On October 23rd we had a day get-together with the girls from catechism class. God gave us a wonderful, sunny day which allowed us to take off our jackets that were beginning to bother us.
Among the 18 girls that came, there were many 2nd graders (who came for the first time) and some girls from 3rd, 4th and 6th grade (who had come on other occasions).
We began by praying the Angelus and singing to Our Mother in Heaven at the Church in Fabero at 12:00pm. We left from there, and some of the parents did us the favor of taking some of the girls in their cars to the recreation area of Otero, a town close to Fabero, where we had the get-together.
We had a series of games and we sang some songs. Afterwards, we did a handcraft making colorful garlands with images of saints glued to them, because our get-together revolved around the upcoming feast of All Saints Day. We then hung them around the picnic area where we ate, giving it a feative feel. Later, we went ot play on the swingsets that were in the park and the girls had a really fun time.
We then had an obstacle course game in which the teams had to reach the height of holiness which is what each Christian is called to. The girls had to collect things that symbolize the path towards that goal. One of the girls, besides winning a prize, also got a bump on the head when she ran into another girl. Despite the ice, the bump still swelled a little. These are things that also happen in our Christain life when we fall into temptaion and we receive a blow from the enemy. But that didn't stop the girl from continuing to play.
We finished off the day preforming 4 small plays about 3 saints and Alexia, a girl who lived her illness with great virtue. We distributed the parts in teams, practiced a few minutes, and then on stage!
The saints chosen where Saint Elisabeth of Hungary, Saint Angela of the Cross, and Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río, a Mexican martyr. This last one, of course was directed by our Mexican sister, Sr. Leticia. The girls really got into their parts; they are true artists.
Before we left, we took a group picture, and then we headed back to the parish where everyone's parents were waiting for them. On the way we collected chesnuts and filled our pockets to be able to roast them later.