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SAN BERNARDINO—While many throughout America await the coming of Santa Claus, and others await much needed help to take them out of the devastation of war and natural disasters, the film students of Mr. Matt Troy at Aquinas High School have produced a short film that challenges what we have come to know as “Christmas” in this holiday season.

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PALM DESERT—On their own volition, seventh graders Justin Wickstrand and Roman Putnam did not want to have a traditional Halloween trick or treating night. They decided that there was a greater need than their need for candy. A week prior to Halloween, Justin and Roman blanketed their neighborhood with flyers indicating that they would be picking up canned goods instead of candy on Halloween night.

Read more: Sacred Heart students trade ‘Trick or Treating’ for feeding the poor

By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

RIVERSIDE—Around 130 youth gathered to celebrate and share their cultures at the 6th Annual Asian-Pacific Youth Day held Oct. 27 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Riverside. Themed “Roots before Branches,” the youth day offered talks, skits, music, activities, prayer and faith sharing.

Read more: Asian-Pacific Youth Day connects culture with faith

PERRIS—In nearly 50 years of history St. James Catholic School in Perris has educated thousands of students and relied upon the selfless sacrifice of parent volunteers.

 So on December 3, when the California State legislators were sworn into office, it was with a great deal of satisfaction and pride that students gathered to watch the historic moment as former St. James PTG President and mother to five current students, Melissa Melendez, became the Assembly representative for the 67th District.

Read more: St. James excited to see school parent elected to State Assembly

INDIO—Every year Our Lady of Perpetual Help School faculty, staff, students and parents make time to give to those who are less fortunate. Helping and serving others is always a reminder that sharing and making contributions teaches us to experience the gift of living out our Gospel values. One of the ways OLPH School shares the light of faith is by giving donations to Desert Mobile Home Park in Thermal, otherwise known as Duroville.

Read more: OLPH Indio helps residents of Duroville

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