Archdiocese of San Antonio
Department of Communications
March 12, 2020
Youth Spectacular will not be held on March 21
Youth Spectacular: Walking in the Way of Love, the archdiocese’s major annual gathering for and with youth, will not be held as scheduled. The event had been set to take place Saturday, March 21, on the campus of St. Mary’s University. On March 11, St. Mary’s announced -- to help ensure the health and safety of its campus community in dealing with COVID-19 -- that it was extending spring break by one week for students, with classes to resume on campus March 23. The additional week will also be used by St. Mary’s to prepare for the possibility of delivering effective online instruction.
The action of St. Mary’s University was consistent with announcements from all other institutions of higher education in San Antonio that day, including the University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, and the Mexican American Catholic College. At this time Youth Spectacular 2020 is indefinitely suspended and a timeframe for rescheduling is yet to be determined.
Regarding registration fee refunds, all paid registration fees will be refunded. Please allow one to two weeks, depending on bank, for the refund to process whether paid by check or credit card. For payments made via check, refunds will be issued to the account used to submit payment within the same timeframe.
If T-shirts were purchased, purchasers are requested to pick them up at the archdiocesan Pastoral Center at 2718 West Woodlawn Avenue in San Antonio on Thursday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. T-shirt fees will not be refunded. To purchase additional T-shirts, limited sizes are available.
For questions on refunds, call the Department of Pastoral Ministries administrative center at (210) 734-1952.
The cancellation of Youth Spectacular on March 21 is being taken out of a great abundance of caution and concern for all attendees as well as the wider community. The COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, and more serious measures are being taken in other parts of the country and in Texas to combat the spread of the virus.
We ask for prayers for all those affected by this virus around the globe, and that the threat of COVID-19 be removed across the world, in our country, state, and locally.
The archdiocese continues to listen to health and civil authorities regarding public safety. We are not likely to control the virus, but rather control the spread of the virus. For information on COVID-19, see https://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/News/Alerts/CoronaVirus
Let us join together to pray
Let us join together to pray with our Holy Father Pope Francis during this difficult time:
Pope Francis’s Prayer to Mary During Coronavirus Pandemic
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm. You know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. [Adapted from the translation done by Catholic News Service of the prayer Pope Francis recited by video March 11 for a special Mass and act of prayer asking Mary to protect Italy and the world during of the coronavirus pandemic.]
It is at times like this, more than ever that we cling to our faith in the Risen Christ. He assures us “Do not be afraid! I am with you.” We continue to trust in Him and move forward with faith and common sense. May God continue to bless us with faith and hope throughout this Lenten Season and beyond.