“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
When we hear the story of the Good Samaritan we are always reminded that love is a call to service. The Samaritan man could have kept walking like the other two men who had passed by. Instead, the Samaritan recognized the humanity of the beaten individual and took mercy on him. He bandaged him up and then paid out of his own pocket for the treatment of the abused victim. Love recognizes the humanity in another person, and wants the good for them. When we want the best for others we are willing to give of ourselves in service. The Samaritan man gave of his time and financial well-being to take care of a stranger. How much more are we called to take care of others since we are followers of Christ? In what ways can we take care of a stranger? How can we serve those in our own community?
As the new Youth Minister for Our Lady of Grace Parish, I look forward to serving the young people of this community. The purpose of youth ministry is to help the youth to build and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Youth ministry exists to provide students the opportunity and environment come to know Christ. This may take the form of catechesis, dodgeball, or a pizza party but at the end of the day our goal stays the same. I am excited to dive into this coming year with the parish and volunteers in guiding our youth in their faith life.
Helping the youth in their relationship with God is not a solo endeavor however, so if you are interested in volunteering with Youth Ministry in any capacity please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can serve our community in fellowship with Christ.
If any parents have any questions feel free to reach out to me at my email, office phone, or feel free to stop into the office during the week.