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News around the diocese: St. Peregrine devotions, Eucharistic procession, Theology on Tap and more

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Parish to hold St. Peregrine devotion
SAN DIEGO — At its regularly scheduled 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, May 1, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Rancho Peñasquitos will honor St. Peregrine, the patron saint of those suffering with and seeking healing from cancer.

There will be an in-church procession at 5:20 p.m. and, after Mass, a special devotion to the saint, veneration of a relic of St. Peregrine, and recitation of the rosary.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish is located at 13541 Stoney Creek Road, San Diego 92129. For more information, contact the parish at (858) 484-1070.

Campus to be alive with ‘Sound of Music’
POWAY — St. Michael School is staging a production of “The Sound of Music: Youth Edition,” May 3 to 5, in the Holy Family Center.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical, which inspired the Oscar-winning film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is set in Austria in 1938. It centers around a young governess who brings music and joy back to a broken family, only to face danger as war looms.

Showtimes will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, and at both 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday, May 5.

Nearly 70 students have been rehearsing for four months. Students are involved in every aspect of the production: acting, singing, dancing, tech crew, lights, sound, set design, props, costumes, makeup and more.

Tickets can be purchased at showtix4u.com/event-details/82888. For more information, email theater@smspoway.org.

Weekend experience 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.

For more information, email beginningexperiencesd@gmail.com or call (858) 748-2273.

Retrouvaille gives 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, including the cost to attend, call (951) 259-9474 or visit helpourmarriage-sandiego.org.

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 retreats will be during the May 9-11 and June 21-23 weekends. The next men’s retreats will be during the June 28-30 weekend.

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

For more information or to register, visit mileschristi.org/spiritual-exercises or call (858) 768-0872.

‘Theology on Tap’ to focus on vocation
SAN DIEGO — The theme of the upcoming spring series of Theology on Tap will be “Vocation: Discover, Discern, Thrive.”

It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on two consecutive Thursdays, May 16 and 23, at Our Lady of Angels Parish.

Theology on Tap is a catechetical program for young adults, ages 18 to 39, that includes food, fellowship and a Catholic speaker.

On May 16, Father Billy Zondler will speak on the topic “Discerning Decisions.” On May 23, Joe Melendrez will give a talk titled “Win the Day for Jesus.”

The cost to attend each installment is $15, which includes food and drink.

For more information, contact the diocesan Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at (858) 490-8260 or yamsd@sdcatholic.org.

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 in Julian.

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 at laguilera@me.com. Register online at whisperingwinds.org/camps-retreats/womens-retreat.

Picnic to raise foster care awareness
VISTA — In honor of “National Foster Care Awareness Month,” the diocesan Office for Family Life and Spirituality is hosting a Foster Care & Adoption Picnic in the Park.

The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at Shadowridge Park, 2101 Lupine Hills Drive, Vista 92081.

All foster, adoptive and kinship families are invited to an afternoon of pizza, fun and getting to know each other. Participants are welcome to bring snacks or a dessert to share.

Those interested in learning more about foster care or adoption are invited to attend. For more information, email jperegoy@sdcatholic.org.

Magnificat forming East County chapter
SAN DIEGO — Magnificat, a ministry for Catholic women, is looking to form a new chapter in East County.

The group exists to evangelize and encourage Catholic women to grow in holiness through the power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The essential function of Magnificat is the Magnificat Meal, which provides an opportunity for fellowship, praise, personal testimony, and intercessory prayer.

Women interested in helping to establish the East County chapter are encouraged to email eastsandiegomagnificat@gmail.com. For information about Magnificat, visit magnificat-ministry.net.

Catholics can ‘Encounter’ Jesus
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: May 9 (a Thursday, not a Friday), June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.

For more information, email olmcheartsoffire@gmail.com.

Eucharistic procession to mark Corpus Christi
SAN FIEGO — Two local parishes are collaborating on a celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi.

The event will take place on Sunday, June 2. It will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a Eucharistic procession from Christ the King Church to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Snacks will be available after the procession.

‘Love Our Priests’ group welcomes 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 currently serves as pastor of Mission San Diego de Alcala Parish, will share his vocation story.

For more information, email jeanlaskey@outlook.com.

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 draguez@sbcglobal.net or call (619) 920-8363.

Pope names auxiliary for Sacramento
SACRAMENTO – Pope Francis has appointed Father Rey Bersabal, a priest of the Diocese of Sacramento, as auxiliary bishop of that diocese. He will take up his appointment on May 31, following his ordination as bishop in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

Father Bersabal, 59, grew up in a small town in Mindanao, Philippines. On April 29, 1991, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. He came to the Diocese of Sacramento in 1999.

“I am humbled to be chosen to serve God’s people” as auxiliary bishop, Father Bersabal said. “I vow to uphold the responsibility to demonstrate Christ’s holiness to the people of the Diocese of Sacramento.”

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