Hello, my name is Alexandra Turosik. I have been a member of St. Patrick’s Church for my entire life, receiving the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and most recently, the sacrament of Holy Matrimony in July of 2020. As I was growing up, my parents, Bill and Debbie Bancroft, did a really good job at making sure my sisters and I made it to church, and attended our CCD classes. As we got older, we would start volunteering at fish fries as well as the annual church festival. I also became a Eucharistic Minister, and I am an adult advisor for the Celebrate Ministry. Being able to serve people is a major way that we can practice our faith. This has shown me the importance of giving of yourself for the betterment of others.
My husband, Joe Turosik and I are preparing ourselves to become parents this September of 2022. We are beyond excited to expand our family and bring our little one into the church. I believe that Stewardship has prepared me for motherhood, as being a mother is one of the most giving things I will do throughout my life. I have watched my parents over the years give my sisters and I so much of themselves as they had the patience to teach us the important things about life, and most importantly, our faith. Becoming a mother will shift my priorities as I will be giving of myself faithfully, physically, emotionally, and mentally. However, this is the greatest gift that we can receive from God, and though it will be tough at times, I know that this is going to yield one of the greatest rewards.
God has truly blessed Joey and I, and we are so grateful to have been given the gift of faith so that we are able to pass it on to our child as well as future children. I know that this journey is going to be one that we write ourselves, and we pray that God will guide us through it. As a first-time mother, my body is already growing and changing to give life to another human being that is dependent on me, and will be for the entirety of its life. I am willing and ready to make that sacrifice, and no matter what is thrown at me I know God is with me through it. Stewardship has prepared me to be a mother, and it will continue to teach me how to be a better Catholic through giving for the rest of my life.