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 Leading Teens Closer to Christ

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"The church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you!" These words were spoken by Pope Francis and they are absolutely true. You are the next generation and our church needs you. Our communities of faith do not survive without you and your love for Christ; and I am here to remind you that if you do not know what Jesus says about you, then you believe what the world says about you. Brothers and sisters, normal is an illusion. No one is perfect, but we all have gifts. Christ calls each of us to use these gifts to serve others and gain inspiration from one another through stories and shared experiences.

As we prepare for the 2018-19 ministry year, our parish forges ahead with a new mission to be disciples of Jesus Christ by inviting, forming and sharing our faith. I'm here to remind you of an awesome God who loves you just as you are. A God who desires to be a part of your story. So, I invite you to join us on the journey to spread Jesus and help make this world a better place.

When attending a youth event at the parish, do you find yourself sitting behind a boring desk, in a drab room, while some random adult quizzes you on Christ and the Scriptures? If you answered yes to this question, or even rolled your eyes at the thought, then first things first, I'm sorry. Now, that I've apologized for any tortuous experience you may have had in ministry, let's be real. 

At St. Barbara Parish, you'll find yourself immersed in dynamic fun and laughter; surrounded by encouragement; with conversation that applies God's word to real life; and belly aches or sugar highs from the large candy and snack supply we keep fully stocked in the youth room.

As the youth minister for our Catholic community in Penn Township, I pride myself on ensuring ministry is about you. I strive to unpack kindness, spread love and be the good in a world that so desperately yearns for joy. I am a creative mind, pushing forward to change the status quo. I'm not perfect, but I am obsessed with Christ, my husband and my son. I'd also do anything for my crazy Italian family, outstanding friends, and fellow disciples who I have the privilege of serving with in the vineyard. My other loves include Haribo gummy bears and sour patch kids. I'm also a foodie who enjoys fine wine, craft beer, cooking and anything that allows me to be creative and crafty.

Now, I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and dare to be the real you that Christ calls you to be!

Your sister in Christ,
Elisa A. Esasky