Dear Parish Family,
I would like to wish all the fathers of our parish a very happy Father’s Day. It is so important for men to be affirmed and supported in their role as fathers. I once saw an interview with Fred Rogers, the host of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.” When the interviewer suggested to him that he was like a surrogate father for many children without a real one, he replied unequivocally that “every child needs a mother and a father.”
Sadly, many in our society wish to make the role of the father rather redundant. This is true in the entertainment industry where sitcoms often portray the father as dim-witted, weak and passive. This is also true in the wider culture where many wish to re-define traditional understandings of marriage, family life and gender identity.
The Roman Ritual Book of Blessings has a prayer of blessing for this day. It is:
God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be
strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
God bless you.
Fr. Dan Redmond