Growing in discipleship

Baptism is the beginning but not the end of the Christian life. We are called to grow daily in our knowledge and love of Jesus by allowing him to walk more closely with us in every dimension of our lives. The risen Christ does not reveal himself to the whole world, but to his disciples. The gospels are full of stories where Jesus takes his disciples apart to be with him, to be formed by his very presence, example, and instruction. Led by the Spirit of the Risen Lord, the members of Santiago parish have numerous opportunities at all age levels to learn from the Master.

From the cross, Jesus not only saves us, but he also teaches us. The cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ by which, through his humanity, we encounter divinity. He calls his disciples to take up their cross and follow him (Mathew 16:26). The cross for disciples of Jesus often takes the form of service to others, agape. Indeed, at Santiago, our vision is that every member of the community be engaged in Christian ministry and service. Reflection on our service of charity in the light of scripture is an outstanding way of growing in discipleship.

The first disciples burned with the desire to proclaim Christ: “We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20).” Today, we cannot help but to invite people to enter into the joy of our communion with Christ. By faith, across the centuries, men and women of all ages, whose names are written in the Book of Life, have confessed the beauty of following the Lord Jesus where they are called to bear witness to the fact that they were Christian: in the family, in the workplace, in public life, in the exercise of the charisms and ministries to which they were called.

From the beginning, Jesus associated his disciples with his own life, revealed the mystery of the Kingdom to them, and gave them a share in his mission, joy and sufferings. Jesus spoke of a still more intimate communion between him and those who would follow him. “Abide in me, and I in you … I am the vine and you are the branches (John 15).” And he proclaimed a mysterious and real communion between his own body and ours: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him (John 6:56) Catechism of the Catholic Church, #787). The interplay between liturgy, learning, evangelization and service is the paradigm by which members of Santiago grow together in discipleship.

Adult Spirituality

Adult Spirituality meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the Parish Hall from 7pm to 9pm. We are adults dedicated to increasing our faith through knowledge, prayer, meditation and contemplation. Our gatherings are reminiscent of the early Church, we share stories, refreshments and listen to guest presenters as together we learn the message of forgiveness and hope Come check us out next month. 

For additional information contact the Parish Office 949-951-8599.

Backyard Theology

Backyard theology is a summer program dedicated to faith enrichment. It is intentionally designed to be summer casual beginning with hot dogs and hamburgers on the patio, participants are requested to bring a side-dish or contribute a free will offering. Social interaction and the meal begin at 6:00pm, Monday evenings.


At 7:30pm the presentation begins in the Parish Hall. The speakers are selected to engage our mind on issues ranging from, who is the Holy Spirit to developing a consistent prayer life, to the Church’s position on bioethics. 

The program runs five five consecutive Monday evenings, beginning with the first Monday in July.

Bible Study

Bible Study meets on Wednesday mornings at 9am and Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the Parish Hall. We invite all men and women of Santiago to participate in this opportunity to grown in wisdom and grace. Bible Study is a friendly, safe, comfortable environment that allows people to participate with others on life's journey.

     The study is like sharing a meal-

  • Personal preparation is the appetizer - God wets your appetite for something more.  
  • Small group sharing is the pot-luck entrée - everyone brings something to the table to share.
  • Break time is fellowship and nourishment for the body - a time to grow in faith and understanding.
  • Lecture is the dessert, putting the frosting on the lesson - it is a complete and filling food for the soul.

Bible Study has existed at Santiago for 30 years and offers a wonderful way to have your faith seeking understanding.

For more information about joining Santiago's Adult Bible Study please contact: Barbara Callahan 949-768-1170 or

                                                                                                                                          Nancy Kobayashi 949-766-8126

Catholic Men's Fellowship

Catholic Men's Fellowship is a ministry with a mission to encourage men to become daily followers of Christ through the renewal of their minds and transformation of the hearts and lives. We believe that in order for men to achieve this, it is vital to be connected with other men through fellowship. 

The Santiago Catholic Men's Fellowship Group meets every Saturday morning at 7am to share our spiritual successes and struggles with our brothers in Christ. Together we provide encouragement and support along our spiritual journey. All are welcome. 

Please contact Bill Stegall 949-532-6420.

christian men in commerce

Christian Men in Commerce encourages and equips its members to be God's presence in the workplace by the power of the Holy Spirit, exercising faith, integrity and excellence. Learn more:

Contact: Jules Miller (949) 752-7379

Ricardo Teano (949) 632-1961

couples for christ

Movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. 

Contact: Jhason and Sharon Estrada;

Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter is a weekend for couples who consider their marriage good but want to make it better. It is designed to give married couples the opportunity to examine their lives together - a time to share their feelings, hopes, disappointments, joys and frustrations - and to do so openly and honestly in a face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter with the one person they have chosen to live with for the rest of their lives. 

The emphasis of the Marriage Encounter weekend is on communication between husband and wife, who spend a weekend together away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, to concentrate on each other. It's not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, nor group sensitivity. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian Marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together, to rediscover each other and together focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention! 

For more information, please contact Joe and Terri Cruz at 949-837-4313 or

                                                                 Bob and Lisa Durham at 949-702-2757

spiritual EXERCISES of st. ignatius

Prayer group that meets weekly (September thru May). We use Ignatian spirituality, prayer techniques and our goal is to develop a deeper relationship with God.

Contact: Paul Shisbey (949) 215-6937