Editor’s note: Catholic Communications has gone to summer camp. This week we sent a crew to produce a feature about Camp Holy Cross for “Real to Reel.” We also taped a Mass for the Chalice of Salvation. It will air August 9th at 10 a.m. I went along and was super impressed. The following is my reflection and some photos shared by the camp.
By Peggy Weber
Photos courtesy of Camp Holy Cross
I never went to summer camp. In fact, I am not a big “outdoorsy” kind of person. But I would love to go to Camp Holy Cross.
Under the direction of Father Chris Malatesta this scenic and peaceful place in Goshen inspires!
Father Chris works with many capable people to run various camps and activities.
He is assisted by Father David Aufiero, parochial vicar at St. Elizabeth Parish in Northampton. It is clear that they both enjoy working with young people and the camp.
And it is clear that the kids have fun at this camp! Activities are designed to create community, build skills and have a good time.
No one is texting or playing a video game. In fact, all electronic devices are collected at the start of camp.
Campers pitch in to clean tables, serve food, lead grace and help out.
They also pray. They have Masses outdoors or in the camp chapel each day.
I attended a Mass where Father Dave spoke about living out one’s faith. The campers eagerly volunteered to do readings and joined in with their own petitions with great sincerity.
They prayed for their pets, for their parents, for soldiers and for anyone who was sad.
Father Chris told us how they had a pasta meal one night where no one used utensils. He says he joins in the fun.
Campers come from all over the diocese. Some are sponsored by their parish or others and get a taste of the great outdoors that is different from city or even suburban life.
In our world, where there is so much bad news and so much concern for young people, Camp Holy Cross shines as brightly as its campfire and really makes a difference!
For more information about Camp Holy Cross go to http://www.campholycross.org/