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Islam's holy month of fasting, prayer and charity ends with joyful holiday

For the more than 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan has begun.

Observed the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (this year beginning at sundown June 6 in the U.S. – dates vary slightly by country), Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer and charitable activities. It is considered one of the five pillars of Islam (along with profession of faith, daily prayers, alms-giving and a pilgrimage to Mecca).

In Baha'i faith, religion and science prove inseparable

Religion and science have had a contentious history. Each side has often promoted itself as the sufficient tool for the advancement of society. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Is it possible that we need both tools?

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.

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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