News around the diocese: Eucharistic Miracles presentation, ministry fair, and more


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Workshop to highlight Eucharist’s central role
SAN DIEGO — Youth ministers, confirmation coordinators, priests and volunteers are invited to attend a free workshop titled “Eucharist Is the Center of Sacramental Preparation.”

The event, sponsored by the diocesan Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, will  be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 1, at the diocesan Pastoral Center. The presenter will be Tom East.

The workshop will explain how parish communities can transform their faith formation and sacramental preparation programs by making the Eucharist the center of all formation. It will provide an opportunity to reflect on the richness of the Catholic faith’s teaching about the Eucharist, along with a chance to explore ways to implement a Eucharistic vision for ministry to engage people of all ages who seek to grow in faith and receive the sacraments.

For more information, call (858) 490-8260 or email RSVP to Maricruz Flores at

Eucharist to be theme of end-of-year retreat
SAN DIEGO — Catechists, teachers and parish ministers are invited to an annual end-of-the-year retreat, from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 6, at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Scripps Ranch.

The retreat, which will be led by Auxiliary Bishop Michael Pham, will be focused on the Eucharist.

There is no cost to attend the retreat, but registration is required. RSVP at or (858) 490-8232.

Presentation to give evidence for Eucharistic Miracles
SAN DIEGO — A special presentation on Eucharistic Miracles will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, at Good Shepherd Parish in Mira Mesa.

Deacon Peter and Dr. Loni Nguyen will present scientific evidence to support the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, based on Dr. Franco Serafini’s book “A Cardiologist Examines Jesus.”

For more information, visit or call (858) 271-0207.

Pediatrician to reflect on ‘poison’ of euthanasia
OCEANSIDE — Dr. Phil Goscienski, a pediatrician with 37 years of experience, will deliver a presentation titled “Euthanasia Poisons a Nation’s Soul.”

The event will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, in the lower level of the parish center at St. Thomas More Parish in Oceanside.

Goscienski will reflect on the expanded availability of euthanasia, euphemistically known as “mercy killing,” in many states. An explanation of Catholic teaching and the future of this controversial issue will be included.

According to the California End of Life Option Act, which went into effect in June of 2016 and was revised in early 2022, adult California residents who have a terminal illness and less than six months to live can request medication from their physician to end their lives.

Registration is required to attend the presentation, as seating is limited to the first 100 attendees. The presentation will be recorded and may be accessed online at

For information or registration, call (760) 758-4100, ext. 192, or email, indicating the number of attendees in your group.

Santa Ysabel Mission holding Father’s Day BBQ
SANTA YSABEL — The Historic Santa Ysabel Indian Mission will hold a Father’s Day Pit BBQ on Sunday, June 16.

The deep pit BBQ will feature Brandt Beef & Santa Ysabel BBQ Sauce. There will be games, vendor tables, entertainment, raffle prizes, and much more.

The event will begin with Mass at 8:30 a.m., followed by an opening prayer at 10 a.m. Festivities will conclude at 4 p.m.

Meal tickets will be sold in advance and at the door for $15 each or four for $50. All proceeds will benefit the historic mission, which is located at 23013 Highway 79 in Santa Ysabel.

For more information about attending or being a vendor, call (760) 419-5381 or email

Camp Emmaus to begin June 17
JULIAN — Camp Emmaus, the diocesan leadership camp for high school students, will begin on Monday, June 17.

The camp will include a week of workshops and activities that will develop participants’ leadership skills. The schedule includes communication workshops, public speaking workshops, and a chance to attend daily Mass and Eucharistic adoration.

The cost to attend is $350 per person.

For more information, contact Maricruz Flores at or (858) 490-8260.

‘Love Our Priests’ Prayer Group to welcome Father McGuine
SAN DIEGO — Father Peter McGuine will be the special guest when the “Love Our Priests” Prayer Group gathers on Saturday, June 29, at Ascension Parish in Tierrasanta.

There will be a Mass at 10 a.m., followed by a potluck luncheon. Father McGuine, who serves as pastor of Mission San Diego de Alcalá Parish, will share his vocation story.

For more information, email

Parish hosting ministry fair
SAN DIEGO — The Immaculata Parish will hold a Life, Peace and Justice Ministry Fair on Sunday, June 30.

The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will bring together 34 nonprofit organizations that are seeking volunteers.

This year, the Diocese of San Diego will have two tables at the fair — one for detention ministry, and the other for active Creation Care ministries throughout the diocese.

Another featured ministry will be Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish’s Migrant Ministry.

IVC partners with Catholic schools
SAN DIEGO — The Ignatian Volunteer Corps of San Diego will match skilled and committed retirees to meaningful volunteer roles with four Center City partner schools, beginning with the 2024-2025 school year.

Through this initiative, IVC Corps members will help strengthen Catholic education in low-socioeconomic parish neighborhoods and will provide K-8 students with joyful and supportive adult role models. Volunteers will receive training and ongoing support and will also become part of the faith community of fellow IVC members that meets each month.

Available service opportunities include: tutor, classroom aide and assistant coach at Our Lady’s School; instructional aide at St. Katharine Drexel Academy; teacher’s aide, tutor, mentor, arts/music instructor, and assistant coach at St. Patrick School, North Park; and instructional aide, counselor, mentor, librarian, and arts/music instructor at St. Rita’s School.

IVC members will volunteer for four, eight or 16 hours per week between August 2024 and June 2025.

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps provides mature men and women the opportunity to serve the needs of people who are poor, to work for a more just society, and to grow deeper in Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Ignatian tradition.

For more information or to apply, contact Curran Gaughan, IVC San Diego regional director, at or (858) 822-9814.

Young adults invited to ‘Ever Ancient, Ever New’
GARDEN GROVE — The diocesan Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry is collaborating once again with three other (arch)dioceses of Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino) to host “Ever Ancient, Ever New,” a Eucharistic conference for young adults between the ages of 18 and 39.

The conference will be held from July 27 to 28 at the Christ Cathedral Campus in Garden Grove. This year’s theme is “This Is My Body,” with a focus on three pillars: Fed, Healed and Made New.

Conference registration is $80 per person. For more information or to register, visit

Homeschool Community Opening Third Campus

Holy Hearts Academy is opening a third campus for a Classical Catholic homeschool community and is seeking passionate and committed families to join it.

Families will meet for a weekly class day at Our Mother of Confidence Parish in the University City/UTC area.

For more information, visit or email

Father Joe’s raises nearly $440,000 for children, families
SAN DIEGO — Father Joe’s Villages, San Diego’s largest homelessness services provider, has raised $439,000 for children and families experiencing homelessness through its annual Children’s Champion campaign.

Between April 9 and April 22, generous donors contributed just over $239,000. The drive also had a match of up to $200,000 provided by the Eva M. Gagnon Living Trust, bringing the total to just over $439,000.

Funds will be used to provide critical care for children and families in need, including meals, shelter, support, and Therapeutic Childcare, a program that cares for children and helps them develop in a healthy way while parents search for employment and housing.

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 women’s retreat will be during the June 21-23 weekend. The next men’s retreat will be during the June 28-30 weekend. Both will be held at Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside.

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

Magnificat forming East County Chapter
SAN DIEGO — Magnificat is looking to form a new chapter in East County.

The group exists to help Catholic women to grow in holiness. Women interested in helping to establish the East County chapter are encouraged to email

For more information, visit

Catholics can ‘Encounter’ Jesus in Rancho Peñasquitos
SAN DIEGO — Encounter, a Spirit-filled evening of inspiring music, prayer and Eucharistic adoration, 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.

Upcoming dates in 2024 include: June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.

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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