Monday, July 23, 2012

"Christian" rock bands to perform at Roman Catholic-sponsored eXclaim! festival in Toledo

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. II Corinthians 6:17

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
II John 9-11

On July 29, 2012, eXclaim!--advertised as "Toledo's Free Christian Music Festival"--will feature "Christian" bands Kutless and The City Harmonic, as well as Roman Catholic singer Josh Blakesley. It takes only a few minutes of searching to discover the purpose of eXclaim!; the following information speaks for itself. According to the Catholic Diocese of Toledo, Ohio:

Exclaim, Toledo’s largest outdoor Christian music festival, is returning for its third year!

The free, family-centered event will be held Sunday, July 29, from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Monsignor Schmit CYO Athletic Complex, S. Holland-Sylvania Road. Last year 7,000 people attended and enjoyed the music of some of our country’s top Christian artists.

Popular Christian band Kutless headlines this year’s group of artists, which includes The City Harmonic and Josh Blakesley. Exclaim is sponsored by Medical Mutual and The Toledo Catholic Diocese. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold. Inflatables, children’s games, teen activities and information on Catholic ministries and area businesses will also be offered. The day will conclude with an outdoor Mass featuring priests from across the Diocese and music from Josh Blakesley.

If you go to the eXclaim! site, you find the following under "About Us:"

What is EXCLAIM?
Sunday, July 29, 2012
EXCLAIM! is a day that Christians of all ages can gather in a celebration of life, love, and faith. Through music, games, sports tournaments and prayer we will strengthen our faith and build thelocal Catholic community. Held at the Monsignor Schmit CYO Athletic Complex, the focal point of the event will be a main stage that showcases some of the best in contemporary Christian music.

Throughout the day participants will be able to enjoy music on the main stage, play on inflatable games, participate in children's activities, compete in sports tournaments, browse booths from local Catholic ministries and area businesses and graba bite to eat. Picnic lunches are also welcome.

The culmination of the day's activities will be a celebration of the Eucharist. This Mass will include clergy from across the diocese, music from various parish programs and ministries performed by Catholics from all parts of the Toledo diocese.

EXCLAIM! is a celebration of the Catholic Church today.
One of the principal objectives of the Second Vatican Council was the restoration of unity of all Christians. "Christ the Lord founded one Church and one Church only." (Decree on Ecumenism, #1).

EXCLAIM! reaches the entire Christian Church. Participants are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors from all walks of life. Friends and family will come to see local performers. With a national name performing on the main stage, Christians of all denominations will come to eXclaim and see their favorite Christian musician right here in Toledo.

We will reach out to Catholics who no longer go to church. They will have opportunities to see how the Catholic Church is real, relevant, and alive. They will be able to obtain information from parishes where they live and reconnect with their Catholic roots.

Other Christian denominations will be invited to stay for Mass and witness the beauty of a Catholic liturgy.
The sponsors include:
St. Joan of Arc parish Toledo
St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish Toledo
St. Rose Parish Perrysburg
St. Joseph Parish Sylania
Historic St. Patrick Parish Toledo
Immaculate Conception Parish Toledo
Central Catholic High School
Blessed John XXIII Parish Perrysburg
Lourdes University
Knights of Columbus--Blessed John XXIII

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