Our very own Fr. Jeff Paveglio was asked to celebrate the Eucharist this weekend for hundreds of Catholics at Soulfest! "I had the pleasure of celebrating Holy Mass at Soul Fest last week. It was pretty cool to see the different ages there, a good mix of young and old," he said. This was his first time as a priest, of course, but Fr. Jeff is no stranger to Soulfest. "It awesome," he said. "The Catholic presence at Soulfest has really grown."
The invitation to celebrate mass is an honor unto itself but, to top it off, his cantor for two days was none other than Matt Maher, the popular Catholic singer and song writer.
"It was just him, not his band, which made it special. He's a really awesome musician," Fr. Jeff said. "His voice is special. Matt Maher has a voice for liturgy. It's not over the top, and it's really like he's praying when he sings."
When asked if there was anything else he particularly enjoyed about the experience, Fr. Jeff was quick to point out the powerful site of confession lines. "After both masses on Friday and Saturday, I (and three other priests) heard confessions for 2.5 hours straight each day. It was great to see so many people receiving the grace of such a healing Sacrament."
Matt Maher, by the way, is a tremendous artist with a gift for singing Praise and Worship. He has many, many albums and is featured on K-love regularly. You can learn more about his ministry and music at his website:
Right, is a Youtube video of his latest hit single, "Lord, I Need You." Check it out!