Monday, February 2, 2009

Cast Your Nets Youth Rally coming to Cincinnati`

The Vocation Office for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OYYAM), and area youth ministers have worked together to produce another installment of the high-energy youth rally Cast Your Nets!, open to all high school youth and young adults, This Cincinnati Cast Your Nets, which will take place at Good Shepherd Parish in Montgomery on Sunday, February 22 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., is sure to continue the energy begun by the first two held in Dayton and in the northern part of the Archdiocese. “The focus of the event,” said Wayne Topp, associate vocation director and event coordinator, “is on putting life back into the faith of the young people of our Archdiocese and challenging them to live that faith boldly in their parishes, their homes, their schools, and their community.” And it seems to be working as nearly 400 youth have already participated in the first two events and even more are expected to be drawn to this event. “People have started hearing more about this event and they are liking what they hear,” Topp said. “This time, we’ve got a pretty well known band to lead our music in the Lee Roessler Band and our guest speaker, Mother Seraphina of the Franciscan Daughters of Mary, whose convent is in Covington, Ky., is a proven crowd pleaser. So, we’re very excited about the possibilities.” Drawing from the call of Christ to become “fishers of men,” the goal of this event is to encourage the youth – through the use of the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation, high-energy live music, a fun skit, and engaging speakers – to courageously consider how they, personally, can answer their call to live as Christ’s new disciples in today’s world. “The youth are ready to be challenged to live above what is offered to them by society today,” said Fr. Kyle Schnippel, vocation director. “This event does that. And we have already seen the fruits of that as one young man has already approached me about entering the seminary after being inspired by this program to follow God’s will.” The event is free, though there will be a free will offering during Mass, which will be celebrated by Fr. Schnippel. There will be snacks available after the celebration of Mass and Reconciliation will be offered at the beginning and end of the event. The host for the evening will be a member of the OYYAM team, Bob Wurzelbacher To register with your youth group for the event, call Marci Peebles at (513)683-7100 or register online at Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 26th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the eighth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment. The 19-county territory includes 220 parishes and 113 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

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