Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Diocese of Nashville Catholic Pastoral Center
Sagrado Corazon De Jesus
2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

A Middle School Event Like No Other!

The producers of the nation's largest Catholic youth event, NCYC, invite young people in grades 6-8 to a one-day experience of dynamic speakers, music, and the sacrament of the Eucharist like they have never before experienced. At Holy Fire, young people will be called to embrace their baptism and engage with the relevant and powerful gospel of Jesus. 

Holy Fire is a national Catholic one-day faith experience for middle school youth, developed in collaboration with a host diocese and nearby regions. Its mission is to set young people ablaze with the love of Christ and to inspire them to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world.



Why Participate in Holy Fire?

Pope Francis challenges all of us to become missionary disciples who are not afraid to witness the faith. We believe that a joint witness of thousands of young people and their prayers will help them see themselves as witnesses of Christ and members of a young Church.

Who Should Attend?

All 6th to 8th grade students from parish religious education and youth ministry programs and Catholic schools, together with their teachers, catechists, youth ministers, parents, chaperones, and pastors from throughout the region are invited. 


  • $35 – until August 23

  • $40 - August 23 until October 3

  • $45 – October 4 until event day

  • $5 Lunch - Includes Chick-fil-A sandwich, drink and chips (or bring your own). Lunches must be pre-purchased online.

Notes on Ticket Sales

  • Every person attending Holy Fire (chaperones included) must purchase a ticket to enter the facility for the event. All tickets are the same price based on day of purchase.

  • Questions about ticket sales? Contact us


Overview of the Day

Holy Fire Schedule

9:00 AM          Doors Open
9:30 AM          Musical Performances / DJ
10:00 AM         Opening Concert Featuring Joe Melendrez
10:30 AM         Welcome with Emcee / Music by the Holy Fire House Band
11:00 AM          Keynote 1:
11:30 AM          Video Stories, Music, Prayer, and Youth Witness
NOON              Lunch (Bring Your Own or Pre-Purchased Meals) -
                          Music/DJ, Concessions, and Reconciliation Stations, Prayer Chain Activity
1:00 PM            Concert performance
1:30 PM            Warm Up Reprise
1:50 PM            Emcee / Music by the Holy Fire House Band
2:00 PM           Keynote:
2:30 PM           Young Disciples Challenge: Forged in Prayer - Renewal of Baptismal Vows,
                          Eucharistic Procession and Exposition, Reconciliation, Prayer Experience
3:30                  Break / Prepare for Mass (Parents Arrive if Attending Mass)
4:00 PM           Celebration of the Eucharist (Parents Welcome)
5:00 PM           Conclusion of Holy Fire


Group Leader Promotion and Preparation Information

Event information is posted here for all Group Leaders. Please note that all attending must bring their own lunch and each group is responsible for obtaining their own permission slips in accordance with their diocesan, parish and/or school policies and procedures. Permission slips WILL NOT be collected by event organizers, they are to be retained by each group leader.

  • Holy Fire Nashville Poster

  • Group Leader Guide - Leaders Must Read Prior to Attending

  • Parking Map

  • Youth Code of Conduct - Please Note: NFCYM will NOT be collecting any individual names, permission/medical slips, codes of conduct or safe environment forms from group leaders. The oversight of these forms will be the sole responsibility of each group leader/organizing agent.

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Help Us Help Others
Experience a Holy Fire!

After your group experiences Holy Fire, we invite you to join together with others in a virtual collection to benefit the NFCYM Scholarship Fund which will help give the experience of Holy Fire to other middle school youth. Every dollar collected goes towards helping send middle school and high school youth as well youth ministers to one of NFCYM's national events.

Leader Resources for Forming and Preparing Young People

Use the resources below to help form and prepare the young people for the Holy Fire event and the faith messages and experiences they will be participating in throughout the day.

What to Expect - a handout written for young people to help prepare them for Holy Fire.

Pre and Post-Event Formation Sessions -  faith formation sessions to help further form and catechize young teens on the faith themes that will be touched upon during the event. Excellent for use in Catholic school and parish faith formation and youth ministry settings.

On the Bus Questions - a series of questions for leaders to use with young people both during the trip to the event and for processing the event on the ride back.

This event is produced and presented by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

This event is produced and presented by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

Hosted by the Diocese of Nashville

Hosted by the Diocese of Nashville


For More Information Contact:

Michael Theisen
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
E-mail:     Phone: 202-674-4209



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