I am 15 years old and the main reason I attend Mass each week is because my Father makes me. However, I understand why it is an important part of my life. The values portrayed in the gospels serve as a sound basis for my decision making. This is evident at my school and in my family.

The Eucharist provides me with a time each week to reflect and pray. I pray asking God to bless my family and our friends, to be part of major justice issues in the world, and I thank God for all the blessings I have been given.

Sometimes Mass is boring and I find it difficult to relate to the community as fewer young people attend, unless it is a special occasion like Christmas. Our parish is very active and I enjoy playing basketball and football in the parish teams.

Stephanie’s Story