St. James Youth Ministry

The purpose of St. James Youth Ministry (SJYM): to be missionaries for the hearts of young people.  We are led, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to create life-giving, joy-filled, merciful encounters with the person of Jesus Christ.  Through this communion with Jesus, we draw close to each other, the St. James parish family and the communities we have been chosen and called to witness to a hope that lasts.  We rely on the inspiration and the teachings of the Catholic Church so that a young person can make a confident decision to be a life-long disciple.



Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation preparation is a two-year process within the high school years. This two-year formation process is based on the principles set forth in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. Our Confirmation process is not only preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, we focus on the importance of youth becoming active members of their Catholic Church Community.  Youth are expected meet every other Tuesday from October – May.  Contact Evangely Aliangan Ward at 858.755.2545 *114 or


World Youth Day is a unique event that transforms the lives of youth and young adults. Pilgrims experience the universality of the church as never before during a week of faith celebrations with Catholic youth from around the world.

WYD this year will take place in Panama City, Panama from January 20 to 28,  2019 (tentatively as flights haven’t yet been purchased).  Our package will cost $2,677.00 which includes: roundtrip airfare, airport transfers abroad, simple lodging (with parish families or in parish hall), WYD registration & meals, 2 meals/day pre & post-WYD, entrance fees to day trips: Rainforest Escape & Panama Canal Ferry Cruise & travel insurance.  Must have passport!

If you would like to join our group of pilgrims, please contact Evangely  at or at 858-755-2545 *114, right away.

I T I N E R A RY (tentative)

Jan 20, Sunday: Arrive in Panama, check into lodging, and prepare for WYD
Jan 21, Monday: Day Trip
Jan 22, Tuesday: Panama City Tour, WYD Opening Ceremonies
Jan 23, Wednesday: Morning catechesis, WYD Youth Festival
Jan 24, Thursday: Morning catechesis, Papal Welcome Ceremonies
Jan 25, Friday: Morning, catechesis, Youth Festival, Stations of the Cross
Jan 26, Saturday: Pilgrimage Walk, Prayer Vigil with the Holy Father, Overnight camp-out
Jan 27, Sunday: Mass with the Pope, Pilgrimage Walk back to Panama City
Jan 28, Monday: Depart for home