On May 4th, the first Saturday of the month, the 5th-6th grade girls of the Parish in Mitchelstown came to the Town Hall for a get-together with the Sisters.
The day started with a painting craft. They had hardly walked through the door when they began to get their hands dirty. At the entrance was a poster that said, "Start a fire in my soul" with a dove drawn on it. The girls made flames around it by painting their whole hand and leaving their handprints.
The girls were divided into teams for a challenge to win different virtues of Our Lady. After games, we had time for prayer. In the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, the girls listened to the story of the Marian apparitions in Fatima and how Our Lady showed her Immaculate heart to the three shepherd children. After hearing that the heart of Mary was surrounded by thorns, the girls were encouraged to do a little sacrifice in order to console her Heart.
After prayer time, just before lunch, there was time to make Oreo-truffles. There was a team for the cookie-crushing, a team for the chocolate melting and a team for the making of truffles. After lunch, there was time for a short reunion about the meaning of life: Who am I and what is my purpose here on this earth? After some discussion and a lot of food for thought, we ended the day with a craft. With a bit of felt and a lot of patience, the girls learned to make a weaved Immaculate Heart of Mary basket. It was all worth it in the end, especially because the heart was filled with sweets, and of course, the Oreo truffles, to take home and share.
In our second get-together with younger girls on May 18th, we focused on Our Blessed Mother and her Immaculate Heart. The games were aimed at doing different challenges to take out the swords that pierce her Immaculate Heart and replace them with flowers to console Her by winning the challenge. After the intensity of the games, there was a short break and then time for the video "The Day the Sun Danced" about the Apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima. After the short video, the girls made shields that had titles of Our Lady written on them and decorated with Our Lady of Fatima or her Immaculate Heart. These shields were later used in a Rosary procession, while they prayed and sang to Our Lady. At the end of the day, we had time for prayer and silence to be with Mary, our Mother, and to pray for a special intention.
The girls went home happy with chocolate muffins decorated to their liking with marshmallows and sugar laces to form the Heart of Mary on top.
We are very grateful to Our Lady in this month of May for all the graces given to us and for blessing us with her Motherly presence.