By Isabel Cruz

SAN BERNARDINO—On January 19, over 300 community members from the Inland Empire gathered at the Diocesan Pastoral Center for a benefit show to expose the current global human trafficking crisis and raise funds for a Typhoon Haiyan relief mission that takes place this month. 

 The night was filled with cultural performances in solidarity with victims of human trafficking and the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, and talks on the presence of human trafficking in our community. 

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CORONA-NORCO—A national training program to train church ministers in intercultural competency that has been piloted in the Diocese of San Bernardino is now being given to clusters of parishes, most recently to those in the Corona-Norco area.

 Building Intercultural Competencies for Ministers (BICM) training was given Jan. 15, 22 and 29 at St. Mel parish in Norco with leadership and staff from that parish along with  St. Matthew, Corpus Christi, St. Mary Magdalene and St. Edward also in attendance.

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By Vanessa Bookenhagen

 Every year, without fail, in the midst of the frantic pace of staff and volunteers distributing Christmas food and toys to hundreds of low-income families, the story of the nativity becomes very real and very local for Catholic Charities. This past holiday season, Catholic Charities met the Holy Family in the faces of a local family that had nowhere to rest their heads only days before Christmas.

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California is facing its third straight year of lower than normal rainfall. Because of the potentially dangerous impact on people, industry and the environment, the Catholic Bishops of California are asking all people of faith to join in prayer for God’s mercy and compassion.

View Memo | Suggested prayers | Message from California Catholic Conference

By John Andrews
Editor

 For many Catholics in the diocese, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is about the mañanitas, the mariachis, the procession, and reenactments of the story of the Virgin Mary’s apparition to a poor Mexican peasant.

 Indeed, the Feast Day, celebrated December 12, has become a cultural event that has even begun to transcend the Hispanic culture from which it came. Most parishes in the diocese offered multiple activities along with Mass this year. Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in San Bernardino featured a talk on the relationship between Our Lady of Guadalupe and the New Evangelization. In Riverside, Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine led a procession to the top of Mt. Rubidoux for the 15th year in a row, this time in the driving rain. In the Coachella Valley, the 30-mile procession along Interstate 10 from Palm Springs to Coachella once again took place.

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SAN BERNARDINO—In an effort to improve communication with the significant number of local Catholics who speak Spanish as their primary language, the Diocese of San Bernardino has launched El Compás Católico, a Spanish language newspaper that will be distributed in parishes and through Spanish language ministries and groups beginning in December.

 The eight-page newspaper will be published quarterly and features articles written by diocesan ministers and members of the diocesan Department of Communications staff. The BYTE will continue to feature two pages of Spanish language news in months that El Compás Cátolico is not published.

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