More than 250 young athletes – the largest turnout so far – gathered at Farmingdale State College this week for the third annual Camp Christ, a three-day event featuring sports clinics in baseball, softball and girls and boys lacrosse, along with prayer, worship and faith testimonials from sports stars and mentors.
Each day opened with Mass – concelebrated on Wednesday, the final day of the camp, by diocesan vocations director Father Joe Fitzgerald (proclaiming the Gospel) and Msgr. David Cassato of Brooklyn. In his homily, Msgr. Cassato told the young athletes about his own interaction with many professional sports stars, including Yankee great Derek Jeter and former Dodgers manager Tommy LaSorda, whom he called “a true believer,” as comfortable talking about Jesus as about baseball.
Click below for a slideshow of photos from the camp. All photos by Rick Hinshaw.
Anthony Muhs of the diocesan Vocations Office provided some uplifting spiritual music prior to the beginning of activities.
Each day opened with Mass – concelebrated on Wednesday, the final day of the camp, by diocesan vocations director Father Joe Fitzgerald (proclaiming the Gospel) and Msgr. David Cassato of Brooklyn.
Girls warm up before the start of their softball clinic
Then it was lunch time, served up by volunteers from various Catholic venues, including ABC Ministries, Life Teen, and Kellenberg Memorial High School. Also helping out, at left, was seminarian Tom Griffin.
Good food, good fellowship
Father Joe shared lunch and some conversation with some of the youth.
After lunch, Danielle LaRose, director of parish outreach at St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa, thanked the participants for all the items they had donated for her parish’s food pantry – in keeping with the theme of this year’s Camp Christ, “To whom much has been given, much is expected.”
A shot on net in boys’ lacrosse
… and the goalie makes a save on the girls’ side.
Wednesday afternoon featured the girls vs. guys softball showdown that has quickly become a Camp Christ tradition.