May is a busy month for believers because 9 year olds have their first Holy Communion. It is a big effort for parents and kids too.
Kids who had their communion a year before celebrate the anniversary.
2008 kids have had a busy year. Every month they had to pass a test checking their knowledge of some part of catechism. Also parents went to monthly meetings to refresh their memory and hear instructions about pious family life.
In the last week before the Communion there were rehearsals every day.
Oh, really?! That`s great. Did you push your boys into scouting or did they take it up voluntarily? I remember my scouting days. It was great time, I was a water scout, we sailed on Mazurian lakes in 1980s. The rite of passage was challenging - walking a mile through the forest without a torch topped by a few tortures afterwards.
As for the girl scouts who collect money in front of the church, I am not as radical as you. Nobody forces them to do it. It is their own choice to participate in such charity action. And I think it is just wonderful, so I don`t really understand why you got so irritated. I know your views on the seperation of church from other earthly matters, but I can assure you, nobody is hurt here. If your boys don`t want to participate, it is OK, they don`t. If some other scouts want, it is also OK, they do.
Scouts often appear in our church, e.g., they guard the Lord`s tomb at Easter.
Funny, but in 1980s I was in a scout group whose leaders weren`t afraid of taking us to church on Sunday. It wasn`t so natural in communist Poland then. Some other scouts fought hard for the right to attend services and had problems with authorities.
Haiving my experience, it is obvious that my view on scouts in church is very tolerant.
You could never do that here in the USA, more so, now with this leader, unless it was Muslin.
Please do not exaggerate...you'll give people the wrong impression! Of course you can do that here. Churches celebrate "Boy Scout Sunday" and "Girl Scout Sunday" when troops attend services/Masses together. I know the Catholic Church has badges that both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn for their involvement in their churches! I have even seen boys/girls presented with these badges during Masses! Some churches sponsor scout troops , and they may meet in church buildings.