A Middle School Event Like No Other!

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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

(Doors Open at 9:00 AM)

The Diocese of Nashville
Catholic Pastoral Center
Sagrado Corazon De Jesus

2800 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

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 invited and challenged to embrace their baptismal call and embrace the relevant and powerful gospel of Jesus. 


Why Attend Holy Fire?

Pope Francis challenges all of us to become missionary disciples who courageously live out our faith. Through Holy Fire, we seek to gather and grow the emerging faith of thousands of young people, accompanied by parents and leaders, so young people see themselves as active witnesses of Christ and engaged members of the Catholic Church.


Who Should Attend?


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

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Ticket Costs:

  • $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.

Tickets Will Go On Sale Here
in May, 2019

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 date of purchase.

  • All young people attending must be chaperoned in accordance with their parish/diocesan safe environment policies. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend with their own junior high aged teens.

  • Questions about ticket sales? Contact Us

Overview of the Day

Holy Fire Schedule (times listed are Central Time Zone)

9:00 AM          Doors Open
9:30 AM          Musical Performances / DJ
10:00 AM        Opening Concert
10:30 AM         Welcome with Emcee / Music by PJ Anderson and the Holy Fire House Band
11:00 AM          Keynote 1: Chris Padgett
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 PJ Anderson and the Holy Fire House Band
2:00 PM           Keynote: Katie Prejean McGrady
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 with Bishop Mark Spalding (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 Poster Download

  • Group Leader Guide (Coming Soon) - Leaders Must Read Prior to Attending

  • Parking and Drop Off/Pick Up 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 in accordance with their parish/diocesan safe environment policies.


Leader Resources for 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.


Hosted by the Diocese of Nashville

Hosted by the Diocese of Nashville

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

For More Information Contact:

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

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