Every other year the “Metropolitan Youth Commission” (of which Father is a member) sponsors a “National ByzanTEEN Youth Rally. In the past we have had excellent participation. We’re hoping for that again. This year’s event will be held July 5-8 at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. Since it’s the birthplace of Fred Rogers of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” fame, the theme is “Who is my Neighbor.” Highlights of the rally include a packing event in conjunction with “Rise Against Hunger,” talks based on the parable of the Good Samaritan, prayer segments, a liturgy with all the Byzantine bishops, sports/recreation, a dance and the opportunity to mingle with ByzanTEENS from across the country. The cost is $300 plus a “$50 bus fee. (We’ll be leaving on the 5th at 1:00 from St. Joe’s.) We’re fortunate at St. Joe’s that a few of the organizations (Men’s Club, Ladies’ Auxiliary, GCU) provide some monetary assistance to the attendees. We expect that to happen in varying degrees again this year. The rally is open to those who are ages 13-17 (18-year-olds are welcome but would need safe environment training). Registration forms need to be obtained from Father or Deacon Robert. We’re looking at a deadline of the end of this month, so time is of the essence.