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April 13, 2022

By Darcy Fargo
Editor

LAKE PLACID – Around 60 youth from around the diocese gathered “In HIS House” at the annual diocesan Youth Rally held April 2 at High Peaks Resort.

Themed “In HIS House: All Are Welcome,” the Youth Rally featured keynote speaker Michael Mette, a Catholic musician and speaker who travels with his Catholic family band, MJM7.

In addition to hearing from Mette and MJM7, the youth – primarily grades seven through 12 – prayed together, played games together, visited vendor booths featuring information about diocesan departments, groups and activities, and participated in mini breakout sessions where they heard from speakers and participated in additional worship opportunities. The event concluded with Mass at St. Agnes Church.

This was the first Youth Rally held since the start of the pandemic two years ago.

“It was so wonderful to see young smiling faces after the last few years of living in a pandemic,” said diocesan Youth Ministry Director Thomas Semeraro. “The Youth Rally Day went exceptionally well. The staff and management at the High Peaks resort were fabulous! They commented more than once on the positive attitude and behavior our Catholic youth exhibited during the day. That was a proud youth minister moment for me.”

Alida Carlson, 14, of Lake Placid, said she agreed to attend the rally at the urging of her parents and wasn’t sure she’d enjoy the experience.

“My parents said it was going to be fun, but I wasn’t sure,” she said. “It actually was fun! It was nice seeing new faces and just talking to new people.”

Carlson said she has attended teen camp at Guggenheim as well as another summer camp, and she enjoys opportunities to connect with others.

“It’s nice to be around people who have the same beliefs or experiences you have,” she said. “And it’s nice to find people to connect with.”

Brigid Bracy, 11, of Carthage, said she attended the event with her older sister.

“When I first got here, I was just sitting there for a while,” she said. “But it didn’t take long before I was invited to play a game. After that, we’ve just continued doing activities, and it’s been really fun!”

Bracy said she enjoyed the opportunity to meet other Catholic youth.

“At my church, I don’t see a lot of people around my age,” she said. “It was great seeing people like me who are Catholic and actually excited to be Catholic.”

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