By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Over 1,000 Catholic students were rockin' out with Jesus and Moses the Cat during a North American tour stop with Cat. Chat.
Faith-based entertainment rang throughout the Agora Centre (formerly Nativity Hall) as a family of Catholic musicians and singers took centre stage.
"It's electrifying music, that builds kids' faith using creative tools," said Cat. Chat's Denise Montpetit.
Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall director Kim Walsh said it was the third time Cat. Chat has performed in Cornwall. For her, the religious band sends an important message to today's youth about God.
"The main thing for the Catholic church is to spread the word and God's love," said Walsh. "It's no secret a lot of people don't go to church. We hope today will teach youth that God is there to help them."
Walsh said Cat. Chat was a great way to reinforce to children that God is cool.
Cat. Chat was founded by Gerald and Denise Montpetit, from Saskatoon, SA, who perform with their five children. It's a fully interactive show, with a fun and loud backdrop, occupied with the Montpetit family and the Cat. Chat mascot Moses the Cat.
Sacred Heart Catholic School grade five student Cameron Tomlinson gave the concert, which had a morning and afternoon showing to 600 students each, a heavenly review.
"I like the show. I think it's good," he said. "It makes me feel like I'm in a little world with a cat and Jesus. And I think that's kinda cool."
St. Vincent de Paul Society Cornwall's food bank received a bounty of donations, adding up to nearly two truckloads of food items. Students were encouraged to bring a food donation to the event.
The food bank's 30-year volunteer Ron Healy, who is in charge of donations, praised the event for bringing in much needed donations to their cause. Healy said their food bank runs twice a week and feeds 30 families and people each day. He said the generous amount of donations they received will supply two days of food aid to the city.
Montpetit said that their concerts, which they are currently performing across North America, are a light in this darkened world designed to inspire kids with religion.
"After the show, we hope they'll feel challenged to pray and bring God into everything they do," she said.