Thursday, February 24, 2011

St. Raphael scouts receive religion awards

Six scouts from St. Raphael’s Troop 219 received awards last Sunday for achievement in religion.

Five scouts, Mark Kinzler, Matthew Kinzler, Christian Jones, Jeremy Jones and Marcus Delvecchio received the Ad Altar Dei Award.

The Ad Altare Dei (To the altar of God) program is to help Catholic Boy Scouts to develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community. The program is organized in chapters based on the seven Sacraments. The seven Sacraments are a primary means toward spiritual growth. The award is presented to scouts in grades 7 through 12.

The most important aspect of the program is that the Scout grows in his spiritual experience of his relationship to God and the church.

Louis McBride received the Pope Pius XII Award for Boy Scouts and Venture Crew Members.

The program deals with church-related ministries and vocations––through which baptized scouts commit themselves to serve humanity in obedience to God’s call with the Catholic faith community.

The scouts were helped by Lee Ann Kinzler, the religious counselor for the troop, in preparation for meeting the requirements for the awards.

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