Youth Ministry

Our Diocese is in the process of restoring the original order of the reception of Confirmation to 2nd grade before the reception of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.

Please refer to the Diocesan Website for detailed information regarding this process

Below you will find information regarding the SJAE Comprehensive Youth Ministry for Middle School and High School programs. Registration forms and the calendar may be found on this website. You will find frequently asked questions regarding Original Order. If your son/daughter is in grades 9-12 and is in need of sacramental preparation, please contact the Religious Education office at 808-623-3332 ext. 206.


Youth Ministry

What is Youth Ministry?

Young people have gifts that can transform a faith community if the community is open to those gifts and the changes that they may necessitate. Youth ministry is as much about helping young people as it is about helping young people to share their gifts with the parish community. Youth Ministry, as defined by the US Bishops in Renewing the Vision(RTV), includes middle school youth (grades 6-8) and high school youth (grades 9-12). These age groups should be ministered to within different programs and events because of age and developmental differences.

Goals of the Catholic Youth Ministry:

Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. (RTV, p.9)

Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community. (RTV, p. 11)

Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. (RTV, p. 15)

Comprehensive Ministry with Adolescents— “It Takes a Whole Church” We have learned that it takes the entire Church to achieve the three goals we have established for ministry with adolescents. The comprehensive approach is not a single program or recipe for ministry. Rather, it provides a way for integrating ministry with adolescents and their families into the total life and mission of the Church, recognizing that the whole community is responsible for this ministry. SJAE Comprehensive Youth Ministry *

Beginning Sunday, August 18, 2019 – May 24, 2020. “A” schedule, teens in grades 6 -8; will be attending our “EDGE” program from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM; in the Pastoral Center rooms 4 & 5. Teens in grades 9-12 will be attending “LIFETEEN” “B” schedule starting Sunday, August 25, 2019 – May 31, 2020; 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM in the Pastoral Center rooms 4 & 5. 


1. Does removing Confirmation from the context of a high school program miss an opportunity for a much-needed ministry to our youth at a time when they are looking for recognition and a sense of belonging?

The preparation for the celebration of Confirmation should not be used simply as a means to an end, however noble. The parish is to develop a proper comprehensive youth ministry program which attends to the spiritual needs of our youth and can be based upon a deepening of the sacramental grace received in the sacraments of Christian initiation. Parents, being the first teachers of their children, have the responsibility to educate their children throughout high school, in all areas including the Faith. Parents are to keep their children in religious education programs just as they keep their child in school until graduation.

2. How will this change impact ministry to teens and our youth ministry programs?

In the long run, we believe this is a great step for youth ministry. “Receiving” the sacrament can be used as a carrot or bottom-line motivation for attendance. Instead of drawing teens by our own creative efforts and quality ministry, we can easily be tempted to rely on having a “captive” audience who is required to be present. The problem with captives is that they may really feel and act like prisoners, as they are forced to be present at meetings they really do not want to attend. Also, because the sacrament tends to be the focus and goal, few teens stay involved once confirmation is celebrated. Instead of understanding the sacrament of confirmation as a beginning or the strengthening for a more committed Christian lifestyle, many teens walk away with a sense of relief that it is all over. As a result, it is viewed more as a rite of graduation from religious education. The irony is that confirmation celebrates an initiation into a church from which many immediately drop out. Parish-based Comprehensive Youth Ministry programs are called to have the mission of the church as its purpose. They are called to incorporate the proclamation of the Gospel, through evangelization, growth in holiness and fullness of faith; and by loving and serving all those in need. Our youth ministry teams must evangelize, build teens up through formation, and send them out to minister, thereby help these young disciples, through the power of the Holy Spirit received in Baptism and Confirmation, become mature apostles to their peers.

RCIA Registration

June 13, 2019

One Community Center (OCC) Update

2018 - 2019 RCIA Class


Religious Education Program (Pre K - Grade 5)

Written by Sr. Alma Esmero, SPC  and revised by Julie Quiroz-Zamora, DRE  on Friday, March 3, 2017

The aim of catechesis is to lead believers to a deeper knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, the Church and to a firm commitment to follow him.  Jesus Christ is at the heart of catechesis.  It is only through Jesus that we share in the mystery of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Religious Education Program of St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church is designed to meet the goal of catechesis.  It is based on the Norms for the Sacramental Catechesis for Baptism, Confirmation, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist published by the Diocese of Honolulu through the Office of Religious Education in 2010.  Currently, this is being revised to bring all parishes to begin celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation in their Original Order.  A prerequisite for this is to implement a comprehensive Youth Ministry program.  St. John Apostle and Evangelist is in Group One of the Restoration of Original Order Time Table.  We began on restoration on July 2016 and we are in our first year.  All Religious Education students in grades 2 thru 5 and Youth Ministry (grades 6-12) will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost, 2018.

The aim of catechesis is to put people in communion, in intimacy with Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  It is only Jesus Christ who can lead us to the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Trinity (CT 5).  Through the religious instruction they get from their RE Sunday school, the learners will grow in their knowledge of the Catholic Faith and develop their spiritual and moral life according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


To realize the aim of catechesis the Religious Education Program of St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church is ordered to enable the learners to:

1.      Acquire basic knowledge of the essential truths of our Catholic Faith according to their level of development and capacity,

2.      Become familiar with some common Bible stories,

3.      Learn basic skills in using the Sacred Scriptures to interpret human events and experiences,

4.      Understand basic Christian moral principles and practices behind the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes,

5.      Grow in their ability to pray and to celebrate meaningfully he liturgy and Sacraments with the worshipping parish community,

6.      Learn to get involved in the life of the Church and become more aware of our social responsibilities as Christians.

Continuing Faith Formation

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