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Our Father

Forty-four years ago this month the human race achieved a historic feat. On July 21st, 1969 man landed on the moon for the first time. When Apollo 11 was launched, the scientist in-charge of the whole mission was Dr. Werner von Braun. As the countdown sequence started, one could hear Dr. von Braun muttering something. He was praying the Our Father. An émigré from Germany during World War II, he relied not only on his scientific knowledge and American ingenuity; he turned to the Lord in prayer. This incident was reported in the Reader’s Digest in a lengthy article entitled “We came in peace for all mankind.”

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Call to Service

This Sunday we had a guest-homilist at the 10:30 am Mass upstairs. Fr. Jay Jung, a Vincentian, concelebrated with me and delivered the homily. He is currently the pastor of St. Jude Parish, Tuba City, Arizona, the mission that we chose to be the beneficiary of our Lenten sacrifice. He was grateful to receive a check for $30,183.93 which bears bold testimony to your willingness to help those you do not even know. By our gesture we are re-enacting what the churches founded by the Apostle Paul did when they came to the assistance of poorer communities.

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Summer is a time when we should take it slow. It is the season to sleep a little extra, to have a few unscheduled days and to do the things we love. Summer is the opportunity to get away from the constant stress of wanting to achieve and to be productive. As we have heard it said so many times before, we, Americans, have a hard time un-tethering ourselves from our work-stations and our computers. We all know that Europeans take much longer vacations than we do. We work harder than everyone else.

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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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