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Former St. Nicholas pastor shares his story as exorcist

The Rev. Gary Thomas served the Los Altos faith community as pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic Parish for several years before he announced in 2005 that San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath had assigned him to study in Rome, not unusual for U.S. priests.

St. Simon Catholic Parish celebrates 60th anniversary

Joe Schram/ Special to the Town Crier
Commemorating St. Simon Catholic Parish’s 60th anniversary are, from left, Father V. Warwick James, Joan Mibach, Monsignor Stephen Perata, Judy Howard, Father Tony Mancuso, Marian Marren and Art and Jean Carmichael.

More than 200 longtime parishioners gathered at St. Simon Catholic Parish April 17 to celebrate the church’s 60th anniversary. Collectively, the guests represented approximately 1,500 years of membership.

The church paid special tribute to the late founding pastor Father James L. Spooncer, who transformed a railroad-side apricot orchard into a parish now serving 1,600 active households with an estimated 6,000 members.

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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.

Remember the 'one thing': Love God and one another


Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

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Bridges church hires new pastor of young adults

Bridges Community Church in Los Altos recently named Dan Stockum its pastor of young adults, overseeing the church’s young professionals and college ministries.

Stockum has been a youth minister, camp pastor and college minister. He previously served as campus minister at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute the nonprofit Heifer International at its Mother’s Day service 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The service will celebrate Heifer International’s relationship with Hidden Villa, the organic farm and preserve in Los Altos Hills. Next month marks the 70th anniversary of Hidden Villa donating its first cow, Buttercup, to the Heifer International program. Buttercup departed Hidden Villa in June 1946 as one of America’s ambassadors to war-torn Poland.

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LAUMC sponsors rummage sale

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its annual rummage sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The sale will feature a large selection of household and garden items, clothing, baby furnishings, toys, books, electronics, jewelry, collectibles, sports equipment, furniture and more. The “Quality Corner” will showcase finer items and antiques.

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