Faithful Servants

Students share their parish volunteer experiences

In this article from the upcoming issue of the Bishop Carroll News—which will be on its way to you in the next few weeks—student share their passion for volunteering in their home parishes. Hear from them in their own words what it means to them to share their time and talent to their parish communities.

The Catholic school experience helps students form a deeper connection with their faith. Opportunities to openly pray and worship and talk about God and religion are the defining element of attending a faith-based school.

For most Bishop Carroll students school is just one of the active faith-based communities in their lives. Students and their families are involved with their parishes, not only attending Mass, but also serving in important volunteer roles.

“It’s true that students are able to pray, worship, study religion, and attend Mass at school, but it’s a misconception that students in Catholic schools are less involved with their parishes because their faith-life is covered at school,” Director of Admissions Jonathan Nagy says. “To the contrary, our students have strong relationships with their home parishes. Many are active as altar servers, music ministers, and volunteers for activities like Vacation Bible School, parish festivals, and evangelization efforts.”

“When I asked for students to share information about volunteering for their churches, the response was overwhelming,” Nagy continued. “It illustrates how closely connected our students are to their faith and their faith communities. I’m really proud of how involved so many of our students are.”

Here are just a few of the responses we received:

Mia Wyland, Senior

Parish: Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel

Altar serving, helping at St. Michael’s School

“I really enjoy helping at the school and helping little kids. It

helps me grow closer to God and to my community. It makes

me feel a more spiritual presence of God for serving Him and

helping others.”


Ashley Kubat, Junior

Parish: Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel

Altar serving, lector, CCD teacher, Arise youth ministry

leader, high school representative parish council,

Diocesan-planning team, Camp Timothy, volunteer

church/school events, play guitar for BC Masses, student

evangelist, women’s retreat, Quad High Day, prayer

shawl ministry

“I’m involved because I like to strengthen my relationship with

God and help others while doing it, and helping them in the

process to do the same. I like to show that I’m proud of my faith

and not afraid to “spread the good news” like Jesus asks us to. It

makes me happy and I really like to be active in my faith.

My friends and family all supported me and encouraged me

to get involved. Once I got started, I wanted to do more.”

Nathan Farabaugh, Junior

Parish: St. Nicholas

Altar serving, parish festival dining hall

“I am involved because I feel that it is a duty of mine to serve

the church in every way I can. I got started serving Mass in 4th

grade. This year was the third year I helped in the dining hall.

It feels good to be a part of the community and I feel like I am

helping to make the festival a success.”

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