A Note from our Pastor

Pastor's Notes from Fr. Ritche

Mercy in the Midst of Chaos!

A few years ago, in his homily, a friend of mine said that mercy is about “God’s willingness to enter into the mess of humanity.” I was struck by his words. But the more I thought about it, his words made total sense. Isn’t this the reason why [...]

Easter Greetings!

In my bulletin article last week, I mentioned the entire Holy Week event is all about love. We walked through some of the important facets of the final days and hours of Jesus’ life. We saw how it led us to the cross, to the tomb; the grief and [...]

Is It Just a Story?

This weekend, we begin the holiest week in the liturgical calendar. As Church, we remember the immensity of God’s love for us. Someone once said that true love entails sacrifice, the giving of oneself for the other. If there is someone who [...]

A Generous Heart Provides Clean Water

On the night before He died, Jesus gathered with his disciples for a meal. The Fourth Gospel tells us that during the meal, Jesus arose from His seat, laid aside His outer garments, took a basin, towel, and water, and washed His disciples’ feet. [...]

Are You Ready for Spring Cleaning?

When I was assigned at St. Justin Parish, I was introduced to the city’s “spring cleaning.” Every year, during springtime, the City of Santa Clara encourages its residents to clean up their houses and dispose of items that are no longer needed. [...]

Valentine’s Day is Ash Wednesday?

Every now and then, the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, falls on Valentine’s Day. Some people say, how do you make sense of Lent and Valentine’s Day on the same day? Come to think of it, isn’t Valentine’s Day all about celebrating loving [...]

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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