BLOOMFIELD – The Archdiocese of Hartford's Office of Religious Education and Evangelization will host its 10th annual Catholic Youth Spectacular from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 on the grounds of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary.
It is designed to bring together youth throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford to explore and deepen their Catholic faith. They meet and network with like-minded youth, hear national speakers, visit with showcased agencies and people sharing the Good News, and celebrate the liturgy together.
This year's Gospel focus has the theme "Scripture Alive: Encounter, Pray, Live the Word.”
Gloria Purvis, chair of Black Catholics United for Life and host of EWTN’s “Authentically Free at Last,” will be the keynote speaker. The Paramas, N.J.-based Te Deum Ministries, a religious organization committed to proclaiming Christ's message of faith, hope and love to teens, young adults and families, will present two workshops. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will celebrate Mass.
More than 1,200 people attended last year's Catholic Youth Spectacular, bringing the total to more than 16,400 participants over the last nine years. Typically, all of the Catholic high schools and 50 to 60 parishes in the archdiocese are represented, according to Shawnee Baldwin, coordinator of youth and young adult ministry, who organizes the event. Any profits from the event are re-invested in leadership development, she said.
People are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase their company name or product, parish, school or archdiocesan agency. Sponsorships are available for the following:
• Keynote speaker;
• House band/stage activities;
• Rosary Garden and other prayer options;
• Materials for the parish catechetical leader’s resources;
• Orientation and appreciation dinner for group leaders;
• Scholarships for youth to attend;
• Corporal Work of Mercy service project;
• Water bottles, support for the planning team,T-shirts, prizes, etc.
Participants will receive a program with prayers and liturgy as well as special offers or messages from sponsors. Sponsorships may be in cash, product or in-kind services. Aug. 14 is the deadline to be included in the program.
Information is available from Ms. Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-242-5573, ext. 2672.