Freshly Brewed, Episode 65: New Mercies Every Morning

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In explaining the significance of Ash Wednesday, Father Mike Schmitz explained, “The ashes mean I am a sinner but the cross means that I have a savior.” Father goes on to say, though we live in a fallen world and our hearts are not always as they should be, we have a God who loves us so much He chose to suffer and die for us so that we may live with Him in Heaven for all of eternity.

In this episode of Freshly Brewed, Topher sits down with Father Chris Gernetzke and the two discuss why we need Reconciliation and what happens internally and externally in confession! This a truly enlightening pod that dives into the heart of justice and mercy and ultimately the love of our Father in Heaven! Follow the link below to hear more!

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The Confession FAQ You’ve Always Wanted

Illustrated Guide to Confession

Times for Confession in parishes throughout the Diocese of Madison

Year of Mercy within the Diocese of Madison

Saint Josemaría Escrivá

Frassati Fest 2016: The RECAP

Beyond watching the recap video to witness the real joy, enthusiasm, and prayerful spirit of our high school youth at Frassati Fest, the best way we can help you understand how beautiful this weekend was is by letting the teens speak for themselves.

Frassati Fest 2016 helped me know that no matter what, God has a plan for me.

After Frassati Fest, I will have a brighter outlook of my future. I have to trust in the Lord that I will continue to grow.

I definitely have a different, more positive outlook on Catholicism!

During adoration, a huge amount of joy came over me. I knew Jesus was there.

To form better picture of what the weekend looked like, we wanted to share some important statistics with y’all!

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WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS, as described by the teens!
The graphic above shows how much of a highlight the below items were. 

  1. Adoration and Confession
  2. Inspiring Speakers, like Matt Faley
  3. Meeting New Friends and Reconnecting with Old Friends
  4. The Saturday Night Party
  5. Praise and Worship with 20/20
  6. Growing in Faith
  7. The Saturday Night Dinner
  8. Water Park Time
  9. Parish Time

Ladies Men Split

At Frassati Fest, high school ladies and their female chaperones made up 64% of attendees. The gentlemen in attendance made up the remaining 36%.

Teens and their chaperones represented over 28 parishes in the Diocese of Madison! 17 of those parishes attended as a group; the remaining teens joined other parishes or attended as Lost Sheep.

Planning Team Classy

This year’s event was planned by a group of 30 incredible high school students, alongside of 6 youth ministers and staff members from the Diocese of Madison. They committed to monthly formation meetings, a weekend retreat, and plenty of work time outside of meetings leading up to the big event!


During Frassati Fest 2016, two Freshly Brewed podcasts were recorded. (Freshly Brewed is the podcast for Madison Catholic Youth and beyond! We release new, FREE episodes on Thursday mornings during the school year!) One of them was recorded in front of a live studio audience on Saturday morning, in the style of the ESPN show Around the Horn. Check out the blog post about EPISODE 63: Around the Horn. The other podcast recorded during Frassati Fest was with Matt Faley, our incredible keynote speaker. This episode just released, and you don’t want to miss it. In EPISODE 64: A Thirst, Matt talks with Sara, the Love Begins Here intern, about his journey with Christ, discernment, dating and prayer. Enjoy getting a taste of the inspiration Matt shared with those attending Frassati Fest by listening!

If you’re still hanging in there and want to learn more, we would suggest checking out the following three links!

We hope to see y’all at next year’s Frassati Fest! Share this post with families who have high school teens who may be interested in joining in on the fun in 2017.

Freshly Brewed, Episode 64: A Thirst


Friends, our keynote speaker at Frassati Fest 2016 was incredible so we recorded a podcast with him behind the scenes so you could meet him and hear his beautiful insight! Matt Faley is the Director of Young Adult and College Campus Ministry in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and in this episode he talks with Sara about his personal journey with Jesus, dating advice, his vocation to marriage, and the beauty of personal prayer. Follow the link below for some incredibly inspiring thoughts from Matt!

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“…And You Are Christ’s”- Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.

The Only Light – Matt Faley’s debut EP

Hear more from our weekend at the Kalahari by checking out Episode 63: Around the Horn where we recorded a podcast live with the teens attending the retreat!

Freshly Brewed, Episode 63: Around the Horn


This past weekend while attending Frassati Fest, the Freshly Brewed hosts had a blast recording a live episode! With three rounds of questions led by the weekend’s emcees, Scottie and Sam, the four hosts competed against each other to win points based on the quality of their responses to the questions. Follow the link below to hear Bill, Lindsay, Topher, and Sara talk about who Jesus is, why He is relevant in our world today, and why He instituted the Church!

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Freshly Brewed, Episode 62: Re-treat Yourself

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Friends! In approximately 36 hours the largest high school retreat within the Diocese of Madison will begin! In light of this epic endeavor, the Freshly Brewed hosts decided to record a podcast highlighting the top 10 things you should know about Frassati Fest! Click the link below for some good insight into how to make the most out of this retreat as well as hear from the Emcees of Frassati Fest 2016, Scottie and Sam!

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Check out Matt Faley, the keynote speaker at Frassati Fest this year!