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Merry and Bright: Celebrating a Cultural Christmas

The Christmas wreath on the door of Señora Gutierrez’s classroom. This wreath is unique because it has

Claire Sabol, Club Writer

December 12, 2018

  The Christmas tree glistens in the living room. The smell of freshly baked gingerbread cookies fills the air. The house bustles with the joyous talk of young children and adults alike. For many, this is what comes to mind when thinking about celebrating Christmas. However, every household celebr...

How To: Make Your Own Advent Wreath

An Advent wreath sitting on a kitchen table.

Hannah Shulski, Faith in Action Editor

December 12, 2018

Happy New Year! New Liturgical year, that is. Advent is the start of the Church's liturgical season and many people like to celebrate by making an Advent wreath. Advent wreaths are not purely decorative; they are also very symbolic. The circular shape of the wreath represents God's infinite love for us, the...

Should religion influence which political party you stand with?

Arizona's results during the midterm elections. Traditionally a

Hannah Shulski, Faith in Action Editor

November 26, 2018

There seems to be a stereotype that all Christians are Republicans and that the only Democrats are either atheist, agnostic, or are not a part of any organized religion. This is probably due to the fact that America is currently facing a political crisis where there seems to be a huge division between i...

How Black Friday is changing Thanksgiving

A family spending time together during Thanksgiving. The whole family is in charge of preparing their own dish.

Alissa Celaya, Class Writer

November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are two events that collide with each other. As a result, a lot of families struggle with Black Friday being the day right after Thanksgiving. This is mostly because some families will not be together with Black Friday the following morning. Families will most often be spl...

Do Starbucks’ holiday cups tear us apart or bring us together?

Do Starbucks’ holiday cups tear us apart or bring us together?

April Platt, Class Writer

November 20, 2018

Starbucks' holiday designs, first introduced in 1997, have become increasingly more controversial. Their first cup, in 1997, was magenta and bore a swirled design. Comparatively speaking, this first cup offers the least in terms of holiday cheer, as it contains no specific reference to Christmas or other...

Inside Dia de los Muertos


 Sra. Gutiérrez’s ofrenda is decorated with calaveras, papel picado, photos of other traditional items, and physical depictions of La Calavera Catrina and El Catrín.

Joey Hernandez Mena, Club Writer

November 20, 2018

Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration deeply rooted in Mexican tradition that can date back to about 3,000 years ago, the time of the Aztecs. When the Spaniards arrived in Mesoamerica they tried to put an end to this celebration by using the threat of death and burning ofrendas, but it could not be stopp...

It’s a “Brand New Day” with this historic Brophy relic

Alexandra Mesquita with the historical Brophy item. Photo by Hannah Shulski '19.

Hannah Shulski, Faith in Action Editor

October 16, 2018

Senior Alexandra Mesquita got more than she bargained for at a visit to her local thrift store. The Xavier student accidentally stumbled upon a vinyl record with its cover art featuring a very familiar site- the Brophy bell tower. The album, titled "It’s a Brand New Day", was found at a Goodwill in Goodye...

Need Service Hours? Try Dissecting Rats!

Xavier students dissecting a rat for service hours. Photo from Hannah Shulski '19.

Hannah Shulski, Faith in Action Editor

October 1, 2018

   When most people think of service hours, they are reminded of serving hot food at a soup kitchen or volunteering at a shelter, not cleaning out the insides of a rat. However, that’s exactly what Xavier Anatomy and Physiology teacher Dr. Camille King is providing for her students and the Xavier commu...

5 Celebrities You Probably Don’t Know Are Catholic

Leonardo DiCaprio (Getty Images)

Hannah Shulski, Faith in Action Editor

October 1, 2018

In the modern world, talking about religion can be somewhat of a faux pas, especially for famous people in the public eye. Instead of keeping their beliefs private, these celebrities have spoken out about their faith. Selena Gomez Former Disney Channel star and current singer Selena Gomez was raised ...

Moving up day mass

Ruth Stricklin's

Erika Kotlarz, Class Writer

May 6, 2018

The “Moving Up Day Mass” is an event at Xavier that happens every year. It is a Mass where each class moves to their new respective Mass seat in the AC. For example, the freshman will sit where the sophomores would sit, and the sophomores sit where the juniors sit. The seniors sit in the middle o...

Onward and upward: spiritual growth beyond Xavier

Onward and upward: spiritual growth beyond Xavier

Lizzie Self, Club Writer

May 3, 2018

I have yet to find a college packing list on Pinterest that includes a rosary. Or a Bible. The lists I have managed to find encourage footwear for all weather, cleaning supplies, approximately two weeks’ worth of clothes—just two weeks?!— and of course those adorable little bulb lights to string up...

What are gratitudes?

What are gratitudes?

Holly Ngo, Class Writer

April 25, 2018

Every morning Xavier’s Honors Chemistry teacher Mr. Mercier asks his classes what they are most thankful for. This allows students to clearly think about and realize what we take for granted. Students are called up at random and asked to give unique gratitudes. Normal answers include their family and ...

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