Fr. Britto's Blog


Supporting Youth Ministry

When I came into this vicariate eight years ago, I started attending the Youth Ministry Awards in the spring. Every time I was at the banquet, I would be blown away by the huge number of awardees that came from St Paul of the Cross parish. I could not believe how many teens showed up from St Paul’s. I was almost jealous of the youth ministry program here until I learned that I was becoming the pastor of St Paul’s. I am really proud of our ministry to teens and I am glad that Caroline Hopkinson is providing them such effective leadership.

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Gingee Thanks!

You have done it again! Once again you have proved beyond doubt that St Paul of the Cross is an extremely generous parish. Whenever you come to know about the conditions of the poor and the suffering anywhere, you come to their aid in full force. I have seen it firsthand in the last five years. When that devastating earthquake hit Haiti, the poorest country in our part of the world, you reached deep into your pockets and provided over $40,000 to help the Haitians rebuild. Last year we went as a group to Arizona and handed a hefty check to support St Jude Mission that serves the Navajos. This year we embraced the “untouchables” in South India as the beneficiaries of our Lenten Sacrifice. As of May 4 we have raised over $60,000 and the funds will go towards the building of a community center.

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Tears of Repentance

On the Second Sunday of Easter we hear the same gospel reading – the one that recounts the story of Doubting Thomas. Our attention is so intensely focused on Thomas that we can be easily oblivious to certain significant words that Jesus says in the same reading. Here is what Jesus says to the apostles: “Receive the Holy Spirit! Whose sins you forgive, they will be forgiven; whose sins you retain, they will be retained.” With these simple words the Risen Lord gave his Church the power to forgive sins. These words resonate with others found in the other three gospels. For instance, in chapter 16 of Matthew’s gospel the Lord gives the power to loose and to bind to Peter upon whom the Church is built.

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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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