Thursday, September 6, 2012

1,500 teenagers to attend Catholic Youth Spectacular in Bloomfield

HARTFORD – More than 1,500 teenagers are expected to attend the seventh annual 2012 Catholic Youth Spectacular on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.


This year’s theme, “God’s Enduring Treasures, Celebrations of Grace,” will focus on the seven sacraments. Teenagers will participate in a variety of outdoor activities including: Christian entertainment provided by talented musician and youth minister Vince Nims and the band GLORIFY from Providence; the Sacrament of Reconciliation; a picnic lunch; chalk graffiti art and sacramental face painting; a special exhibit of Kateri Tekakwitha (our first Native American saint to be canonized in October); and a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and other priests from across the archdiocese.


Nims, affectionately known as “The Banana Guy” because of the yellow shirts he wears and his signature song, says he tries to inspire youth to live by their faith through music.


“I want to move kids toward Christ. That’s the ultimate goal,” said Nims. “I try to bring hope, combined with something tangible that they can connect with, something that is filled with Christ. And, I try to make it fun.”


According to Shawnee Baldwin, coordinator of youth and young adult ministry, the Spectacular gets bigger every year, and the key to its success is providing the teens with activities that engage them and animate their Catholic faith. 


“Our goal is to bring teenagers together to see the breadth and length of Catholicism and to jumpstart their participation and discipleship back at their parish or campus ministry,” said Baldwin. “The young people look forward to meeting and celebrating liturgy with the archbishop. We also show our appreciation to the many catechetical leaders who work tirelessly in the field at a pre-spectacular event.”


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