I Have Plans For You

As a recently graduated high school student, I have found that it’s not easy to maintain a relationship with God amidst the other distractions we are faced with. Club meetings, sports practices, good grades, hanging out with friends, AND maintaining a relationship with the Lord? It’s difficult, but not impossible. In sixth grade, I enrolled as a student in PREP class. After sleepless nights at slumber parties, I trudged to the car every Sunday morning, struggling to wake up. Quite honestly, my eyes didn’t wake at the thought of reading lesson book, even if it was about our coming Savior, which is something pretty eye-opening. It was hard to understand the meaning of Scripture, and I felt intimidated by the Bible. So you get my point—my teenage years consisted of a lot of wavering and confusion on my side of my relationship with Jesus.  As guilty as I feel typing this, I have a feeling that I’m not alone in this feeling—sometimes it’s human nature to push away the One that keeps us together. And that’s okay, as long as we work at it.

Freshman year, I was given the opportunity to teach a PREP class.  And I struggled to decide. But something pushed me to get out of my comfort zone (I wonder Who!). So I taught a group of third graders, fifth graders, then seventh graders. Every Sunday, we prayed, watched movies, wrote in journals, created skits, played games and read the Bible. I emphasize ‘we’ because I didn’t feel like the teacher. Most importantly, we asked questions. Some of the questions they asked were ones that I may never be able to fully answer. They remained curious and determined to know more, something that inspired me and encouraged me to wrestle with my beliefs, but not to grow too comfortable in them. From PREP class, I have learned that there are three key components in reconnecting with God—prayer, reading the Bible, and talking about your faith. And hopefully, once a college graduate, I can come back to Saint Andrew’s PREP class to do that again.

Becoming involved in a ministry may be time-consuming, or out of your comfort zone, but spreading God’s love through action is so important, and essential in building us as followers of Christ.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jer. 29:11

My name is Lauren Getgey. I’m 18 years old and will be attending the University of Dayton in the fall, hopefully to study something in the medical field or law field, Go Flyers! I was a raised as a Presbyterian but began going to Saint Andrew’s in sixth grade. In 8th grade, I received First Communion, Confirmation, and Reconciliation (big year for me, huh?!). I taught PREP as a freshman, sophomore, and senior in high school.

Lauren Getgay - PREP

Getting to Know Father Chris

(We asked Father Chris to tell us a little about himself and here are his answers.)

Tell us about your family…

I am the oldest of 7.  I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers.  I am 30 years old, I have 3 siblings who are in their 20’s, twin sisters who are 17 (going into their senior year at Mason H.S.), and the youngest is 13 (going into the 8th grade).  I also have 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

What is a hobby of yours?

I enjoy playing any sport and I like to read.  I have begun to develop an extensive coffee mug collection…I really like to get a coffee mug when I travel somewhere to commemorate the trip.

What is your favorite place to travel?

When I was growing up I really liked going to the beach, but lately I have preferred spending a week on a lake or in the mountains.  However, my trip to the Holy Land a few years ago has had the greatest impact on me.  Also, believe it or not, I still haven’t been to Rome!

Fr. Chris Welcome 2

If you hadn’t been ordained a priest, what do you think you would do? 

This is a hard question to answer, it would be like asking a married man who he would marry if he hadn’t married his wife.  I taught high school math for a year before going into the seminary, but to be perfectly honest, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life.  I know that the Lord created me to be his priest, and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

Where did you grow up–home parish, grade school, high school, college?

I was born in Louisville, KY (all of my extended family still lives down there), and my family moved to Mason when I was 3.  I went to St. Susanna for grade school, then to Mason H.S., then the University of Cincinnati where I majored in Mathematics and got a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education.  I just graduated from the Athenaeum/Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary with a Master’s in Divinity and a Master’s in Biblical Studies.

Are there any interesting facts about you? 

I’ve never been to Disney World (apparently that’s something you are supposed to do as a kid), but I had the chance to meet Barry Larkin when I was about 8… it was the highlight of my childhood, and I would have chosen those 30 seconds with Barry Larkin over a trip to Disney World any day.

Welcome Father Chris,

We are blessed to have you as our Parochial Vicar.