Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." - Luke 18:16

Our Mission

To lead our youth into a deeper, closer relationship with Jesus Christ. To instill in them the confidence to live out their teen years with the knowledge of who they are in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

To give them a sense of belonging to our Roman Catholic community of Holy Rosary that will sustain them for life.

To emphasize that Jesus Christ is the center of all we are and all that we do, through religious education at Holy Rosary School and PSR (Parish School of Religion), TEC and Quest retreats as well as through formal and informal prayer.

Youth Newsletter
Chosen High School Youth Group

For more information contact:

Courtney Benson at <>

Students Encounter Christ (SEC) Middle School Youth Group


All Middle School Youth are invited to attend SEC nights. For more information contact Nancy Shively at

National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)

NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) is November 21-23, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN.

Support our Youth Group

You can "invest" in our youth today by "purchasing stock" that offsets the cost of NCYC for our youth.

TEC/Quest Retreats

There are no TECs or Quests scheduled right now due to COVID-19.

These weekend retreats are opportunities to get away from the dramas of ordinary life and spend a few days with God and their Catholic community of friends. For more information go to:


In the three-day weekend of TEC, you can experience being part of a vibrant, loving, and supportive faith community in which the friendship of Jesus Christ becomes a real possibility that makes sense.

TEC is very human. Team members of adults and youth from various walks of life entrust to the participants some of the struggles, joys, and feelings they have experienced in their own lives.  TEC provides a space to reflect upon one’s own ideals, hopes, dreams, and problems; to discover a God that you can believe in ... a Christ you can encounter as risen and alive in your midst.

TEC weekends are held at the Franciscan Retreat Center of Quincy University, 18th & Seminary Road, Quincy, IL  62301.  The weekend begins Saturday morning at 9:30am and ends Monday evening 6:00-6:30pm. Candidates ages 16-21 cost $50.00 and observers ages 22+ cost $100.00.  Anyone of any faith denomination ages 16 and older are welcome to participate.

Upcoming Events:


MicroTEC is a 1 day event with multiple presentations relating to topics about our Christian faith. This is an event that offers time for education, time for prayer, and time for fun! This is a great option for those who are busy, but need retreat time to focus on their relationship with Jesus!

MicroTEC is held at the Franciscan Retreat Center of Quincy University and lasts from Saturday 8:00am to 5:30pm Saturday. The cost is $25. Anyone who has been on a TEC weekend is welcome to attend.

Upcoming Events:


Quest is a fast-paced 24-hour Christian experience for 13 to 15 year olds. It is a time to come together to find out about God, friendships, and self in a fun-filler, exciting, amusing, thoughtful, and carefree surrounding. A time to meet new people while praying, playing, singing, and sharing with them. Quest gives you the chance to search for the real you.

Quest is held at the Franciscan Retreat Center of Quincy University and lasts from 6:00pm Friday to 5:30pm Saturday. The cost for a candidate is $50 and includes room, snacks, breakfast and lunch, and other surprises. Adult observers interested in working with youth are also welcome.


A re-Quest is a 24 hour experience for candidates who have already participated in a Quest weekend. It is a great way to reinforce your Quest experience and learn about God, friends, and yourself in a whole new way.

Totus Tuus

TOTUS TUUS (Latin for Totally Yours) named after St. John Paul II’s papal motto is a fun and energetic parish based summer catechetical program for both grade school age children and middle and high school youth.

TOTUS TUUS gathers together college students and seminarians from across the United States onto teaching teams of four in order to train them and send them out on the road to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in various participating parishes throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City.

The teachers’ youthfulness, energy, and ability to witness to the Faith make them particularly effective with children and young adults.

Grade School Program

The Totus Tuus Grade School Program is designed for children entering first through sixth grades in the upcoming school year. The Grade School Program runs Monday through Friday.

The students are encouraged to be clear and consistent in their faith. They are shown how to view their Lord as a good Father. This personal relationship gives them the confidence to be Christ’s witnesses in the world around them. Finally, Totus Tuus endeavors to show the youth that a humble and courageous desire to know God must be based upon a steadfast and disciplined life of prayer combined with the reception of the sacraments.

Junior and Senior High School Program

TOTUS TUUS offers an evening program for junior and senior high school youth. Junior High youth are those entering the 7th or 8th grades, and Senior High youth are those entering grades 9-12 for the upcoming school year. These grade levels meet Sunday through Thursday.

We have found that vibrant, faithful, college-aged teachers can effectively impact the youth at this age. This is a great opportunity for teens to see older peers on fire for their faith and insight into discerning their vocation.

The Totus Tuus Junior and Senior High School Program comprises instruction, small group discussions, quiet meditation, prayer, and fellowship. The team teaches in such a way as to offer a dialogue in which each person feels respected in his or her most basic dignity.

Each night there is time for fellowship, snacks, and presentations. Adoration and Reconciliation will also take place on one of the nights (usually Wednesday), and on Thursday there is an opportunity for a social night.

Catholic HEART Work Camp

For more information on Catholic HEART Work Camp contact: Donna Long at

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Camp Jo'Ota Summer Camp

July 26 - August 1, 2021 

To Register for camp and get more information go to:

Our Parish Coordinator is Courtney Benson at <>

Swinkey Days for Kids

July 12-14, 2021

Swinkey Days is held at St. Stephen in Indian Creek from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. To register for Swinkey Days go to:

All are Welcome!!

Steubenville Youth Conference

July 9-11, 2021

at Missouri State University in Springfield

Holy Rosary and St. Stephen parishes will be sending over 25 kids to Steubenville this year.

Upcoming Events

July - Swinkey Days for Kids; Stuebenville Youth Conference; Camp Jo-Ota Catholic Camp
August - Parish School of Religion (PSR) Registration
September - Make a Difference Day
November - National Catholic Youth Conference

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For More Information

Contact our Director of Faith Formation for information about any of the programs on this site.

Donna Long