Faith Briefs

Catholic singles to gather in La Jolla

La Jolla will be the site of a gathering of more than 500 Catholic adult singles this June when the National Catholic Singles Conference comes to the San Diego Marriott La Jolla on La Jolla Village Drive.

The June 27-29 weekend event will feature nationally-recognized Catholic speakers who will offer reflections on living the single life in today’s culture. It will also offer socials and mixers, live praise and worship, workshops, Java Chat on Friday night, a dance party Saturday night, Mass with two bishops and a private adoration chapel.

Atendees will be taking surf lessons and kayaking around La Jolla Cove on Sunday.

Speakers will include author Matthew Kelly; Kerri Caviezel, wife of the actor Jim Caviezel of “The Passion of the Christ,” who will discuss the experience of a Catholic marriage in a Hollywood culture; author Jason Evert and Catholic radio personality Lino “The Catholic Guy” Rulli.

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Organist to offer original works

Mark Dorian, organist, pianist and composer-in-residence of La Jolla United Methodist Church, will perform selections from his variations, improvisations and original compositions Sunday, May 4, at 4 p. m. La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Freewill offering. For more information, call (858) 454-7108.

The church is also inviting locals to visit the rose garden at the entrance to the church, which is in full bloom. The rose garden was a vision first realized about 20 years ago, planted and tended to by its founder, the Rev. Tom Denman. Members of the congregation continue his work, lovingly nurturing the more than 100 bushes that delight passersby.

Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

On May 1, San Diego Jewish Academy will host San Diego’s Holocaust survivors from the New Life Club and beyond at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony. It will include songs, readings, candle-lighting and story-telling with the students.

This day is particularly significant as most Holocaust survivors are now in their 80s, and San Diego Jewish Academy students will be among the last generation of people who will be able to directly hear survivors share their experiences.

Gussie Zaks, president of the New Life Club, will lead the group of survivors from the New Life Club in a specially chartered bus to SDJA. “I am so thrilled that San Diego Jewish Academy has chosen to honor us in this way,” said Zaks. “I hope that other survivors in San Diego will take the opportunity to join us for this important event.”

Following the ceremony, survivors will gather to eat lunch and share their stories with fourth and fifth grade students.