News around the diocese: Local Catholics generously support Ukraine; 40 Days for Life underway; divorce support ministry starting up


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San Diego Catholics generously supported Ukraine
SAN DIEGO — The Diocese of San Diego responded to the Russian invasion of Ukraine with a one-time special collection for the Church in Ukraine.

Local Catholics donated a total of $750,570.11 between March and December of 2022.

Six special collections are taken up every year in the Diocese of San Diego, including the Annual Lenten Collection and collections for World Mission Sunday and the Retirement Fund for Religious. Other special collections, such as the one for Ukraine, are held as needed in response to natural and man-made disasters.

‘40 Days for Life’ now uUnderway
SAN DIEGO — The fall campaign of 40 Days for Life runs from Sept. 27 to Nov. 5. Undertaken on the same dates in communities around the world, the 40 Days for Life campaign is an effort to protect the unborn through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and peaceful all-day vigils in front of abortion clinics.

The centerpiece of the campaign is a 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil on the public sidewalk outside of an abortion clinic. Locally, such vigils will be taking place at several locations, including downtown San Diego, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido and Vista.

For more information or to sign up for vigil hours, visit

Local man elected to Knights’ board of directors
ORLANDO – San Diegan Rene Trevino is one of two recently elected members of the Knights of Columbus’ Board of Directors.

At the Knights of Columbus 141st Supreme Convention, held Aug. 1 to 3 in Orlando, more than 500 delegates representing their 2 million brother Knights around the world elected Trevino and Rene V. Sarmiento from the Philippines. Each will serve a three-year term that began Sept. 1.

Trevino, a member of St. Gregory the Great Council 10094 in San Diego, has been a Knight for 20 years. He previously served as State Deputy of California (2022-2023) and in numerous other state leadership positions, including San Diego Chapter President.

Trevino and his wife, Carla, are active members of St. Gregory the Great Parish in Scripps Ranch, where they lead a Bible study group. Trevino is also a member of the Parish Development Steering Committee.

Divorce support program starts this fall
SAN DIEGO — The “Recovering from Divorce” program, which accompanies separated and divorced Catholics, is coming to San Diego this fall.

It will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday evenings, Sept. 27 to Dec. 13, and will be held at the diocesan Pastoral Center.

This free ministry is designed to confidentially help participants heal through the light of living their faith.

For more information or to register, contact Janelle Peregoy at or (858) 490-8292. Space is limited.

‘All Are Welcome’ at fall festival
SAN DIEGO — Holy Family Parish in Linda Vista is hosting its annual fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8.

The theme is “One Holy Family: All Are Welcome.” Festival hours will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The fall festival will include live entertainment and Mexican, Filipino, Vietnamese and American food booths. There will also be carnival games, a bounce house, and raffle prizes up to $3,000. Raffle winners need not be present.

‘Jamulfest’ set for Oct. 8
JAMUL — St. Pius X Parish is hosting its annual “Jamulfest” event on Sunday, Oct. 8.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the parish, which is located at 14107 Lyons Valley Road. It will feature a wood-pit BBQ, craft booths, beer garden and live entertainment.

For more information, call (619) 669-0085.

Theology on Tap heads East
EL CAJON — The diocesan Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry will present a new series of Theology on Tap, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, at Our Lady of Grace Parish.

The catechetical program brings together young adults, ages 18 to 39, for food, fellowship and a talk by a Catholic speaker.

Divine Word Father Soney Sebastian, director of the diocesan Office for the Missions, will be the speaker on the first night; he will talk about serving in the missions. The following week will feature a panel discussion about what it means to be a missionary at home.

Admission each night is $15, which includes street tacos and craft beer.

For more information, call (858) 490-8260.

Retreat to offer after-abortion healing
SAN DIEGO — Rachel’s Hope is offering an after-abortion healing retreat for Catholic (and Catholic-friendly) women.

The professionally led retreat will be held from Friday, Oct. 13, to Sunday, Oct. 15, at the diocesan Pastoral Center. It will include a closing Mass.

Group size is limited. The cost to attend is $60; partial scholarships and housing are available if needed.

For information or to register, call (858) 581-3022, text (858) 752-9378, email or visit

Widowed, divorced invited to healing weekend
OCEANSIDE — Beginning Experience, an international ministry that helps the widowed, divorced and separated move beyond grief, will hold its next weekend retreat Oct. 13 to 15.

It will be held at Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside, where a trained team will lead participants through a healing and growth program.

Those who feel ready to move through their feelings of grief toward a new beginning are encouraged to consider attending.

The cost is $300, which covers lodging, meals and retreat materials. A $100 deposit is required at registration, with the balance due on the weekend.

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

Women’s retreat to be held at Mission San Luis Rey
OCEANSIDE — St. Francis of Assisi Parish will hold its 31st annual women’s retreat from Friday, Oct. 13, to Sunday, Oct. 15, at Mission San Luis Rey.

This year’s theme is “You Are the Light of the World.” Organizers promise a weekend of sisterhood and spiritual growth.

For a registration form, call (760) 500-3201 or email Space is limited.

Parish’s Knights hosting Oktoberfest
SAN DIEGO — San Rafael Parish’s Knights of Columbus (Valley of Angels Council #9170) will host an Oktoberfest, beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, in the parish hall.

The menu will include bratwursts, sauerkraut, German potato salad, pretzels, and strudel with ice cream. Beer, wine and soft drinks will also be for sale. The Original German Band will provide entertainment. There also will be a Bavarian costume contest.

Children are welcome with a kids’ menu offered (hot dogs and macaroni-and-cheese) and a clown for entertainment.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 18. Ages 5 and under are free.

Discounted pre-sale tickets ($15 and $7, respectively) are available after all San Rafael Parish Masses during the Oct. 7-8 weekend.

All net proceeds will assist the Knights of Columbus Council charities.

Young adults invited to online prayer
The North American Vocation Team (NAVT) of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) invites young adults ages 18 and older to a monthly online evening prayer on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. (PST) via Zoom.

Upcoming dates for evening prayer are Oct. 24 and Nov. 28.

For more information and registration for the Zoom links, visit

Annual golf tournament will benefit Cristo Rey H.S.
SAN DIEGO — The third annual Cristo Rey Golf Classic will be held on Monday, Oct. 23, at The Santaluz Club.

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the shotgun start at 10 a.m. A box lunch will be provided, and an awards reception will follow the tournament.

The tournament will bring together friends, colleagues, donors and golf-lovers for an afternoon of fun, fellowship and fundraising to support Cristo Rey San Diego High School students.

All proceeds will directly support student success and scholarships.

Tickets are $300 for a single player, who will be paired with others, and $1,200 for a foursome. Tickets include box lunch and an awards reception. Reception-only tickets are also available for $100 each.

The Santaluz Club is located at 8170 Caminito Santaluz East, San Diego 92127.

“Fore” more information, contact Cristo Rey San Diego High School at (619) 432-1899 or visit

Concert to celebrate All Saints, All Souls
OCEANSIDE — A concert in honor of All Saints and All Souls Days will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29, at St. Margaret Church in Oceanside.

Presented by the Greater San Diego Music Coterie, the concert will be a joint performance of the Greater San Diego Chamber Orchestra and Chorus and the United Methodist Church of Vista’s Chancel Choir.

Featured soloists include soprano Irene Marie Patton and baritone Frank Hallock. The joint chorus will be conducted by Frank Hallock, and the orchestra by Dr. Angela Yeung.

There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted at the door. St. Margaret Church is located at 4300 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside 92056.

For more information, call the parish at (760) 941-5560 or visit

Donated Halloween candy to be collected

SAN DIEGO — Local Catholics are once again being invited to donate a portion of their Halloween candy to be used in the Christmas distribution at Casa de los Pobres (House of the Poor) in Tijuana, Mexico.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste are also greatly appreciated.

The candy and dental hygiene supplies can be dropped off at participating school or parish offices during the week after Halloween, Nov. 2 to 7.

The candy collection in the Diocese of San Diego is coordinated by Caroline Kelner, volunteer board member of Casa de los Pobres USA, and Oma Nwaogwugwu, president of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of San Diego.

For more information about the Halloween candy collection, contact Kelner at or (858) 761-7744. For details on donation pick-up dates and times, contact Nwaogwugwu at or (770) 329-2064. Learn more about Casa de los Pobres and its work at

Craft fair/bake sale returning to Our Lady of Grace
EL CAJON — The Our Lady of Grace Parish Catholic Women’s Club will hold its annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale on Saturday, Nov. 4.

It will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held in the parish center and patio area. The address is 2766 Navajo Road, El Cajon 92020.

There will be more than 70 local crafters featuring fashion apparel, home decor and artwork for the upcoming holidays. There will also be freshly baked items, including cakes, brownies, cookies, peanut brittle and fudge. Breakfast and lunch will be available.

For more information, call (619) 980-6841.

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.

Upcoming dates include Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

For more information, contact the Hearts of Fire Ministry at

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, contact David at or (619) 920-8363.

Street evangelization brings Gospel to public square
SAN DIEGO — St. Paul Street Evangelization is a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to taking the Gospel message to the streets.

Participants in the ministry do this in a non-confrontational way, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who witness their public Catholic presence.

For more information or to get involved, visit, call (619) 515-3267 or email

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