Young adults have a heart for service

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Clermont young adult ministry members Cannah Ferris, Kaitlin Menner, Mel Delsole, Marion, Alex Krakowski, Zach Palmer, Daniel Tiongco help a blind parishioner with yard work and maintenance. (COURTESY)

Since day one, the young adult ministry at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Clermont has made serving others a top priority. In the two years since the ministry was formed the group has packed and distributed Thanksgiving meals, painted the fence and church building at their Church’s mission – Santo Toribio, packed meals for the hungry, sung Christmas Carols at a local nursing home and assembled care packages for the homeless.

“When our group was formed, we made it part of our mission to be involved in community service projects, to support the church, and to share our faith,” explained Mel Delsole, who with Kaitlin Menner leads the young adult ministry. “It is such a blessing to be able to give back to our church and our community.”

This spring, the young adult’s boundless energy and generous hearts have been blessing a woman named Marion, a parishioner suffering from blindness and who contacted the parish office for help. The young adults were quick to respond. In two visits, a team completed all of Marion’s yard work and maintenance and they took apart and hauled away her old above-ground pool.

“I really need some help and I’m just glad that the young adults are available to do it,” said Marion. “It really helps me a lot!”

Open to parishioners ages 18-39, the Blessed Sacrament Young Adult Ministry organizes a variety of activities for spiritual growth, fellowship, and service. “We strive to better ourselves and those around us,” said Delsole. “It is a great place to make friends who share our faith. The young adults are the future of the Church!”

By Elizabeth Wilson, Florida Catholic correspondent – May 15, 2018