Confirmation Staff

Jeffy, Alfred & Sally

jalsa@stannconfirmation.com

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 World  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 is a verse from a song that’s  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. 

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’ve been teaching so long, my wife and I taught together for a couple of years after we got married, my son went through the program a few years ago, my daughter will be confirmed this year, and I’ve had several former confirmation students return as confirmation teachers! I come back every year because every confirmation candidate I meet is unique and special. I look forward to seeing you all share your gifts with the world around us.

Sally

Hello and Welcome!  My name is Sally Oto.  I am excited to be a part of the Saint Anne's community.  This is my 3rd year teaching Confirmation at Saint Anne's.  I have been involved in Faith formation for 20+ years teaching at different parishes within the Oakland Diocese.  My faith is a deep component of who I am. The Word, Eucharist, prayer, and community strengthen my mind, heart, and soul.  I serve with love, to be the hands and feet of Christ. I look forward to learning, sharing, and growing on our faith journey together.

Just a little about me...I grew up in Oakland/San Leandro.  I went to Catholic elementary school, Bishop O'Dowd High School, and graduated from Cal State Hayward.  I have two terrific children, Janelle and Nicholas, and a wonderful husband, Ronald.  I love family/friends gatherings and Disneyland.

Kat & Vincent

vak@stanneconfirmation.com

Kat

Hi everyone!! I’m Kat and I’m happy and grateful to be teaching again. This is my 8th year teaching Confirmation at St. Anne’s and my 21st year teaching from different parishes within the Oakland diocese.  

When I’m not teaching at St. Anne, I’m out and about caring for my family and friends.  I have 4 kids; AJ (25), Isaiah (16), Kamryn (15) and Gregory Jr. (13).  On a daily basis, you can usually find me out and about doing pick-up and drop-offs for my kids or at their extra-curricular activities. I am also a group fitness instructor and currently teach U-Jam Fitness and POP Pilates at 24 Hour Fitness and Cal State East Bay.  
With God and my faith as my focus, I believe I can do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING I put my mind and determination towards.  Ministry is a part of my life and I am 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!

Vincent

Aloha! My name is Vincent and you can call me Vince! I’m always down for good laughs or puns, so if you have a good one send it my way y’all! This is my third  year as a confirmation staff member and I am always excited to share my faith with you.  I am also an 8th grade faith formation catechist entering my seventh year, so I might see some familiar faces and hopefully remembered names which I’m terrible at fyi so apologies beforehand. I serve on the eucharistic, lector and liturgical ministries here at St. Anne’s church which I am blessed. God is love and our Catholic faith calls us to serve one another in Jesus name and to love God above all things! HE>i

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 Zoetis Animal Health Company. I enjoy playing basketball, watching the Golden State Warriors, action and comedy movies, hiking/outdoor activities, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Traveling is something I look to do more of into this year and future. I’ve recently been to the Philippines, Australia and Japan. My deepest passion is to serve God and through my thoughts and actions I hope to be a spark of light to you on your faith journey. I’m really down to earth and take the laid back approach to things, so please send some positive vibes my way! I’d really love to get to know each and everyone of you! Let me know how I can pray for you today?  ALOHA & MAHALO! \m/

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME! :)

Lauren, Collins & J.J.

colaj@stanneconfirmation.com

Lauren

Howdy! My name is Lauren and I’m excited to be teaching confirmation this year.  I was in Emmaus back in highschool and am excited to return to serve God and the St. Anne community.  In college I was active in the Filipino Catholic Community group called Liwanag.  I graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in biological sciences and currently work in the medical device industry.  However, I have ambitions to pursue my doctorate in physical therapy.

I am currently on a mission to travel the world. Most recently I've been to the Netherlands, Cabo, London, Paris, Hawaii.  I’ve also taken various weekend trips to LA, Orange County, San Diego, Yosemite, and Tahoe.  Later on this year I’m looking forward to going back to Japan.   When I'm home I like to play and watch sports. I enjoy playing/coaching basketball and love watching the Raiders and Golden State Warriors. I have two children that come in dog form named Queenie and Star.  

I'm excited to embark on this new journey and grow in faith with all of you!

 

Collins

Hi,  I am Collins I am so happy that get to be part of this awesome confirmation staff this year. This year marks my third year with Confirmation program. 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. 

J.J.

Hi My name is Joachim J. Mansalay but please call me J.J. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had some kind of ministry. It all started when I became an Altar server, then moved onto being a Eucharistic minister, then youth ministry. Since birth I’ve been a parishioner at St. Joachim Church in Hayward. Yes, before anyone says anything, my name is the same as the church, and no I was not named after it…..ANYWAY….When we had kids, I moved onto becoming a board member of St. Joachim School as soon as our kids started school there. I started coaching CYO basketball and became a catechist and taught the Parent Class which was a class that helped parents who had kids who were preparing to receive a sacrament, such as baptism, first communion and confirmation, and helped parents to better understand our faith and the importance of each sacrament but most of all supporting them and answering any questions they may have.

Now I’m here at St. Anne’s in my 1st year teaching confirmation. My approach is simple. Teach to understand and leave them asking questions. Pretty straight forward right? There’s nothing straight forward about our faith, but that’s what makes it beautiful! What we may not know, we can all learn it together.

So I had aspirations of becoming a nurse, but quickly realized, there is no way I can be a nurse. If I couldn’t stand the smell of changing our kids diapers, how can I be nurse. So I got my Biology degree, but, I’m not even working in health care, instead, I’m an IT systems administrator at UC Berkeley and I’m a Realtor. Yeah….nothing to do with Biology! SOOOO…I’m excited for the upcoming confirmation year and look forward to taking this journey with our students!

Sam, Noy & Corinna

samanoy@stanneconfirmation.com

 

Samantha

Hello, my name is Samantha Aradanas and this is my eighth year teaching Confirmation.  I also previously taught First Communion CCD for 2nd- 4th graders here at St. Anne.  I decided to become a CCD teacher after reading a book called Purpose Driven Life.  One of the main things I took from it was that we should use our talents and gifts to serve God.  I’ve always felt drawn to working with and serving the youth and after reading this book, I felt called to take initiative and become a CCD teacher.  Soon after, I was invited by Jim to become a Confirmation teacher.  I also visit, talk, and pray with the youth in juvenile hall twice a month as part of a church ministry.  While life can get busy between family, friends, work, and ministry, I’m thankful to be a part of the Confirmation program here at St. Anne.  I love seeing my past students at mass (especially when they’ve joined a ministry!) and out in the community; hearing about what they’re up to and watching them grow is always fulfilling.

A little more about me: I am a school psychologist in Fremont Unified and previously worked 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 have a huge family whom I love spending time with (I am one of 36 grandchildren!), enjoy traveling and seeing new places, and just got married!  I’m looking forward to an exciting year as we continue to grow in our faith together <3

Noy

Salutations! My name is Christopher Capacia Hernandez, but everyone calls me Noy! I am excited to be back at Saint Anne Catholic Church, serving as a Confirmation catechist. Ministry and service are valuable to me, and I am happy to have the opportunity to exercise my faith with such a lively community.

I am a huge fan of the arts and am excited to find creative ways to incorporate them in all I do. Looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible (but please keep in mind I am horrible with names hehe).

Teddy & Kevin

tk@stanneconfirmation.com

Kevin

Hello, my name is Kevin Padama. This will be my second year teaching confirmation. Prior to becoming a Confirmation teacher, I too went through the youth ministry program here at St. Anne’s. While I was in the Confirmation program I was also an active member of the Emmaus Peer Ministry. I continued to serve with Emmaus for seven years before moving to Riverside to further my college education. I was also part of the youth and young adult choir, singing during our youth masses. Prior to my first year of Confirmation, I was driven by God’s love to come back home after graduating college, to share my faith, knowledge, and love with the St. Anne youth and community. 

Other notes on myself: I grew up here in Union City. I graduated from James Logan High School in 2010. I graduated from UC Riverside in 2016 and received my bachelor’s in English. I am currently a teacher at All Saints Catholic School in Hayward. I teach 5th grade homeroom and 6th grade Literature and language Arts. In my spare time, I participate in Muay Thai Kickboxing and rock climbing.


Teddy

Hey everyone! My name is Teddy Del Rosario, and this is my fourth 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 iOS Software Engineer for UrbanSitter. 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 also in a band  with some good friends, and we call ourselves Speakeasy. I’m an avid moviegoer, and I 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!

Sheila & Jerico

sj@stanneconfirmation.com

Jerico

Hello Everyone, My name is Jerico Abanico. I have been teaching confirmation at Saint Anne since 2013. Before joining the confirmation staff, 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 and I currently work as an Associate Campus Minister and Theology Teacher at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward.

When I am not at work or at Saint Anne’s, you can find me on a volleyball court coaching. I have been coaching volleyball for a little over 10 years now. I attempt to play when my body allows me to.. =). 

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! Peace, love and blessings.
 

 

Meet the Confirmation Staff

Gospel Reflections by Confirmation Staff

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Brown Bag Project
Family Works of Mercy Project
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Contact Us

Jim Soltau, Coordinator

510-471-7766 ext 22

stayouthministry@sbcglobal.net

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 2018-2019 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 (married to Jennifer) and Becky (married to Ben).  We’ve also been blessed with a grandson, Greyson :-)  I’m a HUGE SF Giants fan and also really enjoy playing golf when I can.

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