Last night, over 250 youths and chaperones gathered at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Cincinnati's north east side for our third 'Cast Your Nets' program, and first in the Cincinnati area. Music was provided by the Lee Rossler Band, MC duties were handled by Bob Wurzelbacher and Wayne Topp, I celebrated the Mass, and Mother Seraphina did a bang up job as the keynote speaker. A number of priests heard confessions for the duration as well.
A few highlights:
During the homily, I focused again on the story of Damien of Molokai and his unreserved 'yes' to following God. To help set the stage, I did ask if anyone had been to Hawaii, and both Domincan Sisters who were in attendance raised their hands! (Got a good chuckle about 'Dominican Poverty')
Mother Seraphina mentioned in her remarks that God loves us so much that He even has the hairs on our heads counted. Asking the crowd if anyone knew how many hairs were on their head, I was the only one to raise his/her hand. Another good chuckle from the crowd.
All in all, a great event, good turnout, and as one adult chaperone said as we were pulling out: "It'll only get bigger from here."