Nuns return to lead VBS at St. Elizabeth
Published 3:57 pm Tuesday, June 10, 2014
For the fourth consecutive year the Dominican Sisters from St. Cecelia’s Congregation will visit Greenville to lead Vacation Bible School efforts at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.
Sister Mary Margaret and Sister Anna Joseph will help to host Vacation Bible School at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church June 16-20 from 9 a.m. to noon daily.
In the summer of 2011, under the leadership of Father Antony Xavier, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church congregation made an appeal for the sisters to come to Greenville and lead VBS. In 2011, the children learned how to serve on the altar, created wall-sized art murals, enacted a short play, and even enjoyed guitar lessons. The 2012 Theme was “My Path to Heaven,” 2013 “Follow Me to Heaven” and this year’s Theme is “Living Water.”
St. Cecilia Dominican Sisters are based out of Nashville, Tenn. Education is the primary focus of the St. Cecelia Dominican Sisters and their first chapter was formed in 1860.
“After much prayer we have decided to return to St. Elizabeth’s with another Vacation Bible school program,” Sister Mary Margaret said. “Our hearts overflow with excitement and joy to spend a week with these precious children created by Almighty God. We always return to Nashville with a heart-felt gratitude for being a small part of the lives of God’s little angels.”
The daily lives of these sisters are filled with prayer, work, silence, and students. The sisters seek a balanced day devoted to furthering the Kingdom of God within themselves and throughout the world wide mission.
VBS is rich in teaching, adoration, music, art, and recreation. The week ends with a cookout farm party topped off by an old fashion tractor-drawn hayride. There are typically about 50 children who attend every year.
Teresa Cascio, Parish Catechetical Leader (PCL) at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church said: “We have children coming from up to 50 miles away because of the quality of the program offered by the sisters. Having the sisters travel to Greenville each year is such a blessing and is unique to our region of the state. During the week, being with the sisters and our children is like walking in the Garden of Eden as we watch our children blossom and grow in spiritual matters of faith. Our doors are open to anyone who has a child from the first to 12th grade to participate with us.”
Those interested in participating can call (334) 382-5178.
There is a $10 charge for applicants.