Catholic youths to rally in Marquette

MARQUETTE – More than 300 adults and youths from across the Upper Peninsula have registered to attend Saturday’s “See the See” Catholic junior high rally in Marquette.

The rally is for Catholic sixth- through eighth-grade students. Activities will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 7:30 St. Peter Cathedral and the Baraga Gym in Marquette City Hall, which are located on opposite sides of Baraga Avenue at Fourth Street.

“It is a high-energy, exciting day full of faith, full of friends, lots of food, and ways that young people can connect to their faith and connect to the larger diocesan church,” said Greg Gostomski, diocesan director of youth ministry. “It’s just a great way for young people to come together and to experience the Catholic Church.”

Organizers said activities will include live music and keynote talks by Curtis Stepham – who is a well-known Catholic musician and speaker from Texas – workshops, fun time with Nerf guns, a question and answer session with Bishop-elect John Doerfler and celebration of Mass.

“Our theme this year is ‘Stand,’ and we’re going to be talking all about standing with Jesus and ways that youth can be strengthened to stand with Christ, to live their faith, to stand up and be counted as a young Catholic in our diocese today,” Gostomski said.

Loreene Zeno Koskey, director of communications for the Diocese of Marquette, said “See the See” is intended to help Catholic youths grow in their faith. Diocesan youth rallies have been going on for seven years. One year the rally is for Catholic junior high school students and the next year it’s for high school students (that rally is called “P2K”).

The name of Saturday’s “See the See” event is based in the Catholic faith. Organizers said the word “see” is an ancient word referring to the geographic area called a diocese, over which a bishop exercises the authority entrusted to him by the Pope.

Organizers said the rally is an opportunity for the youths to be united with each other and Doerfler at the ‘seat’ of the diocese, St. Peter Cathedral.

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