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By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

PALM DESERT—Music, Eucharistic adoration and spirited talks enlivened the almost 300 youth present at the inaugural San Bernardino Diocesan Youth Day held Aug. 3 and 4 at Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert.

 Sponsored by the Ministry with Youth Office, the youth day served as a closing event for the Year for Youth that was proclaimed by Bishop Gerald Barnes last August.

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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. 

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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.

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By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

SAN JACINTO—In a proclamation presented July 17, the San Jacinto City Council recognized August as a month to celebrate St. Hyacinth, the namesake of the city. 

 The city presented St. Hyacinth Academy with a copy of the proclamation on Aug. 16, the day before the saint’s feast day.  

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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.

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