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The Catholic Sun, as the official news source for the Diocese of Phoenix, shares in the mission of evangelizing the Catholic faithful, under the direction of the bishop, by providing news, information, education, a forum for discussion and guidance in matters of faith, morals and spiritual life.

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St. Matthew is a one-classroom-per-grade school, but the majority of its students double up on the learning with complementary lessons taught in English and Spanish. The dual language staff highlighted student learning and assessment during a state conference of the Arizona Language Association and the Teachers of Language Learners Learning Community Sept. 26 at Mesa Community College.

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National Coffee Day is Sept. 29 and The Refuge, a local coffee shop and wine bar in Central Phoenix, is offering some deals for patrons who want to savor it within or take bags home to roast on their own.

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Arizona will be home to one of the largest annual public rosary celebrations in the nation this year as thousands are expected to come together in prayer in Tucson Oct. 11 and Phoenix Oct. 12.

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The Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Office is holding high school information fairs over three days at as many locations aimed at helping eighth-graders and their families discern which Catholic high school might be the right for them.

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An anonymous St. Gabriel parishioner is being dubbed an “angel” for her offer to help fund the future of Annunciation Catholic School. The church and school share a Cave Creek campus that has added one classroom each year since it opened in 2009.

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The biennial Catholic Education Honor Roll is out and St. Mary’s High School is on it. The Cardinal Newman Society deemed some 70 high schools across 26 states as a School of Excellence meaning their Catholic identity is wholly integrated throughout all program areas and academics are top notch.

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High school students and their parents are invited to local Catholic high schools to learn more about various college and university options.

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Fr. Craig Friedley, a 13-year veteran of the Air Force and pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Queen Creek, will also minister to the 230 men and women of the 153 Brigade Support Battalion at the Papago military facility. He is a chaplain with the Army National Guard.

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Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane presented the Old Adobe Mission — the first Catholic parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the oldest standing church in Scottsdale — with a 2014 Scottsdale Environmental Design Award at a city council meeting Sept. 9. The mission re-opens for seasonal public viewing in October.

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Serving Christ through those who are sick, suffering or less fortunate has always been a part of the Church's mission and Nicole Gehret, a 15 year old sophomore at Seton Catholic Prep, lives out that message in an active way.

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