“Let no one look down on you because of your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Each year parishes of the Western Wayne and Northwest Wayne Vicariates honor teens from the parishes whose efforts in leadership, Christian service, & commitment to their families, parishes, schools, and civic communities have stood out. This year, St. Kateri was able to honor two such teens, Stefano Ciavaglia & Isabel Vallejo.
Stefano is a freshman at Dearborn High School. As a member of our parish’s Carlos Acutis Ministry, he has provided live-streaming video of our Masses for those parishioners who are home bound due to illness, lack of transportation or caution regarding public contact with the pandemic. His diligence as well as the added graphics has greatly enhanced the reverence and continuity of viewing of the Mass. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Stefano has worked on a public space in the front of the parish property that has been a landscaping challenge. He has incorporated both hard and soft elements into the area to make it appealing and environmentally friendly. Over the past several years, Stefano’s quiet presence in our parish has grown to be faith-filled, impactful, positive, and warm.
Isabel is a sophomore at St. Francis Cabrini High School. She began an active life in parish ministry in the 4th grade as an altar server, alongside her older brother. As her experience grew, she was selected to assist in the training of new altar servers. In the past year, she has taken on a role in the ministry of lector. As she has volunteered at her school in various areas such as Sunday School assistant, service day projects and community outreach, she has also included contributing to similar Christian Service projects as her home parish. Her serene nature and dedication during her ministries and her outreach are often noted by others and her warm smile is an added bonus at our parish.