Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pumpkin Pictionary!

Newman House was filled with the familiar autumn aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg last night.

In our Halloween and All Saints' Day themed cell, QCCC got their hands dirty carving pumpkins! Instead of carving the usual witches, Frankensteins, or creepy-faced pumpkins, we carved out Catholic-related images by incorporating Pictionary into the activity. A communicator for each of the two teams was responsible for describing what to carve, while the clueless team members did their best to follow. In this cluelessness, one group even ended up carving a whale and jelly bean on their pumpkin instead of Mother Mary holding baby Jesus! Through this activity, we realized that proper communication is an essential part of being in a community like QCCC. Sometimes, communication doesn't necessarily have to be through words. We should be able to tell if others are having a bad day just by the way they act, and in turn, go up and talk to or comfort them with our warm smiles.

In the spirit of All Saints' Day, during our weekly Saintspiration, we talked about how this feast day came to be and why we celebrate it. A trivia-based activity followed and we were able to show-off our knowledge on the saints!

While everyone was busy figuring out what to carve and figuring out questions about saints, we had some delicious pumpkin seeds being prepared in the kitchen. These crunchy snacks along with some warm apple cider were definitely a tasty treat for our exhausted pumpkin carvers!

As the night came to an end, we had a short reflection on how each one of us are like pumpkins in the eyes of God. He picked us all individually from the patch with His loving hands. He took us in and washed off the dirt off of us through Baptism. He removed all the yucky stuff inside of us (greed, hate, selfishness) and carved us with eyes to see His love, ears to hear His word, and mouths to spread His good news. Lastly, He placed a light inside of us for the whole world to see. We should use this light inside of us and share it with all those around us. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”