“Let’s Rock!” Bishop Berg said after the opening prayer for the Catholic Youth Fests held on February 11 and 12 at St. Joseph Parish in Pueblo.
By Linda Davis
Over 475 middle and high school students gathered to hear the message of 1 Peter 2:9, presented by Steve Angrisano: “You are Chosen.”
Nationally known speaker/musician/storyteller Steve Angrisano balanced prayer, stories, music and catechesis in his lively presentations. Clergy from Pueblo parishes joined the youth in hearing confessions, eating delicious hamburgers prepared by the Knights of Columbus from St. Joseph Parish and in concelebrating the closing liturgy Sunday evening at St. Joseph. The Mass was “packed” and everyone actively engaged with lively music presented by the musicians from the Pueblo area.
Bishop Berg said, “Our youth, and the strengthening of our families in our Catholic faith, are so crucial to our efforts to evangelize our diocese. We look for ways to encounter both youth and families and to connect them with Christ, to say ‘Come with me,’ to introduce them to others, and give them a place to ask the important questions. Young people are learning about their society all the time, but they need a place also to learn about their faith.”
The parishes that participated in the youth fests were the Cathedral, Christ the King, St. Francis Xavier, St. Leander, Holy Family, Our Lady of the Meadows, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Joseph - Blende, St. Mary Help of Christians, Shrine of St. Therese, St. John Neumann Catholic School, St. Anne, Search retreat program, Sacred Heart - Avondale, St. Therese - Vineland, St. Aloysius - Rye, St. Joseph -Capulin, St. Francis of Rome - Holly, St. Francis de Sales/OLG - Lamar, St. Benedict - Florence, St. Michael - Canon City, OLG/St. Patrick - La Junta.
A “shout out” goes to the area Knights of Columbus councils and Catholic Foundation for underwriting both events. The Council of Catholic Women provided cookies for many hungry teens and adults. St. Joseph parishioners and staff were most welcoming in having the event in a parish hall this year. “It was great that we were able to celebrate the liturgy in a church rather than a hall,” Steve Angrisano said.