National Catholic Youth Conference

 

Mateo Dziedzic, an eighth grade student from St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, was invited to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference located this year in the Lucas Oil Stadium (home to the Indiana Colts) in Indianapolis.

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Mateo attended with his adult chaperone, who happens to be his father and the Youth Minister of St. Mary Magdalen Church. On November 19-21, Mateo was able to partake in this celebration full of dance, song, and prayer.

The NCYC is a powerful, three-day experience of prayer and community for Catholic teenagers and their chaperones. They attempt to engage the head, heart, and hands of all participants using interactive areas featuring service projects, games, recreation, and live concerts. NCYC brought in over 23,000 citizens in 2014, and over 25,000 citizens this year.  The Holy Eucharist was celebrated as a central event. Opportunities to participate in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation were offered to all.

 

 

Mateo attended a program called “Spiritual Breakthrough.” He explained how the speaker touched the hearts of those attending. Many were, in fact, in tears. The purpose of this presentation was to break down someone by insults and harsh words; then, to uplift them by making them aware of God’s love for each one. The point of this technique was to make the students conscious of the fact that they shouldn’t listen to all the harsh words people have and will say about themselves. The final objective was to make the individuals stronger both mentally and spiritually. Mateo said, “I enjoyed the convention very much and I hope to go again in two years.”

Article written by Nikole, 8th grade student, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs