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Caroline Callahan, 17, of New Canaan, sings during a rehearsal for the "Holy Grounds" coffee house at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Caroline Callahan, 17, and Logan Otis, 17, both of New Canaan, practice a number before the "Holy Grounds" coffee house at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Claire Leville, 17, of New Canaan, performs at the "Holy Grounds" coffee house at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Clare Wagner, 17, of New Canaan, practices a song for her first-ever live performance at the "Holy Grounds" coffee house at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Josef Naridi, 17, of New Canaan, listens to sister Grace, center, and Clare Wagner of New Canaan practice a duet at the "Holy Grounds" coffee house at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New Canaan, Josef Naridi, 17, of New Canaan, listens to sister Grace, center, and Clare Wagner of New Canaan practice a duet at the "Holy Grounds" coffee house at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Chris Otis, director of youth & family ministries, gives Josef Nardi, 17, of New Canaan, a reading to do for the "Holy Grounds" coffee house at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Griffin Hall of New Canaan and his cousin, Madeline Pikus of Westfield, N.J., work on a song together for the "Holy Grounds" coffee house at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Singers join in together for an opening number at the "Holy Grounds" coffee house at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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Sofia Delicata, 15, and Logan Otis, 17, of New Canaan, work on a number together at the "Holy Grounds" coffee house at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.
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A couple guitars waiting for the performance to begin at the "Holy Grounds" coffee house at St. Aloysius Parish, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in New Canaan, Conn.

NEW CANAAN — The joyous sounds and spirited songs of some local young performers were heard Friday night when St. Aloysius Parish hosted its first-ever “Holy Grounds” coffee house.

“Our kids absolutely love praise and worship music,” said organizer Chris Otis, director of youth & family ministries.

Stapleton Hall was filled with more than 50 listeners, who heard combos of guitar, piano and voice from close to a dozen teens, while enjoying a wide array of desserts and drinks.

“We’ve really got a lot of talented kid,” Otis said. “And this just gives them another opportunity to share that God-given talent.”

Money raised at the event was donated to the local charity Feed My Starving Children.

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