The Youth Group attended (Diocese Catholic Youth Conference) in Waco Texas this past weekend (January 18th – 20th). The Youth raised money from their main fundraiser booth at Light Spectacular to attend this event. This year 8 students and 3 chaperones went to the event.
Austin DCYC is an opportunity for teens of 130 parishes of the Diocese of Austin to gather together and share their faith, their love for Christ and fellowship with other Catholic teens. DCYC offers opportunity to hear national speakers (this year Mark Hart & Ansel Augustine) and participate in exciting workshops. There was lots of music by the band Soundwave, as well as faith experiences and Sacraments (Mass, the Rosary, Reconciliation, Adoration and more) there was also time with Bishop Vasquez (he celebrates Sunday Mass and has a dinner for the graduating seniors).
This years’ theme for DCYC 55 is Porta Fidei, the “Door of Faith,” which stems from a Diocesan and world-wide focus on The Year of Faith that Pope Benedict XVI has called all Catholics to participate in. This Year of Faith is a reminder that the Door of Faith is always open to us, that all we have to do is walk through it. That now is a time to revive and renew our relationship with Christ and our enthusiasm for our Catholic faith. DCYC is often the first door of faith a teen walks through in embracing a deeper relationship with Christ. It renews you spirit and relationship with God, it helps ground one in the faith, and it reminds us that we are part of a larger Catholic community. DCYC is a positive experience for our teens. They are already looking forward to next year’s conference.