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Bishop Gerald Barnes and Father Tom Burdick broke ground during a formal blessing of the site of the new Blessed Teresa of Calcutta church building in Winchester on Jan. 10. The parish received a grading permit from Riverside County on Jan. 29 and was scheduled to begin grading work on the site Feb. 2

By Van Hoang

MORENO VALLEY—“This month is for being thankful.  This is an opportunity for us to express gratitude for our priests, break-in the Christmas spirit and a way to show thanks.”

 With these thoughts, Jim Velarde of the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus from the Arrowhead Desert Valley Chapter, council number 8728, kicked off the Second Annual Priest Appreciation Dinner at St. Christopher Parish, Moreno Valley on Nov. 29. 

Read more: St. Christopher parishioners gather again for priest appreciation dinner

CHINO HILLS—The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (SS.CC) will end its leadership of St. Paul the Apostle parish in Chino Hills after 28 years, effective January 2015.

 When the parish was established in 1986, then diocesan Bishop Phillip Straling asked the SS.CCs to assume its pastoral care. The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary are, in fact, the first religious order ever to minister in the Diocese of San Bernardino, going all the way back to San Salvador parish in Colton in the 1840s. 

Read more: Chino Hills parish to bid farewell to founding religious order

By Deacon Ed Clark

RANCHO CUCAMONGA—Sacred Heart Church in Rancho Cucamonga took on a new look the First Sunday of Advent, when this season of hope and preparation also became a time to remember and to celebrate. 

Read more: Rancho Cucamonga parish dedicates ministry center to late deacon

By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

CORONA—Members of St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Corona filled the church beyond its capacity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the parish’s founding on Oct. 18. 

 Founding members and leaders throughout the parish’s history came to mark the special occasion. In his homily, Bishop Gerald Barnes applauded the community for its strong bonds and invited them to continue working to impact the surrounding community through the good works of the parish community.

Read more: St. Mary Magdalene, Corona celebrates 25th anniversary

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