A Note from our Pastor

Pastor's Notes from Fr. Ritche


“Are you ready?” Often that is a question asked as we approach the season of Christmas. I remember staying at a hotel in Los Angeles as the fall season started and as I looked out from my window, there was a billboard with Santa’s face on it [...]

Thank you, St. Matthew!

As we end our liturgical year this weekend with the Solemnity of the Jesus Christ the King, we thank Matthew for journeying with us. This past year, we were guided and challenged by the Gospel of Matthew that taught us many things about Jesus. [...]

Remember this November…

November is a month of remembering. First, we remember the Saints, the men and women who have been faithful in living the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ. These are the men and women of the Beatitudes, people who lived out the command of Jesus [...]

Pray for the Synod

This weekend, the Holy Father, Pope Francis will gather with delegates from around the world to begin the synod. This three-year process of listening and dialogue will look not only at the needs of the Church, but also how the Church is [...]

And He Found It Very Good.

October is called “respect for life month.”  We are called to pray and ensure that we continue to preserve the dignity of every human life. This call reminds us that life is sacred because God is the giver, the author of life. The Book of [...]

Keeping the Spirit Alive!

I am filled with joy and in awe as I reflected on our Sunday gathering last weekend.  Many of you commented that it felt like “pre-pandemic” times because of the number of people who came to Mass.  There were some long-time members of our [...]

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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