The Church of the Nativity High School Youth Ministry Program fosters the spiritual, intellectual, and social growth of young people and empowers them to serve as disciples of Jesus while drawing them to responsible participation in the life of the Church.
The Church of the Nativity High School Youth Ministry Program involves 4 components and is based on these church documents: A Vision of Youth Ministry, Renewing the Vision, and Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).
- Educational/Catechesis - this is accomplished mainly through our Sunday Topic Nights from September to June. Sunday Topic Nights are about on going Faith Formation and challenging teens to apply and live all aspects of their Catholic faith in everyday life. Although some refer to these Topic Nights as "Confirmation Class", they are not about Confirmation. Our 4 year curriculum from St. Mary's Press allows for both a Catechetical systematic structure and the flexibility to cover current events.
- Service Projects - there are regularly scheduled Service Projects inside and outside the parish as well as many others offered to the teens by the outside community during the year.
- Social Events - take place approximately every other month, with the teens voting on the activity.
- Confirmation Program - runs from February through May of the Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year. The Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class is specifically education on the Sacrament of Confirmation for eligible Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors and is in addition to our normal Sunday Topic Nights. It only involves 5 classes, a Retreat, small homework assignments, and the successful completion of a Final Interview. Confirmation is only a small part along the journey or a teen's Faith Formation process within the Nativity High School Youth Ministry Program, not the end or "graduation" from Faith Formation.
To register your teen in the High School Youth Ministry Program please download the High School Youth Ministry Registration Form below and mail it to: Church of the Nativity c/o Mike James, P.O. Box 8770, Rancho Santa Fe, CA., 92067.
If you would like more information on the Nativity High School Youth Ministry Program please contact Mike James, Youth Minister, at (858) 756-1911 ext. 5.
Youth Ministry Calendar
February 16 - no class
February 23 - Topic Night - 5-6:15pm
March 1 - No Class
March 8 - Topic Night - 5-6:15pm (Refreshments: DiPasquale)
March 10 - Lent Penance Service - 6:30pm
March 15 - Topic Night - 5-6:15pm (Refreshments: Jorgensen)
March 22 - Topic Night - 5-6:15pm (Refreshments: Grismer)
March 29 - Topic Night - 5-6:15pm (Refreshments: Bucher)
High School Confirmation
Parents may download our Confirmation Policy at the link below.
February 9, 2020 - Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #1 - 3:30-4:30pm
February 23, 2020 - Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #2 - 3:30-4:30pm
March 8, 2020 - Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #3 - 3:30-4:30pm - (My Personal Creed due)
March 14, 2020 - Confirmation Retreat - 10:30am-7pm
March 15, 2020 - Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #4 - 3:30-4:30pm - (Confirmation Readiness Questionnaire due)
March 29, 2020 - Confirmation Immediate Preparation Class #5 - 3:30-4:30pm - (Confirmation Name Essay due)
March 31, 2020 - April 17, 2020 - Final Interviews by appointment
April 26, 2020 - Confirmation Mass - 5pm - (Sponsors and Teens should arrive at 4pm)
Our 2020 Confirmation Retreat date has been set for Saturday March 14, 2020 from 10:30am to 7pm at Church of the Nativity. Teens should dress casual and bring a sack lunch. Nativity will provide small refreshments. A Confirmation Retreat is required in order to be Confirmed. If a teen can't attend our Confirmation Retreat they must go on another parish's Confirmation Retreat in order to meet the requirement.