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Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier

Over the last weekend as well as during the coming weekends, our young men and women will be receiving their confirmation. Due to the pandemic, the bishops are not conferring the sacrament this year. Instead they have given the faculty to pastors to confirm their candidates. I feel privileged to celebrate confirmation for our young men and women to whom I had the fortune of giving First Holy Communion six years ago. As we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in our parish, I invite all of us to reflect on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity Who is our sanctifier.

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Doubt in Faith

On the Second Sunday of Easter every year we hear the same gospel story that speaks of Thomas who doubted.  The apostle, who according to an ancient tradition went to India to preach the gospel, is identified with his doubts even though he laid down his life for the Faith. We are grateful that he refused to believe without hard evidence, because his refusal has made our faith stronger. By asking to touch His wounds and to put his hand into His side, Thomas ensured for all of us that the Crucified Lord was truly risen. 

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On this day that the Lord has made, I want to wish each and every one of you the joys of this holy season. May we all experience the full life that the Risen Lord brings! Let us continue to hold our parish community in prayer. We rejoice at Easter because death is swallowed up in victory. Death has lost its sting and we are assured of eternal life. The sadness and gloom of Good Friday yield to the triumphal joy of Easter morn. Easter always arrives in spring when nature begins to sprout. This is not a mere coincidence. It reminds us of the profound significance of this feast. If we are filled with the Easter spirit, we must be full of life. 

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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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