James is an All-American boy who loves playing baseball and the clarinet (listen for his clarinet solo in the video intro).
So hi, I’m James Casey. I am Catholic, but I go to New Covenant Presbyterian Church with my mom. When I go to Saint Joseph Parish, I am an altar server.
As an altar server, it is my job to carry the cross and bring it to the sacristy. And it is my job to hold the books for the priests, but with COVID now I can’t do that. So all I do is bring the gifts up to the altar, the bowls up and the chalices. I also bring up the plates for the ministers of the sick who bring the Eucharist to those who cannot come to church.
I play baseball. I personally think that I am very talented at baseball and I have a gift. I appreciate this gift and use it a lot in my life.
I do other things to help build myself up because I believe that I’m meant to grow as a person. So I do swimming and play the clarinet and the piano. I’m not very good at the piano, but I am very good at clarinet, I’d say. I practice clarinet and try to get better because it helps me grow as a person.
Another example of how I grow as a person is working to be the best I can in my schoolwork. My favorite class in school is social studies. Right now we’re studying forms of government and politics, which I like a lot.
I have a favorite chapter in the Bible; it’s Mark Chapter 5. It talks about how Jesus was coming back across a lake and came upon a man who was possessed by a demon. The man who was possessed by the demon bowed down to Jesus. It shows how powerful Jesus truly is, that demons who hate him bow down to him begging for mercy. That’s why I really like that story; it truly shows how powerful Jesus is and how much he can do for us.
I was struggling with the decision where I would go to high school because I live in a bad school district, and I don’t really want to go to public school.
I prayed and studied for the high school placement test. If I performed well, it would allow me to get a scholarship. I also sent in a video of me playing the clarinet. I applied to various parochial schools for a music scholarship, a faith and service scholarship, and an excellence in social studies scholarship.
When I got my acceptance box from Saint Marks High School, I found out that I had gotten scholarships for performing well on the entrance exam. I also got a scholarship for playing the clarinet. So, I have the opportunity to go to Saint Marks on a full ride.
Saint Marks was not my first choice of high schools, but when I shadowed there I felt like I really fit in with the students. I felt a very good relationship between the students and the teachers. I felt like it was very faith based. I liked the baseball coach.
So I feel that God really opened the way for me. Relying on Jesus is important because God always wants to guide you to what is best for you: what will help you grow as a person and what fits you the best.
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I cannot explain to this day what happened next. Suddenly my car went out of control for no reason. I’m on the New Jersey turnpike and there’s a truck next to me, a truck behind me, a truck in front of me. I said, “Oh my God, I’m going to die.”
I remember her giving me a little booklet and there was a lot of singing. Then she gave me this picture of this beautiful man with a little glow behind him, and she says, “That’s Jesus.”
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I was 12 in a small Baptist church when the pastor made it very clear that a decision needed to be made to accept Jesus and to follow Him. It was a very sincere commitment to surrender my life to Jesus when I was 12.
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