SAN BERNARDINO—The skies threatened rain and winter winds were chilly but, fittingly, sunshine poked through the clouds to bring light and warmth to a day worth celebrating.

 The Bishop Barnes Newman Center at Cal State, San Bernardino was dedicated with a liturgical ceremony and reception/open house on March 7.

 “The fact is that this building is a sign of our faith in our young people,” Bishop Gerald Barnes said during his homily. “It’s a place where students will come to be fed, to feed on the Gospel.”

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A look at the Triduum and our shared journey to the Resurrection

By Sister Jeremy Gallet, SP

 The seeds of liturgical spirituality were sown in me the first time I attended the restored liturgies of Holy Week in 1956. I was 11. I remember especially the Easter Vigil. The church was dark – and a little scary. Great clouds of incense floated upward. We all held lighted candles which flickered in the dark, making everything seem to move. I was very short and could barely see anything through the wall of adults surrounding me. Suddenly, above the heads of everyone, I glimpsed a great candle moving though the crowded church, its flame towering above the heads of even the tallest adult, and heard a strong baritone ring out, “Lumen Christi!” We all responded, “Deo Gratias!” I thought I would burst. The joy and wonder of that moment has stayed with me even to this day.

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bishop_barnesThe moratorium on the death penalty in California declared Wednesday by Governor Gavin Newsom is good news for Catholics, Bishop Barnes says in a statement, but we must also continue to support and accompany family and loved ones of murder victims who are struggling with this action.

Click here to read the statement. 

sha_decthlonSAN BERNARDINO—For the third time in the past four years Sacred Heart Academy, Redlands won the Diocesan Junior High Academic Decathlon and moved on to state level competition in San Francisco.

 The all-day competition was held March 2 at Aquinas High School and Sacred Heart Academy took first, based on a team win in the Logic Quiz competition and a second place finish in the Super Quiz competition. Sacred Heart Academy won the decathlon in 2016 and 2017, and placed third in last year’s competition.

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noriega_popeBy Brenda Noriega

 During World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, I had the blessing to have lunch with Pope Francis. I am still waiting to wake up! 

 The truth is that I am still unwrapping the experience, my blessing from heaven. One of the biggest blessings about that lunch was to now be connected with nine other wonderful young brothers and sisters from all over the world. We clicked the moment we met. I instantly functioned as the translator since I was the only fluent bilingual person in the room. I had the blessing to be a bridge between two languages, Spanish and English.

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