I thought everyone would like to know a little about your new Middle and High School Youth Minister, so, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about me and my background. I am 33 years old. I grew up in the Flint area and attended Catholic Schools from pre-school through 12th grade, first at St. Robert Parish in Flushing and then moving on to Powers Catholic High School in Flint. I was involved in numerous school and extracurricular activities including baseball, golf, theater, band, multiple choirs and several support groups. Following high school, I attended Alma College just south of Mt. Pleasant, where I majored in Sociology & Anthropology and minored in Music with an emphasis on vocal performance. I also took extensive courses in the fields of psychology, education, and literature.
Perhaps most importantly, Alma College is where I met my beautiful wife Emalee. We have been together for over 14 years, the last 9 years 11 months and 339 days of which (if you are reading this on July 16th) we have been married. We now have a 5-year-old, Evelyn Grace, and an 8-month-old, Norah Vivianne.
Evie loves running. She would have a hard time choosing between tomatoes and strawberries as her favorite food. Her deepest ambition currently is to be a Doctor, like her uncle. Norah, loves to sleep, eat and poop. I think she’ll probably be a philosopher based on her constant scowl and skepticism of everyone who is not mom, dad or sister. Emalee, my wife, is also a graduate of Alma College where she is now also employed as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. She loves being outside on beautiful days and spending time with her family as often as possible.
As for me I spent the past nine years as the Youth Minister and Director of Religious Education at Ss. Charles & Helena Catholic Church in the Clio, which is just north of Flint. I was fortunate enough to spend my time getting to know and working with hundreds of teens from the Clio and surrounding communities. I also had the chance to work at the diocesan level for several years as an adult leader for a youth leadership camp in Lansing which services around 100 teen leaders from parishes to train them on how to lead groups and develop life skills to bring back to their own parishes. I was also given the opportunity to serve as the co-coordinator and then coordinator of a diocesan event called Jamboree in 2015 & 2016, which offers around 700 high school students the chance to hear a nationally recognized keynote speaker as well as other events on a fun filled day.
On a personal level, I love to read, play video games when I can, play golf, watch baseball or any other sport, cook, and hang out with my family. I love pickles in all shapes, sizes and flavors. My favorite movie is anything with Tom Hanks.
I can’t tell all of you how excited I am to be here as the new Middle and High School Youth Minister. I have received such a joyful and warm-hearted welcome from everyone I have met. I look forward to meeting more people as the year goes on! Thank you and see you soon!
Justin J. Rose
Irish Cup, Sacred Heart’s annual golf outing for family and friends, happened Saturday, May 13 at the Mt. Pleasant Country Club. The golf event raised $20,000 for the parish, and has been labelled a success by every measure. Irish Cup Committee is grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and the help of many fine donors and volunteers. We would especially like to recognize Pastor Fr. Loren Kalinowski and Former PGA Tour Player Doug LaBelle II, who offered extra shots on the golf course for every foursome. What a great day! It’s never too soon to mark your calendars for next year’s event. . . the Irish Cup is always hosted on Mother’s Day Weekend, so it will be Saturday, May 12, 2018.