Frassati Fest participants Oliver Braaten, in gold, and Alan Zarzycki, in blue, pray at the annual weekend for teens held at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells. To view or purchase photos, go to www.madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)
WISCONSIN DELLS -- “Lord, please help us all to have a great day. Open to the Lord, open to making new friends, and just open to have some fun.”
That Saturday morning prayer sums up the goals leaders and teens had for the annual Frassati Fest.
The yearly diocesan youth gathering took place February 3 to 5 at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Wisconsin Dells.
Frassati Fest is called the “coolest weekend around for Catholic high school students in the Diocese of Madison.”
This year’s theme was “RISE”.
The goal was for everyone to RISE from the routine of every day to embrace a weekend of fun and adventure, to RISE up out of our fear and create authentic friendships with other Catholic teens, and to ultimately have the chance to RISE to the joy and happiness found in a relationship with Jesus Christ while learning about the beauty of the faith.
I’m not certain how it accomplishes this each year, but Lent seems always to surprise me.
I just looked at the calendar and saw that Ash Wednesday is only two weeks away! It seems as though we’ve just finished marking the season of Christmas — with all of the joy and exuberance that that brings.
Written by Deacon Jim Hoegemeier, For the Catholic Herald
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
BERLIN -- On the evening of February 7, over 125 people filled the hall at All Saints Parish in Berlin to learn more about the impact of human trafficking at the local level.
Sr. Carol Haanen of 5-stones, an organization based in the Fox Valley that raises awareness about the dangers and magnitude of human trafficking in Wisconsin, shared startling statistics with the crowd.