Summertime adventures for Catholics

It’s summertime, and many of us are taking breaks from our daily lives to renew and refresh. When you think about heading outdoors to enjoy nature or traveling on summer holiday, why not make it a Catholic vacation? Here are a few ways you can bring your faith with you when you go:

Camping or Retreat
Go on a Catholic camping trip! Whether it is a Catholic summer camp for your kids or grandkids, a retreat center in the woods, or simply your own excursion with a tent, you can incorporate your faith in so many ways! As you’re exploring nature or looking up at the stars, thank God for His beautiful creation. Sing songs of praise and worship around the campfire, and start your day with a family Rosary! Check with your local youth group, diocese, or retreat center to see if they have any special opportunities.

father and son roasting marshmallowsIf you’re near California, you may want to join Patrick Madrid at Santiago Retreat Center in Orange County for the Compostela Campout from August 10 – 12! Patrick will offer a special talk and workshops, in addition to a full schedule of great faith building activities, music, and prayer.

Take a faith-focused journey to a special Catholic site in your area or even to another country. Carry your prayer intentions with you, and offer your time and travels for those intentions. You might journey to a special church or shrine or holy site, such as the Oratory of Saint Joseph in Montreal, the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin, or many other places. Find more pilgrimage ideas here.Oratory of Saint Joseph


Visiting Catholic sites
When you’re on the road, stop by the local cathedral, shrine, or parish. Make time to attend daily Mass or adoration, and definitely don’t forget to fulfill your Sunday obligation! Finding a beautiful new Catholic Church to explore can be fun, and you’ll see how Catholics in other parts of the country and world worship much like you do. The universality of the Church is amazing!

Catholic festivals and parish picnics
Summer is a popular time for your parish or diocese to hold their annual festival, carnival, concert, or picnic. What a great way to grow in relationship with your parish community, to help raise money for your parish, and have a lot of fun as a family! Check with your parish or diocese to see what’s going on in your area. Some dioceses even have Christian or Catholic music festivals that are perfect for family-friendly fun. It’s important to show your kids that being Catholic brings us joy!

And don’t forget, while you’re on vacation this summer, snap a photo of your family with at least one person holding up the Relevant Radio app, and submit it to the Morning Air Family Time Photo Contest at for your chance to win a special Relevant Radio prize package!

Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.