is a fun and energetic parish-based summer catechetical program, for both grade school age children and middle school and high school youth.
We gather together seminarians and college students onto teams of four in order to train them and send them out on the road to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in various parishes throughout the Diocese of Rapid City. Their youthfulness, energy, and ability to witness to the Faith make our teachers particularly effective with children and young people.
Our Lady of the Black Hills will host the team for a week, June 3-7, 2019, Sunday-Thursday from 7:30-9:30 PM for high school youth. Our goal is to put the youth in contact with the Lord so that they can develop a deep personal relationship with Him. To this end, we have a night of Eucharistic Adoration and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, catechetical instruction on topics important to young people and a night of fellowship with the team members.
The team also presents a grade school and middle school program (grades 1-8) that runs Monday-Thursday from 9:00-2:30 PM. Our time is spent on catechetical instruction, songs, games, daily Mass, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, lunch, recess and more. The week ends with a large water fight with the children in celebration for the week. The focus is on imparting an understanding and love of the Eucharist, devotion to Mary, catechetical instruction, vocational discernment and providing an enjoyable experience.
The team also likes to get to know the parish and its members. In order to do this, they stay with families of the parish, eat with different families throughout the week and invite the entire parish to a “potluck” dinner on Wednesday night.