Popular Sydney youth event heads across town for Eastfest 2017

Fr Rob Galea and band perform at Gracefest 2016. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Ever received a cappuccino from a Capuchin or partied with people who don’t see faith and frivolity as being mutually exclusive? If you’re aged 16 to 35, now’s your chance.

The EASTFEST youth event, coming up on Friday 12 May at Holy Family in Maroubra, has all the ingredients for a night of fun and faith, including US singer-songwriter-come-storyteller, Steve Angrisano.

Eastern Deanery Youth Co-ordinator Janice Fernandez said the event’s organising team were excited to welcome Mr Angrisano to the bill, building on the success of last year’s Gracefest event, which saw around 1,000 youth in Sydney’s West come together for a vibrant night.

“Steve is funny and at the same time his simple-yet-deep message is inspirational,” Ms Fernandez told The Catholic Weekly.

“It really enables his audience to have an encounter with God.”

The night will kick-off at 6.30pm with free pizza and the cappuccinos from the Capuchins Friars’ Friars Van, a regular sight in the city where young Catholic volunteers dish up coffee and conversation to anyone who wants it (see www.facebook.com/friarsvan if you want to get involved). Worship at Eastfest will get underway with the Come Alive Worship band from Engadine, while Sydney Bishop Richard Umbers will be there to bless all who participate with the Blessed Sacrament at Benediction.

More information is available at catholicyouthservices.org or at Catholic Youth Services Facebook page.

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