Pastor's Corner

2023 06-18  Inspire Our Father’s with Your love and help them to fulfill Your holy law.

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day and we remember in a special way all that fathers do for their children.  Being a father is a great privilege and also a great responsibility.  Fathers are challenged to set a good example for their children and to help prepare them for their lives as adults.  This is especially important for fathers in these difficult and uncertain times when their children may face many temptations and trials which may influence their behavior.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has placed great emphasis and focus on fatherhood.  As noted in the media outlet, “Aleteia”, he stated, “Every family needs a father – A father who shares in his family’s joy and pain, hands down wisdom to his children and offers them firm guidance and love.”  Speaking to fathers, he further stated, “I ask that you have the grace to be very close to your children, letting them grow, but being by their side.  They need you, your presence to be there, your love.”

Pope Francis expressed his hope that all fathers would look to Our Heavenly Father for guidance and support.   He noted that, “Without grace that comes from the Father who is in heaven, fathers lose courage and abandon the field.”

As we reflect on these words of Pope Francis, we are reminded that we are called to honor our fathers.  There should be a desire to maintain a strong bond of communication with them and assist in their care in their later years, after the many years that they have cared for us in so many different ways.  It is also suggested that we pray for them after their death.  Our love for our fathers should reflect the love that God has for us.

The following “Father’s Day Prayer” asks God to bless and guide our fathers.  As we reflect on this prayer, we are invited to thank Our Heavenly Father for the gift of our fathers and for the many blessings He has bestowed on us.


It is Your Commandment that we should honor our fathers; hear the prayers we offer You for them.
Grant them many years on earth and keep them in health of mind and body.
Bless their word and all they do.v
Give them back a hundred-fold whatever they have done for us.
Inspire them with Your love and help them to fulfill Your holy law.
One day, may we be their comfort and support, so that having enjoyed their affection on earth, we may have the joy of being with them forever in Your home in Heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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