Get-Together for Girls in Jacksonville (Florida), February 24-25, 2017.
As the school year draws to a close, so too do the Get-Togethers for Girls in Jacksonville, FL. On February 24th-25th, we had the second to last Get-Together for girls, the theme of which was joy. As always, the middle-school girls arrived on Friday evening to spend the night at the Sisters’ house, where they prepared as counselors and helpers for the little girls' Get-Together the following day. We didn’t waste a moment with them; we had time for prayer, Vespers, dinner, a meeting, a Rosary procession and night games! Afterwards, they went to bed thinking about how Our Lady always gives joy back to us whenever we lose it, because She always leads us to Jesus.
The next day, all of the girls went to Mass to receive the necessary strength for the day, asking Jesus present in the Eucharist to help them to have an unwavering joy with the little girls during their Get-Together. They also received bodily strength with breakfast, and with this new nourishment, each one got ready for their role of receiving the younger girls.
The first activity of the day was a craft that consisted of decorating a bamboo stick with different colored ribbons. The final result was a fun looking wand that could be used to bring joy to any scene at any moment. After finishing the craft, we split the girls up into their corresponding groups and had lunch. During lunch, we sang songs and watched some summer camp videos, encouraging the girls to sign up as soon as possible.
After lunch, we organized the other activities in rotating stations, in which the different teams took turns. There was a prayer station where the girls went to our chapel and listened to a story told by one of the Sisters to help them to pray. Another station consisted of a meeting where we spoke about the theme of the day (joy), and how the girls could live it better. At the last station, the girls played fun games that put their quickness and patience to the test. To end the Get-Together, we prayed the Rosary with the girls. Following the Rosary, each team performed a short skit for their parents and counselors.