October 26, 2012
Orange County beat its own record by reading to more than 21,000 young children - including at Costa Mesa's Metro Pointe - in October during a national day of shared reading. THINK Together and the Children and Families Commission of Orange Country participants read the "Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad" to 21,214 children up to 5 years old during Jumpstart's annual Read for the Record event Oct. 4 across Orange County. "Reading to children early and often has so many benefits that its importance can't be overstated," commission Chairwoman Sandra Barry said in a prepared statement.
May 3, 2002
Tony Dodero At an early morning gathering Thursday at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Corona del Mar, members of the Newport-Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council took in a little bit of breakfast and some inspirational words and spiritual messages as part of the fifth annual National Day of Prayer. The breakfast, which was attended by 34 congregations and about 200 people, united the wide spectrum of faithful in the Interfaith Council and their different flavors of theology with an array of city, school and community leaders.
May 10, 2003
"Prayer is for the religious life what original research is for science -- by it we get direct contact with reality. We pray because we were made for prayer, and God draws us out by breathing himself in." -- P.T. FORSYTH Last Thursday was a great day in many ways. It was the first of the month, it was the first of May, and it was May Day. I love May Day. When I was young, my friends and family members often gave or received May baskets, May flowers or big tasty May cookies.
September 14, 2001
Lolita Harper NEWPORT-MESA -- In the wake of the most tragic terrorist attack on American soil, residents here are planning to join the rest of the nation today in searching for answers, solace and a sense of peace. Many will abandon their daily routine for at least a moment and bow their heads today in observance of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance proclaimed by President Bush. Newport Beach resident Janet Dawson, 55, said she feels a void in her life now that can only be filled by focusing her energy on a higher power.
April 21, 2001
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: Chapman University President James Doti will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast to be held at 7:30 a.m. May 3 at the Orange County Airport Hilton Hotel. Costa Mesa Mayor Linda Dixon, Irvine Mayor Larry Agran and Newport Beach Mayor Gary Adams are honorary co-chairs for the event, said Chairman Greg Kelley of the Newport-Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council Board of Directors. This year's theme is "One Nation Under God."
September 22, 2001
"God, our wise and creative Maker, has been pleased to make everyone different and no one perfect. The sooner we appreciate and accept that fact, the deeper we will appreciate and accept one another." -- Chuck R. Swindoll "I never thought I needed God. I thought I had life under control," a young man said with a shaky voice to his friend. The two walked behind me into church last Friday for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. "But then the world fell apart, and I feel like I'm falling apart, and I don't know what else to do but turn to God," hecontinued.
August 3, 2012
Fasting might seem a grim topic in the midst of the Orange County Fair, beach picnics and the start of the Olympic Games. But highly observant Jews took part last weekend in Tisha B'Av, a 25-hour fast from food and drink to mark the destruction of the first and second Jewish temples (in 586 B.C. and A.D. 70) and, secondarily, the many other misfortunes that have befallen the Jewish people, especially the Holocaust. The other 25-hour fast for Jews is the more familiar Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur on Sept.
February 14, 2004
SPECIAL EVENTS CAPPELLA CANTORUM Cappella Cantorum, the young adult choir of St. John Vianney Chapel, is beginning its fifth year. The choir is open to students in grades six to 12. It provides active faith participation for teens during their high school years. Participation includes singing at mass regularly and at special events. Rehearsals are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the Chapel at 314 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. Younger children are invited to join.