A Note from our Pastor

Pastor's Notes from Fr. Ritche

Annointing 2022

The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is one of the best-kept secrets of the Catholic Church. In practice, most Catholics do not fully understand this sacrament and believe it should be administered right before death. The Anointing of the [...]

Catechetical Sunday

This weekend, we celebrate Catechetical Sunday. We take time to recognize and honor our school teachers who strive to provide our students with the foundation they need. We remember those who answered God’s call to pass on our faith to our youth [...]

I Say, “Yes Lord, Yes Lord, Yes, Yes Lord”

For the past two weekends, I have talked about stewardship of time and talent. I reminded all of us of St. Paul’s teachings about the Church, using the image of the body and its parts. In the First Letter to the Corinthians, the good saint tells [...]

Happy Labor Day Weekend

As I was looking at the readings of this past week, it dawned on me that Jesus’ day was so busy. After preaching and teaching in the synagogue all day, you would think He could find time to rest. But, oh no! When He arrived at the house of [...]

Re-engage

Last weekend, I entitled my homily, “Share the Gift!” In it, I mentioned that salvation is purely a gift from our loving God. I also said the real issue in the gospel story was about fidelity and who we are as disciples of the Lord. In fact, it [...]

Where Did Summer Go?

Time has flown, summer is slowly winding down, families are coming back from vacation, and the so-called BER months are just around the corner. These are the signs that a new academic is year has commenced. Last Wednesday, we started a new [...]

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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