New St. Simon pastor’s approach: ‘You need to welcome people to the table’

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The Rev. Brendan McGuire and friend.

St. Simon Catholic Parish recently appointed Father Brendan McGuire, a native of Ireland, to serve as its fifth pastor over the course of the church’s 65-year history.

Spiritual Perspective: The welfare of the part means the welfare of the whole

"Human beings are members of a whole, In creation of one essence and soul.

St. Simon pastor retires after 40th anniversary of ordination

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Father V. Warwick James, pastor of St. Simon Parish, is set to retire today after 14 years of service at the Los Altos Catholic church.
“I am the most blessed pastor in the world,” James said. “It has given me great joy to serve this community.”
Under his leadership, the pastoral plan was built from the ground up, including nine councils of volunteers that lead all aspects of the parish.

Spiritual Perspective: Perspective shows God has never left us alone

One of the advantages of living in the 21st century is our ability to have a perspective on the thousands of years of religious history.

“Peerless is this Day, for it is as the eye to past ages and centuries, and as a light unto the darkness of the times,” Baha’i writings say.

Looking back: Condoleezza Rice offers hope at outset of pandemic

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The Rev. John Ortberg, Menlo Church senior pastor, interviews Condoleezza Rice March 15.


Condoleezza Rice is no stranger to turning toward hope in a time of fear.

Pentecost – coming together, United in Christ

Pentecost is Sunday (May 31). Laurie Kurgas, director of the InSpirit Healing Rooms of Los Altos and Saratoga, offers the following reflections. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As we face battles in life, we may feel powerless, weak in our own ability. Perhaps regularly, or perhaps at some time when we reach a breaking point, we fall to our knees and call upon the One who can help, the One who made us and loves us just as we are.
Oftentimes, we don’t realize that the battles we face in the physical world actually have a spiritual root or dimension. The enemy creates strongholds that we fall victim to or that keep us in captivity. When Jesus walked on Earth, He taught us how to call upon our Heavenly Father, how to pray to Him. And, Jesus showed us that He is the way to heaven. Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus promised that God would send us a gift, power from on high – that we would receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as a Counselor, the Spirit of Truth and One who teaches us and reminds us of what Jesus has said.
On the day of Pentecost, the 50th day after Passover, the followers of Jesus were acting according to what Jesus had instructed, waiting for the gift that God had promised. While they were assembled together, suddenly there was a sound like a great wind from heaven that filled the whole place, and tongues of fire separated and came upon each follower of Jesus. They were filled with the Holy Spirit. They were speaking in tongues. Wind and fire represent the presence of the Holy Spirit. It was an amazing, holy, supernatural encounter. And, it’s a gift that we receive as we accept Jesus as our Savior and are baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual weapons
In the Bible, we read about the “armor of God.” He has given us spiritual weapons with which to fight the battles that we face on Earth. We must put on this armor. And it says that we must pray in the Spirit on all occasions. There is power when we pray in the Spirit. It’s one of the gifts that God gives us, to fight the battles with His power.
This year, Pentecost is on May 31. Let us prepare for this day, asking the Holy Spirit to come upon us with power, that we may stand together, united in Christ, to fight the battles we face. I share with you my recent journal reflection on the power of prayer, hoping that it encourages you and strengthens you, with blessings from God.

Journal Reflection – I Pray

I don’t pray because I’m strong,
I pray because I’m weak.
Unable to move the mountains with my own power.
I know to call upon the heavenly forces,
To beckon the Almighty, the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit,
To partner with God, to align with His will,
To seek His wisdom and discernment, guidance,
To be set free.

I also pray to become strong. In Him.
Jesus gives us power and authority.
I pray to learn His ways, to glean from Scripture.
I pray to surrender …
my preconceived notions
my fleshly desires
my sinful ways
my weakness
my worldly influences
my control
my fear
my justification
my weariness
my disappointment

I pray to commune with my Heavenly Father
To draw strength from Jesus
To walk in the power of the Holy Spirit
To be in relationship with this personal Trio of love, hope, joy.

I pray because I’m strong.
God says – my prayers have an impact, prayers of faith.
Prayers of the righteous. (They availeth much.)
My prayers have power – change things;
Bring about Truth and Justice, Love and Strength,
Protection and Healing, Deliverance and Freedom.

Don’t stop praying.
The enemy tries to stop us
from praising and praying
because he knows their power.
Don’t waste this Power

Pray without ceasing.
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions.
Praise in all circumstances – these release Power
in the Heavenly realms.

What is Prayer?
Relationship encounters of communication
With the Almighty God, Creator of all,
Father, Savior, Healer, Counselor, Eternal Spirit.

Glorifying the One True God, Jesus the Son, The Holy Spirit.
Thanking. Celebrating. Rejoicing.

Explosion of Gratitude.


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