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Spiritual Life

New pastor prioritizes alignment between local Catholic parishes


The Los Altos faith community has welcomed a new pastor for St. Nicholas and St. William Catholic parishes.

When the decision was made that the separate parishes would be directed by one pastor rather than the traditional two, the San Jose Diocese Bishop Patrick McGrath appointed Bishop Thomas A. Daly pastor of the two Los Altos parishes July 1, 2014, and designated the Rev. John Poncini to assist him as parochial vicar. The two encountered the recent reorganization of the individual parishes and the controversy and objections the new arrangement ignited among congregants.

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Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast features Christian testimonies

The 22nd annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast is scheduled 7-8:30 a.m. April 1 at the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great American Parkway.

The breakfast, founded by a group of Los Altos residents and organized by volunteers, presents speakers with inspiring Christian testimonies.

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Baha'i Faith: Recognizing the full value of women

 

In recognition of Women’s History Month and the recent International Women’s Day, following are excerpts from talks given in 1912 by the son of the prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith during his travels in America.

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Spiritual Brief

Union Presbyterian offers healing room

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos has scheduled an InSpirit Praise and Prayer Healing Room 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of every month in the sanctuary, 858 University Ave.

Director Laurie Kurgas said the healing room offers prayer for anyone feeling discouraged or battling an illness or injury.

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Baha'i: Understanding when a religion leads to cruel acts

 

As religious persecutions continue to claim lives and force multitudes out of their homelands, I am reminded of two Mountain View residents, a Baha’i couple whom I first met in 2014.

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