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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

Yucaipa Pro LifeYUCAIPA—On Jan. 31, the Respect Life Ministry of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish held a Walk for Life in Yucaipa in support of unborn babies and their mothers. This drew participants from other area churches.  Also present and speaking were representatives from two organizations to tell about the work they do in helping pregnant women: Pastor Craig Turley of the Blessing Center in Redlands and Linda Brown of the Aldeana Hinkle Pregnancy Resource Center in Yucaipa. 

Read more: Yucaipa parish organizes local Walk for Life

By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

CHINO HILLS—Walking along to the sound of drums, the crowd took their places behind an image of the Santo Niño de Cebu raised on a platform covered with roses. Parishioners at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Chino Hills processed from the church entrance into the parking lot.

Read more: Filipino Catholics keep Santo Niño devotion alive

By Anne Alhadef

Bradley JamesREDLANDS—Composer and performer Bradley James received a warm welcome when he joined the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) Branch 217 at its monthly meeting in February at The Holy Name of Jesus parish in Redlands.

Read more: Composer James shares stories of Mother Teresa with Redlands ICF

By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

FONTANA/RIALTO—In an effort to respond to the needs of the community, St. John XXIII parish has eliminated fees for families seeking to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

 “For families that make excuses not to come to church, money should not be one of them,” said Father Cletus Imo, administrator of the Fontana-Rialto parish. “I see this is as a pastoral need. We need to make sure the doors are open for everyone and Baptism is a door to the faith.”

Read more: St. John XXIII waives Baptismal fees

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