Confirmation/Youth Group

The Confirmation program at St. John the Baptist provides catechism to teenage Catholics in preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. The program is open to students in 8th thru 11th grade.  All who are interested in deepening their faith and receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.

The program spans two academic years and includes bi-weekly Catechism meetings, a retreat and other events and opportunities for spiritual edification and service work. Those interested in receiving Sacrament of the Rite of Confirmation must have completed a full year of participation in the Youth Ministry Program and have received the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Communion.

Youth Ministry & Confirmation classes meet at the Community Center from 7:00 – 8:00 every other Wednesday beginning Wednesday, October 9, 2019.  A parent & student registration & orientation meeting will be held at 7:00 on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Community Center.

For more information contact Gina DeLaTorre, Youth Ministry & Confirmation Director at (510) 815-0050 or by e-mail at

Forms for the program

Registration form for 2019-2020
Parental Permission Form
Health Form

11 Saints who died young

11 Saints who died young

Remarkably Average: The Life of Blessed Chiara Badano

Do you ever look around at all the actresses, singers, athletes, and reality stars and wonder why you can’t be famous like them? Maybe you pray at night that you’ll get “discovered” on YouTube. Or maybe you want to get famous spreading God’s word. That can’t be bad, can it? After all, can’t you do more for him as a celebrity than as an average person?

To answer that question, I think a story is in order.


St. José Sánchez del Río: The boy who died for love of Christ the King

My dear mother:

I was made a prisoner in battle today. I think I will die soon, but I do not care, mother. Resign yourself to the will of God. I will die happy because I die on the side of our God. Do not worry about my death, which would mortify me. Tell my brothers to follow the example that their youngest brother leaves them, and do the will of God. Have courage and send me your blessing along with my father’s.

Send my regards to everyone one last time and finally receive the heart of your son who loves you so much and who wanted to see you before dying.

— José Sánchez del Río


25 Saints under 25


A 16-year-old peasant girl was be beatified September 1, 2018 as a martyr in Slovakia, seven decades after she was shot in front of her family for resisting rape by a drunken Soviet soldier. 

Read her story at

The Blessed Karolina Kózka

Blessed Karolina Kózka

On 18 November 1914 at around 9:00pm an armed Russian soldier came to their house asking questions about the Austrian forces before ordering Kózka and her father to go with him for he told them that he was taking them to the commanding officer. The pair and the soldier reached the edge of the forest where the soldier commanded her father to return home. The man went back to his home – he was reluctant – leaving his daughter in the clutches of the Russian. Two men (Franziskus Zalesny and Franziskus Broda) witnessed the soldier’s attack on Kózka and watched from behind the bushes; he attempted to force himself upon her but she struggled and refused to give in to his advances. The angered soldier then stabbed her with his knife multiple times.[2] But she managed to run over 800 meters towards the swamps which saved her from further attacks since the chase was difficult for the soldier. The man saw her fall and gave up the chase believing her to be dead or on the verge of death. But it was too late for her for the wounds inflicted had caused too much blood loss which caused her death in the swamps between 9:30 and 9:40pm; one stabbing hit her carotid causing excessive bleeding. Wikipedia


11 year old altar server martyred protecting the Blessed Sacrament

Meet Sandra Sabattini, a 22-year-old soon to be beatified