Not a great number of 18-year-olds go to church these days, and those of my friends who don’t go tend to believe my attendance is driven by a sense of obligation to what they see as a checklist of requirements for my faith. While my attendance at Mass every week fulfils a certain need – desired, not imposed – to affirm my faith through the Eucharist, the most significant aspect of attending mass each week is the incredible sense of community that is created by the people there. It is an incredibly rare thing these days to find a community consisting of people spread across all age ranges uniting not only behind a faith, but also sharing the fundamentally positive personal philosophy taught by the founder of that faith.

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