About the Parish

Our Mission Statement

St. Charles is a vibrant Catholic community serving Imperial Beach and the South Bay. We believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and His saving grace received through the Sacraments. We believe in the Holy Catholic Church instituted by Jesus, the sanctity of life, the value of family, and life-long Catholic education for all ages. We live to deepen our love of God, spread His Gospel and bring others to Christ. We are committed to a life of prayer, sacrifice, and service to those in need. With love, humility, and joyful obedience, we strive to be transformed and guided by the Holy Spirit until we are transformed in the eternal life of Heaven.

About Us

Saint Charles Parish is the most southwesterly parish in the United States. Established in 1946, the parish is rich in history and ethnic diversity. With many national backgrounds and cultures represented, including Swiss, Mexican, Filipino, Asian, African, Irish and more, the parish community welcomes everyone and invites them to celebrate the unity of their Catholic faith.

A wide variety of programs and activities are offered to the members of the parish through different ministries and organizations. Working together on these programs and activities, the parishioners create a Christian atmosphere focused on the virtue of faith, hope and love. All of these find its greatest expression in the celebration of the Eucharist and the other sacraments.

These groups and others give parishioners countless opportunities to volunteer their time and to become involved in parish life. Father Emilio Magaña and the other members of the parish staff work together to facilitate and coordinate all these efforts, so that Saint Charles Parish will continue to grow as a faith community.