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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.

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...

Danielle Burr was inspired by the example of strong Catholic women in her life. In turn, she vows to model this to the students who enter her classroom.

Feminine Genius: A modern-day application of Pope John Paul’s letter

Catherine Alaimo, Club Writer February 10, 2022

The term “feminine genius” may connote a domestic meaning, an image of a harried mother bustling around to cook breakfast for her husband and to sweep up her children’s messes. Pope John Paul II...

Xavier Students Mary Virginia Vector, Maria Wolowiecki, and friend sneak in a selfie at the March For Life. They were at the Rally from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.

Pro-Life Rally Slide Show

Kali Riddell, Multimedia Editor February 3, 2022

Karina Avalos, Bailey Rasmussen, Maggie Dethlefsen and Abigail Chrisman on Theodore Roosevelt Island after the 2022 March For Life.

Equality attained from the start

MaggieMae Dethlefsen, XPress Club Writer February 3, 2022

Thousands of people gather at Washington, D.C and other cities across the country to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. March For Life is an annual event that happens all over the...

The placid chapel at noon is alone yet alive with the sun piercing through the windows and lights emphasizing Jesus. Xaviers Chapel of Our Lady is a place of communion and prayer for all its students.

People of Color in the Church take center stage

Adelaide Luna, XPress Staff Writer January 28, 2022

Black History Month is coming up, and in celebration black priests and people of color in the Church have recently been featured. Catholics and all Americans are becoming aware that people of all races...

The XCP chapel is a landmark for faith and a showcase of community. Xavier is honored to attend Mass officiated by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted on January 21, 2022, his 75th birthday.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted retires

Kali Riddell, Multimedia Editor December 9, 2021

At Xavier, a massive part of the community is faith. When people walk into the original building at Xavier, Fitzgerald Hall, they can see the words, “Be it known to all who enter here, That Christ is...

Every Christmas Angel ornament is displayed since its inception in 1971. The angels are sold at the annual Xavier auction and this year marked 50 years since the tradition began.

A long-standing tradition: Christmas Angels

Yulianna Gomez, Faith in Action Editor December 2, 2021

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, many are welcoming the holiday season by decorating their homes with nativity sets, inflatable snowmen and Christmas lights.  The Christmas spirit can be felt most...

Sophomore Kali Riddell steps inside of Xavier’s Chapel of Our Lady. Kali is a part of five students looking to receive the initiation sacraments of the Catholic Church.

Sacrament initiation through Xavier

Sophia Lopez, Club Writer November 18, 2021

This school year four Xavier students will be completing their sacraments of initiation which are baptism, reconciliation, communion, and confirmation with the help of Xavier’s campus ministry.  Last...

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