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Happy Father's Day

Today we celebrate Father’s Day!  Each year on the third Sunday of June we honor our fathers; it is truly a special day!   This day happens once a year but it should be a reminder to us all that we are called to honor our fathers each and every day.  So to all the fathers in the parish Happy Father’s Day! I pray that God’s blessings and peace be upon all our Fathers, Grand-Fathers, all Fathers-to-be as well as our God-Fathers.  We thank them for the love and example they have been for their families.  For those who have died we pray that they are in the arms of our merciful heavenly Father.

Father’s Day is not the only day of celebration in the month of June; for our High School Seniors, it is also the time for graduations!  A time to look back on all that they have accomplished to this point in their lives, and to thank God for the blessings they have received.  And a time to look ahead, as they are on the threshold of new beginnings and adventures. I would like to congratulate them on their upcoming graduation ceremonies and I ask God’s blessings upon them in all their future endeavors whether in college, or military service, or in the job force.

This week the season of Summer begins. Summer is a time for recreation, relaxation and renewal.  But, I would remind school students, that the summer also is a time for continued learning. I encourage them to take some time to read each day.  If you’re going on a trip learn about the history of the areas you visit, and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation as you travel. With the busyness of all the activities that fill our days, we can easily forget to refresh our minds and spirits.  Yet no matter what age we are, it is important for us to continue to learn and grow as God’s children, especially in our knowledge of our faith and the ways God is present in our lives. 

Father’s Day this year falls on the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  On this day our Church begins a National Eucharist Revival. As we journey through the summer months may we remember the importance of the Eucharist in our daily lives.  Jesus has given us the gift of himself in the Eucharist to enable us to be conformed by His divine presence within us.  So make sure you take the time this summer to pray and to celebrate Sunday Mass with your families, so as to be strengthened and renewed with the gift of the Eucharist.  And remember we are all called to be sacraments of God’s love to one another; may we bring Jesus’ presence to those we meet each day.

 God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill