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Parish Mission is Coming to Sacred Heart

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Mark your calendars for October 17, 18, and 19, for an exciting three days at Sacred Heart Parish as Father Britto Berchmans returns for a parish mission here at Sacred Heart. We will try to make the event as safe as possible. We might all agree we need a spiritual shot in the arm after the last two years.

Fr. Britto Berchmans will be leading our mission. Some people may remember him from 2015. He came and presented a mission here at that time. Working as a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, he has a PhD in communications and has taught at the graduate level in Rome and in Chicago.

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 Marquette in January 1985. Moved by his pastoral experiences in parishes in the Midwest during his graduate studies at Marquette and the University of Illinois in Champaign, he requested to be incardinated into the archdiocese and as a result, became a diocesan priest in 2003.

After serving as an associate pastor at St. Anne’s in Barrington for almost seven years and ministering as pastor of St. Nicholas in Evanston for three years, he became pastor of St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge over ten years ago, in July of 2009.

Prior to coming to Park Ridge, he served the Church as dean of philosophical studies, editor of a Catholic family magazine, campus minister, professor of mass communications, retreat preacher, and spiritual director. He holds Master’s degrees in Physics, Journalism, and Systematic Theology, and a Doctorate in Mass Communications. He envisions the ideal Catholic parish to be a community of disciples who seek to live the example of Jesus as defined in our Catholic tradition.

His ministerial priorities include nurturing Catholic education and the religious formation of children and 4 young people, making faith accessible to today’s Catholics, and strengthening Christian marriage and family life. As one whose priesthood has been shaped by the stark realities of India, Fr. Britto considers it crucial for a parish to come to the aid of the poor here in our own country and abroad. Fr. Britto has been a pastor at St. Paul of the Cross for many years - a 4,000 family parish. He knows about parish life and parish liturgy, and I know him personally. He is an inspirational presenter. I would encourage everyone to mark out these days on your calendar.