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Who are "young people?"

Effective pastoral ministry with young people can lead to vibrant faith communities, but it first requires us to rethink what we mean by "young people." Our definition of young people extends from the time of reception of First Eucharist into young adulthood. If young people are old enough to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, there should be ways we can engage them in the life, mission, and ministry of the parish. If young adults are to be encouraged to stay active in their parishes, they, too, should be welcomed and encouraged to share their gifts.