This was our first years to host two Christmas parties, one on Friday evening, the other the following afternoon. They were both successes, with a short homily, benediction, and of course, good food and caroling!
I'm sending a short blurb about our group of young Mothers who meet on a monthly basis at my apartment to discuss effective ways of parenting. We just finished tonight's group discussion on the 3rd chapter of the book Teaching Your Children Values. The chapter talks about "peaceability" a term which basically means calmness, peacefulness,serenity, and the ability to understand how others feel rather than reacting to them. The past two months our topics were honesty and courage, respectively, and how to foster these in our family life. We had a great time!
--Joan Mary Arboly
This year was particularly significant as it will be the last time using our current camp site. For summer 2018, we will be partnering with Camp Sierra Stars ... Stay tuned!
Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral Commemorating the life of Bishop Javier Echevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei
Camp Golden Hills is a unique one-week program of character building, sports, recreation and the arts for girls entering 3-9th grade. In an environment of trust and adventure, it offers a well-rounded, well-organized, fast paced curriculum and the personal attention of a dedicated staff. The aim of the camp is to encourage and develop the virtues necessary for becoming a positive influence on family, friends and society.
It was a hot week, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. No matter the activity-- cooking, crafts, dance, sports, hikes, daily mass, campfires, elegant dinner, decades dance, kitchen and cabin clean-up-- all were done with sporting spirit and fun. The camp ended with a family mass, awards show, and reception on Saturday. CGH even raised money for the poor this year. Following Pope Francis’s call for the Year of Mercy, we sold sold camp T-shirts and donated the proceeds to Chestnut Center for their service activities.
40+ volunteers generously supplied their hard work and time to make camp happen. Our volunteer base included young professionals, college and high school students, camp alumni, parents, families, and friends. Thank you to all you made this year another great success!
For more info on Camp Golden Hills, please see our website at http://campgoldenhills.org/
We were thrilled to be visited by His Excellency, the Most Revered Michael Barber, Bishop of Oakland. After celebrating Mass, Bishop Barber joined us for a get together. We had an opportunity to share with him what we have been doing in his diocese.