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Fatherhood & Family

Dear Friends in Christ,

            As we celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, I feel a sense of joyful gratitude, mixed with sorrow.  Joyful gratitude for the great gift of my own father who at 79 continues to lead our family as a true father, but also sorrow for the many children in America who must live without a father’s love and support.  According to the 2023 U.S. Census data, 17.8 million children live without a father in the home.  This staggering number equates to approximately 1 in 4 children growing up without a father’s presence in their lives.  Sadly, this number ranks amongst the highest in the world.  I have included a link to a fine website that provides both the alarming statics regarding this fatherless phenomenon in America as well as some great resources for promoting the institution of fatherhood:  https://www.fatherhood.org/ .

            While the first step to recovering the basic family unit, as intended by God, requires that fathers remain committed to their families in the home, this is only the beginning.  After the model of St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus, I implore the fathers of our parish to lead their families in the following ways:  By bringing their family to Mass each Sunday, to protect their family from the culture of death and moral relativism, and to sacrifice for their family by dying to self.  I know how hard the fathers in our parish work to provide for their families and this is commendable, but fatherhood in the eyes of God is much more than professional and monetary success.  The fundamental institution of fatherhood, established by God from the beginning, is meant to provide the structure and leadership in a family that prepares children for living-out their own vocation, for the glory of God, the good of the Church, and society. 

            This Father’s Day, let us pray that the fathers of our parish might recommit to their identity as one rooted in leadership, protection, and sacrifice, after the example of St. Joseph.   May all our deceased fathers rest in peace and may they enjoy their eternal reward for carrying out the indispensable mission entrusted to them as husbands and fathers through the Sacrament of Matrimony.      

In Christ,

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Our mission is to strengthen marriage and the family through the sacramental life of the Church
and to cultivate a spirit of shared commitment to the following areas of Christian life:
Conversion, Discipleship, and Evangelization.