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Over 200 seventh and eighth grade students from Catholic schools around the Diocese attended a special Junior High Mass on Sept. 8 at Sacred Heart, Rancho Cucamonga.
Sacred Heart pastor Father Benedict Nwachukwu-Udaku, VF, celebrated the Mass and high school students from Aquinas High School, Notre Dame High School and St. Jeanne De Lestonnac High School also attended to serve as ministers for the Mass (serving in roles such as altar servers, lectors, gift bearers, greeters and ushers).

In his opening remarks, Dr. Samuel Torres, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, encouraged the middle schoolers to always try to be a good example to the younger elementary aged students at their school. “As a child of God, you have many responsibilities, and one responsibility I want you to think about is, how are you reflecting your faith to your classmates back at school? At seventh and eighth grade, you’re the older ones ... when the little ones see you walking around campus, they stop to see what you are doing. You are the role models in your school,” he said.