Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

BLOOMFIELD – More than 2,000 young Catholics are expected to attend the sixth annual Catholic Youth Spectacular Sept. 18 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., according to organizer Shawnee Baldwin of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Religious Education.

The event is held yearly for youth and young adults in grade seven and higher from parish, school, Scouts, sports and other groups.

The theme this year, "CH_ _ CH: Come as UR: Being, Becoming, Believing," was chosen to encourage young people to unite in embracing their faith and their relationship with God.

Keynote presenters will be Joia Farmer and APeX Ministries. Ms. Farmer is a Catholic Christian singer/songwriter with three CD’s to her credit. She sings about her faith, the gift of womanhood and the power of forgiveness.

Gene Monterastelli and Brad Farmer of APeX Ministries are billed as Christian vaudeville evangelists. Their singing, juggling, storytelling and audience participation acts build community through laughter and interaction.

The event will begin with registration from noon to 1 p.m. and will include prayer, Christian entertainment, a picnic, the sacrament of reconciliation, a walking rosary, fun activities, Stations of the Cross and more.

The day’s events will conclude with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell beginning at 5:30.

The cost is $30. Registration materials are posted on or can be requested by e-mailing Ms. Baldwin at or by calling (860) 243-9465. The registration deadline is Aug. 26.

Young people who do not attend with a group are expected to be accompanied by a parent.