The Diocese will honor those who work in the healthcare professions at its annual White Mass on Sunday, October 13 at 3 p.m. at Christ the Redeemer Church in Grand Terrace.

 The White Mass also serves as an occasion to honor those who provide health and spiritual care within these professions through a series of awards. This year’s honorees are:

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By Zaki Mustafa
Past Grand Knight 13403

 The 2018 Jacket Drive for the Homeless was an incredible success! In addition to providing much-needed jackets to those in need, my wife Loretta and I were blessed to have met so many kind-hearted and caring people who graciously provided assistance and support. 

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 David Okonkwo, Director of the Diocesan Ministry to Catholics of African Descent, received the Jim King Community Service Award from the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation at a ceremony on Sept. 13 at the National Orange Show Events Center. The award is named in honor of longtime Foundation member Jim King to one who goes “above and beyond normal community volunteer and civil services”

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 The Diocesan Office of Respect Life and Pastoral Care continued in its efforts to raise awareness of the Catholic pastoral and theological approach to caring for the sick and dying with a conference, “Embracing Our Dying—Preparing for End of Life,” held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center on September 21.

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By Judge Michael Sachs
Special to the BYTE

 Drug Court is a specialized criminal court. Defendants who have been convicted multiple times for drug offenses are referred there as a “last chance” to stay out of prison. Successful graduates of drug court will have their cases dismissed so long as they complete their program. Their program includes completing at least five Narcotics Anonymous meetings a week, attending group counseling sessions and regular drug testing. Failure to successfully complete any of these tasks may lead to prison time and disqualification from the program.

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SAN BERNARDINO—The local Church continued to explore the impact of mental health challenges experienced by many community members, this time at the semi-annual Court-Clergy Conference held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center on September 18.

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