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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

FAMILYYA at New York Catholic Youth Day!

Photos and article by Jessica Abejar

Members of FAMILYYA attended the first ever New York Catholic Youth Day on Saturday, April 6th! The event was intended to reach out to Catholic youth and young people throughout the archdiocese.

Over 1500 high school students, college students, youth ministers, catechists, seminarians, priests, and religious from Staten Island to Orange County and even Queens and North Carolina attended the event at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan even celebrated Mass at the overcrowded Hayes Auditorium.

Cardinal Dolan delivered his homily to an enthusiastic crowd, revealing to the many young Catholics in attendance that Jesus was present and that he remains with us as we celebrate the Sacraments and the Mass and when we are good friends to one another and serve the poor. Mass ended with Fr. Joe starting a chant similar to the one said at sports, honoring His Eminence. The Cardinal returned with his own chant, saying "Let's go eat!"

From contemporary music to rapping priests to a video clip of Zombies vs. Jesus Christ, the event left many Catholics young and old feeling uplifted and renewed in their faith. It was overall success and looks to be a yearly mainstay for the newly formed Office of Youth Ministry at the Archdiocese of New York.

The event was sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York's Office of Youth Ministry, headed by Fr. Joseph Espaillat and Cynthia Martinez and was hosted by MCs Michelle Gonzalez, Robert Gadomski, and Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, S.V. Keynote speakers were Fr. Stan Fortuna, CFR and Fr. Daniel O' Reilly with workshops led by Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR, Tim Hanley, Fr. Stephen Norton, and Richard Espinal. Entertainment included performances from the Fuego Ardiente Danza Ministry, Joan Sanchez & RP Band, and Rio Squad as well as Full Armor Band, who provided music during the Mass and Adoration.

Click the link for more photos from the event.

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