Youth crowd the main stage of the Proud 2B Catholic music festival during a performance of Bernie Choiniere (center) and his band. The annual festival held at the Marist House in Framingham Aug. 12 drew about 1,700 people from around New England. (Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy)
FRAMINGHAM — Teens crowded the stage, shouting along with lyrics and waving their arms to music blasting from giant speakers. The scene had all the elements of a rock concert with a Catholic twist.
About 1,700 Catholics attended the 6th annual Proud 2B Catholic Music Festival entitled “Called 2B Disciples,” held at the Marist House in Framingham Aug. 12.
Each year the concert hosts big name Catholic musicians and features Mass, adoration and confession. Catholics from all over New England come to the daylong event, held from 1-9 p.m., to listen to the music, listen to presentations, receive sacraments, pray the rosary, play games or toss a football.
On the cool, sunny Saturday, three 14-year-old girls from Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Hampton, N.H., kicked off their flip-flops to lob a beach ball back and forth. They were attending the concert for the first time with their parish’s confirmation program. They said they enjoyed going to adoration and confession as well as hanging around, listening to good music.
Julia Ghigliotti said the concert was both “fun” and “cool.”
“I would do it again,” said Arielle Bean. “It exceeded my expectations.”
“Totally,” added Britt Tavano.
Connor Bradbury, 17, from Holy Ghost Parish in Attleborough, agreed, saying that the concert builds up his faith.