Fun and faith hallmarks of flourishing new youth group

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Fun and faith hallmarks of flourishing new youth group

A new youth group is flourishing in the Mersey-Leven Catholic Parish.

Each week more young people are coming along from throughout the parish, including Mass centres such as Latrobe, Devonport, Ulverstone, Penguin and Sheffield.

Mersey-Leven Assistant Priest Fr Paschal Okpon is one of the driving forces behind the new group, and he is ‘very encouraged’ by the response so far.

The ever-expanding group meets in Devonport on Sunday evenings.

“Every Sunday it is increasing with new people,” Fr Paschal said.

“They are enjoying it so much. They are happy to be part of it and they are responding well.”

Each week, activities include a shared meal, games, worship songs and the Youth Alpha course.

The course often leads to lively, thought-provoking discussions. It aims to engage young people in conversations about faith, life and God. There are also plans for a weekend retreat in June as part of the Youth Alpha program, probably to MacKillop Hill at Forth.

Fr Paschal said discussions were also under way to start a mothers and children group in the parish, as young people under the age of 12 felt that they were missing out on all the fun.

Meanwhile, the Youth Group meets every Sunday from 5pm to 7pm at the Parish House, Devonport. It is for those aged from 12 years.

For more information about the youth group, please contact the Mersey-Leven Parish Office on 6424 2783 or email

Australia’s Catholic bishops have declared 2018 as the Year of Youth. The year aims to highlight the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the Church and society, particularly through local renewal and engagement.