A Plan for Our Times – UPDATE

22 Apr

Hoo boy, got that message loud and clear. Like Gilda Radner’s Litella, I’ll say “Never mind.” Take a look at your e-mail for another idea. I’m leaving these content ideas from below on this page in case you need ideas.

We had our first virtual Campamento meeting! It was a little bumpy, but together we met our goal.

Our goal was to keep moving toward campamento goals given our constraints today: no travel, no shipping, unreliable internet connection at the home. I’m e-mail this info with some other details to people who’ve shown an interest. If you do want to participate, but didn’t get my e-mail, please let me know.

The Plan

We settled on sending a weekly letter to Sister Fifi. Everyone who wants will take a turn creating a letter (signup genius schedule through e-mail, lmk if you didn’t get the meeting follow-up e-mail and want to). You can put together the letter at anytime, just send it to Sister on the date you signed up for. She can share it with the girls. See the e-mail for a schedule to sign up for a week and more detailed instructions. Copy me on the e-mail to let me know you sent it 🙂


They should be sent in Spanish, making it easier on them. If you don’t have a family member, friend, or resource to translate, let me know and I’ll try to put you in touch with someone. If you want to be a translator, please let me know. I’m learning Spanish so am going to use this time to practice what I’m learning. Of course that may make for simpler messages, but that’s OK.

Ideas for Topics

We brainstormed ideas on what to include in the letter. We’re not going for a consistent format, but consistent timing. So each letter should reflect what you want to share or do.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Photos or short video of you, family, friends, work in quarantine life (remember their bandwidth is low)
  • Stories from what’s been going on with you and your family
  • Prayers (that you’ve written or like), prayer requests (pray for my sister who is ill), prayer offerings (we are praying for everyone in quarantine at the hogar, the Sisters and the girls. We pray for everyone who is suffering. We pray for everyone who is helping.)
  • Bible stories – or women of faith. Current women or Saints, or Biblical women or other stories the kids would like. A link on formed.org that you think they would like. (I’m sending them directions for that separately)
  • Songs – sheet music, link to recording. Lyrics with Spanish translation or a Spanish song (see Father Michael Joncas’ new song Shelter Me, does anyone want to translate the lyrics?)
  • What you are grateful for
  • Short English “lesson”
  • Short Math game (they have cards, dice, dominos)
  • These are fun if you can translate one and pass it on! http://onepausepoetry.org/learn/childrens_poetry/exercises/
  • Physical activities – video or link to video of activities like Zumba, yoga, workouts, or games they can do.
  • Notes from other people – in case they have something short and timely to add.
  • Questions about what they are learning in distance learning, what have they been doing, links or pics they want to share, etc.


Do not call out (i.e. name or somehow specify) any one girl. Don’t call out a group unless you’re calling out everyone. For example, if you want to say something special to the pecenas (smallest girls), be sure to say something special to the other three age groups as well.

Review the Code of Conduct or ask me if you have questions.

Saint Teresa of Avila

For inspiration, learn about St. Teresa of Avila here


Want to learn more Spanish with me? Use this link to sign up for DuoLingo.

2 Responses to “A Plan for Our Times – UPDATE”

  1. Mia Ah Sani April 23, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

    This sounds good and do-able. When you say one letter a week, is that a total of 2 letters then, since you would be there 2 weeks? Or is this starting at a certain time and ending at a certain time?

    • Ann McGuire April 23, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

      It’s weekly starting now (or soon – when the first one starts) I made a signup genius so people can sign themselves up. The idea is to send something fun now when we are all quarantining.

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