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Youth Ministry

A month ago we were enthralled by the images of our Holy Father visiting Brazil for the World Youth Day in which hundreds of thousands of young people participated. We were particularly moved by the throng of three million that crowded the beach for the Eucharist celebrated by Pope Francis. The present pope has continued a tradition initiated by Pope John Paul II who had a unique power in attracting young people. Thanks to these World Youth Days numerous young people from many parts of the world have rediscovered the beauty of their Catholic faith. Both these popes have shown us by their personal example how important young people are to the Church.

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Precious Life

Fr. Tom Enright was our neighbor. I got to know him when I came here to St Paul four years ago. He was not merely an acquaintance; he was my occasional spiritual guide and trusted confidant. When you are a priest and are used to hearing the confessions of others, you look for a wise, older priest who can elicit trust. He was that priest for me. I used to go to him for confession. He always gave me solid spiritual counsel and encouragement. He had been a pastor in two different parishes and had a lot of experience leading congregations. When I had a doubt or a question, I could always call on him. Over the last several years, he had been serving as an associate pastor at Our Lady of Ransom in Niles.

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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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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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