What is the Youth Confirmation process?
At St. Joseph Basilica Alameda, Youth Confirmation is a one year process during which a teen is nourished in the Catholic faith and deepens his or her relationship with God through prayers, service, celebration of the sacraments and learning the teachings of the Catholic Church. It is a precious period when teens recognize and discover clearly the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to live their lives worthily and announce the Good News of Jesus Christ to others. This is an exciting time in your child’s life as they continue on their journey of faith.
This year will be a big transition for all of us to have a one-year Youth Confirmation program. Teens who have received Eucharist, currently in grades 8-12, able to fully commit to the schedule including Sunday Liturgy, classes and service hours are eligible for Youth Confirmation.
Almost 100 students have registered in our Youth Confirmation Program. We have some awesome Team Leaders this year, including Deacon Matthew Murray, Seminarians Jacob Boddicker SJ and Joseph Chide Chukwu SJ, Ed Varga, Chanelle Bautista, Gabriel Felix, Trisha Galban, Rebecca Bartley, Ernest Mahr, Noriko Mahr and Matthew McNamee.
Teens Confirmation classes include two Sundays a month beginning with continental breakfast at 9:45 am, classes at 10:00 am and Youth Mass at 11:30am. Our Youth Confirmation process has begun with an orientation day for parents and candidates on August 28 and Candidates 1st classes last Sunday, September 18.
Thank you for your prayers and support and continue to embrace each Confirmation candidate and Team Leader in your prayers as they journey together during the Sacrament preparation.
Sr. Kim Nguyen, SSND
I’d like to remind you about the value of the new eGiving option through Faith Direct. It offers some important advantages over the current Sunday envelopes: It’s green. Less paper. Less postage. No need to mail envelopes every two months. It’s labor saving. Less work for those who count and deposit the collection each week; less effort for you with no need to write a check. It helps parish finances. Vacation time can cause a big drop in the Sunday offering, even though the parish expenses continue. The predictable and steady income provided by eGiving allows us to better support our ongoing parish ministries.
You can fill out the form available at church or mailed to your home and return it to the Parish Office or drop it in the collection basket, or register online HERE and use our parish code CA702. They also offer personalized offertory cards to replace your envelopes so you can continue to participate in the physical act of giving during Mass. Please give eGiving your prayerful consideration, and give envelopes a permanent vacation this summer.
Fr. George Alengadan