• the cornerstone catholic scripture study

    6:45 PM-8:45 PM, ThursdayS-Sep 2024-MARCH 2025

    Pastoral Center>upstairs>room d

    The CORNERSTONE Catholic Scripture Study will be return in September 2024. Please check back at the end of summer for the schedule for the next round.

    The Cornerstone strives to build, strengthen and deepen a personal and loving relationship with God and His people through prayer and the study of His Word.

    This is a 4-part study centered in prayer, 1) Individual weekly lesson, 2) Small group sharing, 3) Written Catholic Commentary and 4) Spiritual reflection with relevant personal application.

    Join any Thursday between September 2024 and March 2025 for free. Come, study and connect with others where you will be transformed by God’s Holy Word.

    Mary Ann Strindberg 949-240-5924

    Rick Tysdal

  • adorers of the blessed sacrament

    During Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the second Monday of the month, members of this ministry commit to being present in the Basilica for a specific hour in a 24-hour period.  This commitment to be present in the basilica all day and all night assures that someone is constantly in attendance and prayer during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

    Carla Kallen 949-493-6181
  • catholic men's fellowship

    We exist for the purpose of fellowship and community, providing spiritual support and friendship to one another. Hot breakfast, music and good speakers make up each meeting which concludes no later than 9:30 am. No fee is charged, but a donation basket is available to help offset the cost of breakfast.

    John Schreiner 949-929-9377

  • Cursillo

    Cursillo is a three-day "short course" in Catholicism which leads participants to a closer relationship to Christ. Cursillo includes conferences, celebration of the Eucharist (Mass),  Sacrament of Penance, recitation of the rosary, and visits to the Blessed Sacrament. Many who attend Cursillo feel a renewal in their faith and experience a new fervor in prayer and celebration of the sacraments.  In addition to undergoing a profound "encounter with Christ," attendees are also given specific direction and support as to how they can continue to grow their faith beyond the Cursillo weekend.

    Lillian Piper  

    Amy Jane Frater

    Cursillo General Email


  • mission san juan capistrano docents

    The Mission Docents are volunteers that give educational and public group tours to raise funds for the Mission. The docents are comprised of individuals with a strong sense of history, an ability for remembering it, and the passion to share it with others. In order to become a docent, individuals must complete four training classes, plus one-on-one training with a docent mentor and completion of the required observations of other docent tours.

    Maureen McAndrews Volunteer Program Administrator 949-234-1322

  • extraordinary ministers of holy communion

    Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are lay people who are called to distribute Holy Communion during the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist (Mass). Extraordinary Ministers may also take Holy Communion to the sick and home bound. Requirement: Age 25 or older and and have completed all the sacraments of initiation.  Training is provided.

    Irma Castro 949-234-1362

  • knights of columbus

    From our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are Catholic men of faith and men of charitable action. If you would like to be part of an international organization of nearly two million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others, we'd like to meet you and invite you to join us. 

    Check out the Knights New Website!

    Ed Matthews Grand Knight 949-201-7694

  • lectors

    Lectors proclaim the first and second readings of scripture during Catholic mass. When the Sacred Scriptures are read in Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel. The readings from the Word of God are listened to reverently by everyone, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy. Training is provided.  

    Rick Wittenaurer 949-632-7438  


  • secular franciscan order

    Living Gospel to Life and Life to Gospel... this is what we strive to do. Gospel to Life means we are to take the teachings of Jesus and apply them our daily life situations. We strive to demonstrate to our fellow humans what Jesus did:  to strive to bring peace and draw people to God by living the Gospel message. We must be ready to forgive, to comfort, and most of all to love. We must die to ourselves. Life to Gospel means we are to conform our life to Jesus' life. We are to love, suffer, pray, and forgive as He did. This is our way of life .

    Cyndie Dunkerson OFS 949-254-2727

  • ocia parish sponsor

    An OCIA parish sponsor accompanies someone who desires to be baptized.  Duties of a parish sponsor include contacting their catechumen once a week by phone, in person, or by attending sessions on Sunday.  Sponsors pray for and with their catechumens and introduce them to the parish by getting them involved in church activities.   Requirements include a desire to help people in their journey toward a relationship with Christ and the Church.

    Irma Castro 949-234-1362

  • Knitting and Crochet Ministry

    The purpose of this ministry is to gather in friendship and fellowship.  As women are gathered, the working hands of our group have made numerous hats, scarves, shawls and blankets.  These gifts are stitches of love to be shared to comfort those who feel alone in a time of crisis due to an illness or are in a state of homelessness.

    Meeting times:  First Thursday of the month from 9:30AM to 11AM in the Pastoral Center, Conference Room G.

    Christina Puga 949-234-1391

  • Friendly Visitors

    A simple visit in friendship can mean so much and bring joy through the simplicity of human companionship by sharing one hour a week with a senior.  It is so easy to experience a sense of loneliness because of their isolation from others.  To demonstrate the strength of our parish community is to be present in a loving and caring way to those who are in most need of our presence.

    Meeting times:  One hour a week.  The visitation is arranged between friendly visitor and senior.

    Christina Puga 949-234-1391

  • hope - a ministry for widows

    New parish ministry for widows begins on October 16 at 11:30 am.  Lunch will be served.  Rooms B & C in the Pastoral Center.  Enjoy healing companionship, a delicious lunch, and together explore the great hope we have in Christ Jesus!  Contact Eileen Smith for lunch reservations. Facilitated by Robin Griffin.

    Robin Griffin (949) 234-1360

  • Youth

    Our parish's commitment

    Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano is dedicated to upholding the U.S. Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. For this reason, some of our volunteers have specific requirements. For more information, please visit the site below for more information:

    Diocese of Orange Office of Child and Youth Protection