Fr. Britto's Blog


Path to Freedom

During the last election several states in the Union (including California) decided to make recreational use of marijuana legal and over the last few years many states have recognized gay marriage. The argument in both cases was that citizens should be allowed to do what they want to do. It is their right either to smoke pot or to marry anyone they choose. Over the last several months I have been wondering about the way we think about freedom.

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Jesus, Our Guiding Star

One of the intriguing symbols of the Christmas season is the Star of Bethlehem that led the Magi to adore the newborn King. Seeing that heavenly body, the Wise Men left their native lands in search of a new cosmic event that would bring unprecedented peace to humanity. As long as they kept their eyes fixed firmly on the star, their journey was on course. Once the star disappeared from their sight, they were lost. When they were lost, they sought counsel from someone who was determined to destroy the Christ Child. Their error was that they sought guidance from a self-serving tyrant who could lead them astray. Retracing their steps towards Bethlehem they found the star once again and their journey ended successfully with the adoration of the Baby Jesus.

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New Year Wishes

Let me wish you and your loved ones God’s choicest blessings as we usher in the New Year. May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand and may you never feel alone! Just as I have prayed for you at Christmas, I will remember you and your intentions at all my Masses on the Solemnity of the Mother of God. Please keep the parish and all our parishioners in your prayers.

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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.

After he completed his priestly formation and his early education in India, he came to the US for his graduate degree in Journalism at...Read more...

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