Newsletter #3 – Homework & St. Anne’s

Promise Ceremony & First Campout

We had our first campout and our adult leaders made their promise and received their Promise Cross a couple of weeks ago. It was by all accounts a great weekend! Akela Paul from the 1st Four Arrows Explorer Group in Toronto, founder and General Commissioner of the FNE joined us and he had nothing but good things to say about our boys and adult leaders. Fr. Jesus Arias met us at our campsite in John Pennekamp State Park and heard our confessions and celebrated the Mass with us on Saturday. He is equally enthusiastic about our group.

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 11/26 at 7:00 PM. Please wear your full uniform (i.e.: long sleeve shirt with patches, belt, socks, etc).

Timber Wolf Homework

Remember you were asked at the last meeting to find out the date when and parish where you were Baptized. Also, if you had Godparents at your Baptism, find our who they were. This was a very special occasion in our lives that marks when we received the Holy Spirit and became a part of God’s family, the Church. Pope Francis actually gave an audience at the Vatican the very same homework on the day after I did! He said:

Baptism is in a certain sense the identity card of the Christian, his birth certificate, and the act of his birth into the Church. All of you know the day on which you were born and you celebrate it as your birthday, don’t you? We all celebrate our birthday. I ask you a question, that I have already asked several times, but I’ll ask it again: who among you remembers the date of your Baptism? Raise your hands: they are few (and I am not asking the Bishops so as not to embarrass them…). Let’s do something: today, when you go home, find out what day you were baptized, look for it, because this is your second birthday. The first birthday is the day you came into life and the second birthday is the one on which you came into the Church. Will you do this? This is your homework: find out the day on which you were born to the Church, and give thanks to the Lord, because at Baptism he has opened the door of his Church to us. 

— Pope Francis [Source]

Visit to St. Anne’s

We’re planning our first annual Advent Work of Mercy for Saturday, December 14th. We are going to visit the elderly and infirm at St. Anne’s in South Miami Dade. Otters and Timber Wolves will be making Rosaries and Bookmarks to hand out and we will sing some Christmas Carols to bring holiday cheer. We’ll have more details about making the bookmarks and Rosaries at the meeting tomorrow.

Photos

We’ve posted a number of photos online from our camping trip and from the Good Shepherd Fall Festival. You can find them on our Facebook page or on our website. If you have any photos of our group, please send them to me so I can add them to our albums.

Uniforms

By now, everyone should have all the following uniform items:

  • Necker
  • Woggle
  • Beige long sleeve shirt with patches
  • Navy blue T-shirt (one for Otters and two for Timber Wolves)
  • Navy blue knee-high socks
  • FNE Belt
  • Belt clip with decade Rosary
  • Belt clip with rope for knot practice (Timber Wolves only)
  • Leather belt pouch with the following items: handkerchief, pencil, notebook

Please take care of your uniforms. Some of these items are difficult to replace. Let me know if you are missing or never received anything. Also note the following details regarding the uniforms:

  • If you received a size 13.5 shirt, this is a used shirt on loan from Akela Paul’s group in Toronto. The size 13.5 shirts are back ordered so he loaned us these shirts until we get the new ones. Please do not change the patches on these shirts since they must be returned. You will know if your shirt is one of Akela Paul’s shirts because the “FNE Explorer” patch over the right front pocket has a maple leaf.
  • If your shirt has a “Aventuriers de Baden-Powell” patch and a white patch with a red cross and yellow fleur-de-lis, those patches need to be replaced with the FNE patches that were pinned over them. These patches need to be sewn on. These are not iron-on patches. Let us know if you have any questions.
  • In a few weeks, Timber Wolves will also need to sew on a patch that represents the “six” they belong to. These will be provided after the final membership of each “six” is decided.
  • The USA Timber Wolf manuals have been printed and should arrive in the next few weeks. I hope to be able to give them out in December.
  • The Timber Wolves will get their berets when they make their Timber Wolf promise. We’re hoping everyone will meet their requirements for making the Timber Wolf Promise around February or March.