Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 20, 2022

On Wednesday, March 2nd, we will begin the beautiful season of Lent. These forty days are given to us not only to prepare for Easter, but also to remember what God has done for us in Jesus - His passion, death, and resurrection. For us Christians, we call this the new Passover - the Lord’s passing over from death to life. By dying Jesus destroyed death forever, and by rising restored us to everlasting life. Read More...

Read on for more information about upcoming prayer opportunities and ministry news.

God Bless,
Fr. Ritche
Parish Office Closed
Monday, Feb. 21, 2022

Please note that our Parish Office is closed on Monday Feb 21, 2022 for Presidents' Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at 9 AM.

Monday morning Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 AM as usual.
Weekday: 8:30 AM (live-streamed)

Sunday: 9:30 AM (live-streamed), 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM

SaturdayConfession: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Vigil Mass: 5:00 PM
Ash Wednesday
Our Ash Wednesday Services are as follow:

6:30 AM - Mass
8:30 AM - Mass (livestream option)
12:05 PM - Liturgy of the Word & ashes
7:00 PM - Mass
Sacred Images
In Christ, God has now lifted the veil from His face (The Spirit of Liturgy – Ratzinger, p.116).” Many non-Catholics always misunderstood the way we venerate sacred images; they put it in a context of worshipping idols. When Jesus Christ, our Savior, took the human flesh as His own image, God revealed His true image to humanity. Read More...
Thanks to those who have already responded with a gift to the 2022 Annual Diocesan Appeal. To date,146 households have pledged $90,431.00 -- that is 30% toward our goal. There is still plenty of time to respond with a gift to this year’s Appeal. Gifts can be made through our parish office or the Diocesan website. Thank you!
Lenten Prayer Series

During the fall communal discernment sessions of our Parish Renewal Initiative, many of you told us: “We want more opportunities to connect with the community, including spirituality and faith formation.” As part of the Initiative, we are providing 2 new sessions below. Sign up today!
Hope-filled Lent:
Praying with the Psalms & Gospels

Together, let us help each other to experience Jesus as our companion and partner. Join us for 45-60 minutes as we make space for prayer and reflection in community with one another. Attend one session or all five. 

Join us on Zoom: Monday evenings at
7-8 PM on March 7, 14, 21, 28, & April 4.
Preparing & Sharing Our Hearts

This will be similar to the “Coming Home to Advent” series. You will reap the graces of praying in solitude throughout the week and sharing your prayer experiences with other community members on Tuesday evenings. Choose whatever content you wish to prepare your hearts: the Lenten Black Book, Give Us This Day, and/or the Hallow app. Prepare and share your hearts this Lent!
Hallow App
Taking Care of Our Mind, Body, and Spirit

Did you know that the Hallow App has a whole series on mental health?

The App also has a section for children. Pray together as a family or encourage children to begin their personal journey with God.

A generous donor gave our parish free access until Easter. Check out the app today!
Thank you for your continued patience with our youth ministry programs. This week, maintenance will be done to the Parish Hall.

3sixty resumes back on Sunday, February 27th after the 6pm Mass.

Edge resumes back on Wednesday, March 30th
Diocesan Youth Retreat (DYR)

Great news! The Diocese is bringing back the annual Diocesan Youth Retreat (DYR) this summer and will be returning to the Zephyr Point Retreat Center in Lake Tahoe!

Dates are June 27 - July 1. All graduated 8th graders to graduated seniors are invited to attend. More information to come.
Confirmation Year 2 Retreat

We are pleased to announce the return of retreats. Registrations for the Confirmation Year 2 retreat are now online. An email was sent out earlier in the week for the registration link. Questions? Please contact Row.
Texas Mission Trip

This week, 28 youth and adults will be on mission to San Augustine, Texas. Please keep them in your prayers as they go off and do the Lord’s work for the people in this rural community:

Brady & Larry Aguerria, Jakob & Jason Barba, Mike & Tommy Butler,
Jason & Matthew Castillo, Clara & John Chardos, Luca Contarino,
Jack Danna, Row David, Fr. Edgar, Rodean Doroodian,
Collin & Donnie Elliott, George & Frank Ferro,
Cian, Gigi, Michel, and Tighe Gobbett,
Jeanne Teran, Jill & Sydney Youn, Gavin & Owen Zawalski
Sandwich Ministry

Holy Spirit Church offers an opportunity to help those in our city that need our help. We hope you will consider joining us in this important ministry as we serve our community. To learn how this works and to sign up please visit this page.

Packing lunches isn’t the only way to help! We are in need of financial support to purchase the lunch supplies and we would be most grateful for all contributions. It costs approximately $500 to fully fund the lunches we provide each month. Any amount is greatly appreciated! You can donate online and choose the Sandwich Ministry Fund from the drop-down menu.
🐷 🚰There is still time to be a part
of the Nicaragua 2022 Mission Trip!  🐔⛏

Registration is open through Monday, February 28, 2022.

The slides from the information meeting are available on the Mission Trip Webpage and so is the registration link. For questions please send an email to

Want to see what you’d be missing? Check out this special video from our last trip in 2019.
A Huge Thank You to our
Holy Spirit Middle School Students!

Being the face of Jesus is alive and well at our Holy Spirit school. Our middle school students made up Valentine’s Day cards for those in our community who needed to feel the love of the community around them. Home First an Emergency Interim Housing agency was given the gift of 50 cards for their clients. They were well received. Thank you to all who participated. Little acts of kindness go a very long way.
Seasons of Hope
Starting March 9, Wednesday, at 7 PM

We invite those who have experienced loss of a loved one to join Seasons of Hope. The purpose of this small faith sharing group is to help with the healing process of those who are grieving. This is a 6-week series of faith and gospel-based readings. Please visit this page for more information.
Our Lady of Refuge Parish
10 Year Anniversary

Our Lady of Refuge Parish is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this weekend! Congratulations, OLR Community! Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.
Cursillo Retreat
March 31st - April 3rd

It’s been a long two years with COVID, and we’ve all been feeling the disconnect from our friends, communities and perhaps our faith. With the pandemic situation improving, why not take a few days to reconnect and recharge by making a Cursillo retreat weekend? Read More...
Holy Spirit Parish
1200 Redmond Avenue
San Jose, CA 95120
(408) 997-5101