Notre Dame Vision Program

Hello ODS/St. Ann’s, last week, five of our High School teens attended the Notre Dame Vision program in South Bend, In.

The Notre Dame Vision program is a 5-day conference on the Notre Dame Campus designed to help teenagers discover and renew God’s call in their lives.

Our teens, were able to experience their Catholic Faith by connecting with hundreds of other high school students from all over the country as they learn from the witness of the saints and develop practices to live their faith.

With the help of nationally-known speakers like Mike Patin, and the mentorship of active college students, in large group sessions and in small faith-sharing peer groups, Notre Dame Vision gave them the space and community to ask big questions about how God is calling them to use their talents in service to the Church and world.

Overall, the Diocese of Savannah sent 15 high school students and four adults to this wonderful conference. We are hoping to continue sending our youth to different events and hope to continue counting with your support. If you see Reyna Balderas, Esperansa Popoca, Cristella Castillo, Solmaria Gaytan and Bernardino Silos Jr., ask them about this great experience. Some of their comments were, “It was a wonderful experience where I met new people who practice my same faith”, “I never thought I could relate to other people who were from a different part of the country, it was great to know we have a deep faith”, “I was able to get closer to God, and make new friends at the same time”, “I definitely would like to come back next year with an even more open heart and mind”.

Our next conference is Steubenville Atlanta, which takes place in the Infinite Energy Center July 12-14. Eleven teens and two adults are attending this conference. This weekend conference is a great “introduction” to the Gospel message for new or younger teens, while offering deep and moving experiences of prayer and fellowship for the Life Teen youth.

I ask that we continue praying for our Church, especially our teens, as we continue this journey to lead them Closer to Christ!

God Bless you always,

Juan C. and Marisol Gaytan

2019 Vacation Bible School

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Hello ODS/St. Ann’s, our VBS 2019, Tracking Mary: Mysteries and Messages was a great success thanks to you all!!

We had over 70 registered kids (Grades Pre-K through 6th), and over 30 volunteers ages 12 and up. The program took our kids to France, Portugal, Mexico, Ireland and Tifton. We discovered how Mary brings us closer to Jesus through the power of the Rosary. We learned more about Our Lady of Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe and Knock. The program offered dinner, music, Faith and Bible activities, creative crafts, games, and on the last day, we celebrated with Mass, balloons, bounce houses and a water slide.

It was a great experience to see so many people from our communities participating in this year’s VBS. Our Parish organizations (Juan XXIII, Grupo de Oracion, The Council of Catholic Women, The Knights of Columbus, and Grupo Guadalupano) donated dinner every day. Others donated towards the cost of the materials. Many of our teenagers came out to support the younger youth. Our adult volunteers were present as always. Our Pastor, Father Peter, was very supportive of the program. There is definitely a great future in our parishes as long as we keep working together to lead our youth Closer to Christ!

God Bless you always,

Juan C. and Marisol Gaytan