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Jim Soltau, Youth Minister
Saint Anne Youth Ministry • 32223 Cabello St • Union City, CA 94587 • Map
Phone (510) 471-7766 x22 • email stayouthministry@sbcglobal.net

Alfred & Jeffy & Sally - jalsa@stanneconfirmation.com
Erin & Teddy - eat@stanneconfirmation.com
Jerico & Michelle & Sam - sachelleico@stanneconfirmation.com
Kristenne & Ali & Collins - tripack@stanneconfirmation.com
Maricel & Vince - mvp@stanneconfirmation.com
Sheila & Kat - kash@stanneconfirmation.com

Welcome from Our Confirmation Staff

Jim Soltau - Hi Everyone! My name is Jim Soltau, and I try to coordinate all of this craziness in Youth Ministry, Confirmation and Emmaus Peer Ministry here at St. Anne's! From the beginning of the 2016-2017 Confirmation program, all of us - myself and the rest of the Confirmation staff - are here to help and journey with you in this great exploration of our faith. If there's ever anything I can do or if you have a question to ask. . . please drop in the Youth Ministry Office or give me a call!

Just a little about me...I grew up and went to Most Holy Redeemer, Sacred Heart and USF, all in San Francisco. I’ve been at St. Anne’s since 1981...yes it’s a long time!! Prior to that I worked in Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and with the Christian Brothers at the retreat house in Saint Helena. My wife Lucy and I got married in 1984 and we have two children...Mike and Becky. I’m a HUGE SF Giants fan and also really enjoy playing golf when I can.

Alfred - Hi my name is Alfred! I’ve been involved with peer ministry at St. Anne since the day it began, perhaps around the time your parents were being confirmed and staffed nearly every confirmation retreat since then. I have been awed witness God among us through this ministry over the years. It is not only this legacy of youth ministry at St. Anne that you are part of, it is the 2000 year long legacy of Roman Catholic Christians that you will learn about fully participating in during the year ahead. I look forward to meeting you and witnessing how God works through you in the year and years ahead..

Ali - Hey everyone, my name is Ali. I was confirmed in 2000 and have enjoyed serving in the confirmation program and youth ministry for numerous years since then. I am very blessed and grateful to have been a part of this journey of faith year after year, as it continues to bring new experiences to share and contribute to a growing community that I love and can truly say is a part of who I am. It really means so much to see you, the Confirmation candidates and the people who journey with you, take part in what I think is a very vital step in your faith journeys. I truly hope that you seek and will find fellowship, enlightenment, and of course a lot of fun in our time together.

Other side notes about me: I was born pretty small. I used to be a part-time ninja. I’m a 5-year Golden State Warrior season ticket holder. And I grew up really liking Cookies ‘N Cream, the Oakland A's, the 49ers and eating leftovers. Peace!

Collins - Hi, I am Collins I am so happy that get to be part of this awesome confirmation staff this year. As a new teacher I am on this journey of learning more about all of you and myself. I grew up at St Anne’s and most people recognize me from the Altar. I really discovered my faith through this Youth Ministry program. The last few years of my life I have dedicated a good portion of my life back to the church and I have been more than blessed to be part of Emmaus peer ministry. I have also been a First Communion teacher and involved with every liturgical ministry with the exception of Music Ministry (I can’t sing). Needless to say you will see me all around the church grounds and beyond feel free to say hello. St. Anne’s has been home for me in the highlights of my life as well as the low times of my life I have been some of the greatest people because of my involvement with this program I am so excited to give back to it in any way I possibly can.

I look forward to working with all of you in one way or another throughout this coming year.

Erin - Hey all! My name is Erin. After being in the Youth Ministry and Confirmation program myself, God has called me to remain active in the church through different ministries including Youth Choir, Emmaus, Eucharistic Ministry, Young Adult Choir, and back to Confirmation. This is my third year as a Confirmation teacher and I am thankful for us to be on this faith journey together!

Jeffy - Hi, my name is Jeff. I’m known to most as Jeffy or coach Jeff. I welcome YOU to the Confirmation Program. I hope that YOU enjoy the program and that WE, as a Staff, will I make you laugh, cry and make it interesting for YOU. The Youth Ministry program (T.E.A.M., Emmaus) would not be as successful as it is right now if it weren't for Jim's vision of a ministry for the youth. Youth Ministry has made new friends and great, long lasting friendships that will last for a long time. Hopefully, YOU will be taking our places and helping the next generation of youth.

As for me, well, St. Anne has been a part of my life since I was in CYO and CCD in the 3rd grade. I have been involved with Youth Ministry since 1989. . . that’s?????**%$#@#$, you can do the math. St. Anne's Parish did not have a Ministry that catered to teens. With the help of a Jim, myself and a few dedicated teens, started a small ministry of young teens called T.E.A.M ( Teens Engaged in Active Ministry).T.E.A.M., now called Emmaus, has helped the YOUTH of our parish understand the meaning of our Catholic Faith in a way that YOU(youth) can understand.

When I'm not teaching Confirmation, I'm a Eucharistic Minister for the Youth Mass and 6pm Mass, as well as a Coordinator for Eucharistic Ministers. I was fortunate to meet Pope John Paul II in 1993, during a YOUTH DAY celebration, in Denver, CO. I also help with CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) in coaching Boys and Girls Basketball.

“We search for answers to our questions, Who has the answers?” This verse is in the minds of the all young teens, especially those finding their faith. I hope that through this confirmation journey, me and you will grow together in faith and find the answers to those questions.

Jerico - Hello Everyone, my name is Jerico Abanico. This will be my fourth year teaching confirmation. Before that I was in Emmaus Peer Ministry and taught both 6th and 7th grade CCD. I am also one of the co-directors for the Saint Anne Youth Choir.

I received my BA in Human Development with a concentration on Adolescent Development at CSU East Bay. I currently work as a 7th Grade Teacher at St Clement Catholic School in Hayward. I teach middle school Social Studies and Public Speaking.

I’m excited to learn from all the students coming into confirmation this year. I’m looking forward to sharing our stories and to journey together!

Kat - Hi everyone!! I’m Kat and I’m happy to be teaching again. This is my 6th year teaching Confirmation at St. Anne’s and my 19th year teaching from different parishes within the Oakland diocese.

When I’m not teaching at St. Anne, I’m running around caring for my family and friends. I have 4 kids; AJ (23), Isaiah (14), Kamryn (13) and Gregory Jr. (11). You can find me driving my kids and their friends from basketball practices and school events to the movies and the park. I am also a group fitness instructor and currently teach U-Jam Fitness and PopPilates at 24 Hour Fitness and Cal State East Bay. I have the support of a wonderful and loving husband, Greg, who is my anchor. He does everything that I can’t and more when it comes to supporting our family. With God and our faith as our #1 focus, we believe we can do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING we put our minds and determination towards. Ministry is a part of our lives and we are blessed to have an opportunity to share it with our community.

I’m excited and looking forward to this year of Confirmation and sharing this faith journey with all of you!

Kristenne - Hello there! My name is Kristenne (pronounced Chris-teen) and I have been serving with St. Anne's Youth Ministry since 2005. From Youth Choir to Lectoring, Emmaus Peer Ministry to Eucharistic Ministry...you can say my time here so far has been a mixture of different "moments". All these experiences have taught me that having a safe space to ask questions, reflect on yourself, and learn with each other means a lot; not only to young people, but any person wishing to grow.

I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone of you this year as we all go through our journey together. Peace, Love and *warm fuzzies*

Maricel - Hello everyone! My name is Maricel Cruz! I have been an active member at St.Anne's since high school! I was a member of Emmaus for five years and going on my sixth year of teaching Confirmation! I currently teach first grade at All Saints Catholic School, love traveling and am a die hard Warriors fan! I have lived in Union City my whole life and love this community! I have worked as a Preschool Teacher, After School Program Director, and Behavioral Counselor. I'm looking forward to a spiritually enriching year!

Michelle - Greetings! My name is Michelle Sarmiento and this is my first year teaching Confirmation. When I was a kid my grandmother brought my sister and I to church every Sunday. As I got older, attending church became my own choice rather than it being forced on me. I completed Youth Ministry and Confirmation at St. Anne. I have wonderful memories from all of the retreats, LA Youth Days, Youth Rallies, and other church festivities. After being Confirmed I joined Emmaus and was an active peer minister for six years. Emmaus helped me become the person I am today and I have gained many useful skills while being a peer minister. I earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from California State University, East Bay. Last year I taught English Composition to college freshmen. I currently teach Junior High English and assist with the 5th grade class at St. Clement Catholic School. Here are some things about me… Basketball is my favorite sport! Go Lakers! I am also a fan of the Raiders and SF Giants. I love to read, write, watch movies, and attend concerts. Sushi and seafood are my favorite foods. Polynesian dance is one of my passions. One day I hope to publish a book.

I am thrilled to be part of the Confirmation staff this year and can’t wait to begin this new journey!

Sally - Sally Welcome Everyone! I’m Sally. I am excited to be a part of the Saint Anne’s community. This is my 1 st year teaching Confirmation at Saint Anne’s. I have been involved in Faith Formation for 19 years teaching at different parishes within the Oakland Diocese. My faith is a deep component of who I am. I serve with the purpose to be the hands and feet of Christ. I look forward to learning and growing on our faith journey together.

Just a little about me…I grew up in Oakland/San Leandro. I went to Catholic elementary/high schools. I have two terrific children, Janelle and Nicholas, and a wonderful husband, Ronald. I love my job and think of it more as doing ministry than work. I like strolls along the beach, sunrises and sunsets, journaling, family/friends get together, and Disneyland!

Samantha - Hello, my name is Samantha Aradanas and this is my sixth year teaching Confirmation. I also previously taught First Communion CCD for 2nd- 4th graders. I decided to become a CCD teacher after reading a book called Purpose Driven Life. One of the main things I learned from it was that we should use our talents and gifts to serve God. I feel that God gave me the gift of working with children and youth, so the calling to be a CCD teacher came soon after reading this book, and soon after that, I became a Confirmation teacher. I also visit, talk, and pray with the youth in juvenile hall twice a month as part of another church ministry. I am a school psychologist in Fremont Unified and used to work in San Leandro Unified. I went to UC San Diego for undergrad (I love San Diego and visit any time I can!) and SF State for grad school. I try my best to stay active by running/jogging and going to the gym. Basketball is my favorite sport- Go Warriors! Other random stuff about me: I love sushi, I am one of 36 grandchildren, and enjoy traveling and seeing new places! I’m looking forward to an exciting year as we continue to grow in our faith together <3

Sheila - Sheila Aloha! My name is Sheila and many know me as “She” or “mamma She”. This is my second year teaching confirmation at Saint Anne. I’ve been involved in youth ministry and taught confirmation for 22 years.

Purpose. Model. Life. PURPOSE: My purpose is to serve others. I’m able to realize this through the service of youth ministry and teaching confirmation. I feel a connection and passion working with youth. MODEL: I am mother of 5. The foundation of building values and character begins at home. I do love to teach, and I can be a model for my children and others the importance of actively living their faith. LIFE: The community, confirmation students and confirmation staff breath spiritual life into me. It’s through teaching that i learn and faith sharing that i can connect. These three aspects are a tripod upon which i place my camera to focus and capture clarity. MTFBWU. MYSTAGOGIA!

Teddy - Hey everyone! My name is Teddy Del Rosario, and this is my second year teaching Confirmation! I grew up doing CCD, Youth Ministry, and Confirmation at St. Anne. Immediately after I was confirmed, I joined Emmaus and became a Eucharistic Minister. I also teach 8th Grade CCD and co-direct the Young Adult Choir. I’m definitely excited for the upcoming year! I wouldn’t be who I am today without the unconditional love and support I’ve received through different ministries at St. Anne, and I hope to provide that same love and support for the young people I teach. My involvement at St. Anne has given me a deep passion for my faith and the community, and I am looking forward to sharing and learning with everyone on our journey of faith together.

Just a few things about me: I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and I am currently working as an app developer for a startup company. When I can, I help coach volleyball at James Logan High School where I also played. I absolutely love music! I play the alto saxophone, a bit of piano and guitar, and I love randomly singing wherever I go. I’m an avid moviegoer, and I also watch way too many TV shows to count. Most of the time, I just like to eat out with friends, hang out, and play board games. I hope we can all hang out, have fun, and learn from one another this year!

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development at UC Davis and graduated from CSU East Bay with a Master’s degree in Counseling. I am in my third year as a School Counselor at San Lorenzo High School. I love music! I enjoy dancing, singing, and watching concerts and Broadway musicals. I also love going on adventures like hiking, beach bumming it, exploring new places with friends, working out, eating, and drinking boba. Yes, those are ALL adventures because life is an adventure! Looking forward to an awesome year together!

Vince - Hello students! My name is Vincent and you can all call me Vince! This is my first year as a confirmation staff member and I am very excited to be a part of this family. I am also an 8th grade faith formation catechist entering my 5th year. I serve in the eucharistic, lector and liturgical ministry at church. God is love and our Catholic faith calls us to serve one another in Jesus name and to love God above all things!

A little bit about myself. I grew up most of my young life in Hayward and moved to Union City in 2001. I lived in Hawaii for 3 years. My favorite food is spam musubi, so send some my way and I will love you forever! My education/work background; attended James Logan High School, San Jose State University with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and currently work for ABAXIS, inc. I enjoy playing basketball, watching the Golden State Warriors, action and comedic movies, hiking/outdoor activities, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I’m really down to earth and take the laid back approach to things, so please send some positive vibes my way! ALOHA & MAHALO! \m/