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Hundreds of Appaloosa Music Festival attendees participated in the 9:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge at the Skyline Ranch Resort’s Clubhouse Stage in Front Royal Sept. 2. It is the fourth year for the annual three-day festival.

“This festival, in a very real way, allows you to sing and proclaim the goodness of the Lord — for all the gifts that are ours, especially the gift of faith,” Bishop Burbidge said.

The Mass served as the opener for a day of performances across the resort’s four stages, with more than 15 other groups performing Sunday, including the Boyle School of Irish Dance, the U.S. Army’s Six-String Soldiers, Irish folk artist Aoife Scott, and the folk band Scythian with a 10 p.m. performance. The Appaloosa Music Festival bills itself as family friendly and one of D.C.’s top roots festivals. The Fedoryka siblings who started Scythian are also the festival founders and invited all to experience their Catholic faith, in particular, through the Sunday Mass.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge reminded the festival goers that the hearts of those they encounter at work, in their homes or on campus will be changed so much more effectively by the witness of lives lived well than by mere words.

Read the story in the Arlington Catholic Herald: https://www.catholicherald.com/News/Local_News/Sacred_music_from_Mass_graces_Appaloosa_Music_Festival/

Learn more about the festival: http://appaloosafestival.com

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