Coming to Birchwood Camp in Chugiak Oct. 8-9 is the “Fall Family Faith Festival.” Part retreat, part recreational outing, the event aims to bring Catholics together to celebrate faith and family.
Camp organizer and Anchorage youth minister Anna Schulten believes the adapted event, which is just 20 miles from either Anchorage or the Mat-Su Valley, is long overdue for Catholic families.
“All families in our modern culture need time to unplug and be away in the wilderness for a minute,” Schulman told the Catholic Anchor. “Fall is always crazy for families.”
Camp activities start at noon on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Forty dollars covers both days’ camp expenses before Oct. 3 ($50 after). Families can also just pay for a single day. While the fun goes on both days, families can come and go as they wish. Meals are included in the camp fee but not lodging, which can be reserved on the camp website.
Father Patrick Brosamer of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Anchorage will offer reconciliation, adoration, and Mass during the weekend. Additional activities include Divine Mercy Chaplet walk, Rosary tying, scarf making, and family scavenger hunt. On Sunday, no-sew blankets, manna bags, coloring cards and bookmarks will be assembled to donate to community agencies.
“I hope we have lots of people come out, Schulman said. “It’s going to be so much fun.”
Families can register by going online at http://www.akseas.net/fall-family-faith-festival/.