Aquinas High School track athletes and their coaches are shown here on the new rubberized track that was completed this summer. Coach Meliza Smith is pictured far right and Coach Matt Troy on the far left. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians was the largest donor to this project.
By Andres Rivera
SAN BERNARDINO—About 200 youth from the Diocese gathered at Aquinas High School in San Bernardino to celebrate Virtual World Youth Day July 27 and 28. With the theme “Go and make disciples of all nations,” the 24-hour event included similar activities the pilgrims at World Youth Day in Brazil experienced, including catechetical talks, music, adoration and Mass.
RIVERSIDE—Notre Dame High School announced the 2013-2014 Partners in Christ Scholarship recipients. The Partners in Christ Scholarship is a joint, merit-based scholarship awarded by Notre Dame and participating parish pastors. The $1,000 scholarship is given to an incoming Notre Dame freshman who matriculated from one of the high school’s K-8 partner schools.
SAN BERNARDINO—All families of Riverside and San Bernardino counties are cordially invited to join Bishop Gerald Barnes at Aquinas High School on Sept. 14 in celebrating the Third Annual “Empowering Parent and Youth Summit,” sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools.
By Andres Rivera
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL—About 175 pilgrims from the Diocese of San Bernardino took part in the World Youth Day festivities July 23-28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From catechesis and concerts to prayer, reflection and messages from Pope Francis, the Diocesan pilgrims embraced the spiritual journey that aimed to strengthen their faith.
At the annual Opening Schools Mass, held this year at Sacred Heart Church, Palm Desert on Aug. 23, Catholic school teachers and staff with 25 or more years of service received special recognition. From left to right, Karen Salabaj (Sacred Heart, Rancho Cucamonga – 25 yrs), Joan Jackson (St. Edward – 30 yrs), RoxAnn Venute (St. George – 25 yrs), Kathy Kothlow (St. Francis de Sales – 35 yrs), Sister Mary Laura Rembold (St. Francis de Sales – 45 yrs), Carmelita Duarte (St. Francis de Sales – 30 yrs), Sister Kathleen Cleary (St. Margaret Mary – 35 yrs) and Carol LaFond (St. Francis de Sales – 25 yrs). Not pictured, Barbara Booher (Notre Dame High School – 25 yrs), Lois Tompkins (St. Margaret Mary – 25 yrs) , Annette Wendling (St. Margaret Mary – 35 yrs).