Youth & Young Adult

Youth Ministry
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 2018-2019

Our Confirmation program brings teens and adults together to study and explore how growth in the Spirit is a life-long journey. Together participants share in their journey and commit to share in the mission of Jesus - to know and worship God AND to love their neighbor. The Sacrament is received by the choice of the teen. He or she must assume ownership of the promises which were made on their behalf at Baptism.
Formal Orientation: Wednesdays, September 19th  or September 26th  7:00pm. Crispin Hall 

Classes begin on WednesdayOctober 03, 2018, through May 29, 2019 

7:00pm-8:30pm at St. Katharine Drexel Faith Formation Center  

Age Requirement
You must be a high school Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior (or an equivalent level if home schooled).
Religious Education Requirements
You must have one (1) year of high school level religious education, or may be concurrently enrolled in a high school religious education or attends St. Michael’s High School and be faith ready for a commitment for life.
Other Requirements
• Register and provide $50.00 registration fee.
• Provide a copy of baptismal certificate by November 14, 2018, if baptized in another parish.
• Select a sponsor and sponsor must provide permission slip from their home parish by November 14, 2018. CBSFA sponsors need to call Liz Gallegos at the parish office to get approved. 955-8864
• Select a Christian saint name and provide a one page report on their saint by December 12, 2018.
Service Hours Requirements
You must complete the following before you can receive the Sacrament of Confirmation:
• 10 hours of community/civic service (Soup kitchen, shelters, etc.).
• 10 hours of church service (helping to decorate, Pancake Breakfast, Santo Nino Fiesta, etc.).
• 5 Youth Ministry sessions of peer ministry and 8 Bilbe Study Sessions every Sunday after the 12:00 Mass
A combination of 15 hours due January 16, 2019, remainder by April 24, 2019.
Attendance Requirements- Mandatory
• Attend one (1) Orientation/Registration with parents September 19th or September 26th.
• Sign and abide by Code of Conduct document.
• Attend scheduled interview with the Director of Youth Ministry.
• Attend all Wednesday sessions at 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
• Attend all make up class if needed.
• Attend all Sunday Youth Ministry Masses at 12:00.
• Attend the Presentation Mass at 10:00am on March 3, 2019
• Attend (2) reconciliation services (Advent and Lent).
• Attend (2) retreats; November 3-4, 2018 , April 5-7, 2019 Weekend retreat.
• Attend all mimes rehearsals for the Good Friday Liturgy.
• Participate in the Good Friday Liturgy April 19, 2019.
• Attend the Novena of the Holy Spirit.
• Attend Confirmation Rehearsal on June 6, 2019 @ 6:00pm.
• Attend Confirmation Mass June 9, 2019 12:00.

Role and requirements of a Sponsor

At the request of Archbishop John C Wester,  a candidate can select only one (1) sponsor (no exceptions). 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 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 14, 2018. Sponsors who are members of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi must call Liz Gallegos (955-8864) to get permission.
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. Participate in at least 15 hours of community/church service with you.
8. Attend all sessions indicated for sponsors and keep track of your community/church service hours.
9. Meet periodically with you to share faith and discuss issues or problems.
10. Attend the Presentation Ceremony with you at the 10:00 AM Mass on March 3, 2019.
11. Pay $75.00 for the weekend retreat, covers for room and meals. If this is burden for your sponsor, contact the Director of Youth Ministry or the pastor.
12. Attend the Confirmation Mass rehearsal on June 6, 2019, and attend the Confirmation Mass on June 9, 2019, at 12:00.


Registration Form

Mandatory Schedule



Youth Ministry SESSION

We invite all high school students to take advantage of this opportunity to build your community - where you can learn more about your Catholic faith, share in the mission of Jesus, support one another, and have loads of fun, weekly Youth Ministry  Mass, teens will experience the depths of God’s love through the Word, the teen community, and the Eucharist. Following the Mass, our youth minister and core members lead the teens deeper into their Catholic faith experience.

Fall sessions begin October 7, 2018. Every Sunday- Teen Mass at 12:00 followed by Youth Ministry sessions 1:30-3:00pm.
Registration is on-going. Contact Liz Gallegos at 955-8864 or
Teens grow as a faith community, deepening their understanding of what it means to be young and Catholic in the world today.

Registration Form


Youth Miinstry Schedule 


Registration & Orientation: Sunday, September 30th, 1:30pm 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.
Fall sessions begin October 7th. Every Sunday – Teen Mass at 12:00 followed by Middle school faith formation Classes 1:30-3:30pm St Katherine Drexel. Registration is on-going. To register or have any questions, contact Liz Gallegos at 955-8864 or
Registration Fee: $20.00

Registration Form


2018-19 Schedule 


Quinceañera Guidelines: Please contact the parish office for information.


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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