Youth Encounter

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2018 theme: “Too #Blessed 2B Stressed”

We invite all High School-aged youth from parishes, schools, scouts, sports and other groups to gather as the young church for this archdiocesan signature faith event - the Catholic Youth Encounter on Sunday, September 30, 2018 to be held at St. Paul High School in Bristol.

Roy_Petitfils_speaking_engagement.jpgOur keynote speaker will be Roy Petitfils who spoke at the 2017 National Catholic Youth Conference and the 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders. Roy Petitfils has worked with youth and young adults for more than 20 years as minister, a teacher, school administrator, school counselor and now as a counselor in private practice. He specializes in counseling teens and young adults. Roy regularly consults with churches, publishers and organizations helping them more effectively reach and minister to youth and young adults. Roy has published four books, including his most recent What Teens Want You to Know (But Don’t Tell You). Check out his TED Talk or his keynote at City of Saints.


Music at the Encounter will be provided by REVIVE Ministry from the Diocese of Providence. They’re a Catholic band made up of youth from various backgrounds. They are well-known around the state of Rhode Island for their praise and worship nights which consists of testimonies, activities, games, adoration, prayer, food, and of course, music! Their energy will surely keep our youth on their feet the entire day.

We will also offer confessions throughout the day as well as an exhibit area for youth to explore. We will end the day with a closing mass celebrated by Archbishop Leonard Blair.

Cost for the Youth Encounter is $30.00 pp
No registrations will be accepted after September 1st. Sorry, absolutely no walk-ins.

Chaperone Orientation & Dinner

Monday, September 10, 2018 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., St. Paul High School, Bristol
*We will take a tour of facility, go through the entire Encounter schedule, and answer any questions.
*Parishes/Schools must send at least 1 chaperone/2 chaperones max.
*Please confirm your attendance: or (860) 242-5573 ext. 2678


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m Registration Open
10:00 a.m. Live Music
Ice Breakers
Opening prayer
First Talk: Roy Petitfils
12:00 p.m.
Exhibits open
Office of Catholic Social Justice Sponsored Activity
2:00 p.m.
Music and Games
2:30 p.m. Adoration
3:00 p.m.
Second Talk: Roy Petitfils
Confessions available
4:15 p.m.
Closing Mass/ Sending Forth
5:30 p.m.
Encounter Ends

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Important Paperwork:

Office of Safe Environment

Required paper work for all group leaders/chaperones:

Frequently Asked Questions

2018 Bus Information


For more information contact:
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
Youth Encounter
Tel: 860-242-5573 ext. 2678