Ominous forecasts involving Tropical Storm Hermine did not deter nearly 300 people from attending the annual Labor Day Encuentro at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, on Sept. 5.

A celebration of faith and heritage for Latino youth and young adults, the day—which was highlighted by beautiful afternoon weather—kicked off with morning Mass in the seminary chapel. Bishop Nelson Perez presided and was joined in the sanctuary by Bishops Robert Brennan and Andrzej Zglejszewski and 12 other clergy.

The service was followed by a picnic, zany competitions pitting youth groups against one another, soccer, volleyball and face-painting. Encuentro is sponsored by the diocese’s Hispanic Apostolate.

Photographer Gregory A. Shemitz captured some moments at the Encuentro for the slideshow below:

 

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