Fr. Britto's Blog


Effective Love

When I first came to the U.S. thirty-one years ago, my friends warned me about many things. They kept insisting that I should always resist the temptation to pick up hitchhikers on the highway. About twenty-four years ago, one winter morning I was driving on an undivided highway south of Champaign, IL, and did not heed their wise counsel and my better judgment. As I was driving back to the university after celebrating Sunday Mass at a little country church, I saw someone walking by the side of the road. It was cold. I kept telling myself that it would take the guy at least four hours of walking to get to Champaign. I slowed down hesitantly as I wanted to help the person. The voices in my head urged me to speed up and escape… The young hitchhiker had already taken a look at me and he had seen my white collar. At that point, I had no choice but to stop.

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Rebuild My Church

There is an old saying which goes thus: “See Rome and die!” In the old days everyone wanted to visit Rome before they departed this world because Rome was the center of civilization. For us Christians, the saying rings even truer because once we have been in Rome we understand our Catholic faith better. It was when I visited the Scavi, the archeological diggings under the main altar of St Peter’s Basilica, that my faith came really alive. I knew I was standing in the presence of the First Apostle, Peter.

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Kickoff Meeting

At the request of Archbishop Cupich, St Paul of the Cross parish will be undertaking the Parish Transformation initiative. We are one of many parishes that will complete this process. As of today more than 180 parishes have gone through this program.

Through Parish Transformation, we will evaluate how we are living out Christ’s mission in our parish community. Participation is open to all members of the parish. Here is a brief preview of the questions and topics we will reflect on:

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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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St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Phone: (847) 825-7605
Fax: (847) 825-5186

Mass Schedule


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

Monday - Friday

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


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