News around the diocese: St. Rose’s centennial Mass, Miles Christi retreats, ‘Catholic Night’ at Petco, and more


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Mass, banquet to celebrate St. Rose of Lima centennial

CHULA VISTA — St. Rose of Lima Parish in Chula Vista is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding with a series of events in August.

The highlight will be a centennial Mass and banquet on Aug. 28. The 4 p.m. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert McElroy. A catered banquet with live entertainment and a silent auction will follow the Mass.

Other centennial events include a “Taste of St. Rose,” 5 p.m., Aug. 8, featuring different recipes from the parish community; a novena to St. Rose of Lima, 6 p.m. daily, Aug. 15-23; and a centennial fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 21, including games, food, entertainment, and the opportunity to meet local vendors, ministries and organizations.

For more information, and to RSVP for the Taste of St. Rose and centennial banquet events, visit or contact the parish at (619) 427-0230.

Miles Christi offers silent Ignatian retreats

SAN DIEGO — Silent Ignatian retreats, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, are offered by the priests of Miles Christi, a religious order devoted to the laity’s sanctification.

The next retreat for women will be held Aug. 20 to 22 in Oceanside. The next men’s retreats will be held Aug. 27 to 29 and Dec. 10 to 12, both in Oceanside.

Throughout the centuries, the spiritual exercises have become known as an excellent means of sanctification, highly praised by popes and saints. The upcoming retreats will include spiritual talks, Eucharistic adoration, daily Mass and the rosary.

For more information, contact Christine Timmerman at or at (858) 263-5113.

Local Serra Club has new president

SAN DIEGO — Faye Hammond was recently elected as president of Serra Club of San Diego–North Coast. She succeeds Gerald Roughan, who had served as president the last five years.

The Serra Club fosters vocations to religious life, encouraging and supporting clergy and religious, and enriches the spiritual and social life of its members.

Hammond previously served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary for St. Elizabeth Seton Parish and is the Oceanside Deanery president for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

Hammond also has raised funds for college scholarships for women, taught religious education for 25 years, and hosted the Miles Christi Bible Study in her home for two years.

Recalling her conversion to Catholicism 30 years ago, she said, “My desire for Communion became so great that I just had to become Catholic.”

Diocese hosts workshops for catechists

SAN DIEGO — The diocesan Office for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministry is offering the following workshops this month:

— “Sophia Institute Workshop: Exploring Catholic Social Teaching.” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 9
— Pre-Baptism Certification Course. 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays, Aug. 17 and 24
— New DCM (Director of Catechetical Ministry) Orientation. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25

To register for the Sophia Institute workshop or pre-baptism certification course, visit; to register for the DCM orientation, call (858) 490-8237.

Tree-planting campaign to energize youth

SAN DIEGO — The Diocese of San Diego’s Creation Care Ministry is offering a way for young people to take concrete action to protect the environment. This September, youth and young adults in every parish are invited to take part in a tree-planting campaign.

Participants will choose the type of tree from the lists provided in the registration form; pick a site for the tree on parish, school or private property; and indicate the size and price range preferred. Every 10th parish or person that registers will be awarded another free tree.

The tree-planting campaign coincides with the “Season of Creation,” an annual ecumenical celebration that runs from Sept. 1 through Oct. 4. The season brings together Christians for reflection and action on behalf of the environment.

A Zoom conference, to be held in August, will explain the basics of tree-planting. Upon registering, participants will receive a PowerPoint presentation explaining “How to Plant and Care for Your Tree.”

For more information, contact David Larom at

Take Catholics out to the ballgame!

SAN DIEGO — The baseball game set for Friday, Sept. 3, isn’t just a match between the San Diego Padres and the Houston Astros. It’s also “Catholic Night” at Petco Park.

Catholics from throughout the diocese, including groups from various parishes, will be attending the 7:10 p.m. game.

Depending on the section of the stadium, ticket prices range from $25.50 to $40.50. Those who purchase their tickets through the Catholic Night Theme Game link at will receive a limited-edition themed hat along with their ticket.

Started in 2015, “Catholic Night” is an opportunity for local Catholics to enjoy fellowship as well as to evangelize, both by witnessing to the faith in a public setting and by inviting others – including non-practicing Catholics and even non-believers – to attend the game.

Tickets can be purchased at

For more information, or if you will be attending as a group of nine or more, contact Derek Phares at or (619) 795-5328.

RCIA classes to be held for Chinese-speakers

CARMEL VALLEY — The San Diego Chinese Catholic Community will be hosting Chinese RCIA (華語成人慕道班) at St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church.

Classes will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Sunday, from Sept.12 to April 17, 2022, and facilitated by a Chinese priest and members of the laity. All are welcome to participate in the Chinese-language Mass celebrated from 2 to 3 p.m., prior to the RCIA classes.

St. Therese of Carmel Parish is located at 4355 Del Mar Trails Road, San Diego 92130.  For more information, call Teresa at (858) 837-4949 or Luke at (858) 666-5064.

Summer concert series coming to local parish

SCRIPPS RANCH — St. Gregory the Great Parish presents “Summer Nights,” a free outdoor concert series featuring contemporary Christian music.

The concerts will be held on Friday evenings, Sept. 3 to 24. Performers will include The Vigil Project (Sept. 3), Sarah Hart (Sept. 10), Taylor Tripodi (Sept. 17), and Village Lights (Sept. 24).

These evenings will include activities for the whole family. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring beach chairs or a picnic blanket to accommodate seating for their family.

St. Gregory the Great Parish is located at 11451 Blue Cypress Dr., San Diego 92131.  For more information, call (858) 653-3540 or visit

Panel discussion to reflect on racial equality

SAN DIEGO — Pax Christi San Diego and St. James Parish’s Faith in Action Committee will host a virtual panel discussion, “Bridging the Gaps of Racial Equity as a Faith Community,” via Zoom on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

The interfaith event, which will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will share personal experiences of inequity in the community and offer solutions for change.  The featured speakers are Arturo Sotelo, a Catholic, who attends St. Leo Mission in Solana Beach; Yusef Miller, a Sunni Muslim who serves as community outreach liaison for the Islamic Society of North County; Chris Ibañez and Irene Koppel of Christians on the Outside; Judy Nakatomi of Vista Buddhist Temple & Order of Interbeing with the Plum Village Community of Thich Nhat Hanh; and Deanna Diaz of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca.

Special guest Kayla Bohan will speak about the mission of Urban Teachers to combat racial and socioeconomic inequality in urban schools.

The virtual panel discussion is being held as part of Interfaith Awareness Week, which is observed from Aug. 8 to 15.

For more information and the Zoom link, contact Christy at or (760) 652-4035.

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