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 all high school students who are interested in deepening their faith and receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.

The program spans one academic year and includes weekly Catechism meetings, a retreat and other events and opportunities for spiritual edification. Prior to entering the program, interested candidates must have completed a full year of participation in the parish youth group and received the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Communion.

Confirmation meetings are Wednesday nights from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Community Center.

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

Registration form can be found here. Youth Confirmation Signup

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


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Top 25 Saints Under 25 – Heaven Has No Age Limit



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




11 year old altar server martyred protecting the Blessed Sacrament