From Your Pastor-June 19, 2021

Dear Parishioner’s,                                                                                                                                                                                    Today we celebrate Father’s Day and it seems appropriate that we say an extra prayer for men of or parish who are fathers in some capacity. May this prayer of praise help us to lift our voices before the Lord:                                                                                       PRAISE THOSE FATHERS                                                                                                                                                                             Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice.                                                                                                                                                                                               Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become a worthy and virtuous father.                           Let us praise those fathers who, by their own account, were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. As well, let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by words and actions of their children.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Let us praise those fathers who, despite marital discord, have remained in their children's lives.                                                                   Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has nurtured a thriving life.                                     Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their stepchildren’s love and respect.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart.Let us praise those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.                                                                                                  Let us praise those men who have "fathered" us in their role as mentors and guides.Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.                                                                                                                                      And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.                               -Prayer of Kirk Loadman adapted by Debra Mooney, PhD (                                                                                                 Have a blessed week,                                                                                                                                                                                     Fr. Martin


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