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Called to be Missionaries

I owe my priestly vocation to many individuals including my parents. Among them stands out an Irish missionary who served in India for over forty years. Fr. Sean McFerran came to India as a young man of seventeen and became a Salesian priest. He was the rector of the Catholic high school that I attended. Drawn by his charm and his holiness, I joined the Salesians. Thanks to Fr Sean’s initiative and encouragement, over thirty priests work in the Lord’s vineyard today.

Sinfulness and Forgiveness

The readings of last Sunday (Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time) underscore a fundamental message that as disciples we should not ignore. I would like to devote this column to a lesson that we should appropriate for ourselves and pass on to our children. That lesson is pure and simple: All of us are sinners, but our God offers His forgiveness without question. 

Servants of St. Francis

The month of September commemorates two great saints both of whom were dedicated to the poor – Mother Theresa of Calcutta and St Vincent de Paul. Mother Theresa died on September 5th and we celebrate the feast of St Vincent de Paul of September 27th. We are all familiar with what Mother Theresa did for the poor. Relinquishing her comfortable role as a math teacher to rich girls in a private school, she walked into the slums of Calcutta and literally lifted the dying off the streets. She became a living testament to the gospel love for the poor and the weak, the outcast and the marginalized, the kind that Jesus fellowshipped with. In the process she made the Catholic faith credible not only to Christians but also to Hindus and Muslims. 

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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Sunday

7:30 a.m. - Upper Church
9 a.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel
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