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By Mario Martinez

 Have you heard that there have been changes to how we celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony? 

 Formerly called the Rite of Marriage (1969), the newly released translation of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony (2016) took effect at the beginning of this year. 

Read more: Changes in Sacrament of Matrimony take effect in 2017

 The Diocese of San Bernardino is collaborating with Loyola Marymount University (LMU) to propose a degree completion program that would enable those with an associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree from another country, to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theological Studies. The proposed start date for the program is January 2018.

Read more: Diocese to partner with Loyola Marymount University in local degree program

 No current Ordinary in the United States has held his post longer than Bishop Gerald Barnes.

 His longevity and legacy will be celebrated throughout 2017 when the 25th Anniversary of his Ordination as a Bishop is celebrated in the Diocese.

Read more: Bishop Barnes 25th Anniversary celebration a focus for 2017

The Diocese joins national effort to raise awareness of poverty as parishes struggle to serve those in greatest need

By Natalie Romano

 It is downtown San Bernardino in early December. 

 “I’m so hungry. I don’t feel good. I’m so hungry.” 

Read more: ‘Whatever you did for these least brothers of mine…’

The Catholic community marks the first anniversary of the Dec. 2 attack at the Inland Regional Center with prayer, liturgies and tributes

 Even worse than physical death is the death of being forgotten.

 Monsignor Gerard Lopez, S.T.L., focused on this idea during his homily at a Memorial Mass held December 2 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery to mark the one-year anniversary of the terror attack at the Inland Regional Center that claimed 14 lives and injured 22 more.

Read more: One Year Later

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