Annunciation Heights Resources for Support
Here at Annunciation Heights, we want to support you and your family during this time of quarantine. Below are some resources that we compiled to help keep your family busy, prayerful, have some fun, and connect to the spirit of Annunciation Heights, even from your living room!
The Surrender Novena
In this time of upheaval and uncertainty, Christ is our Rock and our Fortress. The scriptures, and especially the Psalms, often speak of Christ in that way. As an AH community, we have often found comfort and reassurance in reminding ourselves of this reality – particularly by praying the Surrender Novena of Father Don Dolindo Ruotolo. Please find the prayers to the nine-day novena here. And, with the Church across the world, we pray: “Jesus, we surrender ourselves to you; take care of everything.”
Ten Things to Do with Your Family During Quarantine
- Tune in to the Annunciation Heights Instagram Story: Join missionaries/staff each week to get a sneak peak of camp life, summer camp preparations, and the like. All found at https://www.instagram.com/annunciationheights/
- Take a Virtual Tour of a National Park, including our own Rocky Mountain National Park: Hard not to be able to hike…do it virtually online! Check out this page for all the details: https://www.insider.com/national-parks-america-virtual-tours-3d-visit-2020-3#a-digital-visit-to-wind-cave-national-park-offers-serene-prairie-views-29
- Participate in a Mass via LiveStream: It is so difficult to feel separated from our faith communities. But many churches are broadcasting their liturgies on LiveStream. Check out the list from the Archdiocese of Denver here: https://archden.org/coronavirus/locallivestream/
- Do a Handicraft: In the tradition of Camp St. Malo, we love doing hands-on crafts that are productive, fun, and old-school. And while you may not have all the supplies to do it in the old-fashioned manner, you can still have fun! Something like building a candle from old unused wax (http://livethefancylife.com/diy-making-new-candles-out-of-leftover-wax-and-old-candle-jars/)!
- Write a letter: We all know how meaningful it is these days to receive a handwritten letter! And we all have those people that we have wanted to contact for months but haven’t had the time! Take time with your kid to write a letter, draw a card, or simply send something meaningful to those you love!
- FaceTime: While we are all locked away in our homes, we still have access to one of the greatest marvels of modern technology…FaceTime! Take time with your kids to video chat with close family and friends. You can even play games on FaceTime, like Pictionary or even charades!
- Cook with your Kids: You know how they are constantly asking for Pizza?! So why not make a homemade pizza together! And then enjoy the meal together, enjoying the fruit of your communal labor!
- Learn about the many wonderful parts of Creation, even from inside: Watch a nature show, or even watch the LiveStream Video of this watering hole in Africa: https://explore.org/livecams/african-wildlife/african-watering-hole-animal-camera
- Catholic Saints Trivia: Learn more about the heritage of our faith by quizzing yourself or your children. There are plenty of websites online, but here is a few: https://www.britannica.com/quiz/saints or https://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz30277522a9ad0.html.
- Make a Rosary: Do you happen to have any twine around your house? Or can you get some from Amazon? Follow these directions to make a single strand knotted rosary: https://www.jeffgeerling.com/articles/religion/how-to-make-knot-rosary
Coronavirus Policy and Response
Here at Annunciation Heights, we are taking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic very seriously. We understand the gravity of the illness, and the potential threat that it poses both to guests and staff. For those reasons, we are currently closed to outside guests, following the Larimer County and State of Colorado Orders to Stay at Home. Nevertheless, we remain hopeful and prayerful that we will soon be able to open camp and resume camp programming. We are committed to doing everything in our power to protect all those who visit this property from exposure or contagion, and we are excited for Summer Camp and all that it will hold.
Click this link to find helpful information about our response to the spread of this illness, as well as additional third party information to which we are adhering.