Youth hoping to attend Catholic Youth Conference

On Nov. 12 of this year, approximately 25,000 youth will converge on Houston, Texas, for the National Catholic Youth Conference. The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is an exciting, biennial four day experience of prayer, community and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes liturgies, general keynote sessions by world-renowned Christian speakers, workshop sessions which address a broad variety of topics through diverse learning methods (for example: lectures, “how to” sessions, and group process) and concerts by nationally-known musicians. There are also special activities such as exhibits from the nation’s Vocation Teams, Christian Colleges and Religious Communities.

And let’s not forget Bayou Village, where youth can relax, listen to concerts, play games, and engage in entertaining, educational and artistic activities.

A delegation of 43 people from Pierz attended this Conference in Indianapolis in 2001 and reported that they had never seen so many Catholic youth in one place before and had never felt so accepted and empowered to be a Catholic Christian. They were also impressed with the amount of clergy that attended this event, both as participants and presenters. Youth attended liturgies and celebrated with priests, bishops, archbishops and cardinals from around the globe.

Twenty-eight Pierz youth are working to raise enough funds to attend NCYC in Houston this year. It is their hope that residents they call on will be generous. It’s not often that a youth can experience what it would be like to live in a world surrounded by Christians who have as their principal goal meeting and embracing one another as a brother or sister in Christ.

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