Youth Involvement, Activities

Contact information: If you are a young person and are interested in getting more involved with your church and parish activities, contact Steven Polley, (620) 227-1540, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also visit his website You can contact your local parish DRE (Director of Religious Formation), youth director or pastor.

1) Where can I find a listing of current activities for young people?

You can start by visiting the youth page on the diocesan website, at Look on the right side of the page and you’ll find a listing of all upcoming activities.

2) What kind of events do you have?

The diocese hosts all sorts of diocesan-wide youth events, including fun summer camps at Camp Lakeside near Scott City. At the camps you’ll not only enjoy meeting new friends and getting closer to God, but you’ll have fun canoeing, swimming, and playing all sorts of games. One week of camp is for current 7th and 8th graders, the second week is for current 5th and 6th graders.

The diocese also holds TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) weekends, which are deeply spiritual and rewarding experiences for juniors, seniors and young adults.

The diocese also holds a JOY (Jesus, Others, You) retreat for Freshman and Sophomores each February.

The annual Junior High rally is each October, and the Senior High youth rallies is held in March.

Finally, the diocese hosts an annual softball rally the last Sunday in September.

These are just a few of the many diocesan events and activities available. Your parish probably has many more. For more information, contact your local DRE, youth minister or pastor, or Steven Polley at the information given above.

3) I am interested in becoming a server at Mass.

Contact your local pastor and he will be happy to help you to become a server. You can find contact information for your local pastor by clicking here. In many Catholic churches, the priest likes to have three to six altar servers to help them do the Mass. Although once prohibited in the Catholic Church, female altar servers are now allowed to serve provided that the diocesan bishop and the parish priest allow the practice. The only requirement is that you be Catholic, and that you’ve had your First Communion.


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