Monday, September 7, 2015

ECCCLC 2015!

This year's Eastern Canada Chinese Catholic Living (ECCCLC), also known as Ga Tung (GT), was held during the Labour Day Weekend from September 5-7. Our campsite, Opemikon, is a Boy Scout campsite an hour north of Kingston, and boasts beautiful starry night skies, an idyllic lake and spacious green fields for outdoor activities.
Group Leaders finding their members.
Pulling the boat
Guest Speaker Fr. Francis Ching.
Mikey and Fr. Francis singing the GT 2015 theme song!
The speaker for this year's GT was Father Francis Ching, who spoke about the Consecrated Life and the Laity. He gave us a thorough description of the three tenets of a Consecrated Life: Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, which feature prominently in the GT song and the lovely T-shirt design. Of course, there were fun activities that were Pokemon-themed, inspired by the name of the campsite, Opemikon.
The spiritual highlights of this camp included Taize on Saturday night and a full night of Eucharistic Adoration on Sunday night. Both events were engaging and gave campers numerous opportunties to spend some time with Our Lord Jesus Christ. Priests were also available to hear our confessions.
Saying Goodbye.
With as many as 150 campers attending, there are many unsung heroes that work hard to ensure the success of this camp. Spearheading the camp is the GT Committee, comprising of two QCCC grads, Stephanie and Mikey, and four members from other Catholic communities, David, Hawkins, Francis and Jennifer. They oversaw the operations of 9 working teams, covering aspects of the camp such as promotion, fundraising, first-aid, music and liturgy. We would like to thank the 30 odd working team members who spent so many hours working tirelessly to give campers an unparalleled spiritual experience.
GT Committee: Hawkins, Jennifer, Stephanie, David, Francis and Mikey.
The Working Team before setting out on the 4-hour drive to the campsite.