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Teens Attend Diocesan Convention

Over thirty youth and adults from Immaculate Conception Parish participated in the 59th Annual Diocesan Youth Convention from Feb. 18 to 20 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo. The parish was one of the largest groups at the event.

This year’s theme, “Whatever It Takes,” challenged the young people to a faith that is consequential. “Being a disciple is not a ‘whatever’ attitude, it is a ‘whatever it takes’ way of living,” a press release noted. The keynote speaker was Fr. Tony Ricard from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. “His message to the teenagers was to remember where you came from (God’s family) and don’t be stupid. He defined stupidity as knowing that something is wrong and doing it anyway,” Denise York of Immaculate Conception Parish noted. “Our young people loved his energy and enthusiasm!”

In addition to attending the event, numerous young people from the parish shared their gifts throughout the weekend. The Opening Prayer on Friday night included a liturgical dance choreographed and performed by Megan Roberts to the Convention theme song written and performed by Jessica York. Wayne Warnke helped build the cross on the stage during that prayer service. Mary Bittner, Cody Buchanan, Megan Roberts and Jessica York helped facilitate workshops for young people on Saturday. Cody Buchanan and Patrick Devine served as readers during the Closing Mass on Sunday. The Music Ministry for the entire weekend was comprised of young people under the direction of Carrie Ford. They began practicing in November to provide music for all three days of the event. Casey Hawk, Harry Jones, Bobby Keller, Mark Ramsay and Jessica York were part of the Music Ministry.

“It was an exciting weekend for the young people and they are already looking forward to next year’s Convention,” York said. “Some are even thinking about participating in the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) this November in Indianapolis.” Over 20,000 Catholic teenagers from across the United States will gather for this biannual event.

For more information about NCYC, contact York at 652-6400 or iceayouth@gmail.com.

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