Youth & Young Adult

Middle School


Mission Statement

The Youth Ministry of Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Cristo Rey is committed to love, nurture, inspire, and equip our youth to be faithful, lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ who reach out to the community and beyond. Our youth ministry deliberately guides young people into Christian discipleship by:

  • Provide them with a space where they are welcomed, heard and accepted into a spiritual family that will not judge them.
  • Encourage them to use their individual talents in programs and ministries that interest them in order to nurture their growth as people of faith while providing volunteer service to the community.
  • And prepare them to impact their world for Christ


Confirmation 2019-2020

Confirmation preparation is one of many opportunities for ongoing faith formation in the life of young people. It is the obligation of parents to see that their children continue to participate in the catechesis and other faith formation offered by the parish throughout their high school years, even after the celebration of Confirmation. The norm in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is for Confirmation preparation to be a minimum two-year formation program that is made up of three phases and will include the following:

  • Orientation, Monday September 23, 2019, in the Cathedral Basilica 
  • Classes begin on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Cathedral Basilica  


  • Inquier should be a high school Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior (or an equivalent level if home schooled).
  • Prior to entrance into the final preparation period for Confirmation, young people should have recently completed at least one year of catechesis or religious formation at the parish. Known as the Learner Phase of the Comprehensive Model for Youth Ministry, this first year may take place for adolescents in 8th grade.
  • A final period of Confirmation preparation is the Disciple in Training Phase, it is one year long, and is held at the local parish for all candidates, including those attending Catholic high schools (9th thru 12th grade). This preparation is to include orientation, catechesis on the Sacrament of Confirmation, spiritual and community outreach
    activities, retreats, and the practical and liturgical arrangements for the celebration.
  • During the final period of preparation for Confirmation, sessions will be included, using faith sharing and other adult formation methods,9 for parents and sponsors; thereby enabling parents and sponsors to better fulfill their mentoring roles.

Role and requirements of a Sponsor

At the request of Archbishop John C Wester,  a candidate can select only one (1) sponsor (unless the candidate schooses his/her Baptismal Sponsors). The role of a confirmation sponsor is not a special token of family relationship or friendship. Your sponsor must be an active, baptized, and confirmed Catholic in good standing with the church, whom you see regularly; someone who will be with you to share faith experiences during your time of preparation for confirmation, as well as after confirmation.
Your Sponsor should be someone who understands you; someone with whom you can talk to easily, confide in, share your faith with, and who will encourage and support you before and after confirmation.
It is important to select your sponsor as soon as possible so that he/she may be with you, guide you, and participate with you in your preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, the sign of your initiation into the full life and membership of the Church. It is the responsibility of your sponsor to show you, in a friendly way, the place of the gospel in his/her own life, to help in doubts and anxieties, to give public testimony for the candidate, and to watch over the progress of the confirmed life.

Your SPONSOR must fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Be a person of faith and a baptized and confirmed Catholic.
  2. Cannot be one of your parents.
  3. Be a registered and active member of their parish faith community and provide proof (signed permission letter from their pastor) by November 30, 2019.
  4. If married, the sponsor must have been married in the Roman Catholic Church.
  5. Make the journey of faith with you and establish a life-long relationship.
  6. Be at least 21 years old; however, if circumstances warrant it, the pastor may permit a person 16 years or older to serve as sponsor.
  7. Meet periodically with you to share faith and discuss issues or problems.
  8. Attend the Presentation Ceremony with you. 
  9. Attend Holy Week Liturgies wiht you. 
  10. Attend the Confirmation Mass rehearsal and Confirmation Mass.

Registration is on-going. To register or have any questions, contact Carlos Martinez at 505.955.886 or
Registration Fee: $25.00



Mondays, 5:15-6:30 PM at St. Katherine Drexel 


The Junior High Youth Program is a religious education for students in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th. The program will cover different topics based on our Roman Catholic Faith.
•Traditional Prayers
•Social Issues: Bullying, Peer Pressures, Theology of the Body
•Justice and Service
•Seven Sacraments
•Movies, Games, and Food!!!!!!!!
The Youth group is a great way to get to know yourself, God, and others better.
Registration is on-going. To register or have any questions, contact Carlos Martinez at 505.955.886 or
Registration Fee: $25.00

Registration Form


2019-2020 Faith Formation Schedule 


At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

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