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The Diocese held two Rite of Election ceremonies to welcome future Catholics on Sat. March 4th and Sun. March 5th. Bishop Gerald Barnes presided at the ceremonies at Queen of Angels, Riverside, and at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Yucaipa. Both groups had about 170 Catechumens who were joined by their sponsors, families, coordinators, and community. Parishes throughout the Diocese also celebrated the Rite of Election for children during weekend liturgies. .


For the second year in a row, Sacred Heart Academy in Redlands captured first place overall in the Diocese of San Bernardino Junior High Academic Decathlon. The scholastic competition was held Saturday, March 4 at Aquinas High School. The Sacred Heart Academy team, which also placed first in the Super Quiz, will go on to compete in the state level Academic Decathlon on April 1.  View Results

Catholic Schools Week ended on a high note with the annual Catholic School Awards Banquet held at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Feb. 4. The Awards banquet recognized volunteers, staff, teachers, and alumni who have impacted Catholic schools in the diocese.

In a statement issued Monday afternoon, Bishop Barnes called upon local Catholics to be in solidarity with refugees impacted by the travel ban ordered by President Donald Trump. The spirit of inclusiveness and charity that has characterized the United States, and is shared by the Church, must not give way to suspicion and discrimination, the Bishop writes.

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On January 29th, Bishop Gerald Barnes gathered with religious men and women to celebrate a special Mass in observance of World Day of Consecrated Life at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral. Jubilarians honored at the Mass were (left to right) Sister Linda Nicholson, CSJ (60 years), Sister Loretta Picucci, SP (50 years), Sister Patricia Haire, CSJ (70Years) and Sister Rosa Martinez, HMSP (25 years).

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