Nearly three dozen young adults participated in an evening of prayer and adoration sponsored by Young Catholic Professionals Cleveland on Sept. 24 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish on Cleveland’s West Side.
The event celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Mercy with the local Mercedarian sisters and friars. Included were evening prayer, Eucharist Adoration and benediction, contemporary worship music, an opportunity for confession and a post-event social gathering on the patio – with safety precautions observed because of the coronavirus health emergency.
Sarah Yantek, president of the YCP Cleveland chapter, said the event was geared towards young adults in their 20s and 30s. It allowed them to catch up with friends as well as to participate in a nationwide day of prayer for unity.
Father Joseph Eddy, Our Lady of Mount Carmel pastor, led evening prayer and adoration. Worship music was provided by Sister Yve Marie, Claude David and Patrick Basista.
After adoration, the group gathered on the patio, observing social distancing and other pandemic safety precautions, to sing happy birthday to Father Dan Bowen, vocation director for the Mercedarians.
“YCP has been bringing people together virtually throughout the pandemic, but it was so nice to be together in person again to worship and pray as a community alongside the Mercedarians,” Yantek said.
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YCP Cleveland, launched in May 2016, is the 10th chapter of YCP, a nonprofit organization that brings together young adults and seasoned business professionals in a variety of events to foster Catholic identity, encourage community and inspire action. Its mission is to challenge, train and inspire young adults working in various professions to work in witness for Christ.