Sunday, August 06, 2023

St Catherine's Trust Summer School 2023


We held our annual Summer School last week at St Cassian's Centre, Kintbury, in Berkshire, with the largest ever number of children: 62. Three others dropped out at the last minute, but apart from that we were at the capacity of the venue.


These Summer Schools are supported by the Latin Mass Society. They are not Summer 'camps': it is not just fun activities, or sleeping in tents, but lessons, designed to support the children in their education and expand their horizons of Catholic thought and culture. We do a bit of Latin, introduce them to Greek, explain a bit of Gregorian Chant, look at some sacred art, and Catholic history; this year I taught some lessons on the Problem of Evil. The children answered questions on all their subjects in the quiz we had with great enthusiasm.


We also do of course have activities, as well as liturgy and devotions. Daily Sung Mass included on on a trip to Oxford, at the Oxford Oratory.


I'm glad there are other summer events taking place with the Traditional Mass, mostly smaller and less formalised than ours; some children do more than one over the course of the holidays. The St Catherine's Trust event, however, remains unique, after eighteen years.


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