Fr. Britto's Blog


The Way of Compassion

At the end of last year cable news channels and other media outlets were vying with each other to prepare lists of the best and the worst, of the most significant and the most banal stories of 2013. Interestingly one story kept appearing on the top of most lists with uncanny consistency. It was the story of our new Pope. Audiences of CNN voted Pope Francis as the most important personage of the year just as TIME magazine was declaring him the Person of the Year and featuring him on the cover. It is not unusual that secular media have been captivated by Popes before. In fact other Popes have graced the covers of important magazines. However, no other Pope has captured the imagination of both Catholics and non-Catholics so rapidly. Certain polls showed that almost 75% of all Americans and 88% of Catholics had a positive opinion of the new Pontiff.

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Home Visit

I took a break from writing my column for several weeks and now I am back. Even though I returned from India a couple of weeks ago, catching up with things around the parish and school has consumed most of my time. This column is going to be light as I would like to share with you some highlights from my journey home.

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Joseph the Worker

How wonderful it is that the weather is getting better! There is a spring in our steps and a freshness in the air. People are smiling more. Children are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their summer vacation. I love this time of the year also because of our First Holy Communions. Over these two weekends almost 250 second-graders will be approaching the Eucharistic Table for thefirst time. They will take another step in their initiation and will be fed the solid food of the Body and Blood of the Lord. This is an occasion for rejoicing for all of us. I want to assure our children that we are accompanying them with our prayers and supporting them with our love.

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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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