Faith Alive on the East End
Being a recent college graduate and convert to the Catholic faith in the midst of the outbreak of the coronavirus, I felt alone. How can one live a life that is deep rooted in the faith, without others to share it with? Without others to bounce ideas and help with questions and share their enthusiasm? How can one be on a mission proclaiming the goodness, love, mercy, grace and abundance of Jesus Christ within the Catholic Church, without having fellowship with others?
In the summer of 2020, the Lord put this Bible verse on my heart, Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” I knew that the Lord was calling me to something greater. Like I mentioned earlier, I was a recent graduate and convert from Protestantism to Catholicism, and I was in need of fellowship. I had difficulty finding a Catholic Young Adult group near my house on the East End of Long Island, so I prayed for discernment for a few months and decided to start a group with a priest that I knew.
Presently, it has been about a year and a half since our first Eastern Long Island Catholic Young Adults event and we continue to have monthly meetings, as well as small group Bible studies.
The fellowship and friendship that we have with each other is like no other; it is deep rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ, our dedication to the Catholic Church, and our love for those around us. Just as I was longing for others to share my faith with, to bounce ideas, ask questions, and share my enthusiasm about Jesus’s goodness, love, mercy, grace and abundance, so were the members of our present young adult group. We all weren’t alone, all along.
We are always welcoming present, past and new members to our Eastern Long Island Catholic Young Adult group. Generally, we have our main events on the second Fridays of each month, as well as our separate Women’s and Men’s Small Group Bible Studies on the third Wednesdays of each month. We hope that you will be able to join us in faith and fellowship, soon!
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17
Submitted by Jordan Montenegro. Young Adult Ministry is partially supported by the Catholic Ministries Appeal