WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a victory for the cause of the immigrant, President Barak Obama issued an executive order June 15 that grants “deferred action” to certain qualified undocumented young people who are between the ages of 16 and 30. This deferred action grants a relief from deportation for a period of two years, enabling the young person who qualifies to acquire a Social Security number and a work permit. This particular deferred action can be renewed but does not grant a path to citizenship for the undocumented person or any of their family members.
By Gregory Kirwin
SAN BERNARDINO—The best way to predict the future is to invent it, and Catholic Charities San Bernardino-Riverside is doing so by investing in the next generation of non-profit human service professionals who will carry forward the mission to provide compassionate and competent care to the most vulnerable families in our local communities.
RIALTO—The Fellowship of Catholic Christian Women will be holding a Women’s Day 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on August 18 at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Rialto. This year’s retreat, “An invitation to the Eucharist,” will include Mass, prayer, music, faith sharing and insights on the Eucharist.
By Andres Rivera
SAN BERNARDINO—Inspired by her son and called to serve as an advocate for the disabled and their families, Anna Maria Cruz spearheaded a venture to have a key statement offered by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops translated into Spanish.
Serra House holds open house to commemorate 25th anniversary
GRAND TERRACE – Serra House supporters, seminarians, priests and diocesan bishops, including the diocese’s first bishop, reflected on the history and evolution of Blessed Junipero Serra House of Formation at an open house and evening of prayer on May 24.
A proposed state initiative that would have required girls 12-17 to notify their parents before having an abortion failed to get the required number of signatures to qualify for the November 2012 state ballot. Californians for Parental Rights, the campaign group that led the signature drive, was not able to collect the 867,615 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.
SAN BERNARDINO—“When you are together, sing hymns, Psalms and inspired songs in the Spirit!”
This encouragement from Paul in Colossians reminds us that the Church was born singing. That early Church sang its songs, its rhythms, its words, out of its experience of the Christ who had become their beloved, their savior. They had to sing about their experience because saying the words was not enough! When they gathered together to pray on Sunday – Dies Domini – the Day of the Lord - their great praise and thanksgiving for all that God had done for them through Christ in the Spirit was too much to speak.