The Visitation Altar Servers' Annual Camp - 11th to 13th December, 2017

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The Altar Servers Organization Church of The Visitation (A.S.C.O.V), Seremban had their annual camp during the on-going school holidays on 11th to 13th December, 2017 with the theme, “Brotherhood Through Christ”. The 3 days 2-night camp held in the Casa Visitation, saw a total participation of 95 server boys from Visitation and churches in the Negeri district - Church of the Immaculate Conception (Port Dickson), Church of St. Aloysius (Mantin) and Church of St. John Vianney (Tampin). The purpose of the camp was to enable all participants to come together and to know one another through dialogue, group sharing and activities, having meals together and having fun during games. Most importantly, the camp was a reminder to every server boys that serving at the altar is a privileged way to draw closer to Jesus.

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After registration, the camp commenced with Mass celebrated by Parish Priest Rev. Fr. George Harrison. In his homily, Fr. George emphasis that the camp was meant to bring all participants together to experience the joy of God. After mass, the ice breakers followed.

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The were a total of 5 presentations or sessions throughout the camp by the Visitation’s server boys. There was also time allocated for praying the Angelus, the Rosary, Praise and Worship. On second day, the participants engaged in team building activities that helped them to bond together. There was also a Talent Night show that showcased the talents of the server boys who took part. On the last day, Mass was celebrated to mark the closing of the camp. Fr. George and Rev. Fr. Peter Anthoney (Parish Priest of Church of St. John Vianney), concelebrated. In his homily, Fr. Peter reminded the server boys how they should submit fully to God in body, mind and soul. Many server boys came forward to give their testimonies and one of them was Marcus from Church of St. John Vianney who was awarded as the “Best Camper”. He said the camp was fun and it taught him how to depend on God.

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The main takeaway from the camp for the 95 altar server boys can be in the words spoken by Our Holy Father, Pope Francis when he attended an audience with some 9,000 altar servers in St. Peter’s Square at Vatican on August, 4th 2015. “The closer you are to the altar, the more you will remember to speak with Jesus in daily prayer, the more you will be nourished by the word and the body of the Lord, the better able you will be, to go out to others, bringing them the gift that you have received, giving in turn with enthusiasm, the joy you have received”.

 The Church of the Visitation Social Communication team would like to thank Melvin Keeshean and Michael Smith, both Visitation Church server boys who contributed the photos and report respectively. Editing by Paul Peter Fernandez.