2018 Ad Altare Dei Program

Attention Scouts and Venture Youth! 
Register for the 2018 Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblem Program. 

Scouts that want to join the 2018 Ad Altare Dei program should attend the information night on
Sunday, January 14, 2018; 6PM at St. Bonaventure Church Parish Hall – Sister Bridget Room.  

It is open to all Catholic Boy Scout & Venturer youth who are 13 years of age or older and
completed the 6th grade before starting the program. 

The Ad Altare Dei program centers on the 7 Sacraments. 

Literally Ad Altare Dei means the Altar of God.  Just as Scouting provides
the opportunity to develop life skills in a very practical way,
the Ad Altare Dei program provides a practical way to develop the spiritual aspect
of your life and address your “Duty to God” and “A Scout is Reverent.”   

Classes will be held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at
St. Bonaventure Church Parish Hall – Sister Bridget Room, 6:00 to 7:30,
starting February 11th and continuing through November 2018.  

The Board of Review is in November 2018 and the Investiture Mass is in January 2019.

Religious award counselors will be Ron Young (ASM Troop 558) and D.J. Clarke (ASM Troop 227) 
Please contact Ron Young for questions or to register at Roneyoung@msn.com

TENTATIVE 2018 Ad Altare Dei Schedule of Events

Dates Times Subject
January 14 6:00 PM Parent – Scout Introduction Meeting
February 11 6:00 PM Chapter One – Sacraments & Sacramentals
March 11 6:00 PM Chapter Two – Baptism
March/April TBD Reconciliation Prayer Service
April 8 6:00 PM Chapter Three – Confirmation
May 6 6:00 PM Chapter Four – Eucharist (Part 1)
June 9 10:00 AM Priesthood ordinations at St. Columban
June 10 6:00 PM Chapter Four – Eucharist (Part 2)
July 8 6:00 PM Chapter Five – Reconciliation
July/August TBA Religious Encounter or Day of Recollection
August 12 6:00 PM Chapter Six – Anointing of the Sick
September 9 6:00 PM Chapter Seven – Holy Order
October 14 6:00 PM Chapter Eight – Marriage
November 11 6:00 PM Tentative  Meeting to Review Handbooks
November TBA Board of Review
January 26, 2019 2:00 pm Scout Religious Emblem Ceremony (Tentative)


AAD & PPXII Information Meeting at St. Joachim

Religious Emblem Program

Boy Scouts of America &
National Catholic Committee on Scouting®

Information Meeting for Boy Scouts, Venturers and their Parents!

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saint Joachim Catholic Church
1964 Orange Avenue, Costa Mesa,‎ CA‎ 92627
(Annex A across the street from the Church)

Father Michael Hanifin – (949) 574-7400
Email: fr.mike@stjccm.org
Google MAP – St. Joachim

StJoachimFather Michael Hanifin invites those young people in the 7th grade and above who may wish to earn the Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblems for Scouting and Venturing are invited to attend a special information meeting with their parents to learn the requirements and to answer any questions they may have regarding the program.The youth must be at least 13 years old or older and a member of a Scout Troop or a Venture Crew before beginning the Ad Altare Dei Program.  The program takes about 8 to 9 months to complete the requirements.  The Ad Altare Dei Program will meet on a monthly basis on a Sunday afternoon at Saint Joachim Parish in Costa Mesa and work together with youth from various Scout troops and Venture Crews in the Orange County Area to complete the program.Please contact Father Michael Hanifin at (949) 574-7400 for information and to register for the meeting.


POPE PIUS XII Religious Emblem Program

Boy Scouts of America &
National Catholic Committee on Scouting®

Information Meeting for Boy Scouts, Venturers and their Parents
 Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saint Joachim Catholic Church
Event Flier
1964 Orange Avenue, Costa Mesa,‎ CA‎ 92627
(Annex A across the street from the Church)
Father Michael Hanifin – (949) 574-7400
Email: fr.make@stjccm.org 
Google MAP – St. Joachim


Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem Program (grades 9 – college – young men and women in the Scouting & Venturing Programs) is available to those active in the programs offered through Boy Scouts of America that is geared to High School youth.  The focus of this program is helping the teenager to discern his or her calling or vocation in life.  This program is run by the teenagers and monitored and guided by the adult leaders.

There will be an information meeting for those interested young people and their parents desiring to earn the Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem on December 14th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Please contact Father Michael Hanifin at (949) 574-7400 for information and to register for the meeting.


DCCS Religious Emblems & Awards Ceremony

Mark Your BSA Calendars for 2018!!!

WHATYouth BSA Religious Emblems Ceremony
and Adult BSA Religious Awards Recognition

WHENSaturday, January 27, 2018 at 2:00PM
(Registration/Check-In at 1:30PM)

WHERESt. Joachim Catholic Church
1964 Orange Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92627


To be able to receive your award,
CUB SCOUTS must finish their book and
have it signed by the Parish Pastor
and send the signed back page to:
DCCS c/o Jo Golcher
17794 Winterberry St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
along with the $30.00 fee for
the Medal, Knot, Device and Parent Pin.

Due to the Committee by November 1, 2017



Ad Altare Dei & Pope Puis XII

The first page in their AAD or PPXII book must be signed by
Applicant, Pastor, Counselor, Scoutmaster and Parents.

Boy Scout & Venture Info: Jerry De Santos

At their Boards, Scouts/Venturer should bring their book,
some of the projects they did during the year
along with $30.00 for their Medal, Knot, and Device.


Questions can be sent to Deanna at oalady.dw@gmail.com
or Jerry at Emblems@OCCatholicScouting.org

2017 Religious Emblems Ceremony

On Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Auxiliary Bishop Tim Freyer celebrated Mass with Deacon Nick Sherg and Father Mike Hanifin Past National Chaplain on Scouting. Over 100 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Veture Crew youth recieved recognition for completing their Religious Emblems.  Additionally, 3 Scouts received the Pillars of Faith Award for completing all 4 Emblems during their trail in Scouting.

6 adults received the Bronze Pelican by the Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting for their service.

3 adults were awarded the National Catholic Commttee on Scouting St George Emblem.

Diana Pham (Crew 1910) received the Vic Rogers Award for young Adults that continues to serve.

Lastly, Jorge R. Sanchez was honored with distingusihed Msgr. Sammon Award along with the St George Emblem for his years of service to the Catholic Committee on Scouting and the Diocese of Orange.