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.

Contact Information

Director of RE
Julie Quiroz-Zamora
(808) 623-3332 ext. 206