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Youth Ministry

At St. Anne Youth Ministry, our mission is three-fold; we seek to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today, to draw youth to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic Church, and to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of the young people in our faith community.

For registration or application forms or for other information, contact Youth Minister Jim Soltau at (510) 471-7766 ext 22 or email stayouthministry@sbcglobal.net .

Our programs include:

Saint Anne Youth Ministry

  • Saint Anne Youth Ministry is open to youth entering the ninth grade, or for those in high school who have not had youth ministry experience previously. Our purpose is to build a community of young people examining issues at the forefront of their minds & lives, to encourage growth socially, provide interaction through community service projects, and faithfully deepen the relationship with God.
    • Registration - In April all the students are invited to register for the sacrament of Confirmation preparation program, however this is not a requirement of any student. In order to register for Confirmation, you must be registered for and have participated in the Saint Anne Youth Ministry meetings and one Youth Ministry retreat.
    • Weekly Meetings - During the school year the Youth Ministry group meets on Monday evenings in the parish hall. From 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. youth may arrive and have time to socialize and check out upcoming events. At 6:30 p.m. we begin our meeting and will finish with closing prayer by 8:30 p.m. There is a phone available if anyone needs to call locally for a ride home.
      • Retreats - In addition to Saint Anne gatherings, we offer Youth Ministry participants two weekend retreats a year, one in the winter and one in the spring. Students wishing to enter the Confirmation program must attend one of these two retreats prior to registration for Confirmation. There is a limit to 40 students per retreat.


      • The Confirmation preparation program at St. Anne’s is a two-year process, with the first year completed as a participant in the Saint Anne Youth Ministry program. 
      • Registration - Students may begin the enrollment process for Confirmation as early as spring of their freshman year, provided they have previously registered for Youth Ministry and attended the fall or spring retreat. The process begins with the enrollment interviews in May, and a decision is made at that time if you would like to enter the program. Those deciding on enrollment are given a candidate agreement that is returned with baptismal & sponsor information, along with a registration fee.
      • Classes - The immediate preparation for the sacrament begins in the fall. The Confirmation sessions meet twice a month on Sunday’s from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There are about 12 scheduled sessions, along with a weekend retreat, ministry projects, sponsor-candidate sessions, and the celebrations of different Rites.
      • Retreat - The Confirmation Retreat takes place in December at the Mission Springs Christian Conference Center.
      • For the most up-to-date Confirmation information, go to the program's web pages.

      EMMAUS Peer Ministry

      • For over 20 years, Youth Ministry at St. Anne’s has focused on a peer ministry model to promote and foster leadership among youth. We use the example of the road to EMMAUS (Luke 24:13-35) as a model that we journey together, with the Lord, in our everyday lived experiences. 
      • EMMAUS is an existing group of young people who have expressed an interest in serving the Church through the Youth Ministry program for one year. For example, a group might prepare youth liturgies and retreats. Other responsibilities include planning and leading workshops, icebreakers and prayer for youth ministry meetings & facilitating small group discussions. 
      • The peer ministry group also takes on different projects throughout the year like the SOUPER Bowl project, a coat/glove/hat drive in November and a sock drive in the spring, along with our monthly stewardship collections for various charities. 
      • Applications - available in April.
      • Regular Meetings - EMMAUS meets monthly for enrichment and planning. Peer ministry is open to high school students, sophomore and above. 
      • EMMAUS Peer Ministry Retreat - The annual 3-day EMMAUS Peer Ministry Retreat takes place in late June at the Diocesan Youth Retreat Center in Lafayette.

      Youth Liturgy

        St. Anne’s offers a total youth ministry program, which means that in addition to everything else, we place a high emphasis on community worship. Providing teenagers and their parents with a liturgy toward their spiritual needs is the first step. St. Anne Parish offers a Youth Liturgy on the second and fourth Sunday’s of the month at the 6:00 p.m. mass. There are a wide variety of ways young people are invited to participate in the Youth Liturgy: the Youth Choir, Lector Ministry, Eucharistic Ministry and the Ministry of Welcome.

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