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SAN BERNARDINO—San Bernardino experienced another tragic act of public violence on April 11 when a man shot and killed his estranged wife and a nine-year-old boy in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom.

 The shooting at North Park Elementary School took place less than two miles from Our Lady of the Assumption Parish and School. While the school took immediate precautions to protect students’ safety, the parish offered a place for community, school and civic leaders to grieve and pray together, hosting an interfaith prayer service in the church just hours after the shooting occurred.

Read more: North Park Elementary School Shooting: Church takes leading role in mourning and healing

By Malie Hudson

 On May 20, Bishop Gerald Barnes will ordain four men to the priesthood.

 In the March issue of the BYTE we chronicled the journeys to the priesthood of seminarians Fidel Rivero and Alwyn Anfone. In part two, we introduce Alex Rodarte and Juan Sandoval. Both men took meaningful steps to pursue their vocation after experiencing a calling to the priesthood in their 20’s.

Read more: Ordination Preview: Rodarte, Sandoval reflect on their path to the priesthood

SAN BERNARDINO—Mary Ann Andel and Estela Sanchez will receive the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross award at the annual Diocesan Award ceremony on May 19 at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral.

 The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross award is the highest honor bestowed upon a layperson in the Church by the Vatican.

Read more: Andel, Sanchez to receive Papal Award

By Mary Huber

 The Mother’s Day Rose Sale is a project that started over 20 years ago at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Chino Hills. The day before Mother’s Day, members of the Respect Life Ministry joined then Director of Pro Life Catholic Ministries, Marie Widmann, to assemble rose bouquets in her living room. 

Read more: Finding Hope in a Sea of Roses

By Malie Hudson

 The old proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child,” is especially true for children whose parents are incarcerated.  

 Get on the Bus (GOTB), a program that brings children and their families to visit their mothers and fathers in prison, has become an important part of that “village.” 

 “Some of the families are in very bad straits because the process has depleted their funds,” said Anna Hamilton, Associate Director for the Diocesan Office of Restorative Justice, who oversees GOTB at the diocesan level. 

Read more: Reunion and Reconciliation:Parishes in the Diocese are stepping up involvement in the Get on the...

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