This past Saturday, we celebrated the life and teachings of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen with the 2nd Annual Fulton Sheen Family Day. (You can read about last year's event here) Bonnie, The Sheen Foundation, and I did the planning, and we decided to change things up a little from last year's event (which was held in Peoria and included tours of the Sheen museum and St. Mary's Cathedral) and hosted it in El Paso, IL, the place of Sheen's birth, baptism, and early growing up years.
While the numbers were small, we still had a great day with the families that came to learn and enjoy, some of my former students who were there to help teach others what they know about Sheen, and the adult volunteers who made everything run smoothly. We'll rotate back to Peoria next year, and hope to see even more families come to learn about the faith that Sheen loved so much.
St. Mary's in El Paso, IL, the Baptismal parish of Fulton Sheen. They have a beautiful old church and a lovely new hall and a priest who loves Fulton Sheen :).
Fulton Sheen Museum helped us plan the event and did lots of behind the scenes work. They came to help, but had never been to El Paso, so we made a quick stop at the historical marker at the location of Sheen's birth.
The Door Prizes:
It's always great to provide resources for people to take home with them, and it is super fun to WIN something, so we had ten door prizes that the families in attendance could win:
Sophia Institute Press generously donated Angel in the Waters, Sheen's Wartime Prayer Book, and God's World and Our Place In It.
Ignatius Press was gracious enough to send a copy of Sheen's Remade for Happiness.
Sheen Foundation donated A Man for All Media, The World's First Love, The Priest is Not His Own, and St. Terese, A Treasured Love Story.
World Mission Rosaries that had been made third class relics by touching them to a vial of St. John Paul II's blood. They were packaged beautifully showing the connection between Sheen and JP2.
Matt Faley, talented Catholic musician with ties to Peoria, donated copies of his awesome CD, The Only Light.
Servant of All playing where people could watch and listen throughout the afternoon.
World Mission Rosary:
here, a coloring page here, and instructions/lesson plan for teaching about it by clicking on the image below:
here and here, and can see the Touch of Life Fetal models in action here. Click on the image below for the instructions/lesson plan.
The Woman I Love Miraculous Medals:
Catholic Icing but using this printable. A Sheen quote coloring page about Mary can be found here. You can click on the image below for the instructions/lesson.
The Priest is Not His Own:
It was a great day! Make sure you go check out Bonnie's recap of the day in this post! If you are in El Paso or Peoria in the future, we highly recommend you check out the places that were important to Sheen. We are grateful to our donors Matt Faley, Sophia Institute Press, Ignatius Press, and the Sheen Foundation, as well as Fr. Don and St. Mary's Parish for hosting us. All of the adults and my students that came to help as volunteers were awesome and so appreciated.