Santa Margarita’s Campus Ministry Department is dedicated to the faith development of all students helping them to live out the school’s charism of Caritas Christi, the love of Christ, in their daily lives.

As students journey through their four years at Santa Margarita, the Campus Ministry Department seeks to help foster each student’s personal and spiritual growth. Working alongside students, Campus Ministry provides students with numerous faith-filled opportunities to help build and strengthen their relationship with God and one another. School Masses, retreats, service learning, worship nights and more give student the chance to be a part of Christ’s love in action.

Through a partnership with the Disciples of Mary, Santa Margarita is blessed to have a full-time campus chaplain on staff. The school is also home to The Sacred Heart Chapel, which provides the Santa Margarita community with a sacred space to spend time with the Lord.


Campus Ministry Programs


As a school community, we gather together as an entire school to celebrate Mass throughout the school year. Alumni, parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to join us.

Daily Mass:

Tues - Friday at 2:45pm in the Sacred Heart Chapel. All are welcome.

Please note: When we have an all-school mass, there will be no daily Mass.

All-School Masses: 10:15 a.m. Moiso Family Pavilion

Aug. 15Assumption of Mary
Sept. 12Mass of the Holy Spirit
Oct. 16St. Margaret Mary Mass
Nov. 1All Saints Day
Dec. 09Immaculate Conception
Jan. 30Catholic Schools Week Mass
Feb. 26
Ash Wednesday Mas
Apr 26Resurrection Mass
May 14Marian Mass
May 28
Baccalaureate Mass*

*5pm in the gym

As part of our athletic program, our athletes come together for Mass twice each season. Our sports Masses are open to the entire Santa Margarita community.

Sports Masses: 7:30 a.m. San Francisco Solano

Sept. 18Fall Sports Mass
Oct. 1Fall Sports Mass
Jan. 7Winter Sports Mass
Jan. 22Winter Sports Mass
Feb 18Spring Sports Mass
Mar 10Spring Sports Mass


We invite you to participate in one of the most powerful prayers, “Eucharistic Adoration,” in the tradition of the Catholic Church held every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12 pm in the Sacred Heart Chapel. Do you have challenges, worries, concerns, sorrows, and loneliness? Come sit quietly before the presence of our precious Jesus placed in the center of the Monstrance and let Him help you with all your concerns.

Peer Ministry

In the spirit of Jesus and His message, Campus Ministry, in conjunction with the Religion Department, offers an alternative class for senior religion called Peer Ministry. The first semester of the class emphasizes Christian leadership while the second half focuses on world spirituality. The class trains students to be peer ministers with students planning all-school masses, school prayer services, retreats for all grade levels, praise and worship activities, Christian service projects and most importantly, students are encouraged to create new ministry opportunities for the SMCHS community. Students must be willing to attend meetings and events after school, before school and/or on the weekends. The Peer Ministry class equips students with the ability to be leaders in their church, local community as well as in college. In a broader sense, they go out knowing what it means to be a servant leader.

Applications will be available for the 2020-21 academic year beginning in February

For further information please contact Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Patrick Visconti at viscontip@smhs.org


The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered twice a year through a student’s religion class. Reconciliation is held in the Moiso Family Pavilion. All are welcome to attend.

2019-20 Reconciliation Services
Dec. 11
Mar. 11

Word & Worship

Word and Worship events are led by Santa Margarita students for Santa Margarita students. Held during lunch in the Sacred Heart Chapel, these events give students a chance to take a break and pause for a moment during their school day to refocus and recenter on Jesus Christ. Student testimonies provide students a chance to recognize their own life story in their relationship with God.

2019-2020: Dates TBA

Senior Pilgrimage

The senior pilgrimage, an SM tradition, started in 2000. Each year on Holy Thursday, seniors walk from Santa Margarita Catholic High School to the San Juan Capistrano Basilica. Every step of this 13.7 mile is sacred as it is lifted to God in the name of a person or cause in need of prayers. The pilgrimage concludes with lunch and a prayer service. This year's pilgrimage is on April 09, 2020

Pastoral Care and Grief Support

Santa Margarita’s Campus Ministry team is trained to provide pastoral care to students including grief support. If you are grieving due to the loss of a friend or loved one, we invite you to join a special grief group to find care from others who are struggling too. For more information, please contact Patrick Visconti at viscontip@smhs.org or at 949-766-6000 ext. 1513.

Prayer Requests/Moms in Prayer

Moms in Prayer is an interdenominational ministry of moms who believe prayer makes a difference in the lives of their children and school. The Santa Margarita Moms in Prayer group meets every Thursday in the Sacred Heart Chapel from 9 - 10 a.m.

Please know that you are welcome to join us at any time whenever your schedule allows. Being able to pray for our children is an amazing experience and a vital part of parenting.

You can submit prayer requests below or in the Campus Ministry Office.

Submit a Prayer Request
For more information or questions please contact Patty Hamilton at pattyhhamilton@gmail.com

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Have you been worshiping with us, but never officially took the step to become Catholic?

  • Have you been away from the church … and have now returned, but want to know more?
  • Have you been a Catholic all your life, but never celebrated all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)?
  • Have you joined us from a different background and would now like to find out more about the Catholic Church?

If any of the above questions apply to you and you are a senior, then we would love to help you in your journey!

Visit the Campus Ministry Office to fill out an RCIA inquiry form, or contact Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Patrick Visconti by email or at 949-766-6000 ext. 1513

XLT Praise, Worship & Adoration Nights

Throughout the year, Santa Margarita students gather for XLT nights for powerful nights of worship with live music, a message and adoration. Open to all students, teachers and parents, these nights are a great way to ignite or boost your relationship with God. They are also a great source of fellowship and community with people from surrounding churches.

Most XLTs take place at San Francisco Solano Catholic Chruch from 6:30-8:30p.m.


July 31

Sept 18


Jan 14

Feb 19

Apr 7

May 19 (@SM Grotto)

Inspiration at Magic Mountain

Roller Coasters. Funnel Cake. XLT and Mass with 3,000 of your closest friends. Inspiration LA is a great place to have fun and worship with other teens from all over southern California. Space is very limited! Hurry and reserve your spot. Stop by Campus Ministry to sign up!

Inspiration LA:

November 2, 2019





Carolyn Bien

Campus Ministry Assistant

Gerardo Butalid

Assistant Coordinator of Retreats and Special Events

Francis Cabildo

Assistant Director of Campus Ministry - Retreats & Parish Outreach

Fr. Timothy Donovan

Campus Chaplain

Caitlan Rangel '08

Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, Christian Services

Caitlin Stutzke

Assistant Coordinator of Christian Service, Religion Teacher

Patrick Visconti '06

Director of Campus Ministry