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Our Lady of Sorrows hosts Vacation Bible School

By Ryan Paulsen, The Daily Observer

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Our Lady of Sorrows hosted their first Vacation Bible School from July 4-8. Here, helpers Allie Weichenthal, left, and Ruby Pilatzke, right, join McKinna Godin and other day campers under the big parachute on Wednesday morning, July 6.

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Our Lady of Sorrows hosted their first Vacation Bible School from July 4-8. Here, helpers Allie Weichenthal, left, and Ruby Pilatzke, right, join McKinna Godin and other day campers under the big parachute on Wednesday morning, July 6.

Petawawa's Our Lady of Sorrows parish hosted a Vacation Bible School day camp week from July 4-8, bringing in 18 kids to take part in games, stories, snacks and spiritual instruction.

This year's theme for the week is "parade around the Our Father", taking a close look each day at a different section of the prayer known in protestant circles as The Lord's Prayer. Within that broader theme are daily themes that are also explored by the kids.

"Each day we do a new theme," explained coordinator Nancy Caverley on Wednesday morning as the week passed its halfway point. "The first theme was on prayer, and the second day we did the Eucharist. Today we looked at forgiveness. We made s'mores for snack because we told the children 'we forgive, and then we forgive s'more.'"

Although it's a brand new program, Caverley says that based on the response from children and parents, it's almost certain to become a new annual tradition in the parish.

"This is our first year, and it's our trial year, but we're going to continue for sure. This year we went to 20 kids, and we chose from JK to Grade 3. Next year, we'll see. We'll definitely go to Grade 3, but maybe going with some older kids as well."

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