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Community Building

I am writing this column in Arizona where I spent three days with a group of our parishioners on a mission trip to St. Jude Mission in Tuba City. There were 23 of us who came to see for ourselves the work done by a Vincentian priest, Fr. Jay, and two Sisters of Charity, Sr. Margaret and Sr. Mary. To live on an Indian Reservation for three days was a moving experience as we learned firsthand the conditions of our brothers and sisters who have inhabited our land for thousands of years even before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Hopefully I can share many more reflections on our experience in future bulletins. Right now I would like to write about one aspect of the Navajo culture that made a deep impression on me.

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Youth Ministry

A month ago we were enthralled by the images of our Holy Father visiting Brazil for the World Youth Day in which hundreds of thousands of young people participated. We were particularly moved by the throng of three million that crowded the beach for the Eucharist celebrated by Pope Francis. The present pope has continued a tradition initiated by Pope John Paul II who had a unique power in attracting young people. Thanks to these World Youth Days numerous young people from many parts of the world have rediscovered the beauty of their Catholic faith. Both these popes have shown us by their personal example how important young people are to the Church.

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Precious Life

Fr. Tom Enright was our neighbor. I got to know him when I came here to St Paul four years ago. He was not merely an acquaintance; he was my occasional spiritual guide and trusted confidant. When you are a priest and are used to hearing the confessions of others, you look for a wise, older priest who can elicit trust. He was that priest for me. I used to go to him for confession. He always gave me solid spiritual counsel and encouragement. He had been a pastor in two different parishes and had a lot of experience leading congregations. When I had a doubt or a question, I could always call on him. Over the last several years, he had been serving as an associate pastor at Our Lady of Ransom in Niles.

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Who is Fr. Britto?

Born in India to deeply-committed Catholic parents, Fr Britto is one of seven children. He joined the Salesians of Don Bosco as a young man and was ordained a priest in 1981.

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St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068


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Mass Schedule

Sunday

7:30 a.m. - Upper Church
9 a.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel
10:30 a.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel
12 p.m. - Upper Church
5:30 p.m. - Upper Church

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6:25 a.m. - Upper Church
8:30 a.m. - Upper Church

Saturday

8 a.m. - Upper Church
4:30 p.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel