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A Day Of Hiking For Buddhist Women Aug. 24

on August 20, 2018 - 5:34am

Fr. Glenn: ‘How Long, O Lord?!’

on August 19, 2018 - 6:45am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Well, the elephant stomping about the room this week was definitely the dark revelations emerging from Pennsylvania of three hundred Catholic priests, other clergy and seminarians in the abuse of a thousand or more young people over several decades. Just when we Catholics think … hope … pray … that perhaps finally all such horrors have been rooted out so that we and our Church can heal, something else comes out—ripping open the wounds wider than before. 

Victims, of course, suffer most immediately and tragically.

Fr. Glenn: Keeping The Peace

on August 12, 2018 - 8:39am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

A short addendum to last week’s column in which I sought to expound a bit on Pope Francis’ recent efforts to eliminate the use of the death penalty.

One of my parishioners reminded me of St. Maria Goretti, a young Italian girl who was stabbed resisting sexual assault by an 18-year-old man named Alexander, adamantly stating that she would rather die, believing that to submit would be to sin grievously.

United Thrift Shop Half Price Sale Aug. 15

on August 8, 2018 - 7:24am
The United Thrift Shop will host a half-price sale 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15.
The community is invited to stop by and shop at 2525 Canyon Road.

Fr. Glenn: Executing Death

on August 5, 2018 - 6:40am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos 

Well, the media was somewhat abuzz with Pope Francis “changing” the teaching of the Catholic Church about the death penalty. It was really kind of a baby-step change, though, and largely due to the development of technology and society … being not so much a change of the teaching as simply a logical next step to what it already has been taught. It is certainly no change in essential Catholic dogma.

After all, why do we have the death penalty?

Scenes From Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church New Co-Pastors Installation Ceremony Sunday

on July 30, 2018 - 7:34am

Congregation, family and friends filled Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Sunday afternoon for a special installation ceremony of the church’s new co-pastors. Bishop Jim Gonia, Rocky Mountain Synod of ELCA, performs the ceremony of Co-pastors Rev. Scott Thalacker and Rev. Nicole’ Raddu Ferry at the church at 2390 North Road. Pastor Ferry has served as the youth and family pastor at the church and Co-pastor Thalacker recently moved to Los Alamos from Logan, Utah. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Bishop Jim Gonia blesses Co-pastors Rev. Scott Thalacker and Rev. Nicole’ Raddu Ferry.

Fr. Glenn: Strengthening The Will

on July 29, 2018 - 7:07am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Thought about writing an article on that beautiful virtue of humility, but while perusing the news Saturday morning, I was battered by several headlines which touched upon another virtue … or lack thereof, really: self-control … and its close relation: self-mastery

The headline was of a television exec accused of decades of abusing women … just the most recent of innumerable instances we read of sexual harassment and abuse. Child molester sent to prison for a decade. Missing children and Amber alerts.

Talk On Spiritual Warfare Offered At IHM Aug. 9

on July 29, 2018 - 5:59am

IHM News:

Father Gary Thomas, priest of the Diocese of San Jose and an expert on spiritual warfare, will give a presentation on “Battling Evil in Uncertain Times” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall at 3700 Canyon Road.

His talk will cover the ways modern society opens the doors to evil and steps that individuals can take to guard against its influence, through active prayer and the loving grace of God.

This talk is open to the public at no charge.

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum: Beyond The Neo-Darwinian Evolution Synthesis Wednesday

on July 22, 2018 - 10:17pm

LAF&SF News:

Bob Reinovsky will present the last lecture in the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday. The title of Reinovsky’s talk is “The Future of Humanity”. The theme of the 2018 Summer Series is “Purposeful Evolution”.

We begin addressing the implications for the future of humans of the bio-chemical and molecular-biological processes that we have been studying in the last 5 lectures.

Parking Area Repair Underway At United Church

on July 22, 2018 - 7:21am

Work is underway in the small parking area on the Rose Street side of the United Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Fr. Glenn: Setting Example

on July 22, 2018 - 7:17am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Sort of keeping on last week’s theme of honor and integrity, we know their importance in the individual life…and in the world. 

It is largely due to the lack of honor and integrity, I think, that our society is becoming such a morass of lawsuits, interminable contracts, etc. The long-honored custom of taking someone at his word or asking to cement a deal by word and handshake, is considered almost laughable in our day … naïve at very least.

Why is that?

‘Save Persecuted Christians Coalition’ Disheartened At Continued Imprisonment Of Pastor Andrew Brunson

on July 22, 2018 - 7:10am
STPC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Along with Christians and other faith-based groups, the Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) Coalition has expressed dismay at the continued imprisonment of North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been detained since the fall of 2016 on accusations of spying or aiding terror groups.
At his hearing in Turkey yesterday, a court ruled that Brunson will be detained at least until his next hearing Oct.

Half Price Sale At Shop On The Corner Today

on July 18, 2018 - 6:13am

Fr. John Book Signing At Saint Job of Pochaiv

on July 15, 2018 - 10:03pm

Saint Job of Pochaiv News:

Many know Father John Hennies, also known as Ronald, from his years serving the community here in Los Alamos.

He was often seen in Starbucks or other venues around town, always offering a big smile and infectious laugh. Two years ago, he and his wife, Leona “Anna Lee”, moved back to South Dakota to retire and be closer to family there.

An Examined Life by Father John Hennies

Father John has since published a book of his poetry and prose entitled, An Examined Life. His writing is beautiful, poignant, and draws from his varied and vibrant life.

Father John will

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum: July 18 Talk ‘Can Organisms Drive Their Evolution?’

on July 15, 2018 - 9:31pm

Nelson Hoffman presents a lecture during the 2017 Los Alamos Faith and Science series. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum News:

Nelson Hoffman presents the next talk in the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday, July 18. The title of Hoffman’s talk is “Can Organisms Drive Their Evolution?”. The theme of the 2018 Summer Series is “Purposeful Evolution”.

A growing group of researchers within evolutionary biology seeks to put new emphasis on a set of ideas that differ considerably from the gene-centric viewpoint of Neo-Darwinism.

Fr. Glenn: Honor And Integrity

on July 15, 2018 - 7:03am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Sigh. A recent headline: “University Fires a Dean Over Falsified M.B.A. Rankings Data”.  Another: “New Mexico Secretary of State…Pleads Guilty to Fraud”. And another: “Scientist Falsified Data for Cancer Research”. These and similar headlines often dominate the news cycles these days; one can’t help but wonder how much goes unreported, and even undiscovered.

Honor and integrity are foundational virtues, and yet seem much diminished in our day. We see this in many modern arenas.

Fr. Glenn: Pride Of Service

on July 8, 2018 - 7:52am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

I have a headache.

No, it's not a particular difficult person or problem. Actually, I’m quite lucky; I might get a headache twice a year, and even then they’re not bad, and don’t last long. I always felt sorry for the chronic migraine folks. 

But … I wonder if this one is not sourced in the constant barrage of politics and vitriol in the news and in the (anti-) social media. “This woman is the devil!” … or “That guy is evil incarnate!” Okie dokey.

TOTH: Christmas In July Sale Wednesday

on July 8, 2018 - 7:10am

​Calvary Chapel Hosts Vacation Bible School July 9 To 13

on July 2, 2018 - 2:23pm

Calvary Chapel is hosting a free Vacation Bible School, 9-11:30 a.m., July 9-13 at 580 North Mesa Road. ​Children entering kindergarten through those who just finished 6th grade are welcome. There will be a special program for the parents at 11:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a free picnic for all the families. Courtesy/​Calvary Chapel

Fr. Glenn: Do Unto Others…

on July 1, 2018 - 8:16am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Everyone be safe this week; most of LA county is in “exceptional” drought condition and we sure don’t need any fires to mar the holiday (or at any time, for that matter!). Save the little poppy and sparky things for the New Year, or at least ‘til we get a good rain. We’re heading into the monsoon season, so hopefully we’ll get a bit before long. Keep on a’prayin’!

Well, we celebrate Independence Day this week, and it’s always a time for reflection and thanksgiving.

Archaeologist Speaks At Calvary Chapel This Weekend

on June 27, 2018 - 2:37pm

Calvary Chapel News:

Dr. Steven Collins will speak Saturday and Sunday at Calvary Chapel.

Collins is an archaeologist with decades of experience with digs in Israel and Jordan. He will give three talks: 6:30 p.m. Saturday,  9:15 a.m. Sunday and during the 10:30 a.m. main church service.

At the 10:30 a.m. talk, Dr. Collins will explain his reasons for believing he has discovered the ancient City of Sodom.

"There is a saying in Israel that goes, 'Every time a shovel is turned over a skeptic becomes a believer,'" Collins said.

Everyone is welcome, and on Sunday, there will be children’s

Blair Concert Choir At United Church July 8

on June 26, 2018 - 10:46am
Blair Concert Choir of the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music Concert Performance at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 8, at The United Church of Los Alamos.
Free admission.
Numerous performances with the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra and multiple national and international tours has allowed the Blair Children’s Chorus to gain recognition throughout the world. The classically-based choir is composed of young female vocalists from the Blair Children’s Chorus Program in Nashville, Tennessee. The singers perform with great poise and artistic

Morning Of Buddhist Meditation Friday

on June 26, 2018 - 8:00am

Shop On The Corner Offers $5 Bag Sale Wednesday

on June 25, 2018 - 4:08pm

Volunteers at the Shop on the Corner ring up a sale. This Wednesday the Shop on the Corner will hold a $5 a bag sale and its boutique will offer half price on everything . The thrift store is open 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at the corner of Canyon Road and Diamond Drive. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/