In more than 30 years of ministry in the Diocese, Sister Sara Kane and Sister Linda Nicholson moved from Catholic school classrooms to the principal’s office to diocesan leadership to pioneering new ministries.

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People have been calling the Ministry Formation Institute and asking if the Introduction to CMFP course will be held this year, and the answer is YES!

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The Lovers of the Holy Cross community of religious sisters, who have a presence in our Diocese, have offered their hands and hearts by sewing cloth masks!

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COACHELLA—Parishioners of Our Lady of Soledad made the journey—literally—processing 1.3 miles from their old church on Oasis Palm Avenue to their brand new one on Cesar Chavez Street to celebrate its dedication on Dec. 7.

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Day of Reflection at Yucaipa parish helps seniors confront aging and death

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Diocese embracing team building program for parish staffs showcased at October conference 

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Saint Jeanne's boosts morale by hosting a campus car parade for students and teachers to greet each other while adhering to social distancing guidelines

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Our Lady of the Assumption School teacher Tish Godsy interacts with her class through Zoom

School News

With the closing of schools across the state and nation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, virtual learning has gone from an aspirational idea to the only game in town.

Beginning in mid- March, Catholic schools in the Diocese began closing their campuses as their corresponding public school districts did the same. On Apr. 2 Superintendent of Catholic Schools Sam Torres announced, in step with the directive from the State of California, that Catholic school campuses in the Diocese would be closed for the remainder of the academic year.

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PERRIS—Perris Mayor Michael M. Vargas participated in a heartwarming event on February 12 when Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment out of Camp Pendleton paid a visit to St. James Catholic School in Perris.

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By Susana Soto

 The month of May is most often referred to as the Marian month due mostly to St. Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Mense Maio from 1965. This has since become a time of year that we as Catholics truly devote ourselves to honoring the Queen of Heaven. As a people of tradition and ritual, we have several ways by which we can not only “express in images the same Gospel message that Scripture communicates by words” but we also have the beauty of sacred art that allows us the space to move into meditation and reflection. (CCC 1160)


 Sacred art, whether it be icons, paintings, sculptures or other forms is intended to “awaken and nourish our faith in the mystery of Christ” (CCC 1192). Among all cultures are artistic representations of the Most Gracious Virgin that are known and venerated, whether it be the paintings of the Immaculate Conception, sculptures of Our Lady of Lourdes, or handstitched creations of our Diocesan patroness, Our Lady of Guadalupe.
 We are all invited to be enriched by a deep devotion to the Mother of God (NDC Ch. 1 C8). What better way than by showing our deep love and respect through the ritual of May Crowning? Many may be familiar with the tradition, which involves the crowning/ adornment of an image (usually a statue) of our Most Blessed Mother with flowers during the month of May. Having attended Catholic elementary and high school, I recall fondly the exciting moment in 2008 when I was finally able to be a member of the “court of Mary” – that is, finally one of those people who would be able to crown and adorn our Virgin in as much earthly majesty as the abundance of flowers could offer.
 We should take some time in our contemplation to reflect on Venerable Pope Pius XII’s 1954 encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam – To the Queen of Heaven. It is here that Pope Pius XII asserts that Mary deserves this title because not only is she the Mother of God, but also because she is so closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work and her preeminent perfection allows for her immense intercessory power.
 Our Heavenly Mother has so much she wants to offer us not only during this month of May, but throughout our lifetime. Allow for the sacred art that surrounds us to lead you into prayer. Allow the most Sacred Images of our Mother, that being “true and beautiful. . . be evoking and glorifying, in faith and adoration.” (CCC 2502) Let us take any and all opportunity to pray for the intercessory prayer of the Queen of Heaven, through whom all prayers reach her Most Blessed Son, our Creator, Lord, and King Jesus Christ. May she clothe us in her Holy Mantle and protect us as her children.


 Susana Soto is the Administrative Secretary in the Diocesan Office of Catechetical Ministry.


 Sacred art, whether it be icons, paintings, sculptures or other forms is intended to “awaken and nourish our faith in the mystery of Christ” (CCC 1192). Among all cultures are artistic representations of the Most Gracious Virgin that are known and venerated, whether it be the paintings of the Immaculate Conception, sculptures of Our Lady of Lourdes, or handstitched creations of our Diocesan patroness, Our Lady of Guadalupe.
 We are all invited to be enriched by a deep devotion to the Mother of God (NDC Ch. 1 C8). What better way than by showing our deep love and respect through the ritual of May Crowning? Many may be familiar with the tradition, which involves the crowning/ adornment of an image (usually a statue) of our Most Blessed Mother with flowers during the month of May. Having attended Catholic elementary and high school, I recall fondly the exciting moment in 2008 when I was finally able to be a member of the “court of Mary” – that is, finally one of those people who would be able to crown and adorn our Virgin in as much earthly majesty as the abundance of flowers could offer.
 We should take some time in our contemplation to reflect on Venerable Pope Pius XII’s 1954 encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam – To the Queen of Heaven. It is here that Pope Pius XII asserts that Mary deserves this title because not only is she the Mother of God, but also because she is so closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work and her preeminent perfection allows for her immense intercessory power.
 Our Heavenly Mother has so much she wants to offer us not only during this month of May, but throughout our lifetime. Allow for the sacred art that surrounds us to lead you into prayer. Allow the most Sacred Images of our Mother, that being “true and beautiful. . . be evoking and glorifying, in faith and adoration.” (CCC 2502) Let us take any and all opportunity to pray for the intercessory prayer of the Queen of Heaven, through whom all prayers reach her Most Blessed Son, our Creator, Lord, and King Jesus Christ. May she clothe us in her Holy Mantle and protect us as her children.


 Susana Soto is the Administrative Secretary in the Diocesan Office of Catechetical Ministry.