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:
Benjamin Orellana of St. John of God Church, Central Islip, and Lisbel Collado of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Copiague, lead the singing during Mass.
Auxiliary Bishop Nelson Perez welcomes the young adults at the beginning of Mass.
Deacon Roberto Polanco, director of the diocese's Hispanic Apostolate, proclaims the Gospel.
Auxiliary Bishop Nelson Perez elevates the Eucharist.
A woman drinks from the Communion cup.
People pray after receiving Communion.
Altar servers lead the procession at the end of Mass.
Auxiliary Bishop Nelson Perez greets participants at the end of Mass.
Members of St. John of God Church, Central Islip, cheer as they are introduced to their fellow participants.
Maritza Perez of Immaculate Conception Church, Westhampton Beach, competes with her team in the bobbing-for-apples contest.
Members of Our Holy Redeemer Church, Freeport, pass a sponge soaked in water during a team competition.
Ruben Benitez, left, and Aleides Euceda of St. John of God Church, Central Islip, compete in a three-legged race.
Father Daniel Rivera of St. Hugh of Lincoln Church, Huntington Station, prays at the beginning of the picnic.
Adolfo Benitez of St. Patrick Church, Glen Cove, cooks chicken and warms tortillas on the grill.
Young men from St. Brigid Church, Westbury, gather for lunch.
Deysi Guevara of St. Brigid Church, Westbury, holds her 18-month-old daughter Jacqueline.
Oblate Father John Victor, center, of Corpus Christi Parish, Mineola, participates in a soccer game.
Carla Duran of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, Hicksville, plays volleyball.