The FEST 2018 encourages all to 'Be the Light'

Top Christian artists to perform; new event features added

Large crowds are expected once again for The FEST, noon to 10 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe. This year’s day of faith and family fun incorporates the theme “Be the Light” into a variety of activities for all ages. Admission is free.

The FEST, in its 18th year, will feature performances by some of Christian music’s top headliners, an outdoor Mass celebrated by Bishop Nelson Perez and much more.

“Be the Light” is a reminder for Christians to live daily in the light and to hear the call to be the light of Christ through one’s words and actions, according to Father Bob Stec, event organizer. From concerts and interactive areas to the many opportunities for attendees to deepen their faith, the structure of The FEST will showcase the power and unity of coming together in Christ.

The FEST is a great day of faith, family and fun – all for free, said Father Stec.  From the music and activities, to the amazing people, our hope and prayer is The FEST will inspire and energize all who attend to bring the love of God – the light our world needs – back home to their neighborhoods and local community.  This year we will initiate “A Million Lights” project which will challenge everyone who attends The FEST to go home and do 50 acts of kindness over the next three weeks.  Together that will be over one million acts of light and love, added Father Stec.

The FEST will feature four national Christian music groups including six-time GRAMMY award-winner Toby Mac as the headliner. Opening acts include Billboard Music’s top Christian artists We Are Messengers, Mandisa and Big Daddy Weave.

There also will be some new features at The FEST to help enhance the prayer experience and entertainments interests of attendees. During the 8 p.m. Mass, the Universal Prayer will include second-language speakers to incorporate the diversity of the local Catholic community.

Returning to The FEST once again will be the BMX stunt riders, petting zoo, rock walls and so much more! Rounding out the day will be the Stick Together Pledge, sponsored by ShurTech and Marc’s which will launch regionally at The FEST. In effort to spread a message of light and anti-bullying, this regional campaign will encourage schools, businesses and organizations to treat each other with kindness and respect and stick up for those who are being bullied.

As always, the closing Mass will be the focal point of The FEST. Concelebrants and members of parish choirs from across the Diocese of Cleveland will join Bishop Perez for a unique worship experience. A fireworks display will follow.