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Year of Youth Parish Focus: St James the Apostle Parish, Hoppers Crossing North

Becoming a part of the Youth Group was something I had wanted to do from the time it was introduced at St James the Apostle Parish, Hoppers Crossing North. It allowed me to grow in many ways and opened me up to a journey of faith. When the opportunity arose for me to serve as a Youth Leader, I had no doubts that it was where God was guiding me to. 
Recently, I took a gap year and travelled and the whole time, I felt like something was missing. I no longer had the connection and relationship with God that Youth Ministry had provided and once I returned, it became very clear to me again that serving as a Youth Leader was where I needed to be to not only deepen my faith journey but to be able to help other young people on theirs. Not only has the parish nurtured me at my current place in my faith journey but it has also provided me with many opportunities to further that journey. 
In the near future I look forward to serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion, whilst also enhancing my connection with the young adults of the parish in the Young Paulists, further serving my community through acts and works of charity.
-Erin Kemp, Youth Leader

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