A Note from our Pastor

Pastor's Notes from Fr. Ritche

Celebrating the Spirit – Happy Feast Day!

Our Parish joins the whole Church in celebrating the Solemnity of Pentecost, which also ends the season of Easter. Tradition has it that Pentecost is the birth of the Church when God sent the Spirit upon the disciples who were gathered in the [...]

The Motherly Side of God

One of Rembrandt’s famous paintings is “The Return of the Prodigal Son.”  Here, the painter has a unique illustration of the father which Henri Nouwen, the great spiritual writer, picked up. In his book, “The Return of the Prodigal Son,” Nouwen, [...]

Final Week for ADA

  Dear Members and Friends of Holy Spirit Parish:   As we close our annual ADA campaign this weekend, I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who has already contributed. Your generosity will help fund vital [...]

Easter Greetings

  First, let me greet all of you with a very Happy and Blessed Easter!  To all our guests joining us this year, thank you for choosing Holy Spirit as your place of worship to celebrate “This Day” of resurrection and new life. We are so [...]

Shhhh… Be Silent!

  As we begin Holy Week, I asked myself, “What am I personally going to do different this year to make it a more fruitful celebration?” Many of you know, this is one of the busiest times in my life as a priest.  There is so much to prepare [...]

The Two Facets of Lent

  Blessed Lent Everyone!   Each year when we enter Lent, we are reminded of the three disciplines of this holy season namely, Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. These are found in the Gospel of Matthew which we heard on Ash Wednesday. We [...]

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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