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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

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

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 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

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