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 The sidewalk leading up the hill to Queen of Angels Church in Riverside truly became the “way of the cross” on November 19.

 Uniquely designed crosses constructed by parishes over the past 12 months in honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy lined the walkway to the church as the faithful of the Diocese celebrated a Mass to mark the Year. It was one visual sign of the local impact of Pope Francis’ call to Mercy. As he processed toward the church, Bishop Gerald Barnes blessed the crosses and offered a prayer of thanks to God for the participation of the parishes of the Diocese in the Jubilee Year.

Read more: Jubilee Year ends but #MercyLives

 COACHELLA - “The people love her; they really do.”

 This simple phrase is found in one of the nomination letters that contributed to Coachella resident Sister Carol Nolan, a Sister of Providence (SP) of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, and 1954 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), receiving one of the College’s most prestigious alumni awards, the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Award.

Read more: Providence in the Desert founder awarded by her alma mater

By Steven Gomez

 Many of you are already familiar with the Get on the Bus program, as our Bishops, our parishes and the faithful have been generous supporters for many years now. Many children have been reunited and re-connected with their mother or father through these efforts. 

Read more: Get on the Bus — a pilgrimage in the Year of Mercy

By Ashley Elizabeth Limon

CHINO—The summer heat had arrived and the journey was five miles long.

 But that didn’t stop more than 200 local Catholics from walking from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Ontario to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Chino on June 25 to mark the Jubilee Year of Mercy. 

Read more: West End Catholics make a pilgrimage for mercy

By Gloria Chavez-Martinez

 Catholic Charities’ Hope in the City Family Resource/Homework Center in San Bernardino is a place where children and their parents find a supportive gathering of neighbors and friends. The Center provides a safe haven for children during the critical afterschool hours, when research shows that students have the least supervision. 

Read more: ‘Hope in the City’ Center offers nurturing place for kids

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