Created 1-Oct-13
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More than 1,200 young people from 58 parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford enjoyed a warm and sunny afternoon at the eighth annual Catholic Youth Spectacular, sponsored by the Office of Religious Education and Evangelization and held at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield Sept. 29. In keeping with the theme “Affirming Life: Blessed. Broken. Shared,” the students joined Archbishop Henry J. Mansell in packaging food for 11,232 meals to be delivered to the impoverished West Africa nation of Burkina Faso. The Helping Hands project was an initiative of Catholic Relief Services and was sponsored here by the Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry. Motivational Christian rap artist Father Joseph Espaillat and his musical Messengers of Christ headlined the entertainment and enlightenment portion of the event. Other activities included: installing memorial bricks in the rosary garden, rosary reflection, sidewalk chalk drawings and sacred messages, Scriptural and other workshops, games, and more. Vendors included The Catholic Transcript, the Archbishop O’Brien Library, Catholic Charities, Carolyn’s Place, Holy Family Retreat Center, Foodshare, Felician Sisters of North America and many others. Shawnee Baldwin, coordinator of the event, said 40 boxes of goods were collected for Catholic Charities and $3,772 was collected during the Offertory at the Mass and another $228 was donated, for a total of $4,000 to help pay for food and supplies in the Helping Hands project. (Photos by Jack Sheedy and Jeff Guerrette)
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