Hello and Welcome, Everyone!
It is such a blessing to be here with you at the 2017 Youth Rally! Just as the Spirit gives many different gifts to different people, so too have many people given their gifts and talents to make this day special!
Thank you to our Shepherd, Bishop Crosby, who always offers tremendous support to the youth of our Diocese. Thank you for praying with us on this day. We are grateful for your leadership and the wisdom you have shared.
Thank you to our partners, the Catholic Youth Organization, especially Executive Director John Spatazzo, and Camp Directors Katie Moncrieffe and Kristy Drost. We appreciate your warm hospitality, the vibrant vision you give to this annual event and your energy and enthusiasm. We are blessed to have you as teammates!
A BIG thank you goes out to all of our volunteers who have helped in so many different capacities over the course of the day. To our C.Y.O. volunteers, group leaders, chaperones, kitchen staff, Diocesan Seminarians, ministers for liturgies and Diocesan staff – thank you, a million times over, for offering your hands and hearts in celebration of our young people. Your prayerful presence means the world to us.
A very special thank you goes out to our wonderful keynote and musical guest, Michael Chiasson. Your passion to share God with young people is truly inspiring. Thank you for the ministry that you have offered to the youth of Hamilton Diocese!
We thank all our friends within the Catholic Community who have donated material and prayerful support to this Rally as well:
BHNCDSB Assumption College Native Arts Class
Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King
Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton
Knights of Columbus
St. Francis Xavier Parish, Youth Music Ministry
St. Jerome’s University
St. Joseph’s Parish Fergus
University of Guelph Newman Centre
Last but not least, I have to thank the amazingly talented and dedicated planning team who sacrificed many hours to help support the development of this Youth Rally. Thank you to all of you for your enthusiasm and commitment to the planning of this year’s event! Looking forward to starting in on 2018.
It’s been a blast, everyone! Looking forward to seeing all of you again next year!
Christina Mines and Nicole Vaughan