News around the diocese: St. Francis feast day, Father Brown Memorial Golf Tournament, and more


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St. Francis Mass Has New Location, Time
SAN DIEGO — A bilingual Mass commemorating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment, has a new time and location.

Hosted by the diocesan Office for Life, Peace and Justice, the Mass for the Care of Creation will be on Saturday, Oct. 2, at The Immaculata Church, which is located on the campus of the University of San Diego. Mass will begin at 9 a.m.

For those who will be attending in-person, refreshments will follow the Mass. The liturgy also will be livestreamed at

For more information, call (858) 490-8221 or email

Catholic Singer-Songwriter to Perform at Mission
OCEANSIDE — Catholic singer-songwriter Jon Carlo, whose single “Tú Eres Más Fuerte” was among the theme songs at World Youth Day in 2019, is on tour.

The Diocese of San Diego is one of the stops on his SMP Tour (“SMP” stands for “Si Me Preguntarán,” which is Spanish for “If They Ask Me” and is the title of a song from his most recent album).

The Dominican Republic-born musician will perform on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Serra Center at Mission San Luis Rey Parish in Oceanside. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 at the door. Children under 12 will not be admitted. Masks are required. For more information, visit

Women Invited to Fall Brunch
SAN DIEGO — Erika Toraya, a local Cursillista, youth minister and Christian actor, will be the guest speaker at the Whispering Winds Women’s Auxiliary’s fall brunch. The theme of her talk will be “Climbing the Mountain – Together!”

The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. The brunch will begin at 9 a.m. in the California Room. It will be preceded by an optional rosary at 8:30 a.m. in the church.

Tickets are $45 and include one opportunity drawing ticket. Register online at For more information, call (619) 504-7620 or email

Diocese Celebrates Mass for Catholic Therapists
SAN DIEGO — All Catholic therapists are invited to a Mass for Mental Health Clinicians.

The liturgy will take place at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the diocesan Pastoral Center’s chapel. The celebrant will be Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan.

Clinicians are invited to stay after the Mass for fellowship, networking, and a light coffee breakfast.

The Pastoral Center is located at 3888 Paducah Drive, San Diego 92117. RSVP to John Prust at

Healthcare Providers Invited to White Mass
CARLSBAD — Auxiliary Bishop Ramón Bejarano will celebrate the 10th annual White Mass at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Carlsbad.

Named for the traditional white lab coats and uniforms worn by medical personnel, the White Mass is celebrated for healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, mental health specialists, hospice workers, pastoral caregivers and others. Those in attendance are invited to wear their white lab coats.

A reception will follow in the parish hall with Dr. Lauren Rubal, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist from Newport Beach, as the speaker. After a conversion experience, Rubal stopped performing in vitro fertilization, which is recognized as immoral by the Catholic Church, and now practices entirely in line with Catholic teaching.

The annual White Mass is sponsored by the St. Gianna Physician’s Guild and Culture of Life Family Services. For information, call (858) 461-0777 or email

Father Brown Memorial Golf Tournament Oct. 16
SAN DIEGO — The fifth annual Father Brown Memorial Golf Tournament is planned for Saturday, Oct. 16, to benefit Our Lady’s School.

A priest in the San Diego Diocese, Jesuit Father Richard Brown passed away in May 2020 at the age of 93. He was a legend in San Diego, particularly among Latino Catholics, whom he served for 37 years as a priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, where the school is located.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration and lunch, 1 p.m. “shotgun,” 6 p.m. dinner and raffle, and 7 p.m. awards. The cost to participate is $150 for one player, $600 for a foursome, or $50 for dinner only. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Online registration is available at or through email at More information is available by phoning Daniel Montaño at (619) 507-9101.

Local Parishes Holding Fall Festivals
SAN DIEGO — It’s fall festival season at local parishes:

  • Holy Family’s festival in Linda Vista will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2 (noon-9 p.m.), and Sunday, Oct. 3 (from the conclusion of the 8 a.m. Mass until 6 p.m.). Family-friendly activities include live entertainment, food, games, a silent auction and a raffle. Masks are required for all unvaccinated attendees and recommended for the vaccinated. More information is available by phone or text at (858) 568-4004 or email at
  • Guardian Angels’ festival in Santee will be held on Friday, Oct. 8 (5-10 p.m.); Saturday, Oct. 9 (11 a.m.-10 p.m.); and Sunday, Oct. 10 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). It will feature entertainment, games, multicultural food, a beer garden, a craft fair and more. Masks are required for all unvaccinated attendees. The festival will be preceded by a weeklong virtual auction of more than 100 items, running from Oct. 4 to 11; the auction can be accessed at Also, Chick-fil-A in Santee will be hosting a fall festival kick-off dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.; mention Guardian Angels Catholic Church when placing an order and a portion of the sales will benefit the church. For more information, visit, call (619) 840-5889 or email
  • “An Evening in Bavaria” will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, at San Rafael Parish in Rancho Bernardo. The menu will include bratwursts, sauerkraut, German potato salad, pretzels, and strudel with ice cream. The event, which is sponsored by San Rafael Parish Knights of Columbus Valley of Angels Council #9170, will feature a live German band and include a raffle. Children can enjoy a kids’ menu and their own entertainment. Tickets are available for a suggested donation: $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children age 5 and under. Discounted pre-sale tickets will be sold after all San Rafael Parish Masses on the weekends of Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 9-10. Proceeds will benefit the needs of San Rafael Parish, seminarians and religious vocations, and other charitable causes supported by the Knights of Columbus.

Women’s Prayer Group Seeking New Members
SAN DIEGO — Women seeking to grow closer to God and deepen their relationship with the Bible are invited to join a women’s prayer/Bible study group conducted via Zoom.

The group, which meets virtually at 6 p.m. every Thursday, offers fellowship and prayerful reading of the books of the Bible.

For more information, call (619) 955-3985.

Catholics Invited to ‘Encounter’ Jesus
SAN DIEGO — On the second Friday of every month, Catholics are invited to “Encounter,” a Spirit-filled evening of inspiring music, prayer and Eucharistic adoration at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Rancho Penasquitos.

In October, “The Good Life Retreat” scheduled for Oct. 8 (6:45 to 10 p.m.) and Oct. 9 (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will take the place of that month’s Encounter. The retreat will include six multimedia presentations on how Jesus fulfills the deepest desires of the human heart and how one can enjoy a close relationship with Him. There will also be testimonies from people whose lives have been changed by Jesus, small group discussions, Eucharistic adoration, and more.

The cost to attend the retreat is $25 per person. Encounter is sponsored by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish’s Hearts of Fire Ministry.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish is located at 13541 Stoney Creek Road, San Diego 92129.

For more information, call (858) 484-1070.

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

Parish Women’s Club Sells Crafts, Baked Goods
EL CAJON — The Catholic Women’s Club at Our Lady of Grace Parish in El Cajon will hold its annual craft fair and bake sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at the parish.

The event will feature gift items from more than 75 crafters, baked goods, peanut brittle, fudge and more. Coffee, donuts and lunch also will be available.

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

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