Fr. Britto's Blog


To Be Holy

In an unprecedented gesture, Pope Francis canonized a married couple, Louis and Marie-Zelie Martin on October 18 as part of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. Rarely have married couples been canonized, especially parents who had children. By doing this our Holy Father once again reminds us that holiness is within the reach of everyone, no matter our state in life. This couple reached heroic holiness in their own life and at the same time gave a great saint to the Church, St Therese of Lisieux.

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Eucharistic Devotions

If you walk into any Catholic church, you will immediately notice something unique. The tabernacle occupies a prominent place and the sanctuary lamp is always lit. The central positioning of the tabernacle bears testimony to the way the Church views the Eucharist in our life of faith. For us Catholics the Eucharist is the center and the source of our spiritual life. All that we do outside the church converges on the Eucharist. And it is the Eucharist that gives us the motivation and the impetus to carry on the mission of Christ In the world.

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Feast of St. Paul of the Cross

No matter who we are or what we face in life, we all have enough reasons to be grateful. One of the blessings that I constantly thank God for is our parish community. From her humble beginnings in 1911 the parish has grown to be a spiritual home to thousands. As we approach the feast of St Paul of the Cross (October 20), we express our gratitude to the Passionists who founded our parish under the leadership of Fr Scannell. In this column I would like to reflect on our spiritual heritage.

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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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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


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