News around the diocese: Divine Mercy celebration, ‘Evening of Gratitude,’ retreats and more


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Parish Hosting Divine Mercy Celebration
SAN DIEGO — St. Thérèse of Carmel Parish in Carmel Valley will hold a Divine Mercy Sunday celebration after its 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 7.

The celebration will run from 12:15 to 1 p.m. and will include the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet in song and the blessing of the Divine Mercy Image.

For more information, contact the parish at (858) 481-3232.

IVC to Hold Annual ‘Evening of Gratitude’
SAN DIEGO — The Ignatian Volunteer Corps-San Diego Region, part of a national organization providing community nonprofit organizations with talented and experienced volunteers, will hold its annual Evening of Gratitude on Sunday, April 7.

The gala celebration will begin with a 4 p.m. Mass at St. Catherine Laboure Parish, followed by a reception, hosted wine bar, dinner, award presentations and a live auction. All proceeds will benefit the work of the IVC in San Diego.

The event recognizes the outstanding work of IVC’s Service Corps members. It also will pay special tribute to the Sisters of Mercy, recipients of this year’s Madonna Della Strada Award, and Jesuit Father Neal “Pepe” Wilkinson, who will receive the Sheila O’Malley Vision and Dedication Award.

All are welcome to attend, but early registration is required because seating is limited. To register, visit For more information, contact Curran Gaughan, regional director of the IVC, at (858) 822-9814 or

Miles Christi Offering Silent Retreats
OCEANSIDE — Silent weekend retreats, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, will be preached by the priests of the Miles Christi religious order.

The next men’s retreats will be during the April 19-21 and June 28-30 weekends.

The next women’s retreats will be during the May 9-11 and June 21-23 weekends.

All of the retreats will be held at Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside.

For more information or to register, visit or call (858) 768-0872.

Event Offers Healing for Widowed, Divorced
OCEANSIDE — If you are grieving the loss of your marriage through death, divorce or separation, you are invited to the next Beginning Experience Weekend.

It will be held from May 3 to 5 at Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside.

During the weekend, a trained team will lead participants through a healing and growth program.

Those who feel ready to move through their feelings of grief, into the light of a new beginning and hope, are encouraged to attend this weekend.

For more information, email or call (858) 748-2273.

Retrouvaille Offers Hope for Struggling Marriages
SAN DIEGO — Retrouvaille is a program designed to help struggling marriages regain their health. It helps a husband and a wife rediscover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together.

The next English-language Retrouvaille weekend will be held May 3 to 5.

For more information about an upcoming Retrouvaille weekend, including the cost to attend, call (951) 259-9474 or visit

Women’s Retreat to Be Held at Whispering Winds
JULIAN — The Whispering Winds Women’s Auxiliary will hold a women’s retreat from May 17 to 19 at Whispering Winds Catholic Camp and Conference Center.

The theme is “Your Heart, His Home.” The retreat will feature guest speaker Liz Kelly.

The cost to attend is $200 for members of the Whispering Winds Women’s Auxiliary and $230 for non-members.

The retreat includes two nights’ lodging, six meals, a Friday night social, live music, Sunday Mass with Msgr. Mark Campbell, and opportunities for quiet, personal meditation.

For more information, contact Linda Aguilera Register online at

Upcoming Day Retreat Based on Carmelite Spirituality
CHULA VISTA — The Garden of Carmel Confraternity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is hosting its annual day retreat.

It will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Chula Vista.

The focus of the retreat will be on the importance of the virtues of humility and obedience.

Led by Carmelite Father Stephen Watson, the retreat will include spiritual conferences followed by Mass. After lunch, there will be small-group reflection.

RSVP by Monday, April 22.

For more information, call (619) 302-0027 or (619) 646-7676 or email

Special Needs Camp Seeking Volunteers
JULIAN — The annual Special Needs Family Camp, to be held this July at Whispering Winds Catholic Camp and Conference Center, is already sold out.

But the camp is still seeking adults (age 18 and older) interested in volunteering as a “Special Needs Buddy.”

The Special Needs Family Camp seeks to remove any barriers that might prevent families with special-needs children from attending camp together. For that reason, special-needs campers are paired one-on-one with a “buddy” for the entire weekend. Buddies accompany their camper to special programs, family activities and mealtimes.

The camp is almost at capacity with female “buddies,” but still needs male “buddies.”

No previous experience with special-needs children is required. All buddies will receive basic training from Whispering Winds staff. There will be a mandatory training at a date to be determined.

Buddies’ service will run from 1 p.m., Friday, July 19, to 5 p.m., Sunday, July 21. Buddies will receive lodging for three days and two nights, six meals plus snacks, and a Family Camp T-shirt.

For more information, email Matisse Guillen at Register at

Catholics Can ‘Encounter’ Jesus in Rancho Peñasquitos
SAN DIEGO — Encounter, a Spirit-filled evening of inspiring music, prayer, Eucharistic adoration, a healing service and reconciliation, is held on the second Friday of each month at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Rancho Peñasquitos.

Sponsored by the parish’s Hearts of Fire Ministry, the event runs from 7 to 8 p.m.

For more information, email

Men Invited to Join ‘Rosary Crusade’
SAN DIEGO — The Men’s Rosary Crusade gathers at 9 a.m., every first Saturday of the month, at the corner of 6th & Laurel in Balboa Park. All men are welcome.

The rosary intentions are for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the conversion of America, for families and for the unborn.

For more information, email or call (619) 920-8363.

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