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SAN BERNARDINO—Close to 560 youth and young adults, forming 52 teams and representing 24 parishes, gave it their all for bragging rights in the 16th Annual Diocesan Sports Tournament held July 21 at Shandin Hills Middle School in San Bernardino.

 In the male volleyball competition, Blessed John XXII Parish, Fontana took home first place. St. Christopher Parish, Moreno Valley and Queen of Angels Parish, Riverside placed second and third, respectively. 

Read more: Youth compete in annual sports tournament

By Gina Roquet

SAN BERNARDINO—Aquinas High School welcomed some key physical enhancements to the campus, an increase in enrollment and a surge in foreign exchange students at the start of the new school year. 

 With much gratitude, Aquinas received a grant from the Shea Foundation which enabled the school to completely remodel and update its science lab. The lab now showcases new desks, counters, cabinets, flooring, a water purification system, and a complete new array of updated supplies that were much needed.

Read more: Aquinas campus receives key upgrades

By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

PALM DESERT—The diocesan Year for Youth will close on a celebratory note with a Diocesan Youth Day that will actually stretch over two days. 

 The Ministry with Youth Office will hold the event at Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert Aug. 3 and 4. Themed “Sealed in Eternal Faith” the event aims to have youth recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in their hearts so that their faith in God may be strengthened. 

Read more: Youth Day brings special year to a close

By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO—Faculty and staff from Catholic schools throughout the diocese gathered for the annual Opening School Mass held Aug. 24 at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral in San Bernardino. 

 Celebrated by Monsignor Tom Wallace, Episcopal Vicar for the Riverside Pastoral Region, and concelebrated by 12 priests representing different Catholic schools and parishes, the Mass marks the beginning of the academic year for many Catholic schools. During his homily, Monsignor Wallace challenged the teachers to inspire students to have a stronger relationship with God.

Read more: Catholic school year begins with annual Mass

RIVERSIDE—In May, Katelyn Allende, a parishioner at St. Catherine of Alexandria, was recognized as one of the Riverside’s 25 ‘most remarkable teens’ for demonstrated leadership ‘in the classroom and beyond’ by the mayor and City Council. 

 A junior at Martin Luther King High School, Katelyn received the honor for her civic activism. 

Read more: St. Catherine Youth recognized by Riverside Mayor

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