WEST HAVEN – “It Is Me, Do Not Be Afraid” was this year’s theme for the Pascua Juvenil, or Youth Easter, at St. Louis Church on April 6.
Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti, former pastor of St Louis Parish, has been developing a different Paschal experience for youth for the past five years.
For the last three, the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office for Hispanic Evangelization’s pastoral juvenil (Hispanic youth and young adult coordinator) has co-sponsored the event.
The name of the annual gathering reflects the fact that it is for young people who seek a deep spiritual experience during the Lenten and Easter seasons.
“Father Gubbioti and I agree that Easter Sunday itself is a day to rejoice and celebrate as a family, particularly as a parish family, a unity that must be nourished and respected,” said Deacon Ramon A. Rosado, Hispanic youth and young adult coordinator. “Pascua Juvenil, then, is an extension of this celebration, where the youth in our archdiocese have the opportunity to meet other members of that family.”
It attracted more than 200 young members of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s various youth ministry teams.
The keynote speaker was Carmen “China” Briceño, formerly from Instituto Sol in Washington, D.C. Miss Briceño, a consecrated virgin since 2009, has dedicated her life to sharing the good news of the Gospel with young people, particularly Hispanic youth.
Deacon Rosado thanked Father Gubbiotti and the youth ministry teams at St. Louis as well as at St. Augustine and St. Anne-Immaculate Conception in Hartford, St. Rose of Lima Parish in East Hartford and St. Mary Parish in New Britain.