|Conquest boys gave the gift of their time and attention to the 2nd graders in their parish.|
March 14, 2009. Chantilly, VA. The Conquest club of
St. Timothy Parish in Chantilly, Virginia are living out their
“call to serve” within their own parish. Fourteen boys from
the club sacrificed their Saturday morning to help out at
a parish retreat for the First Communion classes.
started with Mass, after which the boys served breakfast to
the first communicants. While the children ate, the Conquest boys
sat with them and talked about Jesus and the Eucharist.
After breakfast, the Conquest members spread out and assisted the
children with a small craft that had been prepared by
the CCD staff.
Sharon Riccardi, one of the second grade
CCD teachers, observed one of the Conquest members explaining to
some of the second graders why the Eucharistic host is
flat, unlike ordinary bread. She commented, “I heard one of
the boys ask the children, ‘Do you know why the
host is flat?’ And then he explained that the host
is made of unleavened bread. So I went to my
group and asked them, ‘Do you know why the host
Following the craft, the children prayed the Rosary,
followed by a talk from one of the parish priests.
At the end, the club presented a skit about St.
Tarcisius and the importance of the Holy Eucharist. Three of
the boys came down from the stage afterwards to ask
the second-graders a few questions about the story, and helped
explain it to them.
The skit was a huge hit
with the children, who watched with rapt attention. One of
the CCD teachers commented that she had taken a poll
of her class, and the skit was their favorite part
of the retreat.
|A Saturday morning spent in service.|
"I thought the retreat was really great!”
said Conquest member Ben Borneman. “We got to do a
really good skit for the kids and talk to them
about the Eucharist."
Andy Miller, another of the Conquest members in
attendance, added, “It was really good for the second graders,
and I think they had a lot of fun.”
the Director of Religious Education at St. Timothy, was very
happy with the help that the Conquest boys provided for
“We were very grateful to have the Conquest
boys helping us with the First Holy Communion Retreat,” she
said. “They were helpful and well organized, and I was
so impressed with them! They definitely are good examples to
our young second graders. The retreat was certainly enriched by
having the Conquest boys there.”