Senior High Youth Rally

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“Amazing Grace’ resonates through activities at Senior High Youth Rally

More than 460 people, youth and chaperones, celebrated their Catholic faith at the 25th annual Senior High Youth Rally, “S.W.A.G.: Saved With Amazing Grace,” Oct. 27 at St. John’s University in Collegeville.

Among the rally highlights were the presentation of two youth ministry awards. The Companions on the Journey Award honored Kathy Knoblach, youth minister at St. Paul and Our Lady of Angels parishes in Sauk Centre. She has been instrumental in raising awareness and funds for the Sister Diocese Relationship with Homa Bay, Kenya, and participation in We Day Minnesota and many other events.

The St. Timothy Award was given to Richard Polipnick, an 11th grader who is also from Our Lady of Angels. The awards are the highest recognition from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry for a diocese to confer to a youth minister or student.

Photos by Paul Middlestaedt


As a sign of the pilgrimage of faith, young people follow the Blessed Sacrament in procession toward the Abbey Church on the St. John’s campus in Collegeville, part of the annual Diocese of St. Cloud Senior High Youth Rally.


Father Robert Rolfes, vicar general of the St. Cloud Diocese, presents Richard Polipnick, 16 of Sauk Centre with the St. Timothy Award during the diocesan Senior High Youth Rally.


Kathy Knoblach of Sauk Centre gives Father Rolfes a hug after accepting the Companions on the Journey Award from him.


Kimball residents Hayley Schiefelbein (left) and her friend Mady Jansky sing along during Mass.


Teens take a moment to pray after the group Popple performed at the youth rally.


Alyssa Young of Albany races her friends on inflatable horses.


Father Scott Pogatchnik puts the Blessed Sacrament into the monstrance prior to adoration at the youth rally.