I attend bible study on Tuesday and I attend choir rehearsal on Saturday. I am a member of the devotion team. I serve as a lay servant at church. I love serving God and he has blessed and anointed me with spiritual gifts. I love the Lord and I am willing to be obedient to the calling he has restored on my life.
I was at a point in my life where I was okay with life, but I was missing something. There was a part of life that I desired to have, but I did not know how to get it. I was trying different churches and I thought I might have found the one. I was ignoring the one which I knew was the one for me, kind of like when Pictor turned away from the tree before he could see the transformation, I turned away from the church before I would allow it to transform me. One day, I went to my friend’s house, who was a member of the church I was ignoring, and I felt at home, but I was alone.
So, when I was 16 years old, I made a decision to proclaim Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. That one decision changed my life forever. I grew up in a mostly Christian atmosphere. I did the usual church on Sundays and Wednesdays, although I did not really know what it meant to live a Christian life. My Mom definitely was a believer but we went through lots of hard times.
My dad was a alter boy for his small town church and my mother got up every sunday with my grandma to go to church. Together they raised my sisters and I catholic. I’ve been baptized, gone through First Holy Communion, and been confirmed in the Catholic church. Being Catholic has always been apart of me. I have never not been Catholic.
For my second Deaf event, I went to the First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport. This service had a Deaf Ministry along with a signed interpretation of the service. This experience was amazing, even though getting to this was quite a journey. Firstly, I was planning on going to BINGO with Emily McPeake, but when we arrived, we were told that we had the dates wrong, so we decided to go to church the following Saturday. This trip on Saturday went a little off plan, due to the fact that we went to the wrong church at first, and then we were late to the service at the right church.
Me and mom were supposed to go see Mike and Angie. Whom we also call family, but they aren’t by blood. So we made plans to see them the next day before we left back to Illinois. So, the next day we went to go visit them. I truly had a grand time over there.
To do this task, I went to the church with my two children to attend the Sunday mass. We entered the church, took the holy water on the left side of the entrance door and painted the sign of cross on our forehead. Then we bent to the holy altar and occupied a place to sit on. I pulled out one of the prayer books and started read it. In the meantime, there was a family sitting just in front of us and when we get in and sit; the woman turned her head and with a lovely smile she said good morning to my children.
Openness to Change My first Holy Communion is indeed a memory was unique out of all the fun memories I had when I was still young. Personally, my first Holy Communion was different, and I felt different after experiencing this as it was my first time to ever partake upon the body and blood of Christ. Weeks or even years before my first communion, my family and I attended mass every Sunday. Our Sunday routine would be that we would go and attend the 11:00 or the 11:30 mass and have lunch out afterwards. During the various masses, as a kid, I didn’t really understand much of what the priest is talking about.
I am grateful for this special place which has been dedicated for the Saints. I love living here. I am grateful for church. I go to church every Sunday, and every time I go to church, I feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Going to church reminds me of my potential and God’s
My faith is my strength. Thus, I am here to touch everyone and witness to his holy love for you all. Since that moment only a few, the spirit has sent me too have rejected his message. This is why I pray without cease My God has revealed all to me. Yet I am here and I will follow without deviation from his holy plan.