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Join us for a musical celebration of the birth of our Lord. Our choirs, priests and special guests will perform music from around the world. This is a free family friendly event and everyone is invited.
Novena in English at 8:30am
Novena in Spanish at 7pm
Please note that on December 8th the Spanish Novena will be held at 6pm in the Lecture Hall.
Michael Kazemi, Esq. who specializes in Immigration Law will be giving a presentation on Immigration Legislation, the opportunity window and budget for applying for DACA, and opening up a question and answer session. For more information, click on the image.
This class is being offered by parishioner and Zumba Instructor, Maria Rodriquez, is for adults only (18+ years) and will meet every other week. To attend, we ask a free-will donation at each class, donations going directly to the parish. Come out and get your heart pumping!
Wednesday, December 7th
6pm Vigil Mass in English
Thursday, December 8th
8am Mass in English
6pm Mass in English
7:30pm Mass in Spanish
Since December of 2014, our Advent Marian Exhibit has grown with various statues and works of art of Our Blessed Mother, in all of her representations, from the private collections of Fr. Thomas and many Santiago parishioners. This year we have moved out of the Santiago Room and into a larger venue in the Lecture Hall. If you would like to share your own personal images or statues of Mother Mary, we would be thrilled to add them to our display. Please contact Lyanamar Medina to make arrangements.
Each first Friday of the month we have a 24 hour Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (from 8am Friday to 8am Saturday) with the Holy Hour of Prayer on Friday at 7pm. Adoration ends Saturday morning with Benediction before the 8am Mass.
On the second Saturday of each month, Mass with Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at the 8am Mass. Come and experience the power of faith and the healing presence of God.
On the second Saturday morning of each month, our Knights of Columbus are here to collect your recyclables. The receiving area is in the lower church parking lot off of Old Trabuco Road. Enter the lot and make your first right toward the corner of our property.
Items we accept include: aluminum cans, bi-metal cans, newspapers, all types of paper to include junk mail and architectural drawings, books, magazines, glass jars and bottles, plastic bottles and all other plastic containers.
If you are unsure if the item is recyclable, just bring it by and one of the volunteers will let you know. Your recyclables are a gift to those in need.
Like many Americans, religious communities face the monumental challenge of funding eldercare. Many elder religious worked for years for small stipends, leaving a large gap in retirement savings. At the same time, fewer religious are able to serve in compensated ministry. Across the United States, hundreds of religious communities lack the financial resources sufficient to meet the retirement and health-care needs of aging members. The need is real and ongoing. For more information, or to donate to them directly through their website, please click on the image for a link. We thank you for your generosity.
Santiago's community supports South County Outreach with a food drive held the second weekend of each month. We collect canned and boxed items that are easy to prepare and store at the local food pantry for those in need. Look for the blue barrels in the church plaza area for your food donations. If you are unable to bring the items this particular weekend, we do have collection boxes located just inside the parish hall doors where you can leave your donation. For more information about South County Outreach, click on the image of their logo.
Mañanitas at 5am
Mass in Spanish at 5:30am
Mass in English at 8am
Mass in Spanish at 7pm
Simbang Gabi is a 9-Day Novena of Masses at 5:30am from December 16th through December 24th. This Filipino tradition adapted from the Catholic Misa de Gallo, which literally means "Mass of the Rooster," to indicate it is held when the rooster crows. Bishop Kevin Vann will celebrate the December 19th Mass. At the last Mass on Christmas Eve morning, parishioners are invited to bring the Baby Jesus from their Nativity sets to be blessed.
Prepare the way for the Lord...
There will be several priests on hand to hear confessions and grant absolution in this time of Advent.
December 24, 2016: Vigil of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
4pm Mass in English in both Church and Parish Hall
6pm Mass in English in the Church
10pm Christmas Carols
10:30pm Bi-lingual Mass in the Church
December 25, 2016: Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
7am Mass in English in the Church
8:30am Mass in English in the Church
10:15am Mass in English in both the Church and the Parish Hall
12pm Mass in English in the Church
1:45pm Mass in Spanish in the Church
6pm Mass in Spanish in the Church
You can help support the brave women who choose LIFE for their infants, with your donation of diapers or baby shower appropriate gifts. Placing them in the portable crib (found near the fountain) on the last Sunday of each month.
Our parish priests are currently hearing confessions each Friday evening from 4pm to 5pm, in addition to our Saturday confessions from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, upon their availability. We will generally have both priests available unless one is otherwise engaged in another obligation.
We have successfully launched our newest form of communication, My Parish App. As a special gift to each parish from the Diocese of Orange for their 40th Anniversary, we have personalized our own app to fit the needs of our parishioners. The more features we explore, the more excited we become to bring you this powerful tool. You will receive notifications on your smart phones for upcoming events, be able to access our parish calendar, even send an email to any of the staff or clergy. You can also tailor the app to keep track of your Confession and Mass Schedules. Click on the image to download your app today, and select Santiago de Compostela as you parish. Lets stay connected!
4 December, 2016
My Dearest Parish Family,
God be with us always.
Thank you very much for the warm welcome home greetings after being away for a Pilgrimage of Mercy in Italy. I meant it that I lighted a candle for our Parish Family whenever possible.
You probably know the saying: “Many hands make the load light.” This is true for the past two Parish events where the cooperation and working together of our parishioners made it possible and successful. I am referring to the Noel Night last December 2nd and the Welcome Rites and Activities for our Newly Registered Parishioners. We have, if you remembered, also began reciting together our New Parish Mission Statement. It is my hope and wish that as we pronounce it with our lips we instill it in our hearts and practice it in our lives.
We are halfway through the Season of Advent and as we move closer into Christmas it will only get busier and more hectic. May we all remember to heed what St. John the Baptist proclaimed, which is to prepare the way of the Lord Coming to us – our Messiah, our Emmanuel . . . the God who is with us.
One good means is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which our Parish will have during our Advent Penance Service on December 19th. However, there is no need to wait for that day because we have regular days and times for this Sacrament. It is a Sacrament of Hope and Healing. I read once: “Where there is no faith in the future there is no power in the present.”
God’s mercy and forgiveness allows us to experience the grace and gift of hope; empowering us to persevere and believe in the immense love and care of God our Loving Father. This is what Advent is about – making a choice to allow the light to conquer – dispel the darkness. Life to triumph over death.
In parting, may I repeat what St. Paul wrote to the Romans: “Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by the encouragement of the Scripture we might have hope.” Happy Advent.
God bless and take care.
Love and prayers,
Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval