Young Adults Who Live as Disciples and Stewards Who Evangelize 

God calls people of all different shapes, colors, sizes, and ages to be stewards of the faith including youth and young adults, especially those two generations commonly referred to as the Gen Xers and Gen Y, the Millennials.

At Holy Cross, our beloved CYO program is a parish staple and a sheer sense of pride for all of us. Did you know that 30% of our current coaching staff ranges from the ages of 15 to 24? Yes that is correct. Of our large coaching staff, we have 10 coaches between the ages of 21 and 24 filling roles of not only assistant coaches, but heading our teams up as well. We even have a 15 year-old Aquinas sophomore coaching our youngest basketball players in the 2nd grade. What a gift each of these stewards is!

God provides “every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share   abundantly in every good work.” There is no need to “sow sparingly” and hence “reap sparingly.” We can “sow bountifully” and “reap bountifully,” enriched in every way for our great generosity.

22 Corinthians 9:6-15

Each of these young adults is giving back their time and talents to the athletes they coach. They give not only of their basketball knowledge and experiences, but of the many gifts that were shared with them through their Holy Cross parish and school experiences. Our CYO program is just one of many programs at Holy Cross that help keep young people engaged and close to their church. Our teams pray before practices and games, are taught to always play with proper sportsmanship, play fair, and to treat others with respect, attend Masses, provide community service, and help others throughout their season. Our young adult  coaches help shape our athletes in these Christian values by emulating what they were taught when they were playing. Simply, the best way to teach is to lead by example, display what you observed and learned, and thus provide a tangible visible witness for those you are now coaching. Each of them do this through many, many hours of volunteering during the season.

You will find these young adults working at the Parish  festival, as Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors, participating in RCIA, and Religious Education. Many help at the Summer Adventure Camp, and even serve on Parish Council. Some are there when Holy Cross just needs a few extra hands. Through their efforts they touch over 150 young parish athletes through the teams they coach and support. The best part of their stewardship is that the many young children they are ministering to witness their efforts and a seed is often planted. Someday they might wish to become a coach and share their talents as well. It is simply a forever rotating cycle of faith, trust, and love.

When our young adults are asked why they coach, there are many reasons, but the one that each has in common is this: “I simply want to give back what was given to me by my coaches and my parents.” Although there are no names to mention here, they know who they are and their work is not unnoticed by Holy Cross and the athletes they coach. We thank these young adults for their service and stewardship to their faith! Our program could not survive, strive, and prosper without them. 

God plants seeds in all of us throughout our lives and feeds us along the way so we grow into fruitful disciples. As we state in our CYO Program: “Once a Bomber, always a Bomber” and how true this is.

by Ed DiPonzio