Updated: Monday, May 13th 11:30 pm
Spring Virtue Lesson – Week Nine
Summer prayers are at the end of this virtue.
Theme: End of Spring Season/End of the School Year
Scripture Verse: 2 Timothy 4:7-8
These verses are from the second letter Paul wrote to Timothy, who was one of his companions on several missionary trips.
“I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the last judge, will award to me on the last day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.”
Volleyball and track teams are finishing up their winter seasons. The students are finishing up their school years. The 8th graders are finishing up their last month at St. Susanna before embarking on other adventures in high school. Before we move forward, it’s always rewarding and helpful to look back at the times behind us. Think about your volleyball or track season or the last few months of school. Try to think of one skill you have improved on this season or one gift or talent you have nurtured. Is it something you were expecting to get better or was it a surprise? Was it something you set a specific goal to achieve? (Pause, give time to think). Now think about one virtuous thing you did. Did you try to see every single one of your teammates and classmates with the eyes of God? Did you treat each person with love and honor? (Pause). Did you help someone with a drill they struggled with or perhaps offered encouragement when someone goofed up? (Pause). Did you treat your opponents with love and compassion? (Pause). Did you offer yourself understanding, patience, and mercy when you messed up?
Let’s look ahead to the coming weeks. As in the scripture verse above, you have trained and competed well. You have worked hard and kept the faith. Now is the time to receive your crown! Enjoy the game! Enjoy this time with your teammates! Enjoy these last few weeks of school. Celebrate your accomplishments! And give it your all so you can be proud that you did your best- win or lose. You have made God proud in how hard you have worked and in the way you have treated others. Thank those who encouraged you and guided you. Let us end fairly and with an attitude of love, humility, and good sportsmanship.
Take time tonight to write down some of the things we just discussed. Try to write down 2 things that you did recently that made God proud. Then, write down two things you want to improve on before next season or next school year. Finally, write down one thing you are thankful for.
Closing prayer for volleyball/track teams: give 5 players a # so that they each read a line and pass to the next player to read.
Say the Our Father as a team, holding hands if you like.
Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank You for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer season. Draw me closer to You this summer. Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing. Warm my soul with the awareness of Your presence, and light my path with Your Word and Counsel. As I enjoy Your creation, create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for You. Amen.
A Summer Blessing
May you walk with God this summer in whatever you do wherever you go. May you walk with honesty and with courage. May you walk with love and respect and concern for the feelings of others. May you talk to God this summer every day and in every situation. May you give God words of praise for the beauty of creation. May you say prayers of thanks for friends and family good times. May you ask for God's help in all your decisions. May you express sorrow when you have failed. This summer, may you grow closer to God every day in every way. Amen.
Each team that participates with the St. Susanna Athletic Boosters Ministry is required to complete a service project. Through working on the project with their teammates and coaches, we hope that each child will grow in their love for others and Jesus Christ. These projects not only help the children in acquiring the personal attributes of courage, respect, commitment and selflessness, they also help them to be formed in the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love and Charity- thus fulfilling our promise to love and serve the Lord as a part of our Catholic Faith.
Each team picks a project coordinator (parent) to assist with organization of the project. This parent volunteer communicates the team’s project information to the Boosters service project coordinator as soon as the project is selected.
Find a project that is a good fit for the team! Please pick dates to include coach’s availability.
Please include: Date of project, project name, and then once completed- pictures if possible.
For questions regarding projects not listed, please contact the Boosters service project coordinator and she will discuss with Father Eric for approval.
Service Project Coordinator: Julie Connell firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on links below for approved service project ideas!