Totally Mt. Rubidoux, supported by diocese, vows to preserve the cross for public access

RIVERSIDE—Public concerns about the potential removal of the landmark Serra Cross in Riverside were finally allayed on April 11 when a specially formed community group bought the property from the City of Riverside in a public bid.

 Totally Mt. Rubidoux paid $10,500 for the property, about $500 more than the minimum bid set by the City. Another group filed paperwork to participate in the bid and attended but did not actually make a bid.

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By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

HEMET—Inspired by an evangelization program at his last assignment, Father Cornelius McQuillan, CSSp, has begun a new evangelization ministry at Our Lady of the Valley parish in Hemet. By evangelizing through monthly letters, Father McQuillan hopes to reach out and strengthen the bond between the parish and the greater community one neighborhood at a time. 

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By Emeka Okoro

 Compassion in Action Medical Mission was designed to address the challenge of healthcare access to vulnerable poor people in our rural communities.

 It is with sincere gratitude to Almighty God and deep appreciation to our team of surgeons, volunteers, doctors and nurses that we declare our 2012 Medical Mission, completed early this year, a very successful one. This has compelled the participants to tell the story and therefore we consider ourselves privileged to be used by God as instruments of his compassion for the less privileged.

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SAN BERNARDINO—In keeping with the commitment of the diocese to offer pastoral care to victims of sexual abuse, a special intention for these victims will be offered at the Diocesan Pastoral Center Mass held on the first Tuesday of each month, Bishop Gerald Barnes has declared.

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 Sister Marilu Covani, S.P., has recently found herself humming the national anthem of Argentina, “Himno Nacional Argentino,” for the first time in decades. 

 On the day that her fellow countryman, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, was elected the 266th Pope, Sr. Covani, who directs the diocesan Office of Worship, wore an endless smile – and her pin with the Argentine flag.

 “I have a new joy,” she says. “I am full of hope for the whole world and for Latin America. My prayers are going to be with him all along.”

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By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

RANCHO CUCAMONGA—One of the largest churches in the diocese overflowed with people and with joy as the inauguration of Pope Francis was celebrated in a diocesan Mass at Sacred Heart, Rancho Cucamonga.

 On March 19, the same day that Pope Francis was inaugurated as the 266th successor of St. Peter, more than 1,300 people joined Bishop Gerald Barnes and Auxiliary Bishop Rutilio del Riego in giving thanks to God for the Church’s new shepherd. 

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