Caleb Kasayka had good reasons for becoming an altar server at age 8 — he wanted to be closer to Christ at the altar. And, at that time, he also thought the chairs in front looked more comfortable than the pews. Now a high school junior, Caleb has taken his years serving the altar seriously and is considering the priesthood.
“What I love about serving is that I get to actively participate in the holiest thing that happens in our lives,” he says. “I also feel it helps me to personally have a more intimate connection with the Lord and help make His celebration as beautiful as possible.”
Serving at the altar has helped Caleb see up close what the priest does during Mass. This ministry has also helped him get to know the priests and see how they live. He’s also had a chance to hear their stories. Caleb truly appreciates the priests at St. Patrick’s and all they do for the parishioners and parish.
“Many of our priests have taken me under their wing from a young age and really helped foster my consideration of the priesthood and helped me to see what a fruitful life it is,” Caleb says.
Caleb also helps with youth group and works with the Homeless Ministry. He loves the vibrancy here at St. Patrick’s — ours is a community that has helped to nurture his faith.
“I love how the parish feels alive,” Caleb says. “Many of the parishioners participate in some sort of stewardship, and there are many young people and children that go to it, making it feel like it is alive and growing.”
The Catholic faith is an integral part of Caleb’s life. He loves the beauty of the faith and the fact that we can receive Jesus in the Eucharist — Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
“That is what the Catholic Church provides that no one else does,” he says. “No one does beauty like the Catholic Church does.”
Caleb wants to give a big shout-out to his parents for helping to foster his consideration of the priestly vocation. They have given him ample opportunities to learn more about the priesthood.
“They also helped me develop a strong base for my faith,” he says. “They had my brother and me learning about the Church and Jesus from a young age, and without that base they helped develop, I wouldn’t feel so strong in my faith and love it as much as I do.”
In addition to his altar server duties and involvement with the youth group, Caleb keeps busy in his extra time as a three-sport athlete. He plays football and basketball and throws discs on the track team. He serves as captain for the track and football teams. In his free time, Caleb also likes to ski, bowl, and read.