UP – Senior High Youth Rally

Sunday, March 28

1:30-4:30 p.m.

This hybrid rally will include both virtual and in-person activities for youth in grades 9-12. The goal is to gather as the young diocesan church to celebrate being Catholic. Our time together will include music, prayer, talks, parish discussion groups, games, prizes and a lot of fun. We are all connected through the very real presence of Christ in each of our lives. It is Christ Jesus who shows UP, helps us to step UP and rise UP.

Registration is available through parishes, with a cost of $100 per participating parish/pastor.

Parish Expectations can be found at https://stcdio.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Parish-Expectations-for-SH-Rally-2021 (PDF)

Parish leaders can register at: https://forms.gle/kRXvwh4S1JDHGCmu5.

Event posters can be downloaded at https://stcdio.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2021-Senior-High-Virtual-Rally-UP-small.pdf. (PDF)

Questions about the rally can be directed to Kent Schmitz at kschmitz@gw.stcdio.org or by calling (320) 251-0111 x4.

Our day will include youth and parish leaders gathering at their parish locations.  Participants will be able to do parish programing prior and after the programmed event.  Speakers, games, and prayer will be shared via Zoom.  Parishes will facilitate small group discussions at their parish locations.  Electronic materials will be provided to assist leaders in the small group discussions.

The schedule for the day can be found at https://stcdio.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2021HSrallySched (PDF)

Participant Journal for Small Groups can be downloaded and printed from https://stcdio.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/UP-SH-Rally-Journal-2021.pdf (PDF)

Mike Patin uses energy, humor and stories to affirm God’s goodness and presence among us while inviting others (and himself) to take the “next step” in our journey with God.

Mike has worked in ministry settings since 1984, first as a high school teacher and coach, and then in diocesan ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 2003, he has worked full time as a speaker and “faith horticulturist.”

Throughout his ministry, Mike has been privileged to speak to groups ranging from 10 to 23,000 in over 130 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada. He has spoken at parish missions, conferences, rallies, retreats, leadership institutes, and in-services, addressing youth, adults, families, clergy, seminarians, school faculties, businesses, athletic teams and hospital staffs.

He has been a featured speaker numerous times at the following national events:

Mike has published two books: A Standing Invitation, and This Was Not in the Brochure: Lessons from Work, Life and Ministry.

In 2006, he received the National Catholic Youth Ministry Award.

Mike lives in Lafayette, LA.

Education and other experience of interest:

  • Masters degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University (New Orleans)
  • Training Facilitator, Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 
  • Consultant/Assistant Coach to Loyola University (New Orleans) Women’s Basketball Team (2003-2005)

For more about Mike visit: https://www.mikepatin.com/


Katy Lentz lives in Elk River, Minnesota with her family.  She brings a positive and captivating energy to her interactions with others.

Katy is currently working in the CentraCare Medical system doing recreational therapy / yoga / mindfulness at Clara’s House. For more about the wonderful work and efforts at Clara’s House please visit:https://www.centracare.com/locations/centracare-st-cloud-hospital-claras-house/

Katy has a degree in Recreation Administration/Therapeutic Recreation from Saint Cloud State University and Certificate in Youth Ministry through the Center for Ministry Development.

Katy has served in parish ministry in faith formation, youth and young adult ministry and confirmation as well as diocesan ministry with mission education through the St. Cloud Mission Office. Katy has been a vital leader and speaker with many diocesan sponsored Confirmation and Castaway Retreats, youth rallies, A Call to Service, and NCYC.  Katy is a strong woman of faith with a deep love for Christ Jesus.  This is evident by her crucial involvement and impact in the Central Minnesota TEC Center and her dedication to family, faith and young people.

NCYC 2021 Theme: Ablaze • Enciende El Fuego

The second chapter of the book of Acts tells about the coming of the Holy Spirit. At NCYC 2021, we will call upon the Holy Spirit to descend upon our young Church and set them Ablaze for the Lord!

The emcees for this event will be Sister Miriam Heidland and Brian Greenfield. Visit NCYC’s site for more information.

We are very excited to be able to have a delegation attend this event.  See our introductory letter from Kent at https://stcdio.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/FirstLtrNCYC2021. (PDF)

Our NCYC brochure contains more detailed information about the event and the schedule for the diocesan delegation.  This brochure also contains the first step in the registration process.  Please download the brochure from https://stcdio.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/NCYC-2021-Brochure. (PDF)

Parishes that plan to join the diocesan delegation should compete the registration found at https://forms.gle/KB6vAYZCDwkR1tRbA.

If you are needing more information or have questions, please contact Kent Schmitz.