(PRWEB) May 25, 2005
Bloomingdale, OH (PRWEB) May 25, 2005 Â Catholic families have the opportunity to pray, learn and play while on vacation at Catholic Familyland, as well as take part in some of the upcoming summer events. The Apostolate for Family Consecration announces the 2005 events featured at Catholic Familyland (http://www.familyland.org), a place for families to vacation in a wholesome, God-centered, fun-filled environment. The events include the "Holy Family Fests" and a "Totus Tuus" family conference.
"It's amazing to see families coming from all over the country, enjoying faith, family and fellowship,Â said Jerry Coniker, founder of Catholic Familyland.
The 2005 Catholic Familyland events are:
*The Holy Family Fests: June 25 Â July 1, July 9 Â 15, July 23 Â 29 and Aug. 6 Â 12 (The week of July 23 Â 29 will feature Vatican Dignitary Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.)
*The Totus Tuus ÂConsecrate Them in TruthÂ Family Conference: Oct. 14 Â 16
Founders of the Apostolate for Family Consecration Jerry and Gwen Coniker designed Catholic Familyland "for families who want to vacation, to get away, but not leave God behind." Opened in 1990, it can accommodate some 200 to 300 families (up to 1,000 people) in cabins and tents spread over its grounds. Catholic Familyland hosts (among other things) the Holy Family Fests, which are weeklong, faith-filled vacation experiences.
While there, family members participate in Mass and a Family Rosary each day and have a daily opportunity for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and reception of the sacrament of reconciliation.
There are many outdoor activities, such as pony rides and horseback riding, hiking, sports, swimming and refreshing water slides ranging from 250-800 feet long. Sing-alongs around the campfire, complete with toasted marshmallows, are another favorite draw.
An optional dinner plan provides a hot buffet for supper. To keep costs down, families can bring their own food and grills. A store and concession stand on the property can fill in the rest of the necessities.
Youths are divided into age groups (4 to 9, 10 to 12 and 13 to 18). The younger group has the opportunity to make crafts, play games and learn about the Catholic faith in a simple and fun way. The teens participate in discussions, skits and multimedia presentations culminating in a Eucharistic prayer service.
"The best way to evangelize the parents is through their kids," Jerry Coniker said. "It's amazing what happens within a week."
About the Apostolate for Family Consecration:
In 1975, Jerry and Gwen Coniker founded the Apostolate for Family Consecration, and it received approval by the Church that same year. The Apostolate for Family Consecration is an ÂInternational Association of Christ's FaithfulÂ seeking to sanctify family and parish life in the spirit of Pope John Paul II. The Apostolate's home base in the United States is Catholic Familyland, a 950-acre site in the rolling-hills of Bloomingdale, Ohio.
The Conikers' own life story is one of following where the Spirit leads. As a young married couple, they became concerned about the erosion of Christian values in society and its effect on their family. In 1971, after consecrating their lives to Jesus through Mary through a spiritual retreat, they moved with their growing family (then including seven children with one on the way) to Fatima, Portugal, where they lived for two years and made the decision to devote themselves fulltime to combating atheistic influences in the world, especially as they affect the family.
Catholic Familyland is a 50-minute drive from the Pittsburgh Airport and 15-minute drive from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. For additional information about the Apostolate for Family Consecration or the Catholic Familyland 2005 events, call 1-800-77-FAMILY or visit http://www.familyland.org.
740-765-4301 ext. 4007
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