About

hall grounds 2bIn 1926 the First Holy Ghost Festa began in the town of Mountain View, California. It was held at the John F. and Jose F. Costa Dairy on Charleston Road. The Queen was Elsie Soares Brasil Goulart, she was crowned at a little church on Middlefield Road. The soupas were made by Elsie’s grandmother, Gertrudes Costa.

The first few years the Festas were held at various dairies in Mountain View and then approximately in 1937 the Festa began at S.F.V.D.E.S. Hall on Front Street, now known as Villa Street. The queens for that year were Mary Costa Hansen and Lena Amaro Pascoa.

May the tradition continue generation after generation in the name of the Holy Ghost.

2016-2017 Holy Ghost Committee Officers

  • President: Viviana Tomas (650) 793-6005
  • Vice President: Fernanda Eaton
  • Secretary: Mary Bettencourt
  • Treasurer: Lisa Barecelos
  • Marshall: Ramero Moules

SFV Lodge Board of Directors

  • President: Manuel Silva
  • Vice President: Irving Borges
  • Secretary: Paul Ferreira
  • Treasurer: Ramero Moules
  • Angelo Oliveira
  • Arthur Barecelos
  • Diane Oliveira
  • Gene Bettencourt
  • John Silveira
  • Jorge Sequeira
  • Manuel Brasil
  • Sergio Oliveira
  • Tony Soares