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By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

Mecca Church InteriorMECCA—Following years of challenges, struggles, prayers, and fundraising, crowds swelled to witness the opening of their new spiritual home in Mecca.      

 More than 1,000 people streamed into the new church for the dedication Mass of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Feb. 15. The dedication of the church marks the beginning of a new chapter for the eastern Coachella Valley faithful. 

Read more: Bishop Barnes dedicates new Mecca church

By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

BARSTOW—Coinciding with St. Joseph’s 100th Anniversary celebration, the City of Barstow dedicated a portion of Mountain View Street in honor of three deacons who have served the parish and greater community for a combined 100 years. 

Read more: Barstow honors three deacons with street dedication

new yearONTARIO—St. George Parish in Ontario started the Chinese New Year with a bang—literally.

 The parish, which has a sizeable Vietnamese community, has long held a celebration of the Lunar New Year, or, Tet. But with the blessing of local fire officials, St. George was able to incorporate fireworks into the festivities for the first time.

Read more: Parishes celebrate Lunar New Year with faith, fun and….fireworks

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