This year, the FEST has plenty of opportunities available for you and your families to deepen your faith! This whole day is designed so that you can experience the fullness of Jesus’ love in all that you do.
For many, the crown jewel of the FEST is the outdoor Mass that takes place at the end of the day. A unique and breathtaking experience, we welcome all to come share in the Supper of the Lord. Mass will begin at 8:00 p.m.
Family Blessings Tent
Join deacons from across the Diocese to receive a blessing with your family! Whether expecting a child, praying for a sick relative, going through a time of change, or you’d like a blessing just because, we invite you to come experience the loving and healing power of God!
Devote some time to the Blessed Mother by praying a few decades of the rosary. The full rosary will prayed every hour on the hour beginning at noon. (12:00, 1:00, etc.) A special hour at the Rosary Tent will be dedicated to the Pro Life movement. Time is to be announced.
Through the generosity of our area priests, we are once again able to offer the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the entire day. Over thirty priests will be available to hear confessions beginning at 2:00 pm and concluding prior to Mass at 7:00 pm. We pray that you take this chance to prepare your hearts for evening Mass and to truly grow in your own faith.
Tours of Borromeo and St. Mary Seminaries (located on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership) will be offered at 2:00, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5:00, and 5:30 pm. Tickets for these tours are free. We hope that you will take a few moments to see how our seminarians live, work, play, and pray on these beautiful grounds.
Representatives from various religious orders will be present at the FEST to speak about their work and the many opportunities and vocations that religious life offers. If vocational life is something you are considering, or you would simply like to learn more about it, plan to stop by and say hello!
Brown Scapular Investiture
For over 700 years, the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel has been one of the most precious gifts and highly-indulgenced Sacramentals of our Church. It is more than that, however; it is in reality a garment, given to us by Our Blessed Mother which makes us her special children. Blessing and clothing with the Scapular of the ‘Blessed Virgin of Mt. Carmel’ enrolls the individual in the Scapular Confraternity and admits him to a share in all the spiritual works performed by the Religious of Mount Carmel.
Scapulars will be provided free of charge if you wish to take part in this special blessing.
Walking Prayer Labyrinth
In addition to the numerous faith-enriching activities at the FEST, this year we have added a labyrinth. The labyrinth will be located in the quad near the Mom’s Relaxation Station and will serve as an opportunity for reflective prayer. A labyrinth is not a maze, as it has a clear path in and out, which allows you to focus less on where you’re going and more on your conversation with the LORD. Imagine each step you take as part of your journey towards a Fuller Life with God.