Welcome to St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. We serve the Catholic community in south Carlsbad with a variety of ministries for fellowship and spiritual growth. Our parish has over 40 ministries serving our community. This is a great way to get involved and feel connected to your parish.  Join us and show us how we can make our parish amazing! Click on a ministry listed below for more information. To reserve a room, check the Full Calendar . To request an update on a ministry contact or description, please send an email to online@seschurch.org. This list was updated on Sept. 19, 2017. Please share our ministries with your network.

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  • Altar Committee

    Christine Bellefontaine
    Once a week, one of the ladies of the Altar Society will check both altars for linens that need changing. All items that need to be replaced will be taken and washed, ironed and returned to the linen drawers. This duty is assigned to 16 members. Each member is only required to do this twice in six months.
  • Altar Servers

    Gracelyn Sommerville
    Altar servers, boys and girls, are the youth of our parish who assist the celebrant in a liturgical service. They can start after their First Communion and continue for as long as they desire. Altar servers serve once a month, or as often as they want depending on their availability.
    Periodic training sessions are conducted for new recruits as required, and detailed instruction sheets are provided to remind them of their duties.
  • Art and Environment

    Deanna Heitschmidt
    Kathy Kuriger
    Lesley Seaton
    This ministry works with our pastor and floral designer to plan appropriate arrangements for our special feasts and celebrations. They coordinate the altar environment for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. Volunteers are helpful in assisting with the preparation of the liturgical space to enhance the sacred.
  • Eucharistic Ministers

    Marion and Wayne Patterson
    Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist serve the Body and Blood of Christ during Communion at Mass. Ministers must have received the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation. They are scheduled only during the Mass they attend regularly.
  • Lectors

    Scott McCaw
    The Bible is God’s Word, and Jesus is the Word made flesh. The Lector, through study, preparation, and practice of oratorical skills, gives flesh to the Word in the First and Second Readings, strengthening Christ’s presence in the Liturgy.
  • Music Ministry

    Rebecca Steinke
    Praise God with your voice! We always need more voices and more musicians. Our ministry provides the music (song and instruments) for the Sunday Masses and other liturgies throughout the year. The Choir also performs at area Choral Festivals and at our own Concert Series. We are made up of over 50 people, comprising three groups. Our members range in age from 6 to 96.
  • Ushers

    Jim Stam
    Ushers assist the Priest, Eucharistic Ministers and Parishioners at each of the Saturday and Sunday Masses, and those special Holy Days throughout the year. We are here to provide a warm welcome to everyone who enter our church. We assist those looking for a place to sit, collection of money and distribution of bulletins.

Religious Education

  • Library

    Liz Littel
    Library Hours are 9:30 am - 4:00 pm on M/T/W/F.
    Thurs from 12:30 to 4.
    Sat/Sun open for 1/2 hour after Mass.
    ~When we pray we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us. St Jerome
    Books are checked out for 3 weeks and may be renewed.
    We have a beautiful library in the Conference Center, just as you enter the main front door. Did you know our parish library has over 2000 titles with topics ranging from Bibles to theology with children’s books, parenting and self-awareness?
    You can find material on Bible and Scripture interruption and Bible Study; Biographies; Catholic Doctrine; Catholicism (many question and answer books); Church and Papal History; Family Issues; Grief; Parent Issues; Jesus; Prayer and Devotion; Saints; Self Awareness; Spirituality; and Theology.
    We also have a section for Teens and Adolescents. There is a catalog of the books by subject and author in the library. Our checkout process is easy and we have checkout cards in each book.
    Search the Library Catalog
    The library welcomes donations.
  • Parish Book Club

    Karla Mulry
    SESParishBookClub site
    2nd Mondays 7pm - 8:30 pm at the Conference Center
    Want to read a good book that is meaningful? If you've never joined a book club before, join us! Books are announced in advance and we all attempt to finish the book before the meeting time. The selections are focused on faith topics. First choice for future selections are given to books available in both paperback and e-book format. Then we gather to discuss and hang out too!
    Everyone is welcome!
  • Religious Education

    Larry Broding
    Program information
    Religious Education for K-6th grade.
    Sunday at 9:30 am and 11:30 am
    Mon/Wed at 4:00 pm.
    Held at the Parish and Conference Centers during the traditional school year.
    Pass along the faith to the next generation. Teach or assist in our religious education program. Your commitment is two hours a week for preparation and teaching time. Seeing young people grow closer to God is your reward. September through May. For more information on Religious Education Programs
  • RCIA • Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults

    Larry Broding
    Tuesday evenings from 7 pm - 8:30 pm at the Parish Center downstairs Room 5
    RCIA classes are for adults who have not been baptized; those who have been baptized in other Christian religions and wish to become Catholic; and Catholics who need to complete their initiation with Confirmation and/or Holy Communion.
  • Wednesday Bible Study

    Larry Broding
    Wednesday from 9:30 am - 10:30 am at the Parish Center
    Prepare for the coming Sunday's readings in a small group atmosphere. The Wednesday morning Bible study material is available online word-sunday.com
  • NC242 Youth Ministry (Youth • Young Adults • Parents)

    Cole Hauso
    Middle School Curriculum
    Confirmation Program
    NC242 Redeem the Culture is a new initiative started by Cole to unite all North County Catholics - youth, young adults, parents and families in general. At its best, it will be an inter-parish ministry, capable of helping all North County Catholics become aware of every ministry and event available to them at every parish. It will unite every parish's efforts to build up high school and young adult ministries, it will create new ministries for parents, families and youth, and put on North County events. In short, it will work to Redeem the Culture - a culture that is very far from the Love and Truth of Christ.
    NC - North County 242
    Acts of the Apostle 2:42 - "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teachings and to fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers."


  • Brother Benno

    Dennis Ofcacek
    Uplifting the dignity of the poor and homeless. We serve breakfast and hand out sack lunches twice a month from 6:00 am - 8:00 am. There is also a need for volunteers to help sort clothing and work in the clothing outlet.
  • Deanery of Catholic Women

    Mary Burns
    Within the organization of the Catholic Church, a Deanery is a geographic division of a diocese, and is the area presided over by a dean. It serves as the medium through which the Catholic Women may speak and act as a unit on all matters of public interest. We meet monthly for lunch and discussion at one of the parishes within their deanery.
  • Knights of Columbus

    Jim Kuriger
    1st Wednesday at 7 pm at the Conference Center, followed by pizza and refreshments.
    Our council here at SES is dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. We assist the surrounding community by providing funds and manpower for charitable activities and fundraisers. Social and spiritual fellowship is promoted among members and their families. Our council has over 250 members and hosts a number of activities throughout the year.
  • Mental Health St. Dymphna

    Mimi Gaines or Lorraine DeLateur
    3rd Tuesday from 7 pm - 8:30 pm at the Fireside Room in the Parish Center.
    Have you or a loved one had your life affected by any form of mental illness, anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorder, post-partum depression, bipolar disorder, suicide, dementia? Please join our new ministry to help support those going through mental illness.
    *St. Dymphna is the patron saint of mental illness. Her feast day is on May 15.
    Anyone seeking the service of a Licensed Mental Health Professional affiliated with the San Diego Diocesan Mental Health Ministry Network can visit: eTherapyFinder.com/Osm Then, click on “Find Affiliated Therapists.”
    Therapists interested in affiliating with the San Diego diocesan Mental Health Ministry Network may visit eTherapyFinder.com and click on “CLINICIANS CLICK HERE” to register for a free profile. Once the profile has been acknowledged by eTherapy (usually within one or two business days) visit eTherapyFinder.com/osm to view and accept the diocesan pledge.
  • Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

    Christine Bellefontaine
    Volunteers from the parish bring the comfort of the Eucharist and prayers of our faith community to the sick or homebound in their homes, nursing homes, nursing residences and group homes. The ministry to the sick and home bound is primarily geared to bringing the Holy Eucharist to those unable to attend Mass. Additionally, volunteers keep the Pastor informed of people who need the sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the sick. To assist persons who are able to benefit by them, ministers bring various materials such as rosaries, prayer books (large print), the weekly bulletin and or other materials as appropriate.
    Bringing the Eucharist to those in need is a great blessing and privilege for those who feel called to do so. Praise the Lord!
  • Nazareth Orphanage

    Mike Sapien, General Info/Donations
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    John Cazjkowski, Work Projects Coordinator
    Led by Fr. Brian Kelly, the community at St. Elizabeth Seton has supported the ministry at Nazareth Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico. Service projects have included painting interior and exterior buildings, washing windows, made new curtains, planted trees and a vegetable garden, as well as monetary donations of any size. We travel to the orphanage four Saturdays during the schoolyear.
  • Nursery

    Joy Griffith

    Jamie Austria
    The Sunday Nursery is committed to providing excellent childcare while parents attend Mass. Contact us if you are able to volunteer one hour a month. Teens may also earn service hours by volunteering. Let us play while you pray!
  • St. Vincent de Paul

    Ron and Linda Lukasiewcz
    This ministry helps to support the widely recognized and successful efforts at St. Vincent de Paul Village in breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty in San Diego County. We serve dinner monthly, then gather to share a meal and socialize at a local restaurant. Most volunteers serve once or twice per year.
  • Women's Auxiliary

    Faye Hammond
    2nd Monday from 9:30 am - 11 am
    The Women’s Auxiliary is an integral part of our Parish’s activities to raise funds for the youth, for the hungry and the needy; to help financially other activities of the Parish and most importantly, this year, to help reduce the Parish Debt. We have occasional speakers, and lunches during our meetings.


  • Catholic Adult Social Group (50 yrs and up)

    Liz Gorman
    Louise Lussier
    This is a group for all Catholics, 50 and above: single, married or couples. The purpose of this group is to establish healthy friendships and/or relationships through activities and outreach service integrated with faith based values.
  • Catholic Men's Monthly Social Gathering at local Microbreweries (21 yrs and up)

    Deacon Jerry Heitschmidt, Spiritual Leader and Chief Beer Critic

    John O'Reilly
    Bob Aguilera
    Frank Matchura
    Jerry Soltys
    Get to know your fellow Catholic men in the relaxed casual atmosphere of a local microbrewery. We meet monthly on a Sunday at a different local microbrewery at 2 pm. No agenda other than to be there having a great time, offering support to one another, listening and talking - and trying out some of the best local brews. Send an e-mail to be added either to our e-mail list or group text. Cheers!
  • Catholic Widows and Widowers

    Lee Gillin
    General Meeting : 2nd Sunday at 2 pm (member parishes)
    Group Mass : 4th Sunday (member parishes)
    General Membership includes widows and widowers from St. Elizabeth Seton and fifteen other North County Parishes. We also welcome Social Members with a spouse in a long term care facility. We understand how devastating it is to lose a spouse and support one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. In addition to a monthly Mass we have a calendar of activities to select from; dining out, theater/arts, dancing, walks, sports and travel.
  • Family Ministry

    Rina Brenner
    Katie Lulling
    Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12
    A new ministry (est. 2016) forming to foster fellowship and spiritual growth with other families in the parish. It "takes a village" so your involvement is always welcome and encouraged.
    Mentor Couple: Richard and Karen Lheureux, parishioners married for over 40 years and a retired military couple. If you are in need of some encouragement, prayer, you may reach them through Email
    Children’s Rosary We meet on selected First Saturday of the month (from October-May) at 9:15 am by the outdoor statue of our Blessed Virgin Mary.
    Marriage and Family Resources
    • For Your Marriage Website - an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Covering all related topics.
    • Family Fully Alive Booklet - Building the Domestic Church: Prayers, Meditations, and Activities to enrich your family life.
    • Looking for a THERAPIST who will respect catholic values? Visit EtherapyFinder.com - making therapy widely accessible or Catholic Charities - Clinical Services.
    Click here for more Resources
    Please sign up to receive our monthly emails and reminders of upcoming Family events.
    Join our private Facebook group
  • Mother of Preschoolers • MOPS

    Jennifer Barbosa
    Two Tuesdays a month at 9 am - 11:30 am
    • Celebrating motherhood.
    • Enriching your faith as a mom.
    • Making connections with other moms.
    • Helping moms to be the best moms they can be.
    • Experiencing God’s love through relationships and resources.
    MOPS is a worldwide, non-profit organization designed for mothers with children from birth through kindergarten. The St. Elizabeth Seton MOPS group meets twice a month at the Parish Center offering programs and activities relevant to marriage, child-rearing, spiritual and personal growth. The goal of MOPS is to educate, encourage, nurture and support young mothers through relevant speakers, discussions, creative activities and mentoring, while providing a quality childcare program called Moppets.
    We offer a variety of social activities throughout the month, such as play dates and moms-night-out. Please come and join us!
  • New Parishioner Welcoming • Hospitality

    Ernie and Grace Trujillo
    Ed and Cris Bolton
    Carolyn Reinmiller
    The Outreach to New Parishioners Committee provides the opportunity for our brothers and sisters to feel welcome at St. Elizabeth Seton by means of gatherings and communications. Join us in extending a warm welcome to our new parishioners with a once a month reception after mass at the Parish Center.
  • Parents for Teens

    Middle School and Confirmation 1 & 2
    (L to R) Kathleen Vivier, Mary Lisa Sherman, Teri Strohm, Andrea Carlson, Georgina Chua, Elizabeth Twigg, Jeannie Chronis
    Kelley Carlstrom, Isabela Duvuuri, Lori Gorzynski, Pam Hatala, Freda Herrera, Deidre Hushman, Tatiana Minnota-Pinzon, Tonya Moye, Lisa Muldowney, Amy Schaefer, Nancy Schofield, Lynne Selinka, Kimberly Tchorz, Juliet Valdez-Palmer ParentsForTeens@seschurch.org
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    Parents for Teens (PFT) was established in 2016. A casual gathering of parents to help and guide teens in staying committed to their faith by building a long-lasting, personal relationship with God through social events and community service. Our goal is to support our youth minister by focusing on confirmation students and middle school students and eventually expanding in the future to include post confirmation students (high school junior/seniors/college students).
    Sign up here if you would like to receive our newsletter. We welcome your suggestions and input! If you are able to join us please send us an email. Let's help connect our youth to our amazing parish!
  • SES at Lake San Marcos

    Donna Given
    We are social group of parishioners who live in the Lake San Marcos area. We meet often to share meals and fellowship.
  • Young Adults (21-35 yrs)

    Cole Hauso
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    We are forming a young adult group for our parish. Single and married young adults are welcome to participate. Submit your email if you wish to be notified of upcoming events.


  • 40 Days for Life

    Tony DePaola
    40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power through prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil to end abortion.
    The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God's favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.
    From Sept 23 to Nov 1, 2015, our community, together with many others from coast to coast - and internationally - participated in a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization-40 Days for Life Campaign. Faithful believers were praying to the end of abortion.
    Watch 40 Days for Life Video
  • Adoration

    24 Hour Adoration (Every First Friday)

    Deacon Jerry
    Learn more about Adoration
    All other Fridays (9am - 4 pm)

    Zarina Cruz
    24 hour Adoration every first Friday. All other Fridays, Adoration is after the 8:30 a.m Friday Mass ending in Benediction at 4pm.
    Parishioners are invited to spend an hour of prayer and reflection. This is a wonderful way to find peace, love and joy with Jesus. Learn more about Adoration
  • Bereavement Ministry • Funeral Mass Preparation and Support Group

    Funeral Mass Preparation and Guidance - "Life is Changed, not Ended."

    Liz Littel
    We will guide you in planning the Vigil, Funeral Mass, Reception and Committal Services upon the death of your Loved One. Please call the church office first to schedule the Mass. Our minister will then call you to begin the process; pre-planning is also available.
    Bereavement Support Group
    Liz Littel
    We embrace those grieving the loss of a loved one and offer helpful suggestions in working through what is emotionally paralyzing in coping with loss and the ability to accept and start over.
    Download this handbook to assist you in your journey through the grief process. It is not meant to be read in its entirety, rather, it is meant as a resource. You may not read parts of it at all right now, or, if you do, you may not remember what you have read. Use it as a helpful companion on this most difficult of journeys. For individual counseling, contact Fr. Michael, Deacon Jerry or Liz Littel.
  • Culture of Life • Life Matters

    The group is dedicated to promote the Culture of Life, both in the parish and in the community, through education, support and prayer. The group also coordinates activities and events with the Diocesan Office of Social Justice.
    The Mission of the Committee is:
    • To promote respect for the most fundamental of all human rights, the right to life.
    • To witness to the sacred nature or human life as a gift from God.
    • To defend human life from conception to natural death.
    • To educate, support, and encourage women and men to accept, protect, and nurture life in the context of the Sacrament of Matrimony.
    • To support women and men who face past, present, or future life decisions by directing them to appropriate resources.
  • Divine Mercy

    Zarina Cruz
    1st and 3rd Friday from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at the Conference Center
    Join this lay outreach ministry and learn how to integrate the Divine Mercy message and devotion into your daily life through prayers, dialogue and discussion. Guided by readings from the Holy Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Diary of St. Faustina.
    We also say the Divine Mercy Chaplet Mon-Fri at 9:10 am after the daily mass.
  • Gathering of Men

    John Pullman
    2nd Saturday from 9 am - 11 am
    The Gathering of Men is a faith based Men’s Group who are able to safely share their experiences in the Catholic Faith, their struggles to keep their faith or to find their faith. The format will vary from meeting to meeting with occasional guest speakers, but mainly we will choose a topic that will stimulate discussion, speak briefly on it and then break out into small group and then a large group discussion. Often men will give a personal testimonial that will tie into the topic.
    The purpose of this group is to bring men together. You will have an opportunity to meet some great men of faith and the discussions are always inspirational.
  • Great Adventure Bible Study

    Pat Hammond
    Thursday from 7 pm - 9 pm at the Conference Center
  • Lay Apostles of Jesus Christ, Returning King

    Katie Lulling
    1st Monday from 7 pm - 8 pm at the Conference Center
    A monthly gathering of Lay Apostles who pray and read the writings of Anne, a wife, mother of six, and lay apostle, who reveals her journey to the heart of Jesus. For more information, visit DirectionForOurTimes.com
  • Legion of Mary

    Stephanie Watts
    or Edi 760.798.2610
    Friday at 10 am at the Conference Center Room 1
    The Legion of Mary is an association of Catholics dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our gathering always start with the recitation of the Rosary. Service to the community is also an important part of the Legion. Submit a Prayer Request.
  • Men's Bible Study

    Kenny Lake
    1st and 3rd Saturday from 9 am – 11 am at the Conference Center
    This Bible Study is an opportunity for men to spend time learning about Jesus through the Scriptures, pray with other men, and provides insight into life application of the Scriptures through personal sharing.
    Polls have shown that the family unit becomes stronger in their faith when the Father is the spiritual head and shares the message of Jesus’s love. This provides men the ability to fill in the blanks of biblical understanding that will support their faith and allow them to help develop and give understanding of the message with the family.
    This study gives men a comfortable place to share scriptures and life experiences while broadening their understanding of both the Old and New Testament as well as Sacramental living.
    If you would like to understand your Catholic Faith based on the Bible, and participate in the call to Evangelize, you will have a chance to both learn the message of scriptures and share with men the answers to questions presented in Church approved study in a friendly atmosphere.
    Men of all ages are welcome to join. Fathers are encouraged to invite their teen sons along.
    We pray the rosary together on the First Saturday of each month at 8:00 am in the Conference Center before the 8:30am Mass.
  • New Evangelization

    Bob Aguilera
    Selected Tuesdays from 6 pm - 7:30 pm at the Conference Center 1.
    The mission of the New Evangelization Ministry is to make St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church a more amazing parish by using all of our resources to strengthen and revitalize the faith of Catholics at any age, including those who are now active parishioners, and especially those returning to the church.
    Our initiatives have included:
    • Compelling Communication
    • Compelling Formation
    • Events and Outreach
    • The Sunday Experience
    • Family Discipleship
    Submit your email to receive a notification on meeting dates.
  • Serra Club (St. Junipero Serra)

    Ellen Hearne
    Serra International (named after St. Junipero Serra), works to advance vocations to the priesthood and religious life through information, affirmation, invitation and prayer under the guidance of each club’s diocese.
    We all have a vocation to serve the church by reason of our baptism into membership of God's family. We fulfill that call by choosing a lifestyle that fits our talent, desires, hopes and needs. Pray that the Holy Spirit inspires men and women in greater numbers to accept this invitation to build His kingdom as dedicated priests, deacons and religious.
  • Women's Christian Fellowship

    Angie Lake
    Cathee Smith (Tue evening group)
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    Tuesday at 7 pm or
    Thursday at 9:30 am
    WCF is a vibrant, joy-filled group of women of all ages and walks of life who gather together to share our love for God. We accomplish this through Bible Study, Prayer, Worship with Songs of Praise and loving Fellowship, and guest speakers who visit throughout the school year.
    Two Healing Masses are held every year; one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Two luncheons are hosted for an opportunity for Evangelization and Fellowship. WCF offers an Annual Retreat where we bring in world renowned speakers to be our guest speakers as well as our local Holy Priests for Confessions and Retreat Support.
    WCF was founded by Angie Lake in October 1979 and celebrated its 36th year in 2015. There are close to 200 women who register each year. They are supported and discipled by WCF leaders who meet the day before each week’s meetings to prepare and pray before the general meeting on Thursday mornings, 9:30am to noon during the school year. Each week’s meetings are followed by an opportunity for personal prayer from prayer teams from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.
    There is an opportunity to register and be oriented at each week’s meetings. All women are welcome. We invite you to Come and See! God Bless.