On Thursday, March 8, the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of San Jose hosted a late-afternoon “meet and greet” reception at Saint Frances Cabrini Parish.
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath and committee members greeted scout leaders, religious program counselors and parents from Girl Scout Troops, American Heritage Girls Troops, Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venture Crews, and Troops of St. George that are associated with many of the parishes of the Diocese. Also present were Father Michael Hendrickson, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, representatives from the local Girl Scout and Boy Scout councils as well as Steve Do, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese, and Annie Bui, Y&YAM administrative assistant. The reception was an opportunity for Bishop McGrath and the Catholic Committee on Scouting to recognize and thank these adults who give hours of dedicated service in ministry to many of the youth of the Diocese.
Guests not only chatted with Bishop McGrath and one another but also had the opportunity to view display tables highlighting the religious programs available to Catholic scouts. Also on display were examples of a variety of other religious activities designed to promote the spiritual growth of scouts.
Bishop McGrath addressed reception guests acknowledging their roles in serving the youth of the Diocese through scouting programs and thanked them for their dedication to this particular ministry. He stated that scouting encompasses all three of the critical issues of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan – engaging youth and young adults in the life and leadership of the Church, developing leaders, and living out Catholic social justice teaching.
The reception also included the presentation by the committee of the Quality Diocese Award certificate and patch for year 2017 to Bishop McGrath. The Quality Diocese Award is a recognition of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and bestowed on outstanding Catholic scouting committees. To qualify for the award, a Catholic scouting committee must achieve a number of objectives related to providing support to Catholic chartered Boy Scout units and to all Catholic scouts within the diocese.