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Archive By Section - Faith / Religion


Local congregation seeks to introduce the SCV to Orthodox Christianity

After years of driving 70 miles roundtrip every Sunday with his wife and two children to attend St. Nicholas Orthodox church in Los Angeles, Mark Nassief decided to get help establishing a church in Santa Clarita.

January 30, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Saint Kateri preps for mission trip

Marcela Zoch, was one of more than 40 members of Saint Kateri who showed up at the church Wednesday to help prepare supplies being shipped to Nicaragua. The group organized the supplies in anticipation of the eight day mission trip scheduled for March 21.

January 24, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


SCV responds to Pope’s comments

Pope Francis made headlines again Monday, after upholding the Catholic stance on contraception. During the same interview he also told reporters that doesn't mean Catholics have to breed "like rabbits."

January 24, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Local church pauses Sunday service schedule to serve

Sunday morning you won't find the Santa Clarita Valley Church of Christ congregation in its pews like normal.

January 16, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Local church aims to help people stop destructive behavior

Chris Heinz, 40, had been sober for about a year when he first heard about Celebrate Recovery in the summer of 2013. Despite kicking his drinking habit, he was addicted to prescription drugs.

December 26, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Nativity scene season in SCV

It's a peaceful night, stars dot the darkening skyline as the town of Bethlehem sits off in the distance.

December 19, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


SCV church works to give families 'complete' Christmas

The last few years for Lisa and Bryan Veloz have been rough. Only recently, their two year struggle to adopt Bryan's nieces finally ended with the official adoption.

December 12, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Local publisher helps people embrace forgiveness

Susanna Tricerri was devastated when she learned her son had been murdered in 2012. She remained in shock for a long time, not willing to believe her 35-year-old son was gone, leaving behind three young children.

December 12, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Local churches plan benefit concerts, musicals, worship

"Trees, turkeys and toys," is the tag line the Sanctuary Church used to describe the upcoming Christmas events planned for this holiday season.

December 05, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Church team breaks bread

In the time Dario Grant has worked for the Department of Children and Family Services, he has heard many heartbreaking reports from his colleagues about poor families not having food during the holidays.

November 29, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


SCV church mixes prayer and exercise

Jan Higgins, 61, retired from her career with Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary last March. As a longtime member of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Saugus, she always promised herself that when she retired she would begin attending daily mass.

November 21, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Prison ministry seeks to help parents

In a small store front office on The Old Road a diverse group of 50 people gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the grand opening of the Awana Lifeline Resource Center.

November 14, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Rabbi/filmmaker visits Chabad of SCV

Chabad of SCV was filled with nonstop laughter Wednesday as roughly 60 people gathered to hear guest speaker, Rabbi David F. Nesenoff, most famous for his controversial interview with White House journalist Helen Thomas in 2010.

November 07, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Local church finds permanent home

A group of people arrive at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning to begin setting up for church services. The team unloads and assembles audio visual equipment, a stage, seating and floor coverings to create a temporary worship area. In the afternoon, the group will begin the task of packing up the items onto a box truck.

October 31, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


SCV clergy react to Catholic Church controversy

The religious world was shaken Monday after the Vatican published a document concerning the Catholic Church's position on the possible inclusion of gays.

October 20, 2014 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


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Articles by Section - Faith / Religion


‘Beyond A.D.’ calls local church home

More than six million people tune in each week to watch "A.D.: The Bible Continues," NBC's new Bible-based show that continues the story of Jesus Christ and the birth of Christianity.

April 30, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Higher Vision Church celebrates 10th anniversary

Ten years ago a small group of 15 churchgoers and their pastor moved to a unfamiliar town.

April 17, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Local church program provides meals for homeless

Stephen Dumpert, 45, has been homeless on and off for the last four years. He's often gotten a job and found a permanent place to live only to suffer what he calls one of his "episodes."

April 10, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Local congregation hosts service at Cougar Stadium

On Sunday more than 2,500 people will gather at the College of the Canyons football stadium to celebrate Easter – to sing songs, worship together and, for some, to be baptized for the first time.

April 03, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Higher Vision hosts 2nd annual Passover Seder

Karen Connors attended the Passover Seder held by Higher Vision Church last year. This year she brought family and friends.

April 03, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Not something to simply pass over

Passover is a holiday that honors the freedom of the Jews from Egyptian slavery, and many families and synagogues will remember the holiday by holding seders over the coming week.

March 27, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


A time of celebration for local churches

Churches across the Santa Clarita Valley are preparing for one of the biggest celebrations in the Christian church, Easter.

March 27, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Man spurs compassion for refugees at SCV church

Jean Bouchebel cuts straight to his point. "Imagine for a moment you are in your house and very quickly and very suddenly someone knocks at your door demanding you convert to Islam or you will lose your life," the president of Witness as Ministry says.

March 13, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


Jews honor Purim, joy and thoughtfulness

If you walked into Temple Beth Ami Wednesday night you might be surprised to find Rabbi Mark Blazer dressed as Puck from the hit t.v. show "Glee." Fun costumes were only the beginning, as Jewish synagogues around Santa Clarita celebrated the Purim holiday.

March 07, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


SCV residents see radically changed inmates up close

Dom Farinola, 69, slept on a thin, plastic mattress on a metal bed frame in a 6-by-10, prison cell on death row.

February 21, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


SCV couples speak candidly about interfaith relationships

When Cassandra Firemark's father and mother were married nearly 50 years ago, her grandparents refused to attend the wedding for one simple reason. They were Catholic and their son was marrying a Protestant.

February 13, 2015 | By Martha Garcia For The Signal | Faith / Religion


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