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

St. Peter’s Basilica’s Dome before sunset. Photo courtesy of Sienna Martinez ‘21 .

Xavier Student Writes Poem Inspired by Trip to the Vatican

Sienna Martinez, Class Writer January 22, 2019

The Vatican, which is the center of the Roman Catholic church, is the smallest independent state and is also the living quarters for the Pope. Within the Vatican Museum, which contains the most important...

A photo of the students and faculty as they prepare to embark to Panama. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Wyman.

What to expect: World Youth Day 2019

Helen Innes, Editor-in-Chief January 22, 2019

World Youth Day, which is more of a week starting on 22 Jan. and ending on 27 Jan. 2019, occurs every three years and attracts young adults from all over the world. Xavier has been participating in World...

Xavier senior Talle Donley strikes a fun pose on the runway.

Local Xavier Seniors Take on the Board of Visitors Fashion Show

Lily Tierney , Class Writer December 12, 2018

On Dec. 8, 2018, the annual Board of Visitors (BOV) fashion show took place at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. BOV is Arizona's oldest women's charitable organization that has been raising...

Xavier junior Edyta Zimny playing the violin. Photo by Tobias Ogden of Image in Love Photography.

Xavier Student Brings Christmas Cheer to Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Claire Sabol , Club Writer December 12, 2018

  The Christmas season is a time of joy, family, and celebration. During this season, many people begin to volunteer around their neighborhoods to spread the holiday cheer. Xavier junior Edyta...

The Christmas wreath on the door of Señora Gutierrez’s classroom. This wreath is unique because it has Feliz Navidad written on it with several cacti and a mini piñata, making it a perfect example of a way that Spanish-speaking people can infuse their culture into their Christmas celebrations.

Merry and Bright: Celebrating a Cultural Christmas

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,...

An Advent wreath sitting on a kitchen table.

How To: Make Your Own Advent Wreath

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;...

Arizonas results during the midterm elections. Traditionally a red or Republican state, Arizona has had a recent influx of Democratic votes.

Should religion influence which political party you stand with?

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...

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

How Black Friday is changing Thanksgiving

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...

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...


 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.

Inside Dia de los Muertos

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...

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

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

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...

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

Need Service Hours? Try Dissecting Rats!

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...

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