About

Parish Staff:

Pastor: Father Elmer Mandac
Deacons: Deacon Charles "Chuck" Embury, Deacon Gilbert "Gil"Salinas
Director of Religious Education: Ellen MacPhee

Parish Office Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm
(760) 749-3324


St. Stephen is a Christian community that ministers to the spiritual needs of Valley Center, Pauma Valley and surrounding communities according to Roman Catholic traditions. Our parish membership is made up of approximately 1300 families.

We strive to inspire our members to serve their loved ones and others in the name of our Lord and achieve a closer relationship with Christ through our worship services, celebrated every day of the year except Good Friday. Our church has touched and enriched countless lives; hundreds of children have grown in faith and received sacraments; hundreds of needy, who were hungry, have been given food.

It takes many hands to accomplish the work of our parish. We have more than forty ministries that address the liturgical, faith development, fellowship and service needs of our community and the local area. We owe much gratitude to all our parishioners whose efforts and financial contributions make the work of our parish possible.

"Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion is to look out to the earth, yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now."  ~ St. Teresa of Avila


  1. Church
  2. Our Lady of Guadalupe Garden
  3. Tabernacle
  4. Library
  5. Deacon Offices [basement]
  6. Youth Room [basement]
  7. Narthex
  8. Plaza
  9. Thrift Store
  10. Office Area
  11. Meeting Room Briscoe 1
  12. Meeting Room Briscoe 2
  13. Meeting Room Briscoe 3
  14. Parish Hall
  15. Kitchen
  16. Patio