The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Catholics. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.

If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully. To learn more about the individual sacraments, please follow the tabs below.

  • baptism

    "But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian for through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."

    -Galations 3: 25-27

  • confirmation

    "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

    -Acts 1:8

  • eucharist

    "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. "

    -John 6:51

  • penance

    "Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."

    -John 20: 21-23

  • anointing of the sick

    “Is there anyone sick among you? They should call for the priest of the Church and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.”

    -James 5:13-15

  • holy orders

    "Here I am, send me." 

    -Isaiah 6:8

  • matrimony

    "Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory. For the wedding day of the Lamb* has come, his bride has made herself ready."

    -Revelations 19: 7

  • funeral rites

    “If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him."

    -Romans 6:8


  • Baptism is the first and fundamental sacrament and the gateway to the other sacraments. The purifying and sanctifying sacrament of rebirth, baptism incorporates recipients into the church in a sacramental bond of unity.

    Thank you for cooperating with God, the giver of life, in bringing a precious child into the world! In seeking baptism for your child, you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. Christ offered this first sacrament to all men and women that they might have eternal life. He entrusted this sacrament and the gospel to the Church when he told his apostles: “Go, make disciples of all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

            Sacrament of Baptism for children under 7 years old: 

    •          Please contact the Parish Office for date availability.

            Parents and godparents:

    • Both must attend a pre-baptismal class which is taken at least one month prior to the date of baptism.
    • Godparents must be over 16 years of age, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Practitioners.
    • If godparents are a couple, they must be married through the Catholic Church. If they are not married through the Catholic Church, they do not qualify.
    • If the godparents are just one person (man or woman) or both, they cannot be in a relationship with each other or with a significant other. 
    • Successfully complete all three initiation Sacraments (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation).  


    Please call the Parish Office Alternate Phone (949) 951-8599. Be advised that parents and godparent must attend a preparation class before a baptism date can be scheduled. Please review our parish baptism procedures to find answers to your questions, including information about who can be a Godparent.

    Baptism Procedure

    Baptism Registration

    Godfather Form

    Godmother Form

  • Confirmation enriches the baptized with the Holy Spirit, binding them more perfectly to the Church, and strengthening them in their witness to Christ. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation is conferred through anointing with chrism and the laying on of hands.

    Santiago de Compostela's Vision

    Our vision is to empower the youth of our Parish with morals and values through which they can live out their Catholic faith and develop a sense of belonging and stewardship within our community.

    Preparation Process

    Two-year process directed toward preparing high school students to deepen their faith commitment culminating in receiving this sacrament.

    Santiago de Compostela's Confirmation Programs Consist Of:

    • Confirmation Catechisis
    • Faith-sharing testimonies
    • Service to the Community
    • Peer Leadership
    • Lifeteen

    All of these programs fulfill our mission to incorporate the seven areas of youth ministry including; Evangelization, catechesis, community life, prayer and worship, justice and service, guidance and healing, leadership development, and advocacy.

  • The Eucharist is the sacrament in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received. It is the memorial of the Lord’s death and resurrection and the source of all Christian life and worship. It signifies the unity of the people of God.

    The Church asks two things from each of us in order to receive the Eucharist.

    • We must be in a state of grace – free from all serious sin. 
    • We must fast from all food and drink (other than water or medications) for one hour prior to receiving communion.
  • Through penance, the faithful receive pardon for the sins they have committed and are reconciled with the Church community. 

    Every parishioner is encouraged to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for the two major feasts of the liturgical year, namely, Christmas, and Easter. During the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent ( a time of preparation for these feasts).


    Wednesdays: 3pm-5pm

    Fridays: 6pm-8pm

  • Serious illness is a human limit-situation, a condition which brings the human person to the limits, reducing him or her to helplessness, to an emptiness in which it is difficult for the presence of God, with its joy and consolation, to assert itself. Jesus’ defeat of sickness was a sign of his progressive victory over death, a sign that gave meaning to his words, “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10).”

    Every sacrament represents the continuation in the Church of some aspect of the ministry of Jesus. Jesus healed through prayer and touch and word, an expression of his power to forgive sin. The heart of the sacrament of the sick involves the laying on of hands by the priest, the prayer of faith and the anointing with blessed oil. The Church offers the sick person that which Christ himself can give them which is the help of his power and of his grace so that the sick person feels aided and received by him, and able to trust him and his victory over sin and death.

    The healing ministry of Jesus continues in the Apostolic Church as James 5:13-15 testifies, “Is there anyone sick among you? They should call for the priest of the Church and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.” As soon as one of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the appropriate time for him or her to receive the sacrament has certainly already arrived.

    Please call the parish office during regular hours to request the Anointing of the Sick for a person who is just starting hospice. Call the office, or the emergency number after hours, for a person who has just been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and is in immediate danger of death. Call for a priest immediately if there is a life threatening accident.

    The Sacrament of the Sick is also celebrated in the church the second Saturday of every month within Mass at  8am for the elderly and those who suffer from chronic conditions. Additionally, parish priests anoint those in the local nursing homes on a regular basis.

  • In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, bishops, priests, and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness. 

    This sacrament has three distinct degrees or "orders": deacon, priest, and bishop. All three confer a permanent, sacramental character.

    If you have a calling to be a priest, a deacon, or a religious sister, please contact one of our priests for guidance and direction. His guidance will be extremely beneficial to them. Married adult men (age 35 or older) should likewise contact their pastor for information on becoming a deacon.

  • For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values. The matrimonial covenant establishes a lifetime partnership for the good of the spouses and their offspring.

    Candidates for the sacrament must be registered members of the Parish. Everyone is encouraged to get married at their registered Parish. 

    Required Documents

    • Baptismal Certificate
    • First Communion and Confirmation Certificates
    • Dispensation for disparity of worship or mixed religion, assisted by priest
    • Civil Marriage License
    • Prenuptial Investigation
    • Marriage Preparation Program/Certificate
    $200 Non-refundable deposit is due at the first meeting with Priest to secure the date.

    For more information, please contact the Parish Office Alternate Phone  (949) 951-8599.

  • Significance

    In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity. Christ “achieved his task of redeeming humanity and giving perfect glory to God, principally by the paschal mystery of his blessed passion, resurrection from the dead, and glorious ascension.

    At the funerals of its children the Church confidently celebrates Christ’s paschal mystery. Its intention is that those who by baptism were made one body with the dead and risen Christ may with him pass from death to life. In soul they are to be cleansed and taken up to heaven with the saints and elect; in body they await the blessed hope of Christ’s coming and the resurrection of the dead.

    At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting word of God and the sacrament of the Eucharist.

    Making Arrangements

    The first step is to call a local mortuary who can prepare the body for Christian burial, set a realistic timeline for the celebration of the funeral rites, and contact the Church and cemetery on your behalf to make arrangements. One of the parish priests will try to accommodate your preferred date. In addition, once the funeral date is set, a member of the bereavement team will call you to make an appointment. During this meeting, you will participate in planning the funeral liturgy while the bereavement minster learns more about the faith and life of the beloved deceased. The parish priest will weave aspects of the person’s life into the scripture chosen by the family during the funeral homily. Please see grief support group under the heading, “healing” for the bereft who may be feeling the burden of separation difficult to bear.

    Local Mortuaries and Catholic Cemeteries

    Fairhaven Memorial Services Alternate Phone  (949) 380-8911

    McCormick & Son Mortuary Alternate Phone  (949) 768-0933

    O'Connor Mortuary Alternate Phone  (949) 581-4300

    Saddleback Chapel Mortuary Alternate Phone  (714) 544-1450

    Ascension Catholic Cemetery and Guardian Angel Mausoleum are located just minutes from the parish on Trabuco Road. 

    You may contact them at Alternate Phone (949) 837-1331.

  • The celebration of Quinceañera(s) is a Thanksgiving to God for a new stage for a young lady. The Blessing is given to the young woman in a celebration in the Church known as the Liturgy of the Word (it is not a Mass) and will be presided over by the Deacon. The Prayer of Thanks and the Blessing of gifts or gifts are the culmination of the Thanksgiving celebration, through which the quinceañera renews her baptismal vows.



    • First Communion
    • Confirmation or is enrolled in confirmation classes

    For more information, please call the Parish Office Alternate Phone  (949) 951-8599.

    Thanksgiving Celebration:

    • Saturday 12pm
    • Friday afternoon (call Parish Office for more information)


    • $600 (includes music)