Fr. Britto's Blog


The Stranger

I know that summer is a time to sit back and relax, to do the things that we are unable to do during our busy rest of the year. Even as we rest and refresh, I hope we can take some time to read a good book. Perhaps we can delve into our faith a little more. Instead of my usual weekly column I would like to leave you with a little story. Someone sent me this story seven years ago and it made me think. Here it is for your summer reading and reflection:

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Making Saints

The year is back in session. The summer is over (even though today it is supposed to be 96 degrees!) and normal routine has been restored. Children are back in school and our religious education program is up and running. I believe once again we have record numbers enrolled in the several options available to our families. This Sunday we celebrate “Catechetical Sunday” which reminds all of us of our duty to pass on the faith. On this occasion I would like to thank sincerely our Director of Religious Education, Anna Mae Parkhill, for her amazing leadership and vision. My thanks also go out to all our volunteer catechists – especially our young catechists – who give of themselves to educate our children in the faith at a great deal of personal sacrifice.

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Community Building

I am writing this column in Arizona where I spent three days with a group of our parishioners on a mission trip to St. Jude Mission in Tuba City. There were 23 of us who came to see for ourselves the work done by a Vincentian priest, Fr. Jay, and two Sisters of Charity, Sr. Margaret and Sr. Mary. To live on an Indian Reservation for three days was a moving experience as we learned firsthand the conditions of our brothers and sisters who have inhabited our land for thousands of years even before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Hopefully I can share many more reflections on our experience in future bulletins. Right now I would like to write about one aspect of the Navajo culture that made a deep impression on me.

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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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