ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, July 29, 2004 - The Most Reverend William F. Murphy, S.T.D., L.H.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, will join hundreds of young people on August 21, 2004 in Huntington for YouthFest 2004. Organized by the Diocese of Rockville Centre and held on the park-like grounds of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, N.Y., YouthFest 2004 will be an intensive day of music, fun, learning, prayer and celebration. Held rain or shine, tents will be set up to protect participants from the elements.
“I want to extend my invitation to every young person in this diocese to come to Huntington and be a part of this special day. This will be a unique opportunity to have fun while growing together in faith,” said Bishop Murphy.
Bishop Murphy will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the concluding Mass at 4:30 p.m. where approximately 30 priests are expected to concelebrate. Over fifty priests are expected to participate in various capacities throughout the day.
“YouthFest is a wonderful opportunity for the young Church on Long Island to get together. One can’t help but be optimistic about the future of our Church when you witness the vibrancy and enthusiasm these young people have for their faith,” said Bishop Murphy.
Sessions throughout the day will explore multi-cultural worship, vocations and living the Christian life on a college campus. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be part of the day. A barbecue lunch will be provided to all attendees.
The day will also feature a “Catholic Experience Expo” of vendors and resources available to participants. The Expo will include publishers, religious articles/goods, books, multi-media (tapes, CD’s, DVDs) retreat centers, Catholic high schools and campus ministry programs.
“We’ve designed the day so there’s something for everyone,” said Michael McCarthy, director of the diocesan office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. “Our hope is to bring together as many young people as possible to this day of faith and festivity.”
The day will be enhanced by the music and story telling of keynote speakers Jesse Manibusan and Sarah Hart – contemporary singer songwriters who have performed at the National Catholic Youth Conference as well as World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto.
Through music and reflection, Hart will lead a presentation on respecting the sacredness of our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters. “Relationships, dating and growing up are the everyday experiences through which we live out our faith,” said Hart.
In his address “We Wish to See Jesus,” Jesse Manibusan will use music and the telling of humorous tales from the heart to put the challenge of “You’re Catholic, so what?” to attendees. “I will share my love of Christ with the young people and the call to live out our baptism in every aspect of our life,” said Manibusan.
For further details and registration information visit www.drvc.org/youthfest2004 or call the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at 516-678-5800 ext. 519. Early registration is encouraged.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3 million). There are 134 parishes in 119 towns. Last year over 21,000 Baptisms, 18,000 Confirmations, 21,000 First Communions and 5,000 Marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,622 students in kindergarten, 26,738 in primary or elementary school, 11,979 in secondary school and 9,310 in higher institutions. There are 77 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and colleges/universities in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. These facilities served over 743,000 people last year. For more information visit www.drvc.org.
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