Aug 22

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Youth—One of a Kind!

The youth of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic church, under the leadership of youth ministers David and Deidre Casey, shared a message of hope and healing through a unique Vacation Bible School day camp at Intermountain’s residential campus in Helena August 11-13th. The theme for the camp was “One of a Kind,” based on Group Publishing’s popular curriculum called “Weird Animals.” The camp incorporated song, dance, crafts, games, and fun lessons, all in an effort to let Intermountain’s children know that God loves them and created them to be “One of a Kind!” This joint ministry venture is part of an ongoing effort by Chaplain Chris Haughee, who wants to help Montana’s faith community find ways to connect with the healing work that Intermountain does every day.

“I am excited for this new partnership with Our Lady of the Valley and was eager to work with my friends, David and Deidre, again. Last summer we I brought in a youth group from Life Covenant Church to do a faith-based Sports Camp, and it worked so well I was encouraged to reach out to other groups this year. David and Deidre’s group responded to that invitation,” remarked Chaplain Chris Haughee. “As far as I know, it was the first time the youth of our incredible Catholic community in Helena will have had a chance to connect to Intermountain’s residential program in such a profound way. Beyond being a great opportunity in ministry for them, and I am certain our children benefited from their love and care in preparing a great day camp experience.”

At the end of the three day camp, the youth of Our Lady of the Valley were feeling fulfilled and overjoyed at the opportunity to minister to the children of Intermountain’s Residential program. When asked what they would say to other groups considering volunteering their time and talents through the chaplain’s program, one youth said, “You should definitely consider it! I was very hesitant to volunteer at first because I didn’t know what to expect, but I am so glad I did because it is inspirational to minister to the kids at Intermountain!”