Every Friday, we teach the grade school students about vocations. We tell them about the vocation everyone has that calls us to love, to be holy, and to act like the saints; we tell them about stages of life vocations, such as priesthood, religious life, and marriage; and we tell them about vocations of today.
For the last four weeks, my vocation of today has been to teach Totus Tuus, to help students get excited about their faith and learn as much as they can about the Catholic faith.
My vocation for the next week is to relax at home and watch my brother play baseball. My vocation is to recuperate.
The past four weeks have pushed my limits. I’ve been tested and struggled. Some students are more difficult than other students but all students are rewarding.
At training, they told us everyone is scared of the first and second graders, but they will be the best part of your week. When I was in high school, I taught first grade CCD for all four years so I was excited to teach the first and second graders. The high schoolers were the ones I was terrified of. I thought there was going to be no way I would be able to win the high schoolers over because I knew my high school aged brother thought I was extremely lame.
The high schoolers have surprised me though. Every week, I enjoyed teaching high school nights more than the week before. We have averaged about 10 high schoolers at every parish. At St. Patrick’s Church in Sidney the high schoolers were my favorite part. These kids were excited to learn and had all kinds of energy. Almost all of the high schoolers came to help with the grade school kids during the day.
These kids amazed me. They were curious and interested in everything we were teaching, both at the high school nights and at the grade school days. I loved talking with each of these high schoolers and learning all I could about them. They are great kids and have extraordinary faith.
The high schoolers at St. Patrick’s are going to do great things. They were a huge blessing during the week when I had personal and family struggles to deal with. They were also our saving grace from the large number of grade school students.
All the kids I’ve encounter so far on this journey have taught me all kinds of new things about myself and they’ve all been fantastic, and so far, the high schoolers haven’t thought I’m lame.