Looking for ideas on how to transform your parish hall or school gym into an amazing Wilderness Adventure? Here are a few ideas and pictures to get you started! If you have any pictures of your Wilderness VBS, we'd love to see them! Email them to us and they might get added to this blog and our VBS Pinterest account. 

 

As parents, we have the difficult yet beautiful task of raising children for the kingdom of God. Every day is filled with its own set of joys and challenges, accompanied of course by the hundreds of questions that each child seems to ask.

I think for most of us, the thought of having to talk to our kids about tough moral issues like abortion and euthanasia sends momentary panic through our system. It’s hard to imagine what we would say to our six year old about topics that they shouldn't even be thinking about, and yet the culture we live in makes it almost unavoidable. We want our children to be raised in the truth of what the Church teaches, and that is why we as parents need to be prepared to have these important discussions with our kids.

Here are a few things to remember when discussing tough moral issues with young children:

 VBS games

 

Have you been searching for the perfect game to play at your youth group, birthday party, or school retreat? We know the challenge of trying to find games that are "kid approved" and yet teach them something about the faith at the same time. We decided to choose some of our favorite games from our VBS programs for you to use at your next event. After all, we want the kids to have a "super fun and totally awesome" experience! 

Catholic VBS

 

When you ask people what they think of VBS, some might say it's something for kids to do during the summer months or it's child care at the church for a week. As VBS leaders, we know that although there may be some truth behind that, it doesn’t change the fact that summer VBS makes a huge impact on a child’s faith life, especially if a child isn’t being raised with faith in the home. 

VBS is making a difference in the lives of kids all over the world, and it's something that every child should have the chance to be a part of. 

Here are five reasons why kids need Catholic VBS in their life.

Many years ago, when I was barely tall enough to see over the edge of the kitchen counter, I remember my mom setting out a special saint display every month. One in particular stands out in my memory, and it was to celebrate the feast of St. Therese. I can still picture the corner of the kitchen where there sat a small plastic statue of Therese and a poster where I wrote her name in pink marker. Plastic red roses were scattered around the statue and there were a couple saint books open to the page with her story. Therese stayed on the counter for most of the month and even though we didn't pay much attention to the display, it was there as a constant reminder that we had a special friend in Heaven who was praying for us. 

Lenten activities for kids

 

As parents and teachers, we’re always looking for great new activities to do with our kids, especially during these important liturgical seasons. Here are 5 easy and affordable activities that you can use to teach valuable faith lessons during this Lenten season. 

Fr. Clair

 

Dear Cat.Chat friends,

Our blog today is a letter I received from a dear friend and holy priest, Fr. Clair Watrin.

He is getting older and was asked to retire from active priesthood a few years ago. This was a very difficult time for him and for everyone who knew him. He was an extremely active pastor with a heart for evangelization and love for everyone he met. He was also the founder of a powerful movement called the “Live In."

Fr. Clair is still inspiring people to go deeper in their relationship with Christ. What Fr. Clair has to say in this letter helps us put into perspective that we are not immune to suffering. It’s a part of life. It’s not so much what happens to us that matters but how we choose to respond to these unforeseen circumstances. At the end of his letter, Fr. Clair shares a scripture verse that has helped him through difficult times claiming that it has also radically changed his life.

After reading his letter, watch the video at the end. The video is designed to help imprint the scripture verse in our minds and hearts, making it part of our daily lives.

In Christ,

Gerald Montpetit

Co-Founder Cat.Chat Productions

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 Kids in adoration 2

For a lot of us who work in ministry, we are constantly trying to find the best way to reach the most amount of people and make the biggest impact. We work very hard at growing our events and programs so that people can encounter Christ. We understand that prayer is an essential element to this great mission, but we need to ask ourselves; do we spend the same amount of time trying to grow our prayer ministry as we do growing our events?

Boy with Christmas Tree

Growing up, my parents did an amazing job of celebrating the liturgical seasons in our home. During Advent, there were always Advent songs playing, a magnificent green tree in the corner, and the little Magi and Holy Family set on their journey from our parents’ room to the living room. It really was a special time.

Many Catholic families fill their stockings on December 6th in commemoration of St. Nick’s feast day. Along with chocolate and goodies, my mom also put $10 into our stockings. We used that money to buy a gift for our “Secret Santa Sibling” at Christmas. However, my favorite tradition was when my siblings and I would all be doing homework or getting ready for bed, and suddenly my mom would say, “Did you guys hear that?”

Super hero saints

Every child needs a hero that they can look up to. This is made evident in a culture that can’t get enough of Marvel superheroes and Paw Patrol. As parents and teachers, we need to remember that what we allow our kids to watch often determines who their heroes will be. Keep reminding them of the heroic lives of the saints and the way that they helped save the world for God! Put up saint posters in their room, celebrate feast days, and read stories of the saints before bed. Give your children examples of men and women of faith that will truly amaze and inspire them.

We put together fun facts for 5 incredible saints that you can share with your kids!

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