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Russia

Church Camp for the Holidays!

Again this year, 50 young people from the Armenian Catholic community of Venyov went to Catholic summer camp. Kids aged from 9 to 17 were spent a week with friends in a lovely spot and had lots of fun while deepening their faith.

 
Armenian Catholics make up a small minority in their native country amidst a population that is overwhelmingly Orthodox. In Russia, it is all the more so, for they are only a tiny group compared to others in this vast country with only four parishes. Because of this fact, it would be easy for the children to lose their Catholic identity.
Catechetical summer camp for children of Armenian communities in Russia in 2014
In the Church-run summer camps, the children have an opportunity to share in their common language, in their faith and in their customs with other children.
During the eight days of the camp they attend a daily Mass. They learn more about the history of their Church and of their homeland, and become more deeply rooted in its life. The program also includes not only painting, dancing, singing and gymnastics, but also important lessons in their own Armenian language, history and traditions. The younger participants are also prepared for their First Holy Communion.
 
Prier: l'une des multiples activités qui composent le camp de catéchèse de la communauté catholique arménienne de Veniov.
Prayer, one of the many activities during the day at Catholic Camp for the Armenian Community in Veniov. 

These summer camps have been held before in previous years, and have always been a huge success. The parish priest, Father Sedrak Khitaryan, writes, “The Church plays an immeasurably important role in the upbringing of these children and in the formation of their value system. Their religion forms the inner world of these children.” He is delighted these young people are able to receive spiritual nourishment while attending these summer camps organized with the help of young volunteers from the parish. He is happy the children are receiving this while at the same time relaxing, having fun and enjoying an unforgettable experience.

 

But without the help of Aid to the Church in Need it would be impossible to fund and organize these events! So this year, thanks to your generous support, we are helping them again with a contribution of $5,800 CAD.

 

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