More than 1,200 teens from across New York State rocked to songs DJ’d by “Holy Hot Boy” Ansel Augustine as they joined in a day of music, fun and inspiration during Catholic Youth Day, Saturday, May 10, at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.
Focused on this year’s theme, “What’s Your BEattitude,” the event offered teens tips on how to take leadership roles centered around the Beatitudes, Jesus’ Gospel teachings that begin “Blessed are…” and extol a list of values including mercy, peacemaking, and a hunger and a thirst for righteousness.
To put these words into action, the New York Office of Youth Ministry teamed up with Catholic Charities and the Archdiocesan Feeding Our Neighbor Campaign to collect $1,400 to stock food pantries for the hungry. Participants also donated 780 pounds of food that will be distributed by St. Peter’s Parish food pantry in Yonkers where Catholic Charities offers serves a growing community of day laborers.
Gospel singers from the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in Harlem belted out gospel songs at a mass concelebrated by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan.
Check out this YouTube video to find out more about this weekend-long event.