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:
These questions have baffled me over the years. How is it that so many baptized Catholics do not hold on to their faith? How is it that more than half of our registered parishioners do not come to church for Mass or participate in any way? How is it that even some of those who come to Sunday Mass, feel no qualms about missing Mass every now and then? Why do we take for granted our Catholic faith which is the most important gift we have been given?
One day a young mom was walking with her daughter who was peppering her with questions. The mom tried to come up with answers that would make sense to an eight-year-old. Then came the question that floored her: “Mom, who is a saint?” A little taken aback, the young mother said, “A saint is a holy person, someone who is God’s special friend.” The little girl was not satisfied. Just then they walked into the church. All the windows displayed images of the saints. It was a sunny day and the sunlight was rushing through the stained-glass windows. Pointing to the various windows, the mother said to the little girl: “Look, here are the saints. That is St Joseph; then there are St Anthony, St Teresa, St Agatha…” For a brief while the girl was quiet. Then her face flashed a huge smile of recognition as she spoke, “Now I know what a saint is. A saint is someone who allows God’s light to shine through.”
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...