will accompany the travelers.
The five-day itinerary for the trip looks exhausting! Six saints and seven destinations in five days!
At each stop, the students will meet a saint, explore a virtue that saint exemplifies, sing lively songs and enjoy arts and crafts – all part of their daily prayer.
Curious about the destination, the saints and the virtues?
Canada and the United States – St. Raphael, responsibility.
Poland – St. Faustina, trust.
France – St. Bernadette, respect.
Italy – St. John Bosco, zeal.
Mexico – St. Juan Diego, humility.
Indiana – St. Mother Theodore. (Our Saint Mother Theodore wasn’t on the original itinerary; but the organizers of Jasper’s Vacation Bible School knew she had to be on their radar).
OK – so it’s a virtual experience; but how fun it sounds! It sure solves kids asking over and over each day, “what can we do now?” It seems a good alternative to hours of playing video games. Meeting new friends, singing new songs, arts and crafts, prayer make for a full day of lifelong learnings.
No matter how virtual the trip, a five-day journey requires real life experience, dedicated and creative travel agents.
Hats off to Pam Freyberger, the parishes’ Director of Religious Education. Maureen Gutsgell, artist, who designed and constructed the security checkpoint scanner, drew and mounted foam board images of all six saints so the children would recognize them. (Maureen is also a cousin of two Sisters of Providence so has lifelong connections with us). St. Joseph’s parish priest, Father Jerry Pratt, designed and built the Cat.Chat airplane that transported all travelers to their destinations. This wonderful experience for students would not be possible if not for Cat.Chat for kids. This family-owned and operated company creates, designs and provides numerous resources for religious educators to use. Readers can learn more about this company at catchat.ca.
Happy and safe future travels as all of us daily embark on a “Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer.”