Happy Father’s Day!
What is the significance of Father’s Day? Have you ever
thought about this question? I am sure the quick response to this
question would be, “it is a day to honor, give respect and celebrate
our father.” You certainly cannot argue with that response,
but I decided to look a little deeper into my question and see what
some others may respond, here is little summary of what I found.
In 1909 many people laughed at Sonora Dodd when she
proposed the concept of having a Father's Day, traditionally only
mother was regarded as the sole nurturer of a child. The role of
father was often relegated to a secondary status as compared to
a mother. But all of us know that dad is just as important for a
child as the mother is. If mothers are the heroes of child rearing,
significance of father in the development and emotional wellbeing
of a child is no less. Children depend on their father for
their spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and social well-being.
For daughters, father is the ideal man in the world and also the
first man they adore, while for sons, father is an idol and the
strongest man they aspire to emulate. Now I realize for some
sons and daughters, especially in their teenage years, it is hard
to admit these feelings.
Though traditionally father is seen more as a provider and
guide for children, the scenario appears significantly changed in
the family culture of today. With most husbands and wives working,
fathers in present times are as involved in child rearing job as
the mothers are. Today, most fathers do not shy away from
changing diapers or taking on the difficult task for putting the baby
to sleep. This cultural change is helping to strengthen the father-
child relationship and consequently in the emotional development
of a child and building of stronger family bonds.
I realize in some households a father or mother is missing
from the family for a variety of reasons. My primary purpose of
this little reflection is to lift up for our consideration the importance
of father and why we celebrate fathers this weekend. Happy Father’s
It is transition time for the Pastoral Council, a group I depend
on to give me advice and counsel on how things are going
and what needs attention. First, I extend my deepest thanks and
gratitude to Laura Cutter for serving on the Council for the last 9
years, 3 years as Chair. Laura’s advice and counsel is something
I will always treasure and was most valuable to me as your
spiritual leader. Second, I thank those who nominated people for
the Council and also thank those who agreed to be part of the
“selection” process. Third, I welcome Jody DeBell to the Council,
our newly selected member; Jody can serve three 3 year terms
and I look forward her being an active member. Also, thanks to
Janice Powalski who was selected as the alternate member if
someone has to leave the Council for some reason. Finally, I
extend my thanks and gratitude to the other members of the
Council who are continuing for another year. Please remember
all parishioners are welcomed to attend and participate in Pastoral
Council meeting, which are normally held on the second Monday
of each month (September-May).
Finally, please join us next week after the 9:00 AM Mass to
say good-bye and thank you to Damian as she moves on to
McQuaid High School.
Let us continue to pray for peace and for end of terrorism in
In peace and courage,