Welcome to the Saratoga and Altamont County Fair Planning Page. WOPG, the Catholic radio stations in the diocese of Albany will sponsor booths at the 2019 Saratoga and Altamont county fairs with the purpose of Catholics joining together to witness their love of Jesus and His Church. We recently emailed this bulletin announcement to many of the RCDA parishes.
Primary importance: Greet people with a smiling face and ask what concerns them the most. Please review Fr. Peter Cameron’s talks on suffering and compassion located here: https://pax-et-bonum-radio.org/wopg/2018-auriesville-mini-retreat/ We want to demonstrate our concern for the visitors.
This image show some of what we are planning
- Volunteers will down green aprons with stenciled cross or dove
- Offer balloons to children: green sphere on stick and/or red apple
- Face paint star or flame (no other options)
- Offer information of RCDA such as where are churches
- Offer and explain the Miraculous Medal
- Offer WOPG green cards
- Offer books on Catholic faith to interested visitors
- Record family shout-outs to be broadcast on WOPG
Here’s some more detail:
Offer balloons to children, we have a large green on a stick and a red apple. We will be training and assembling both balloons at the booth. See balloons above.
Now I hope you are asking “What’s with the balloons?” I have an answer, Tom’s answer. Genesis 2:7 “then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Balloons are made from elements of the earth and become alive when inflated. Why on a stick? Women and men are made in God’s image, we are to be a light to the world. Why air and not helium? Helium rapidly escapes a balloon, air will keep the balloon inflated for months, we are made for eternal life. Now comes the red apple, it’s a direct reference to the tree of good and evil. Perhaps this can become a starting point for exploring the human condition.
If visitors become interested in knowing more about God offer Miraculous Medal Click here for the story of the Miraculous Medal .
Offer book on Why we are Catholic. Do this only after sincere discussion with visitor.
How can you believe all this stuff?
This is the number-one question Catholics get asked—and, sometimes, we ask ourselves. Why do we believe that God exists, that he became a man and came to save us, that what looks like a wafer of bread is actually his body? Why do we believe that he inspired a holy book and founded an infallible Church to teach us the one true way to live?
Ever since he became Catholic, Trent Horn has spent a lot of time answering these questions, trying to explain to friends, family, and total strangers the reasons for his faith
- Some didn’t believe in God, or even in the existence of truth.
- Others said they were spiritual but didn’t think you needed religion to be happy.
- Some were Christians who thought Catholic doctrines over-complicated the pure gospel.
- And some were fellow Catholics who had a hard time understanding everything they professed to believe on Sunday.
Why We’re Catholic assembles the clearest, friendliest, most helpful answers that Trent learned to give to all these people and more. Beginning with how we can know reality and ending with our hope of eternal life, it’s the perfect way to help skeptics and seekers (or Catholics who want to firm up their faith) understand the evidence that bolsters our belief—and brings us joy.
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Face Painting for children. Right now I think we will offer 2 options, a star for the announcement of the birth of Jesus and a flame for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Please take a look at this youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q1PmyI5lmU The star is shown in the beginning and the flame at about 6 minutes 30 seconds (just the 2 stroke flame above the nose, not the whole crown).
Invite visitors to record a personal shout out that may be broadcast by WOPG on a future date that will be specified on the day of the recording. We will use a recorder similar to the one shown below:
Hold the top of the recorder about 8-12 inches from the speaker’s mouth. Try to record when background noise is at a minimum. Do not hand the recorder to the visitor.
Let the visitors speak what they will. Almost any good intentioned statement will be aired. If the visitor chooses to express less positive thoughts just let them release their anger. Then see if you can enter into a discussion on what is causing this suffering, listen, repeat the cause and offer to pray with them for God’s help. We probably will not resolve deep seated problems at a county fair booth. I believe God will use this to open other doors.
Story time for children. We need suggestions for books.
More ideas welcome! Special talents welcome: music, juggling etc.
The Saratoga Fair hours are 11:00 to 23:00 Tuesday July 23 to Sunday July 28. The fair wants us at the booth full time.