Ambria Hammel

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Ambria Hammel, staff writer, began serving The Catholic Sun diocesan newspaper via writing and photography in 2006. For story ideas, email ahammel@catholicsun.org or call (602) 354-2134.

If you're looking to get out this weekend, here are a selection of parish and greater Catholic efforts to support.

Nora Hinkle recalled the look of amazement on the faces of her new friends with Down syndrome when her class hosted a group from the Down Syndrome Network of Arizona at the school’s Feb. 28 carnival.

Couples struggling with infertility may find comfort in knowing they’re not alone when they attend the St. Gerard’s Mass of Comfort and Hope set for 6 p.m. April 24 inside the chapel of the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E. Monroe St. in Phoenix.

The first several graduating classes from St. Joseph School in Cottonwood will soon be the only ones able to recall its original campus.

It’s not just the Easter Bunny who prepares baskets with goodies for the day of the Lord’s Resurrection. Catholic women do too.

Hector, a guest at André House, had just finished washing and conditioning with lotion the feet of Jay, a second year volunteer on the core team at the Holy Cross-run ministry for homeless in the Phoenix area.

The Way of the Cross was hard. That didn’t stop Catholics of all ages from yearning to experience a piece of Jesus’ suffering on Good Friday.

Mesa’s four Catholic campuses and university were in some proximity to Wednesday’s deadly shooting spree at a motel on Main Street, with all of them entering “lockdown” mode.

Ironically, as the official season of spring is upon us, we're nearing the end of Spring Training season in Arizona and the end of the March rush of college students who spend their spring break serving our Catholic nonprofits. Here's a look back.

Every now and then, especially with social media, we're able to re-connect with people who were once a more regular part of our lives. See where names that once more regularly appeared in The Catholic Sun are now.

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