(All scouting groups will process in; so please arrive by 9:30 a.m. in the basement of the Cathedral/Burke Hall)
Youth and families from across the Diocese are invited to attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More during which the efforts of so many involved in scouting and scout-like organizations will be recognized. Religious emblems are conferred on youth by the authority of the Bishop. During the Mass the Religious Emblems the youth have earned will be blessed.
Youth attending do not have to be recipients of emblems--the Mass is for all those interested in participating in Mass with other scouts and scouting leaders committed to reverence, a duty to God, and other aspects of the scouting tradition that help youth grow in faith and knowledge. Within the Diocese youth are involved in a variety of scouting and scout-like organizations (American Heritage Girls, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire, Girl Scouts, Trail Life, etc.)--the Mass is for many.
More on Emblems
Our challenge is to ensure that youth involved in scouting have the opportunity to experience and express their faith in appropriate ways and the Emblems program is one way to do so. Emblems books with specific activities help parents and young Catholics focus on various areas of their faith and spiritual journey:
- Discovering how to contribute to the parish and faith community and appreciating God’s presence in our daily lives;
- Emphasizing the importance of the sacraments to our daily lives and decisions;
- Developing “faith responses” to scenarios and the lessons that can be drawn from them.
These books, developed by national Catholic scouting committees, and approved for use within the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, provide structured learning opportunities for families and scouting units or individuals. (Resources vary from 10-60 pages and provide practical tips and leader tools.)