As of Tuesday, June 20, 2017
COTTONWOOD Finally, a nice summer day! It officially begins today, Wednesday, June 21. I was about to give up on summer ever getting here. It must be camping time! Let the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer begin!
I hope all fathers were treated royally on their special day. Now let’s look forward to the 4th of July. This would be a good time to start writing your patriotic essay. Entries are now being accepted for the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions. Both are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, and to help foster patriotism among today’s youth.
The theme for this year’s Voice of Democracy asks high school students to describe “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” This is an audio-essay competition open to students in grades 9-12.
The Patriot’s Pen writing competition is open to students in grades 6-8. The subject of this year’s competition is “America’s Gift to My Generation.” Students are asked to submit their entry along with a completed entry form to their local VFW Post. The deadline for entries in both contests is Oct. 31. Contact Cottonwood VFW Post 4902 by e-mail at email@example.com, or visit them online, https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships for entry forms and rules.
The 2018 Haiti Mission Team is asking for your help to fund their trip next year where they will be serving in an orphanage and a home for the elderly. If you would like to contribute to their trip, you can choose an envelope from the bulletin board with the dollar amount you would like to contribute and put it in the collection basket or drop it off at the parish office.
Attention all Catholic young men entering grades 9-12. You are invited to attend the Third Annual Boise Quo Vadis Days camp to spend time with other young men your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having fun. It will be held from June 26-29, at the Nazareth Retreat Center in Boise. The cost of the camp is $50 and includes food, lodging and T-shirt. If you are interested, contact Father Caleb Vogel, the director at 521-5695 or e-mail at FatherVogel@gmail.com.