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.

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...

Leonardo DiCaprio (Getty Images)

5 Celebrities You Probably Don’t Know Are Catholic

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...

Ruth Stricklins The River of Life painting for Xavier College Preparatory

Moving up day mass

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...

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’...

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...

Xavier students bow their heads during 17 seconds of silences in honor of the 17 victims of gun violence who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.

Xavier students, faculty hold prayer service, commemorate anniversary of Parkland shooting

Madison Koeber, Managing Editor March 26, 2018

On March 14, students, administration and faculty participated in a walkout and subsequent prayer service on Petznick field at 9:45 a.m. The service, which was organized by the Executive Board, lasted...

Xavier students donating canned goods and money for the annual food drive at Xavier College Prep on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

National Honor Society: Why we serve

Ashten Wheeler, Faith in Action Editor March 22, 2018

At Xavier College Preparatory there is a strong sense of community, whether it is in the hallways or out in the world. There are also so many different clubs around campus that are directed towards service,...

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