My Dear Parish Family,
As we celebrate Father's Day weekend I would like to offer you a very powerful quote from our Holy Father, Pope Francis. He spoke this at his general audience on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of fatherhood, a few years back:
“Saint Joseph’s mission is certainly unique and unrepeatable, as Jesus is absolutely unique. However, in protecting Jesus, in teaching Him how to grow in age, wisdom and grace, he is a model for every educator, and in particular for every father. … I ask for you the grace to be ever closer to your children, allow them to grow, but be close, be close! They need you, your presence, your closeness, your love. Be for them, like Saint Joseph: protectors of their growth in age, wisdom and grace. Guardians of their path, and educators: walk alongside them. And with this closeness, you will be true educators.”
Fathers are entrusted and challenged to follow Saint Joseph's example. What a great, holy and noble vocation. Strong male role models are needed more than ever to stand up and imitate so great a saint and be educators and protectors of our children. To all of our hard working dads out there, know that my prayers are with you and please be sure to take home a copy of our special prayer booklet specifically ordered for the protection and encouragement of fatherhood!
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us!
Rev. Brian Patrick Woodrow