By Michael Soh
PARTICIPANTS of Veritas 2017 were entertained and spoilt for choice in the annual youth conference’s ‘Mighty Fest’.
The festival was highlighted by about 19 stalls representing movements in the Archdiocese of Perth, ranging from Youth Groups, Youth Ministries, Tertiary Institutions and Religious Orders.
Decked out in paraphernalia, each stall provided informative materials of their charisms, such as flyers, prayer cards, business cards, information sheets and sign up sheets.
It would not be a Mighty Fest without games and quizzes, with Ignite’s sumosuits wrestling a major hit with dozens of participants fighting it out, as well as Catholic Youth Ministry’s ping pong game.
Notre Dame University Stall during Mighty Fest. Photo from CMMNolasco PhotographyThe Archdiocesan Vocations Office, the Respect Life Office, and Disciple Of Jesus Young Adults stalls tested participants’ knowledge with their respective quizzes on how well they know the faith, matching pictures and quotes to a Saint and guessing the quote.
Sweets, chocolates and Catholic Youth Ministry’s popular cupcakes were amongst the freebies on offer.
Stallholders at the University of Notre Dame, Acts 2 College, Faith and Enrichment Centre, Youth Mission Team and National Evangelisation Team stalls provided participants, particularly the underage, directions for their futures.
“The Youth Mission Team and NET stalls have been very helpful and helped me work out what I wanted to do,” said first time participant Jacob De San Miguel. “I’m thinking of doing YMT or NET when I take a gap year, and they were really helpful trying to help me work out which one I should do, or if I should choose something else to do”.
Fellow first timer Adila O’Brien found the Catholic Youth Ministry stall very informative.
“I liked the CYM stall because there were cupcakes, and it was the most interactive out of all the stalls as they were most open and had a lot of good information. They had the ping pong game and when I asked them questions, they gave a lot of relevant answers and I want to be involved in their many youth activities inside the Catholic Church.”
The selfie booth of Veritas’ Silver Sponsor Catholic Super’s stall attracted dozens of participants, who also had a round of mini golf.
“It’s pretty cold outside but you can’t feel it here because everyone’s up and about and the vibe is really pumping,” said Catholic Super stallholder Ian McRae. “It’s sensational and I’m very happy to be here”.
Gold Sponsor Acts 2 College’s staff and students were kept very busy at the Mighty Fest, and Youth Leader Mario Borg hopes that the College’s courses will provide pathways to participants with desires to become youth leaders.
“Our hope is that people would come along and look at all the courses that are on offer for young people, and also they might see that potentially they might be a career pathway for them in either Youth Ministry, School Chaplaincy, or even to grown more in their faith journey and learn more about their faith, as well as a qualification to be able to do that,” Mr Borg said.
University of Notre Dame students’ services representative Thomas Davies explained that hosting the festival on Campus will enlighten participants on what they can expect should they choose the Platinum Sponsor for their Tertiary Education.
“The Veritas festival is a good advertisement for Catholic integration. With the event being here at University, we can show the participants what the university looks like and I hope to tell them about the individual courses and what their experience at Notre Dame will be like if they study here,” Mr Davies said.
CYM Youth Worker Matthew Lim was amazed by the amount of people who visited the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry’s stall, and hopes they attend their future events and outreaches.
“So far it’s been a great experience, it was great seeing young people from around Perth and WA full of passion and fire for the Lord,” Mr Lim said. “We hope that youth get connected with us as we do hold events throughout the year and we just hope to be able to bridge the gap between different ministries within Perth, especially the Youth Ministries.”