A Note from our Pastor

Pastor's Notes from Fr. Ritche

Celebrate our Parish!

When we launched the Parish Renewal Initiative one of the concerns you shared with me is that we don’t have enough community gatherings outside of Mass. You shared with me how much you miss seeing people, talking with them, sharing stories and [...]

Thank you, Fr. Edgar & Welcome, Fr. John!

In one of my bulletin articles, I reflected on one of Heraclitus’ sayings, “You can’t cross the same river twice.” I believe he meant that the river is always moving because it is alive, so it’s never the same. Every day, people change [...]

Good Shepherds

I find it interesting that in Bishop Oscar’s homily at last weekend’s Confirmation he talked about the biblical meaning of “feeding.” We might recall that last Sunday’s gospel was about the Risen Jesus’ third appearance to the disciples. John [...]

Congratulations, Confirmandi!

This Sunday, May 1st, our parish will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation of 58 young men and women. These candidates have been in formation for the past two years. They have learned how to deepen their faith in God through prayer and [...]

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 that the reason why [...]

The Joy of the Resurrection

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here. He has been raised!” (Luke 24:1-2) As we celebrate the great joy of Easter, the words above are worth pondering. They are very powerful words that remind us that the Risen Jesus lives [...]

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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