A Note from our Pastor

Pastor's Notes from Fr. Ritche

Happy Mother’s Day!

The month of May is dedicated to Mary not only as the “Queen of May,” but also as a Mother to Jesus and to all of humanity.  As a mother, Mary sets a great example for us of unwavering faith and trust in God.  Her love and devotion for her Son [...]

NEVER A DULL MOMENT!

One would think that after all the festivities of Easter celebrated last month, May would be a time to slow down, but it is not.  There is so much to celebrate and to give thanks for this month. With the state and county slowly and cautiously [...]

Good Shepherd Sunday

When I was given the ministry as director of vocations and seminarians for our Diocese, I had the opportunity of meeting men who were discerning God’s call.  I also had the privilege of attending the national gatherings of vocation directors.  [...]

We Are Witnesses

Towards the end of Luke’s account of the Emmaus story, Jesus said: “You are witnesses to all of these,” – God’s love for all of humanity.  Easter reminds us of God’s faithfulness, commitment, and love for all of us.  But should we just be [...]

One Community Filled with Hope

“Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed” This was how St. Matthew described the reaction of the women disciples of Jesus after hearing from the angel: “Do not be afraid, I know you are looking [...]

Holiest of All the Weeks

Today we begin the holiest of all the weeks in the Church’s liturgical calendar.  We commence by commemorating Jesus’ triumphant entry into the Holy City, Jerusalem.  People acclaiming: “Hosanna to the Son of David!”  But how long can they hold [...]

Pastor's Notes from Fr. Brendan

June 28, 2020

 Photo mosaic by: holyspirit @ Mosaically As many of you already know I love a glass of nice wine. Additionally, when I have time, I also love to visit the vineyards in Napa and Sonoma and experience the whole wine making process and understand [...]

June 21, 2020 – Happy Father’s Day

This week was a big week for us at the Church. We were able to celebrate Mass with parishioners!! Yeah! At last I could see people! I know it was only 25 people and it had to be outside, but it felt so good! Even though we adapted well to the [...]

June 14, 2020 – Welcome Back

For many years I have led pilgrimages to different Holy sites throughout the world, the holiest of them being the Holy Land itself (I mean Israel not Ireland as many of you might think!) and they have been memorable spiritual experiences for all [...]

June 7, 2020 – Changes

Normally this time of year is full of celebrations of graduations from elementary school, high school, universities and other transitions. I have often preached about how exciting these milestones moments are for their families. Under ordinary [...]

May 31, 2020 – 20th Anniversary

This week was a very memorable week for me on so many levels. On Wednesday, I celebrated the 20th anniversary of my ministerial priesthood and it was a wonderful day of celebration. I started with a very emotional Mass at 8:30am with the staff [...]

May 24, 2020

As most of you know by now, I will be leaving Holy Spirit Parish and moving to St. Simon’s Parish in Los Altos as pastor there effective July 1st. I know this news is hard to hear and it was very difficult for me to share with the community via [...]

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