Summer will soon be over, but teens in the Diocese of Rochester have a lot to look forward to this fall.
Young people in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades are invited to attend the diocesan Jr. Hi Adventure Day, which will be held Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Camp Stella Maris in Livonia. Older teens in high school, meanwhile, are invited to participate in the Diocesan Youth Convention, which will be held Nov. 21-23 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel.
Adventure Day participants will work and play together in small groups as they solve problems and participate in the camp’s adventure-based learning experience. These team games help young people develop leadership, communication and problem-solving skills while enhancing their self-esteem and overcoming personal fears and challenges, according to the Camp Stella Maris Web site, www.campstellamaris.org.
Adventure Day also will include a lively liturgy, music, prizes and crafts. There is a cost of $25 per youth, and registration forms and payment must be received by Sept. 8. There is no cost for chaperones.
The theme of this year’s Diocesan Youth Convention is “Christ reigns — He’s real, He rules, He reigns.” Singer and songwriter Jerry Goebel will give keynote presentations during the convention. Through his ONEFamily Outreach, Goebel helps young people develop a sense of value, mission and purpose while encouraging young people to become vital members of their communities.
More than 30 priests will hear confessions during a reconciliation service Nov. 21, and the next morning teens will travel to Rochester’s Aquinas Institute, where they will participate in workshops and learning experiences that focus on global solidarity. Some participants will travel from Aquinas to several other locations to meet and speak with people from various cultures, faiths and ethnic backgrounds.
Convention participants will meet back at the Plaza Hotel that evening for a liturgy with Bishop Matthew H. Clark followed by a Fun-For-All event. DJ Bill Lage, billed as “the Catholic dance DJ,” will provide the music for those who feel like dancing. At the Fun-For-All teens also will be able to race through a giant inflatable obstacle course, sing karaoke, eat snacks, play board and card games, or hang out with their friends.
The cost for the convention is $105 plus lodging, which is $84 plus tax per room per night. Hotel reservations must be made by Oct. 14, and convention-registration forms must be received by the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Catechesis by Oct. 24.
For more information on these events, call 585-328-3228, ext. 1279, or visit the diocesan youth-ministry Web page at www.dor.org/ec/youthministry/Index.htm.