A Note from our Pastor

Pastor's Notes from Fr. Ritche

Feel Our Hearts Burning

“Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32). These were the words of the two disciples who were on their way to Emmaus.  Luke tells us that the disciples witnessed the [...]

A Call for an Epiphany of Unity and Love

It is interesting to note that every year the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians coincides with the celebration of Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.   When you look at the two, there is one thing in common – they are both about a cry for [...]

Living the Epiphany

I was listening to a homily a few days ago on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. The homilist said: “This day is no longer called the Feast of the Three Kings, rather it is called the Epiphany of the Lord because the whole Christmas [...]

Happy New Year!

The New Year is always greeted with a big bang – fireworks, parties, food, including the joyful revelry of the countdown of the ball dropping in New York’s Time Square, heralding a new beginning. A fresh start on the calendar – one that is [...]

Blessed Christmas!

As pastor of Holy Spirit, I’d like to wish all of you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas. I’d like to welcome all of those who are visiting with us and those who are coming back and joining us for the very first time. We are very happy that you [...]

Be A Light This Christmas!

The cold air marks the ushering in one of the most anticipated seasons of the year. Christmas is again upon us. We will recall how in a cold winter night, our savior Jesus Christ, the light of the world was born. He was the King of kings, and [...]

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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