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News briefs: Aux. Bishop to join immigration conversation, Mission San Luis Rey online auction and more

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Auxiliary Bishop to Join Immigration Conversation
SAN DIEGO — The St. James-St. Leo Catholic Community’s Faith in Action Committee is hosting a virtual conversation about immigration challenges. The event, which will take place from 1-2:15 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, will reflect on how Catholics should respond to DACA, border security, family separations, asylum requests and other issues. The conversation will propose solutions based on Scripture and Catholic social teaching. Guest speakers will include Auxiliary Bishop Ramón Bejarano and the executive director of Alliance San Diego, Andrea Guerrero. The conversation will be moderated by Deacon Peter Hodsdon of the St. James-St. Leo Catholic Community. Two parishioners will present their personal testimonies, and there also will be opportunities to ask questions. For more information, email christybohan@cox.net. Pre-register and obtain the Zoom link from azentella@ucsd.edu.

Mission San Luis Rey to Host Online Auction
SAN DIEGO — Winning bidders in an upcoming online auction hosted by Mission San Luis Rey will have a rare opportunity to see parts of the mission grounds that are not open to the public. The auction will be open for bidding from Feb. 1-14. Auction items include a year of retreats, a docent-led tour of the artwork in the historic church, a tour of the mission bell tower, and a five-star personal retreat. For more information, visit www.sanluisrey.org.

Workshop to Focus on Teen Dating in Digital World
SAN DIEGO — “Dating in Today’s Digital World: Pitfalls for Teens & Parents,” a free workshop sponsored by Ascension Parish’s Safe Place Faith Community Outreach Team, will address such topics as healthy relationships, digital dangers, teen dating violence, risk factors and how to access help and resources. The event will take place from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Ascension Parish, 11292 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego 92124. Presenters will include Diane Doherty, supervising Deputy City Attorney in the Domestic Violence & Sex Crimes Unit, and Jani Sepanik, Domestic Violence Education & Prevention Manager at the Community Resource Center. Free palm cards and pins will be available for all attendees. The event will be held outside, weather permitting; masks and social distancing practices will be observed. A maximum of 200 attendees will be admitted. To reserve your place, RSVP to Angela Elfman at Angela.elfman@san.rr.com or (858) 775-4828.

Virtual ‘Race’ Underway to Rebuild San Gabriel Mission
SAN  GABRIEL — A devastating fire destroyed much of Mission San Gabriel in the early morning hours of July 11, 2020. The Orders of the Native Daughters of the Golden West and Native Sons of the Golden West, who are committed to the preservation of historic landmarks in California, have organized a virtual walk campaign to raise funds for the rebuilding of the nearly 250-year-old church, which is located in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The “Race to Rebuild 5K” is currently live, with the goal of raising $1 million for the mission church repairs before the 250th anniversary celebration scheduled for September 2021. The virtual race component of the fundraiser is optional, completed individually, and on the honor system. Contributions can be made by purchasing a T-shirt via the campaign website (www.customink.com/fundraising/race-to-rebuild), making a flat donation, or both. The campaign closes on March 1, 2021.

Diocesan Institute Offering Course on ‘Laudato Si’
SAN DIEGO — An upcoming course offered through the Diocesan Institute will cover the spirituality of “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on environmental stewardship; the reality of the current environmental and climate crisis; and how the Creation Care Action Plan (CCAP) for the Diocese of San Diego responds to this crisis. The classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 24 and March 3, 10, 17 and 24. The course is free to audit, $5 for professional enhancement, or $10 for credit. It will be team-taught by the Creation Care Core Team of the diocesan Office for Life, Peace and Justice, which includes Father Emmet Farrell, director of Creation Care Ministry. For more information, email efarrell@sdcatholic.org. To register, email danderson@sdcatholic.org or call (858) 490-8212.

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