the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


Faith in Action covers the most important news concerning events that focus on the role of faith in the Xavier community.

Harris conveys her vision in her first digital art piece. Harris works on perfecting her art through consistent practice.

Jordan Harris depicts the Passion of Christ

Cynthia Vilchis Moran, Staff Writer December 2, 2022

In the month of September, Glenn Leier, a parish council member of Blessed Sacrament in Scottsdale, reached out to Xavier’s fine arts leaders offering students an art project in Blessed Sacrament’s...

Xavier’s 2022-2023 NHS leadership (from left to right: Neva Nemanic ‘24, Brynn Murphy ‘23,  Gianna Bucci ‘24, Bella Leonard ‘23, Annie Dawson ‘23) awaits students bringing cans and donations to the morning collections. The Xavier canned food drive has become more impactful and more involved through the years.

Xavier canned food drive evolves

Julianne Veloria, Staff Writer November 17, 2022

For Xavier’s first ever canned food drive, “the goal was 10,000 cans,” and “Xavier students now have taken on that challenge,” said Polly Fitz-Gerald, director of alumni relations. Now, the goal...

The vibrant and colorful ofrenda made by the We Are Xavier (WAX) club is in the midst of its preparation as it awaits more decorations and pictures. This is just one of the many Día de los Muertos elements that adorned Xavier’s campus from October 24 to November 2.

Celebrating Día de Los Muertos: WAX club brings various cultures to Xavier’s campus

Asiana Guang, Staff Writer November 10, 2022

When the month of October arrives, everyone’s focus turns toward trick or treating, Halloween costumes and Michael Myers. But there is more than just Halloween on October 31. There 's the Mexican holiday,...

Joanne Sweeney (founder of JumpStart Ministries) and Rhonda Golden (volunteer) pose in front of boxes filled with toys. The boxes were distributed to the hundreds of children whose parents could not afford to buy them Christmas presents.

JumpStart Ministries: Every dollar makes a difference

Asiana Guang, Staff Writer October 20, 2022

Experiencing many hardships while growing up, Joanne Sweeney’s life took a positive turn when somebody knocked on her door and invited her to church. “Every time I go to a door to knock on it, I see...

In the month of August, Xavier College Preparatory hosted its first all-school Mass for the upcoming school year. The Mass was led by Father Harold Escarcega, Xavier’s new chaplain.

Xavier meets new chaplain, Father Harold Escarcega

Charley Fisher, Staff Writer October 6, 2022

Father Harold Escarcega was welcomed as Xavier College Preparatory’s new chaplain in late June. He enters the Xavier community eager to serve and help others to grow in their faith, and has been described...

Catherine Ourso, Elina Ferrigno and Sophia Khors are seniors at Xavier College Preparatory. They have demonstrated through their service work what it means to live a life of stewardship.

Stewardship is a lifestyle

Sophia Lopez, XPress Freelancer September 29, 2022

Stewardship is “a lifestyle — it’s not an act, but it’s how you see everyday things and say, ‘What can I do to be a steward?’” said Catherine Ourso ‘23. It can also be described as “taking...

The courtyard of St. Thomas Aquinas church where the installation Mass of Bishop Dolan was held on August 2. The church was established in 2003 and today it has a high school built across the street.

John P. Dolan appointed bishop of Phoenix diocese

Yulianna Gomez, XPress Freelancer September 29, 2022

The Phoenix diocese has undergone a change in pastoral governance with Bishop John P. Dolan now serving as the fifth Bishop in the diocese’s history. This comes after Pope Francis accepted the resignation...

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, AZ is a beautiful representation of love and worship for God. As he sits under the glowing afternoon sun, the statue of St. Thomas Aquinas seems to guide the Church. “The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us,” St. Thomas Aquinas said.

God gives life after death

Lauren Wehner, XPress Staff Writer April 28, 2022

Life is a gift given by God. However, it is inevitable that everyone dies. What happens to a person’s body and soul when death comes? Different denominations have different opinions. “If you are...

Parishioners pray for Mary’s intercession at the altar rail anytime that the Saint Francis Xavier Church is open. The Art and Environment volunteer ministry placed the flower arrangements by Mary’s Altar, next to the painting of Mary in a blue cloak representing her purity.

Common misconceptions about Mary

Megan Wubker, Staff Writer April 13, 2022

As a Roman Catholic School, Xavier College Preparatory includes in its theological teaching that it is important to look to Mary as the Virgin Mary and the Queen of Heaven.  While other churches may...

Junior Evelynn Papez prepares her lunch for the next day of school, continuing her Lenten promise of staying healthy by making her own lunches.

Easter blessings bestowed upon Xavier

Nina Rawal, XPress Club Writer April 7, 2022

The holiday of Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This holiday is one of the principal festivals of the Catholic Church and is being celebrated...

Proverb 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Habits are only as strong as our desires to abide by them. Going to church should be a habit that once instilled should never be given up.

Why you should attend Church (even if you don’t feel like it)

Yulianna Gomez, Faith in Action Editor March 30, 2022

According to a Gallup survey taken in 2020, church attendance in the United States has, for the first time ever, fallen below the majority with a mere 47% of Americans attending. Despite this alarming...

Lucy Shanahan 24 (left), Makayla Marshall 24 (middle) and Nate George 24 (right) meet to talk and laugh about a trivial matter after school. This friendship is the epitome of how men and women can thrive in friendship, especially by making each other happy through laughter.

Opposite-sex friendships: They’re just friends

Sophia Lopez and Yulianna Gomez, XPress Club Writer and Faith in Action Editor March 2, 2022

When you first think about male-and-female friendships the first thing that often comes to mind is platonic friendships. Theology teacher Gina Iker thinks of the friendships between the Saints: Francis...

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