“Chosen Vessels,” the high school youth day for those in grades nine through 12, features Steve Angrisano, an internationally known Catholic composer, speaker and music missionary, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria.
Angrisano, who has been featured at 10 World Youth Days and emceed three National Catholic Youth Conferences, will offer a keynote presentation and messages of hope and stories of encountering Christ through his many gifts of storytelling, music, prayer and his ability to relate to the young Church of today.
The retreat is about gathering as the young diocesan Church to celebrate being Catholic through the Eucharist, learning about faith and having fun through activity and prayer, said Kent Schmitz, diocesan associate director for Youth and Young Adults.
“In Scripture we find St. John, Mary, the Mother of God, and others who God has chosen as youth to be his vessels of goodness and gospel witness,” Schmitz said. “Today, God continues to choose our youth, and each of us, to be his vessels of that same goodness and gospel witness. It is hoped that as we seek Jesus we are able to embrace God’s invitation to be his chosen vessels, and in turn, share that love with all those we encounter.”
The day also includes Mass with Bishop Patrick Neary, recreational activities, game show, silent disco dance, food and fun. For more information and to register, youth may visit stcdio.org/2023-youth-day or contact the youth leaders at their parishes. The fee is $40 before Oct. 20 and $50 afterwards. The registration deadline is at noon Oct. 26.