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Thirst 2013 Expected To Draw In Thousands


This weekend thousands Catholics will fill the Bismarck Civic Center to celebrate their faith.

Thirst 2013 will feature national speakers, worship, mass and much more.

<<"We're pretty sure we're going to pack this place," Father Nick Schneider said.

The Bismarck Civic Center is being turned into a congregation this weekend, as thousands of people from across the country come together and celebrate.

"It's just a great opportunity to recognize that our faith is universal that it's everywhere, that we're not alone and there's a lot of people who are really fired up about their faith," Schneider said.

"Along this wall we have placed all the stations of the cross," Sandy Breiner said.

Sandy Breiner has been working all week to turn the Civic Center into a place of worship.

"It's a little bit of a challenge you know cause it's the Civic Center is usually known for its basketball games and monster truck races, rodeos things like that, so turning it into a spiritual event is a little bit different line of thinking but I think we're accomplishing it quite well," Breiner said.

The conference caters to people of all ages.

Gerald Montpetit is from Bruno Saskatchewan.

Him and his family will be hosting activities for children this weekend.

"Because our kids are on stage, the kids in the audience feed back on that and they just have a tremendous time, so it opens the door to their hearts to receive the message that we have and gets them excited about what we're all about, which is making the faith come alive," Gerald Montpetit said.

"And then of course we have two reconciliation rooms," Breiner said.

A chapel is also in place where people can take part in adoration and confession, plus there will be a number of national speakers.

"I think our highlighted speaker is Cardinal Timothy Dolan from New York," Schneider said.

Thirst 2013 is expected to draw in close to ten-thousand people.>>

The conference is free and open to people of all denominations.
Thirst 2013 will be going on until 11:00 p.m. tonight, doors open again tomorrow morning at 7:30.

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