Updated: Monday, February 11th at 11:20 pm
Winter Virtue Lesson – Week Twelve
Theme: Finishing the race
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.”
Several teams are finishing up their winter seasons. This team may have some important play-off games (or dance competitions) ahead! Before we talk about that, let’s talk about the season behind us. I want you each to think about one skill you have improved on this season. 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). Also, I want you to think about one virtuous thing you did. Did you use the gift of wisdom to see every single one of your teammates with the eyes of God? (Pause). Did you use the gift of understanding to calm and humble you after a tough loss? (Pause). Did you use the gift of piety to see your opponents with love and compassion? (Pause). In praying for piety, did you develop a closer friendship with God? Which part of your week have you dedicated time for prayer? (Pause, give time to think). As our season comes to a close, can you think of a way you showed kindness to someone on our team? Did you help someone with a drill they struggled with or perhaps offered encouragement when someone goofed up? Finally, can you think of a way you will show your parents and all the volunteers “thank you” for everything they did to support you in your sport this season? (Pause, give time to think).
Let’s all look ahead to the coming week-ends. 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 (or performances!) Enjoy this time with your teammates! 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. Let us end fairly and with an attitude of love and good sportsmanship.
Let us all- players, parents, and coaches- use the gifts of wisdom, understanding, and piety to see our teammates, opponents, and officials with love, compassion, and grace. Help us use the gift of understanding with every outcome of every game or competition so that we may be humbled and comforted in God’s plan for us.
Closing prayer for basketball teams: give 5 players a # so that they each read a paragraph and pass to the next player to read. (dance team see below).
Say the Our Father as a team, holding hands if you like.
Closing Prayer for competition dance team: give 5 dancers a # so that they each read a paragraph and pass to the next girl to read.
***Basketball and dance team coaches, I have enjoyed taking a part in this journey with you! God bless you for sacrificing your time for our children and for sharing your faith. More than any score or win or loss or championship, they will always remember YOU.
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 email@example.com
Click on links below for approved service project ideas!