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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

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

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

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