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Archive By Section - Faith / Religion


Martha Garcia: Jewish congregations begin High Holiday celebrations Sunday

Sunday at sundown the Jewish High Holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and signals the start of the year for Judaism. But the meaning of the holiday goes much deeper.

September 30, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Signal Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


Martha Garcia: Grace launches prayer event

For many churches, prayer is an important part of weekly worship. Grace Baptist Church wanted to shift the focus and give prayer a more prominent role among what they do as a church during services and all the time.

September 23, 2016 | by Martha Garcia Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


OLPH prepping for visitors to annual BBQ event

Renowned across Santa Clarita for good food, fun rides, great music and a carnival atmosphere, parishioners are gearing up for the Our Lady of Perpetual Help's 72nd annual barbecue next weekend. Despite the many fun attractions, those closest to the church say what makes the barbecue really special is the sense of community it fosters between churchgoers and community attendees.

September 09, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Signal Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


Faith groups building for vets

Anjalisha Delgado and Yesenia Olmos, both 17 year old seniors from Bishop Alemany High School, worked diligently together Saturday to help caulk floorboards, clean up houses, and plant shrubbery at the Habitat for Humanity Circle of Faith Build in Canyon Country.

August 26, 2016 | by Martha Garcia Signal Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


Martha Garcia: OLPH deacons, faces of summer outreach

Every Sunday in July, Deacon Jay Reiser greeted Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishioners after Sunday services and collected donations for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. Hundreds of churchgoers participated, stopping to chat with Reiser and offer canned and boxed foods.

August 19, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Signal Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


Martha Garcia: Jesus loves strippers too

Editors Note: The names of the strippers have been changed to protect their identities. Club names omitted for privacy.

August 05, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


Martha Garcia: Volunteers wash feet of the homeless

Barbara Silvers injured her back in an accident years ago. She's had 10 back surgeries since and struggles with constant pain. She hasn't been able to work and began receiving social security, but the $800 per month simply isn't enough to make ends meet.

July 01, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


Martha Garcia: Gospel church celebrates 20 years in Santa Clarita

Growing up in Jamaica, Kieth Comrie was raised in the church, accustomed to an exuberant, gospel style of worship. Finding a church with a similar worship style when he moved to New York in the early 70s, Comrie enjoyed worship that emphasized strong gospel teaching, joyous singing, dancing and clapping.

June 24, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


Martha Garcia: Churches partner to address taboo

The subject is often taboo and many prefer to suffer in silence rather than speak to others about their experiences. A conference scheduled for next Friday, hosted by two local churches, hopes to help others with the pain and shame often associated with sexual abuse, as well as guide therapists and church leaders in how to deal with it.

June 03, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


Martha Garcia: Thousands of children to attend VBS programs

As the school year comes to an end in the next few weeks, parents are focused on how to help entertain children for the summer in a fun, church-based way. Many turn to the dozens of Vacation Bible School programs offered throughout Santa Clarita beginning next month.

May 27, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


Martha Garcia: Fulfilling lifelong goals with bat mitzvah

Vickie Kaplan, 61, is a mother of two and has lived in Santa Clarita for 32 years. She didn't have a bat mitzvah when she was a young girl. Growing up in the 60s, she said it simply wasn't something that was offered at that time. Boys had their bar mitzvahs at age 13, but it was never and option for young girls.

May 20, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


Martha Garcia: Young adults to experience Israel

By Martha Garcia

May 13, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


Honoring Passover tradition and history

Many Jews were busy this week, cleaning and preparing their homes and kitchens for Passover. The significant Jewish holiday, which marks the liberation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt, calls for strict dietary guidelines and focuses on themes of oppression and freedom.

April 22, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


Martha Garcia: Higher Vision opens satellite campus

Over four weekends in February, Higher Vision hosted special grand opening events at a new location in Santa Paula. The grand opening welcomed nearly 200 people at each weekend event, setting the scene for a strong start to Higher Vision's new satellite campus.

April 15, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


Jewish congregation 30 years in Santa Clarita

Fifteen years ago Judith Stolnitz moved to Santa Clarita and began looking for a local synagogue to attend. During her search she met Mark Blazer, Rabbi of Temple Beth Ami, and knew Temple Beth Ami was the place for her and her family.

April 08, 2016 | By Martha Garcia Faith Editor | Faith / Religion


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