High School Ministry
Our new program will feature two options to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Basic Track consists of classes (6 per year), Youth Nights (5 per year), a meeting with the Director of Youth and Young Adult Discipleship, a one-day retreat near the end of the second year, and Christian service. The Disciple Track involves a small group of teens meeting with an adult mentor at a family’s home to form friendships, study the faith, ask questions, and grow in intimacy with God. The Basic Track takes place on Sunday evenings (see below). The Disciple Track takes place at different days and times, as coordinated by the small group mentor. Everyone who completes registration is enrolled in the Basic Track. Teens can apply for the Discipleship Track per the in the instruction in the Young Disciple Groups link below.
BASIC TRACK CALENDAR YEARS 1&2
Classes are from 6pm-7:30pm. Youth Nights are from 6pm-8:15pm and include dinner. Parent meeting is from 6pm-8pm.
January 12 – Youth Night
January 26- Class
February 9- Youth Night
Feb. 23- Class
March 8- Class
March 22- Youth Night
Saturday, April 25 – All Day, on site retreat for 2nd Years
September 15 - Meeting for All Parents and Students
October 6 - Youth Night
Oct. 20- Class
November 3- Class
November 17 –Youth Night
December 1- Class
CONFIRMATION CLASS TOPICS
Year 1 (Meets in Hall) Year 2 (Meets in Building A)
October 20 The Existence of God (Fr. A) Holy Spirit / Confirmation (Theresa)
November 3 Salvation History (Fr. A) Prayer / Mary (Theresa)
December 1 Jesus (Fr. A) Beatitudes/ Virtue (Theresa)
January 26 The Church / Last Things (Theresa) Morality (Fr. A)
February 23 Baptism/Confession (Theresa) Controversial Moral Issues (Fr. A)
March 8 The Mass (Theresa) Mission (Fr. A)
YOUNG DISCIPLE GROUPS
Due to the limited number of trained adult mentors that we have at this time, Discipleship Group membership is only open to Confirmed teens and those in their second year of Confirmation preparation. For more information and to fill out an application, click here.
Second year Confirmation students who want to be in a Discipleship Track, please apply Sunday, October 13th.
CONFIRMATION 1 INTERVIEWS
All first year Confirmation students are required to make an appointment to meet a member of our formation team. One parent (or grandparent, sponsor, or other adult chosen to assist in the teen’s preparation) must attend with the student. To sign up for an appointment, click here.
May 9, 2019
When I started as pastor of OLMC seven years ago, one of my top priorities was to hire the right Youth Minister. I was blessed to find Mark Jacob, who has served our teens and their families with great competence and dedication, as well as sharing his considerable musical abilities to help us all worship God. Mark built a team of youth and adult leaders who have worked together to connect with our teens and provide excellent instruction in the faith and impactful retreats and youth events. Hundreds of teens have been prepared for and received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
A couple of months back, Mark let me know that he had discerned it was time for him to return to working in the secular world. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with Mark and sad to see him go, although I know he will maintain many of the friendships that he has formed at OLMC. Around the same time, our Coordinator of Young Adult ministry, Julius Medrano, let me know that he was leaving his work here at the parish to do missionary work. Please pray for Mark and Julius that God bless them abundantly as they begin a new stage in their lives.
I have hired Theresa Inoue as the new Director of Youth and Young Adult Discipleship. The change in job title is intentional. It reflects a new emphasis on ministering to our young people by meeting their pastoral needs through mentoring that will equip them to be lifelong missionary disciples of Jesus Christ.
Theresa was raised in San Diego, the oldest of eight children. She attended Catholic elementary and high school. She was mentored in the faith by the youth minister at Sacred Heart in Ocean Beach, Jamie Cleaton. She earned a Bachelors in Theology with a concentration in Youth Ministry at Franciscan University in Steubenville. She is finishing a Masters in Theology at Notre Dame, a program which includes multiple internships in pastoral ministry. Her first day on the job will be July 16. I think you will find her to be a great addition to the great team that we have here at OLMC.
—Fr. Anthony Saroki, Pastor