Fifth Sunday of Lent
April 3, 2022

These past few weeks, you have heard me speak about Lent as a time of rending and tending our hearts. It is a process of renewal of faith, a time for change that digs deep into our hearts, where God resides. It is a journey towards reconciliation. To enhance this journey, I invite you to join in our Parish Reconciliation Service on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00pm. This is another way of preparing our hearts and lives so that we truly can celebrate the joy of Easter. Read More...

Read on for the Holy Week schedule and other activities that are coming up.

God Bless,
Fr. Ritche
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

Stations of the Cross (during Lent):
Every Friday 7:00 PM, in the Church
Click here to view the full
Holy Week schedule (April 9 - 17th).
Second Collection - Holy Land
April 7th - Good Friday

Your support for this upcoming second collection will help support the Franciscans working in the Holy Land. They minister in parishes, provide religious education, and help preserve the sacred shrines.

You can contribute at Mass or online here - please select "Second Collection" and the specific subcategory.
Why do we cover Crucifixes & Other Images
During the Final week of Lent?

While it may appear counterintuitive to veil statues and images during the final weeks of Lent, the Catholic Church recommends this practice to heighten our senses and build within us a longing for Easter Sunday. Read More...
Thanks to all who have already responded with a gift to the 2022 Annual Diocesan Appeal. To date, 313 families have pledged $215,000 -- that is 71% toward our goal. There is still plenty of time to respond with a gift - they can be made through our parish office or the Diocesan website. Thank you!
Lectors Training
Sunday, April 3rd, 1:00 PM

Become a Lector who nourishes the gathered community by proclaiming the Sacred Scriptures at weekend and weekday Masses. This ministry is open to those with a good speaking voice, a willingness to study and pray the scriptures, as well as a comfort with professing the Word before the gathered community.
Those interested are invited to RSVP to Cynthia Shaw for the upcoming training inside the church. Please email Cynthia at
Parish Office Closed
Wednesday, April 6th

The Parish office will be closed on Wednesday, April 6th for the parish staff day of prayer and recollection. The office will re-open on Thursday.
Lenten Reconciliation Service
April 12th - 7PM

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing and that is what God desires for us; to be comforted in our struggles and to find healing from our sins. If it has been a while since your last confession, remember, “Do not fear” (Is 41:10). Ask, and the priest will help guide you.

Feel free print this guide to take with you... or watch this short video (for children).
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
June 13 - 17

Registration is now open! All incoming Kinder through 5th graders (2022-2023 school year) are invited to join us in person for a week of discovery in God’s Wonder Lab, where they will learn that God can make the impossible, possible! Space is limited. Click here to register attendees.

We are also looking for adults to assist as teacher's aide, to lead recreation activities, and assist with craft and science. Sign up to help here. Questions? Please contact Melissa at
Saturdays at Sacred Heart

Saturdays at Sacred Heart is one of the many ministries we partner with Sacred Heart to serve the to serve the larger Santa Clara County community. We especially need your help in May!
Volunteers will be sorting and bagging produce, and filling boxes with food items for weekly distribution. Volunteers need to be at least 9 years old to participate, and volunteers between the ages of 9-14 must be accompanied by an adult. This is a great opportunity for families to participate in community service together and earn service hours. Learn more and sign up here.
Lenten Prayer Series

Let's do something different for Lent! We are offering 2 different sessions, one on Monday (praying with the psalm and gospel) and on Tuesday (share your prayer experience from using the Black Book, Give Us This Day book, and/or the Hallow App).

These are all stand-alone sessions, so register any time for the Zoom link.
Youth Ministry

3sixty and Edge will be on a little break for Lent and Holy Week. Our next gathering will be an Easter celebration!

3sixty resumes back on Sunday, April 24th and Edge on Wednesday, April 27th.
Confirmation Year 1

Registrations are now online for the Confirmation Year 1 retreat. The retreat will be on Saturday, May 7th. Please refer to the email communication Row sent out regarding the registration link.
Young Adult Listening Session
Thursday, April 7
6:45 PM at Holy Family Parish

Pope Francis has asked for an extraordinary task to be done - that is, he wants to hear from every part of the Church throughout the world.

Join us for a cup of coffee as we discuss the overarching question: What does the Holy Spirit expect of the Church of the 21st Century? Register Here.
Urgent Needs in Ukraine

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in recent weeks has increased its presence in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, and Poland. CRS is supporting Caritas Ukraine by providing shelter, food, and livelihood support for those displaced and affected by the war. They are also helping Caritas partners in Moldova, Romania, and Poland to prepare for displaced people. 

How to Donate: 
  • By phone: 1-877-HELP-CRS
  • By check: Ukraine Response, Catholic Relief Services, PO Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297

How to Volunteer: Become a Caritas Poland/CRS Refugee Response Coordinator, working on the ground in Poland. More info on this page.
Holy Spirit Parish
1200 Redmond Avenue
San Jose, CA 95120
(408) 997-5101