Services suspended at local parishes

Local places of worship are also being closed due to public health orders against mass gatherings. The Diocese of San Jose has announced all public, daily and Sunday Masses will be suspended until further notice beginning Saturday, March 14. 

This follows the Diocese announcement that all school facilities have closed. Local Diocese parishes and schools include St. Simon and St. Nicholas.

Bishop Oscar Cantu said the Diocese will provide livestream coverage of Masses. For more information, visit

Educator returns to native Ethiopia on mission of 'Hope'

Courtesy of Cathy Platt
Speaker Dr. Minas Hiruy, center, is pictured with Dr. Doug Holland, a former professor at HOPE Enterprises’ University College in Ethiopia, and Deb Kilner, a Menlo Church member who volunteers with HOPE. Kilner oversees a Roggie Village Child Sponsorship Program, which she started 14 years ago, and leads trips to Roggie Village.

It was a time of great turmoil in Ethiopia. Young men were frequently rounded up by the military and killed. And Ethiopian-born Minas Hiruy, who had spent the past 20 years pursuing higher education in the United States, had a decision to make – stay in the safety of the U.S. or return to his dangerous, war-torn nation of birth.

Hiruy had received a call from Jack Smith, founder of Hope Enterprises, which served the extreme poor. Smith asked him to return to Ethiopia, a land in much need of hope, and run the organization.

Local InSpirit Healing Room hosts healer

The InSpirit Healing Room in Los Altos is scheduled to host an appearance by prophetic healer Gordon van Veelen 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave.

Van Veelen, the European Healing Rooms Ambassador for the International Association of Healing Rooms, will offer a training conference on hearing the voice of God and ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit. The training includes ministering healing to those who attend.

Spiritual Life Briefs, Beth Am events, meditation

LAUMC launches grief support group

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled a six-week Good Grief Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. Sundays through March 2 in the church’s Redwood Room, 655 Magdalena Ave.

In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, the Good Grief Support Group aims to provide a safe place for people to share their experiences of grief and loss.

Prophetic healer van Veelen visits local churches

van Veelen


Gordon van Veelen, European Healing Rooms Ambassador for the International Association of Healing Rooms, is scheduled to visit InSpirit Healing Rooms in Los Altos and Saratoga.

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