Monday, May 21, 2012

Girl Scouts Earn Religious Awards

Girl Scouts from Birmingham and North Alabama recently earned several religious awards.

The Family of God award is the official religious recognition program of the Roman Catholic Church for children grades 2-3. Family of God is a bilingual activity series developed to complement the catechetical efforts of the parish and families with children in the second and third grades. The program helps children discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their family and parish. Earning the award are Virginia Graves, Alexis Kennedy Rivas, Mary Margaret Williams and Camille Zibas of Huntsville; Sara Ruble Allen, Berkley Allen, Barbara Ann Allen, Caroline Crain, Tatum Holley, Sarah Anne Laney, Sofia Obregon, Gabrielle Saia, Claire Stansell and Olivia Stephens of Birmingham.

The I Live My Faith program is designed to help children grades 4-6 appreciate more deeply the place that God and religion occupy in their daily life. The action-oriented activities focus on developing awareness within the individual of his/her potential as a growing person, friend, family member, citizen and a participant in the community of faith. The program is divided into three chapters, “Stretching,” “Seeking” and “Finding,” each of which blends the dimensions of discovery, prayer, service and sacrament into a unified whole. I Live My Faith complements and supports the more formal religious education provided in Catholic schools and parish programs. Earning this award include Caroline Belrose, Maren Condra, Francesca Dichiara, Mary Elizabeth Dinan, Isabela Lemos, Serra Nolan, Morgan Wiedmeyer and Julia Wolter of Birmingham; Allison Tuggle of Madison, and Catherine Connolly and Amanda Robertson from Florence.

The Mary, the First Disciple award is written for young Catholics, grades 7-10, to enable them to “proclaim the greatness of the Lord.” This is accomplished by actively involving the participants in an understanding of Mary as a model of openness and spirituality – a woman of the church. Through various projects, discussions and liturgical celebrations over a period of months, the participants are provided with a unique opportunity to develop new insights into their personalities, friends, parents and the world around them. Alissa Beck, Maria Bell, Allie Craig, Michelle Harris, Samantha McDonald, Emily Page, Sarah Reed and Rachel Wesley all of Huntsville recently earned this award.

The St. Ann award is the highest national recognition for adults who contribute to the spiritual developed of Catholic youth through the Girl Scouts. Therese Wesley of Huntsville recently earned this award.