American Independence Day!

A summary on the History Channel site:

“The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.”

God Bless to all this Independence Day,

Trail Life Troop VA-0683

Troop Awards Ceremony Pot Luck!

Parents and Trailmen,

Awards Ceremony is Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 PM !!!

For the potluck, each family should bring a MAIN DISH AND a side dish or a dessert dependent on your last name (A-H: dessert, K-Z: side dish).

Drinks will be provided by our Troop funds. Dinner will begin promptly at 7:00 pm so please arrive a couple of minutes early to drop off your food and find a place to sit. 

Eagle Patrol is responsible for setup and should arrive by 6:30 pm. Guardian Patrol is responsible for clean up.

The Ceremony will begin around 7:20 pm and conclude by 8:00.

Walk Worthy,
Jenn Barbour
Awards Ceremony Coordinator

Ascension Prayer

+Dear God, loving Father and glorious King,

as we contemplate and remember the Ascension of your Son into Heaven and his return to You after You gave Him to us, please grant us grace and strength to always increase our Faith in You and honor You with Good Works in Your Holy Name. 


A Troop Prayer for Holy Week!

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Dear God, 

     Please bless our families, friends, loved ones and all your children, especially those of Saint Raymond of Penafort Parish.  Remember oh, Lord, our departed ones, and may the Blessed Mother keep all unborn babies close to her heart.

     Dear God, please bless us as we continue our Lenten Journey to the Glory of Your Resurrection. 

     Dear God, please bless all of our Parish groups and thank You dear God, particularly for our Trail Life Troop.  Would that you grant these men, boys, and their families, every Grace and Protection, the Wisdom to know Your will, the Grace to accept it, and the Strength to do it always, in Jesus name, Amen. 

– Saint Raymond of Penafort, Pray for Us

– Holy Family, Pray for Us. 

– All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

– All through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary

– All in Union with Saint Joseph. 


+ In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.


St Raymond of Penafort Trail Life USA Troop VA-0683 Chaplain