ASIA/CHINA - Summer camp, school of faith and life for children

Thursday, 20 July 2017 local churches   youth   missionary animation  


Beijing (Agenzia Fides) – Some recited the rosary for the first time and learned how to use the crown, some participated in the Mass for the first time from beginning to end, and there are those who are more disciplined and judicious after a few days of community life in the summer camp organized every year by the continental Chinese Catholic community: these are the testimonies of parents to the nuns and priests who led the 2017 summer camp. Children thus "experienced the school of faith and life" emphasizes a priest.
According to information by Agenzia Fides, not only priests, nuns and seminarians are involved in the summer camp activities, but in some dioceses also the Bishop in person, to prepare, organize and guide catechism. Mgr. Giuseppe Han Ying Jin of the diocese of San Yuan, in Shaan Xi province, who with 136 children formed the largest campsite this year.
There were 9 seminarians, 2 nuns and several volunteers from 9 to 16 July for catechism, testimonies, teaching, guiding the Way of the Cross, setting up a biblical theme, organizing the pilgrimage. During the pilgrimage in three parishes, the children were greeted with great warmth and generosity by the parishioners, thus becoming a living testimony of fraternity and sharing, above all of altruism and service.
Satisfaction wins fatigue, as Don Dou says: "It is tiring and hot, but when I see the children with the rosary in their hands, and they pray with great devotion, tiredness disappears".
About seventy children of the diocese of Na Chong, in the province of Si Chuan, astonished their parents after a week with nuns and priests from 7 to 14 July. One of them commented: "My son has become so good, I cannot believe it, now he can recite the rosary, and is self-disciplined".
In the Inner Mongolia campsite 24 children of Bao Tou studied the Bible. During 5 days of camping, from July 8 to 13, 30 children from the parish of Yang Ge Zhuang, Qian An District in Tang Shan City, He bei Province, learned the meaning of the Ten Commandments and the Seven Sacraments . (NZ) (Agenzia Fides, 20/07/2017)