Community Ministries

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts

BOY SCOUTS- The Santiago Catholic community sponsors and provides meeting space in the Parish Hall for Boy Scout Troop 604. This group of future leaders are boys in the sixth grade through high school. 

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Troop 604 works to fulfill this mission through fun, engaging, and enriching experiences for boys age 10-17 that give them opportunities to expand their knowledge, gain self confidence and demonstrate self-reliance, and demonstrate leadership. Troop 604 meets on Monday nights in the choir room, and at Pittsford Park during the summer.

For additional information contact Eleanor Flores at 949-581-1446.

CUB SCOUTS- The Santiago Catholic community sponsors and provides meeting space in the Parish Hall for Cub Scout Pack 651. This group of future leaders are boys in the First through Fifth grades. The Cub Master is Rose Dressler, she can be reached at 818-439-4921.

friends in fAIth

Friends in Faith is a ministry serving the needs of developmentally disabled adults. The central meaning of Jesus' ministry was bound up in the fact that He sought the company of people with special needs and those who were forced to live on the fringe of society. Our goal is to bring Christ's message to persons with developmental disabilities in a warm and inviting environment.

For more information, contact Kathleen Collins 949-230-4424 or Dottie Gannon 949-598-3020.

guess who's coming to dinNer

This program is the longest running program here at Santiago. The format: Four couples or singles agree to take turns hosting a dinner at their home. The purpose of these group dinners has not changed since its inception; it’s an opportunity to get acquainted with fellow parishioners in a fun and relaxed way. Each group meets once a month at one another’s home for a potluck dinner and conversation, a great way to meet like-minded people. For additional information please contact Jackie Stashik at (949) 597-1596.

just faith

Just Faith is a holistic experience in understanding social justice. The process includes reading books, small group reflection, immersion, prayer and service. The program is presented once a year here at Santiago, usually in September.

In addition to forming the heart and mind around the Catholic Church’s position on social justice, this ministry provides speakers to help educate the members of the parish on social justice issues and to be an encouraging advocacy for Catholic social teaching and biblical principles.

      People who want to get involved in Social Justice Issues locally will find this program exciting. Consider joining in the next class and get involved here at home in helping to promote prayer, ministry, education and advocacy for the least fortunate among us.

Los Peregrinos de Santiago

The pilgrims of Santiago are dedicated to feeding the day laborers of Lake Forest on Saturday mornings. Currently nine different teams meet Saturday mornings, in the Parish Hall kitchen, at 9am and prepare breakfast burritos for the day laborers. In too many cases this is the only meal they will have on Saturday.

      The ingredients for the burritos are provided by the team or the generosity of the Santiago faith community. We always need new people or new teams. For additional information contact at (949) 951-8599.

meal ministry

This ministry follows Jesus’ instruction to Peter as described in John 21:17 feed my sheep. While this bible passage is recognized as feeding spiritual food, our ministry follows the conviction to be able to focus on the spiritual needs the body must also be fed.

We are members of the Santiago community who come together to prepare provide food on a temporary basis for families with special needs, such as surgery, illness, new baby, etc. 

Volunteers are welcome and may contact the parish office at 949-951-8599 or Mary Ann McConahey at 949-770-3056.

Seniors of Santiago

The Seniors of Santiago are mature members of the Santiago community who gather for fellowship and support. We meet the third Tuesday of the month; we have no fixed meeting agenda as our purpose is to enjoy the companionship of one another. Typically our meeting is a luncheon where we exchange thoughts and ideas on how to mature in a secular world with God as our beacon. Annually we sponsor a potluck Christmas dinner. As meeting venues and times change, please see the parish bulletin for details or contact Pearl Breen at 949-770-4939.

Theo's Work

The mission of Theo's Work is to offer support to Fr. Marc Boisvert's orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti by means of fundraising and supporting him and his endeavors to feed, house, and educate orphans and abandoned boys. The orphanage houses more than 600 children. For more information on the work that Fr. Marc is doing in Haiti please visit Theo's Work Website. This ministry is open to all whose hearts are touched by this incredible priest and his beautiful children. Contact Dee Orlowski at (949) 699-0413 for ways to help.

writers' ministry

You are invited to attend!


Writers’ Ministry Workshop meeting Not a writer? Then please come and listen! We practice and share our writing skills in many ways: Poetry, Reflections, Meditations, Testimony Journaling. 

Monthly meetings on the first Thursday at 7pm in the Library.


If you are interested, contact Ruthanne Inscore (949) 472-0962 or  Ed Smith (949) 207-4575.


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