A Note from our Pastor

Pastor's Notes from Fr. Ritche

A Time to Encounter, Listen, and Discern

Last week Pope Francis convened the synod of bishops in Rome to talk about Church-related issues. But a synod is more than that, it literally means to “journey with” or “walk with.” The Holy Father is inviting all of us to reflect on the [...]

Celebration Time!

One of the strengths of our parish is our strong sense of community. Many of you have told me that one of the major reasons you come to Holy Spirit is your feeling of belonging. “We know each other by name,” “There is camaraderie,” and “The Body [...]

A Gathering of Gratitude

On October 23, we will host a parish-wide gathering to celebrate our faith community and give thanks for the success of the first phase of the Parish Renewal Initiative. Our gathering will feature Arena, a live band with Megan Bernstein, food, [...]

Final Session is Coming Up

A few weeks ago, we started the first phase of our Parish Renewal Initiative entitled Communal Discernment. This is our opportunity to ask the Holy Spirit to help us gather our thoughts so we can dream together as a community. The purpose is to [...]

Changes in Ministries

Friends,   Last week, I shared with you that Leah Harris, Pastoral Associate for Pastoral Care and Spirituality has decided to move on from Holy Spirit to assume a new ministry at Santa Clara University.  Leah has worked here for 13 years and [...]

We Are All Called To Be Catechists! 

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” These are the words of the Risen Jesus before He ascended to [...]

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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