ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, August 10 2007—The Youth Ministry Apostolate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre will host a trip to Columbus, Ohio for the National Catholic Youth Conference Nov. 8-10, 2007. More than 60 Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones from the diocese will attend.
The conference will provide opportunities for workshops, talks, reconciliation, daily liturgy, and special activities such as concerts and a dance.
“The conference, like World Youth Day, has the great capacity to inspire and encourage our youth to live boldly their Catholic faith,” said Tom Smith, coordinator of the diocesan Youth Ministry Apostolate. “As we all know, there is great strength and power in numbers, especially when gathered in the name of Jesus and the Church.”
The conference also offers a thematic park featuring interactive learning and service stations, arts and crafts, games and music. Exhibits at Columbus’ thematic park—Port Discovery—will include a sports field, a Catholic college exposition, a space for creating sacred art and an area to construct a house for Habitat for Humanity.
The theme of the event is “Discover the Way/Descrube el Camino.”
Founded in 1983, the National Catholic Youth Conference now attracts more than 20,000 youth and adults. Past host cities have included Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Centre attending this year’s conference include Notre Dame parish, New Hyde Park; Sts Philip and James parish, St. James; St. John the Evangelist parish, Center Moriches; St. John Nepomucene parish, Bohemia and Our Lady of Victory parish, Floral Park.
For event information, please visit www.nfcym.org and click on “NCYC.”
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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (4/20/07)
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