AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of New England families attended mass Friday morning at the Six Flags New England.
They came from different Diocese throughout the region for the annual Youth and Family Day Contemporary Mass, held this year in the main pavilion of the Six Flags picnic area prior to the start of the day’s Six Flags activities.
“Now our young people will go out and enjoy the park for today,” said Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese. “It’s a great time to give thanks to the Lord for the ability to gather and enjoy this day.”
There was strong representation from the faithful from Rhode Island, where several young people were honored for their commitment to God and community.
“We have here today 12 youths that just went through one week of service, they’ve been living at a Catholic community center for three nights, they’ve been doing service for their communities four days,” Deacon Greg Albanese told 22News.
Many of the young people worshiped with their parents who shared their commitment to community service. Eleven-year-old Kiara Gonzalez said she worships with her family every Sunday at St. Christopher’s Church in Brimfield.
“It’s really special to me and I just love coming to mass,” Kiara shared.
Their sense of togetherness continued long after their religious service as the families spent the day together enjoying the pleasures afforded by Six Flags.