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YUCAIPA—To mark the Year of Faith, Bishop Gerald Barnes decided to bring all six vicariates of the diocese together for a day of fellowship, reflection, faith sharing and worship.

 The diocese holds Combined Vicariate meetings for the San Bernardino and Riverside pastoral regions each year, allowing Bishop Barnes to address parish leadership and staff on a large scale. This year, on Feb. 19, the two meetings became one “Unified Vicariate,” held at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church in Yucaipa.

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By Anne Alhadef

 “One of the most important realities of our lives as Christians is the Bible,” began Father Michael Manning, SVD, as he opened his mission retreat talk at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Riverside recently.

 Unbelievable Faith was the theme of the three-day mission, and its focus on scripture was fitting for this Year of Faith. Benedict XVI in Porta Fidei, his Apostolic Letter for the Year of Faith, said, 

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By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

 For many parishes in the diocese, passion plays, or dramatic reenactments of the Jesus’s trial, suffering and death, bring large crowds during Holy Week.

 Putting on the annual passion play often calls for long hours of preparation, but it brings great rewards for the actors and spectators.

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 This article is one in a series of articles highlighting the new seminarians at Blessed Junipero Serra House of Formation.

By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

 Growing up Simon Nguyen enjoyed serving in the Mass. Coming from a devout Catholic family, it came as no surprise when he answered the call to serve God as a priest.

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SAN BERNARDINO—On January 24, Catholic Charities’ Masters of Social Work (MSW) Intern, Samuel Hanna, organized the distribution of over 200 hygiene kits to the homeless in San Bernardino during the 2013 Point-in-Time Homeless Count (PITC). After signing up as a volunteer for PITC and receiving a flyer asking for supplies, Hanna took it upon himself to reach out to his local community to dramatically increase necessary hygiene items for the homeless.

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