ABOUT Our Parish

Santiago de Compostela was established as a parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange on September 1, 1979 by Bishop William Johnson. It was named after the Shrine of Saint James of Compostela in Spain. The parish buildings are set on six acres of land featuring a church, rectory (1984) and parish hall (1997). Our church is home of four thousand families. The first Galician Granite Pilgrimage Cross in the United States is now located in our parish fountain. This granite cross was a GIFT to us from our mother church Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Bishop Michael Driscoll blessed this cross on July 25, 1993. The three-foot, carved statue of Santiago was placed in its shrine niche on August 1, 1993.

PARISH Councils

The Pastoral Council assists the pastor as a consultative body to facilitate long-range planning that includes the development of vision statements and goals that flow from the parish mission statement. It exists to aid the aposotlate or mission of the pastor in his work of leading the parish by helping it plan for its future.  The Pastor consults the parish parish pastoral council, asking it "to investigate and consider matters relating to pastoral  activity and to formulate practical conclusions concerning them" (Vatican II, Decree on Bishops, 27).

Generally, members of the Council are well known in the community and have served in leadership roles. Members are open to the input of other parishioners while also striving to communicate pastoral priorities to all. Council members maintain a parish ‘suggestion box’ in the church vestibule to facilitate communication.