The beautiful game is football, you agree? It’s time to engage play differently, in which families are sent out on the field, as one parent from last year’s Scavenger Hunt revealed, “The children stopped going to church, they have issues with the faith. I was surprised that they engaged in prayer, even though they objected initially. It brough families together in a non-threatening and non-forceful environment.” With another family disclosing that, “This event exposed us to people we wouldn’t have usually encountered in our Church. The Church needs to be open to this. People were of different faiths and they were open to what we were doing versus what I had perceived would have been a clash. People wanted to know Jesus, people wanted prayer.”
Having sat in many Zoom sessions, attended in-person sessions, talking about the Pastoral Letter: Building Community: Inclusivity and Dialogue, now is action time, as participants unanimously shared, “People who don’t go to church were amazed at what we doing, we really reaching people out there and fulfilling our mission….Getting to know each other and strangers… We knew no body initially. Teamwork extended to other families, especially when in difficulty.”
Pope Francis encourages families, to “live in love, fulfill their calling and keep moving forward, even if they fall many times along the way.”Amoris Laetitia (AL)57. One family described their experience as, “we did so much, driving from location to location. We prayed, we brainstormed, we called friends for advice, we ate, we shared our snacks with another group. We lost our temper, we got frustrated, anxiety got really high at times.”
The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission’s (AFLC) Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, April 1 from 7am to 2pm, SEA exam will be finished and school will be closed!
Families are places where we practice loving one another and doing ordinary, everyday things that shows God’s love, isn’t that what holiness is, as highlighted by one family, “We did the discussions that were given and we laughed a lot as we debated about the route.”
Come join us as we become what we are: A community of life and love. Love is at the heart of building community: inclusivity and dialogue.
What is needed:
Your family, whatever the size and age range, a full tank of gas, data on your phone, a picnic basket, an open heart and mind.
Date and Time: Saturday, April 1 from 7am to 2pm
Where: Start and end point: Catholic Centre, Chaguanas
Register: aflcrc.org. Cost: $100 per family, per car.
There will be lots of prizes, food, great conversations, new friendships, quarrels, as we encounter God and each other as stated by participants last year, “We quarelled and then realized teamwork is important to figure out clues, we got lost, we called people for assistance.
As a Church let us “not be trapped into wasting our energy in doleful laments, but rather seek new forms of missionary creativity.”AL 57. All you need to do now is register at aflcrc.org or call 299 1047.