Congratulations to two of our parish youths who were our parish honorees for this year's Archdiocesan Youth Leadership Awards in our Vicariate IV Region (Northwest side of Chicago and western suburbs).
Bishop John Manz presented the awards at a luncheon in March to:
- Sara Doyle for the category of Prayer and Worship for her service as aliturgical minister, catechist, and a leader for youth liturgies, and to
- KJ Slepicka for the category of Leadership Development for his participation on our parish planning team as well as a minister and catechist at parish liturgies.
Sara is currently a senior at Trinity High School and has been active in various ways since her family moved into St. Luke Parish five years ago. She has served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a catechist for the Children's Liturgy of the Word, and co-leader for the monthly Youth Mass. In addition, she has gone on three Summer Service Trips.
"All these experiences have drawn me closer to my community and God. Being a Eucharistic Minister, I felt impactful and truly part of the Mass. As a youth liturgy leader, I have found myself analyzing the gospels in a different and more creative way. I have especially enjoyed the service trips because they allow me to build my relationship with other teens in the parish and to become closer to God."
KJ is a junior at Fenwick High School. He grew up in the parish and "has always be involved" since he was an altar server in grade school. When he started at Fenwick, he became an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and often serves with both of his parents. He also has been active in the Youth Ministry Program and joined the Parish Transformation Team when it formed last year to study ways that St. Luke can become stronger and more effective in fulfilling the mission that Jesus has entrusted to his Church.
KJ also is very active in the greater River Forest community, volunteering with the Kiwanis, as well as playing baseball at Fenwick while maintaining his status on the school Honor Roll.
Our two honorees join last year's award winners, Lee Irvin and Matthew Malone, as inspiration for all St. Luke parishioners, young and old, to contribute whatever gifts God has endowed upon us to serve our parish and community.
They can do it ... You can do it! Get involved in our parish today!