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Concert’s message gives youth ‘Power 2B Faithful’

Youths raise their hands and clap to the music during Mass at the Proud 2B Catholic Music festival held on the grounds of the Marist House in Framingham Aug. 11. The festival provided more than 1,000 attendees with a full day of music, games, talks and worship. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

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FRAMINGHAM -- Fellowship and celebrating faith with hundreds of other Catholic teens brings them back each year to the Proud 2B Catholic Music Festival. More than 1,000 Catholic youth and their families gathered at the Marist House Aug. 11 for the seventh annual concert, entitled “Power 2B Faithful.”

The daylong event, organized by Campbell Concerts, featured live music, talks and children’s activities as well as Mass, adoration and confession.

Sam Bouchard, a 16-year-old from Maine, said he liked the festival so much last year that he came again this year. Sam said he most likes participating in the Mass and other Catholic activities.

“I like the adoration here,” he added.

Liz Molloy, a student in physical therapy at Northeastern University, said she also attended two years in a row.

“I love the idea of having it as an open place to be with your friends and celebrate being Catholic together,” she said.

A Catholic father from Connecticut, Steve Moran, said that his teens feel supported by the fellowship they find each year at Proud 2B Catholic.

“What I get the most out of is the Mass,” he said. “It’s the highlight for us.”

Father Daniel Hennessey, director of the Vocations Office in the archdiocese, had a booth set up in the exhibitor tent and said he hoped the concert will spur Catholic youth to think about what God is calling them to.

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